KeePass Password Safe

I highly recommend that you use a password manager to manage and store all of the passwords that you use. Typically, most folks use the same password for many sites and accounts and are careless in maintaining their passwords; often storing them in and around the computer. KeePass will assist you in generating strong passwords and will assist you in securely storing your passwords. Also, check further on their website for ported versions of KeePass to other operating system platforms, such as Android. KeePass is available as a full install or portable app.

KeePass is an open source password manager. Passwords can be stored in highly-encrypted databases, which can be unlocked with one master password or key file.

Source: KeePass Password Safe

Geek Squeaks (#2015-40) FEATURING — Use Qwertycard To Generate And Keep Track Of Passwords — and MORE GREAT STUFF

Use Qwertycard To Generate And Keep Track Of Passwords  – As computer and internet users, where we log into numerous accounts, we are still failing to keep our information safe. From experience of helping others, I find that most people use weak passwords and will use the same password to log into numerous accounts. On top of that, most folks will write down those passwords and keep them near the computer. An easy solution to all of this is what is called a Qwerty Card. I had heard about these cards in the past; and, just recently I came across them again on Tech Crunch. How this works is that the card reflects the QWERTY keyboard and each letter on the keyboard is assigned a unique character. When you purchase a card, you are given a unique base code. To generate a really strong password, you first type your base code, then your own password, then use the Qwerty card to generate the coding for the website name. You can also simplify this process and still maintain a strong password by reducing the number of steps. To learn more on how this works, either visit Tech Crunch or the actual site that sells these cards (click here)…

Qwerty Cards

picture of qwertycard


EncryptOnClick Is Like Hiring Your Own Highly Experienced Data Security Guard – I nearly forgot about EncryptOnClick, until I saw that the developer recently updated it. If you want a simple, easy to use encryption program, this one is definitely a keeper. After you install EncryptOnClick, you can copy the contents of the install directory over to a flashdrive (to make it a portable app). Very nice program, that is FREE (that uses 256-bit AES encryption). You can encrypt individual files or entire directories.




Google Drive Rolling Out New Search Experience – Drive lets you search across all your files, regardless of the device they came from. To make that easier, you can use these new ways to find your files: Narrow your search to a file type from the search box on Android, iOS, and the web. Open advanced search instantly from the search box. Access recent files or search Drive from the home screen using 3D Touch on iOS. Search Drive using the iOS search bar without opening the Drive app.

The new features will be rolling out in the coming weeks…

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Speaking of Google Drive – Here is The Only Google Drive Guide You Will Ever Need… The guide covers: Navigation: Supported File Types | Accessing Google Drive | Storage Space | Working with Google Drive | Desktop Clients | Uploading Files & Folders | Downloading Files & Folders | File Size Restrictions | Creating a New Document | Sharing Files & Folders | Collaborating | Accessing Files Offline | Organizing Your Drive | Tweaking Your Layout | Third Party Apps | Troubleshooting | Drawbacks of Google Drive…

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Google Drive will sync documents with Microsoft Office


MAPS.ME – GPS Navigation & Map (Android) – Get detailed maps of any country in the world (that can be downloaded) and are optimized for your phone or tablet. This is an Android app called MAP.ME… If you need a GPS unit for your car; by using your Android smartphone, this is a great option. Recently upgraded to include walking directions…


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A Terabyte Internal SSD Drive (by Samsung) – I am starting to see the much larger SSD drives come down in price. If your are in the market for a SSD Drive you may want to take a look at the Samsung 850 EVO 1 TB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD

Samsung 850 EVO 1 TB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD

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Geek Squeaks (#2015-31) FEATURING — Android 6.0 Marshmallow — and MORE GREAT STUFF

Android 6.0 Marshmallow – If you currently have an Android supported device (smartphone or tablet) there is a possibility that you may be entitled (for FREE) to the newest Android OS called Marshmallow. I currently have a Nexus 5 smartphone, which is a Google based phone, and I received the upgrade this week. My Samsung Galaxy Tab S (tablet), I will have to do some research to determine when and if this device will receive the upgrade. You may have to do the same thing. Again, the OS upgrade is called Marshmallow.


