Archive for the ‘Websites’ Category

Can You Really Expect Privacy on the Internet?

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

There are several ways to keep track of you when you visit a website. One is through your IP address. It’s a start, but IP addresses change, especially when you go mobile. Cookies can be given to you by the website, which lets them know, when you return to the webpage, that you are the person that accepted the cookie. Deleting cookies is pretty common and seems to be easy, but unfortunately it is not. Now there is the evercookie , created by a man named Samy Kamkar, that consists of storing cookie data in up to 13 different ways on your computer, allowing each and every one to recreate the others, if you should delete them.  Information can be found at http://samy.pl/evercookie/ .

What if you could delete each and every cookie, or perhaps run a bootable disk on a computer that never stored any types of cookies? That would help, but there are ways to identify you anyway. The Electronic Frontier Foundation ( EFF ) investigated to what degree your web browser can be used to finger your computer using version and configuration information they received when requested. They performed a test at the website http://panopticlick.eff.org/ at the beginning of this year, for about 6 months , then released their findings in a paper at http://panopticlick.eff.org/browser-uniqueness.pdf .

Using Firefox as my browser, I was deemed a unique fingerprint of the 1,187,134 visitors they have had. Using Internet Explorer, one in 593,567 browsers, which tells me there was one other one out there, with same characteristics tested, as my own, out of 1,187,134.

The issue isn’t a new one:  CNET News had an article titled “Device identification in online banking is privacy threat, expert says “
Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10226742-83.html#ixzz10gBUcpg8

There are claims of this type of technology being used by a company called 41st Parameter with their product they call DeviceInsight  at http://www.the41st.com/land/DeviceID.asp

41st Parameter technology is being used by 120 large e-commerce companies, including the top five banks in the U.S., USAirways and Continental Airline,  according to the Cnet News article of April 2009, available to read at  http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10226742-83.html#ixzz10gCyPo8H.

Ciao for now!!!!

Another Malware Removal Tool

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

  I recently cleaned up an infection on a computer and I owe the success in part to this program called Hitman Pro. Hitman Pro calls itself  “True Cloud Computing Anti-malware” and I can say for certain that it definitely helped clean up the infected computer I was trying to clean. As with all antivirus/anti-spyware software, it may not catch all infections. But it is definitely another tool to use, and it doesn’t hurt to try the free version and see if it finds anything your current antivirus has missed. Check it out at http://www.surfright.nl/en/hitmanpro .

     Ciao for now!!!!!

Keep A Set of Up-To-Date Apps

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Long delay between posts, thanks to the great weather we’ve been having in Central New York, but on with the show.  I have had some time to try out Ketarin, which you can get at http://ketarin.canneverbe.com/ . For what I use it for, it works great. I have selected some apps I frequently put on customers machines, and Ketarin makes sure I have the latest version, whenever I run it. As their website says “Keep your setup packages up-to-date…” . Check it out, it’s great, just as Ninite was on the web. Similar but different.

Speaking of Ninite, I found another useful site similar to Ninite.com at http://freenew.net/ . It’s very similar to Ninite, but I haven’t done an actual side-by-side comparison. Select the apps you want, and download & install them in one package. It’s called FreeApp and looks good.

Ciao for now!!!!!

Install Multiple Apps at Once!!

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

This Website is awesome for grabbing a bunch of free apps you want to install on a fresh windows install, or on a new PC. Just go to the website, click a few checkboxes for the apps you want, click a button, run the download and your apps are all installed. Anyone who hasn’t tried it, has got to give it a whirl. Check it out at http://www.ninite.com.

Ciao for now!!!!!

Prevent USB Drive Infections!!

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Some infected computers are capable of infecting your USB flash drive merely from inserting the drive into a usb port on the PC. Panda has a little program that can prevent this by preventing autorun from running on the drive, no matter what Windows computer you put it in. It’s called Panda USB Vaccine and you can check it out at http://research.pandasecurity.com/panda-usb-and-autorun-vaccine/ .  I have done it to my own flash drives and I like what this does.

Ciao for now!!!!

Fix Dead Pixels in Your Monitor

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Two programs to check out today. One just tests LCD monitors for bad pixels. You can use it on a new LCD monitor to easily detect a bad pixel. It’s called InjuredPixels and you can get it at http://injuredpixels.codeplex.com/.  The next program actually attempts to free up a frozen/dead pixel. It’s called JScreenFix. If you find a bad pixel on an LCD monitor or TV, it can’t hurt to give it a try. Check it out at http://www.jscreenfix.com/ .

Ciao for now!!!!!

Bandwidth Monitor ( and more…)

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

This tool I found does a great little job of checking the bandwidthusage of your computer. They claimto be an “easy to use TCP/IP protocol monitor which can be used to see your exact throughput on both incoming and outgoing data”, and ” lets you see how quickly your data goes from your computer to another computer on the internet, tell you how many other computers your data must go through to get there, and also graphs your CPU usage of your system! This can be especially useful in identifying if your computer is what’s slowing things down, or if it’s your internet connection.”  All in all, a useful little tool you should check out. Get it at http://www.analogx.com/contents/download/network/nsl.htm .

Ciao for now!!!!!

Look In My PC!!!

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Here’s a program that falls into the System Information category. It’s called LookInMyPC and it is supposed to generate a complete, comprehensive system profile that includes information on all installed hardware and software. It’s free for both Personal use  and Business use.  Check it out at http://www.lookinmypc.com/ .

Ciao for now!!!!!

Control Panel for Startup Programs.

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Simply called “Startup Control Panel” , this program allows you to easily configure which programs run when your computer starts. An easy way to boost your bootup speed, as well as overall PC speed. Get it at http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml .

Ciao for now!!!!!

Free SCP, FTP and SFTP Client.

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

I have used filezilla for all of my ftp needs, and probably will continue to do so. But I love having options, and so I have added this to my toolbox of FTP solutions. It’s called WinSCP and you can find it at  http://winscp.net/eng/index.php .

Ciao for now!!!!!