Here I’ll list my fave Windows tools that must be there for every fresh install.
First of all, and I don’t want to number this application since it’s a must to have and it very very essential, it’s F-Secure Anti Virus.
If you have some sensitive data which you no longer need to keep it, Eraser is the answer, it simply securely delete the files/folders. There are many methods being employed, the DoD method (repeating deletion 7 passes) and the Gutmann method (repeating deletion 35 passes).
Again, if you have sensitive data on your gear which you need to protect, you should use TrueCrypt
#3 Sophos Free Encryption
You choose which files you want to encrypt and email safely.
There’s a variety of compression/decompression programs, but this is my favorite one, it’s simple, light and efficient.
This is a must to have tool, as the name suggests, it’s a utility for burning, creating CDs,DVDs. Simple and user-friendly.
#6 PDF-XChange Viewer
A powerful PDF reader, with many features for the free version and extra features and capabilities for the paid one. It’s better than the Adobe (at least to me) since, it’s being commonly targeted by the cyber criminals.
#7 Mozilla Thunderbird
An Email client, which has the taste of open-source realm.
#8 Oracle VM VirtualBox
This is the best, free virtual machine program.
I found a new tool called KeePass Password Safe, it’s a program to manage your online passwords, you create an encrypted database which holds the auto-generated strong passwords. When you want to try to copy the password, it will be copied easily by either right click that entry or simply use the common Ctrl + C and the clipboard will be cleared after a predefined timeout. P.S.: But make sure to make a copy of the created database.
It’s obvious from the title that this is going to talk about the bad habits of “some” drivers in Jordan.
The people of Jordan are well known for their hospitality & generosity. Jordanians love to offer help and support to others and specially the foreigners.For example, when two persons are entering a place, they spend some time arguing who should enter first (of course each one swears of Allah to let the other enters first; to show him some kind of respect).
It’s a great habit in us, but all these sweet and kind hospitality disappears when we are seated behind the driving wheels :S
unfortunately this is the case for the majority of the drivers (including me :P), when you are behind the driving wheels, you feel that you should be the first in the line. You can’t let anyone pass you, and if someone gives you a look, ohhhhohooo he’s sooooo dead!!!!
In fact, there are some “new” rules applied in our driving system, and here I’ll mention some..
1) Never let anyone enters the roundabout from the outside!
2)If you are waiting on a traffic light, and it becomes “Green”, wait for a few seconds before you march, because even if the opposite traffic light is “Red”, some cars will still flow ;) P.S: don’t over-wait, or you will be overwhelmed by the horns coming out from the cars behind you.
3)The indicator lights are rarely being used.
4)The horn is your best friend, keep pushing it, specially if you are in a traffic jam.
I am trying to quick these habits, but I can’t do it when others keep doing it.
After trying a number of Anti viruses and Internet Security programs, I figured out that F-Secure, is the best in the market.
I’ve been using Microsoft Security Essentials, AVG, Kaspersky and a others. But The only one I really trust right now is F-Secure. It’s reliable and user-friendly.
Below a screen shot after removing Microsoft Security Essentials and installing F-Secure.
A feature that really amazed me in Windows 7, and maybe in earlier versions, is the ability to disable the execution from the removable storage, so, if you plugged your thumb drive into an infected computer, then plugged it into your Windows 7, virus will infect your computer, at least from the thumb drive.
To do so, go to Start -> mmc, it’s preferable to right click mmc and run it as admin.
Click File -> Add/Remove Snap-in and look for Local Computer Policy
Then go to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System and choose Removable Storage Access.
Then finally, “Enable” Removable Disks: Deny Execution Access.