Update to SHA 2 Or No Security Support for Widnows 7

Windows 7 Support May end soon!
It has been a long time since we have been using Windows 7 operating system for various reasons. It was initially released on 22 July 2009. After few years Microsoft released Windows 8/8.1 and then Windows 10. But many people and organizations are still using Windows 7 as it is rich in features and has a beautiful user friendly environment.


Microsoft is going to stop the software support for Windows 7 by 14 January 2020. Actually it has already ended mainstream support to Windows 7 in 2015. Mainstream support lasts for 5 years from the date of release of the operating system. During the mainstream support Microsoft provides security updates, adds new features and also covers warranty claims. After five years extended support will be given for another five years. During this period Microsoft provides limited support only. It means that it will not add any new features but gives bug fixes and patches. 

Now Microsoft is going to release a new encryption algorithm called SHA-2 (Secure Hash Algorithm) on 12th March. SHA 1 is no more secure with the latest security threats. Owners of Windows 7 PCs need to sign up/ update their OS with SHA 2 till mid of July. Or else Microsoft will not offer security updates to your PC in the times of crisis. Microsoft urges Windows 7 users to get SHA 2 before mid July to get support till 2020.

Let us have a glance at some of the great features of Windows 7 OS (Operating System):
Automatically Changing Wallpaper: This feature is first time used in this OS. It has different themes in personalize menu with different wallpapers and sounds. When a theme is selected, wallpapers automatically change after some time period.

Snipping Tool: Using snipping tool you can capture any portion of the screen in PNG, JPEG, GIF or Single file HTML formats. The snipped image can further be edited and also can be shared via email.

Windows Explorer Libraries: Libraries feature is very much helpful to get one click access to any folder stored on the local hard disk. It can be seen in the left pane of Windows Explorer. 

Action Centre: Security and Maintenance related messages are displayed in the notification area. These messages can be turned on/off in Action Centre.

Windows Mobility Centre: It provides different tools which can be used to adjust brightness of the screen, check the battery status and change the power plans, turn on or off the wifi, connect external display, sync network files or folders for offline usage, presentation settings. 

Problem Steps Recorder: It is a great tool to reproduce a problem. Using this application you can record and save a problem in single file html format and then share it to the technical expert to analyze and troubleshoot.

Thumbnail Previews: Now you can have a quick glance at all the open instances of an application. You can see the thumbnail preview by placing mouse pointer on the running application’s icon in taskbar. 

Tablet PC Input Panel: This program is specifically designed for Tablets and touch screen devices. It converts handwritten text into legible text. It supports multiple languages.

Sticky Notes: A quick note can be typed and saved in the sticky notes on the desktop. 

BitLocker: Bitlocker is included in Windows 7’s Ultimate and Enterprise editions only. This feature is inherited from Vista OS. It is designed to encrypt entire hard disk.
You can find step by step guide to use this tool here.

Virtual Hard disk: Virtual Hard Disk VHD file format is supported by Windows 7’s Ultimate and Enterprise editions. A VHD drive can be created from the Disk Management’s Action menu. Windows can be installed and booted from VHD even on non virtual hardware.

Windows 7 also has a nice start menu that includes a search bar to find programs and files. Several built-in Gadgets can be added to the desktop.
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Best Free Backup Tools to Survive from System Crash n Data Loss

Why should you consider backing up your files? From viruses and software bugs, to hardware failure or human error, there are many potential dangers waiting to trash your files. And if the worst happens - you lose your important business documents, personal photos, your music, your videos, in short everything.Continue Reading

Artificial Intelligence (AI)


What is Artificial Intelligence(AI)?
AI is the imitation of human intelligence by a machine/system. AI is the study and design of a machine that senses the environment, takes a decision and put it into action. A machine developed with artificial intelligence will have the ability to automatically learn and improve from experience without being explicitly programmed. 



