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Watch Megavideo, VideoBB, VideoZer Videos Without Time Restrictions Using Sheepser

In the past, we have told you about several services to overcome the 72 minutes time restriction on Megavideo. If you are still unable to bypass Megavideo time limits, a new service is here to help you out.

Watch Megavideo Videos Without Time Restrictions

Sheepser streaming service provides users with an unrestricted video players which allows you to watch videos instantly without limitations. The service currently supports videos from Megavideo, VideoBB, VideoZer and more among others. In order to view a video from these services without time limits and restrictions, you will have to copy the video URL and paste it into in Sheepser.com.

Once you do that, Sheepser will start playing the video on their site in their own player. You can watch unrestricted videos on the site, which means that all the time limits on watching videos will be removed.

Sheepser also provides backup servers in case one of them is not working while allowing users to embed the videos on websites. Services such as Sheepser can come in pretty handy when you want to watch longer videos on sites like Megavideo.

Sheepser also provides users with a handy bookmarklet which can be used to directly open videos in Sheepser without having to copy the link. Go ahead and give it a try, it works pretty well.

Find out if Your Account Was Compromised and Leaked in Recent Hacks

For the past month or so, a group called Lulzsec has been causing havoc on the internet. They have been hacking servers and leaking usernames and passwords on the internet.

Should I Change My Password

Earlier today, Groupon India was hacked too, however, it is not known as to who was behind the hack. As a user, it is definitely difficult to find out if your account has been compromised or not. However, a new website called "Should I change My Password" is allowing users to search the database of leaked accounts to see if your account has been compromised.

Also Read: Editorial: LulzSec, AntiSec and Why the Internet is a Sadder Place Now

All you need to do is to enter the email address for your account and click on the "Check it!" button. It will then search the database that have been released by hackers to the public and see if your email address exists in it.

I would want to further add that regardless of whether your email was leaked or not, update your password immediately. It takes only few minutes and you can easily create strong passwords or use tools to generate strong passwords.

(via LH)

Get Free 2000 Facebook Credits totally FREE Facebook Scam

It’s a lovely Sunday out here in the real world, but the online world is full of shenanigans. While drooling over what my friends are doing on Facebook, I came across something which I love to do, that something is nothing but my love for advising people about technology.

Earlier today, the self proclaimed hackers LulzSec decided to hang their boots (Read: Editorial: LulzSec, AntiSec and Why the Internet is a Sadder Place Now). However, scammers are still far off from doing that.

A new Facebook Scam is underway where an app is promising that you can get 2000 Facebook Credits for free (remember the Free Cityville coins Scam?). Facebook Credits are virtual currency on Facebook which can be used to buy virtual goods on Facebook for games like Farmville and more. These credits are not free and can be acquired by paying for them.

Facebook Credits

Facebook Credits can be purchased by visiting your Account tab and then selecting the Payments tab. You can buy 50 credits for $5 and so on. Now a new scam is doing the rounds of Facebook where the app says that they will give you 2000 Facebook Credits for free. If you were to purchase 2000 credits on Facebook, you would have to pay $200. Now the offer from the scammer is definitely pretty enticing considering that you would be saving $200 upfront.

Pretty neat right? Well no, the offer is a big scam. After all, giving $200 to each of Facebook’s 700 million users would cost a whooping $14 billion. The people claim that they would do it only for the first 1000 visitors, but what the heck, I want my pie. and I know more than 1000 users want it too.

Now who in their sane mind would want to spill out that kind of money for free? A lunatic right? Well you are wrong, it is a Facebook scammer.

Facebook Credits Scam

If you do fall for the scam and click on the link, you might see a page similar to the screenshot above. The website in question is not hosted on Facebook itself, but it disguises itself to look like that. The website asks you to perform few steps in order to get 2000 free credits. One of the task involves sharing the page in question with a message like;

Get your FREE 2000 FACEBOOK CREDITS! NO SCAM NO surveys NO  waste of time no task its totally FREE this promo is available for the  first 1000 persons only… CHECK IT OUT ENJOY..i got mine and it works  get yours here [site redacted]

Additionally, you will have to like the site. While you are performing the above steps, the site pretends to be checking the status of your actions. Well, it will keep doing that no matter what you do. Finally, after you have shared the scam with your friends (and probably managed to entice them too) you can click on the button to claim your "FREE 2000 Facebook Credits".

