Use A Custom Domain Name For Your Blog

Which looks cool? millionclues.blogspot.com or millionclues.com? Trust me www.millionclues.com looks cooler than the .blogspot.com stuff. You can convert your blog into a custom domain like this. The following explains how to change .blogspot.com into .com.

First of all, you should have a registered domain. You can also buy one through Google, but GoDaddy is quite recommended.

You have to log into your Domain Registrar account that provided you the domain name and there, create a CNAME (Canonical Name) record for your custom domain.

A CNAME, or Canonical Name, is a record entry in the Domain Name System (DNS) that specifies where a user can find your web pages or any other URL. You’ll use this to associate your custom domain with your blog.

Note : If you registered your domain name through Google then you don’t need to create a CNAME record for this.

Creating a CNAME record in GoDaddy.com

GoDaddy.com

1. Log into GoDaddy.com account.

2. Open the Domains tab and select My Domain Names and Domain Manager page opens.

3. Select the domain that you want to use with your blog.

4. Click the Total DNS Control And MX Records link that is at the bottom named Total DNS.

5. Click Add New CNAME Record in the box named CNAMES.

6. For the Name, enter only the subdomain of the address you want to use for your blog. If you picked www.mydomain.com as your address, enter www only here.

7. Enter the Host Name as ghs.google.com and specify a TTL or use the default value.

8. Click OK and then again click ok.

For other hosting services follow the below steps…

1. Log into the hosting service account and go to Managed DNS section.

2. Since CNAME records are special DNS service, they may be in sections like DNS Management and Name Server Management.

3. Delete existing CNAME records.

4. If you chose www.mydomain.com as the address, www is the host name.

5. In the value or destination area type ghs.google.com.

Note : Keep in mind that changes to DNS records may take up to 48 hours to take effect.

Update Your Blogger Settings

Everything is over. Now we have to update the Blogger settings.

Go to your Dashboard >> Settings >> Publishing

Blogger Settings

If you are currently publishing on .blogspot then you will link offering you to switch to a custom domain. Go ahead, click it.

Now enter your registered domain name.

Now your .blogspot address becomes custom domain address.

HOW TO: Add Favicon To Your Blog’s URL

If you are confused why you should add favicon to your blog, then you are just like me few years back. Let us share with you the procedure and benefits.

Favicon (pronounced as fav-eye-con) is the short form of favorites icon. It is a 16 x 16-pixel square icon associated with a website or web page. A Favicon is also a tiny representation of your blog or website’s logo and it is very much useful for branding.

Below we’ll share two simple ways to generate a favicon for your blog:

1) By using a software.

2) By using an online icon generator.

We often prefer the latter since this is a simple task.

Add Favicon To Your Blog’s URL

HBB Favicon - Add Favicon To Your Blog

There are many icon editor software on the Internet that you can download for free.

You can also check out Imagicon for that. It is very a simple tool used for generating favicons. Imagicon transforms other format images into .ico format, which is the format of favicon.

You can create favicons in two different sizes 16 x 16 and 32 x 32. But I think 16 x 16 size will be suitable for most of the websites and also readable.

You can also create and generate a favicon online. Some favicon generators provide you free hosting also. Enter “Online favicon generators” on Google Search and you will find many links for it.

Go to IconJ.com’s Icon Generator. It allows you to generate favicon and host also.

No registration is required for this. Here is a screenshot of this website below.

Favicon Generator

First upload the image (should be less than 1MB).

And you will get the favicon with the extension .ico.

You can download that and host it on your web server, or you can host it in iconj.com website itself.

Favicon Generated

The link will be similar to this:

<link rel="shortcut icon" href="http://www.iconj.com/ico/1/x/1xb6dq1ml3.ico">

You have to copy directly and paste the code above in the head of your web pages by editing the template/theme. By this, you can quickly add the favicon to your blog’s URL or Domain name. Do let us know your views in the comments below.

Unblock Pen Drive USB Port In Colleges

Many colleges, including mine, blocks USB Ports. By this we are not able to use a pen drive or other USB enabled portable devices. The ways by which the Administrator disables the USB ports are many. In this article, I mentioned some ways to unblock Pen Drive USB Port in Colleges. Hope you won’t misuse them. Here are the three ways.

