USB flash drive Logon programs review
 
Security login using a USB flash drive tokenIn my searches I have found lots of people (like me) asking for programs/software that would turn a regular USB drive into a security token to replace a Windows password. There is not a whole lot of information or a review of similar programs (except in Chech here: http://www.zive.cz/h/Uzivatel/Ar.asp?ARI=126071&CHID=1&EXPS=&EXPA= or in German here: http://www.se-community.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=23325&highlight=rohos ) .

So, I decided to spend some time trying and outlaying the features of four of the top most programs out there to make this USB drive into a security token — which you have to insert into a port on the portable laptop or a desktop to login.
This table was completed based my personal requirements to the features and most asked features by other people in the forums/blogs. See notes on a specific feature below.

Features of the product: Rohos Logon Key (the winner)
www.rohos.com
Dekart Logon
www.dekart.com
Proteg
www.inflexpoint.com
Natural Login
www.palcott.com

Notes: Available as an EXE, MSI, or a server version.
Can be installed only using an Administrator account. Windows 2003 is not supported.
USB Key creation
Quick and easy.
Key Activation then adding user accounts to USB Key
It does not replace your pass with a USB Key. But adds additional authentication level – by using USB flash drive. Password usage is required.
Advanced.
USB Key removal options:
Lock desktop, turnoff, shutdown, hibernate pc.
Log Off user.
Activate screen saver1
Lock/logoff/
turnoff/restart
lock
lock
Can completely disable password login
+
+
– 
+
USB Key security. (two-factor login)
PIN. Keeps passwords on a USB drive in a secured manner.
Keeps plain passwords. Optional PIN for encryption.
Does not creates any file on USB drive.
Always makes you to use a password along with a USB flash drive.
Optional user defined questions or a graphical pattern you need to enter Creates encrypted file.
Multiple logins on a single USB Key
+
+

+
Key duplicate security hole.

program bounds up to owner USB flash drive and does not accept other for login (unless owner has 2 keys)
+

Program bounds up to your USB flash drive. It does not creates any files on USB flash drive.
+
Has emergency login way in case you lost or USB Key
+
based on a set of questions…

+
By answering to predefined set of questions.
+
login with user-defined questions/answers.
Windows XP welcome screen support
+


~
Windows Vista support
+



Easy of use for Key
Higher.
Standard
Standard
Higher
Additional Options
login screen customizations, Enhanced system shutdown dialog. Password generator. Remote desktop login via USB key support. Access restriction for users based on time factor. Has a Server version for networks.
Biometric logon + support of a dozen corporate security tokens.
no
no
New features development?
Support?
Has the best live product and support. Has a blog. Also available is a thorough Admin guide.
No new features for a long time. Support personnel always saying ‘we will implement this in future…’
No replies to my messages.
Last release date: 2005 year.
They speak French basically …
Last release date: 2005.
Price & Score (max of 10):
Features
/Support
/Usage
/Security
25/35$
9
10
10
10
~40$
7
5
8
8
25$
6
6
8
9
19/29$
8
6
9
10

This article was first published on one of our Editors Ajit Gaddam’s personal blog. You can check out the original article here. Following is a reproduction of that article on how to Unlock your cell phone and get unlock codes for free

I recently lost my Cell phone while travelling abroad. Fortunately for me, I had an brand new cell phone which I got from T-Mobile for free when I renewed my contract with them, a Nokia 6010 hanging around. In most countries, there are pre-paid options for phones where you pay a provider some cash and you get a SIM card which you can plug into your phone and you are all set. However, the Nokia phone I had was locked to T-Mobile and I could not use my SIM card. This led me to go online and see if there are any methods out there to help me unlock and use my cellphone. Now, there are plently of sites out there which give you the unlock codes for your Nokia Cell phone. However, most of them charge anywhere from $9.99 to $65 to provide you with the unlock codes. Also, some of them only take payment in Euros. So, in this post, I will introduce you to two sites who provide you with unlock codes for your Nokia Cell phone absolutely FREE.

Site # 1: Unlock.it

Unlock any Cell phone for FREE and get unlock codes This site is the most popular free site for unlocking any Nokia based Cell phone and most of the cell phones out there. Some of their other brands for which they provide unlock codes include Siements, LG, NEC, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Motorola based phones. The procedure for unlocking your Cell phone is as follows: 1. Start your phone without your new SIM or any SIM card in it 2. Now hit *#06# on your cell phone. When you do it, your IMEI number, a unique global serial number for your cell phone shows up. Your IMEI number should be 15 digits. 3. Now, choose the model of your Cell phone. If you don’t know your cell phone model number, you can always find out by removing the cell/battery of your phone. The model number along with the IMEI of the phone should be present. 4. Now, select the country and the operator the phone is locked to. For example “USA- T-Mobile” 5. You are now given the unlock codes for your cell phone. A lot of people have a problem punching in the alphabet p and w while entering the unlock codes. To enter the codes, here is a visual guide below as well as the step by step procedure

If you’re going to the movies for love, look further than the multiplex, look much further. In fact, just close your eyes all together.

Valentine's day moviesHey, remember when movie love mattered? When it spoke to the fundamentals of human longing and carnal passion? When the only thing bigger than your baby’s heart was that 30-foot screen? When the power of two perfectly hot creatures’ lust for one another made you deaf to loathsome dialogue because the “bump-bump, bump-bump” of your hearts was just that in sync to the actors’? Ah, the fantasy of romantic truth 24 frames per second.

Well, this Valentine’s Day, forget that. Judging from the crop of films begging for you to drop $14.50 a couple so you can make out in front of them, you’re better off spending your umpteenth night on the futon bathed in the blue glow of “Titanic” from your 19″ Zenith. From Buffy cooing over Young Indy to Batman feeling up Romy’s Michelle, the stars of these inept stabs at love are more uncrossed than Catherine Trammell’s legs.

