hack http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/75/all en-US Best Money Tips: How to Protect Yourself After the Equifax Breach http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-protect-yourself-after-the-equifax-breach <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-protect-yourself-after-the-equifax-breach" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_stressed_computer_528311041.jpg" alt="Woman protecting herself after the equifax breach" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on ways to protect yourself after the Equifax hack, strategies for mastering new skills, and one ingredient that will prevent flood-damaged clothes from getting mildew.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://moneyqanda.com/how-to-protect-yourself-from-equifax-hack/">6 Easy Ways to You Can Protect Yourself After the Equifax Hack</a> &mdash; Setting up a fraud alert on your credit report will prevent new credit cards or loans from being made in your name without your explicit approval. [Money Q&amp;A]</p> <p><a href="https://www.cashthechecks.com/5-strategies-learn-new-skills/">5 Useful Strategies To Learn (And Master) New Skills</a> &mdash; When learning a new skill, test yourself to find out what your strengths and weaknesses are. [Cash The Checks]</p> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Clean-Mildew-From-Clothes-43994258">There's 1 Secret Ingredient You Need to Prevent Flood-Damaged Clothes From Getting Mildew</a> &mdash; Vinegar will wipe out the musty smell that can cling to flood-damaged fabrics. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/sites-that-pay-you/">40 Sites That Pay You (to Do Things You Probably Are Doing Anyway)</a> &mdash; These sites will pay to you take surveys, watch TV, play games, test websites, and more! [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/from-overspent-to-under-control-ways-to-stop-retail-therapy/">From Overspent to Under Control: Ways to Stop Compulsive Spending</a> &mdash; Join Experian's #CreditChat tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET for a discussion on the emotional triggers that lead to compulsive spending and ways to stay in control of your finances. [Experian]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2017/09/10/7-smart-yet-simple-ways-to-handle-difficult-people/">7 Smart Yet Simple Ways to Handle Difficult People</a> &mdash; Don't lower your standards, but if you remove your expectations of others, you can move on with your day without feeling disappointed at someone else's poor behavior. [Marc &amp; Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifeoptimizer.org/2017/09/07/myths-about-stress/">3 Deadly Myths You Must Know About Stress</a> &mdash; Don't accept stress as a normal part of life. [Life Optimizer]</p> <p><a href="https://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/thick-glossy-12-must-foods-vitamins-hair-must/">Thick &amp; Glossy: 12 Must-have Foods and Vitamins Your Hair Must Have</a> &mdash; Egg yolks, which are rich in biotin and dietary protein, can help prevent hair damage. [Change Your Thoughts]</p> <p><a href="http://sweethometimes.com/7-kitchen-cleaning-tips-live/">7 Kitchen Cleaning Tips You Should Live By</a> &mdash; Empty the food trap in your dishwasher at least once a week to avoid odors and rotting food. [Sweet Home Times]</p> <p><a href="https://www.csmonitor.com/Technology/2017/0911/Tech-that-opens-eyes-How-apps-help-connect-the-blind-and-seeing-worlds">Tech that opens eyes: How apps help connect the blind and seeing worlds</a> &mdash; Apps like BlindWays and Be My Eyes connect visually-impaired users with sighted volunteers who can help make their day-to-day tasks go a little easier. [The Christian Science Monitor]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-protect-yourself-after-the-equifax-breach">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-apps-that-monitor-your-credit-for-you">7 Apps That Monitor Your Credit for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-protect-your-credit-after-the-equifax-breach">How to Protect Your Credit After the Equifax Breach</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-read-a-credit-report">How to Read a Credit Report</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-freeze-your-credit">How to Freeze Your Credit</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-signs-your-identity-was-stolen">9 Signs Your Identity Was Stolen</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance best money tips Equifax hack Tue, 12 Sep 2017 08:00:08 +0000 Amy Lu 2019542 at http://www.wisebread.com Your SSN Can Now Be Accurately Guessed Using Date and Place of Birth http://www.wisebread.com/your-ssn-can-now-be-accurately-guessed-using-date-and-place-of-birth <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/your-ssn-can-now-be-accurately-guessed-using-date-and-place-of-birth" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/SocialSecurityTN.jpg" alt="SSN" title="SSN" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="189" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">It seems that nothing is safe any more. And now your Social Security Number, the lynchpin to you credit score, taxes, government benefits and more, is under attack. It can be guessed, with a staggering degree of accuracy, using simple information you probably have on sites like Facebook and MySpace.