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Problems With GoDaddy Hosting

It looks like there may be some very significant problems with GoDaddy website hosting. If you are using them you may want to read this.

Hosting With GoDaddy? Might Want To Rethink That Decision

Good Free Software For Almost Anything

I have been using NoNags for almost 15 years now and I have never been disappointed in one of their recommendations.

and

Everything is free!

http://www.nonags.com/

Be Alerted Any Changes To Your Website

I recently helped get rid of some malware from a site. Bad stuff was inserted into every page.

In addition to the crap in the site’s 16 pages there were over five thousand extra pages with malware. Apparently it was there for quite a while.

We deleted the bad stuff and secured the site and when I was done the owner asked me how to know if this kind of thing ever happens again. Coincidentally Google has just come out with a free service to help. Follow changes to any website is a very cool service that notifies you when a website page changes. Not just a blog, but any page.

Everyone with a website should check this out.

Follow changes to any website

More Things That I Like

I recently wrote a post called New Year’s Recommendations
Here are a few more of my favorites.

I like The GIMP
It’s a great photo editor with many more features than I’ll ever use.
As good as any professional program, it works on almost any machine and it’s free. How cool is that?

Irfanview is not open source, but still freeware and I have been using it for years. It’s a viewer, not an editor, and plays almost any picture or music file and is still my favorite program for sideshows on my computer.

Even with Windows 7 I use the ZoneAlarm firewall for my computer. There are other products they sell, but their free firewall is still the best one out there. Many products like this will only monitor traffic in one direction, not both ways and some require you to tell them what not to allow. ZoneAlarm monitors traffic both up and down and only allows what you permit. You can allow programs access on a one time or all the time basis. This is especially important because so many things out there you don’t know are threats and many more that haven’t been invented yet.

In Honor Of 9-11

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In honor of everyone who was affected by the 9-11 disaster, I’m linking to this post called Refuse to be Terrorized by Bruce Schneier from August 24, 2006. I encourage everyone to read it (again).

Wireless Data Theives Are Everywhere

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At my vacation house this year the owner provided a free wireless internet connection that anyone in our house (and probably a few surrounding houses) could use while they were staying there.

I mentioned to my niece who also brought her laptop along that it was possible (but not likely where we were) when using an unencrypted network that someone else could be intercepting and reading anything that she sent out over the network. She’s young and didn’t realize such things were even possible, but even for someone who knows it’s pretty easy to take security for granted, especially when you’re on vacation.

Today I read on Fox news that there are many shady folks setting up free open wireless networks at vacation spots like hotels, airports and many others just to “listen in” and steal your valuable personal information.

If you have a network yourself, you know that you can name it anything you want, so criminals are picking names to look like they are a legitimate service provided by someone that you trust. Since the bad guys control the network it makes it even easier for them to see everything that you send and receive. Worse yet it’s possible for them to get into your machine.

My advice to anyone using an open network connection on their computer or phone is to use a good firewall and to always assume that someone is listening in. Don’t give them anything to steal. While I was away I did have a few important errands that required a secure connection and for those few times I turned the Wi-Fi off on my phone and used the phone’s much more secure network.

Read more about this and pick up some more good security tips on the Fox News site

Wireless Cybercriminals Target Clueless Vacationers

Twitter Is A New Hotbed For Spammers

Filed under: Information,security

Because Twitter is almost all public pages, as opposed to sites like facebook being mostly private pages hid behind your user id and password, most anyone can read your tweets.

Spammers who are always looking for new and inovative ways to harvest their “victims” have realized this and are now picking up a huge number of new email addresses to send their crap to.

It’s easy enough for anyone to do by simply searching for things like “gmail.com”, “hotmail.com” or just “email me at” and you can see for yourself just how many email addresses appear. I’m quite sure this process has been automated by now to speed up the process.

So if you care about not putting your email address on spammers lists you should post your email address (or others) in any of your tweets.

Read Twitter Alert: Be Careful With Your Email

You May Be A Spammer And Not Even Know It

Filed under: Information,security

Got quite a few bounced emails today from some spammer who is forging my domain name on their crap. I’m guessing it’s probably someone who got my email address from one of my Craigslist replies. What a pain in the butt!

All of the IP addresses on the bounces seem to be from somewhere in Turkey.
Received: from dsl88-233-63245.ttnet.net.tr (dsl88-233-63245.ttnet.net.tr [88.233.247.13]
Warning: Sending machine is listed in pbl.spamhaus.org

They keep changing the from names (all ending in Lillicotch.com) so it may be forged as well, but I’m wondering if they are stupid enough to use their real IP. I wrote to the ISP in case this was the real address. I hope it is and that they are strict about this kind of thing in Turkey.

The worst part is that I’m only seeing the bounces. This jerk is sending thousands (millions?) of these and many recipients will assume it’s me sending them just because they appear to come from Lillicotch.com. If I didn’t have a catchall email address I wouldn’t have even seen them, but there’s not much else that I can do.

Added 1:40PM – Stopped for a while and now the new ones are from
dsl88-233-63245.ttnet.net.tr (dsl88-233-62179.ttnet.net.tr [88.233.242.227]

Adobe Needs Better Security

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Last week Adobe announced that there was a serious security flaw in it almost universally used Reader and Acrobat software. Their recommendation is to turn off JavaScript in the program. I didn’t even know that Acrobat could run JavaScript and I tried to think of one reason that it would need to have it for me and I couldn’t think of any. Who needs JavaScript in a PDF? I’m sure there a few cases, but I’ll bet not many.

I found where it was and turned it off and now anytime I close a PDF I get an annoying error message that says I have JavaScript turned off and that my documents may not behave correctly and that I should turn it on. Not once has a document that I’ve used not worked correctly.

With Acrobat, Flash and all of their other very popular software Adobe is going to find itself a bigger and bigger target of these scum. I don’t think they have ever had to think about security like this before, but they will now.

Hey Adobe, here’s a start, turn off JavaScript by default. Why have something turned on automatically that can be a huge security hole if it’s not used much? When it’s (rarely) needed make it easily (and temporarily by default) turned on.

Adobe confirms new flaw, recommends turning off JavaScript

Do Cameras Prevent Crimes?

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It’s finally going to happen. As I wrote in my post Pittsburgh Happenings – The ‘Burgh Sees All, Pittsburgh PA is going to install cameras everywhere.

The manufacturers claim that they help solve and prevent crimes. Well, of course they say they do, they’d be foolish to say anything else, they want to sell these systems, but prevent crimes? I’m not so sure. I am sure that as in the past whenever something good comes from this the cameras will get the credit even if it was just traditional investigation that got the job done.

“You can zoom three blocks away and read a business card or a license plate,” said Darrin Lipscomb, president of Avrio Group, a Maryland firm that won a competition to be the city’s surveillance camera vendor. “We’re going to have very sophisticated viewing stations that will allow any number of people to view these cameras in any number of ways.”

I want to know who is watching the watchers? and what is going to happen to the data? Even though the City assures me the data will go away I know that these days data never truly goes away. It’s much too easy and cheap to save, store and move around.

I keep reading that crime has gone down (but it’s too early to tell for sure). The studies that I have seen haven’t shown any real drop, the crime just moves to where the cameras aren’t. In the end I think that this money would be better spent on something that will really make me more secure everyday, like more detectives or fixing the potholes and making the roads that I drive every day safer.

City to go high-tech with security cameras soon

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