Those who scoff at Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts and, dear God, even Jennifer Aniston’s forays into big screen romance would be more than happy to slap some sense into the stupid, avaricious executives responsible for thinking Sarah Michelle Gellar deserves a romantic comedy of her very own. And in further attempts to plunder young money clips and Kate Spade change-purses, look for an all-wack-cast update of “Dangerous Liaisons,” also starring SMG. Apparently, all 12-25 years olds are expected to do these days is spend, scream, swoon and spend some more.

But that’s cool — almost three decades ago their parents lined up for weekends on end to behold what was then the dregs of movie romance. The film was “Love Story,” and alas, it’s good to know that as daffy as its star sounded, Ali McGraw wasn’t all that wrong when she exhaled “loves means never having to say you’re sorry.” Which is why none of these movies apologize for how awful they are. To hell with Cupid, and spend the rest of this mini-month celebrating what’s left of Black February. Predictably, it sho’ nuff ain’t at the movies.

Note: All these movies are from the last century. So there is a good probability that most of you might not have watched it.

Message in a Bottle movieMessage in a Bottle
Starring
: Kevin Costner, Robin Wright-Penn, Paul Newman and Illeana Douglas

Ever wonder about the back-story for those Nautica ads — the ones with that stubbled creature with the square jaw staring out to sea in a cable-knit t-neck and wool carpenter pants? No? Doesn’t matter. “Message in a Bottle” tells it anyway, with Kevin Costner as Nautica’s unofficial spokesman for its yacht division. The best part is that he barely says a word. It’s the never-been-more-fly Robin Wright-Penn who does most of the talking in this sudsy version of “The Notebook,” Nathniel Sparks’ insufferably insufferably maudlin bestseller. She’s that divorced journalist with no life and no new man Hollywood loves so much. When she finds a bottle with a letter Costner’s boatman wrote to his dead wife, she has to track him down so he can put a message in her bottle.

Uncertain whether you’ll buy Wright-Penn in this film, the makers go extra lengths to give her blonde locks that saucy Julia! corkscrew. It works. With Costner back in prime, charming-Neanderthal form (he’s silent not because he’s dim but because he’s healing), the two have chemistry that makes the cowardly four-hanky ending something to tear up over.

# Best explained as: Princess Buttercup stalks The Postman.
# The redemptive (horny, gay or black friend): Agedly-horny Paul Newman as Costner’s practical dad. Workplace-horny Illeana Douglas as Wright-Penn’s lunch break gal.
# The moment they know: When he tracks her down at her hotel just to return her strategically-forgotten jacket.
# What makes her so special: Her super-huge Chicago brownstone.
# Would Julia?: Absoltely.
# Would Meg?: With a different ending. Sure.
# Would Jennifer?: She’d leave her “Friends” for a piece of this.
# Line that says it all: “She’s gonna smell like haddock for the rest of her life.”

Free software list for college studentsThe 2007.01 release of Software for Starving Students is now available for download at Softwarefor.org.

Software for Starving Students is a free collection of programs organized for students (but available to anyone). We’ve gathered a list of best-in-class programs onto one CD (one disc for OS X, one for Windows), including a fully-featured office suite, a cutting-edge web browser, multi-media packages, academic tools, utilities and more.

This list provides you access to high quality software, free of charge. These guys, even if something on the list is not open source/free, have permission to distribute it via their compilation CD.

The List of free Software for Microsoft Windows includes

1. 7-zip – rar/zip/ace file archive reaer
2. ant renamer – batch file renamer
3. audacity – audio file editing tool
4. blender – 3D image creator
5. clamwin – free antivirus program although AVG is a much better free Anti Virus Software solution out there
7. deepburner – cd/ dvd burner
8. dia – diagram creation tool (visio copy)
9. eraser – file shredder, data removal tool
10. exact audio copy – audio cd ripper (lossless)
11. filezilla – ftp client and server
12. firefox – best free web browser 

Looking for the cheapest airline ticket online ? Try to purchase your ticket from the airline website on a Wednesday from midnight to 1a.m. in the time zone of the airline’s “home base.” (For instance, Delta is headquartered in Utah Atlanta and United currently calls Chicago home.)

AARP reasons that on Wednesday midnight, the computer systems of most airlines get rid of the reserved but unbooked lower fare reservations. This refers to airline tickets that have been booked or reserved in advance but were either not purchased or cancelled.

This tips is valid in US but for other countries, the day or time may be different when they actually run the cleanup of their ticket reservation database.

FareCast, airline fare predictorIf Wednesday is not the most convenient time for you, then you need to check out the hottest new site for airline fare prediction : Farecast. Farecast launched in the summer of 2006 with a witty name and a clever premise: using data mining and a huge library of historical data, it would be able to predict a rise and fall in airfares.

ZamZar logoHave you ever wanted to convert files without the need to download software?

Here is a site where you can convert 100s of files types Documents, Videos, Images, Music file types to other file type free and without any need for downloading software.

Enter Zamzar. Zamzar supports conversion between a wide variety of different file formats. They are adding support for new formats all the time – if there’s a format that you’d like them to support, contact them.

This has to be the best file converter out there. A lot of you might frequently need MS word DOC format to Adobe PDF format or the other way round or picture conversion to different formats JPEG to GIF or BMP.

The whole process is very simple and you can achieve your desired file format conversion in three simple steps.

Step #1: Select your desired file ( you have upto 100MB file size limit which is a lot)

Step #2: Choose the format you want to convert your file to

Step #3: This is important.