After receiving my upgrade, I had minimal knowledge as to what the new features were. I went on the hunt and found what I was looking for (to educate myself) at the official Android Marshmallow site (at There you will find the complete features list by clicking on “All Features” at the bottom of the page. If you are wondering, Google names their operating systems using a confectionery theme. Below is a complete listing:

Cupcake (1.5) – Donut (1.6) – Eclair (2.0–2.1) – Froyo (2.2–2.2.3) – Gingerbread (2.3–2.3.7) – Honeycomb (3.0–3.2.6)[a] – Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0–4.0.4) – Jelly Bean (4.1–4.3.1) – KitKat (4.4–4.4.4, 4.4W–4.4W.2) – Lollipop (5.0–5.1.1) – Marshmallow (6.0)


If You Are A “LastPass” Subscriber You May Want To Read This – LastPass is an online password manager where your passwords are stored in an online encrypted vault. They have been bought out by LogMeIn (a company specializing in remote desktop management). If you visit the LastPass blog you can read more about this announcement and the various comments that indicate that people are not happy with this move. This is another reason why I do not store my passwords online and instead use local software to manage my passwords. If curious of what I use to manage my passwords, CLICK HERE..



How To Hide A File Inside A Picture – I have to give credit to BetaNews for showcasing this little app called Free File Camouflage that is easy to use that gives you the ability to hide files inside a typical jpeg image. What attracts me to this software is that it is small in size (portable); thus, a nice addition to my tech toolbox.


  • The software can be used with the main interface or via the explorer “send to” context menu (the first time you only need to select a directory with some images).
  • All the files are encrypted using AES and hidden inside an image.
  • What happens if someone tries to open a camouflaged image? Well… nothing! He will only see an image!
  • This software is also useful when you want to send an exe via email. Currently many email providers (or companies proxy) don’t allow this.
  • Recently also GMail has disabled the support for attaching a zip file (even if protected with password) with an exe in a draft message.
  • With Free File Camouflage you can send via email whatever you want!


Anker CD Slot Mount Car Mount Phone Holder – This is a unique method to mount a phone holder in your vehicle that is made by Anker. There are many variations of this method available by different companies; however, at the time of this blog post, the Anker CD Slot Car Mount Phone Holder was listed at being under $10…  

Anker CD Slot Mount Car Mount Phone Holder


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Exciting News! S10 Password Vault Now Available On Google Play (as an Android App)

You may have noticed on yesterday’s Geek Squeak I posted “A Quick Study On The Anatomy Of A Good Password” that featured the S10 Password Vault. I have tested and tried numerous password managers and in my humble opinion, S10 Password Vault is the best out there. You don’t hear much about it, due the developer himself is very humble.

When I started using S10 and found out how good it was I was hoping that there was an Android version available that I could download to my Android devices (smartphone and tablet). At that time, S10 was not available at the Google Play Store; however, the developer had a downloadable Android version available that required a manual install of an .apk file. I contacted the developer, expressed my gratitude for S10, and encouraged him to get the Android version of the S10 Password Vault onto Google Play Store (where the app would gain more exposure and the install process would be more automated).

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GREAT NEWS! The developer contacted me today and informed me that S10 is now available on Google Play – CLICK HERE – (and is also available for iPhone/iPad in the App Store). The developer also advised that S10 Password Vault has been upgraded, as well.

I know many people are going with the online password managers; however, my “words of wisdom” is to go with a software version such as S10 where you know your data is much safer and more manageable; and you know for sure where your data is located.

To get you started with S10 Password Vault, visit the main website – CLICK HERE – so that you can see how feature enriched this software is; YET, simplistic.  I have been using it for years and would be totally lost without it. S10 Password Vault can either be installed on your computer or be downloaded as a portable app.

