Category Archives: Computer Security

Windows 8 SmartScreen Settings

Because of the numerous Apps you may be running or opening in Windows 8 it can get annoying when you get many different warnings from your system about the Apps. Here is how you can access the settings;

Access Windows SmartScreen

  • Click Windows key
  • Type SmartScreen
  • Click the settings tab
  • Here you can select how the SmartScreen works

Windows SmartScreen

Disable SmartScreen

  • Access your settings as described above
  • Select the Don’t do anything button
  • Click OK

Windows 8 Picture Password

For some added security in Windows 8 they have added a new feature called Picture Password, basically it is a password that uses a picture

instead of simply using numbers and letters. On the picture you use a combination of lines, circles and taps to indicate the password.

Here is what you need to do to setup the picture password:

  • Open charms
  • Click settings
  • Click more PC settings
  • Click users
  • Select create a picture password

Picture Password

You can use whatever picture you want to setup your password, so play around with the combinations and find one that will be impossible to crack.

You also need to setup a number/letter password linked to your account in case you forget the lines/taps or something goes wrong with it.

Disable Windows Defender

Windows defender is an anti spyware software that is automatically installed on numerous Windows versions but you are unable to remove it through your add/remove feature, so you will have to disable it instead.

Here is a simple guide on how to disable windows defender on Windows Vista:

  • Open defender
  • Start > All Programs > Windows Defender
  • Click tools then options
  • In the Administrator options uncheck the Use Windows Defender box
  • Click Save (you may be promted for an admin password)
  • Done

To restart it simply go through this process again and check the box.

Windows Defender Disable

Disable Writing to a USB Drive

This is a useful security measure you can set on your computers that will stop all users from writing anything to a USB drive, this could stop people from stealing info from your PC’s.

This tweak requires a pretty simple registry hack;

  • Open regedit
  • Navigate here: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies
  • Create a new DWORD
  • Call it WriteProtect
  • Set the value to 00000001
  • Reboot your computer
  • Done

Get Your Windows Version Information

Here is a cool tweak that allows you to get all your Windows version information through your registry;

  • Open regedit
  • Navigate here: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion

In this section it will give you this information;

  • CSDVersion: Service Pack
  • CurrentBuildNumber: Build Number
  • CurrentVersion: Version Number
  • ProductName: Windows Version Name

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Stop IE7 Storing Names and Passwords

For security reasons (especially if you are using a shared PC) you may want stop Internet Explorer 7 from saving all passwords and user names.  This will prevent other people from possibly getting access to anything you need a password for (banks, social sites etc).

To stop IE7 from saving any user names and passwords do the following;

  • Open IE7
  • Click tools and select internet options
  • Click the content tab
  • Click the setting buttons next to autocomplete
  • Uncheck prompt me to save passwords
  • Click OK
  • Done

The Dangers of Adware

Adware or advertising-supported software is any software package which automatically plays, displays, or downloads advertising material to a computer after the software is installed on it or while the application is being used. Some types of adware are also spyware and can be classified as privacy-invasive software.

Adware is software with advertising functions integrated into or bundled with a program. It is usually seen by the programmer as a way to recover programming development costs, and in some cases it may allow the program to be provided to the user free of charge or at a reduced price. The advertising income may allow or motivate the programmer to continue to write, maintain and upgrade the software product.

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Backup Your Registry

Do you need to edit your registry but are worried that you may stuff things up and not have a backup. Here is a quick tip for you to do so that you can create a backup of your registry so you can restore your systems registry files if something bad happens (this should work in all windows operating systems).

  • Go to Start
  • Open Run
  • Type in: regedit
  • Choose File from the toolbar in your reg editor
  • Select Export
  • Name the backup (registry_backup_081001.reg – example)
  • At the bottom of the window you will see the Export Range category. Tick the “All” selection.
  • Save
  • Done