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    PIV3G, geforce6600GT, 1536Mb RAM, drive that burns stuff.
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  1. AES is good its the US government standard Truecrypt uses it by default.
  2. Dude why are you so insistent on using such an obscure cipher? You might struggle to find a program that implements it ;-) and thats the only way you can create your keys. The ciphers that you are refering to use some of the sha1 algorithm not all as that would be impossible ;-). Some are stream, some are block but all are symmetric so I wonder where you got the idea you could create an asymmetric key pair particularly of 160 bits (which coincidentally is the length of a sha1 message digest) which seems a bit short for the purpose. What is the name of the cipher you intend to use, I would be interested in knowing, as I have never heard of an asymmetric cipher using such small keys and sha1s compression function. Could you provide a link to it? If you want to encrypt email I would suggest using this; http://www.gnupg.org/ And this is an excellent program for general encryption purposes; http://www.truecrypt.org/ In conclusion you will need to download a program/utility that implements the cipher. This will allow you to create keys for it, unless you are planning on writing it yourself of course :-)
  3. Sha1 is not an encryption algorithm it is a hash function.
  4. Do you mean you want to write the algorithm or do you mean you want a utility that will let you hash stuff? If the answer is the latter have a look at this; http://www.slavasoft.com/hashcalc/index.htm
  5. Tor and if you're really paranoid ;-) AnonymOS As DynamicTech said you can't hide your ip address you can use proxies though.
  6. Yes :-) I have that modem/router and have found the signal fluctuates wildly depending on channel... I also have it set to long range mode and I get good range and a good signal, try a firmware upgrade (if you haven't already). If that doesn't work I would do what duanester suggested and contact Belkin or the place you purchased it from.
  7. Cain & Abel could take a while though =) also some AV will flag portions of it.
  8. Buy them out tactics are fairly standard through out the software industry (and lots of others) adobe buying macromedia, symantec aquires sygate are a couple of examples. Not that I'm defending Microsoft, I think these kind of tactics are in general bad for us consumers. I wouldn't be surprised if major hardware vendors 'expect' each evolution of windows to 'push' users onto newer more powerful and obviously more expensive hardware and yes it sucks eg the requirements to run a pc in 'trusted' mode. IMHO ;-) security of commercial software is a PR exercise in general, if your computer/network gets infected by a worm or your data is destroyed because of a programming flaw the vendor of that software isn't responsible have a read of some EULAs (although you would expect them to patch flaws in some cases long after thay have been exploited). The majority of end users are'nt as savvy as some they want products that are fully featured and easy to use (all the bells and whistles). IMHO vendors aren't going to sacrifice these things for the sake of a more secure product until they are forced to (might be more realistic in a business setting). Apologies if that was a little OT =^)
  9. My 2 cents... Itunes: http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/ For all your ripping and burning needs.
  10. You could try an anonymous public proxy: http://www.proxy4free.com/page1.html However there is no way of knowing if the proxies owners are logging or intercepting traffic.
  11. Assuming you still have these settings on the PC you are plugging the router into: IP Address: Subnet Mask: Default Gateway: Preferred DNS Server: "Turn off all of the computers and unplug the router and the modem. Connect the modem to the cable from the ISP. Connect an ethernet cable from the modem to the WAN port on the router. Connect an ethernet cable from one of the ports on the router to dad's PC." -ddleejj Go to start->connect to->show all connections->(right click on local area network) properties->Internet Protocol->properties->Obtain an IP address automatically. (probably won't make much difference but... =)) The router will act as a DHCP server by default and if you have 'hard reset' it, well it should work. I have had the experience of 'bad' networking equipment, one of the routers I have owned stopped acting as a DHCP server and I couldn't access it even with a static IP address (I returned it and had my money refunded) hopefully this is not the case here. Good luck. (Edit) Didn't read to closely the first time
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