Dec 152012
 

Anyone who uses iPhone may be very familiar with iPhone backup files, and thanks to iPhone backuo files, or we’ll lose our mind once we accidently deleted important data from iPhone or lost iPhone. The backup files give us a chance to recover our personal information.

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iPhone Backup File

iTunes can back up most data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. And these data that are located in a specific place of your computer are called iPhone backup files which could be used to restore data in your iPhone if you accidently deleted something in iPhone, buy a new iPhone, etc…

Backed-up information includes purchased music, TV shows, apps, and books; photos and video in the Camera Roll; device settings (for example, Phone Favorites, Wallpaper, and Mail, Contacts, Calendar accounts); app data; Home screen and app organization; Messages (iMessage, SMS, and MMS), ringtones, and more. Media files synced from your computer aren’t backed up, but can be restored by syncing with iTunes.

Then maybe you are wondering where those backup files are. Whether you use Mac OS X or Windows, the iPhone backup process is basically the same, iTunes backs up all your iPhone files and identifier information to a specific directory in the locations that we are about to talk. OK let’s start to find the iPhone backup files.

iPhone Backup File Location

In Mac OS X your iPhone files are backed up at the following location:

~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

The (~) symbol signifies your home directory, which is the same place all your other documents and information are stored.

Windows XP stores all of your iPhone backup files in this location:

C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

Windows Vista and Windows 7 backs up the iPhone files to here:

C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

Obviously if your main drive is not C: then you’ll have to change that, same goes for “user”.

Want to Recover iPhone Backup Password?

One thing that almost all iPhone users have encountered is losing iPhone backup password in iTunes. This really drives one crazy, because all your important data and personal information such as contacts, messages, call history could not be restored from iPhone backup files now. In this case, you may ask a professional tool to help you. One of my friends recommend iPhone Backup Unlocker to me and I like it so much. It is like a loyal password keeper for me. Maybe you could also have a try.

Dec 032012
 

With all of our advances in security technology, one aspect remains constant: passwords still play a central role in system security. I recently read an article about Windows password, from which I learnt a lot and I realize it is important to have a strong Windows password. Here in this article I’d like to share with you some knowledge that I learned and help you increase your Windows security.

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What Could Be a Strong Windows Password?

Isummarized that article and find that the passwords I created were actually not good passwords. Then what a strong password looks like? You must know that:

  1. Ac#wP3T$c is a Great Password (passwords with both letters and figures, lower case and upper case)
  2. J0y17 is a Good Password (use the figure 0 which looks like the letter o)
  3. 14 Characters is the Optimal Password Length (however, most of my passwords are less than 14 characters)
  4. Passwords Cannot Include Spaces (some applications do not allow this)
  5. Eventually Any Password Can Be Cracked
  6.  Passwords Should be Changed Every 30 Days (it’s so important that you should regularly change your password with a rule)

If you do not have a Windows password, I suggest you read the paragraphs below to learn how to set a Windows password. Before you set the password you should think out a strong password, which is very necessary.

Steps to Create a Windows Password

It is easy for you to create a Windows password. First of all you need to create a Windows user account and then set password for it. Whether your operating system is Windows 7, Vista or XP, the steps to create a Windows password are similar. The following are steps to create a Windows password on Windows XP.

1. Click ‘Start’ -> ‘Control Panel’ -> ‘User Accounts’.

2. In the pick an account to change area of the User Accounts window, click ‘Create a new account’.

Note: If you have created a Windows account, you can ignore this step and go to step 5 to create a Windows password directly.

3. Type your user name for the account, and then click ‘Next’.

4. Select your account type and click ‘Create account’ to finish your operation. And now the user account is successfully created.

5. Click the account you just created.

6. Click ‘Create a new password’.

7. Type into your Windows password and choose a password hint, and then click ‘Create Password’.

8. Now that your Windows XP account has a password setup, you must use this password to log on to Windows XP from this point forward.

