Some Handy Shortcut Keys for Windows 7

Start Progams that are located in your Task Bar

Win + 1,2,3 etc They will start in the order they appear in the task bar

 

Maximize and restore size of your current window

Win + up and Win+down

 

Create A New Folder

Ctrl+Shift+N Would be faster than right clicking and selecting create new I think.

 

Open System window

Win+Pause/Break

 

Move window to left and right half of screen or over to next monitor

Win+Left arrow – move window to the left half of your screen

Win+Right arrow – move window to the right half of your screen

 

Access “Computer” ( Windows Explorer )

Win+E accesses “Computer” to view your drives and devices and network locations / opens windows explorer

 

Minimize all applications

Win+D

 

Move active window to next monitor

In a dual monitor environment Win+Shift+left or Win+Shift+right will send your current window to the other monitor.

 

Open Task Manager

Ctrl+Shift+Esc

 

Right click a file without a mouse

Shift+F10 opens a contextual menu like a right click great are trying to work quickly and not using a mouse at the time

 

Open a file and folders properties

Alt+Enter

IPv6: Trillions of new net addresses now possible

A new standard which will allow the creation of trillions of new internet addresses has been enabled. Several companies switched to Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) at 00:01 GMT on Wednesday. The new system is necessary to prevent the internet running out of available addresses for new devices. Experts said users should not notice any difference in their web use, and new devices should be using the new system as standard.

Companies such as Google, Facebook and major internet service providers have enabled the new system in order to encourage the widespread adoption of the standard. The actions come as part of World IPv6 Launch Day, a special event organised by the Internet Society. IPv6 will eventually replace IPv4, which was conceived during the early days of the internet. It only allows just over four billion unique IP addresses – the sequences of numbers used to identify a device.

Each internet-enabled device – such as a computer, tablet or smartphone – needs its own IP address in order to connect to the internet.
However, due to the shortage of IP addresses, many devices – such as multiple computers in the one home – have to share addresses. Networking giant Cisco predicts that by 2016, 18.9 billion internet-enabled devices will be online. Switching to IPv6 means trillions of possible addresses can now be made. Vint Cerf, early pioneer of the internet and current “chief internet evangelist” for Google, explained in a blog post: “The new, larger IPv6 expands the limit to 2^128 addresses—more than 340 trillion, trillion, trillion! Enough for essentially unlimited growth for the foreseeable future.”

To ensure a smooth transition, and to make sure devices do not stop working, both systems will work side-by-side for the next few years.
“Most users shouldn’t notice anything,” said Leo Vegoda from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which manages the Internet address system. The old IPv4 system uses 32-bit addresses like this: 216.27.61.137 While an IP address under the new system will look more like this: 21DA:00D3:0000:2F3B:02AA:00FF:FE28:9C5A “If ordinary Internet users need to know stuff, then the technology isn’t right.”

Some users on IPv4-only devices may experience speed issues, he added. Once the full switch to IPv6 has been made, older devices and networks may encounter problems. “The introduction of IPv6 is the IT equivalent of the move from imperial to metric for measurement; the two can run side by side but aren’t compatible with each other,” explained Mark Lewis, vice president for development for telecommunications firm Interoute. Mr Lewis warned that the proliferation of internet-enabled devices presents a pressing security risk for companies. “The introduction of IPv6 will effectively mean that every device, from the mobile phone to the vending machine could become a mole in the office,” he said.  “This puts the onus on organisations to secure and understand these new internet enabled devices that operate within the office walls.”

Source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-18338948

LinkedIn – 6.5million passwords leaked – change yours now

 

Almost 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords have been posted on the internet in a massive security breach to the business social network. Sophos report that , a file containing 6,458,020 unsalted passwords is being targeted by internet hackers, with the IT security and data protection specialists recommending LinkedIn users changed their password immediately.
 
“It would seem sensible to suggest to all LinkedIn users that they change their passwords as soon as possible as a precautionary step,” said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. “Of course, make sure that the password you use is unique, in other words, not used on any other websites and that it is hard to crack. If you were using the same passwords on other websites make sure to change them too. And never again use the same password on multiple websites.”
 
LinkedIn has issued the following statement, confirming the password breach:
 
“We want to provide you with an update on this morning’s reports of stolen passwords. We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts. We are continuing to investigate this situation and here is what we are pursuing as far as next steps for the compromised accounts:
 
1. Members that have accounts associated with the compromised passwords will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid.
 
2. These members will also receive an email from LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their passwords. There will not be any links in these emails. For security reasons, you should never change your password on any website by following a link in an email.
 
3. These affected members will receive a second email from our Customer Support team providing a bit more context on this situation and why they are being asked to change their passwords.
 
It is worth noting that the affected members who update their passwords and members whose passwords have not been compromised benefit from the enhanced security we just recently put in place, which includes hashing and salting of our current password databases.
 
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused our members. We take the security of our members very seriously. If you haven’t read it already it is worth checking out my earlier blog post today about updating your password and other account security best practices.”