Upgrading to faster USB

USB3.0 Logo

 

Are you tired of waiting around for data to finish copying to and from USB sticks ?

Wish your transfers and backups could be faster ? They probably can… You are most likely using an outdated USB 2.0 connection, and USB 3.0 offers speeds up to 10 times faster !

USB3.0 v USB2.0 speed graph

 

Tailormade I.T. Solutions can cheaply upgrade your current PC to USB 3.0 specifications, by adding a USB 3.0 expansion card to your computer system.

USB3.0 card

You can then enjoy the benefits of the new generation of USB 3.0 sticks/drives. USB 3.0 is also backwards compatible so all your old, slow USB 2.0 drives will work too.

More Info: http://tailormadeitsolutions.com.au/services/repairs

 

Digital Image data

Users of digital cameras and smartphones should be aware that when they snap a picture, personal data may be embedded inside the picture. It’s referred to as EXIF data, and can include the Camera Make/Model, Date taken, GPS co-ordinates, etc.

 

If that picture is then uploaded to the internet, another person may download the picture and inspect the image data, including your GPS location.

 

Digital Image Security

 

In fact, EXIF Image data was recently used by the FBI and Australian Federal Police to track down a member of the hacker group ”CabinCr3w”.

“According to the FBI, data taken from the picture showed it was taken by an iPhone. GPS co-ordinates taken from the photo also pinpointed the exact Wantirna South street and house where it was taken.”

Source: http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/hacking-cases-body-of-evidence-20120411-1wsbh.html

 

You can edit/remove this data from your images using EXIF Data Viewer, available on our Downloads page. This allows you to upload pictures to the internet without giving away personal information. Another option is to convert your JPG picture in to PNG format (which does not support embedded EXIF data) and upload the PNG file instead.

 

EXIF Dataviewer

The dangers of password reuse

With so many passwords to remember now days, and increasing security about how long, how complex, and how often they must be changed – it’s no surprise many of us reuse the same password on multiple websites.

Many websites

 

Unfortunately a current trend of hackers is to publicize usernames/passwords obtained from hacking websites, by posting them online for all to see. People have taken the information and logged on to people’s personal sites: taking money from PayPal accounts, replacing dating site profile pictures with pornographic images, and engaging in chats using other people’s Facebook accounts.

 

Time to make technology work for you.

The following video shows two methods used and recommended by Tailormade IT Solutions to overcome this problem.

 

Fingerprint Scanner

By using a fingerprint scanner, you can store a variety of complex passwords and just logon to your PC and/or web sites with a swipe of your finger. A lot of new laptops come with fingerprint scanners, and for other users USB fingerprint scanners are available.

The big benefit of fingerprint scanners are:

 

Password File

Keeping a password file stored safely inside a TrueCrypt encrypted vault ensures that you have a backup/reference of them. TrueCrypt supports AES encryption (which is used by the US military to encrypt data up to the top secret level)

How safe is TrueCrypt: Lets look at a real world story.

The Brazilian National Institute of Criminology tried for five months to obtain access to the encrypted data of a Brazilian banker suspected of financial crimes without success, before turning over the job to code-breakers at the FBI in early 2009. US computer specialists also drew a blank even after 12 months of efforts to crack the code.
 

Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/06/28/brazil_banker_crypto_lock_out/

 

The big benefits of using TrueCrypt are:

  • All passwords are stored securely and can be accessed by remembering one password – the TrueCrypt password.
  • As the password file is located on a secure USB stick, it is transportable.

Available for Windows 7 / Vista / XP, Mac OSX, and Linux.

 

Protecting data on your USB sticks

Everyone using USB sticks to transport valuable information should be using encryption – just in case it is lost.

 

In the news recently, the Dept of Defence has lost a USB drive containing sensitive health information of military personnel and their families. The data was on an unprotected USB drive misplaced by a researcher flying from Brisbane to Canberra on 11 May 2012. Source: Sydney Morning Herald

 

DONT LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU !

 

Tailormade IT Solutions has created a video that demonstrates how to protect your data by creating an encrypted USB stick using TrueCrypt, and shows the error message encountered if someone finds and tries to access the USB.

USB + TrueCrypt = Protection

 

Tailormade IT Solutions uses TrueCrypt encrypted USB sticks whenever transporting sensitive information.

TrueCrypt is FREE, open-source, disk encryption software and can be used to encrypt USB drives/Memory sticks – protecting your information in the event that you lose it.

Be wiser than the Dept of Defence and use it !

Download TrueCrypt

Available for Windows 7 / Vista / XP, Mac OSX, and Linux.

Aussie TV Roundup

Australian TV Online Catchup

Have you missed a show on Free-to-air TV recently? You may not know that most of our Australian TV networks offer an online ‘catch-up’ service, where you can watch recently broadcast episodes online.

Below is an Aussie TV Roundup of our free-to-air TV stations online content, where you can watch Australian TV & news online for free.

 

ABC iView:

http://www.abc.net.au/iview/

 

Channel 7 Network:

7 – http://au.tv.yahoo.com/plus7/browse/

7mate – http://au.tv.yahoo.com/7-mate/

 

Channel 9 Network:

http://video.au.msn.com/browse/tv-shows/networks

(Includes catchup content from Channel Nine, GO! and GEM)

 

Channel 10 Network:

10 – http://ten.com.au/watch-tv-episodes-online.htm

One – http://one.com.au/video.htm

11 – http://eleven.com.au/catch-up-and-videos.htm

 

SBS TV Network:

http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/

 

BigPond/AFL TV:

http://bigpondvideo.com/AFL/

 

Note: If you are overseas you may find these sites are blocked by your IP address. If so you may want to look into using a VPN service.

Online Privacy

Ad companies and social networks are tracking everything you do on the web. They know what sites you visit, when you visit them and how often you do…and they know who you are.

This easy to use, FREE utility prevents social networks and advertising companies tracking your internet usage.

If you dont think online privacy is a problem, watch this video.

 

 

Download DoNotTrack+