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Archive for July, 2010

Facebook: Over 500 million

Posted by Bob Zenith on July 30, 2010

According to a recent Facebook blog post, its user-base has grown to over 500 million. That is shocking, especially considering that it’s one quarter of users on the internet (~2 billion, total).

I simply cannot understand why in the world anyone would sign up for a Facebook account, after the site has been nailed by dozens of privacy issues. Here’s another one that just happened:

Privacy concerns swirled around Facebook again after an employee of a firm called Skull Security compiled and released personal data on more than 100 million Facebook users, about a fifth of the site’s membership.

The computer file, released Wednesday, contained publicly accessible information, which included peoples’ names and profile addresses. It raised new privacy issues.

This means that the computer file mentioned above has personal information about 1 in 20 people that browse the internet. (Facebook has data of 1 in 4 users, the file has data of 1 in 5 users of Facebook).

After reading this, I have no idea why anyone in their right mind would create and use a Facebook account.

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July 30th Spam

Posted by Bob Zenith on July 30, 2010

(All links open the site’s WOT Scorecard for easy rating; However, the domains themselves should be considered very dangerous. Visit the domains (the links are safe – just the WOT scorecard) at your own risk)

Selling fake / counterfeit items (or software)
watchofkings.com
riverdigitalsoft.ru
cheapsoftwarebuy.ru
buysoftware-shop.ru
digital-software-store.ru

Fake Canadian Pharmacy
rxpills2u.com
canadian-pharmacyss.com
famousfrom.com
wishwinner.com

Update: The 4 Canadian Pharmacy sites have been added to the hpHosts Database. :0)

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iPad Fever? Why?

Posted by Bob Zenith on July 29, 2010

The “revolutionary” iPad came out months ago, and people are still writing articles about it; how it’s going to create a whole new market for tablets, how it will challenge Microsoft’s technology dominance blah blah blah…

Here’s my problems with the iPad:

1. No USB Port or SD Card Slot: Here’s a nice article . Basically, since the iPad has no USB port or SD Card slot, we [users] have to pay extra to get separate (and I bet overpriced) adapters!
2. Laptop: same price, better functionality: The price of an iPad is about the same as that of a good laptop (600-$800, plus the cost of the plan you get). Why would you spend $700 on a iPad when you can get much more functionality (and memory) out of a laptop for the same price?
3. No Camera: I was very surprised when the iPad came out that there was no camera on it. I thought it would have incorporated the latest in camera technologies. Guess not.
4. No “Unlimited Data Plan” from AT&T: Pretty much speaks for itself. Thanks AT&T.

I personally don’t see the allure of the iPad. Maybe when the 2nd generation comes out, or when Apple lets some other network (Verizon, perhaps?) offer service (data plan, hopefully unlimited) for the iPad.

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Herbal King, Replica Watches

Posted by Bob Zenith on July 29, 2010

Here’s the spam I found in my inbox today:
* The following domains should all be considered highly dangerous and / or scam websites. Only visit if you are a trained professional, at your own risk *

Herbal King:
biggerpeniss. com
bottlejeans. ru
pagescoin. ru
mapheat. ru

Replica Watches / Ultimate Replicas:
cheapreplicawatchs. com
minutepod. ru
lineshed. ru
replicas4you. com
baggagedrug. ru

Spam:
goldcycler. com
ebongle. com

Here’s a little explanation, if you’ve never heard of these scams:
Herbal King – Highly spammed website, promising drugs for several issues; when in fact the “drugs” contain no active ingredients. Customers either receive the drugs and find out their fake, or they never receive anything. Either way, these websites are SCAMS! Common alias: Dr. MaXman
http://www.spamtrackers.eu/wiki/index.php/Herbal_King
Replica Watches: Offer replica watches for insanely low prices. What they don’t tell you is that they never arrive at your doorstep!

