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New Look

Posted by Bob Zenith on November 17, 2010

Well, I’ve been messing around with PC-SOS’s source code (or as much of it as I have access to…) in order to try to get it to validate, and it appears I have changed something major, because the blog has a totally new look! So, until I can undo what I did (which might take awhile, because I have no idea what I changed…), this will be the blog’s [temporary] new look.

I’ll update when I get it reverted back to its original theme.

/Update: Fixed the error; the blog is back to normal 🙂

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Now on Twitter

Posted by Bob Zenith on October 10, 2010

Well folks, PC-SOS is now on Twitter.

So far, my feelings with Twitter have been mixed, at best.

1. As part of the registration, I was asked to choose my email provider (Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, or Linkedin) in order to “securely connect” to my address book. Uh, I’m not sure about everyone else, but I sure don’t want Twitter going through my address book to see if anyone in there has a twitter account.

2. About 2 minutes after I registered, I noticed that I already had 2 followers. I think, ‘huh?’ – no one even knows I have this account! Then, I check the users:

ehJocely8l996
Arabella Gorman
hello and welcome! just looking for cute guys haha

AdellRowe255
AdellRowe
hello and welcome! just looking for cute guys haha

Oh. Now I understand; I already have spammers following me, and I’ve only had an account for a few minutes. Luckily, Twitter offers the option to block accounts from following you, so I blocked them both and reported them as spam. IMO, you should have to approve ‘followers’ before they are allowed to follow you, in order to combat spam.

3. I also hate that bar on all Twitter pages that says “Psst… the new version of Twitter is here. Try it now!” – that bar stays on the top of the window, even if you scroll down – there’s no “x” or “close”; very annoying. Twitter veterans, anyway to get rid of that?

4. 120 Character limit – I see there’s a 120 character limit for tweets. Argh, I suppose I’ll have to use URL shorteners *shudder*. I detest URL shorteners in all forms – they mask the URL, therefore you have no idea what site you’re going to. Pf course, you can extract the real URL with services such as URL Void, but that takes time. Therefore, I will be shortening my links not with bit.ly, TinyURL, or any other common service. I will be using http://saf.li/ – it scans all shortened URLs with BitDefender antivirus (not top-notch, but will have to do…)

Well, I’m still playing around with Twitter, but expect my first Tweet soon!

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New Collection, New Resource

Posted by Bob Zenith on September 24, 2010

I’ve finally created a collection of add-ons for Firefox, something that I have been meaning to do for some time. (The collection focuses on security and privacy, as well as tools for analyzing suspicious websites.) Take a peek, you probably use most of them, but there might be one or two that are new to you. If you think of any more, I’d love to hear about them!

Also, I have added a new website reputation tool to the Useful links page, Anubis. The tool allows you to send in an EXE file for examination (like Virus Total) (max size: 8 MB) and / or analyze a URL.

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Privacy Policy updated

Posted by Bob Zenith on September 11, 2010

…Well, not really “updated”. I just added the Cookies page into the Privacy Policy, which was far overdue. Nothing else has changed.

In other news, PC-SOS is looking for guest authors!
If you are interested in becoming an author of the blog, (this would involve posting about current internet security news – as little or as often as you like) please contact me.

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SiteMeter

Posted by Bob Zenith on September 8, 2010

Several users have requested that I remove SiteMeter from this blog (not sure why they couldn’t have voted in the poll… grr…)

I’m not sure what the big deal is – you can easily block any information being sent to SiteMeter by using RequestPolicy Add-on (for Firefox) and block the destination “sitemeter.com”; or by visiting via Tor or some other proxy server.

However, my #1 goal of this site is to be completely transparent about privacy, as well as to respect users’ privacy. If visitors aren’t happy, then I’m not happy.

Thus, I am removing SiteMeter from my blog.

This still leaves the default WordPress Stats on the website; -Sorry, I cant get rid of it 😦    – But don’t worry, it is much less detailed than SiteMeter. It only includes the number of visits, the referrer (if applicable), and any links you click on. Your IP Address is not shown, nor is your OS or browser, or your location.

Thank you for your continued support.

BTW, feel free to contact me at any time with any more suggestions or improvement ideas.

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Cookies page updated

Posted by Bob Zenith on August 18, 2010

My most important goal of this blog is to be transparent about users’ privacy, which is why I have created both a privacy policy and a separate page dedicated to cookies, web bugs, and LSOs.

Recently, I have updated the Cookies page, adjusting formatting and grammar, as well as adding more information relevant to web bugs and cookies; this includes linking to web bugs’ privacy policies and opt-out links (when applicable).

If you have any ideas on how the privacy policy or cookie page can be developed further, please feel free to contact me.
Example: I don’t use Safari, so I don’t know how to disable / control cookies; if anyone uses it, the information would be greatly appreciated.

Note: some of you meticulous visitors may have noticed the “Site Meter” badge on the right sidebar. I have not included this in the blog’s privacy policy, as I am still testing its capabilities, and I’m not sure if I will keep it. If I do decide to keep it, I will add it to the Privacy Policy.
(If anyone is curious, you can view the blog’s Site Meter stats)

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