Are you blocking the Wayback Machine from your websites? You may not want to do that as if someone was to copy the content from your website to use on their site, you could actually go to the Internet Archive and show how long your content has been there to prove your case.
Second, if you are not using a Content Management System for your site and is making the pages individually and loose a page by accident or by vandalism, you can go back and grab a copy or copies should you not have a reliable backup to restore from.
Should you be worried about port scanning?” Not at all. Port scanning is scripting that are let loose by hackers and as long as your server is kept secure, port scanning really isn’t all that useful to them or dangerous to you.
Below are some ports you should be familiar with so that you can gain access or prevent an intrusion on your workstation and network.
Port 21 is for FTP
Port 22 is for SSH
Port 23 is for TELNET
Port 25 is for SMTP
Port 53 is for DNS
Port 80 is for HTTP
Port 110 is for POP3
Port 115 is for SFTP
Port 135 is for RPC
Port 139 is for NetBIOS
Port 143 is for is for IMAP
Port 194 is for IRC
Port 443 is for SSL
Port 445 is for SMB
Port 1433 is for MSSQL
Port 3306 is for MySQL
Port 3389 is for Remote Desktop
Port 5632 is for PCAnywhere
Port 5900 is for VNC
Port 6112 is for Warcraft III
If you have a WordPress site and did not rename the Administrator account, be sure to avoid the following passwords as these are very poor passwords and the most tested passwords by hackers upon your website.
As you can see, numbers are not an ideal password. Also, longer and special characters will be ideal. Did you know that a good way to scramble a password is to switch up the characters? Try it next time.
When I purchansed my Sony PlayStation Portable many years ago, one software title that I picked up at the same time was Juiced: Eliminator. I never believed in using a laptop, computer or mobile phone to play games so the Sony PSP was the perfect device to unwind with on the go and over the years, here are some tips that I have picked up.
It is best to start out with the VW Beetle 1.8T. It is expensive but if a showoff event comes up in the first five days, you are ready to take it on.
As mentioned previously, The Beetle is also perfect for competing in a showoff events due to its weight and tires.
For sprints, any vehicle equipped with nitrous oxide will get across the line first. Just remember to tap repeatedly instead of holding it in and Hayden (Velocity Racers) will be impressed with your times.
The Nissan 300ZX is a Class 7 RWD car that is sold at 204 BHP. Buy it and quickly maneuver to the shop (to avoid a Class 7 Pink Slip race) so that you can downgrade the car to 199 BHP which will allow you to compete in Class 8 races. With the suspension, brakes and nitrous oxide topped out on level 3, you will be a beast on the straightaway. Just be cautious of racers in the rear trying to do a pit maneuver as it will send you spinning like a dime if you are not good at drifting.
Your crew can handle HIGH for 1 lap, MEDIUM for 2 laps and LOW for 3 laps. Let your crew drive the most powerful FWD car you own and limit the race to one lap then drive in second and block the competition from passing. To secure a wan, choose Eliminator.
Want to save some time? Enter PIES to unlock the vehicles in the Arcade Mode.
Most companies and educational institutions set a limit on the number of copies an employee can make in a given time frame (so it is not abused) and to get around this, the employee will do massive printing on the office network printer. If you are the boss or is in the IT Department with the task of preventing it, you could try and enable mopier mode to limit this from happening. To enable mopier mode, please try the following. Keep in mind, if user are not connected through a server and uses the IP address, you will have to visit each machine instead of making one change on the server.
* HP Color LaserJet 5550 (Keep Mopier Disabled)
* HP LaserJet 8000N (Keep Mopier Disabled)
To Enable Mopier Mode: Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10
01. Bring up the Run Window by pressing the Windows and R keys.
02. Type control printers then press the OK button.
03. In the Devices and Printers window, right click your Printer.
04. Select Printer Properties.
04. Select Printer Properties
05. Click the Device Settings Tab
06. Scroll down to the bottom. If necessary, expand Installable Options.
07. Click on Mopier Mode
08. Unselect the Disable option in the selection box that appears
09. Click Apply
Note: Mopier Mode is now enabled but be aware, you may not be able to get multiple copies through Microsoft Office (ie. Outlook and Word) but Microsoft Notepad will continue to work fine.
