How to secure your wireless network

Most people have enjoyed the benefits of wireless technology at one time or another. Cordless phones, mobile phones, and wireless-enabled laptops all operate on the principle that the fewer cords, the better. Convenient as wireless networks are to use, they can also be easy to hack if you don’t have the proper security.
Sadly, most wireless hookups are vulnerable straight out of the box, and still may not be safe even when you activate the default security features. However, with some insight into wireless technology and a few useful tips, you can block out most malicious network piggybackers.

Step 1: Know your network
Let’s take a quick look at how wireless networks work. In “wired” technology, data is transmitted from your computer to the Web via cables that connect to a physical port. “Wireless” technology, on the other hand, uses radio waves to transfer data. The signals carrying your data are beamed over a wide range. Without security measures in place, anyone with the right tools can reach out and pluck them.

Step 2: Change your SSID and password
The first trick to slamming the door on hackers is to get personal. Every wireless network, from large corporate systems to simple home setups, contains a service set identification number (SSID) that is your network’s digital name. To fence off your signal, you’ll need to do two things. First, change your SSID number and password from the default setting into something
private and strong. A default SSID is cake for hackers familiar with each company’s settings and passwords. To change the SSID and your network password, launch the software for your wireless hardware. You should be able to change your SSID within the program’s preferences.
Overwriting the default SSID won’t do you much good if your network name is announced to anyone within range. To keep your information as private as possible, it’s also important to disable the SSID broadcast. It’s usually as simple as a mouse click in your program preferences.

Step 3: Set up MAC filtering
Changing your SSID settings without adding MAC filtering is like changing the locks to your house but leaving the key in the door. The MAC, or Media Access Control, filter is what gives you control over who may access your network and who may not. It takes a small time investment to set up MAC filtering, but without it, hackers can waltz in and use your network as they see fit.
To give specific computers permission to use your network, you’ll need to add their MAC addresses–the 12-digit address attached to every physical network device (PC, laptop, router). Enabling MAC filtering is a different process with each hardware manufacturer, but in most cases, opening up your wireless software and locating the security settings should put you in the right place. Finding the MAC address for each device might also be a challenge if you don’t know where to look. This handy
index from Fermilab will help you search within your operating system.

Sign 4: Encrypt, encrypt, encrypt
Encryption is key, pun intended. There are two types of encryption protocols, WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) and WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access). Both block intruders’ entry by scrambling your data, though WPA is generally regarded as more secure due to its dynamic, ever-changing key. Unfortunately, the encryption key you end up with is also device-specific and WPA isn’t yet as prevalent as WEP. Even if you don’t have access to WPA encryption, the combination of WEP and MAC filtering is usually enough to deter the casual hacker. A word to the wise–WPA is built in to most new routers along with WEP; however, unless your network components support WPA, WEP will remain the default encryption.

Sign 5: Fill the gaps with software
Even with all these security settings, highly determined hackers can machete their way in; all it takes is plenty of patience and the proper tools. This is where software can help. Programs such as
Trend Micro PC-cillin, ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite, and McAfee Wireless Home Network Security all actively monitor your wireless network and notify you when attempted intrusions occur, among other encryption and security measures. Also, a new product from AOL called Active Security Monitor diagnoses your wireless-security protections and makes recommendations for improvements.

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N91 is a chunky but versatile phone

Well, the N91 is a music phone with 4 GB hard disk space and smooth metallic body and it does well enough to make jaws drop. Now the music control panel sits very well in the front, hiding the phone keypad and a ‘hold un-hold’ button on top gives it a very authentic MP3 player feel.

The N91 houses a standard 3.5 stereo headset jack, which in simple words means you can jack your phone in to any of your home stereo devices with minimum fuss. But the killer application on this baby is that the headphone has with it a full functional music controller integrated, which makes this a true ultra mobile device.

Now that’s not all, the N91 promises to be a next generation multimedia device too. With a 2 megapixel camera that shoots up to a resolution of 1,200 to 1,600 pixels, a video camera that doesn’t do too badly, an FM radio with a FM line recording, which means you can record all tracks you like on the FM and a range of connectivity options, starting from USB 2.0 bluetooth, 3G and wlan 802. Well, rest assured this baby is loaded.

