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Windows Start Button replacement

classicshellstartmenuHave you got Windows 8, and are still looking for the good old start button?

 

Download Classic Shell from www.classicshell.net

 

Highly recommendable.

 

 

Easiest way to install Linux Mint

To install Linux Mint most people download the dvd image and create a bootable DVD.

 

There is however a much easier way.

 

Simply create a bootable USB stick with Linux Mint by downloading the "Universal USB Installer".

 

You can find the UUI and instructions on http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/

 

Protected Admin logins for CMS platforms

joomla-loginJoomla is a great platform for developing portals and websites.

 

What many people tend to forget is that CMS platforms like Joomla and Wordpress are managed through an online administrator login.

 

The disadvantage with this is that hackers are trying to guess the passwords using automated tools.

 

On a standard Joomla website a hacker can find the administrator login page by adding /administrator to the website url.

 

Likewise on a standard Wordpress site you can simply add /wp-admin to the url to get to the admin login.

 

Example:

Your site is:    www.example.com

 

Joomla

If your site is a Joomla site then the administrator login will by default be:

www.example.com/administrator

 

Wordpress

If your site is a Wordpress site then the administrator login will by default be:

www.example.com/wp-admin

 

What to do ?

To improve the security of my sites I therefore always disable the default administrator url, and also monitor all attempts to access the default admin login url's. For Joomla sites you could e.g. use the extension called Adminexile which will notify you by email of any attempt, and also dynamically ban perpetrators for a timelimited period.

 

By doing so, you can monitor all such hacker attempts and take further measurements should they be persistent.

 

Microsoft Windows Xp coming to an end

Windows-xp-endIt is important to remember that support and updates for Microsoft Windows XP comes to an end on 8. April 2014.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/endofsupport.aspx

 

If you however have good hardware that you want to keep, then you can upgrade to Windows 8 or e.g. Linux Mint.

http://www.linuxmint.com/

 

In one case where I wanted to keep an old PC I got, I decided to spend €60 on Windows 8 Professional to keep this alive. In other cases I have installed the "Windows like" Linux Mint.

 

If you go for Linux Mint, then be sure to download and create a bootable DVD first to ensure that your hardware is compatible. I have self several times experienced problems with the Broadcom wifi modules installed in some laptops.

 

Either way, I will recommend that you make up your mind wrt. this as soon as possible as staying on Windows XP is not really worth it.