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">We have all heard the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/not-taking-jack-how-to-deal-with-identity-theft">stories about Identity Theft</a> and we all take precautions to be careful with our SSN. In fact, these days I&rsquo;ll only put it down on a form if I absolutely have to; that includes medical forms that you often have to fill out when you visit a GP or specialist.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>But that may now be a moot point, because two Carnegie Mellon researchers have basically reverse-engineered the SSN formula to gain access to that most precious and private number.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/07/social-insecurity-numbers-open-to-hacking.ars">John Timmer of Arstechnica.com</a> reported yesterday that these two bright sparks used two practices that had been designed to protect the number, and make it fraud-proof, as a way to discover the code from those two simple facts &ndash; date of birth, and place of birth; two facts that are on most public profiles.</p> <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><p>&nbsp;</p> <!--[endif]--><!--[endif]--><p><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">To know how they did it, you need to know the basic structure of the SSN. As John describes it, it splits into three zones:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i>The first three digits are based on the state where the SSN was originally assigned, and the next two are what's termed a group number. The last four digits are ostensibly assigned at random. Since the late 1980s, the government has promoted an initiative termed &quot;Enumeration at Birth&quot; that seeks to ensure that SSNs are assigned shortly after birth, which should limit the circumstances under which individuals apply for them later in life (and hence, make fraudulent applications easier to detect).<o:p></o:p></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><p> From there, the article gets pretty heavily into some technical data and statistics that I won&rsquo;t bore you with here. If you&rsquo;re interested, read all the details of the <a href="http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/07/social-insecurity-numbers-open-to-hacking.ars">algorithm that reconstructs your Social Security Number</a>. But all you really need to know is that if the SSN code has been cracked, or hacked, then it won&rsquo;t be long before that information gets into the wrong hands.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>So, should you be worried, and what can you do?</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Well, as John Timmer explains, although some of the SSN digits are relatively easy to obtain, others are more tricky:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><p> <i>Getting the last four digits right was substantially harder. The authors used a standard of getting the whole SSN right within 10 tries, and could only manage that about 0.1 percent of the time even in the later period. Still, small states were somewhat easier&mdash;for Delaware in 1996, they had a five percent success rate. <o:p></o:p></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal">BUT, and this is a big but, it seems as though modern security systems and automated forms DO NOT REQUIRE the whole SSN. As long as it is cross-referenced with the date and place of birth, up to two numbers can be incorrect. John continues:<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i>They often allow several failed verification attempts per IP address before blacklisting it. Given these numbers, the authors estimate that even a moderate-sized botnet of 10,000 machines could successfully obtain identity verifications for younger residents of West Virginia at a rate of 47 a minute.<o:p></o:p></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><p> Think about it: 47 a minute! Considering how prevalent ID theft is around the world, and how sophisticated thieves are becoming, I think this is enough to cause concern for the average US citizen. And as such, it may be time to start taking precautions. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">First, see if you can remove your private information, or replace your place and date of birth with something more vague on your social networking sites and other public profiles. That one should be relatively easy, if a little time consuming. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Second, continue to practice good personal security. Shred any important documents that you are throwing out, and don&rsquo;t leave sensitive data in a place where thieves could easily find it. I know a lot of people throw things in the car and forget about it, but if the car were stolen or broken into, it could be the start of much bigger problems. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Third, keep on top of your credit reports. You are allowed one free each year from each of the three major credit bureaus. DO NOT use freecreditreport.com, they charge. Instead, go to <a href="https://www.annualcreditreport.com/cra/index.jsp">Annual Credit Report here.</a> If you see anything suspicious or just plain wrong, contact the bureau immediately. <o:p></o:p></p> <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><p>&nbsp;</p> <!--[endif]--><!