You Windows password is hard to get remembered, and you worry that you may forget Windows password one day? I here highly recommend you to use a USB flash drive or CD to create a password reset disk, which will help you easily reset your forgotten Windows password, whenever you forgot Windows login password. Besides, you could try Windows Password Recovery tool if you haven’t set a password reset disk beforehand and it could help you find your Windows 8 password, Windows 7 password, recover Windows XP password and more.

 Posted by at 8:38 am
Nov 202012
 

We use computer constantly in our work and daily life, as a result it becomes quite important to keep computing safe from current and future threats. These 7 quick and easy tips I am about to explain will help protect your hardware, software, and data in your computer running Windows.

1. Updates Windows Automatically. If your PC has been off for a few days, don’t wait for Windows automatically updates for you. You should better first visit Windows Update site when you surf the Internet. Also, there may be a lag between when a patch is available and when Windows Update pushes it to you. Microsoft releases Windows patches on the second Tuesday of each month, so to be safe check for updates manually every couple of weeks. And don’t forget to set your antivirus and anti-spyware tools to update automatically (or check weekly for updates yourself).

2. Don’t Allow “Hide File Extensions for Known File Types”: Some viruses pretend as harmless file types by adding a bogus extension near the end of their name, as in “funnycartoon.jpg.exe,” in hopes your system is set to hide such extensions you see ‘.jpg’ but not ‘.exe’. To make these troublemakers easier to spot, open Windows Explorer or any folder window and click Tools >> Folder Options >> View. Make sure that “Hide file extensions for known file types” option is unchecked.

3. Enable and Configure a Firewall: A firewall is a device that controls the flow of information between your computer and the internet, similar to a router. Most modern operating systems include a software firewall. In addition to the operating system’s firewall, the majority of home routers have a firewall built in. Refer to your user’s guide for instructions on how to enable your firewall. Once your firewall is enabled, consult the user’s guide to learn how to configure the security settings and set a strong password to protect it against unwanted changes.

4. Install and Use Antivirus and Antispyware Software: Installing an antivirus and antispyware software program and keeping it up to date is a critical step in protecting your computer. Many types of antivirus and antispyware software can detect the possible presence of malware by looking for patterns in the files or memory of your computer. This software uses virus signatures provided by software vendors to look for malware. New malware is discovered daily, and vendors frequently make new signatures available, so 3antivirus software will be most effective if the signatures are up to date. Many antivirus and antispyware programs offer automatic updating. Enable that feature so your software always has the most current signatures. If automatic updates aren’t offered, be sure to install the software from a reputable source, like the vendor’s website or a CD from the vendor.

5. Remove Unnecessary Software: Unnecessary software increases the opportunities for attack. Intruders can attack your computer by exploiting software vulnerabilities (that is, flaws or weaknesses), so the less software you have installed, the fewer avenues for potential attack. Check the software installed on your computer. If you don’t know what a software program does and don’t use it, research it to determine whether it’s necessary. Remove any software you feel isn’t necessary after confirming the software is safe to be removed. Back up important files and data before removing unnecessary software in case you accidentally remove software essential to the operating system. If possible, locate the installation media for the software in case that someday you need to reinstall it.

6. Modify Unnecessary Default Features: Like removing unnecessary software and disabling nonessential services, modifying unnecessary default features eliminates opportunities for attack. Review the features that came enabled by default on your computer and disable or customize those you don’t need or plan on using. As with nonessential services, be sure to research these features before disabling or modifying them. The AutoRun feature in Microsoft Windows systems was a default feature at the time of the Conficker malware and was one of the three ways computers became infected. When the AutoRun feature is enabled on Windows computers, Windows detects when removable media, such as CDs and USB storage devices, are inserted into the computer and automatically executes the media’s contents.