It can think logically and make decisions with less or no mistakes. Due to the accuracy and speed, the impact of AI in everyday life is growing rapidly. For now, this impact seems to be positive and helpful for the users of technology. 

Here are few uses of AI:
·         Email filtering: Artificial Intelligence is used to filter the incoming mails. Based on the rules defined by the user, Email filters can learn to recognize the spam.
·         Speech recognition: AI is used in speech recognition apps to optimize their functionality.
·         Banking: Online Banking systems also use the AI to track unusual activities (fraud detection) on the customer accounts.
·         Online shopping sites use AI for product recommendations and purchase predictions. 
·         Search engines with the help of AI, can predict what a user is going to type
·         There are many other applications that use AI: voice to text apps, personal assistant apps such as Siri, Cortana and Google Now and also Amazon’s Alexa.
·          Self-driving cars is another example for artificial intelligence.

Robotics:
It is a branch of AI which includes the study of making most intelligent and efficient robots. To develop a robot,
·         mechanical engineering is used in planning and designing,
·         electrical engineering is used to power up and control the components
·         computer programs or you can call them the most critical algorithms are used to perform the desired tasks.


But according to many scientists if AI becomes more intelligent than human then it can become a threat to human life. There is another fear many people have is machines with AI can lead to destruction, if put in the wrong hands.



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The Best All in One App


In general we use several apps for social media, online shopping, news, dictionary, converter, notes, etc. These apps consume lot of storage space in our mobile phone.

There is a small app called Smart Kit 360, that contains a bunch of 30+ useful apps. You can use this app as a replacement for many other apps.
Using Smart Kit, you can save space in your smart phone. And we can find all the useful apps in one place. Now you don't need to install multiple apps for social media, news and shopping. In Smart Kit you can find everything.





What can you find in this app?
All social media apps: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram, Whatsapp, Telegram, Messenger, Snapchat, YouTube,......



All Shopping apps: Amazon, Flipkart, eBay, Snapdeal,Walmart, Mintra, Jabomg, Ali express,Tmall, Homeshop 18, etc



All news apps: BBC, Google news, Yahoo news, CNN, Al Jazeera, etc




And dictionary, mirror, notepad, flashlight,
Cleaner, Battery saver,calculator, and many navigation and measuring tools are also available in this single app.



And most importantly it doesn't contain any ads.
You can download this Smart Kit 360 app from HERE 




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Set Up Password Protection to External Hard Drive


External hard drive is a convenient and widely used mobile data storage device. Users can carry their large amount of data stored in external hard drive with them whenever and wherever they want. Data and applications saved in this removable hard drive are always available as long as users have access to a computer.
So, the advantage of external hard drive lies in its portability.  

To ensure the security and privacy of the data one should prevent unauthorized access to the external hard disk drive. To do this you can use a software encryption program.

Bitlocker Drive Encryption is a preinstalled utility included with some editions of Windows Vista and later operating systems. If you cannot find this utility in your Windows edition, then you can get other third-party software (like TrueCrypt). However, Bitlocker Drive Encryption is designed to protect data by providing encryption for entire volumes. Windows can encrypt entire operating system drives and removable devices with its built-in BitLocker encryption.

The following step by step method can help you to encrypt your external hard disk drive using Bitlocker.

Connect your external hard disk drive to the computer.

Navigate through Start | Control Panel | Security | BitLocker Drive Encryption.


Click "Turn On BitLocker" next to your listed external hard drive.


Select Use a password to unlock the drive option and enter a password then click on Next



This step is very important. Choose a right option to save the recovery key. Click on Save to a file option and browse to a location where you want to store the recovery key and click on Save button. Or simply click on Save to a USB flash drive. Click "Next."

Any of the selected option creates a recovery key, so you can decrypt the drive if you forget your password.




Click "Start Encrypting". 


The encryption process may take several minutes or even hours to complete, depending on the size of your drive and your processing power.
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How To Download Youtube Videos Without Using Any Software?