Facebook Credits Scam Content Locked

When you click that button shouldn’t you be getting your so called FREE 2000 Facebook Credits? Well, you should, but you are redirected to a site which will tell you that the content is locked and "you are just one step away from unlocking the content of the site by performing another action". Wait, didn’t you already do that? Well, there you go. Now you have to either customize your Facebook profile or figure out "How Smart Are You Really?" Wait, isn’t this question ironic?

Once you perform the steps to cross the final hurdle, all you are left is with NOTHING. The spammer on the other hand just managed to make a few bucks by fooling you into taking a survey or performing a task? Phew, all in a day’s work.

As I have repeated numerous times in the past, please do not get fooled by these freebies. They will waste your time and make money for those spammers who will then continue to devise new tactics to continue fooling you.

As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams. We also have a list of actively spreading scams on Facebook for you to look through and avoid.

Google Chrome Now Blocks Insecure Scripts on HTTPS

JavaScript is a scripting language which is used to provide a lot of functionalities to users without them noticing it. It also powers some of the best known web services out there including and more. However, that a faulty or rogue JavaScript can also cause havoc on your system?

Well, how would you know that unless your browser told it? However, not all browsers tell you when a JavaScript is insecure, but you can count as your friend in this case (at-least the dev version on HTTPS), because it has started to block Insecure scripts while you are browsing a website on a HTTPS connection.

Chrome Blocks Insecure Scripts

As you can see from the above screenshot, Google Chrome now shows you a message saying that it has blocked an insecure script from running on the browser, whilst proving you an option to "Load Anyway". This is done to protect users from running harmful scripts on their system.

This behavior in Google Chrome is similar to them blocking users from accessing harmful websites that they have in their database an will be useful in protecting users.

The help page on this topic shows what Google is doing exactly:

When a website is secured via HTTPS, the web site designer must also ensure that all of the scripts used by the page will be delivered in the same secure manner as the main page itself. The same requirements also apply to the plugins and external CSS stylesheets used by the page, as these have the same considerations as javascript.

When this is not the case (sometimes called a mixed scriptsituation), visitors to the site run the risk that attackers can interfere with the website and change the script so as to serve their own purposes.

Traditionally, browsers have run the mixed script, genuine or not, and notified you after-the-fact by a broken lock icon, a dialog box, or a red https:// in the location bar (in the case of Google Chrome). The problem with this approach is that by the time the script has run, it is already too late, because the script has had access to all of the data on the page.

Google Chrome now protects you by refusing up-front to run any script on a secure page unless it is also being delivered over HTTPS. Data on the page remains secure even in the presence of an attacker, but the downside is that this may cause pages to display improperly. You may wish to let the website owner know that their site is not properly secured. (Note that a poorly-written extension can also sometimes cause this).

You can bypass this protection by clicking Allow Anyway, in which case Google Chrome will refresh the page and load the insecure content. You will then see an https:// displayed in red in the location bar indicating that the page could not be secured.

The above description says that Chrome is only blocking scripts which are served through non-HTTPS on a HTTPS connection. Hopefully, the will improve this behavior and also display the same message on the browser when a known rogue script is running on a website.

99% People Can’t See This Video For More Than 25 Seconds Facebook Scam

Just as I was writing about the new Marika Fruscio Facebook Scam I came across another scam that is rapidly spreading on with the text “99% of people can’t watch this video more than 25 seconds!!! I dare you to watch more than 25 seconds from this video!”.

Facebook Can't Watch Video Scam

The message in this Facebook Scam is accompanied with a NSFW image which is more than enough to entice users to click on it. Clicking on the video link could lead you to several different websites where they display a video supposedly from like the screenshot below.

99% People Can't Watch Facebook Scam

It then asks users to click the “Jaa” button twice to watch the video to confirm that you are 18 years of age. However, clicking on the button will open a share page on Facebook and then add a link to your wall. This link could be the 99% can’t watch this video link or the Marika Fruscio Live Television scam. Please don’t click on those links.

