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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.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Opera 12.12 Released

The latest version of Opera Browser is available for download. Secure, very fast and with the ability to sync across devices this browser is truly excellent. Do yourself a favour and try it - especially on your mobile device where the excellent turbo feature saves time and money (through reduced data charges).

Posted by Matthew Carrick at 12:25.20 PM EST | Permanent Link

| Categories: Alternative Apps, Mobile, Opera

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


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.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

IE Exploit for Xmas!

Microsoft's Internet Explorer is the target of a new zero day attack.
Best Practice? If you're using IE, stop.
If you must use IE then perhaps Sandbox it with Sandboxie.
Why not try Firefox (with the awesome No-Script Add-on) or Opera instead?
Safer, Better and hip . . . like the kids say.
Posted by Matthew Carrick at 10:26.44 PM EST | Permanent Link
Comment by Matthew - Wednesday 05th January 2011 08:29:54 PM

Bill has posted a 'Fix it' for this annoyance here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2490606

| Categories: Adware/Spyware, Best Practices, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Privacy Issues, Security Alerts, Viruses-Trojans-Worms

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Critical Opera flaw - patch NOW!

If you use Opera and do not automagically update your installation you a) should ;) and b) need to manually update NOW to fix a gigantic security hole. After the update you better be running version 10.53 to be safe.


Check for Updates  

Checking for Updates  

You are using the latest version  

Posted by Matthew Carrick at 11:42.47 AM EDT | Permanent Link
Edited on: Saturday, May 22, 2010 8:01.07 PM EDT

| Categories: Alternative Apps, Opera, Security Alerts

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

German Gov't Warns About Firefox

First they warned about IE. Now the German authorities are warning users to beware of a Firefox exploit that will only be fixed with the release of version 3.6.2 towards the end of this month. Details from the Beeb here. Time to use Opera!

Posted by Matthew Carrick at 5:06.21 AM EDT | Permanent Link

| Categories: Alternative Apps, Mozilla Firefox, Opera

Friday, March 05, 2010

Opera 10.50 Released

You know it, you love it. More likely you have never heard of it. It's an Internet browser and does the same thing as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari except Opera renders it faster. It's also very safe and customizable. Download it here: http://www.opera.com/browser/download/, install it and give it a try.

Posted by Matthew Carrick at 12:53.22 PM EST | Permanent Link

| Categories: Alternative Apps, Opera

Monday, November 03, 2008

Opera 9.62 released

The latest version of the safest browser around has been released. You are advised to download and install to patch two security holes that could be used for, among other things, cross-scripting attacks. It is available here: http://www.opera.com/download/
Posted by Matthew Carrick at 10:35.37 AM EST | Permanent Link

| Categories: Alternative Apps, Best Practices, Opera

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Opera Upgraded to 9.60

Time time to visit http://www.opera.com and download the latest and greatest version 9.60 of the most secure browser.
Posted by Matthew Carrick at 6:11.38 PM EDT | Permanent Link

| Categories: Alternative Apps, Best Practices, Opera