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The Secret Codes that Programmers Hide in Your PC

Nov 20, 2014   //   by Crocmaster   //   Information Security  //  No Comments

Ever since the first person wrote out 5318008 on a calculator, nerds have been hiding secret numbers inside of your PC, and using them to negotiate secret handshakes between applications and files. Today we take a quick look at some of the more entertaining examples.  Read more >>

Why Your Computer’s Hard Drive Lights Flash When You Aren’t Doing Anything

Nov 20, 2014   //   by Crocmaster   //   Geek Speaks  //  No Comments

It’s happened to all of us. You step away from your computer and come back a few minutes later. While you were gone, your computer’s hard drive lights start flashing — but what exactly is it doing? It’s natural to be a bit suspicious.

This is generally nothing to worry about. All normally configured Windows systems will do this regularly. Malware is always a possibility, of course. You can run an antimalware scan if you’re worried.  Read more >>

Your Wi-Fi’s WPA2 Encryption Can Be Cracked Offline

Nov 20, 2014   //   by Crocmaster   //   Information Security  //  No Comments

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When it comes to securing your Wi-Fi network, we always recommend WPA2-PSK encryption. It’s the only really effective way to restrict access to your home Wi-Fi network. But WPA2 encryption can be cracked, too — here’s how.

As usual, this isn’t a guide to cracking someone’s WPA2 encryption. It’s an explanation of how your encryption could be cracked and what you can do to better protect yourself.  Read more >>

What’s the Difference Between GPT and MBR When Partitioning a Drive?

Aug 15, 2014   //   by Crocmaster   //   Geek Speaks  //  No Comments

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Set up a new disk on Windows 8.1 or 8 and you’ll be asked whether you want to use MBR or GPT. GPT is the new standard and is gradually replacing MBR.

GPT brings with it many advantages, but MBR is still the most compatible and is still necessary in some cases. This isn’t a Windows-only standard — Mac OS X, Linux, and other operating systems can also use GPT.  Read more >>

How to Make BitLocker Use 256-bit AES Encryption Instead of 128-bit AES

Aug 15, 2014   //   by Crocmaster   //   Geek Speaks  //  No Comments

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Windows’ BitLocker encryption defaults to 128-bit AES encryption, but you can choose to use 256-bit AES encryption instead. Using a 256-bit AES key could potentially offer more security against future attempts to access your files.

Is this really more secure? Well, that’s a matter of some debate. You might naively assume that 256-bit encryption offers more security, but it isn’t that clear.  Read more >>

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