As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams. We also have a list of actively spreading scams on Facebook for you to look through and avoid.

Marika Fruscio Scam Spreading Again on Facebook

Remember the earlier Facebook scam  related to Marika Fruscio Breasts on ? Well it looks like the scam has taken centerstage again and is rapidly spreading on Facebook.

Marika Fruscio Facebook Scam

The Italian journalist had an oops moment on live television in March. Though the video was genuine, several Facebook scammers began to use it to spam people’s timeline and make money for themselves while they asked users to complete surveys. The spam spread pretty rapidly and users fell for it too, you can read our entire coverage of the Marika Fruscio Scam on Facebook.

Now a similar spam is spreading on Facebook for the past few days with users clicking on the links shared by their friends and spreading it virally. This scam plays on a genuine video, but there have been a few fake one’s recently including the recently demised Ryan Dunn’s last words.

As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams. We also have a list of actively spreading scams on Facebook for you to look through and avoid.

Ryan Dunn’s LAST WORDS – EXCLUSIVE Video Spam Spreading on Facebook

In a unfortunate and tragic incident, "JackAss" star Ryan Dunn was killed in a car accident. Though this incident is tragic, spammers are trying to lure people on by posting a new scam which is saying that it has "Ryan Dunn’s LAST WORDS – EXCLUSIVE!!" video. It also adds a warning saying that the video is for mature audiences only.

Ryan Dunn Last Words Facebook Scam

Spammers show no remorse for anyone, and they have used deaths of popular celebrities like Michael Jackson among others to scam unsuspecting people who would click on links out of curiosity or because of their love for an artist. This is pathetic behavior at best.

We have uncovered several such Facebook Scams in the past, which include sick videos of Miley Cyrus, showing what Justin Bieber did to a girl, OMG Look What This Kid Did To His SchoolOsama Bin Laden Dead Videos and Osama Bin Wikileaks Video among others.

The current Ryan Dunn’s video scam is a typical Facebook scam which asks users to complete surveys and does not show any video at all. They then post the offending message to the user’s wall and spread it to their friend. Please DO NOT click on those links.

As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

Hulu Plus Now Available on Android

users, here is something to cheer about. Hulu has officially launched their Hulu Plus app for Android. It brings the same viewing experience for users of on Android based devices.

We’ve always said our mission is to provide the world’s premium content to people when, how and where they want it. And we know that a lot of people want that content on their Android smartphones. We’ve been working hard to make that a reality, and today, we have begun our early rollout of the Hulu Plus application on Android smartphones.

Hulu Plus will currently be available on six phones only which include the Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Droid II, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Atrix with support for other devices coming out shortly.

Users of these devices can download a copy of Hulu Plus from Android market here. This link will not be available for incompatible devices so you might be disappointed. Another important thing is that Hulu Plus does not support most of the new Android based devices, however, we do hope that support for them will come out shortly.

Hulu Plus is a popular extension to the free TV show watching service which charges users to watch previous seasons of some famous shows on FOX, NBC and more. It is currently owned by Comcast and is actively looking for a new buyer.

Till then I will continue enjoying watching Family Guy and other shows on my desktop or .

Must Read: 10 Ways to Watch TV Shows Online

How To Display/Enable Preview Pane in Yahoo Mail Beta

Back in April 2011, we had posted an article about the new features in Yahoo Mail Beta. Though Yahoo Mail has improved a lot, it has also added a little bit of annoyance by making the preview pane hard to find.

On the said post, several users have been discussing how to show the preview pane in Yahoo Mail beta, but it looks like most of the information available might not be helpful.

I recently wanted to enable this feature in my own account and found going around circles with no preview pane in sight. Turns out that the Options -> Mail Options -> General -> Show all messages in a scrolling list (with Preview Pane option) does not change anything.

However, I found another trick which can be used to display the preview pane in Yahoo Mail Beta. The trick is really silly but not many people will be aware of it.

Enable Preview Pane in Yahoo Mail Beta

In order to enable the preview pane in Yahoo Mail, go to your Inbox and click on the "Switch view" button next to the "Actions" button. From the available option select "In Scrolling List (With Preview)" option. Yahoo Mail will say that it needs to refresh the page to change the settings. Click on Ok and you should now see the preview pane below the email messages.