A big THANK YOU to the developer of S10 Password Vault…


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Geek Squeaks #2015-11 @ What’s On My PC (Featuring: A Quick Study On The Anatomy Of A Good Password and MORE)

A Quick Study On The Anatomy Of A Good Password – I plucked the information below from my work security notices about passwords and thought it would be good to share with my readers. It pretty much sums it up nicely about the creation and the composition of a good password.

Did you know the longer the password, the harder it is to crack? Consider a 12-character password or longer. Things to avoid: Names, places, dictionary words. Mix it up. Use variations on capitalization, spelling, numbers, and punctuation. Most importantly, don’t save passwords or use “remember me” especially on public computers.  Make sure your computer is secure.  Never give your password out to anyone and don’t post your password in plain sight.

From my experience I have found that people that use computers (and other devices) on the personal level (such as at home) use very weak passwords, never change them and are very liberal on who has access to those passwords. To solve this problem, I highly recommend that you use a password manager such as S10 Password Vault that will help you manage, organize, store and generate your passwords.

S10 Password Vault

Hope You Don’t Miss Out On This Deal At Best Buy ($49.99) – My Passport Ultra 1TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive – Black … Apparently Best Buy is clearing these out (which are the older models — but still a great buy)… If you miss out, and want one of the newer models, then try this link – CLICK HERE

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Here’s How To Use A Compass For Better Photography – If you have never visited Backcounty Gallery, then you do not know what you are missing… The site has FREE wallpapers that are to die for if you are a nature lover, featuring photos from the site’s developer (and photographer). If you are wondering, “How does he do that?”; then, read this article, at Backcountry Gallery, “Can A Compass Help You Get Better Photos?‘…

Backcountry Gallery

Have you ever tried going offline for days at a time? I don’t know if I could detach myself from my devices. I am serious, I have never tried it. Found this blog post at the Huffington Post “Why You Need To Go Offline For A Week” where the author explains that “you go completely offline (no internet allowed at all) and off grid (so no phone calls, texts etc.) to have a complete break from technology and communication with anyone you’re not physically with”. I encourage you to read this article to see his end results… I definitely need to go offline, get off the grid and go to hermit land.

Going Offline

Check out this men’s lithium powered mountain bike – This is an example of how battery technology is improving all of the time. This bike (or scooter) is by X-Treme Scooters (Model XB-300Li)… The Lithium Powered Electric Bicycle has a 300-Watt rear brushless hub motor for power operation. The bike has a key start and a variable speed control twist throttle. The bike can be powered exclusively by the motor, can be pedaled and power assisted, or be exclusively pedaled. Mountain bike components that make the bike great for trail and road riding include a seven-speed Shimano Tourney Gears Shifter System, lightweight 100 percent aluminum alloy frame, fully adjustable seat, and a RST Capa T7 hydraulic front fork for maximum shock absorption. The bike is also equipped with strong front and rear brakes, a battery indicator, a headlight, tool kit, and cargo rack.

Battery Powered Bicycle


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Tips On Password Creation and Management

Finished a refresher training today at my work that featured tips on password creation and management that I thought I would share with you. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to use strong passwords and different passwords for each account that you maintain. I can tell you from personal experience, that nearly every computer I have ever assisted anyone with (home and work), their passwords could be easily compromised.

Password Creation and Management


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 21, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (How to get to the Windows 8 event logs): I ran into a situation with my computer where I needed to get to the Windows 8 event logs to perform some troubleshooting. Do you think I could remember how? Guess it is age or I don’t troubleshoot enough. Take a minute to read how to get to this log in Windows 8 and take a look at what the log looks like. You may need it in the future (see below);

Squeak #2 – (A Pill That Turns Your Body Into A Password): A friend of mine put me on this one. You can’t make this stuff up, because this is real. Motorola has revealed a stomach acid-powered pill that will literally will use your body for password authentication. I can see it now in the workplace; “Did you take your password pill this morning? If not, please proceed to HR for a suppository.” (see below);

Squeak #3 – (Remotely Change Your Password On Your Android Device):  Ever lose your android smartphone? Google recently came out with an update to their Android Device Manager that gives you the ability to remotely change the password on your phone or tablet, in the event it is lost or stolen (see below); AND,

Squeak #4 – (128 GB Flash Drive): It amazes me how flash drives are slowly evolving into excellent backup strategy options by the amount of space that is being developed for the drives (see below)…


Geek Squeaks’, featuring a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!

