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Iphone Hack ban

Posted by brainfoldb4u on February 17, 2010

I guess apple have found their Iphone OS now frequently hacked. Almost like Windows, apple had trouble facing the sophisticated hacks and weekly patches are not enough to protect their OS. So apple seems to come up with a defensive idea of locking the hackers account. Just days after a scrappy young iPhone hacked discovered an unlock exploit for OS 3.1.3 baseband 05.12.01, Sherif Hashim received an ominous message on his iPhone after attempting to log into iTunes: “This Apple ID has been disabled for security reasons.” Proving that this is not an isolated incident, fellow hacker iH8sn0w responded to Hashim to let him know the very same thing happened to him after he released an exploit known as XEMN. Perhaps most puzzlingly, however, is the fact that Hasim’s exploit was never publicly released having only been given to the iPhone Dev-Team who plan to incorporate it into their next release. Obviously Apple could claim that its actions were in response to the violation of their intellectual property as well as a breach of the iPhone’s end-user license agreement, but one has to wonder just how far a notoriously heavy-handed company like Apple might go in the future if it is unable to gain the upper hand over hackers like Hashim.

iPhone developer and hacker, Sherif Hashim, claims to receive a warning showing he’d been denied access to the App Store for “security reasons”, see image above.
The move sparked concerns that Apple might ban all jailbroken iPhones was accessing the App Store. However, such a move would prevent Apple’s application developers from selling to the millions of users of jailbroken devices and would be especially bad politicsfollowing the launch of the Wholesale Applications Community at the Mobile World Congress conference earlier this week.

This seems to be a strong message indicating that known iPhone hackers may get into trouble but at the same time there is no indication that Apple are refusing access to the App Store for anyone who merely makes use of available software to jailbreak or unlock their iPhone or iPod Touch handsets, the message is clear: publicly release an exploit for the iPhone OS and expect to lose your App Store privileges.

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Checking brand name availability

Posted by brainfoldb4u on February 4, 2010

Its common for most of us to have a virtual name in the internet. And we tent to have that name across the internet and that becomes our  identity. There are chances that your username/virtual name/your identity may be used by some one anywhere in the internet (heavily possible).  having the same username across every website makes you to easily remember  and helps you be recognizable across multiple networks without the need to link your accounts. I started browsing to find a way to customize a brand name and check how unique it is. thank fully i  found great solutions in order to verify the availability of our username across multiple social media websites for free.

KnowEm

This is a free site allows you to check for the use of your brand, product, personal name or username instantly on over 350 popular and emerging social media websites. It lets us to secure your brand before someone else does.

With a click of a button it lets us to search for the availability of a username across more than 350 popular social networking websites. All you need to do is is enter your desired brand username in the search box and click “Check it”. KnowEm will then come up with a list of all the social media networks along with the availability of your username. If you wish to sign up simply click on “Available” to jump to the sign up page of any particular website and get registered.

KnowEm also constantly updates and adds new sites to their vast database of social sites. The next Facebook, Twitter or MySpace is already out there or could be coming soon – do you know which one it will be? KnowEm offers a subscription service (Brand Protection Program) to ensure that you and your brand will not have to worry about it. As new sites emerge we will make sure that your flag is already planted and you will not have to worry about dealing with a squatter or someone who is misrepresenting your social media identity.

Is Your Name Available?

The basic free version of KnowEm makes it easy to find out if your favorite username is still available on the 350 social media services. Just type in your favorite username and KnowEm will check if your name is still available on these sites. Given how closely our online identities are often tied to one single username, it only makes sense to claim the same username on every site and to ensure that somebody else isn’t impersonating you. Other services that offer similar free features include Namechk (148 sites) and Usernamecheck.com (68 sites).

Premium Services

The new premium services extend KnowEm’s portfolio by giving businesses additional services for claiming and monitoring their brands. For users of the Corporate Edition ($349), KnowEm will create profiles on 150 social media sites and populate them with photos, bios and descriptions. A cheaper version of this services ($99) only includes the signup process, and users will have to populate their profiles by hand. For an additional $49 per month, KnowEm will also register your name or brand on new social media services as they launch.

Namechk

Namechk is an worthy alternative to KnowEm with almost similar features. It checks for desired username or vanity URL’s that are still available at dozens of popular social networking and social bookmarking websites. It helps to promote your brand name constantly by registering a username that is still available on the majority of popular websites.

NameChk is completely free to use, it seems to be supported by Google Adsense adverts, but these are small and don’t get in the way. It’s a very useful website and a real joy to use! NameChk is perfect for anyone that struggles to find good usernames on a number of the social networking sites. It is becoming more difficult so this is a great idea. It is also good for companies who are trying to build their brand image; they can use this tool to find a name which is available on most of the platforms and then register it to promote their products.

Namechk Features

  • Check usernames on 106 different social networking sites
  • Register by clicking on the buttons
  • Find usernames which are available on all platforms
  • Build your brand image

Username check

A simple service that might nonetheless come in handy sometime, the suitably-titled UsernameCheck will let you find out where is your username registered in a more or less instant way. If you claim  “Do I have my username registered across every site that I should?”. That is a valid question, because how would you feel if the next Internet humiliation that comes along happens to share the same username that you have been using since the dawn of the web?

This site, then, will let you check where you username is registered just by supplying it and hitting the “check” button. A service by service rundown is then carried out, and you will then find out whether your back is covered or not.

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