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This $299 tool is reportedly capable of decrypting BitLocker, PGP, and TrueCrypt disks in real-time

Russian firm ElcomSoft on Thursday announced the release of Elcomsoft Forensic Disk Decryptor (EFDD), a new forensic tool that can reportedly access information stored in disks and volumes encrypted with desktop and portable versions of BitLocker, PGP, and TrueCrypt. EFDD runs on all 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7, as well as Windows 2003 and Windows Server 2008. The price tag isn’t outrageous, but EFDD will still set you back a solid $299.
EFDD offers access to encrypted information either by completely decrypting everything or by doing so for individual files in real time. You can choose to either decrypt all files and folders stored in the cryptographic container (full, unrestricted forensic access to all stored information) or mount the encrypted volume as new drive letter for instant access (information is decrypted on-the-fly).

Last but not least, the tool offers zero-footprint operation with no alterations or modifications to original conte…

Tip – Turn your Android phone into a Wireless Speaker

Are your PC speakers or headset out of work and you somehow still wish to listen music? Practically, that sounds impossible but with an Android phone everything is usually possible. You can now turn your PC into a media server and listen songs stored on your computer using your Android device speaker, that too wirelessly! This tip can come pretty handy, say for instance you want to watch a movie on your PC (or TV acting as an external display) and want to enjoy it quietly right from the comfort of your bed or couch that is placed far, hence unreachable for a wired headset.
SoundWire’, a free and easy to use app makes this possible by pairing the PC with your Android phone over a wireless network. You can use any music player on your PC or laptop like WMP, Grooveshark, Spotify, YouTube, or iTunes and feed the live sound directly to your Android device. The program has low latency (audio delay), excellent sound quality (44.1 / 48 kHz stereo 16-bit, PCM or Opus compression), plus offers …

How to Flush DNS Cache to Enable Privacy On the Internet

Chances are, you have never flushed your DNS. You may not even know what DNS is. DNS stands for Domain Name System. DNS turns web sites like www.vikitech.com into a numerical code called IP address. When you type in a web address, your browser and computer translate that into an IP address so it can just about instantly find, load and interact with a physical web site.
Every computer that connects to the Internet utilizes DNS and is assigned an IP address by their Internet Service Provider (ISP). This allows your computer to be recognized by a web site, blog or service when you visit them. This also allows them to track data and information about you to use for everything from marketing to what type of content you will see upon a visit. For those trying to keep anonymity on the Internet, this can be a downfall to visiting your favorite web sites.
By flushing the DNS each time you connect to the Internet, you can stop web sites from tracking your movements when you visit them. Flushing y…

Record PC Screen The Simple Way With VidShot Capturer For Windows

Screencasts are video recordings of the computer screen primarily meant to help us in creating video tutorials for assisting others or demonstrating some computer activity to them. They are superior to screenshots in situations where you are trying to explain a complex step-by-step guide to perform a difficult operation, and providing screenshots of each step is not enough. Video hosting websites such as YouTube have a large collection of such screecast-based guides that help you through performing various tasks on your computer. A problem with some of the free tools that allow you to create screencasts is that they overlay a watermark in one of the corners (or worse, in the very center) of the resulting video. Today, we are bringing you a simple and completely free screencast tool called VidShot Capturer that lets you create good quality screencasts without any limitations, and does not add a watermark to them.

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Encrypt Sensitive Files Before Syncing Them To Cloud Services

Cloud storage services have become an integrated part of our daily computer use for most of us. I can’t quite recall sending large files using my decade old email account anymore when my Dropbox suffices for the job. It’s both secure and easy to use, and has plenty of advantages over other options, for instance instant file synching across all connected platforms, no attachment size limitation that most email services are plagued with (until Google’s recent integration of Drive with Gmail), and not to mention the free cloud space one gets for keeping our files accessible from anywhere in the world. However, for many, cloud storage raises the concern of security. Previously, we covered a Windows application called Cloudfogger that can encrypt any file before uploading it to the cloud. Today, we are bringing you yet another such utility called Secured Cloud Drive, which encrypts files using military-grade 256-bit AES encryption prior to sending them your selected cloud drive. It support…

Preview Frames Of A YouTube Video Without Playing It [Chrome]

Ratings of a YouTube video tell you if it’s popular; they don’t necessarily tell you if a video is going to be interesting. Interest is obviously subjective to your taste and the ratings serve only to show you the general opinion for each video. To see if it’s something that would interest you, you have to watch it yourself. If you aren’t up for wasting time like that, give Youtube™ Preview a try. It’s a Chrome extension that lets you preview frames of a video without having to play it. When you move your mouse over a video’s thumbnail, it expands slightly to reveal a compact media player. Frames from the video are then played, giving you a glimpse of what’s going on in a video. There is no audio support, but the frames should be sufficient to help you determine whether a video would interest you (and save you from being rickrolled). The extension can prove to be particularly useful for videos that have not yet been rated, or ones that have roughly the same upvotes and downvotes.

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Bitcasa brings limitless cloud storage to Android and Windows 8 today, iOS in January

Bitcasa has offered truly unlimited cloud storage for awhile, but only desktop users have had access to more than an HTML5 page. Now that there's native Infinite Drive apps for Android, Windows 8 and Windows RT, that dream of having access to everything, everywhere just got more tangible. The new apps stream media in a native player and offer two-way file access, no matter the size or quantity -- if your life's work is in the cloud, your Surface can see it. Android users can also link their camera app to Bitcasa to guarantee an instant photo backup, and any file is shareable with those who haven't signed up. We're promised both an iOS version and a finished Mac app in early January. The $10 monthly subscription is relatively cheap when there's no ceiling to what the service can hold; just try not to stream a 1080p movie from that capped mobile connection if you're not a fan of overage fees.
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How To Change Location Of Default Screenshot Folder In Windows 8

One of the many new bright spots of Windows 8 is the freshly designed screenshot feature. You no longer need to launch the Snipping Tool or any third-party screenshot app like Greenshot for the purpose; simply press Win + Print screen and everything is taken care of; this hotkey saves a snapshot of any on-screen activity to the Screenshots folder under your Pictures library. By default, the screenshots are saved in C:\Users\(user-name)\Pictures\Screenshots directory. If you’re looking for a way to move this folder to a different location on your computer, there’s a fairly easy solution for that. In what follows, we will guide you through the process of changing the screenshot folder, as well as restoring it back to its default location.

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Apply Custom Icon Packs On Windows With One Click Using 7Conifier

If you’re not convinced with the way your Windows 7 or Windows 8 taskbar and other system icons look, it’s time to step ahead and take a DIY approach to work on the cosmetics a little. Head over to Deviantart and you will find hundreds if not thousands of icon packages ready to be applied to rejuvenate your desktop and give it a fresher look. You can always try applications like Stardock’s Icon Packager, which replaces most of the system icon files with your desired ICO files. Then again, Icon Packager is a paid app. Freeware aficionados can rather lay their hands on 7Conifier instead. Even though, it’s not as feature-rich as the likes of Icon Packager, it handsomely suffice the job per se. The tool can replace Taskbar, Start Menu, Desktop and other system icons with custom icon packs. It comes with six icon packs out of the box, but should you need adding your own collection, you can do that too.
7Conifier contains a total of 6 icon packs: 3D Cartoon III, Ecqlipse 2, Icon Pack 2, Slee…