I have tested this change in multiple browsers including , and Internet Explorer 9. Unfortunately, the new version of Yahoo Mail Beta does not support . If you aren’t able to see the preview button in Yahoo Mail, you might want to try going to options and changing the settings.

If the above solution does not work for you, you can try logging in to Yahoo Mail using another browser and making the changes. The change is sticky, so it will then reflect across all browsers.

New Virus ON FB Using Your Pictures, Facebook Tagging – Facebook Hoax

In the past, we have covered several Facebook Scams which have fooled users into clicking links of sick videos of Miley Cyrus,   showing what Justin Bieber did to a girl and more among other things (Read all Facebook Scams we have covered). This trend still continues to grow and now scammers are using Facebook events and Facebook chat to spread spam.

Facebook Scam Hoaxes

However, a new type of viral post is now doing the rounds of , which alerts users about a new virus on Facebook which is using your pictures to access sensitive information such as banking credentials, email accounts and more.

NEW VIRUS ON FB using YOUR pictures. It says you’ve been tagged in a picture, wants you to click on a link to see it. Then hacks into YOUR computer & ALL YOUR ACCOUNTS including BANKING & other secure accounts. It DESTROYS YOUR COMPUTER. Once hacked into your comp; it sends e-mails to your friends telling them they have been TAGGED in pics & starts the process again. PLEASE RE-POST

The message is spreading in the above form and lot of users are blindly re-posting it to their walls. The hoax in question seems to be related to Facebook photo tagging, which has already created a controversy. However, the alert is a hoax and a type of FUD which is used to scare people.

In the past, scammers have used photo tagging to spread spam, however, it is has been annoying at best and has not spread any deadly virus. Being cautious on Facebook is great, but over-doing it could lead to silly cases like these.

Rest assured, we try out best to alert users when a deadly scam is underway. Spreading messages like these will only create panic and not help anyone.

As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

HP TouchPad Pre-Orders Open; 16GB for $499, 32GB for $599, Ships July 1st

The much awaited tablet HP TouchPad is now available for pre-orders on the official HP site and several retailers including Amazon and BestBuy. The tablet runs on WebOS 3.0 and will sport a 9.7 inch display and a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 Ghz processor. (HP TouchPad Specs)

HP TouchPad

The pricing for the HP TouchPad 16GB in UK is £399 (~$643) and for the 32GB TouchPad is £479 (~$773). In the United States the tablet pricing is $499.99 for the 16GB version and $599.99 for the 32GB version. The pricing of the device looks on par with other tablet devices available in the market.

HP is betting big in the tablet market with their WebOS 3.0 platform and had also said that they would be manufacturing PCs and Laptops which will run the software. The launch of the TouchPad in July should give them an idea on how consumers react to it. It will also be pitting WebOS 3.0 against Apple’s iOS which runs and and Google’s which powers several tablets including the and 10.1.

So if you are looking forward to get your hands on the HP TouchPad, you can pre-order the HP TouchPad tablet for US from Amazon or directly pre-order it for UK from here.

WordPress Hit With Backdoor Attack, Force Resetting User Passwords

Looks like no one is safe on the internet today, with numerous services being hit with hack attacks and password thefts. Today, it looks like WordPress was also hit with a backdoor attack where users were able to gain access and update some plugins in the repository.

The hackers apparently added some backdoor code to the attack and committed them to the repository, this affected some popular plugins like AddThis, WPtouch and W3 Total Cache. WordPress has managed to rollback those updates, but have also reset passwords for all WordPress.org users. If you use any WordPress related service, you will have to reset your password.

Earlier today the WordPress team noticed suspicious commits to several popular plugins (AddThis, WPtouch, and W3 Total Cache) containing cleverly disguised backdoors. We determined the commits were not from the authors, rolled them back, pushed updates to the plugins, and shut down access to the plugin repository while we looked for anything else unsavory.

We’re still investigating what happened, but as a prophylactic measure we’ve decided to force-reset all passwords on WordPress.org. To use the forums, trac, or commit to a plugin or theme, you’ll need to reset your password to a new one. (Same for bbPress.org and BuddyPress.org.)

