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Top Secure VPN For Online Privacy

Now a days, Online Privacy of every person is at risk and most of the people want to secure their information available online. So i am just mentioning some of the best sites for online privacy(VPN).

Stay secured, Stay Protected!!!

 

Pure VPN: Lifetime Subscription

Make sure your personal data and Internet activity are never exposed with the extremely reliable VPN trusted by over a million users. PureVPN’s self-managed VPN network has a wider reach (550+ servers nodes in 141 countries) and allows more simultaneous device connections (five) than pretty much any other VPN out there.

 

OneVPN: Lifetime Subscription

One VPNs offer an invaluable service, cleaning up your internet experience, while keeping you anonymous from hackers and government snoops who may be monitoring your activity. OneVPN provides this secure browsing service on a budget, while maintaining high speeds and offering a variety of features. You’ll be able to use the internet safely, through over 60 servers based in 21 countries.

 

VPNSecure: Lifetime Subscription

Internet threats are a real thing – and surfing the Web on a public connection can result in your personal data falling into the wrong hands. This deal offers you a lifetime of protection so you can explore the Internet worry-free. With the Smart DNS component, you can even bypass those annoying geographical restrictions that block Hulu, and more abroad. Plus, unlike other VPN services that claim to not log your activity, VPNSecure proudly assures that ZERO logs are recorded. Get VPNSecure, and you’ll get a cross-platform VPN service you can trust.

 

Hide My IP: Lifetime Subscription

The easiest way to ensure you’re safe online is with Hide My IP. At just the click of a button you can encrypt your internet connection on any of your devices and safely browse without worrying about hackers or government officials snooping on you. Plus, with the ability to choose between over 110 locations, you can bypass blocked content around the world and keep your IP address hidden.

 

Private Internet Access VPN: 2-Yr Subscription

Block hackers and government spies, even when you’re connected to public Wi-Fi, thanks to Private Internet Access. High-level encryption ensures you’ll put an end to incessant digital advertising, while IP cloaking gives you access to the Internet uncensored from anywhere. With Private Internet Access, the only gateways to the outside Internet are the ones you open.

Top 10 Free Legal Websites to Download Movie

You might not want to spend money by registering yourself to any site for watching movies. Hence the free Movie Download Websites allow registering yourself for free and you will find the latest movies streaming there. You can then choose your movie from the available option and download it directly without your IP address being detected as an illegal address for downloading movies. The movies uploaded in these sites are high in quality and doesn’t consume a high amount of data.

 

  1. Youtube

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Here you can search for any movie, old and new and of any language and watch it. You can also use offline YouTube channel where you store your films and watch it when you want to. You can also watch several videos and episodes of drama series here.

2. Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is the largest online storage of movies and books. You can download the movies in the form of torrents from here. As the files are in torrents, the sizes of these movie files are small hence several can be downloaded at a go. Previously direct links to download movies were also available here which got rejected due to large file size.

3. Retrovision

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Here you can get movies of all genres. The menu of this site is made genre specific so that your search becomes easy.

4. Crackle

This website is owned by Sony and allows you to watch movies and TV series for free. You need to go through a process of a signing up and making your playlist. After that you can start watching your favourites. You shall also be recommended movies and TV series according to your taste. On Crackle, Free movie download website, you can catch shows which are usually not made free for watching.

5. Open Culture

It was founded in 2006, It has 6 categories, Movies, Online courses, Language lessons, e-Books, Textbooks, Audiobooks. Here you can watch high quality videos, hear audio books and read e-books online.

6. Popcorn Flix

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Owned by Screem Media Ventures, this platform helps you download Public Domain movies containing original contents.

7. Movie Found Online

This website works like the Curator of independent movies, comedy talk shows, short films and documentaries along with full length Films.

8. Classic Cinema Online

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If you are an ardent lover of Classics, then this site is just for you.

9. Hulu

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Here you can stream more than 100 movies after subscribing and watch them without requiring downloading.

10. Public Domain Torrents

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Public Domain Torrents is probably the only no-notorious-activity torrent website that I know about. Here you can find all kind of old movies in various formats to download.