Sadly, a Local Profile can become corrupted and the only way to fix it is use the Registry Editor to delete the profile from the ProfileList then append ‘.old’ to the profile and ask the user to log in and save a .txt file on the desktop to see if it erases once you log out. If the file remains, you can then copy the files from the appended ‘.old’ account so that the user can have access to them again. Keep in mind you will have to setup Outlook (and similar programs) again so that they can access their email. the steps to recreate a local profile is as follow.
Using the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe)
01. Log into the computer with a Local Administrator account
02. Left-click the Start Button when from the Desktop.
03. Type regedit in the Run/Start Search box.
04. Wait for the Registry Editor window to open.
05. Double-click on the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE folder.
06. Double-click on the SOFTWARE folder.
07. Double-click on the Microsoft folder.
08. Double-click on the Windows NT folder.
09. Double-click on the CurrentVersion folder.
10. Double-click on the ProfileList folder.
11. Scroll through the listed key there paying attention to ProfileImagePath.
12. Now delete the key name that mentions the corrupted user’s local profile.
13. Close or minimize the Registry Editor window.
14. Navigate to the user’s profile folder on the boot drive. (C:\Users or C:\Documents and Settings\)
15. Append the username with ‘.old’ in the list.
16. Log out then have the user log into the computer.
17. Save a .txt file on the desktop and log out the user.
18. Have the user log in again and check for the .txt file.
19. If the .txt file is still there, the issue is fixed. Otherwise, the account is temporary.
When doing a fresh install of an Operating System to a device that lacked an optical drive, I am never worried as I have access to a USB3.0 Blu-Ray drive that I could connect to any available USB port on the computing device to boot and install the OS for the CD, DVD or Blu-Ray disc given.
The trouble came recently when I had a 4.8GB .ISO file of Windows Server 2016 that I needed to burn to a disc and it was naturally too big for a 700MB CD or the 4.7GB DVD that I had. Also, when I went to burn the .ISO image to Blu-Ray disc with Roxio Creator DE 10.3 the software (possibly my version) could not see my Blu-Ray discs.
Some of my associates says that I should use some dual layer DVD discs but I did not have any with me because dual layer DVD discs was something that I never needed before. Besides, I had Blu-Ray discs that holds up to 25GB each for larger storage and assumed that this would work.
As I looked at online reviews from previous owners of dual layer DVD discs, I narrowed it down to two brands. One for it’s reliability and the other for it’s low price. I added the items to my wishlist and decide I will wait a week to commit to both sets of dual layer DVD discs or just one.
As I continued to do hunting online, my research pointed me to the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool. With the tool, I was able to burn that large .ISO file to a small 8GB USB Flash drive. Instead of cloning discs now and in the future and risk them getting scratched, lost or stolen, I am making .ISO files and archive them on free online storage services then download the files for burning with the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool.
Note: If your drives are not compatible, use DISKPART from the Command Prompt.
Benefits of The Windows USB/DVD Download Tool
* Alternative to the DISKPART command.
* Boot without access to optical drives.
* Graphical User Interface and mouse interaction.
* No special commands to remember.
* Saves on optical drive repairs/replacement/upgrades.
Drawbacks of The Windows USB/DVD Download Tool
* Additional storage for the install.
* Compatibility with bargain USB Flash Drives.
* Internet Access to download the software.
* Not built-in to the Operating System.
The Sony PlayStation Portable released the in following region with the following product designation.
1000 – Japan
1001 – North America
1002 – Australia / New zealand
1003 – United Kingdom
1004 – Europe
1005 – Korea
1006 – Hong Kong / Singapore
1007 – Taiwan
1008 – Russia
1009 – China
1010 – Mexico
If you see the hard drive not found error message when attempting to boot your Windows computer and need help fixing it, please try the following.