Unblock Pen Drive USB Port In Colleges

1. By Disabling USB Ports from Device Manager.

2. By Tweaking Registry values for USB Mass Storage Devices.

3. By Un-installing the USB Mass Storage Drivers.

Unlock USB Ports From Device Manager

device manager

1. Go to Run and type “Devmgmt.msc” and press Enter.

2. Go to Universal Serial Bus Controller. See if there are any red colored cross? If yes, right click and enable those USB Ports.

Now try and use the pen drive. If it works fine, then great, else read the next two steps also.

Correct Value For USB Mass Storage Device

Correct Registry Value

1. Go to Start > Run , type “regedit” and press enter, this will open registry editor.

2. Navigate to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesUSBSTOR

Now remove and connect the pen drive again, it should work fine, if it does not, then it means the drivers are missing. Follow the steps below to solve the issue.


Install USB Mass Storage Device Drivers

Install USB Mass Storage

In case the USB Mass Storage drivers won’t be installed, Windows will prompt you to install the driver. In such a situation, Windows will launch Hardware Update Wizard. If you have USB Mass storage drivers, you can install it and restart the computer, it should work. If not, you can download the USB Mass Storage drivers here. Download and unzip the driver files on your desktop.

i) In hardware update wizard, Select the option to install the driver from a specific location and click next.

ii) Now on this screen, click Browse and choose the path on which you have unzipped the drivers and press ok.

Note: Windows may give you a warning that the drivers has not passed Windows logo testing, so stop installation or Continue anyway, Select Continue anyway to complete installation.

Now restart your computer and re-insert your pen drive, it should now work.

Why You Should Protect Your Password In Cyber Cafe

You must have used the cyber cafe or public computers to access the Internet or especially your email sometimes. Public computers are most prone to password hacking. Anyone can just install a keylogger (or Keystroke logging) software to hack your password. You need to learn how you can protect your password in cyber cafe with this simple trick, which often confuses the hackers, or say wannabe hackers.

This is one of the most insidious threats to a user’s personal information such as passwords, credit card numbers, private email addresses, phone numbers, and much more.

Protect Your Password In Cyber Cafe

Protect Your Password In Cyber Cafe

It is now very easy for the keylogger to harvest passwords. Each and every keystroke (whatever you type on the keyboard) gets recorded in the keylogger software and the person who installed it can easily view what you have typed in.

Example: If you go to hotmail.com and check your emails. Consider your ID is hellboundbloggers@gmail.com and your password is rapper. The keylogger software can easily record your username, email address and password in its log file.

Risky isn’t it?!

There’s solution to this problem, and you can easily fool the hacker. The keylogger software sees and records everything, but it doesn’t understand what it sees. It does not know what to do with keys that are typed anywhere other than the password or user name fields. So, between successive keys of the password, if you enter random keys, the keylogger software won’t ever come to know where you typed in what.

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In the process of recording the keys, the string that the keylogger receives will contain the password, but embedded in so much random junk that discovering it is infeasible. This is not a complete secure way to protect your passwords but it’ll save you from script kiddies and wannabe hackers. Apart from worrying about this, you should always have a strong and secure password, don’t just create a password randomly with your blog, do use special characters and strengthen them.

Simple Tip To Easily Create Icons Using MS Paint

Do you want to create fancy looking icons for your blog but don’t know where to start? Are you searching for any software to implement this? Don’t worry, we have an easy way for doing that. In this article, I’m going to mention the steps to create easily icons using MS Paint, yes, we don’t need any third-party software for doing this task. We are going to do this with the help of MS Paint alone. This simple tip is for Windows users and by default, you’ll have MS Paint installed in your system hopefully. Now let’s get started.

Create Icons Using MS Paint

Create Icons Without Using Any Software

Note: It’s an old but excellent way to create icons in MS Paint.

1. Open your MS Paint application.

2. Now set the attributes to 48 or 32 or 24 or 16 to make it more realistic.

3. Draw anything you like, something creative perhaps.

4. Save them as .ico file. It should have the .ico extension for the effect.

That’s it. Your .ico icon file is ready for use! Want to make it better? Here are some extra tips.

Some Tips To Make It More Better

To be realistic, it is very hard to draw something nice so if you follow the advice given here you can create awesome icons.

1. Choose the background color same as your folder background color.

2. Try to put some text to make more appealing.

3. Open text box, and put some sweet looking character from character map and attempt to use the best size available.

4. Now add some colors to your text.

That’s all you have to do. I hope this is a simple yet useful tip to create good looking icons quickly. If you know any other tips regarding icons or how to implement the same using MS Paint, do kindly let us know your views in the comments below.