7. Scan attachments for viruses: Run each of the e-mail attachments you receive through your antivirus software before you open them. Rather than double-clicking the attachment to open it instantly, save the file to a drive on your PC, open Windows Explorer, right-click the file, and choose the option to scan it for viruses. (Better yet, set your antivirus software to scan incoming and outgoing e-mail automatically.)

 

Nov 082012
 

Recently Microsoft announced that Windows Phone 8 would come with the new Internet Explorer 10 browser too. And today, Nov. 8, Microsoft has detailed the differences between its Internet Explorer 10 (IE 10) for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 ahead of the release of the mobile operating system (OS) in the US.

Microsoft’s principal program manager lead Charles Morris said in a post on its developer blog that though both versions share many similar features, the IE 10 web browser is not identical on both mobile and PC systems.

IE 10 deals with effects such as 3D transforms, shadows for both text and boxes in websites and support for more fonts. The hardware accelerated rendering function also allows transitions and animations to run independently of the main browser thread for better performance.

“By popular demand we now have full support for Web Open Font Format (WOFF) on Windows Phone. Better yet, our friends from Typekit, who provide a super popular library to add cool fonts to any website, announced official support for Windows Phone 8,” Morris said.

However, IE 10 on Windows Phone 8 does not support inline video nor does it support new manipulation views for touch panning and zooming (except for -ms-touch-action). IE 10 on Windows Phone 8 also doesn’t support multi-track HTML5 audio, ActiveX, VBScript, drag-and-drop APIs, or file access APIs. Features such as link previews, pinned site icons and notifications, as well as support for connecting sites to apps is also not supported.

Making IE 10 to web and app developers as part of Windows Phone 8, Morris said, “Now that the software development kit (SDK) is available, it is a great time for you to use the included emulator to test your sites directly on Windows Phone 8.”

Will these differences make IE 10 on Windows Phone 8 less effective and convenient?

 

Oct 292012
 

The latest launch event to rock the technological launch season comes from Microsoft with the official unveiling of Windows Phone 8 in San Francisco. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore and Steve Ballmer revealed the Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system just a few hours ago. Let’s get a quick look at what is new in this new smart phone.

Multi-core Processing

Windows Phone 8 offers support for processors with up to 64 cores, though this may not come that soon – Microsoft says there may be some quad-core Windows Phones out this year, but it mostly expects dual-core. It should be enough to see the join: for all the criticism lobbed Microsoft’s way over its mobile offerings, Windows Phone has always been light on hardware. So Windows Phone 8 should be zippy, with the right processors.

The primary benefit of multi-core processing for users is that background multi-tasking should become a cinch, and general speed when using your phone for multiple tasks should increase. Windows Phone developers face the challenge of living up to this promise, however.

MicroSD Storage Expansion

Windows Phone 8 supports MicroSD cards, meaning that it will be relatively inexpensive and straightforward to boost the storage in your phone. As a result, you are no longer limited to the amount of onboard storage with which your handset’s manufacturer deigned to bless you.

Fresh Start Screen

One of the big complains about existing Windows Phones is the lack of customization with regard to the home screens, though they are good in looking. Windows Phone 8 rectifies this, to an extent. The Start Screen still features the familiar Moder UI live tiles, but there is the option to change the tiles’ size, move them around and change the color scheme. Actually, you can now choose from up to 20 color schemes, which is very nice.

Kids Corner

Another intriguing new feature of Windows Phone 8 is called ‘Kids Corner’, which creates a separate place on your phone where children can access only the things you want them to. So they could, for instance play games and watch videos, but nothing else.

If you want to access Kids Corner, you should first head over to Settings, Turn on Kids Corner. There’s an off switch for those who don’t need this feature and checkboxes to choose what the kids can access. The Kids Corner home screen then displays only the apps that you have chosen, in the familiar live tile format. It sounds so simple and useful you wonder why no other smart phone platform has yet provided such a feature.