Check the BIOS
1. Power off and then power on the Windows computer.
2. Enter the BIOS by pressing the Setup Key during POST.
3. Check to see if “Enabled w/PXE” is selected for the NIC.
4. Switch the NIC to only Enabled and save the changes.
5. Exit the BIOS and watch the POST for errors.
6a. If the Windows Bootloader appears, the issue is solved.
6b. If the error remains, proceed to step 7 below.
Check the Hard Drive
7. Power off and disconnect the power cable on the computer.
8. Open up the computer and carefully save any screws.
9. Disconnect the data and power cable to the hard drive.
10. Check the cables for damages along with the hard drive.
11. Reconnect the data and power cable to the hard drive.
12. Leave the computer open and plug in the power cable.
13. Wait 10 seconds and power on the computer.
14a. If the Windows Bootloader appears, the issue is solved.
14b. If the error remains, proceed to step 15 below.
Check the BIOS
15. Verify the BIOS sees the drive and correct size.
16. Switch between LEGACY and UEFI/NORMAL if the drive was swapped.
17. Exit the BIOS and watch the POST for errors.
18a. If the Windows Bootloader appears, the issue is solved.
18b. If the error remains, proceed to step 19 below.
Test the Drive
19. Using a SATA to USB adapter, see if the drive is readable.
20. If the drive is not readable, it will need to be replaced.
The Barracuda Malware Removal Tool performs a comprehensive scan of your computer for any traces of spyware or other malware. This scan is very thorough and takes several minutes to complete. After the analysis is finished, you can remove all the malware and traces of malware that have been found. Please note that you must login as an administrator to be able to run this tool.
The analysis and removal of spyware and other malware from your Barracuda Web Filter includes detecting and removing many small traces, cookies, potential spyware files and temporary files from your computer. Many of these items pose a minor risk and blocking them can cause some Web sites to malfunction; therefore, the Barracuda Web Filter does not block them at the network level.
As such, the Barracuda Malware Removal Tool (a customized version of MalwareBytes) will typically identify items for removal that are not blocked at the network level by the Barracuda Web Filter.
For maximum security, complete removal of these files from your computer is recommended.
Barracuda Malware Removal Tool Downloads
* b-mrt-setup.exe (8,765 KB) for PC
* b-mrt-setup.dmg (8,054 KB) for Macs
What is the en-GB.xml file that people are searching for on your server? It is apart of the Content Management Systems I mentioned previously called Joomla.
The path to the file is /language/en-GB/en-GB.xml and will vary if you have Joomla in a subfolder or not. While scanning your server for weakness, other paths checked as well are listed below.
If you utilize Joomla, I encourage you to keep a closer eye on incoming requests, stay updated so that you can be sure that your visitors and server stay protected from exploits.
If you are planning on blocking CHINANET, here are a few CIDRs to add to your firewall if you are using one of the Content Management Systems called Joomla.
Should you leave your PC on or off? Well, it depends on if the PC (personal computer) is in a home or work environment.
Do you know how the time is kept correctly on your computer even when it is off for a few days? It is all due to CMOS Batteries that are placed on the motherboard. Thees batteries, typically non-rechargeable CR2032 versus rechargeable LR2032, last a period of three years which is often the warranty length of the unit. The more times the PC is kept off, the more times the PC has to depend on the CMOS batteries thus reducing the lifespan of the batteries and unfortunately, when the battery fails, it will cause error messages to display during POST. Sure you can press a button on the keyboard to continue but if you need to restart a PC remotely, someone still has to go to the machine and hit a key to continue unless you setup a robot arm as well.
Leaving a computer on also give the OS (such as Microsoft Windows) the opportunity to search, download and install updates. You antivirus program will also be able to install new definitions and scan your data and programs as well. Keep in mind that HP LaserJet 1022 and Windows Update on Windows 7 at times causes issues so set Windows updates on manual instead of automatic.
When I saw the compact keyboard from the Logitech Mk360 Wireless Combo (that also includes an optical mouse), I fell in love with it and ask the owner where they got it and was told that it was obtained through Staples. That made me very happy as I could either order it online or pick up up at a store that is within 2 miles of my office.
