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Spotlight: Tips and Tricks

Anybody who uses a Mac should be aware of Spotlight; it appears as that little magnifying glass that sits in the top-right of your screen. Many people have decided to replace Spotlight with 3rd-party programs that provide different functions (Evan has already highlighted two of them, Alfred and Quicksilver), but most reviews overlook some of the hidden...

Malicious SQL Injection: An Introduction

In many countries (including US and UK), it is illegal to use this attack on an active website. Sqlzoo has set up a vulnerable test system here so that you can legally try this out for yourself. Overview SQL, also known as Structured Query Language, is a special-purpose programming language used to communicate with databases. SQL can insert data, retrieve...

Crack OS X Mountain Lion Passwords

This guide is an updated version of our extremely popular guide, Decrypt OS X User Account Passwords. The guide has been updated to work with Mountain Lion 10.8. Requirements Physical access to the machine. If you need to crack passwords on Tiger, Leopard, or Snow Leopard, please use our tried-and-true Decrypt OS X User Account Passwords guide. If you...

Ever-Increasing Password Breaches

This is a guest post by Natalia David. The entire tech world is familiar with the Yahoo Voice debacle resulting in the exposure of over 400,000 users’ email addresses and passwords. As reported by Reuters and many tech news sites, the bunch of hackers claiming responsibility of this attack go by the title of the D33Ds (deeds) company and on their site...

Port Forwarding Basics

Port forwarding allows external computers to connect with computers within a local area network. Why Forward Your Ports? Port forwarding can be very useful if you want to connect to your computer from a remote location. For instance, if you try to SSH into your computer from another using your external IP address, the connection will time out. Why?...

Crack Password Hashes in OS X Lion

This guide will NOT WORK with Mountain Lion 10.8. Please view our new, updated guide for Cracking Passwords in Mac OS X Mountain Lion This guide is an updated version of our extremely popular guide, Decrypt OS X User Account Passwords. The guide has been updated to work with Lion 10.7. Requirements Physical access to the machine. If you need to crack...

4 Ways to Protect Your Computer From Being Hacked

This article will tell you about the 4 smartest things you can do to prevent your Mac from being hacked! Read on and you’ll find out exactly what to do. 1. Create a Firmware Password When you enable a firmware password, the user must enter it before performing tasks like booting from a disk, resetting PRAM, and most importantly, entering single-user...

Alfred or Quicksilver: Which Launcher Is Better?

Applications launchers are small applications that make it easy for you to open other applications, folders, files, or anything else by pressing a keyboard shortcut and typing part of the applications’ name. Quicksilver has been the de facto application launcher for Mac for a long time, but now competitors are starting to pop up. One I particularly...

Your iPhone is Tracking You

Recently, some very interesting news came out: Your iPhone stores a file that contains everywhere you have been with it. This is becoming a pretty big deal and it is causing a bit of an uproar. Let’s take a look at what’s going on. How Does it Work? Instead of using GPS tracking, which can be enabled or disabled, this tracking system uses cell phone...

WWDC – iOS 5 and OS X Lion

At their recent keynote Apple announced a bundle of neat new features for both Lion and the next version of iOS. We went through the entire presentation and pulled out the top features that were unveiled and organized them — all for you! iOS 5 Notifications Center The notifications center is an overhaul to the way notifications work in iOS. Notifications...

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