Featured – Madhur Kapoor’s Blog http://www.whoismadhur.com Technology, Software Reviews, Tutorials, Vista Tips, Windows Tips Thu, 08 May 2014 16:13:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.9 Online Storage Wars http://www.whoismadhur.com/2011/11/16/online-storage-wars/ Wed, 16 Nov 2011 15:19:27 +0000 http://www.whoismadhur.com/?p=3678 Although online data storage services probably aren’t interesting enough subjects for a reality TV show, like their real life counterparts in the form of Storage Wars and like shows, they are as critically important to business workflow at home and at the office. The ability to be able to backup and sync data, share it in multiple file formats and across multiple platforms, and implement changes in real-time is extremely important for most professionals who work in a tech environment. That said, before selecting an online storage tool, it’s important for you to know how much space you will need, what file formats will be involved, and what devices you will using to access the service.

Cloudme (previously known as iCloud) is fairly similar to Dropbox in that it also uses cloud computing in order to fuel both data storage and syncing. Cloudme offers 3 GB in the free version, and 100 GB in its premium version. The service also allows users to add on features to its already Microsoft Office/social networking-like tableau of services. This means you could plug in a phone number lookup web application to your plan if you needed.

Box.net offers 5 gigs for free, as well as features that make it easier to share file urls. But it doesn’t have access to Linux, which irks some users. Another drawback is the limited amount of storage per file. Additionally, only business accounts have the ability to sync files, which means that service isn’t free.

Dropbox, which probably enjoys the most name recognition of the bunch, offers 2GB of free storage (though premium users can wield 100 GB total). Dropbox taps cloud storage to allow users to share files across the Internet, which is why the service is popular both as a data storage and syncing service. As far as devices, Dropbox would appear to have the upper hand, as it is accessible from almost any device or client. Almost all file formats can be synced here, but as a drawback music can only be stored and transmitted, not played directly.

SugarSync, another service that specializes in data synchronization, gets you 5 free GB and the ability to sync with an impressive variety of mobile devices.

Crashplan offers offline access, which is another factor to consider, as some services can’t be accessed and utilized without an Internet connection. Crashplan also has the ability to gain access to files that are in use by another system. This can be crucial if multiple people are using the files simultaneously.

Skydrive gives you 25 GB of space but with restricted file types and relatively slow speeds that aren’t compatible with XP. If that’s your operating system, Skydrive isn’t for you!

As you can see, there are a windfall of services that allow you to store and sync data files, both online and offline. Weeding through the various restrictions and details of each could take some time but is probably worth the trouble, as it’s important to know what you can and can’t do with your data once you’ve backed it up.

Keeping the Wheels Turning http://www.whoismadhur.com/2011/05/08/keeping-the-wheels-turning/ http://www.whoismadhur.com/2011/05/08/keeping-the-wheels-turning/#comments Sun, 08 May 2011 08:54:15 +0000 http://www.whoismadhur.com/?p=3579

A good internet connection is a pre-requisite for any startup company, any apartment or house, and increasingly, any mobile phone. The internet is an integral part of our lives and recent research suggests that without it, a huge majority of the world’s companies would be unable to function properly.

As the internet age continues, applications that take up more and more bandwidth are becoming popular. Social networking has led to photos, videos, and everything else you can think of being shared around the internet and this takes a lot of bandwidth.

As a result, companies are running just to keep up. New techniques are being pioneered all the time – looking at things like innovative ways of using carbon fibre to launching new satellites into the sky – that may be able to keep the bandwidth just big enough for everyone to be satisfied.

On top of that there is the government’s commitment to ensure that the UK broadband network is the best in Europe by 2015. So far progress hasn’t been fast, but of late there have been some new companies getting involved in the process that suggests we may all be receiving super fast broadband in not so long.

The main drain on the system is the video on demand (vod) phenomenon. Perhaps the biggest example of video on demand is YouTube, undeniably one of the most influential and most visited websites in the world. Video, and particularly high definition, takes up an astonishing amount of bandwidth and can single-handedly slow down an entire system. In addition to entertainment, services like Skype that offer video calling rely on a lot of bandwidth, and as these services are increasingly used by businesses to run on a day to day basis, it’s pretty important that there is always enough bandwidth to ensure everything works smoothly.

Market leading companies like Sky are constantly looking at ways to increase the speed of our broadband connections to support all manner of bandwidth hungry – HD TV and 3D TV for instance – content, but it is apparent that a significant investment is going to be required if every house in the UK is to receive the kind of connection that the government has been talking about. If that investment doesn’t arrive, we’re never too far away from a surge in usage that could bring the entire system to a juddering halt.