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Answers

Posted by Bob Zenith on July 29, 2010

So, here are the “Unscramble the letters” answers:
reduce
earth
tree
reuse
compost
rain forest
deforestation
carbon footprint
eco friendly
preserve
recycled
environment
ecosystem
sustainability

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Unscramble the letters

Posted by Bob Zenith on July 28, 2010

Okay, so it has nothing to do with internet security, but you have to have some variety, right?
Unscramble the letters to reveal a hidden word or phrase about the environment.

CEDUER

RTHEA

ERTE

EEUSR

PCSTOOM

INAR OFSTRE

DNAOSRTIEOETF

RBCONA OTFNTOPRI

OEC DLRIYENF

ERPVESER

CYREEDCL

OTENENVIRNM

BIAITYSTSULINA

MOSYEECST

Can you get them all? Try not to cheat and use an internet word de-scrambler πŸ˜‰ I’ll post the answers tomorrow…

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Finding originating IP in an Email

Posted by Bob Zenith on July 28, 2010

Sometimes, when you receive an email, it may not be from whom it looks like…

Email can be spoofed!

Finding the originating IP Address is a sure-way to find out where the email actually came from:

In Gmail: View the email, then click the little drop-down arrow (next to the “reply” button on the far right) and select “Show Original”. What you now see is the email header (and down below, the body). In the header, look for an IP Address that is inside brackets: [] or ([ ]). If there is more than one IP address in brackets in the header, choose the one farthest down. Once found, that is the originating IP Address.

For other email clients, see this article

You can also use this neat tool to find the IP for you, until you get the hang of it yourself.

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KeyScrambler Personal

Posted by Bob Zenith on July 28, 2010

So, i found a new add-on for Firefox; it’s called KeyScrambler Personal. Here’s an excerpt about it:
How KeyScrambler Works:
When you type on your keyboard, the keys travel along a path within the operating system before it arrives at your browser. Keyloggers plant themselves along this path and observe and record your keystrokes. The collected information is then sent to the criminals who will use it to steal from you.

KeyScrambler defeats keyloggers by encrypting your keystrokes at the keyboard driver level, deep within the operating system. When the encrypted keystrokes reach your browser, KeyScrambler then decrypts them so you see exactly the keys you’ve typed. Keyloggers can only record the encrypted keys, which are completely indecipherable.

Unlike anti-virus and anti-spyware programs that depend on recognition to remove keyloggers that they know about, KeyScrambler will protect you from both known and unknown keyloggers. What’s more, KeyScrambler provides protection without getting in your way. You don’t have anything to learn about the program and you don’t have to do anything differently, but with KeyScrambler your important personal information will be a whole lot safer.
The add-on works with Windows 2000 (or later) and Firefox 1.5 – 3.7a3.

Download the Add-on
Download the Software

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Cookies

Posted by Bob Zenith on July 28, 2010

Yeah, I know, this blog stores cookies. Sadly, they are default (from WordPress), and I don’t think I can get rid of them. However, while I’m on the subject, I’ll say how you can configure your browser to disallow cookies: (*Note disabling cookies may cause problems with this blog and other websites)

Internet Explorer (8): Tools – Internet Options – Privacy (tab) – You can choose to either upgrade the setting for cookies (Medium level is the default), or click on “Advanced” and then choose cookie options. You can also allow or block cookies from a specific site if you click the “Sites” button.

Firefox (3.6.8): Tools – Options – Privacy (tab) – There you can set up rules for all cookies. You can also add exceptions for specific sites by clicking on the “exceptions” button.

Google Chrome: Tools – Options – Click the “Under the Bonnet” tab and locate the “Privacy” section, and click the “Content settings” button. Click the “Cookie settings” tab and choose your preferred settings.

Opera: Tools – Preferences (or press Alt+P to access them directly) – Click Privacy and select one of the available options.

I will also make a new page on this blog dedicated to cookies – Look for it soon πŸ™‚

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