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Finding the Windows 8 System Log

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Launch the Windows 8 Event Viewer – To get started with the Event Viewer press Winkey +w, this launches the Search box with the focus on Settings.  Now type: “ev” you should see ‘View event logs’… READ MORE

Google-owned Motorola reveals stomach acid-powered tablet that turns your body into a password

“The tablets contain a small chip with a switch and something that amounts to an inside-out potato battery,” Wired UK explains. “After swallowing it the acids in your stomach act as electrolytes, which power the battery and turn the switch on and off in a sequence.”… READ MORE


Google now lets you change your password remotely on an Android device

 @ TechHive


Google has begun rolling out an update to its Google Play Services that includes the ability to remotely change your phone unlock password—a major addition since the search giant released the Android Device Manager last month… READ MORE

SanDisk Cruzer Glide 128 GB USB Flash Drive


Store and protect everything from cherished photos and videos to sensitive work files with the Cruzer Glide USB Flash Drive. This 128 GB drive comes with SanDisk SecureAccess software, which lets you password-protect and encrypt files you want to keep private while permitting access to files you want to share. Additionally, Cruzer Glide’s 2 GB of secure online storage make it easy to safeguard your most valued files. The compact drive features a red slider that glides shut to shield the USB jack… CHECK IT OUT HERE

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Use Password Chameleon To Generate A Different Unique Password For Every Site You Use

If you are not using some form of software to manage the passwords to your online accounts, then this tells me you are using weak passwords; or you are using the same password for every account; or you are writing down the passwords somewhere. I can go with writing the passwords down, as long as you are using some level of security (like storing them in a locked area), but I will bet you are not doing this. When it comes to computer security and passwords, I have found it is human nature to not take the extra steps to make sure the accounts are protected and have also found that most people really do not understand the importance of it all.

Today, I came across a really unique website that really caught my attention, called Password Chameleon, that is very different than any password manager I ever experienced.  As a matter of fact, it does not get any easier than this.

Password Chameleon

With Password Chameleon you only need to remember one password and the domain name of the account you are accessing.

For example, to access my blog account, I enter my secret password (which actually can be easy), then the domain name, which is, then click on “Generate Password”

Password Chameleon

After I click on “Generate Password”, a strong password is then generated.

Password Chameleon

What is cool about Password Chameleon is if I forget the password,  I can go back to the Password Chameleon website, enter my secret password, the domain name, click on “Generate password” to retrieve the same password I created the first time. You can come back anytime to Password Chameleon to get the password. Where the beauty of this lies is that I can retrieve a password for my accounts from any internet enabled computer by simply visiting the Password Chameleon site.

Password Chameleon uses a technique called “hashing” to combine your secret password with the address of the site and produce your password.

  • Passwords are never saved.
  • There is no database of passwords that could be hacked.
  • Passwords are generated on your computer using JavaScript, so nothing is sent over the internet.
  • Password Chameleon uses SHA-1 encryption to generate each password.
  • Passwords are 10 character, 64-bit sequences.
  • Passwords do not contain easily confused characters, such as 0 and O.

I am now using Password Chameleon, in conjunction with my password management software, to generate and keep track of my passwords.

Password Chameleon is a very cool concept that I hope the developers continue to enhance even further. On a further note, you can also download a Password Chameleon app to your windows computer, windows phone, android devices, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer browsers which makes it even easier to manage those passwords.