This is not the first time WordPress has been attacked. Earlier this year, WordPress.com was hacked and code was compromised. Sony has also been hit with several attacks recently where user’s passwords were leaked on the internet. If you have a WordPress.org account make sure to update your password. Also read our earlier article on why it is the right time to update all your passwords.

Also, if you have recently updated any of these plugins, go and re-update them immediately.

More updates to come…

IE Team Sends Mozilla a Cake Again for Firefox 5 Launch

The web browser teams at Mozilla, Microsoft, Google and might definitely hate each other secretly, but there are times when all of these come together to set standards or further the future of the web.

Microsoft and Mozilla have had a love hate relationship for a while now. After all, was the web browser which turned the browser industry on its head and gave the dominant Internet Explorer a run for it’s money.

IE Congratulates Mozilla for Firefox 5 Launch Cake

Lot has changed since then, but one thing continues to remain common including Microsoft sending cakes with the IE logo to Mozilla on a product launch. The last time I remember them sending a cake was for the launch of Firefox 3, and with the launch of Firefox 5 today they have repeated the act.

The cake had a similar message from the earlier one which said:

Congratulations on Shipping! Love, the IE Team

The image was posted by @damons, who is the VP of Engineering at Mozilla. This definitely makes for some good rivalry. Here is wishing the Mozilla team a great launch and look forward to some exciting new features in Firefox 6 and beyond.

Solutions For Firefox 5 Crashes – Firefox 5 Crashes After Install

Firefox 5 was released before schedule with far less fanfare than Firefox 5 is now also available for Ubuntu. If you have already upgraded to 5, you might be able to enjoy all the latest features it has. However, a lot of users are complaining about Firefox 5 crashing after installation among other problems.

Firefox 5

Though there is no specific reason for Firefox 5 crashes, you could try out one of the several solutions listed below to see if it helps to solve your problem.

Bad Installation

One of the main reasons behind Firefox crashing could be a bad installation. This could be caused due to several reasons. One of the solutions would be to backup your Firefox data and then completely uninstall it from your system.

Once you have done that, download Firefox 5 again and do a clean install. This should more likely than not stop FF5 from crashing.

Disable All Extensions and Themes

When Firefox is updated, some outdated extensions could cause problems which might lead to crashes. Firefox add-on manager provides you an easy way to disable out-dated extensions. Make use of the add-on manager to disable those extensions and restart Firefox to see if that solves your problem.

Use Different Profile

If you are not keen on uninstalling and installing Firefox or cannot disable the , you could try creating a fresh new profile in Firefox. You will instructions on creating and managing new Firefox profiles in this Mozilla support article.   

Debug Crashes

Now you might not be a programmer, but you can run some basic crash debugging by going through the points listed in the Mozilla support topic. You can submit your crash reports to Mozilla or contact them to see if there is a solution to your problem.

If none of these work, try downloading an older version of Firefox and installing it to see if it solves those crashes. If not, you could switch to a temporary browser like , or Internet Explorer 9 till an update is available from Firefox.

Social Gaming Stats – Farmville Farmers Outnumber Real Farmers, 55% Gamers Female [Infographic]

Social Gaming is a huge fad and thanks to sites like and gaming companies like Zynga, social gaming has taken off in a very big way. Games like CityVille on Facebook are played by around 90 million users, while Farmville is played by over 43 million users.

20% of US population has played a game on a social networking site and more than 68 million Americans will be playing social games by 2012. What’s more interesting is the fact that 55% of social gamers are female, which goes on to show that women are more attracted towards casual games.

Another interesting stats about social gaming is that, much of the revenue of these companies actually come through the sale of virtual goods. These virtual goods can be purchased through in-app purchases, for example you can buy more seeds for your farm and so on.

Another interesting fact is that farmers on the virtual game Farmville out number real farmers in the United States by 80 to 1. Now only if they could put their farming skills to some use Smile. Interestingly, the infographic also notes that over 50% Facebook users sign in to their account just to play games. The amount of time they spend on the site is more than what they spend on several other top sites combined.

For more such interesting stats, check out the Infographic created by Single Grain below.

Social Gaming Stats