--[endif]--><p><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Finally, consider some <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/once-bitten-twice-shy-what-is-credit-security-worth-to-you">ID theft protection</a>. I use <a href="http://www.lifelock.com/">LifeLock</a> because I got <a href="http://www.retailmenot.com/view/lifelock.com">a great deal on it</a>, and although not 100% effective, it does cover me if anything should happen. But LifeLock is basically just a method of putting 90-day fraud alerts on your credit reports, which you can do yourself for free. You can find the information for each bureau here:<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://www.experian.com/consumer/cac/InvalidateSession.do?code=SECURITYALERT"><strong>EXPERIAN</strong></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.equifax.com/answers/set-fraud-alerts/en_cp"><strong>EQUIFAX</strong></a></p> <p><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.transunion.com/corporate/personal/fraudIdentityTheft/fraudPrevention/fraudAlert.page"><strong>TRANSUNION</strong><o:p></o:p></a></p> <p class="MsoNormal">For further reading, <a href="http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/consumers/defend.html">visit the FTC&rsquo;s site</a>. It has some great information. Stay safe folks. <o:p></o:p></p> <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--></p> <!--EndFragment--><!--EndFragment--><h2 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div align="center"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fyour-ssn-can-now-be-accurately-guessed-using-date-and-place-of-birth&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FYour%20SSN%20Can%20Now%20Be%20Accurately%20Guessed%20Using%20Date%20and%20Place%20of%20Birth.jpg&amp;description=Your%20SSN%20Can%20Now%20Be%20Accurately%20Guessed%20Using%20Date%20and%20Place%20of%20Birth" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Your%20SSN%20Can%20Now%20Be%20Accurately%20Guessed%20Using%20Date%20and%20Place%20of%20Birth.jpg" alt="Your SSN Can Now Be Accurately Guessed Using Date and Place of Birth" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-ssn-can-now-be-accurately-guessed-using-date-and-place-of-birth">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/search-online-for-a-fix-before-you-toss-that-broken-gadget">Search Online for a Fix before You Toss that Broken Gadget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-surprising-ways-your-identity-can-be-stolen">18 Surprising Ways Your Identity Can Be Stolen</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beware-the-nasty-secret-of-the-craigslist-free-section">Beware, The Nasty Secret Of The Craigslist Free Section</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-a-customer-service-phone-number-fast">How To Get A Customer Service Phone Number, Fast!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bots-chips-and-selfies-how-safe-are-the-new-ways-to-pay">Pay with a Selfie: How Safe Are the New Ways to Pay?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs General Tips Technology crack fraud guard hack ID theft identity online safety thief Wed, 08 Jul 2009 16:29:57 +0000 Paul Michael 3364 at http://www.wisebread.com Would you sell your vote? http://www.wisebread.com/would-you-sell-your-vote <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/would-you-sell-your-vote" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/292239798_b7b2c78bfe.jpg" alt="vote for sale?" title="vote for sale?" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="299" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Being a humble Green Card holder, I don’t have a vote here in the US (makes me wonder about that old “no taxation without representation” line, but that’s another story). Anyway, as the election goes into overdrive, a question has started to bubble up inside my head. If the price was right, would you sell your vote?</p> <p>It’s important to remember that voting is a right that many people didn’t have for the longest time. Here’s a very brief history of voting in the US, as listed on many sites including <a href="http://www.activoteamerica.com/Home2/History_of_Voting/history_of_voting.html#rights">ActiVote America</a> and <a href="http://www.infoplease.com/timelines/voting.html">InfoPlease</a> :</p> <p>1776 – Voting rights based on property ownership; white protestant males over 21.<br />1830 – Many states drop religion and property ownership as requirements.<br />1870 – African Americans given the right to vote.<br />1920 – Women given the right to vote.<br />1947 – All states finally grant Native Americans the right to vote. <br />1965 – Voting Rights Act bans use of literacy tests and poll taxes.<br />1971 – Voting age lowered to 18.</p> <p>As Fatboy Slim once said, “we’ve come a long way baby.” People have campaigned, suffered and died for this right. Wars have been fought in the name of freedom and democracy. It seems like one hell of a privilege to give up. I know I miss my right to vote, especially as I have such strong political beliefs.</p> <p>Not unlike Woody Harrelson’s character in “Indecent Proposal,” everyone has their price; (although I would rather sell my vote than do what he did). But in light of recent DieBold news, and an <a href="http://www.hbo.com/docs/programs/hackingdemocracy/synopsis.html">HBO documentary</a> I saw last month called &quot;Hacking Democracy,&quot; I have to wonder what has happened to that most precious gift that is your vote anyway.