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9 Free Utilities To Delete Files Permanently From Your Computer http://www.whoismadhur.com/2010/07/31/9-free-utilities-to-delete-files-permanently-from-your-computer/ http://www.whoismadhur.com/2010/07/31/9-free-utilities-to-delete-files-permanently-from-your-computer/#comments Sat, 31 Jul 2010 13:06:56 +0000 http://www.whoismadhur.com/?p=3449 Hitting the delete button or cleaning up the recycle bin doesn’t actually delete the files from your Computer, it only removes the reference of the file from the file system table. They can be easily recovered using any recovery program. This can sometimes pose serious privacy issues if you are selling your hard drive or your Computer. Here are a list of some freeware that you can use to permanently delete files from your Computer so they cannot be recovered again.

1) Eraser

Eraser is advanced security tool for Windows which can completely remove sensitive data from your Computer by overwriting it several times with selected patterns. You can create a Data Erase task and have it run at defined times. You can even choose the file as well as free space erasure methods. It has got a simple interface.

2) Freeraser

Freeraser is another great program that can be used to erase the data permanently. It functions on three levels to delete the data.

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3) File Shredder

File Shredder allows you to choose between 5 different shredding algorithms for erasing the data. It also contains an integrated Disk Wiper which can wipe unused disk space. It has got a simple interface where you can add files and folders that you want to erase.

4) Disk Redactor

Disk Redactor enables you to wipe away the free space on your hard drive thereby overwriting any previously deleted files. The program doesn’t delete any existing files, it only wipes away the data that has already been deleted. It also supports single or double overwrite for additional security. It has got a simple interface where you just have to select the drive and hit the button.

5) RightDelete

RightDelete is a small application that can be used to securely delete data. It can even integrate with the right click context menu so you just have to right click on a file and select ‘Securely Delete this File’. The program uses seven pass method to erase the data beyond recovery.

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6) CyberShredder

CyberShredder is a small and handy utility for permanently removing the data. It has got a simple interface where you can drag and drop the folders that you want to delete permanently. It deletes data using three different shredding methods including the NSA approved seven pass file deletion method.

7) Secure Delete

Secure Delete is another free and small file shredder that can delete the file permanently and can even encrypt it so that when the file is recovered, it is impossible to decipher it contents. It has a simple interface where you can just select the directory that you wish to delete and the number of times that you wish to overwrite the file contents.

8) Ultra Shredder

Ultra Shredder is a small portable file shredding program that can delete files and overwrite the space with random characters. It has got a simple interface where you just have to drag and drop the files or folders and select the number of times you want it to be shred.

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9) Hard Drive Eraser

Hard Drive Eraser is another file shredder that can be used to securely delete data from hard drives. Instead of selecting files/folders, this one is used to clean up the entire hard drive or partition. Just run the program and select the drive that you want to erase along with the shredding scheme.

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If i have missed any good ones, do let me know in comments.

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8 Utilities to Help Keep PC Software Updated http://www.whoismadhur.com/2009/05/08/8-utilities-to-help-keep-pc-software-updated/ http://www.whoismadhur.com/2009/05/08/8-utilities-to-help-keep-pc-software-updated/#comments Fri, 08 May 2009 19:06:07 +0000 http://www.whoismadhur.com/?p=2898 To keep our PC secure, we install Antivirus software and other spyware terminators. But installing the latest software updates is also essential from Security point of view. Not only will it improve its functionality but it also gets rid of any bugs that may have been present in the older version. Such bugs can sometimes make the system vulnerable to hackers so it is essential to keep your software updated. On an average, a user has around 20 + software installed on the computer. Manually checking for updates can take a lot of time. Here is a list of utilities that can help you in such condition.

1) UpdateStar

UpdateStar is a freeware which can scan your system for installed software and will produce a list along with available updates along with the download link and additional information. You can also configure it to check for Software daily, weekly or monthly. It has a huge database which supports a lot of software. A premium version is available which adds support for more software.

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2) FileHippo.com Update Checker

The update Checker will scan your Computer for installed software, will check its version and will send the information to FileHippo.com to check if there is any update available. The whole process is quite fast and takes only a few seconds.

3) Update Notifier

Update Notifier is a small utility which will scan your Computer for installed software and will display a list of updates.You can also monitor a few software using the Watch list.

4) Secunia PSI

Secunia Personal Software Inspector can automate the task of searching for updates. It will quietly run in the background and will display a list of critical updates along with the download links. It can recognize a lot of products as it also gathers information from online sources. You can also schedule it to check for timely updates.

5) SUMo – Software Update Monitor

SUMo is another free program that will scan your Computer and will display what updates are available for your favourite software. It mainly relies on social networking. If many SUMo users have a new version of software that you use, the new version will be proposed to you.

