Best Practice from IT Geeks

11 Aug 11 How to Remove Personal Information from your Digital Photos

The iconic Situation Room photograph, captured by offical White House photographer Pete Souza, has now been viewed more the 2.5 million times on the web.

The corresponding photo page on Flickr says little about the photograph but if you download the full-size version, you can get details about the camera model, the camera settings and even the software that were used to edit this picture before it was published online.

This information is stored in every digital image, in the form of EXIF tags, and you can extract it using Windows Explorer or with the help of even the most basic image editing software. In the case of mobile phones, your pictures may even include location information thus giving others an idea of the exact geographic coordinates where that shot was taken.

How to Remove Camera and GPS Data?

If you are planning to share your personal photographs over email or on a public website (like Tumblr), it may sometimes make sense to remove the camera data and the location information from the images before putting them online.


05 Jan 10 How to Enable Windows 7 GodMode

GodMode is the name given to cheats in video games that provide you with all weapons and access to all areas. It is basically a control panel of sorts which provides you access to all the features in one explorer window.It enables “GodMode,” a term devised by the Microsoft development team, which provides a single place to access all Windows settings without needing to browse options and folders in the Control Panel.

To use it:

  • Create a new folder.
  • Rename the folder to


(note that you can change the “GodMode” text, but the following period and code number are essential).

The folder icon will change — double click it to show the Godmode window.

The trick is also said to work in Windows Vista, although some are warning that although it works fine in 32-bit versions of Vista, it can cause 64-bit versions of that operating system to crash.

29 Dec 09 Google Chrome: How to Assign a Proxy Server that is Different from Internet Explorer’s Settings

By default, Google Chrome will use the proxy settings that Internet Explorer uses. If you wish to use a different proxy server or disable the proxy completely you need to append a switch to your application shortcut.

  • Go to the shortcut you use to open Google Chrome
  • Right-click the shortcut and select Properties
  • To use a different proxy server, go to the Target text box.Go to the end of the text, add a space and input the following


Where ipaddress is the address of the desired proxy server and port is the desired port.

For example -proxy-server=”″

Make sure to include the quotes.To disable the proxy settings, go to the Target textbook. Go to the end of the text, add a space and input the following:


and click OK