</p> <p>As <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2008/08/23/diebold-comes-clean-admits-that-its-e-voting-machines-are-fault/">Engadget</a> reported in August of this year, DieBold spokesman Chris Riggall explained that a <em>&quot;critical programming error that can cause votes to be dropped while being electronically transferred from memory cards to a central tallying point&quot;</em> has been part of the software for ten years. So, your precious vote may have been dropped from the system on multiple occasions. </p> <p>And in “<a href="http://www.hackingdemocracy.com/">Hacking Democracy</a> ” it’s unveiled that voting machines can be rigged, records can disappear and elections could indeed be miscounted by machines. The security of the electronic voting machines being used today is suspect to say the least, and this is not a partisan issue. Your vote is your vote, and if it’s not being counted, or it’s being manipulated for one party of the other, does it then open up the debate about selling your vote? If your vote is not as sacred as we once believed, is there less culpability involved in selling that vote? </p> <p>If someone came up to you tomorrow and told you that you were in a swing state, and your vote was needed to ensure victory for one party, would you consider the offer? Would your vote be up for grabs?</p> <p>It may be that you were going to vote for that party anyway. You may believe that one vote doesn’t actually make a difference. Or, you may just think the whole system is screwed anyway, so why not profit from it? And just what would your price be?</p> <p>In these tough economic times, I’d be tempted if someone waved $5000 hard cash in front of me and asked me to vote a certain way (if, of course, I had a vote to sell). But as there’s no way to prove who you voted for anyway, would you then just give your word that you’d vote for one party, and then vote for the other anyway? Or would you just say no?</p> <p>It may all seem like rhetoric, but it did actually make the news in July of this year. <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/07/04/ebay.vote.ap/index.html">CNN </a> reported that “<em>University of Minnesota student Max P. Sanders, 19, was charged with a felony Thursday in Hennepin County District Court after allegedly asking for a minimum of $10 in exchange for voting for the bidder&#39;s preferred candidate.”</em></p> <p>And this got Sanders into more than a little hot water; <em>“Sanders was charged with one count of bribery, treating and soliciting under an 1893 state law that makes it a crime to offer to buy or sell a vote.”</em> He tried, he failed, he says it was a joke. Maybe it was, but it still leaves the question hanging in the air…would YOU sell your vote, and if so, what would your price be? Over to you. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/would-you-sell-your-vote">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-gas-tax-holiday-don-t-fall-for-it">The Gas Tax Holiday; don’t fall for it.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-ssn-can-now-be-accurately-guessed-using-date-and-place-of-birth">Your SSN Can Now Be Accurately Guessed Using Date and Place of Birth</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-to-know-before-retiring-abroad">9 Things to Know Before Retiring Abroad</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/could-the-last-person-to-leave-america-please-turn-out-the-light">Could the last person to leave America please turn out the light.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-your-brand-boycott-actually-make-a-difference">Will Your Brand Boycott Actually Make a Difference?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs bribery DieBold election hack Making Extra Cash politics vote voting Tue, 02 Sep 2008 21:15:33 +0000 Paul Michael 2393 at http://www.wisebread.com Quick Vista Hack to Get You Browsing at High-Speed Again http://www.wisebread.com/quick-vista-hack-to-get-you-browsing-at-high-speed-again <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/quick-vista-hack-to-get-you-browsing-at-high-speed-again" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/speed racer.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">I’m not a Windows Vista fan.<span> </span>In fact, my new PC runs on XP, but uses OpenSource applications for most of my business needs.<span> </span>So why do I even care about a trick to get sluggish Vista browsing back to an acceptable speed?<span> </span>My mom uses Vista, and I love my mom. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">I’m also no techie, so I’ll preface this piece by acknowledging that this won’t work for everyone.<span> </span>There are lots of reasons why Vista is a good choice for some; my mom has few qualms with the operating system, and I’ve even adjusted to using her PC for quick tasks when I’m away from home.<span> </span>One thing that just wouldn’t do for me or my mother, however, was the horribly slow browsing in Vista.<span> </span>Sites that should have taken little time to load were met with the white screen of death, or a notoriously lingering blue circle that signaled the page was <em>still</em> loading.<span> </span>A check of the connection supported my theory that it wasn’t anything else but Vista.<span> </span>Here’s how we fixed it – for good. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.pcmagazine.com/">PC Magazine’s</a> May 2008 issue held the key to our problems.<span> </span>Its Ask Neil column featured our problem, and the answer was simple:<span> </span>Disable Vista’s “Auto-Tuning” feature, which may not be (in our case it wasn’t) compatible with certain routers and networking devices.<span> </span>To turn it off: </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span>At the <strong>Start</strong> menu type <strong>command</strong>, but don’t immediately launch the command prompt.<span> </span>Instead, right-click it and choose <strong>Run As Administrator</strong>.