6) AppSnap

AppSnap is an application that simplifies the installation of software on your Computer. It automatically finds the latest version, downloads the installer and installs the software in one step.

7) AppFresh

AppFresh helps you keep all your applications, widgets, preferences pane and plugins installaed on your Mac up to date. It is Mac only.

8 ) Ketarin

Ketarin is a small application that can be used to keep Software Packages up to date. Unlike other utlities, it does not keep the system up to date, it maintains a compilation of the important setup packages which can then be burned or copied to a Disk.

If you know any more, do mention it in comments.

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10 Free Tools To Manage Your Passwords http://www.whoismadhur.com/2009/05/01/10-free-tools-to-manage-your-passwords/ http://www.whoismadhur.com/2009/05/01/10-free-tools-to-manage-your-passwords/#comments Fri, 01 May 2009 11:33:20 +0000 http://www.whoismadhur.com/?p=2861 There has been a rise in the number of Web services and other social networking sites. Because of this, we have to create accounts on all these sites and remember there passwords. One good idea would be to use a single username and password for all your accounts but this would compromise the security. And besides, to stay protected from hackers, your passwords should be long and should contains a mix of numeric, alphanumeric characters. It is easy to create these long passwords but it is difficult to remember all of them. But there are a lot of free utilities available using which you can easily create and manage your passwords from a single location. I am going to list a few of those tools which can make your life easy.

1) LastPass

My personal favourite is Lastpass. It is a secure password manager which can save all your web passwords so you won’t have to remember them. All you need to remember will be a single password to login to Lastpass. It comes with IE and Firefox extension and can easily detect a login or signup page and can also generate a password. The passwords are stored online in Encrypted format and can be accessed from any Computer.

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2) KeePass

KeePass is a free and Open Source Password Manager which can store all your passwords in a secure manner. You can store all your password in a database which can be protected by a master password or a key file.The database is encrypted using a secure algorithm. It runs on all the platforms including mobile phones and a portable version is also available. The database can also be exported.

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3) S10 Password Vault

S10 Password Vault is a password manager which can securely save all your passwords using AES 256bit algorithm. You can organize your accounts into a folder like hierarchy and you can even specify a website with each account so that you can launch and auto login to it. It also protects its own password fields from key loggers by sending decoy strokes. It can also take backup of the password file at specified intervals.

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4) RoboForm

RoboForm is another great utility which can store all your passwords and can even help you fill out web forms. It also has extensions for both IE and Firefox, can generate passwords and can also sync them between computers. It is also portable. The free version has limited features while pro version costs $29.95 but has more features.

5) FlyingBit Password Keeper

FlyingBit Password Keeper is a free utility which stores all your password in a Database which is protected by a secure algorithm. If you want, you can also store your database on a removable media. You can also group passwords into categories and also set its lifetime.

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6) LSN Password Safe

LSN Password Safe is a secure Password Manager with integrated features to prevent key loggers and other malwares. It also has extensive security like on screen keyboard, CAPTCHA, memory protection and more. It also has a password generator, can take a backup regularly, synchronize with USB disk.

7) Clipperz

Clipperz is a free online anonymous password manager. It is not just a password manager, you can store all your private notes and other information. All your data is also secured so that you are assured that no one can read your data. You can also store your online data into local disk and can create a read only portable version which can be used without any internet connection.

8 ) Efficient Password Manager

Efficient Password Manager is a free and basic password manager using which you can organize and store all your passwords into a single location. It does have some limited features but it is useful for those who are looking for a basic utility.

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9) MyPadlock

MyPadlock Password Manager can be used to keep all your passwords in a simple safe location. All your passwords are stored in a file encrypted with AES 128bit encryption. You can even copy and paste password without someone being able to see it as it does not display it.

10) Sxipper

Sxipper is a Firefox add-on that can keep track of all your usernames and passwords. It is very easy to use and can even help you in filling up the form. It can also help you in managing your OpenIDs.

Which one do your prefer and use ? Share it with us in comments.

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Contest – Win Free RapidShare Accounts http://www.whoismadhur.com/2009/04/28/contest-%e2%80%93-win-free-rapidshare-accounts/ http://www.whoismadhur.com/2009/04/28/contest-%e2%80%93-win-free-rapidshare-accounts/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2009 15:00:14 +0000 http://www.whoismadhur.com/?p=2837 We have never had a contest here on this Blog. So i think it is the best time to have one. Rapidshare is one of the best file uploading service and you can find a lot of stuff on Rapidshare. The free users get some restrictions while uploading and downloading files. So we are giving you the chance to win some Free Rapidshare accounts.