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GEEK SQUEAKS (#64) – Everything Kindle, Clean Your Windows PC, FREE Software, Space Fantasy Wallpaper, and the 25 Worst Passwords

Everything Kindle: Kindle Fire, Accessories and Books

Everything Kindle

I recently had the opportunity to play around with the Kindle Fire. It is not an iPad Killer, but it is everything Amazon is saying it is. If you don’t believe me, read the reviews [HERE].  If you are looking for a SOLID tablet computer, that is easy to navigate, that will get you on the internet (on the go), has great screen resolution, and the ability to add apps, then do not hesitate. For the money, you will not go wrong. Great present for Christmas!




CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure. Easy to use and a small, fast download.


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Free Software

A Big Geek’s collection of Free Software and websites to help you improve your computer knowledge and experience.  Nearly all of the software linked to is Freeware, however, some is Payware.  You can save a considerable sum of money by using Free Software rather than buying a retail product.  Most of the software that isn’t free has a trial period where you can use the program for free to see if you like it.


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Space/Fantasy Wallpaper Set 51

Space Fantasy Wallpaper


25 “Worst Passwords” of 2011 Revealed – Yahoo! Finance

Worst Passwords


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A Simple Easy-To-Use Password Vault

What I have found, as a result of following the software circuit, is that oftentimes software (during its’ lifespan) can end up being over developed and bloated.  As a result, the end user becomes frustrated and drops the software in search for something more understandable and simpler. I have found that to be the case with many of the software applications that serve as password managers.

S10 Password Vault iconRecently, I was looking for an easy-to-use application to store my usernames and passwords and came across S10 Password Vault. Initially I was skeptical, due I had never heard of this application; however, after a test run I knew I was onto something good.

S10 Password Vault is FREE for personal use, can be run as a PORTABLE APP or a FULL INSTALL, is small in windows size, is  not cumbersome, will autotype the usernames and passwords for you, and will generate random passwords if need be. The really “cool factor” to this password vault is that it will work with any program (that requires a username and password) and not just web site accounts. Another thing I found, that I was in search for is, I can use it as a bookmark manager and program launcher, as well (even though it is touted as a password vault). This is especially useful on my flash drive. I commend the author, Sten Herlitz, for developing a really nice (easy-to-use) password vault that is feature enriched and developed with the end user in mind.

Master Password Screen

Create Master Password

Folder Hierarchy Example

Folder/Account Hierarchy

Account Editor

Edit Account

Features of S10 Password Vault:

Customizable folder/account hierarchy

Launching of websites and programs

Autotypes info in websites and programs

Account matching via window titles

Custom account information fields

Drag-and-drop support

System tray icon showing lock state

Quick unlock using partial password

Auto-start when Windows starts

Print capability and “View All” mode

Export URLs to browser Favorites

Compact program (647KB download)

Highly secure 256-bit AES encryption

Single file protected by master password

Optional key file on USB drive

Strong password generation

Foils malicious keyboard loggers

Auto-lock timeout and automatic file backup

Secure synchronization between PCs

Secure folder sharing with other users

A portable version runs on USB drive

Digitally signed – no spyware/adware

No browser plugins or toolbars

Central configuration for businesses


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A Safe and Secure Sticky Notes Program for your Flash Drive

If you are someone that uses a portable flash drive on a regular basis, then you most likely have experienced that feeling when you either forgot to unplug the drive from a foreign computer or that feeling when you have misplaced or lost the drive.  If this has not happened to you, believe me it will.  I am a heavy duty flash drive user and I have experienced both, even though I go to great lengths to monitor the whereabouts of my flash drive.  As a result of my carelessness, I have learned to use layers of protection to prevent access to the data on the drive in the event the drive falls into the wrong hands.

In conjunction with using encryption software on my flash drive (such as the FREE version of SafeHouse), I will also use programs on the drive that offer password protection and additional encryption.  For example, the sticky notes program that I carry on my flash drive is a FREE program called PNotes that not only can be password protected; it can also be configured to automatically encrypt your notes.


