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Below are instructions for configuring Google Chrome to read Web sites not written in the English alphabet. 

Manually Switch Encoding

If you see Roman alphabet gibberish (e.g. *a&h!!) instead of the correct script, you may need to For some Web sites, such aswww.csssm.org (Chinese Simplified), you will need to manually switch from Western encoding view.

Example of Roman Character Gibberish

Roman Character Gibberish - Window says µ Ú 227 Æ Ú

Change Encoding (Windows 7)

  1. Click the settings (wrench) icon after the URL address bar and select Tools → Encoding to view the current encoding..
  2. If necessary switch from Unicode (UTF-8) or Western (ISO Latin 1) to an appropriate encoding. In some cases you may need to scroll to the end of the menu.
  3. If there is more than one option per script, select one until the page displays properly.
  4. AFTER you leave the site, you may need to switch your browser back to your original setting.
 

Change Encoding (Macintosh)

  1. Under the View menu, select Encoding.
  2. If necessary switch from Unicode (UTF-8) or Western (ISO Latin 1) to an appropriate encoding. In some cases you may need to scroll to the end of the menu.
  3. If there is more than one option per script, select one until the page displays properly.
  4. AFTER you leave the site, you may need your browser back to your original setting.

 

Fonts In Chrome

Google Chrome automatically matches system fonts with the appropriate language encoding. As long as the appropriate fonts for each language are installed, Chrome will probably be able to interpret a properly encoded page.

If you do not see the content, you need to install the correct font as listed on the individual By Language pages.

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Just as antivirus researcherscongratulated Apple for keeping the iPhone free of nasty apps five full years after its release, spammers seem to have finally tarnished that spotless record.

Antivirus researchers at Kaspersky say they’ve spotted an app known as “Find and Call” in both the iPhone App Store and Google’s Play market that secretly uploads all of a user’s contacts to a remote server and then sends text message and email spam to every number and email address listed in his or her phonebook.

Those messages, written in Russian and first reported by Russian mobile carrier MegaFon, simply advertise the app and include a link to a download site. But the app, which advertises itself as a tool for aggregating and simplifying contacts, doesn’t warn users it plans to upload their entire phonebook and mass-text and mass-email everyone they know. Add in the fact that it also spoofs the user’s number so that text messages appear to come from a trusted sender’s phone, and “Find and Call” almost certainly qualifies as the scummiest app to ever find its way past Apple’s significant security measures.

“It’s not for the first time when we see incidents related to user’s personal data and its leakage” in the iOS app store, writes Kaspersky researcher Denis Maslennikov in a blog post. “[But] it’s for the first time when we have a confirmed case of malicious usage of such data…Yes, these pieces of malware are not that ‘cybercriminalistic’. But malware is malware and in this case it steals user’s phone book and uses it for SMS spam.”

In a followup interview, Maslennikov told me that most or all users currently plagued by the spam app seem to be Russian, based on Russian-language complaints in the comments on the app in Google and Apples’ app markets. But there’s nothing to prevent users from other countries from downloading the app and having their contacts spammed, Maslennikov warns.

“The program sends the messages without notifying the user. Don’t download it!” reads one Russian comment on the app in the App Store. “Unbelievable,” reads another. “The application sends the SMS to all contacts from the contact list. Please delete it from the App Store!”

Maslennikov says Kaspersky has contacted both Google and Apple about the malware and expects that it will be removed from both app platforms soon. I also reached out to the two companies but haven’t yet heard back from either.

Update: Apple seems to have removed the app from the App Store.

A screenshot from Wealth Creation Laboratory, the company to which Kaspersky traced the “Find and Call” spam app.

Unlike more clearly criminal malware, the company behind “Find and Call” advertises itself in the open, including on acorporate website. That site doesn’t say much about the app’s creators. But by making a payment to the app’s PayPal account, Kaspersky traced the program to another company called Wealth Creation Laboratory, which lists a Singapore address and a director and co-founder named Sergey Bogatyrev. I called the company and will update this post if I hear back.

Update: I spoke by phone with Bogatyrev in Singapore, who tells me he has no connection to “Find and Call” and couldn’t offer any explanation as to how Kaspersky traced the app’s payment account to his website.

“Find and Call” hardly represents a real threat to iPhone users–more of a aggressive marketing annoyance at worst. And for Android, it’s barely an abberration, given that Google-targeted malware appears on a regular basis. But for Apple, it represents a rare chink in iOS’s armor. The only malicious apps to ever affect the company’s mobile platform in the past have either been mere proof-of-concept experiments created by researchers or were targeted at jailbroken phones.


Most of my friend use Gmail,  it would be unfair of me to not talk about sharing Google Drive files for our users who recently switched to this new service.

sharing on Google Drive

If you have previously used document sharing in Google docs, you will find sharing on Google Drive more or less similar. The interface is simple, minimalist and easy in approach. So let’s see how you can share your files on Google Drive with others.

File Sharing in Google Drive

Step 1: Open your Google Drive account and upload the files you want to share using Google Drive. If the files are already uploaded to your account, select them and click the Share icon at the top. Alternatively, you can right-click on the file and select the share option form the context menu.

sharing button

Step 2: The popup window will show up the list of people who currently have access to your file and the current permission of the file on the web. Click on Change link to change the permission of the file and start sharing.

sharing settings

Step 3: You can now either make the file public on web, or you can share it with specific people who have the link. Furthermore, while granting the permission, you can extend the write access permission on the file using the Access section.

advance sharing settings on Google Drive

Having done that, share the link with the people you want to share with through email, instant messages and social stream. The user can work on the file depending upon the permission granted by you. Furthermore, by clicking on the small arrow near the file, one can download the file to his computer.

link to share

download files

If you are looking for secured sharing, keep the file as private and add email addresses of the people you want to share the stuff with. This would share the file only with specific people, and they will have to sign in to their account (Google account) to view the files. All the users you have shared your files with in private mode will be notified my an email regarding the same, and they can then access the files under the shared tab.

email files

Step 4: Once you have made the desired changes to the permission level, share and save the settings.

Cool Tip: To quickly see all the files you have shared from your Google Drive account, Click on More—>Owner, type, more on left sidebar and check the desired visibility and ownership option. Your Google Drive will then check your files and show only the ones which matches the filer.

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Conclusion

Those were the simple steps to quickly share your files from Google Drive. Regular users of Google Docs will find it nothing new, but those who’ve just started with this service should find it helpful.