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Mon
02
Oct
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How to Fix: VM Can't Connect to Windows Server (No Trust Relationship)

Infopackets Reader Jeff L. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a Windows 7 machine I'm trying to virtualize, which is connected to a Windows Server 2012 network. The issue I'm having is that the newly created virtual machine works fine after it's been ... virtualized but later it won't work. Whenever I try and login to the network, I receive an error message ' The security database on the server does not have a computer account for this workstation trust relationship. ' I am using VMWare Workstation as the hypervisor. I have tried everything I can think of to fix this but there is absolutely no way for ... (view more)

Wed
05
Oct
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Should You Use a Password Manager?

Lately we've been posting a lot of articles about websites and services that have been hacked . One of the primary recommendations we have also repeated is that users should use unique and hard-to-guess passwords for each site, as this will help to ... prevent any further breaches. The reasoning is that if user account data is stolen on one site ( Yahoo is a good example ), the same username and passwords may also be valid on other sites - but only if users are using the same account names, passwords or password hints. Unfortunately this is often the case, because using the same passwords on ... (view more)

Fri
18
Dec
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How to: Reset Windows 10 Password

Infopackets Reader Gale S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just purchased a brand new Windows 10 laptop, and created a new Microsoft Account when I first logged in. The problem is however, I forgot my Microsoft Account password! Now I can't get back into ... Windows 10 because my password isn't working! I don't know what to do. Can you help? " My response: There are two ways you can reset your Windows 10 email password; one involves resetting your email password by phone (if enabled), or by computer. The other involves converting your resetting the password using a password reset trick using a USB or ... (view more)

Wed
18
Mar
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New Yahoo Login System Uses No Password

Yahoo has introduced an option to log in without needing to remember a password. It requires a cellphone and may trade security for convenience. Under the new system, which is optional, users can choose not to use a standard passwords for future ... log-ins. Once activated, the system will mean a button appears on Yahoo's site when the user is ready to log in to the account. When the user clicks this button, Yahoo sends a one-time only, four character password to the user's cellphone. Once the user logs in, the password field becomes inactive. The process is then repeated the next time ... (view more)

Mon
16
Feb
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Reset Admin Password (Windows Vista)?

Infopackets Reader Steve W. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thanks for your articles on how to reset the admin password in Windows XP , and Windows 7 and 8 . I have a friend who is locked out of his Windows Vista machine and was wondering if the instructions ... for resetting the admin password are similar? If not can you tell me how to reset a user account password for Windows Vista? " My Response: Resetting an admin or user password for Windows Vista uses similar methods previously discussed. Note that if you can login as the "Administrator" user, you can also use this account to reset any user password ... (view more)

Fri
13
Feb
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Reset Admin Password (Windows XP)?

Infopackets Reader Bill F. writes: " Dear Dennis, Thanks for your article on how to reset the admin password for Windows 7 and 8 . I have an old Windows XP machine and can't login because I lost my password. Do you have similar steps on how to reset ... the admin password for Windows XP? " My response: The steps to reset the administrator password for Windows XP is different than what what was previously described in the article for Windows 7 and 8. Note that if you can login as the "Administrator" user, you can also use this account to reset any user password on the system. So, the steps below ... (view more)

Mon
19
Jan
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How to: Reset Any Password: Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10

Infopackets Reader 'ltb223' writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a Windows 7 Pro computer which I haven't used for a long time. Now I want to use it, but I cannot remember my password. It has only one user account, so I believe I need to reset the admin ... password. Is there anyway to recover the lost password or am I stuck with reinstalling Windows and losing all previous data and programs? " My response: It's possible to reset the admin password, or any user password using a special password reset 'trick'. It involves replacing the 'Ease of Access' program at ... (view more)

Tue
18
Feb
John Lister's picture

New Tech Pairs Cellphone, Sound for Secure Logins

If Google's latest acquisition is any indication, sound could be the key to enhanced login security. Set up by former members of the Israeli military, SlickLogin is based around high-frequency tones, virtually inaudible to the human ear. In theory ... the system could be used as the main way to log in to a site, but Google seems more likely to use it for two-factor authentication. The idea of two-factor authentication is to combine two different types of security measure: something you know, and something you have. With the system Google already uses, the 'something you know' is your ... (view more)

Thu
23
Apr
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Can't login to Windows XP? How to Reset Your Password

Infopackets Reader R. Thomas writes: " Dear Dennis, I forgot my user password (with administrator access rights). I tried booting into safe mode, hoping that it would login me in as the 'Admin' user, but I forgot the admin user password, too! How ... can I get past this? " My response: There are a number of ways to get past this. In fact, you can use a hidden Administrator account in Windows XP to reset your main user password. In this article, I'll explain how you can login as the administrator in Windows XP using Safe Mode. If that doesn't work, I've linked to another article ... (view more)

Fri
24
Nov
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Firefox 2, IE7 Login Exploit

The whole point of releasing Mozilla's Firefox 2 and Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7, aside from some flashy buttons and a few bucks for the makers, was to upgrade the security of each browser. And although the first Firefox was heralded as a ... divinely secure gift from the web surfing Gods (in the wake of IE6's massive loopholes), both Firefox 2 and Internet Explorer 7 are reportedly susceptible to a new and potent login spoof, which gives hackers the ability to easily swipe passwords and other sensitive information. Like Taking Candy From A Baby According to security guru Robert Chapin, web ... (view more)

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