<span> </span>Type this command: </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>netsh interface tcp show global</strong> </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span>If the line <strong>Receive Window Auto-Tuning Level</strong> does not say “disabled,” enter this command: </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>netsh interface tcp set global autotuning=restricted</strong> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">If this doesn’t help, do the whole process again, but this time substitute this command: </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>netsh interface tcp set global autotuning=disabled</strong> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">Viola!<span> </span>You should be cruising now!<span> </span>(By the way, I had to go through the whole process, using the last command to get it going good.)<span> </span>If it works, you should notice the difference in browsing speeds immediately.<span> </span>If it doesn’t work for you, and you feel the need to put things back the way they were, you can type this command: </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>netsh interface tcp set global autotuning=normal</strong> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">Good luck, Vista users!<span> </span>(And if you’re looking for some additional reading, check out all the <a href="http://www.pcmag.com/category2/0,2806,2256470,00.asp">green topics</a> covered in <a href="http://www.pcmag.com/current_issue/">this month’s issue</a> of PC Magazine!)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quick-vista-hack-to-get-you-browsing-at-high-speed-again">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/boost-your-computers-ram-in-seconds-very-easy">Boost your computer&#039;s RAM in seconds. Very easy.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/one-genius-little-button-thats-saving-me-a-whole-bunch-of-time">One genius little button that&#039;s saving me a whole bunch of time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hacking-your-way-to-a-better-life">Hacking your way to a better life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-sneaky-ways-identity-thieves-can-access-your-data">3 Sneaky Ways Identity Thieves Can Access Your Data</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-ssn-can-now-be-accurately-guessed-using-date-and-place-of-birth">Your SSN Can Now Be Accurately Guessed Using Date and Place of Birth</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Technology hack Internet PC Vista Windows Thu, 17 Apr 2008 02:00:58 +0000 Linsey Knerl 2014 at http://www.wisebread.com Revenge of the battery hack - 32 AAs inside a 6v Lantern Battery. BUT IS IT PHONEY?! http://www.wisebread.com/revenge-of-the-battery-hack-32-aas-inside-a-6v-lantern-battery-but-is-it-phoney <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/revenge-of-the-battery-hack-32-aas-inside-a-6v-lantern-battery-but-is-it-phoney" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/prod_8515.jpg" alt="6v lantern battery" title="6v lantern battery" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="361" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ok, there's not really much that I can say to top this one. After the amazing work that Kipkay did over at Metacafe, the folks at gagfilms have gone one better. They've discovered not 10 or even 20 but 32 AA batteries inside a standard 6v battery. Yup, I'm floored.</p> <p><em>NOTE: One astute guest has pointed out that this could be all a bunch of hokum, which I fell for like so many others out there on the web. I hacked up my 6v battery and found 4 1.5v batteries inside. If you are willing to hack up yours and tell us what you find, I'd love to get to the bottom of this one.</em></p> <p>As a rule, I don't usually like to post just one video in isolation but this one deserves it. And I found a battery like this one for just $1.99 in my local hardware store. I think that equates to around 7 measly cents per battery. Did I just hear parents everywhere rejoice?</p> <p><object width="400" height="345" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,29,0" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000"> <param value="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/824477/6_volt_battery_hack_youll_be_amazed.swf" name="movie" /> <param value="high" name="quality" /> <param value="false" name="menu" /> <param value="" name="wmode" /><embed width="400" height="345" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" menu="false" quality="high" wmode="" src="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/824477/6_volt_battery_hack_youll_be_amazed.swf"></embed></object><p><a href="http://www.metacafe.com/watch/824477/6_volt_battery_hack_youll_be_amazed/"><br /> </a></p> <p>And here's a guy experiencing just what happened to me...</p> <object width="425" height="350"> <param value="http://embed.break.com/MzY5MTky" name="movie" /><embed width="425" height="350" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://embed.break.com/MzY5MTky"></embed></object><p>What is surprising me more though (although it probably shouldn't) is the way the battery industry seems to be pulling the wool over our eyes. Why does a simple 2-pack of AA batteries cost anywhere from $2-$5, when they are obviously so cheap to produce? No wonder the Energizer bunny can keep going and going, it's costing almost nothing to replace the power source. And Duracell, a Proctor &amp; Gamble company, generates over $1 billion a year from the sale of just AA batteries. Indeed, the humble AA seems to be the backbone of the battery industry.