 

How to Send a Spoofed SMS Text Message

Hello everyone, Today I’m going to discuss about How to send spoofed SMS Text message to anyone in the world anonymously.

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When I was a kid, I used to prank my friends by sending text messages anonymously. Sending anonymous SMS from a fake number is one of the oldest method to have fun with your friends which is still a brilliant prank idea. Sending SMS anonymously lets you hide your identity as you may send anonymous text messages without registration.

Many people still enjoy sending fake text messages, if you are wondering how to text someone from a fake number then you are at perfect place as today I’m going to share top 7 free [fake] SMS sites that lets you send text from fake number.

But before I share the free SMS sites list, let me share the steps involved for anonymous texting.

Sending anonymous text message using free SMS sites is quick and easy. All you have to do is follow these simple steps:

  1. First of all, select your preferred fake SMS site from the below provided free anonymous text messaging sites.
  2. Next is to read the rules. It is very important because if you use anonymous SMS sending service for illegal purpose thinking that you’ll be anonymous then I’m sorry ! You’ll be in serious trouble as even if you are anonymous, your IP can be tracked even if you use proxy sites.
  3. Once you got the point that fake SMS texting service is not for anything other than pranking your friends, type the number of friend(s) you want to send fake text.
  4. Next enter your text SMS. This could be anything that you may use to make fun with the fake SMS receiver.
  5. Finally hit Send button ! You may also be asked to fill the captcha before hitting send button. You’ll instantly get success message which marks that the process is complete.

 

Top 7 Free SMS Sites to Send Anonymous SMS from Fake Number

So here we go with our Free Anonymous SMS provider sites list :

1. TxtEmNow

TxtEmNow is a free way to send anonymous text messages which also supports international numbers. Sending anounymous SMS to any number without registration is simple. You have to just fill the form to send free text messages to your friends.

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2. SendAnonymousSMS

Send Anonymous SMS as the name confirms, it is also free site to send a free anonymous SMS text message. It is one of the most trusted and World’s largest free anonymous SMS service provider. It is a web based application using which you may send fake text messages via web.

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3. SendAnonymousText

It is also a similar service. In fact, it is just a clone of Send Anonymous SMS as the URL redirects you to the same anonymous SMS provider service as listed above.

4. Textem

If you want to send and receive free text messages including picture messages also then Textem is perfect free SMS site for you. Using Textem, you can send free text messages to any number provided by major cellular services of United States. The best thing is you may also send and receive picture messages for free.

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5. TextForFree

Textforfree is another free text messaging service which offers spam free text messaging service. Using this anonymous SMS provider service, you may send SMS to prank your friends to almost any USA cell phone provider. Though you may send fake text to any top cellular phone services provider in USA but messaging is limited to 140 characters only.

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6. TxtDrop

TxtDrop is a completely free text messaging service that lets you send fake text to any number without registration. If you are wondering how to text someone from a fake number then visit TxtDrop and within few seconds you’ll be able to do it yourself.

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Though you need to provide your email address to get replies securely. The fun part is you may also block your number so that your friends may not prank you using any anonymous SMS service provider.

7. SMS Anonymous [for Australians]

If you want to propose your boy/girl friend and confess something anonymously to someone special and loving friend then this anonymous messaging service is for you. It is completely free. But unfortunately it is only available for Australian numbers.

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Anyways, if you want to send an anonymous SMS to any Australian number then use this free service to prank your friends with perfect break-up plan. But make sure you don’t hurt someone’s feelings.

The Pro Review from MikeHacks

Though there are many premium anonymous SMS provider services like SMSGlobal who let you send bulk SMS and fake emails anonymously but you need to pay them. Also, there are few other anonymous SMS sites like PimpmySMS and Sharpmail who lets you send fake text message and spoof SMS but I haven’t included them in this list because they require registration before sending fake SMS.

This means, practically they are not anonymous SMS sites. However, you must not forget that using anonymous SMS services for threatening, stalking, fraud activities and other illegal purposes is crime and legal actions may be taken against you if you are found guilty.