This little gem of a program contains a boat load of features that continues to get better and better.  PNotes can also be installed and run from your computer as well.

PNotes Features:

  • Ease of use – no installation, just unpack the downloaded archive to any location and run PNotes.exe.
  • Fully adjustable – you set the default fonts, colors and dimensions of notes.
  • Individual note adjusting – every note can have its own settings, like fonts, colors etc.
  • Rich text formatting – any portion of note’s text can be formatted separately.
  • Password protection – prevents unauthorized access to program.
  • Encryption – allows you to store notes as encrypted files, so even in case of loosing your USB stick nobody could read them.
  • Backing up – the notes could be backed up before saving – with any reasonable levels of copies – and quickly restored at any moment.
  • Transparency – opacity level for notes may vary from completely opaque to absolutely transparent.
  • Skins – there is a variety of skins for PNotes (some of them are just works of art) and, moreover, you can create your own if download PNSkinCreator – a small utility for creation PNotes skins.
  • Docking – you may dock notes to any side of screen (all together or each one separately) and get as a result a kind of panel.
  • Scheduling – it is possible to schedule each note to remind you about significant events by many different ways. Using this feature you may just hide notes and don’t worry, you’ll be notified in time.
  • Overdue reminders – have you set a number of reminders and turned your computer off or taken the program in whole to another computer? Never mind, next time the program will start it will check it’s settings and inform you about any overdue reminder.
  • Favorites – add frequently used notes to favorites for easy and fast access.
  • Searching – you may perform the quick search in notes either by their contents, or by their titles.
  • E-mailing – contents of each note or number of notes as attachment may be sent by e-mail.
  • Control Panel – this is your central command post. All management is put into effect here.
  • Grouping – notes can be separated into different groups for easy management. You may freely create, modify or delete groups and change every note’s belonging by single click or just drag_and_drop.
  • Internationalization – PNotes is fully Unicode supported and translated into many languages.
  • Portability – PNotes leaves no traces in Windows registry and can be started from any drive (fixed or flash) on any computer. Take your notes with you to any location.
  • Other features – of course there are many other unmentioned features in program, but I suggest you to discover them by yourself, these are delights of any new program, aren’t they?


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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#39)

Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly roundup of articles from the What’s On My PC blogroll community. This community is a compilation of over 40 blogs that share a common interest in bringing the latest in information technology to your desktop. If you have an interest in information technology, these blogs are the places to visit.


thePC Security
Using Portable Web Browsers for Internet Security

Computer Too Slow
Windows Device Manager Explained

Crazy World of G
Burn It

Do You Really Need More Than 4GB of RAM?
UltraVNC – free solution for encrypted remote access

Tech-for Everyone
5 Tools to Prevent Laptop-Related Injuries and Eye Strain

Never forget to back up your files ever again.
Now it’s easy and automatic

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites – December Additions

AKS-Feel The Change
Manage USB Devices with USB Manager

Carol’s Vault
Can’t install WordPress plugins and themes via dashboard
How to Remove RESpyWare

Plato On-Line
The Most Important Technological Artifact (200 B.C.)

Ensure Privacy When Using Google Chrome

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Explore as Administrator PowerToy

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition – Knocks Malware DEAD!

TTC Shelbyville
Stop and Encrypt Your Flashdrives

The Abbey Rose
How’s Your Password?

I Love Free Software
OnlineFamily: Manage and Monitor Online Activities of Kids

Make Windows 7 Super Fast

How to Convert Any Photo into a Sketch?

Freeware Elite
Get to know updated websites real quick with

Canadian Tech Blogger
CNET Top 5 Most Popular Products for December

Computer Maintenance
Windows Malware Remover tools and techniques

TuneUp Blog
Speed Up Games on Your Windows XP, Vista or 7 System (Part Three)

Freeware Pharmacy

What’s On My PC
Past Versions of Geek Squeaks’ of the Week


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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#32)

They say there are hidden treasures in those blogs and the treasures in these blogs are are no exception. The blog articles listed below are articles from the blogs (sites) that are listed on the “What’s On My PC…” blogroll community. If you are looking for that treasure, then look no further; the information that is conveyed and presented in these articles are true gems of professionalism.