Now I am sure with all these features, the battery life must suffer. Well no, says Nokia – this phone has 190 hours worth of standby time, up to 4 hours of talk time and a music playback time up to 12.5 hours.

the N91 also does have a few downers. The loudspeaker may be the loudest in the Nokia phone range till now, but when kept next a Sony Ericsson W850i, it can’t even be heard! And a 2mp camera without a flash is just not worth it. And finally, the phone is so heavy, that you could be tempted to use it as a hammer or atleast a dumbell to work on your biceps.

So, if you want the form of a PDA combined with an iPod for music, then at the very steep price of Rs 30,000, the N91 could be just what you need.

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Streaming TV served hot on your PC!

Streaming TV served hot on your PC!

Here’s a hypothetical situation for you. If you are shipwrecked on a desert island and the only thing that survived besides you, is your laptop. So, would you panic or realise that you can live without water and food for a couple of days, but you can’t survive a day without television! Okay, this is a bit far-fetched. On my part though, I would like to be with Tom Hanks, since he did such a great job of getting away from an isolated island in the movie ‘Castaway’

But that’s beside the point. What can a TV-holic person do in such extreme circumstances is check out a couple of streaming television websites. Here are a few:

1. This is the where it gets big! With about 1,314 channels listed from every possible country on the planet, this site should definitely make you salivate! Just click on the country that you fancy watching, and each country has atleast 10 more channels listed! Click on the speed you want to stream your video with and then just choose if you want to watch chat shows or go spiritual

2. Mania TV is one channel that you have to check out on this site. Channel 177 has shows with two mindnumbingly dumb anchors and to top it all, plays pop music 24/7! Besides this, wifi tv has a range of other channels to pick from. Although, unlike, this site isn’t free. Take the five minute trial or the 14 day trial, and then choose if you really want to subscribe. Although the paid package also includes utilities like wifi web chat and a virtual dialer, that lets you make free calls over the internet!

3. This site lets you watch most of the Hindi channels like AajTak, Zee TV, Zee Cinema streamed live on your personal computer, but for a certain price.

4. Watch the Indian tour of the West Indies on this site, though you’ll have to pay for it.

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Hindi movies will soon be available as games

Hindi movies will soon be available as games

Would you be interested in re-writing the script of ‘Sholay’ wherein you can allow Gabbar Singh to win or kill Veeru instead of Jai? Some Hyderabad-based companies are planning something similar to that. Soon you may be able to do so and without even going to Ramgar! Just sit in front of your computer and using your keyboard, beat the hell out of Gabbar Singh as and when you like.

Suresh Productions, Fx Labs and Spirit have joined hands to produce the game versions of hit films like ‘Sholay’. These three firms are already into the gaming business and their products “Inferno” and “Archies Riverdale Run” are scheduled for release in early 2007. They say Indian films have great potential of being converted into games and for the first time, this market is going to be tapped.

President, Suresh Productions, D.Suresh Babu says, “Within a year, you will surely see an Indian film being converted into a game. After that every 3-6 months, we should be able to come out with a game for an Indian film.”

According to these companies, over 30% increase in the number of PCs in the country was one of the reasons, that inspired them to make video-games on Indian films.

Managing Director, Spirit, Rana Daggubati says, “Every kid today is associated with computers – he uses e-mail, internet and he plays games on his computer. He will be comfortable playing an Indian game with Indian stars and Indian content or content of a film that he has already seen.”

Besides Bollywood movies, video games will also be made based on South Indian movies, especially those featuring Rajnikant in a lead role.

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Sony Ericsson K-700 i Features and Reviews

The good: Stylish design; high-resolution screen; integrated camera with video; Bluetooth; speakerphone; MP3 support and FM radio; 41MB of memory; world phone.

The bad: OS occasionally sluggish; battery life could be better; no dedicated Talk and End keys; speakerphone activation not intuitive.

The bottom line: The Sony Ericsson K700i offers a good mix of features and style but falls a bit short on performance.


Music machine, radio freedom
Listen to news or tune in to your favorite hit station with the built-in FM radio. With K700, you dont have to leave your music at home. The K700 comes equipped with a Media Player, allowing you to play your own MP3s and even streamed or downloaded video clips.

Gaming satisfaction
Fast download, a Java engine and the fantastic 65K screen: The K700 satisfies your craving for a full gaming experience.You’ll find exciting games embedded in your phone, and many more are available for download. And with the 41 MB memory, theres lots of room for fun.

