Security is one of the most significant considerations when owning any technology, as you can lose data and finance if not careful. You’ll find articles here that cover various apps and options, threats to browser and device security, and some tips.

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Check If Your DNS Is Vulnerable

Humans are not good with numbers. At least not many are. That's why the DNS, the Domain Name System, is in place. It translates the addresses that we enter in the browser […]

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Male or Female? Your Browser's History Might Tell

A website should not be able to read the the history of websites that a visitor to the site has visited previously in the web browser. An ingenious CSS hack and some […]

42 Kilobytes Unzipped Make 4.5 Petabytes

In 2001 reports about Zip Bombs or Zip of Death attacks made the round on the Internet and I thought it would be nice to write about one shiny harmless example of […]

Skype Backdoor Speculations

The well respected German website Heise Online has fueled speculations about a backdoor that is implemented in the Voice over IP software Skype. According to Heise the Austrian interior minister revealed at […]

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Protect PayPal Accounts With VeriSign Identity Protection Devices

I had a rather unpleasant experience with PayPal lately where someone transferred all the money from my account. PayPal was not very forthcoming and I do not know until today how this […]

Data Can Leak From Partially Encrypted Systems

A bunch of researchers, among them the famous Bruce Schneier, have discovered that features like Recent Documents list may reveal information about files on an encrypted partition even when used in conjunction […]

Gmail Has a Privacy Problem

You might have already read elsewhere that it is possible to reveal the real name of any Gmail user by sharing a calendar in Google Calendar with him. Let me explain how […]

Update on my PayPal Story

I noticed in the beginning of July that someone else transferred most of the money that had been in my PayPal account to an online hoster to buy six month access to […]


Gmail And Yahoo Mail Users Now Protected Against eBay And PayPal Phishing Mails

The award for the longest title ever could go to this one. But it's good news actually. Both Email services are "supporting email authentication standards including DomainKeys and DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) […]

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Overview of Online Virus Scanners

Scanning the computer from an online location provides several advantages over the classic local scan. The most prominent one is that the risk of a virus infection of the virus scanner is […]

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Tracking Gmail Account Usage

Google Mail introduced a new feature recently that can be helpful in finding out if someone else has or had access to your Gmail account. The function is a bit hidden in […]


Gernova Keylock

Gernova Keylock is a specialized software to detect keyloggers on a system. Keyloggers are used to log user input which includes urls that the user enters as well as usernames, passwords and […]

Are you running the latest browser version?

In a recently released research paper Stefan Frei, Thomas Dübendorfer, Gunter Ollmann and Martin May analyzed Google Search Engine logs between January 2007 and June 2008 to understand web browser security. The […]

Unauthorized Payment Done With My PayPal Account

I usually check my emails right after I wake up and received a PayPal email receipt this morning that told me that the amount of $480 was transferred from my account. I […]

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Haute Secure

The Internet can be a dangerous place. Especially for those users who do not care but simply use the computer. A click on the wrong website and the computer can be infected […]

You better stop using Internet Explorer for now

A security vulnerability came to light recently that affects Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7 and even Internet Explorer 8 that can be exploited to record keystrokes users even when that user […]

British Telecom Phorm report leaked

An internal British Telecom document was released two days ago on the Wikileak website that provides the results of British Telecom's validation of Phorm, also known as (aka 121Media) Deep Packet Inspection. […]

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New Information about latest Flash Vulnerability

A report about a new Flash vulnerability that affected the latest two versions of Adobe Flash was spreading like fire on the Internet yesterday. The Flash Vulnerability was used on specially prepared […]

Use Netflix Watch Now on more than 3 PCs

Each Netflix subscription gives users access to a small movie library that can be accessed instantly from up to three PCs. All subscription plans except for the cheapest one include unlimited hours […]

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Read 20 Digital Magazines for Free

Apple Iphone owners get more. They get free Wireless access at AT&T Hotspots, which no longer is that easy to defeat and now they also get to view free digital magazines of […]