Carol’s Vault
The President’s new cross: a Nobel prize for Peace

Right On Technology
T-Mobile Project Dark to Offer $50 Unlimited Plan

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Be Safe – Write Down Your Passwords

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Preview a TinyURL

Is You GEEKed Up
Up Do You Tweet on Twitter?

Plato On-Line
Bladeless Fan and Spider-Pill-Camera

Now You Can Publicize Your Post To Twitter
How to Remove Antivirus

AKS-Feel The Change
Check Whether your Email Account Phished or Not

TuneUp Blog
Speed Up Games on Your XP or Vista System (Part One)

Manage your Passwords with KeePass Password Safe

Tux in the Midwest
Drupal Notes – Terminology

Piyada’s World
A simple tool to disable write access on your USB thumb drive

TTC Shelbyville
Free Video Converter

The Abbey Rose
Tech Airlines©

Get All Windows & Office Updates on A DVD

How to Create Polaroid Photos Online?

Tecnogran’s Tittle Tattle
Live Photo Gallery v Google Picasa

thePC Security
Scan or Check Websites for Malware – 4 Free Tools

Computer Too Slow
Diagnose Windows Freezing

CrimeReports Maps Out Local Crimes [Crime]
HijackThis – unofficial standard for startup entries log

Scoroncocolo Tech Pages
Anyone Can View Saved Passwords on Your Computer

Tech-for Everyone
IE 8 – Protecting Your Privacy Online

Setting a Default Program to Open a File

Free PC Security
Microsoft Update Fake Emails

What’s On My PC…
A “FREE” way to inventory your movie collection…


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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#25)

If you are new to What’s On My PC… you will notice on the right side of the blog a category listing for Geek Squeaks’.  The Geek Squeaks’ category is a weekly roundup of articles from the bloggers that are on the What’s On My PC… blogroll.  I encourage you to visit these blogs to learn more about information technology and computers.

Geek Squeaks'

Evilfantasy’s Blog
A rogue security test site?

Plato on-line
H1N1 Vaccine and National Security

BitDefender gets real about what you want in online security

Critical Update for Adobe Flash Player (Reblogged)
How to Remove SaveSoldier

Carol’s Vault
Finding inspiration on Twitter

AKS-Feel The Change
Music Search Engine – Find All Your MP3 Songs

Tech Support Cheat Sheet
Reveals the Secrets of Troubleshooting – light online filter for feeds

Tech-for Everyone
The Best 10 Minutes

Setting up your browser to open multiple home page tabs

Free PC Security
Keepass – Free Password Security

Bill Mullin’s Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Save Your Machine – Keep it Clean

Google Pack: All Essential & Free Softwares!

Piyada’s World
List of fake antivirus and its removal tool

TTC Shelbyville
Change Firefox’s Default Search

Tux in the Midwest
Robot Hands Will Rule the World

Tiny Program to Automatically Shutdown Computer

Is You GEEKed Up
Windows 7 Post Install Customization Checklist

Windows Notepad

What’s On My PC…
A super easy way to listen to internet radio…


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Why the security breach at and is a BIG deal…

Most everyone has read in the news about and (both career job seeking and posting sites) being illegally accessed and account data being taken. You can read the official notices posted by both of these entities by clicking the links below:

“Monster Database Security Breach Alert”

“Attention USAJobs Users”

Most of you are probably wondering, what’s the big deal?  So what, someone has taken usernames, passwords and email addresses to a career site. Just change the password, as prompted or instructed, and you will be fine.  Wrong!

I want my readers to please watch the short video below, from Sophos Labs (Graham Cluey’s Blog) about this specific case and what it should teach us.