I went Staples.com website to check out the selling price and saw it selling for US$39.99. To get the MSRP to see how much I would be saving, I went over to Amazon.com. There, the MSRP of the Logitech MK360 Wireless Combo was US$39.99 and a asking price of US$35.99 which is a 10% savings of US$4.00.
As I was about to order it, I saw one marked used and decided to check out the details. It was actually new but the packaging box was slightly damage. Since I am not planning on reselling it customers, the condition of the box did not matter to me and so, I was able to get it under US$20.00 (US$19.97 + NJ Sales Tax).
Did you know that is is possible to sell on Amazon? All you need to is to follow these few steps.
Choose Your Products
As a new seller, you can sell in at least 20 product categories. If you choose a Professional selling plan, you can apply to sell in more than 15 additional categories.
Select a Selling Plan
If you plan to sell more than 40 items per month, you should consider the Professional plan. If you plan to sell just a few items, take a look at the Individual plan.
Setup an Account
After selecting a selling plan, follow the step-by-step instructions, and they will help you get your account up and running as quickly as possible.
Subscription and Selling Fees
Pay the subscription fees plus additional selling fees to keep your account going.
Have you reached your limit? If you are using the Karma Go, it will be easy to get there.
Hey Karma User,
You’ve used up your 15GB and you’re now running on minimal speeds.
It’s okay, don’t panic. You’ll still have internet from now on, but only for simple tasks such as messaging and emailing. You can also switch back to Refuel if you’d like.
In better news, your data amount will be back to square one at your next billing cycle on February 1, 2016.
What is also painful is the fact that only 3 devices can be on at a time so that limits you to a laptop, tablet and mobile phone.
I have found out that some companies will prevent their staff from checking email on Verizon’s website on their network. They either cause the login page to give numerous errors or will be completely hidden from the page. So far, I have found a few workaround solutions for it.
You may not know this but there is a espanol.verizon.com section on Verizon’s website and my tests have show that most System Administrators do not know it is there to block or they do in fact know and leave it untouched as they themselves have a Verizon account and need to check email from time to time without lifting the restriction. Not to worry, your emails will not get converted to Spanish but the prompts you see to get to your email will be in Spanish.
Another login page that will work as well especially for those who can not decipher Spanish is fiostrending.verizon.com.
One item I like to make sure that I have with me while providing technical support is a pencil and I will go over why I find it useful.
With pens, you run the risk of running out of ink or having it not working due to the slickness of the paper’s surface or low temperature. Also, it will not look professional submitting a ticket starting in one color and ending in another.
I have had many clothing ruined due to leaky pens over the years and to avoid future soils or creating a mess for the person that I am trying help, I have switched to mess-free pencils.
Hardly anyone want to steal a pencil so I always return to my desk to find them there which saves me from filling out Requisition Forms.
Are you having problems with a Dell 2330dn on Windows 8? It is very easy to install a Dell 2330dn on Windows 8 and you can do so by following the simple steps below.
01. The Dell 2330dn should be powered off and data cable disconnected.
02. Using your free Internet browsers, go to Dell’s website for the drivers.
03. When prompted, do not choose run instead of save.
04. Save the installer to the drive and note the location.
05. Run the installer with an Administrator account and let it extract the necessary drivers.
06. When done, connect the Dell 2330dn to the computer via the data cable.
07. Power on the Dell 2330dn.
08. Visit the Devices and Printers folder.
09. See if the printer is showing offline, ready or shows drivers unavailable.
10. If ready, you are ready to print. If offline, check the data cable.
11. If unavailable, go the Device Manager.
12. Find the printer and tell it to update drivers.
13. Choose the Application Data folder to start your search for printer drivers
After about five minutes. Your printer will be online as shown below.
In this day and age, are domain business listing fees worth it? The fee is about one year domain registration and you could have used that to extend your registration for an additional year or put it towards your website’s hosting fees. The domain business listing service creates a profile page (like the Yellow Pages) and links your website thus creating backlinks.
For a newly registered domain, that could be of help you to get indexed quickly but you can save the fees at a loss of time by getting registered for Social Networks accounts and link to your own site.