If you use anonymous and fake messaging services properly, they may be much more beneficial and life saver than just prank your friends. Want to know how ?

  • Report anonymously to police about crime
  • Report anonymously about smuggling
  • Speak against any social evil anonymously
  • Let your Government know about corrupt political leaders – that too anonymously.

I hope, you got my point !

Disclaimer : MikeHacks never promotes any of the illegal activities, if you use anonymous SMS services for illegal purposes, it is you who would be responsible for it.

How to Disable Specific Keys on Keyboard While Playing Games

I love to play online games in my free time to kill my boredom. In these online games, you need to be swift and thus uses of hotkeys are preferred over mouse clicks and most of these hotkeys are in combination with the Ctrl and Alt keys.

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However, the Windows key that sits between both the keys causes problems at times. I still remember that I was about to make one of the game deciding shot and the moment I pressed the hotkey, I was on my desktop. Yes, I pressed the Windows key by mistake! If you are a gamer, I am sure this problem is not new to you.

Today I am going to show you how you can use a nifty tool called KillKeys to lock certain keys on keyboard while playing games or working on any application on Windows. We have previously written about a tool called SharpKeys that could remap or disable keyboard keys so you might want to take a look at that one too.

Using KillKeys

Step 1: Download and extract the KillKeys archive file to a folder in your computer and run the executable file. The app will launch minimized in the system tray.

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Step 2: By default, the app will be configured to disable the Windows key when running programs in full screen mode. To make some personal rules, right-click on the system tray icon and click on Options—>Open Settings.

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Step 3: Now this might be little tricky.. the program does not support GUI based configuration. Rather, you will have to edit a notepad file manually to include or exclude keys. After the text configuration files open, you will see that there are two main sections in the file. In the first section keys= you can configure the Windows keys you want to disable when apps are running in window mode and not the full-screen mode. And Keys_Fullscreen is the list of keys you would like to disable while running the application in full screen mode.

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Step 4: You will have to provide the keys HEX code with spaces in between to disable them. Here’s a complete list of HEX (Hexadecimal) code of all the keys on a normal windows keyboard. Please remove the suffix 0x while copying the keyboard virtual-key codes.

That’s all, the app will easily lock all the keys as configured by you. You can set the app to automatically start at boot.

Note: When we say that the tool controls keys in full screen mode, we aren’t talking just about the games that are played in full screen, but also any app that goes full screen like VLC, PowerPoint Presentation etc.

Conclusion

If you are a gamer, I am sure you will like the idea of disabling specific keys while playing. But you can use the tool in so many other useful ways. Why not share the ideas that coming to your mind right now!

How to Automate Folder Actions in Windows Using Watch 4 Folder

There are a lot of goodies hidden away among the oft neglected tribe of portable software. Watch 4 Folder is one such gem which you should seriously consider including in your Windows toolkit. Watch 4 Folder is simple intuitive folder monitoring tool that keeps an eye on all your file and folder activities and triggers custom actions depending on the kind of activity in process.

Watch 4 Folder is tiny at 1.3 MB and can be run straight without an installation. The tool runs from the system tray. It’s a freeware that enables you to monitor 12 different types of events and trigger automated actions based on those events.

Here’s a little walkthrough on how you can set it up in three quick steps:

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Select a Folder to Monitor

Select the specific folder you want to monitor for any sort of change. It can be a top-level folder like a hard drive partition, or you can optionally pick a sub-folder and other folders within it.

Select the Events to Monitor

Select the event. Let’s say you want to start some process as soon as new media gets added to a folder. You can place a checkmark on Media Insert.

Be specific with the event you want to select because sometimes a single event can create several Monitoring events, for example selecting File Change event and File Rename event will create two events in case of file rename, because the file was renamed but also changed.

Select the Actions to be Triggered

As the screen above shows, you can pick from several actions. For instance, you can log all changes to a Notepad file. You can set the path of a graphics editor (that will be triggered to open) for a Media Insert event. You can set up desktop alerts that will display notifications when a particular even occurs.