Easy Integration with SkyDrive

Microsoft has done a great job integrating all kinds of different services, like SkyDrive and various social networks, into Windows 8.  As to Windows Phone 8 key to this is Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud computing function. Using Windows Phone 8 and SkyDrive allows you to move files and apps from PC to tablet to phone to Xbox, according to Microsoft, and will “not only feel the same way, but work together in some powerful ways”. SkyDrive is built right into the PC and the phone, and is available on the Xbox as well.

It is undoubtedly that the biggest thing in Windows Phone 8’s favor is the billion or so people who use Windows on PC, laptop or tablet. And Microsoft is determined to make a great deal out of this. Speaking about the combination of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Belfiore said that using a Windows Phone 8 handset offered: “All of your content: office documents, photos, and music wherever you are.”

If you create a new document with your phone, it can be accessed on your laptop, PC or tablet as well. SkyDrive also supports voice notes. You start with 7GB of free space, and you can pay to add more so you don’t have to worry about running out of space.

Oct 082012
 

Backing up files is made easier with Windows 8’s brand-new feature File History, which automatically backs up files in the background and lets you restore them from a simple, time-based interface.

Few users know that both Windows Vista and Windows 7 has a very useful “Previous versions” feature, which can be used to automatically backup files or folders on a scheduled interval and it is also possible to restore the backed up files to an earlier version using Windows built in backup wizard. These earlier versions, often known as “Shadow copies”, were especially useful in restoring deleted files, files that have been modified recently or have been moved to a different location.

Features about Windows 8’s File History

Similar to Apple’s Time Machine, File History allows users to schedule regular backups to any hard drive directory on their computer. However, it doesn’t back up your whole system. Instead, it only backs up the files in your Libraries—essentially, your personal documents, files, and media. You can add any folders you want to a library, of course, but it won’t back up your entire computer the way Windows 7 File Recovery does. Also, instead of running large backups every week or month, it takes a snapshot of your files every hour, so you can restore your files in a much more careful way.

How to Set Up File History

It is very easy to set up Windows 8’s File History. You should go to Control Panel > File History. If you have an external drive plugged in, just click “Turn On”. Alternatively, you can plug in an external drive and Windows will ask you if you want to use it for backup. If you want to back up to a network location, such as a NAS, click “Change Drive” in the left sidebar first. Pick your network location, then return to the main window of File History and click “Turn On”.

You can also decide for it how often to backs up: click “Advanced Settings” in the left sidebar. You can change how long it takes a snapshot of your files and how long it keeps files.

However you may have no access to these backups if you lost Windows password, as a result it becomes equally important for you to keep your Windows 8 login password safe. In the event that you lost Windows 8 password, you‘d better have a Windows password recovery tool get your password back.

Sep 252012
 

Every new version of Windows would focus on improved security, which is considered necessary to withstand the constant barrage of attacks aimed at the popular platform. So is Windows 8. Now let’s have a look what security changes Microsoft has made in Windows 8.

Hardware-based Security

Windows 8 will no doubt take good advantage of hardware-based authentication capabilities of the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), as Steven Sprague, the CEO of Wave Systems, noted. TPM stores sensitive configuration data and credentials, making it possible to implement single sign-on and access to VPN. Device-based security could be used to log in users to the network, Sprague said. No passwords required.

Windows 8 machines can optionally ship with self-encrypting drives, which provides businesses and security-minded end-users with hardware-based encryption that can never be turned off. SEDs are ready-to-go out of the box, protecting data right from the start. Hardware-based encryption has less impact on performance as well. These are just some of the obvious security changes Microsoft has made in Windows 8. More security changes, which are designed to protect mass users from been attacked, are waiting to be explored. 

 

 

Windows Defender

Windows 8 is released with built-in antivirus, a much more robust application than Microsoft Security Essentials, the free anti-malware                                software that users could download and install by themselves in earlier versions of the OS. Windows Defender (Microsoft repurposed the name for the anti-malware product) is enabled by default, which means users have some form of security protection as soon as they turn on their machine. The front of Windows Defender running on Windows 8 looks very similar to Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows 7.If user wants to install a different security product, they can feel free to uninstall Windows Defender. In fact, Windows Defender must be disabled if you want to install a third-party security suite.

