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How to filter Internet content easily under 30 seconds

Posted in Browser, Free, Internet, Knowledge, Security with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 7, 2016 by Sirusdark

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Hello dear readers & visitors!

A friend of mine recently asked me if there was a way to easily filter web content so his kids and family wouldn’t stumble on adult content or other unwanted content.

Among the most simple solutions, one really stood out. It’s FREE, takes 30 seconds to implement, can be customized and in some case, can even increase your browsing speed!

logo-opendns

OpenDNS offer such a service and it’s free! In case you don’t know what OpenDNS is, it’s one of the biggest DNS service provider out there. Also, it’s now part of Cisco. So it’s not some obscure service I’m writing about.

How can you use it? Simply edit your DNS settings in your device or router! There are 2 ways to do it: with or without an account.

Keep-it-simple method

No account, configure and forget. Add these 2 FamilyShield nameservers (DNS resolvers) in your network settings and you’re good to go! It uses a set of presets and does the job well.

208.67.222.123
208.67.220.123

Power users & granular control

Want more POWAH? Create a free OpenDNS account, add your network, customize your categories, create whitelists, etc. and even help tag websites to improve the service!

If you don’t wanna do it for your whole network (via the router), make sure you install the little IP Updater app to update your IP address to your OpenDNS account. It’s available for Linux, Mac and Windows.

208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220

Here you can find the screenshots showing you how to edit your DNS settings in every Windows versions. It’s very straightforward. If you have any questions, ask!

https://support.opendns.com/entries/36904770-Configuration-for-Windows

Now remember, no amount of security and control mechanisms will replace good teaching and being a role model to others.

Be the example to follow.

Enjoy!

Sirus

References
-https://www.opendns.com/home-internet-security/
-https://store.opendns.com/setup/#/familyshield
-https://store.opendns.com/get/home-free
-https://support.opendns.com/entries/23282614
-https://support.opendns.com/entries/36904770-Configuration-for-Windows-computers
-https://www.cisco.com/web/about/ac49/ac0/ac1/ac259/opendns.html
-https://blog.opendns.com/2010/06/23/introducing-familyshield-parental-controls/

Are you YouTube HD Verified?

Posted in Browser, Computer, Internet, Security with tags , , , , , , , on December 17, 2015 by Sirusdark

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Hello!

While waiting for video stuff to render in Blender, I thought I’d share some cool resources!

Here you go!

YouTube HD Verified Network

Wanna know if you’re on a YouTube HD Verified Network? Yes?

Check it now! > https://www.google.com/get/videoqualityreport/

Blender Reference Manual

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Latest Blender docs > https://www.blender.org/manual/

HTTPS Everywhere!

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Finally, a free little Firefox extension you should use to increase your security on da web > https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/https-everywhere/

Enjoy!

Sirus

P.S.: Star Wars world premiere is tomorrow. But you knew that… right?

Firefox issues (v.42+ ) – How to access JavaScript Advanced Settings again

Posted in Browser, Bug, How to with tags , , , , , , , on October 15, 2015 by Sirusdark

Firefox‘s new options menu is good looking, sure. But it’s now incomplete, as some options are unavailable. JavaScript’s advanced settings is one of those “gone” settings from the new interface. In case you’re wondering what the heck it’s all about, you might wanna install that Firefox SettingSanity extension I recommended some time ago.

Configuring da configs

Here’s how to switch back to the good ‘ol menu and access those beloved Advanced JavaScript Settings:

Simply set the browser.preferences.inContent to false in Firefox’s settings, about:config (only works in Firefox).

firefox_legacy_preferences-menu

Back in business

Once it’s turned to false, you’re good to go!

firefox_legacy_options

Enjoy!

Sirus

References
-https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/settingsanity/
-https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/settingsanity/reviews/707714/

How-to – Manage your browser add-ons

Posted in Browser, Free Stuff, How to with tags , , , , on October 1, 2015 by Sirusdark

Here’s a quick tip on how to manage your browser add-ons or extensions. Often, when installing stuff compulsively, add-ons often get installed WITH your consent, but without you knowing it.

Internet Explorer

In the menus, go in Tools > Manage Add-ons

Google Chrome

Type this URL : chrome://extensions/

Then delete the extensions you don’t need.

Firefox

Type about:addons or press Ctrl+Shift+A.

Now, some intrusive add-ons can’t be completely removed that way and must be removed with anti-malware tools. I recommend Malwarebytes free tool to do this. If you have any questions, lemme know!

Enjoy!

Sirus

References
-https://www.malwarebytes.org/mwb-download/

How-to Fix Mac’s Safari browser malware/ransomware pop-up

Posted in Apple, Browser, How to, Security with tags , , , , , , on April 16, 2015 by Sirusdark

Hello dear readers and visitors!

Less than a few days apart I had to fix several Macbook malware infections. I say “infections”, but technically, it’s more of a Safari feature abuse. Still, it qualifies as malware or even as a virus.

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The message usually shows a phone number to call to “fix” your problem.
DON’T CALL

Sick Safari

What this malware does is create a pop-up message. This in itself could be annoying at most, but the problem is when closing the pop-up message window, another comes up immediately and because of  Safari’s default pop-up behavior, menus become unavailable as long as the message is present. Which means you’re effectively locked away from your browser. It’s like a ransomware virus, but for your MAC’s Internet Browser. Cool huh?

Solution

This solution is simple, yet not easy to find: simply Shift-click your Safari icon to start Safari and by-pass the default page(s). Once you’re back and in control of your browser, you should do 2 things:

1. Check your history and try to find which website could’ve infected your browser. Then, take a mental note and STOP visiting such websites. If you can’t find it, it means you’ve most likely stumbled on an infected website. Lucky you.

2. Delete all history, cookies, empty the cache (you’ll need to enable the developer menu to access this option), remove any unwanted extensions and change your homepage.

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

Extra read and picture source
-http://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove-ib-adnxs-com-mac-os-x/

Bug fix – “Save as…” prompt takes the whole screen and can’t be re-sized

Posted in Browser, Bug, How to with tags , , , on February 5, 2015 by Sirusdark

Hello!

I came across a weird annoying bug/behavior while browsing the web and saving stuff (images, files, etc.).

One day, the “Save as…” prompt decided it would take the whole screen’s size (full size) and not allow me to resize it. Here’s how to quickly fix that:

Either :

-Double click the title bar
or
-Click the “Hide Folders” button

Then simply resize the window with your mouse as usual!

saveas

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

Reference
-http://superuser.com/questions/417867/resizing-the-save-as-window-in-windows-7