</p> <p>So, I did a little digging. Actually, a lot of digging. In total around six hours of web-surfing and phone calls and came up with nothing. No-one wants to talk to me about the production costs of batteries, and a recent theft of trade secrets at Duracell has the industry very, very wary indeed.</p> <p>At this point I'm throwing it over to you. Do you know anyone who works in the battery industry? DO you know why they can sell 32 AAs for $1.99, hidden inside a 6v shell, and then sell just 2 AAs for around the same price? Is this just the way the battery industry works and if they changed things the prices would go up? I have way too many questions and no answers. But until I get them, I'm getting all my AAs from inside a 6v lantern battery. It's going to save me quite a pretty penny.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/revenge-of-the-battery-hack-32-aas-inside-a-6v-lantern-battery-but-is-it-phoney">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-ssn-can-now-be-accurately-guessed-using-date-and-place-of-birth">Your SSN Can Now Be Accurately Guessed Using Date and Place of Birth</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-little-words-that-will-get-you-the-best-price-every-time">10 Little Words That Will Get You the Best Price, Every Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-buy-one-get-one-free-is-usually-a-bad-deal">Why &quot;Buy One Get One Free&quot; Is Usually A Bad Deal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-sneaky-ways-wholesale-clubs-get-you-to-you-spend-more">8 Sneaky Ways Wholesale Clubs Get You to You Spend More</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-5-grocery-shopping-techniques-you-need">The Only 5 Grocery Shopping Techniques You Need</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips 6v AA battery deals hack Secrets Wed, 19 Sep 2007 03:32:06 +0000 Paul Michael 1174 at http://www.wisebread.com Hacking your way to a better life http://www.wisebread.com/hacking-your-way-to-a-better-life <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/hacking.jpg" alt=" " width="214" height="167" /></p> <p>I love how the concept of hacking has changed so much over the past few years. I&#39;m particularly taken with <a href="http://www.hackszine.com/">Hack Zine</a>, a site the collects some of the best hacks on the web. Like <a href="http://lifehacker.com/software/google-calendar/geek-to-live--sync-google-calendar-and-gmail-contacts-to-your-desktop-251279.php">Lifehacker</a>, Hack Zine seeks out ways to make life easier, cheaper, and generally more fun.</p> <p>Here are some hacks that I particularly like.</p> <p class="sub-heading"><a href="http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/network/2006/12/21/using-google-to-view-myspace-or-any-restricted-sites.html">Using Google to view any page, anywhere</a></p> <p class="blockquote">Most companies and schools employ proxy servers to filter unwanted sites so employees won&#39;t waste precious company resources surfing sites that the companies deem unproductive. While the use of proxy servers to block unwanted sites may be understandable in commercial cases, there are also companies that are overdoing it, banning almost all websites and creating a lot of inconvenience to their employees.</p> <p>We DO NOT RECOMMEND that you use this method to surf porn at work. Via Consumerist.</p> <p class="sub-heading"><a href="http://www.hackszine.com/blog/archive/2007/04/windows_gaming_in_linux.html">Play Windows games on a Linux box</a></p> <p class="blockquote">For a lot of of Linux devotees, gaming has always been the reason for keeping an extra Windows machine, so it&#39;s pretty interesting to see this barrier crumbling. </p> <p class="sub-heading"><a href="http://www.satellitesweeper.com/hacking-tivo-and-dvr.htm">Tivo Hacks</a></p> <p class="blockquote">If you&#39;re a hardcore DVR user you&#39;ve probably spent some time collecting missed episodes of your favorite shows. But pretty soon that hard drive fills up and you have to make a decision between missing new shows and dumping old ones. With a little hacking, however, you never have to dump shows again. Just convert those old shows to MPEG format and either store them on your computer or burn them onto DVD&#39;s. (TiVo Series 2 Only) </p> <p class="sub-heading"><a href="http://www.wildwoodsurvival.com/survival/fire/cokeandchocolatebar/">Fire! Fire!</a></p> <p class="blockquote">To make fire from a can of coke and a chocolate bar is actually quite easy, and you don&#39;t need any tools. </p> <p>(Picture by Greg of <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/myhobosoul/">My Hobo Soul)</a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hacking-your-way-to-a-better-life">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quick-vista-hack-to-get-you-browsing-at-high-speed-again">Quick Vista Hack to Get You Browsing at High-Speed Again</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/51-uses-for-coca-cola-the-ultimate-list">51 Uses for Coca-Cola – the Ultimate List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-siri-can-be-your-personal-finance-assistant">9 Ways Siri Can Be Your Personal Finance Assistant</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/could-the-chromebook-crush-windows">Could the Chromebook Crush Windows?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-stocks-every-recent-grad-should-own">10 Stocks Every Recent Grad Should Own</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks apple chocolate Coke fire gaming Google hack life hacking Linux Windows Wed, 18 Apr 2007 18:42:26 +0000 Andrea Karim 526 at http://www.wisebread.com