AppContainer

AppContainer is an invisible security change in Windows 8, a more secure application sandbox environment where Windows 8 apps will reside. Designed to prevent apps from disrupting the operating system, AppContainer decides which actions are available to which apps. Similarly Internet Explorer plug-ins run in their own sandboxes under Windows 8. Apps will also be available through the new Windows 8 app store, which means Microsoft will be able to check beforehand for malicious applications.

Picture Password

Speaking of the amazing changes, it is obvious that we cannot leave out Picture   Password. This allows users to select a photo from your image library and then define three gestures on the photo using combination of circles, straight lines, and taps. This kind of encryption is quite different from the original text password, and it is best used on tablets or computer with touch screen.

Secure Boot

Microsoft designed Secure Boot to protect the computer from low-level exploits such as rootkits and bootloaders. Secure Boot is a security process shared between the operating system and Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI, replacing the BIOS), requires all the applications running during the booting process to be pre-signed with valid digital certificates. This way, the system knows all the files being loaded before Windows 8 fires up have not been tampered with.

When a bootloader has infected your computer and it tries to load during the boot-up sequence, Secure Boot will undo all the changes and thwart the attack, making it much harder for attackers to try to compromise your PC’s start-up sequence.

Sep 122012
 

Your Windows logon password–the one you type every time you boot– is easily hacked.

windows password recovery, recover Windows passwordThat finding was made by two security researchers who’ve been studying ways to increase the reliability of tools designed to extract Windows registry information. The logon password isn’t intended to protect your files. It’s intended to keep others from logging onto your computer as you.

Why is that important? Because you do things on your computer that only you should be allowed to do, such as read and write your email. Unless you’ve set up your mail client to require a password every time you boot, anyone who can log onto your computer as you has full access to your mail.

And remember that only someone logged on with an administrator-level account can install software or make other important changes. You need a way to control that.

If you want to protect your files, you should encrypt them. And that brings up the exception I promised to tell you about: the Windows’ Encrypted File System (EFS).

EFS encrypts files automatically, in the background. When you’re logged in as yourself, the files appear normally. Otherwise, they’re indecipherable.

Not all editions of Windows come with EFS. For instance, in Windows 7, only the Professional and Ultimate editions have this feature. And that makes sense. Careless use of EFS can render your files permanently inaccessible to anyone–including yourself. EFS works best when there’s a IS department that knows what it’s doing, and users who don’t even have to know that their files need to be encrypted.

But there is a solution if you have a good and easy-to-use Windows password reset tool. Within few steps, you can reset your Windows password weekly or monthly for preventing being hacked, and no worry about if you lose the password, this Windows Password Recovery Tool could find it anytime.

May 312012
 

Cannot login your Windows XP computer? Already lost or forgot Windows XP password on your PC?

Don’t worry! Forgetting Windows XP password is nothing serious actually. You may have heard of the only way to regain access to the locked XP machine is to format the hard drive and reinstall the operating system. In fact, you don’t need to risk in doing that since it doesn’t cost time but also cause necessary data loss. Well, thanks to the rapid development of technology, especially in the field of computer software, we now can easily and quickly remove or change forgotten password for Windows XP-based computer. Below are two ways to troubleshoot Windows XP password forgot problem.

Way 1 : Ophcrack LiveCD—Best freeware to crack Windows XP password.