There will be 3 lucky winners who will be selected at the end of the contest. Here are the prize details

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5 Free Programs to Backup and Restore Computer Drivers http://www.whoismadhur.com/2009/04/24/5-free-programs-to-backup-and-restore-computer-drivers/ http://www.whoismadhur.com/2009/04/24/5-free-programs-to-backup-and-restore-computer-drivers/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2009 12:59:32 +0000 http://www.whoismadhur.com/?p=2816 After you format your Computer and reinstall Windows, the first thing you do is install all the device drivers. If you happen to lose your motherboard or driver’s CD, you will have to find all those drivers on the net and download them. If you want to avoid such hassle, then use these free utilities which can easily backup and restore Computer Drivers whenever you want. This can come quite handy even if you manage to lose the Driver’s CD or your system gets crashed.

1) DriverMax

DriverMax is a great utility that allows you to take backup of all your Computer Drivers easily. Drivers can also be restored quickly and all this requires only a single computer restart. You can view all your Computer Drivers and export the ones that you want.

2) DriverBackup

It is a light weight and portable driver backup tool. You can use it to backup all your drivers and the backed up drivers will be saved like a tree structure. The drivers can also be restored if you want or you can also delete unnecessary drivers. It also includes automatic restoration from CD/DVD and an interactive command line builder.

3) Double Driver

Double Driver can be used to take a backup of all your Computer Drivers. It will scan your Computer and present you with a list of all the installed drivers. You can then select which drivers you want to Backup. Restoration of drivers is also possible.

4) Driver Grabber

It is a small application which can be used to grab all your Computer Drivers except the ones from Microsoft. It saves them into the same directory from where it is executed. You can also use it to analyze your drivers. It is also portable.

5) Driver Magician Lite

It is another Windows Utility which you can use to quickly backup and restore your Computer Drivers. It has a very simple layout. Just select the driver you want to Backup and select the location where you want them saved. It takes very less time to take a backup and restoration is also simple.

Is there any good utility which i have missed. Share your thoughts in Comments.

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10 Free Backup Software For Windows http://www.whoismadhur.com/2009/04/17/10-free-backup-software-for-windows/ http://www.whoismadhur.com/2009/04/17/10-free-backup-software-for-windows/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2009 13:39:55 +0000 http://www.whoismadhur.com/?p=2749 It is essential for any Computer User to take a backup of the data. You don’t know when some virus infection or a hard disk crash may make you lose all your important data so it is essential to have a backup ready.

1) Cobian Backup

This is one of the best Backup applications available. You can use it to schedule and backup your files from one location to another. Files and Directories can also be backed up on any network computer or FTP server. It also supports compression and encryption. It is also portable and can be run as a system service. Read More

2) Comodo Backup

Even though Comodo are known for there Internet Security products, they have a very good Backup Tool. Comodo Backup can be used to backup files and folders anywhere on the Computer, Network, FTP. It even supports CD and DVD burning. Backup can be scheduled as well as synchronized and it can even send a mail notification about the status of the backup job.

3) Bonkey

Bonkey or “The Backup Monkey” is one a good backup Application for both Windows and Mac. It can be used to Backup to most storage devices but it is specifically been designed to be used with the Amazon S3 service. It can even backup Sql Server database and supports scheduling, compression, encryption etc.

4) FBackup

It is one of the simple and easy to use Backup Application. A simple wizard guides you on the source, destination, what to backup and when to backup. It saves the backup in zip format which can be password protected and it can even make a mirror copy. It can even perform an action before and after a backup operation and can also backup files which are in use. Read More

5) Jaback

It is a simple Backup Application which can be used to Automate backups of your important files and folders. Backups are stored in zip format and can be stored on Computer, Network, FTP server. Apart from a scheduler, it can also perform backup when a file/folder change is detected. It runs on Windows as well as Mac.

6) Microsoft SyncToy

This can be used to backup and synchronize files between multiple folders on PC or network locations. It creates an extra backup in case something gets wrong. It comes with some good options which can be customized.

7) Areca Backup

It is an open source and advanced Backup Application. It has a command line interface which can be used for backup automation. Apart from that it also supports compression, encryption, filtering etc and it can also launch some shell script after backup.

8) Ace Backup

Ace Backup was a commercial application which has been made free of charge. It offers local and remote backup and also allows you to Encrypt your data. It supports different compression levels and advanced encryption. It also supports automatic scheduled backups and multiple versioning backups.

9) SyncBack SE

This program has both free and paid versions and the free version is quite sufficient. It is a simple software which will let you backup and synchronize your files between same or different drives, CD, FTP server etc.

10) Vista Backup Mill

It is a simple software is designed to backup your files and folders as fast as possible with minimal effort and interruption. It can make secure backups of data to HDD, Flash drives, network computers or FTP servers. It can even save in multiple storage locations.

If you know any other good ones, do share it in comments.

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