It’s a call, it’s music
The K700 supports 40 polyphonic voices – so your phone can play many tones simultaneously. Your incoming calls: the sound of music.Your K700 comes with a number of pre-stored ringtones. When you feel like a little more individuality, use the built-in MusicDJto create your very own, personal ringtone.

Multidimensional messaging
Say it in words. Or any other way you like. The K700 supports MMS, allowing you to compose your messages with animations, video clips, pictures and sounds. Great for sending home a holiday greeting, great for asking for instant advice when shopping. And great fun. The K700 also supports EMS, email and SMS.

Video moments
You can also use the VGA camera to record short video clips. Ideal for saving fun moments – the 41 MB memory gives you plenty of storage space. Or share your video clip with friends via MMS.
QuickShare – sharing made easy
Ease of use. That’s the basis for OuickShare. This is the fastest, easiest and smartest way to share images with friends and family. A few clicks is all it takes to snap your picture and send it to anyone anywhere in the world.

QuickShare also makes it easy to share with Bluetooth-enabled PDAs, PCs and printers.

Instant Messaging – My Friends
The My Friends feature works as a mobile chat room. You see who’s online and you can send messages to entire contact lists or single users.

ConnectivityStay in business
The K700 is in business. Let your K700 be at the core of your everyday work. Take advantage of Bluetooth wireless technology, and combine your K700 with Sony Ericsson Bluetooth accessories: Wireless headsets, in-car solutions and the Media Viewer MMV-100, which allows you to view images (or even PowerPoint slides!) stored in your K700 on bigger screens.
You can also use the K700 as a remote control for your computer. Get your PowerPoint presentation started, and slide through it with your K700.
The K700 can also be used as a modem in combination with your PC or laptop.

Sharing the way it should be – QuickShare We believe hi-tech products should be easy to use. That’s why we created QuickShare. Where you are – on a safari holiday, on business in the concrete jungle or simply enjoying a party animal lifestyle in nightclubs – doesn’t really matter. Keeping in touch with friends, colleagues and family is never more than a few thumb-clicks away. So, snap your pictures and send them to anyone anywhere in the world instantly. That’s what QuickShare is all about: Keeping sharing to a couple of clicks.

Playing your tune Regardless if you fancy jazz or have a passion for pop, the K700s got what it takes to satisfy you. Just tune into your favorite radio station with the built-in FM radio.
So when you need a short break, tune in, close your eyes and get away from the rat race for a while.



Smart camera style
A camera when you need to catch and share that fun moment. A phone with all the easy messaging, entertainment and connectivity you want. Everything you can do with pictures. And plenty of memory. Show where you’ve been and what you like. And when you wish you had a video camera, the K700i has that too.
K700i adds more imaging to your lifestyle. And QuickShare™ makes it easy.

176×220 pixel
Colour LCD 65,538

Polyphonic Sounds 40 voices

41MB memory

GSM 900
GSM 1900
GSM 1800

99 x 46.5 x 19.5 mm
3.9 x 1.8 x .8 inches

93 g

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MS unveils beta 2 version of two products

NEW DELHI: Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. today announced the availability of beta 2 for 2007 Microsoft Office System and Windows Vista – the upcoming versions of its flagship Office and Windows offerings.

The announcement marks a significant milestone in the development process of these offerings, as it allows the broad customer and partner community to test the product features and provide feedback before the final version of the product is launched.

These offerings represent Microsoft’s next generation platform for business computing needs and are expected to be available in the last quarter of this calendar year.

The 2007 Microsoft Office System is a comprehensive and integrated system, which includes programs, servers, services, and solutions designed to work together to help address a broad array of business problems.

Among the path breaking features in the 2007 release of Office are the all new User Interface; SmartArt Graphics; New quick file formatting capabilities – inbuilt PDF file converter and Office XML formats; Live preview capabilities all set to revolutionize desktop user experience.

Commenting on the announcement, Neelam Dhawan, managing director, Microsoft India, said, “Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office System will help businesses become People Ready, allowing them to leverage their most important assets – their people for business success today and in the future. The two products offer path breaking innovation, and today’s announcement marks an important milestone towards the delivery of our next generation platform for business computing.”

With the public availability of the 2007 Microsoft Office System, Microsoft India has rolled out a host of customer accessibility programs targeted at diverse customer segments.

Windows Vista Beta 2 is available now for MSDN and TechNet subscribers, as well as Technology Adoption Program (TAP) and TechBeta members.

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