"YouTube" is the world’s largest and most popular online video streaming service. We enjoy watching videos on Youtube. But what about downloading the videos from YouTube? You can’t find a download option on Youtube. Many people use download managers (for example: Internet Download Manager or IDM) to download the videos from it.



In this post you can find very simple and awesome tricks to download videos from YouTube without using any software.

Method 1:


Open a web browser and navigate to www.youtube.com
Search and open the video that you want to download
Go to the address bar and type ss just before youtube.com

For example the original address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzueDvbBxak


Hit enter key after editing the URL. Then you will be navigated to an another page (savefrom.net) where you can find links to download the video. Here you can choose the quality of the video or simply you can select mp3 format from the Download options.


Method 2:


The another easiest way to download the videos from Youtube is here.
Search and click on the video you want to download
Copy the url from the address bar.
Now open www.keepvid.com website
Paste the copied url into the box and click on DOWNLOAD button.



You can choose whatever quality or video format you want. You can also find the MP3 format at the bottom of the list.
There is an another website www.savevid.com which is very similar to www.keepvid.com.
Use any one of the above mentioned tricks to download the videos from YouTube without any third-party software. 
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How to Install Windows Using Bootable USB?


To install the Operating System, generally we use a DVD & DVD writer. In case, if your DVD writer is not working, then you can use your pen drive to perform installation of Windows Operating System. For this you need not to use any third party software. Just follow these simple steps to make Bootable USB to install Windows Operating System.


Requirements:
Pen Drive (at least 4 GB)
DVD or ISO Image file of Windows 7/8/8.1/10

Steps to make Bootable USB:

Connect your pen drive (take a Backup of all the important data)
Type cmd in Windows search box, Right click on Command Prompt & select Run as administrator & click on Yes in the User Account Control box.




In the command prompt type diskpart
When Diskpart utility is loaded, type list disk  


List Disk command shows a list of storage devices connected to the system.In the above figure, Disk 0’s size is 931 GB. By this we can understand that it is the hard disk. Disk 1’s size is 3824 MB, so it is the disk we have to select to make it bootable.

Now type select disk 1 (You should be very careful while identifying the right disk) and simply type the rest of the commands as given below
Clean
Create partition primary
Active
Format fs=ntfs quick
Assign
Exit

Complete set of commands are :
   
                                                      
After exiting from the diskpart utility… Insert Windows OS DVD into DVD RW/ROD  or Mount the ISO file using MagicDisc. 
Copy all the content from Windows OS DVD or from ISO file into the pen drive.
Your Bootable USB is ready to use. Connect this USB drive to any desktop or laptop and select Removable Disk or USB Drive as First Boot Device from the Boot menu to install the latest Windows OS.

This method perfectly works under Windows 7/8/8.1/10. 
All the Best !
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Best Free Parental Control Software to Safeguard Online Activities


Internet is an amazing resource for everyone. It became the most influential and powerful medium in the world. But there are also many dangers. Researches revealed that many kids and students are attracted towards internet and social media. They spend lot of time on the web. It indicates the need to educate children on the hazards that can happen on the World Wide Web. It’s time for the parents to teach their children about online safety. Keeping your kids safe from the web's darker corners can take a little work.

I suggest the parents to monitor the online activities of their children. In this post I will let you know about the best parental control software that can block the access to inappropriate content.

Best Free Parental Control Software

QUSTODIO

Qustodio is a free parental control service designed for the parents who wants to ensure online safety of their children. Parents need not to have strong technical skills to use it. It is very easy to setup and takes little time. You can monitor the online activities of your children or family members from anywhere after setting up your account in Qustodio. All you need to do is download Qustodio and follow the instructions. 

Install it after downloading Qustodio from the above download link.

Select I don't have a Qustodio account

Enter your Name, Email address, password and click on Next



Just Click on Next button to proceed.