You can also perform dynamic actions on changed files. The changed filename can be passed on to the executing program as an argument. For example if a file was changed you can trigger notepad to auto open the changed file. The Watch 4 Folder help file has a detailed explanation on how you can use specific arguments from the dropdown list.

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Watch 4 Folder has a live log you can view to see the event-action process as it happens.

Overall, this is an automation software that can significantly boost your productivity if you set it right. Run it and let us know if it helps you in shaving off a few minutes.

How to Remove Image Background Using MS Word

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MS Office tools like Word, PowerPoint and Excel have their own specific uses and few would disagree that each of them is really good at what it is meant to do. However, conventional uses aside, they’re actually capable of much more provided we can put our creative minds to work.

One such capabilities is the image editing options like cropping in any shape and applying effects. Today we are set to explore yet another image editing feature of Microsoft Office products. We will learn to remove background from an image. Yes, this isn’t something that’s directly available in image editing tools (except for advanced tools like Photoshop). So this method is likely to come in handy at times.

Note: We have used MS Word for the tutorial. But Excel and PowerPoint also support the same.

Steps to Remove Image Background

Open a Word document and insert the sample image in it. You may drag and drop the image or navigate to Insert -> Pictures and then browse for your image.

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We’re going to use this image.

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Step 1: Select the picture and then navigate to Picture Tools -> Format. Hit on Remove Background option placed under Adjust section. Refer to the screenshot below.

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The moment you do that you will see that the MS Word detects by itself (pink area) the background to be removed. And, though not perfect, it doesn’t do a shoddy job at all.

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Step 2: The above result is not what you expected. You need the entire bottle, and Word has left out portions. So, you need to do a little more. Drag the lines to increase or decrease the area coverage. Here, we need to increase the area.

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Step 3: Even with that you may be left with few unwanted areas (like the shadow) or few removed areas which you needed (on the edges).

To your rescue, you can use the Background Removal tools like Mark Areas to Keep and Mark Areas to Remove. As the names indicate, they can be used to mark more area to remove or mark an area to keep from what has already been selected on its own.

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In order to do that select the required option and drag lines across the area you wish to remove or keep. This is definitely not as easy as it looks. It needs practice.

Here’s what we got out of our sample. The minus sign (-) indicates areas selected for removal and the plus sign (+) indicates areas marked for keeping.

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Step 4: When you are satisfied click on Keep Changes. You will be taken away from the editing mode for a preview of your result. At any given time you may press the Esc key to go to the preview mode.

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Not bad at all, right? If you do not like it, you can always go back and Discard All Changes or undo markings by using Delete Mark.

Conclusion

The best part is that the background in not white.. it is transparent. That means you can easily put it on top of another image. Overall, a neat function that you can make use of when you need to get rid of certain elements in the background of a snap and don’t want to fiddle around with an image editing tool.

Find and Delete Large Files on Your Windows Hard Disk with WinDirStat

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Cleaning junk files from the computer every once in a while is a good practice and there are many free and powerful tools available for the purpose that we have already discussed in the past. These cleaning tools help you to get rid of the temporary files, browser cache and other Windows junk files that you don’t really require. Today however, we are going to concentrate on those large files, like movies, ISOs and games, that almost disappear in the nest of folders, quietly consuming the space you desperately need.

WinDirStat can help you isolate such large files so that the cleanup becomes easier. Let’s dig into the features of this software and how it works.

Using WinDirStat

WinDirStat is a free app for Windows that’s published under General Public License. The program is very small in size and installation is straightforward. Simply follow the on-screen instructions and complete the setup. While installing you can choose some additional language packs if needed.

Once you launch the program, it will ask if you would like to scan all the drives that are on your computer or narrow the search to just a single drive or a folder. After you have made the selection, click on the OK button.

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The program will then start the initial scan which might take some time depending upon your selection and hard disk space. For me it took around 6 minutes for a full scan of 750 GB hard drive.  Once the initial scan is complete, the tool will display all the files in a tree structure along with the file extension graph which sums up the total amount of disk space used on the computer.

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In the tree map, each block represents a file on your computer and the size of the block is directly proportional to the amount of space the file takes up on the hard drive when compared to other files. The partitions in the rectangle represent subdirectories and files. There’s an option to zoom in/out of the tree structure using the option available in theTreemap menu.

