Have you ever had your web browser hijacked? You open your browser and ZAP! Suddenly you are at some loser site that you did NOT have set as your Home Page! Then, you set your Home Page back to your normal one, only to find the next time that you open your browser again… ZAP! You have been hijacked, all right!
Well, there are steps that you can take to solve this problem, and this article lays them out pretty well:
Prevent Browser Hijacking
I especially like his first step… don’t use Internet Explorer. There ya go!
“404 pages” are the pages that you get if you go to the wrong page on a website. Most are BORING! But this site has a cool 404 page:
Click here for a cool 404
My 404 page is not super boring… but it isn’t that cool… but, in the interest of full disclosure, here’s the Dr. Bill Bailey.NET 404 page:
Click here for MY 404
Steve Gibson, of GRC Software, author of Spinrite and security maven, claimed on his “Security Now!” Podcast to have found that the WMF exploit was no accident, but rather was a true “back door” into Windows, put there by the Evil Empire themselves! Whoa! Talk about inviting the death squads to show up! Microsoft is already denying the report (of course,) though it does sound like something they might do…. in my humble opinion. Check out M$’s denial here:
Microsoft Disputes WMF Backdoor Claim
Watch your back, Steve! Meanwhile, we will see what his further research reveals… more as it happens!
It seems that the new version of Skype (2.0) is winning over some of it’s critics. I, myself, had been an early user of Skype, and had moved over to the Gizmo Project… maybe I will have to try Skype again. It is free, after all!
Skype V2.0 Wins Over Critics
“Skype 2.0 became available for the general public earlier this week. Improvements from earlier Skype releases include free video calling and the ability to sort contacts into groups like colleagues, friends and family. There’s also mood messages that let fellow Skypers ‘know where you are and how you’re feeling,’ the company said.
Apparently, Skype’s listened to the feedback, some of it pretty nasty. The test version gave rise to a number of complaints ranging from a misfiring voice mail feature to the rather curious choice for the alerts to incoming calls, known as ring tones.
‘I tried an early 2.0 beta last month and didn’t like it at all. But I’ve been running the latest build for the past few days and it is just great, no negative issues with it,’ writes blogger and Skype watcher Neville Hobson.”
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Cool Video in your Browser!, Upgrading WordPress to 2.0, Microsoft tries to spread “FUD” (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) about Linux… again!, Creative tries to redefine the word “Podcast”, MySQL gets US General Services Administration approval!, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols’ article on the Microsoft “FUD” campaign, way to go, Steven!, Symantec uses rootkit tech in it’s software, oopsy, they are going to get raked over the coals like Sony! The Podcast was early because I am traveling this weekend!
Microsoft has won another one. They patented the FAT file system (File Allocation Table), which is actually old anyway, but now a challenge to the patent, that looked promising, has been rejected.
USPTO Upholds Patent for FAT
“On Tuesday, the USPTO announced its decision to uphold the patents, and now coders and users in the free and open source software community, as well as the makers of a wide array of flash storage-based electronic devices, are wondering just how big of a bind they’re in.”
So, will Uncle Bill demand some money from you for using your thumbdrive? We’ll have to see!
First Sony, now Symantec! Yeeesh, guys! What’s with setting up security holes in our Windows systems? They are unsecure enough as it is!
Symantec Found Using Rootkit Feature
I, personally, have never liked Symantec. For instance, Norton Antivirus is about as hard to remove from your system as a virus, itself! But this is a new low!
“The Norton Protected Recycle Bin feature adds a directory called NProtect, which stores temporary copies of files that users delete. The idea was to supplement the standard Windows Recycle Bin and enable users to recover files they removed accidentally.
However, hiding a directory from Windows can open the door to vulnerabilities, as the Sony DRM rootkit debacle exposed. Malware authors were able to write viruses and worms that hid in the cloaked directory, effectively preventing scanning software from discovering their existence on a PC.
Symantec notes that on-demand scanners, including Norton AntiVirus, would discover the malware when it is loaded it memory. Still, the company isn’t taking any chances after Sony’s PR disaster and has issued an update to make the NProtect directory visible in the Recycle Bin.”
I simply can not improve on this article by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols as a follow-up to Microsoft trying to claim to be better at running on legacy hardware than Linux!
Linux-Watch Article on Legacy Issue
“Here’s the bottom line: no matter what Microsoft may claim, if you want to get the most from an older system, there’s a Linux distribution out there for you. Suggesting that Windows XP or Server 2003 is a reasonable alternative is simply a bad joke.”
The “workhorse” Open Source database MySQL got the “thumbs up” from the U.S. General Services Administration.
MySQL Wins Goverment Support!
“As it is, MySQL already hums under thousands of federal, state and local government entities, including Los Alamos National Labs, the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA and the Department of Defense.
With the GSA contract, GS-35F-0131R Schedule 70, government customers will be able to purchase and deploy MySQL through Carahsoft Technology Corp. The GSA schedule is effective Dec. 20, 2005 through Nov. 19, 2009.
The win comes at a time when governments are increasingly turning to open source, much to the chagrin of Microsoft Corp. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, for one, has set a deadline of Aug. 31 for storing all executive branch documents in OpenDocument Format.”
Apple iPod rival Creative isn’t so happy that the word “Podcast” is perceived to be a combination of “iPod” and “Broadcast.” So, it decided, in a “post”-emptive strike, to redifine the word to mean “Personal On Demand Broadcast.” OK. I must say, I do, personally, have a Creative Muvo and NOT an Apple iPod… but come on, guys! Let’s “take it on the chin”… OK?
Creative Redefines “Podcast”
“The change comes alongside the launch of ZENcast, the company’s beta application for downloading video blogs and podcasts. ‘Podcasts, short for Personal On Demand broadCast, are audio files you can download into any MP3 player or computer. These audio files are broadcasted over the Internet automatically to subscribers of specific podcast channels,’ Creative says.”