Type Ophcrack in any search engine, you will easily find there is pretty much information about this program. It is quite popular recently for it has been regarded as the best freeware to crack forgotten Windows password so far. Below are the specific steps to use this tool:
How to crack Windows XP password with Ophcrack LiveCD?
Step1: Free download the Ophcrack LiveCD software.
Step2: Burn the ISO file of Ophcrack LiveCD to a disk.
Step3: The Ophcrack LiveCD disk you just burned is a “bootable” disc. So bring this disk to the computer which you cannot get in to and then set this PC boot from the burned disk.
Step4: The burned disk will crack passwords for all user accounts created on your XP PC automatically.

However, one of the very limitations of this freeware is that password cracking efficiency. By using Ophcrack, one cannot use it to crack Windows password with exceeding 10 characters. For better crack your forgotten Windows XP login password, you need to seek for professional Windows XP password recovery tool.

Way 2: Windows Password Recovery Tool – Best professional tool to reset XP admin password.

Compared with freeware—Ophcrack, Windows Password Recovery Tool has no limitations faced with recovering Windows passwords. That means, no matter how long or how complex the password is, this tool can crack it efficiently. Still feel hesitated between freeware and professional tool? Then, let’s see how professional software – Windows Password Recovery Tool works first.
Step1: Download Windows Password Recovery Tool Standard and install it to another accessible computer properly.
Step2: Insert a blank and writable CD/DVD to computer, and then click “Burn” button to start burning an ISO image file to the CD or DVD.
Step3: After finis the burning, remove the CD or DVD from the computer and then insert this CD or DVD to the locked computer.
Step4: Set the locked computer to boot from CD or DVD in BIOS.
Step5: Reset the forgotten windows XP password with burned CD/DVD. Within minutes, you then can access to your computer without password again.

Note: The above steps on how to crack forgotten XP password are based on Windows Password Recovery Tool Standard, one of the 4 versions of Windows Password Recovery. Additionally, if you want to change Windows XP password when it is forgotten, you then can use the last version of this tool—Windows Password Recovery Tool Ultimate to solve the problem!

Article Related: http://www.windowspasswordsrecovery.com/forgot-windows-xp-password.htm

May 232012
 

It would be more complicated to deal with the problem when lost Windows Vista password.

Many people use passwords to protect access to computers. It is a simple yet effective way to protect sensitive data and equipment. Unfortunately, by their very nature, passwords can be easy to be lost or forgotten. This can be an especially difficult problem when the forgotten password is for Windows Vista. This is because a lot of different functions available on XP are not available on Vista.

 

An administrator password cannot be changed without knowing the original password on Vista.

In Windows XP, one can change an administrator password even without knowing its original password. Do you know how? It’s pretty easy. The first step is to right click “My Computer”. Then in its options, choose “Manage” → “Local Users and Groups” → “Users”. Click the targeted account and “Set Password” for it without tying its original password. However, if you forgot or lost an administrator password on Vista, you cannot solve the problem in this way unless you can remember the original password. Then, any other chances to recover the lost Vista password?

 

Best way to crack Vista password—to use a password recovery software program.

If you do not mind losing data on your Vista machine, then reinstalling your machine could be a solution. But I don’t recommend people using this way to rescue a locked computer sine lots of time and data will be lost. Then, to use a password recovery software program, in my opinion sometimes could be the best or even the only way to recover Vista password. What is the password recovery software program? Here I would suggest Windows Password Recovery Tool.

 

How to use Windows Password Recovery Tool Standard to reset lost Vista password?

Step1: Download and install Windows Password Reset Tool on a working PC.

Step2: Burn CD/DVD with the program.

Step3: Set the target computer boot from CD/DVD.

Step4: Reset the forgotten Vista password with the burned CD/DVD. Then log on to your Vista pc without a password.

 

Above are the easy steps on how Windows Password Recovery Tool works. If you don’t have an extra CD or DVD, you can also use a USB flash drive to replace it but at this time you need to use another version of this tool—Windows Password Recovery Tool Professional. This version has more functions than the Standard one, if you are in need of Windows Vista password reset for your lost Vista admin password, and interested in this tool, you can get more information by Google search “Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0”.