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An update on malware found at TweakTown - it's been fixed

Earlier today we discovered that TweakTown had been attacked with malicious code from rmr-group.com being inserted to most of our pages. We first discovered the attack due to a warning from Google Chrome. It's the first time this has happened to TweakTown in our long online history.

 

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After having detected the problem, we removed all injected code from our pages. We are now running a full server scan to detect any issues. We are also changing all of our passwords and scanning our own personal systems for any issues.

 

We would like to apologize for any harm this may have caused to you or your PC. As a result, we recommend that all our readers run a full malware scan on their systems, as a precaution. It's unlikely any harm has been done, but it's better to be safe than sorry. We recommend Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Microsoft Safety Scanner - both are free.

 

Thanks for your understanding on the matter, and we will do all we can to ensure this doesn't happen again.

Join TweakTown and SanDisk to learn about SSDs in our free webinar!

Next week on April 10 from 10am till 11am PST (GMT -8:00) we will be hosting a free webinar with SanDisk.

 

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In this webinar, you'll learn how to boost your computer's performance by switching to a Solid State Drive (SSD). Our own SSD experts Chris Ramseyer and Paul Alcorn lay it all out-from faster games to longer battery life and lower power bills.

 

Topics Include:

 

SSD vs HDD: The difference between solid state drives and traditional hard drives-and why it matters to you

 

Key Benefits: The benefits you can expect from switching to an SSD

 

Installation: How to pick and install the right SSD for you

 

We encourage all our readers to get involved. Head on over to the SanDisk sign up page and fill out the simple form.

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TweakTown Web Poll Results - Worst tech flop of 2012 - 2013?

Our latest poll had over 21,000 people who answered, "Worst tech flop of 2012 - 2013?"

 

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I'll start by saying this was one of our most popular polls in probably forever. At the end of the day though, the responses were split for worst tech flop between Apple Maps and Windows 8, with 25% of the votes each.

 

Next in line for the fail award was the Xbox One. This poll has been running for many weeks and the One did get off to a "strong" start, but since it seems some readers have somewhat embraced Microsoft's latest console.

 

For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know... "Did EA kill the Battlefield franchise with the terrible BF4 issues?" Let us know! Go here to vote!

Introducing Tweakipedia, our new home to all things tweaking at TweakTown

Today we are very excited to be announcing a new part of our website called Tweakipedia. Tweakipedia will be an amusement park of technology, filled with guides from how to overclock your computer to installing Windows from a USB drive. Not only that, but we will be taking in reader submissions on tweaks and guides.

 

 

This means that if you have a tweak recommendation, then you can submit it to us and we'll get it into Tweakipedia. We'll also love to hear suggestions on what you'd love to see next, so if you are itching to see how a certain GPU (or three) performs in a particular game, then you can request that. If you didn't know how to do a particular task - for example, building a system with Corsair's Obsidian 900D case - then we would secure that part and write a how-to build guide on it.

 

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The idea is that the reader is heavily involved in Tweakipedia. We want you to submit ideas, requests, your own guides and tweaks - everything. This way, you're directly contributing to Tweakipedia and seeing it slowly morph into a gigantic source of great tech information. That is the next point - Tweakipedia will be a source we can continue to come back on in future reviews, articles and more.

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TweakTown iPhone App version 1.4 - adds iPhone 5 support, design improvements

Yesterday Apple approved version 1.4 of the TweakTown iPhone app to the App Store.

 

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In our latest version we have made improvements to better support iOS 6 as well as provide a full viewing experience for those using an iPhone 5. In addition to that we've also made some design improvements. We have removed the Daily Deals section, but Ask The Experts has been added.

 

Upgrade the app now, or head on over to the App Store and get it installed people!

We're hiring a US East Coast TweakTown News Editor!

We are hiring a news editor based on the US East Coast!

 

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You will be required to post daily news and attend tech events on the East coast. You need to own a digital camera. You need to be addicted to technology and have a passion to write about it. It would be a bonus if you have previous online experience, too.

 

If you feel you are the right person for the job, please email your CV and other relevant information to jobs at tweaktown dot com.

 

Just to be very clear, this is a paid position.

Hello, Internet - we're back... finally!

What a few days it has been!

 

We changed from our older servers over to a new host with a single high-powered dual Xeon server with all the trimmings such as RAID 10 Intel SSDs, 48GB of RAM and more. We thought it would be a fairly simple process to move all of our files and databases over to the new server and get online in a few hours. The new server is running a different server control panel with some other different configurations that we weren't familiar with. It really did a good job of confusing us all, but finally we are back online. Things are not 100% perfect yet, but we're close. Apache redirects... grrrrr!

 

We are working as fast as we can to bring the site back to 100% working order, it won't be long now. The good news is that we are now on a very powerful server that is going to be able to hold up when we get hit with a lot of traffic, and it will also be a great server for us to grow into as we continue to grow. It's been an expensive and stressful event, but we've learnt a lot.

 

I would like to single out Dave from WiredTree (and the rest of the support team, too) for helping us migrate from our older servers. Thanks for your help guys and dealing with our constant questions and pestering. It has been a testing few days for sure, but we're almost at the end.

We're on the move to a new web server!

We are currently moving all data from our old servers over to a single new high-end web server located in Los Angeles with a different host.

 

At the moment our forums are down and we aren't adding any new content to the site. We have plenty of hot tech content lined up for you as soon as we're on the new site and the DNS is switched over.

 

It's going to be worth the wait. As TweakTown grows, we required a better solution for our hosting needs, and we think we've got a server that is going to last us for a good while and result in faster performance and less downtime. Our new host also offers stock performance tuning and security hardening, and we're excited to see the performance ourselves of this new investment once it goes online.

 

CPU: Dual Intel Xeon E5620 2.4GHz

RAM: 48GB DDR3 ECC Registered

Storage: 4 x 180GB Intel 520 SSDs in RAID 10 on Adaptec 6405 RAID controller

Software: LiteSpeed Web Server

LAN: 1Gbps

 

We'll post another update once we're live on the new server!

We're hiring a NYC or nearby based TweakTown News Editor!

We are hiring a news editor based in New York city or in the nearby area!

 

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You will be required to post daily news and attend tech events in NYC and the surrounding area. You need to own a digital camera. You need to be addicted to technology and have a passion to write about it. It would be a bonus if you have previous online experience, too.

 

If you feel you are the right person for the job, please email your CV and other relevant information to jobs at tweaktown dot com.

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