Since online communities are well know to Search Engines, they are visited frequently and will find your profile quickly especially if you befriend a business or a person whom is very famous as their profile page will be linking to your profile.
Here are some ways people go about in creating backlinks.
One of the quickest way to create backlinks is to create several (not on the same site but different sites) Social Networks accounts. Keep in mind that these sites now use the nofollow tags on their pages and often encrypt the outgoing links. If you have an online community, you are encourage to use CAPTCHA during registration and monitor multiple accounts using the same IP Address.
You Are Leaving Pages
Some sites (usually government owned) utilize a “You are Leaving” page and if you look carefully at the URL, you can see that substituting your domain, name for the landing page listed, it creates a backlink to your site’s homepage. Since this page is just created and unknown, a link has to be created to that exploited page so it can be found by Search Engines thus making it a valid backlink. If you have such technology on your site for exit links, you will want to make sure that the robots.txt file and meta tags encourage Search Engines to ignore them so it will not be abused.
If you are reinstalling a program from the Internet or doing a first time install, should you choose run instead of save during the installation? For all installs over the Internet, I always encourage my clients to do saves instead of runs and I will go over a few points as to why this is best.
Need to install the software program to multiple computers? To reduce the killing of your bandwidth, save the software program to your portable media (such as a USB Flash Drive or CD/DVD) so that you can reinstall the software program to the other computers.
To download software programs, at times, licencing and download fees, are involved so if you have a copy saved locally, this prevents you from paying additional fees to download the software program once again.
By saving the software program to the computer before installing, you can then scan it with your antivirus program to see if it is safe before executing it as legitimate sites often get hacked by exploiters who can upload rogue files for you to download and install.
If Google Chrome crashed and refused to open no matter what you do, check the Programs and Features section under the Control Panel to see if the Google Chrome is still installed. If Google Chrome no longer listed in the Programs and Features section, you will unfortunately have to reinstall Google Chrome once again. If you are the only user of the computer and you installed the software personally, check your downloads folder for a copy of the installer file. If no copy is there as you selected RUN instead of SAVE, then you will need to download it once again from Google’s servers.
From what I have seen, your Google Chrome settings will be intact and if you were already signed into Google Chrome, you will be automatically logged in again once it is reinstalled.
The Devices and Printers section is one of the most useful section in the Windows Operating System as it shows you connected devices and if they are experiencing issues that you need to troubleshoot.
In Windows 7, it is a left click away from the Start button. On other Operating Systems, it will be faster to right click to the Control Panel and access it from there. Please note some versions of Windows 10 has it removed so utilize the Power Users option.
Left Click to Devices and Printers
1. Left click on the Start button.
2. Choose Devices and Printers
You can now view the installed devices and review the listed issues.
Right Click to Devices and Printers
1. Right click on the Start button.
2. Left click on Control Panel.
3. Choose view Devices and Printers or Devices and Printers.
You can now view the installed devices and review the listed issues.
1. Bring up the Run window.
2. In the Run window, type control printers and press the OK button or Enter/Return key.
3. You are now in the Devices and Printers window.
If your printer shows offline, there could be numerous things to cause it. To get it back online, follow theses steps.
Check to see if the printer is powered on. Often the printer’s power cord gets loose from the back of the printer or power outlet and will cause the printer to show offline.
A loose parallel, Ethernet or USB data cable will also cause the printer to show offline. If this is the case, shut off the printer and reconnect the data cable properly. Once the parallel, Ethernet or USB data cable is reconnected, return power to the printer and check to see if the printer shows offline.
Is the D, the DN, the T and the TN able to use the same drivers? Sometimes the same drivers will function normally but don’t always count on it so if you are swapping printers while one is under repair, add the correct drivers to print without issues.
If you are not careful, printers can be duplicated causing issues so be sure to check the Devices and Printers section to see if ‘copy’ is amended to a printer name. Another form is one printer for each network account user that had sign in.
If someone forgot to give the network printer a static IP Address, you may find this has changed so make sure that the IP Address in Devices and Printers matches the one in the printer. Also, If a printer has moved from LPT1 (parallel) to USB, this will cause issues as well.