AntiPhorm Software

One form of data mining is behavioral targeting which means that ads are served that fit into the surfing pattern of a user. Spending your time on teen forums will deliver advertisement […]

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Select a country for your proxy

Finally an innovative proxy website. Web Proxies are all alike, mostly. They use the same four of five proxy scripts that are available, may have a slightly different design and tend to […]

Spy Tech: I see what you write

Two new techniques to spy on computer users have been revealed these days by two independent scientific studies conducted at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and at Saarland University in Saarbrucken, […]

Protect your data when travelling to the US

I personally think this is outrageous. Border Agents in the United States can not only search your laptop, mobile phone or any other electronic device that you might be carrying while traveling […]

Microsoft Security Updates May 2008

Microsoft released four security updates for various applications and operating systems that they produce. Three of the four updates are regarded as critical while one has a moderate risk level. To break […]

Another Antivir free premium promotion

Polymath send in the tip that another Antivir promotion is available that gives users access to Antivir premium for 180 days free of charge. The promotion form is available in English and […]

Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor

The Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor (Cofee) is a USB thumb-drive developed by Microsoft that was distributed to more than 2000 law-enforcement officers in 15 countries including the United States, Germany, New […]

Microsoft updates two critical security patches

It feels like I'm updating my computer every day in the last weeks. Microsoft issued yet another two security patches for Internet Explorer and the .net framework that can be downloaded from […]

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F-Secure Health Check

Many companies are producing tools that scan the computer for security vulnerabilities. Some provide their functionality on a website while others are applications that have to be installed on the computer. F-Secure […]

PayPal to Block Unsafe Browsers

If you run an old version of a browser attacks on it are more likely to succeed I think we can all agree on that. Recent browser versions include fixes for security […]

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Windows Vulnerability Scanner

Windows is probably the operating system that is attacked the most, some say because it has the largest user base, some say because it is simply insecure. Whatever the reason may be, […]

Is Your ISP Injecting Ads on websites you visit?

Internet users have to cope with all kinds of things when they are online. Malware, security vulnerabilities, tracking, phishing, traffic shaping and some, as it seems (thanks Dante for the link), even […]

Avira AntiVir Personal 8

Avira AntiVir Personal 8 was released today and I thought it would be nice to write about this new release since AntiVir is one of the most popular free antivirus applications available. […]

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Test my PC Security

Is your computer secure? Is the firewall that you have installed working properly? Those questions are rather hard to answer even for users with lots of PC experience. Many users simply use […]

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Free Spyware Doctor 5.5 Starter Edition

The security tools developers seem to be in a race currently to throw free versions of their products on the market in an effort to increase market share and brand awareness. The […]

Avira AntiVir Rescue System

Users looking for rescue systems distributed on CDs or DVDs have really no shortage of finding one. The major problem that inexperienced users face is the same that they face when asked […]

German interior minister's fingerprint replicated

What's a good way of catching the attention of someone who is advocating the use of biometrics? German interior minister Wolfgang Schäuble is pushing biometrics and data collection in Germany all for […]

Hide Antivir Scans, Updates and Advertisement

You might remember that I'm not a huge fan of antivirus software and have none installed on my computer. While some call this foolish it does make sense for me. I did use Antivir for some time to check it out and see what it can do and think it is a fine piece of security software. What bothered me a lot were the update windows and daily scheduled scans that would pop up in inappropriate moments.

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Virus Total Uploader

Virus Total is one of the many services that let you upload files to their server which are then scanned for viruses and malware. One major advantage of Virus Total over a single antivirus solution installed on the user's pc is the fact that it uses almost every known antivirus engine to scan the files which could not be done on a single system because those applications would surely interfere with each other.

Real Player Internet Explorer vulnerability

Internet Explorer with an installed version of Real Player beware. A vulnerability has been discovered recently which could allow remote code execution. According to Zdnet users should either switch browsers for the […]



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