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With the hundreds of usernames and password every typical Internet user has to remember, it is very important we all use a Password Manager. A typical Password manager is a secure database that allows us to store and retrieve hundreds of Usernames and Passwords with one key “Password“. Most of these tools have high level of security measures ensured to protect the passwords stored, both from in-memory and from-disk attacks. For last several months I am using the popular Password Manager “Passwords Safe”. This Windows tool is an open-source Sourceforge project, that is free for use. The tool is easy to use, has a…

In the conference yesterday, Microsoft announced Longhorn to be released in calendar year 2006 during . There was also the announcement on WinFX (The new Windows Programming API) Platform which is based on .NET Framework that supports programming Avalon & Indigo. WinFX will be available around Longhorn timeframe for down-level Windows like Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 Operating Systems as well. After nearly a decade the core Windows Programming model will get a major face-lift with WinFX. This will help ISVs who are developing Windows applications to start using the new WinFX to programme for existing and upcoming Windows releases. I…

Microsoft has published a KB article on programs that have problems with Windows XP Service Pack 2 here. Leave aside the list of programs, what I found interesting in the KB, was a command I learned “Tasklist.exe”. Tasklist.exe is a command line tool, that basically lists all the running processes in a machine. It can accept an optional username and password and be able to run in that context. Tasklist.exe /svc will result in a display of all processes running as service, including the DLLs they have loaded in their memory. This can be useful when debugging a problem, especially…

I had written my URLDecode in Visual Studio 2003 (.NET Framework 1.1). Though I didn’t use any Framework 1.1 specific feature in my application, it won’t run by default in a machine with .NET Framework 1.0. This means I am limiting my target audience. .NET supports something called as “Assembly Config” files, which have a file name in the format <ASSEMBLYNAME>.EXE.CONFIG. For example, if you application is named Note.EXE, then you can create an XML Configuration Note.EXE.CONFIG and have it placed in the same folder as your EXE. In a way these are for Windows Application, what is Web.Config is…

Current PC Mag issue online has an interesting article and interview that talks about “Why Windows is the target of most attacks, what is the reason behind it?”. Most article’s on this subject takes a blind standpoint that supports Linux and Mac as more secure without looking into the subject in depth. But this article presents both the views. It even brings out the fact that Windows had lesser number of flaws in last year compared with Linux Distros and Microsoft is prompt with fixes once problems are identified. It also highlights the strides Microsoft has made in Windows Updates and…