Using the tool I was able to find an old backup of my Android phone that was taking up around a GB on my computer, which I didn’t need.

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The file can be deleted by using the option that’s available in the right-click context menu. You can also copy the path of the file to your clipboard or open Windows Explorer. While deleting the file there’s an option to either permanently delete it or send it to recycle bin for further review. There are some additional configuration options you can explore fromOption—>Configure WinDirStat.

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So that was how you can use WinDirStat to reclaim large amounts of disk space on your computer.

The Complete List of Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Know About

If you’re recently upgraded to Windows 10 or are thinking about it, you’ll be glad to know that Microsoft has again started treating users like they are grown adults with laptops and desktops with a physical keyboard and an actual mouse, the kind that grown-ups use. Yes, there’s still some of that silly touch screen business around, but it’s nothing more than an option.

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Unlike Windows 8, it doesn’t actually get in the way of your work.

In fact, it’s quite the opposite. All the best new Windows 10 features are productivity related. To make your work faster, better. The new features come with updated or new keyboard shortcuts. Seeing as the Windows pro that you are, it will take you no time to pick all of it up.

1. Task View

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The best thing about Windows 10 are the new virtual desktops. Yes, you can click that littleTask View button on the taskbar. But keyboard shortcuts are so much better. Windows Key + Tab will bring up the task view. Now use the Arrow keys to move around the available windows and apps. When you find the app you want to switch to, just hit Space.

You’ll see in the bottom bar of the Task view, the new virtual desktop feature. Now, you can click another desktop to switch to it or use the + button to make more of them. But, well, you know where this is going.

Use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + Ctrl + D to create a whole new virtual desktop.

You can also move around virtual desktops quite easily. The shortcut Windows Key + Ctrl + Left Arrow will take you to the previous desktop, and Windows Key + Ctrl + Right Arrowwill take you to the next desktop.

Windows Key + Ctrl + F4 will close the current desktop.

Windows Key + Left will snap the current window to the left side of the screen, taking up exactly 50% of the screen space. Windows Key + Right does the same for the right side of the screen.

 

When you snap an app, Windows 10 will suggest some apps to dock on the other side.

The Up and Down arrow keys are more interesting. If a window is already snapped,Windows Key + Down will snap it to the bottom of the screen, taking up a quarter of the screen. Same with Window Key + Up.

But if a window isn’t already snapped, Windows Key + Down will minimize the current window. Then if you use Windows Key + Up shortcut, the window will be back to its space (maximize).

If a window isn’t snapped, Window Key + Up will make the window fullscreen. Even when the windows are snapped, you can get to those minimize/full-screen modes just by using the keyboard shortcuts one more time.

2. Cortana

The next hot thing (or as Ken Jeong would say: Thaaang), is, of course, our intelligent computer lady, Cortana. She’s your very own, personal assistant. Always there, ready to serve you whenever you command. And command you shall, right from your keyboard.

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If you’d like to speak to Cortana, use Windows Key + Q keyboard shortcut. But she can answer your questions via text as well – just use Windows Key + S.

3. Command Prompt

Yes, coders and Windows geeks, Windows 10 finally brings copy and paste to Windows 10. Powershell who, amirite?

Ctrl + C for copying, Ctrl +V to paste and Ctrl + A to select all, all work.

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Highlight the character to the left or right by using Shift + Left/Right keyboard combo. AddCtrl to that combo to select blocks instead of characters.

4. Misc, But Still Important

Here are other Windows shortcuts you should know about.

Windows Key + G: Open the new Game DVR screen recorder.

Ctrl + Shift + Esc: Open Windows 10 Task Manager.

Windows + E: Open Windows Explorer.

Windows + D: Hide/display the desktop.

 

What’s Your Favorite Keyboard Shortcut?

Share your favorite and most used keyboard shortcut with us in the comments below.