Enter the Name of your child or family member that you want to monitor and click on Next


Give a name to your Device eg: HOME-PC. You can also select Hide Qustodio on this device, then click on Next


Choose an Account and Click on Next

 You will see several screens before the following screen appears. The installation is finished. Now click on Go to my Family Portal


Enter your Email, password and Log In

Then you will see the Qustodio Family Protection portal. 

Qustodio portal provides a colourful Dashboard. You can monitor the activities of your children from anywhere by just logging into your Qustodio account. You can change the settings using the Rules tab in the Dashboard. However the free version have some limitations. Even though it is very helpful to keep your children safe from online hazards. 

NORTON FAMILY

Norton Family is a free comprehensive parental control service to safeguard the online experiences of the children. To set up Norton Family go to Norton Family website and register for Norton Family, create child profiles, and install Norton Family on the devices that your child uses.

For further assistance click on this Link

 

HT Parental Controls (Trial Version - 14 Days)


HT Parental Controls helps you to monitor your family members both when online and offline. It is a feature-rich software that contains plenty of features like Facebook blocking, website blocking, Application blocking, Windows security, time controls, screen capture, email reporting, etc. It also works as a keylogger i.e. it captures all the keystrokes (words or sentences). 


You can filter content and block all inappropriate websites and applications with HT Parental ControlsIt is an extra-ordinary program to keep your kids safe on the Internet.  
You can download and use its trial version from this Link.

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Turn Your PC, Laptop or Smartphone into Wi-Fi Hotspot or Virtual Router


Wi-Fi Hotspot allows us to share a wireless internet connection through the use of a router. A Wi-Fi hotspot is nothing but a wireless access point that provides internet access to laptops, smartphones, etc. If you have a router at home then all your family members can access the internet on their smartphone, tablet, iPod, laptop or PC (only if they are within the range of Wi-Fi network).

You can turn your PC, laptop or smartphone into a Wi-Fi Hotspot in the absence of the router. In this post you will come to know how to use your laptop or smartphone as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot or internet tethering. After creating the Wi-Fi hotspot, you will be able to connect your smartphones or laptops and access the internet on the move.

Turn your Laptop or PC into Virtual Router or Wi-Fi Hotspot


Requirements:
Wireless-equipped laptop or a PC with Wi-Fi adapter
Internet Connection
A virtual router software

To turn your laptop/PC into WiFi access point you need to use a software – MyPublicWiFi. This software is allows nearby people to surf the internet through your sharing. It also allows you to record and track the visited web pages on the virtual WiFi hotspot. The best thing is it is completely Free to use.

How to use it?
  • Download and install MyPublicWiFi
  • Launch MyPublicWiFi program
  • Under Setting tab, You can give any name to the hotspot in Network name box
  •  Choose a password which contains at least 8 characters
  • Tick the check box to Enable Internet Sharing
  • Select the Network adapter that you want to share
  • Click on ‘Set up and Start Hotspot’



 Now your smartphone, tablet, iPod or laptop will notify you about this new hotspot.


Click on connect and enter the password you choose while setting up the hotspot to access the internet.

Using Clients tab of MyPublicWiFi, you can see the connected devices information. And in the Management tab, you can configure firewall and Enable URL log to monitor browsing activities on the virtual hotspot. You can also set “auto start” option in this tab.

Turn your Smartphone into Wi-Fi Hotspot:

Requirements:
A smartphone with tethering & hotspot option
Valid Internet data pack

Now follow the steps to create a virtual wi-fi hotspot.
Go to Settings in your smartphone à Select More…

 
 Then tap on Tethering & portable hotspot 

Drag the Slide button to enable WLAN hotspot (Options may differ from one mobile phone to other)

Tap on WLAN hotspot or Select ‘Set up Wi-Fi hotspot’ (or WPS Connect option) to change the name of the hotspot and set up a password security to prevent others from accessing the internet through your smartphone.



That’s all. You have created a portable hotspot on your mobile. Now your portable hotspot provides internet access to all the nearby devices. Do not share the hotspot’s password information with others to prevent unauthorized usage.
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