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Monday, January 27, 2014

Must have Google Chrome Extension

It appears that certain Extensions for the Google Chrome browser have been bought by evil type hoodlams who have used the trusted Extension to foist adware, malware and tracking codes. on users.

This is a bad thing.

Using Google Chrome, go to the Chrome Web Store and install the (free) Extension Shield for Chrome.

This will offer a measure of protection for Chrome until the issue is addressed in a future version.

Posted by Matthew Carrick at 12:20.19 PM EST | Permanent Link

| Categories: Adware/Spyware, Google Chrome, Malware

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Gutenberg.org Integrates Dropbox

Project Gutenberg has added support for Dropbox. Now you can click an icon while visiting Gutenberg and the e-book will automagically appear in the Dropbox folder under /Apps. If you read your e-books in a variety of places (PC, laptop, tablet, smartphone or dedicated e-book reader) this can make your e-library another cloud syncing wonder.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Twitter Hack and Java

The recent hack of Twitter appears to have been accomplished via some Java exploit. The insecure nature of Java is well known and unless you specifically require Java your best practice is to uninstall it via the Control Panel under Windows. If you do require Java you need to uninstall the Java plugin for browsers. Check out 'ole Krebs on Security for the details.

If you keep Java set it to auto-update once a day. Handy, dandy screencaps illustrating the simple process are here.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Critical Internet Explorer Hole

Those still using Internet Explorer as their browser of choice are well advised to use an alternative such as Firefox, Chrome or Opera to avoid being a victim of the latest security problem. According to several sources a Microsoft FixIt patch will be issued ASAP to solve the issue - at that time you can apply the patch and go back to using Internet Exploder. An exhaustive exploration of the problem (and a partial fix) can be viewed at https://krebsonsecurity.com.

Posted by Matthew Carrick at 9:30.20 AM EDT | Permanent Link
Comment by Matthew - Wednesday 19th September 2012 08:44:13 PM

Damn, that was quick! Visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2757760 to apply the FixIt.
Comment by Byte me - Saturday 03rd November 2012 06:10:02 PM

I never met a hole I didn't think was critical.

| Categories: Alternative Apps, Best Practices, Google Chrome, Java, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Security Alerts

Saturday, April 02, 2011

BrowserCheck

This Firefox add-on, which also works with other browsers such as Opera, Chrome and IE8, checks your installed browser plugins for outdated versions and allows you to easily download the newer version.

This security plugin to be a mini-Secunia PSI that just checks your plugins such as Adobe Flash, Shockwave Player and Quicktime. A very useful tool to do what normally is a very annoying job.

It is here: https://browsercheck.qualys.com

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Internet Explorer 9 Filters ActiveX

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) allow for filtering of ActiveX controls. This should allow for much greater security from devious scripts. All you Windows XP users are out of luck as IE9 will not run on this Operating System (OS). Use Firefox, Opera or Chrome browsers for maximum security under Windows XP. If you run Windows 7 or (gasp) Windows Vista you can and should use IE9.