Also Read: 12 BRILLIANT COMMAND PROMPT (CMD) TRICKS YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW ABOUT

Use a USB Drive as a Login Device or a Key to Windows

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So, As allof already know a lot of ways to make the lock-and-unlock step more secure. Not necessarily more convenient. It’s actually a pain for users who need to get up from their desk every now and then because they have to type the password each time. Even with the picture password, you need to draw that gesture each time.

It gets irritating at times, right?

How about having a device in your pocket that unlocks the machine for you? How about converting your USB device into a physical key or login device? That’s exactly what we are going to learn and set up today. With that you will not have to remember or type your password each time. You may just plug in the device and start working.

In order to set this up we are going to use a tool called Rohos Logon Key. It replaces (or rather adds up) to the default Windows login process. And as discussed on their website you can be assured on security because the password is not stored on the USB Key in open form and all data on the Key are encrypted with AES-256 bit key length.

So, download the tool and install it on your machine. Run the .exe of the tool to get started. You may launch it at the last step of the setup too.

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When the application is up you will be presented with a window with two choices. Click on the option to Setup USB Key.

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Next thing is to select the user. Your USB device should be listed by default. If multiple devices are plugged in you may want to cross check and/or change the drive to the one you wish to use. When done click on the button that says Setup USB Key.

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Within seconds the device should be set up. Wait for the confirmation message and click on Ok when you are prompted with one.

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Note: If you want to dismantle the device you can run the app again and choose toDisable Key.

Now, you just need to worry about manually locking your machine. To unlock, just plug in the device and you are through.

Conclusion

The best part is that the device is still available for storage, transfer, etc, while it is being used as a locking device. It also has a paid version in case you want some more features (check out the differences below).

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Do tell us if you are going to use it and how helpful it would be to you.

How to Host a Folder as an FTP Server on Windows

We have used a custom tool provided by the organization that functions just like Dropbox, but zipping the files, uploading and downloading them using the internet is again time taking. Seeing this data havoc on an almost daily basis, I made it a point to come up with a solution to ease up the file transfer between the computers.

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Now for some background information, we have a desktop that is used to gather and monitor the data about the entire team, and it never switches off. My idea was to run the FTP Server on it and then create folders for each of us, which could be easily accessible by any of the connected computers. So let’s see how we can configure any Windows folder as an FTP repository using a free application called FileZilla.

Hosting a Folder as an FTP server

Install the program with default settings. If you don’t want to start the FileZilla server on the computer automatically, make the necessary choices while installing the application. Select the option Install as service, started with Windows. This should be the ideal choice if you want the process to run all the time, even if the computer reboots by any chance. Once the installation is completed, run the app to create a repository.

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Click on the Edit menu on FileZilla and click on Users. Now in the account settings, click on the Add button to add a user profile and give it a password. This username and password will be used for authentication when you connect to the FTP server from a different computer.

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Having done that, click on the option Shared Folders and add a folder you would like to share as an FTP server. Finally, give all the permissions you would like to have for files and folders when accessed from a remote computer, and save the settings.

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That’s all – your FTP server is now set and you can use it from any computer connected to the same network. To open the FTP folder, open the Run box and type in the command,FTP://<Host Computer IP Address>

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Viewing FTP folders in Windows Explorer

Now, while accessing the FTP folder from a different computer, you will have to type the address in the Windows Explorer address bar. However, when you open the shared repository, it will open up in Internet Explorer. While you can easily download the file in the IE view of the FTP repository, it doesn’t allow you to upload files. And when there are many files and folders that we need to transfer, a simple copy/paste is all that we look for.

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So to enable the explorer view on FTP, open Internet Explorer and click on Tools —> Internet Options. Here, navigate to the Advanced tab and check the option Enable FTP folder view (outside of Internet Explorer). That’s all. You can then view the FTP files and folders in Windows Explorer and use the simple copy and paste commands to back up and restore files to and from your computer.

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Note: You can increase the security of FTP by configuring the port manually other than using the default configured port that’s 21.

Conclusion

This trick can be used to share files between computers when many of them are connected to the same network. But wait, because that’s not all! Stay tuned and I will show you how to combine the trick with an Android app to get unlimited, real-time file syncing between Windows and Android.