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We’re constantly telling you that using WEP to ‘secure’ your wireless network is really a fools game, yet people still do it. Today I’d like to show you exactly how insecure WEP really is, by showing you how to crack a WEP-secured network password in less than 5 minutes.
As I sit here wondering how things will pan out for London after the riots, I can’t help but turn towards Twitter for relevant information about my local area. The media is repeating the same tired footage and quotes from various politicians, and everyone is using the events to forward their own political goals or views of society. Yet all I want to know is – are my wife and I safe here?
Now you can easily download and view our entire selection of MakeUseOf PDF Guides directly on your smartphones and iPad, without any hassle! Here’s how we have made our amazing and ever expanding selection of free guides available to iPhone, iPad and Android users.
If you have access to your router, and it’s able to log activity, it’s relatively easy to watch everything that’s going on to try to find any untoward activity. Today I’d like to show you how to set that up on your DD-WRT router and some Windows-only software called WallWatcher. OSX users can also use it using a Parallels virtual machine.
Last week we introduced the top 10 most pirated games of all time as a good indicator of real success. Can the same logic be applied to movies? Will the biggest grossing movies also be the most downloaded? Read on to find out, in our list of the top 10 most downloaded movies, ever. This time, I’ve included box office stats from IMDB as well, to see how they correlate.
As the internet evolves and the systems it’s running on become harder to hack, you’d think websites would be hacked less! In fact, the opposite is true, with the number one problem lying not in the software but in human complacency. That said, how can you know if your site is vulnerable? That’s where the free service HackerTarget.com comes in.
We’ve talked a lot in the past about running local web servers for development purposes or to try out software such as Wordpress without having to pay for hosting, but how do you take it live once you’re ready to launch? The principles remain the same for any CMS or web software.
Tilt Shift is that wonderful effect that makes your photographs look like model dioramas, and we’ve covered a few utilities to achieve the effect before. This time though, I want to show how you can do the same thing in Photoshop – and apart from giving you more freedom in the overall process, it’s a […]
While we would never endorse piracy, it’s fair to say that the best games get downloaded more than others. In fact, games that are well pirated generally mirror their performance in the retail world – so in the absence of reliable sales figures, we look towards the download counts. It’s with great pleasure that I hereby introduce you to the top 10 most pirated games of all time.
Email spam is annoying, but pretty easy to ignore nowadays. But have you ever wondered how and why your favourite forum died and was suddenly filled with viagra adverts? How about those nonsensical blog comments you got that just don’t seem relevant? Read on to find out about the tools the Internet spammers have at their disposal.
Most major IT companies seem convinced that shoving everything into giant data centres in the sky is the solution to many essential computing tasks. But what if you don’t want all your stuff on someone else’s servers? What if you want it at home, where you can physically touch it and have complete control over it?
Make A Product Review Database With WordPress: Custom Post Types, Custom Fields, Featured Images & Widgets!
Last time we showed you how to create a simple events listing using perhaps the most powerful feature of WordPress 3.0 – custom post types. After some requests to develop this further, today we’ll be creating a product review database to tie together everything we’ve learnt so far.
With OSX Lion in the App Store awaiting you, I’m sure some of you have some concerns about the upgrade process, so today I’m going to walk you through some of those concerns, give a few warnings, and show you how you can copy the download-only installer to a USB and DVD drive.
World of Warcraft gets a lot of bad press, yet clearly it’s doing something right to a have a few million players worldwide. In a bold move to invigorate the aging game, attract new players and just let everyone have a little fun, Blizzard recently announced that the game was now 100% free to play up to level 20.
One of the key factors in growing your own vegetables is ensuring you rotate your crops every year to avoid a build up of disease and prevent a complete depletion of nutrients. For this particular dilemma, you could make use of VGALive, a free online vegetable plot management system and encyclopaedia.