NOTE: I have the video link configured so that when you click on the graphic link below the video will open in a separate full screen window.  At the full screen window, click on the “play button” in the bottom left corner.

This video demonstrates how other web site accounts can be compromised, as a result of maintaining the same password for each account we access (i.e. your banking, credit card, etc…). The video points out that over 41 percent of people use the same password for every account they access.  From my experience, I say that percentage is even higher. I cannot stress the importance of practicing good password management.

To remind and educate about password management; and to provide you with a software tool to get you started, I encourage you to re-visit the post I composed titled:

“PASS-the-WORD”… Basic password management tips.”

I also would like to point out that this particular incident, with economic conditions being as such, demonstrates how low the cybercriminal will go to seek financial gain by stealing your identity.

clipped from

What the security breach teaches us about passwords

by Sophos Labs



Hackers have stolen details on job seekers from recruit websites and, bringing the risk of identity theft and phishing attacks.

Sophos Graham Cluey Video

Learn what you need to do to ensure that your website accounts aren’t compromised in this video by Sophos’s senior technology consultant Graham Cluley.

Read more on Graham Cluley’s blog at

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“PASS-the-WORD”… Basic password management tips…

When it comes to assigning and maintaining passwords, it is astonishing how complacent we can be… Everything that we access on the internet, that is on a personal and private level, requires an account username and password, (i.e. Our internet account, email, banking, purchasing, instant messaging, community sites, places of employment, etc.). The majority of us will use the same username and password for every account we access and will usually use one word (for the password) that is something that we hold close to ourselves (i.e. pet’s name, child’s name, nicknames, birthday, etc.) . Instead of using good password management practices, we end up playing “PASS-the-WORD” from one account to another. Another fact is that we will write the password(s) down on a scrap piece of paper; then we’ll stick it on the computer monitor, under a desk pad, in a desk drawer, etc… We innocently do these things, as a matter of convenience, so that we do not forget the password.

What are the risks of weak password(s) falling into the wrong hands?

A person can access our accounts to impersonate us; monitor our activities; acquire personal information; sign our name to online service agreements and contracts; change our account information or profile, acquire credit card information, etc.

What to do (some basic password management tips):

  • When possible, use a “Passphrase” instead of a “Password”. “Passphrases” are nonsensical sentences that are easily remembered. For example; by typing “My wife calls me donkey! Wonder why?” is harder to crack than using the password “donkey”; however, the problem we run into is that many services do not allot enough character space to type a full sentence or phrase. If you have to use a “Password”, use at least 7 characters, make it easy to remember, avoid dictionary words, avoid number sequences, and throw in an upper/lower case mix with some symbols (for example: Eye812!).  The longer the password, the better.

You can test the strength of your passwords at Test Your Pas$word.


  • Use good password management practices when protecting accounts that are very important.
  • Do not share the password with anyone.
  • Change the Password or PassPhrase on a regular basis. We have the tendency to not change our passwords for years.

How to manage numerous passwords:

I use a software program called KeePass Password Safe to manage my passwords. “KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish)”.

KeePass is currently available in two different versions (Classic and Professional). For home use, the Classic version is sufficient, plus it is not dependent on any operating system prerequisites. Portable versions of KeePass are also available that can be used on a flash drive.


Strong Security
Multiple User Keys
Portable and No Installation Required
Export To TXT, HTML, XML and CSV Files
Import From Many File Formats
Easy Database Transfer
Support of Password Groups
Time Fields and Entry Attachments
Auto-Type, Global Auto-Type Hot Key and Drag&Drop
Intuitive and Secure Windows Clipboard Handling
Searching and Sorting
Multi-Language Support
Strong Random Password Generator
Plugin Architecture

ADDITIONAL NOTE:   Though KeePass was originally created as a password manager, I have found a second use for it.  In addition to managing the websites I visit that require username and password access, I also use it as a bookmarks/favorites manager for all the websites I visit.  I’m still experimenting with this, but so far it is working great as a bookmark manager as well.



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