If the shared printed on a PC got reinstalled, you will need to sync your connection once more for all guest.
One of my client who has a website is now seeing hits in their logs for wp-inorms.php from visitors in the Netherlands. Since “wp-” is in the file name, it usually means that the file is apart of WordPress and one would believe that someone and their botnet is out to wreak on the site but this appears to be a trick to end up in the server’s logs (ie. awstats, webalizer) as it often creates free backlinks to the exploiters.
So far, I have not found and files calle wp-inorms.php or wp-insorsm.php on server in any folder so it does appear they are attempting to gain backlinks through referral spam.
A client had ended up getting ransomware and after it was corrected, they attempted to get back to their contacts via email but when doing so, they noticed that the font size changes in Outlook (it got smaller) when replying or forwarding an email making it difficult respond to statements made by their contacts.
Fortunately, I have seen the issue before and remembered that the zoom is the culprit. Please keep in mind that Outlook has zoom buttons in a few areas so you will want to check the zoom in the reply window. If replies are in a frame, be sure to click on the Pop Out button.
Correcting the Issue
01. Open Outlook
02. Find an Email
03. Click Reply (Pop Out if necessary)
04. Under Format Text, click on the Zoom button
05. Set Zoom to 100%
06. Hit the OK button to save the change.
You should see the change immediately. Now, close the email and try to reply and forward to see if it is operating normally.
Note: Your Draft folder may need to be flushed after these tests.
Will your domain or server pass the RBL (Real-time Blackhole List) test with flying colors or will there be an issue?
Failed 0 out of 49 tests.
Do you know that it is easy to hack a Net10 Voicemail? If you have access to the potential victim’s unlocked phone or know the unlock password to the phone, here is what you can do to gain access to the voicemail.
01. Bring up the dialing pad on the phone.
02. Enter the characters #793# and then hit the SEND key.
The Net10 network will be contacted by the phone and will then trigger the network to reset the voicemail password to the last four (4) numbers of the phone. All you have to do now is enter call the Net10 voicemail line (hold 1 for a few seconds) then input the last four digits of the phone to listen to any saved, new messages or make changes. This is helpful to see if a spouse or friend is cheating behind your back or if you forgot your own voicemail password. Hopefully in the future, Net10 will give customers the option to reset the PIN while wiping any voice messages as an extra layer of security. If this is possible, then it can be a great way to mass delete messages that you had saved.
01. Never share your phone’s unlock password.
02. Don’t use the phone’s password for voicemail.
03. Delete unimportant messages after you listen to them.
04. Disable voicemail through Customer Service.
05. Use Google Voice as an option for mobile number.
06. Don’t share your Gmail/Google account password.
07. Don’t use 2-Step Verification with your Google account.
08. Have notifications hidden instead of displayed.
Note: Anyone that can unlock your phone or see SMS Notification can get the 6-digit code to get in your Gmail account.
There are two ways to have an Ad-Free Outlook when managing your email.
For only $19.95 USD a year, you’ll see no graphical ads in your inbox with Ad-free Outlook.com and if you previously used Hotmail Plus, your account will be automatically upgraded to Ad-free Outlook.com.
To save a little money, switch to Google Chrome and utilize an ad blocking extension (such as Adblock Plus) from the Chrome Web Store.
Your network connection or host file can be tweaked to block the loading of images from ad servers and covers any browser used at the time. Please keep in mind that you need access to the Local Administrator account on the computer to make the changes since it will affect all users of the system.
Once you setup Google Voice, the following message will be saved in your Inbox.
Welcome to Google Voice. Google Voice gives you a single phone number that rings all of your phones, saves your voicemail online, and transcribes your voicemail to text. Other cool features include the ability to listen in on messages while they’re being left, block unwanted callers, and make cheap international calls. We hope you enjoy using Google Voice.
What is not mentioned is that fact that you can get free calls with Google Voice by using the free WiFi at work, school or from your ISP so be sure to sign up while vanity numbers are still available.
Second, if you are applying for jobs online and is worried about scams, the mask of the Google Voice number protects your actual phone number.