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If you come across an article or website which shows a paywall, the following website will assist you with bypassing the paywall: https://12ft.io

Alternatively, you can simply append the web address to the end of the 12ft.io URL as demonstrated below:

EXAMPLE: https://12ft.io/thewebsite.com/article-with-paywall

 

Conclusion

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Using a free network monitoring tool such as WireShark we can see that several discrete and background connections are made without our request when simply accessing our computers.

In this article I provide a few simple hosts file entries to help increase our privacy.

 

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To ensure that a file has not been tempered with or was corrupted during a transfer or download we can verify the checksums with tools built into Windows.

This is a crucially important for security purposes, especially if you install software from a source other than an official site. If the file has been changed it could contain malware that spies on you or takes your data hostage, for instance.

The checksum verification tool you use is also important which is why I recommend using the built in Windows PowerShell and certutil tools.

In this article I provide simple and quick Windows commands to verify MD5 and SHA256 checksums.

 

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Type the following in terminal commands to remove Thunderbird:

 

sudo apt-get remove –purge ‘thunderbird*’

sudo apt-get autoremove

sudo apt-get clean

 

The SUDO command stands for Super User DO which gives root authorization to your currently logged in account.

The APT command stands for Advanced Packaging Tool which manages installing, upgrading and removing software from Ubuntu.

 

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Type the following in terminal commands to remove libreoffice:

 

sudo apt-get remove –purge ‘libreoffice*’

sudo apt-get autoremove

sudo apt-get clean

 

The SUDO command stands for Super User DO which gives root authorization to your currently logged in account.

The APT command stands for Advanced Packaging Tool which manages installing, upgrading and removing software from Ubuntu.

 

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This article provides a quick reference guide to USB icon port symbols and logos without pop-ups, advertising and other privacy invading tracking junk.

 

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Microsoft Outlook 365 Error Something Went Wrong [1001]

Recently had a client who would receive a generic Microsoft Error message: “Something went wrong. [1001]

Despite it be obviousness that an error occurred, what specifically occurred (in typical Microsoft fashion) is not. In most cases it seems that the error is related to a simple login caching error.

In this article I provide a simple set of instructions which may assist you with resolving this Outlook 365 Something Went Wrong [1001] error.

 

Microsoft Outlook 365 Error Something Went Wrong [1001]

 

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Removing New Context Menu Items in Windows 10

Right clicking on your desktop will give you a drop down context menu with a few new file creation shortcuts. The “New” context menu will allow you to quickly and easily create a new folder, shortcut, blank document, and many others.

In this article I will show you how to remove many of these “New” file shortcut items from your Windows 10 desktop context menu. Alternatively, you can watch a short video or just get the various context menu links if you know what you’re doing.

 

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Despite disabling hibernate mode within the Power & sleep settings of Windows I discovered a hidden hiberfil.sys file which was consuming several gigabytes worth of storage.

In this article I provide a simple Windows command which will really disable hibernate mode and remove the hiberfil.sys file in Windows.

 

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Both the PowerShell and Command Prompt tools may be used to configure various system settings or access various apps. However, most Windows users will never need to use these tools directly. But because they exist and are accessible, it is often recommend to disable them to help prevent a malicious actor from utilizing these dormant tools against said users.

To help increase your cybersecurity it is recommend to toggle off the Command Prompt on your Windows based PC. You can then toggle the Command Prompt back on as needed.

Within this article I will show you how to disable (and re-enable) the Command Prompt on your Windows PC. You may also be interested in my other article on how to disable PowerShell on Windows.

 

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