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Ian M.

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I should send my praise to this site and recommend it to others. I was using Norton Power Eraser and a file named "pxhelp20.sys" came up as unsafe. I almost went ahead and and removed it from my computer. However because it was in my system32 I wanted to exercise caution. I did a Google search and found this website which I found helpful. It stated that it was a needed program to start the computer up. Without this site (and a little brain of course!), I probably would have killed my computer. So highly recommended site.
I have being using Rainmeter for some time now and I have become a very satisfied customer. This website lets you install a program onto your computer and have the ability to customize your desktop. Its very flexible and not one thing you cannot change.
Its a really good website. Protecting an identity online can often be hard, but with this fake-name generator it will help you generate a fake name along with address, numbers, etc according to your gender and location. Rest assured, this website is RANDOMLY generated as stated in the Privacy Policy.
I give three stars because I found several bad reviews on the Macafee SiteAdvisor. However - I started using it recently and haven't run into any trouble yet. Fantastic CRM and does support SSL connection.
Official website for the Austrian national Computer Emergency Response Team, (CERT).

CERT manages IT-security in a national context. During a IT-security incident, Government Agencies must report and seek advice from this department. This site also offers tech news and downloads.

However as of 24-Sept-2011 I've discovered malicious software in one of the downloads. I would assume that this website was hacked and a virus implanted in the download. I have contacted the agency about the issue and it should be dealt with soon.

But all in all - this shows that no site is 100% safe. Even a Government website can be hacked without them knowing while it distributes malware to users.
StumbleUpon is OK. I agree with TN though. It's a complete mess and needs an improvement to the interface. The site also lacks speed and doesn't provide very accurate results. I find it annoying when I stumble, then about five minutes later I stumble upon the same site.

But StumbleUpon must be doing something right with over 1 billion Stumbles each month. What is even more interesting is that according to StatCounter, StumbleUpon made up 47.11 percent of all social traffic in the United States in July 2011.

I've always wondered how many viruses people have received from this site. It isn't like you're on Google where you can use Norton Safeweb, SiteJabber or WOT to check whether the site is safe. This is because you don't know what the next site is. I've had a few alerts from Norton when using this service - so please be careful. I recommend a computer scan after using their service.
Fitsec is a Finnish website based on information security and penetration testing. The reason why I'm doing a review is they have an excellent site, along with a really good download that I found in my feeds from Techworld that mentions a specific download.

The download link is here: (a blog post on their site).

This download is free and it checks your computer for "banking Trojans". It can detect the top five banking Trojan families: Zeus, SpyEye, Carberp, Gozi and Patcher. If they are active on the computer it will let you know through your command window. It will also let you know place to find free antivirus software.

Remember the site is in Finnish. The top right corner will give you the option to change the language into English.
This is yet another hilarious website. The SCP Foundation "To Secure, Contain, and Protect". The authors have written 999 SCP fantastic stories. It's all about using your imagination. Think about something that creeps you out, then write it. It's a tad like the movie called The Human Centipede - but in a story. Enjoy!
Norton DNS is rather interesting and a good idea. In addition to having an antivirus and anti-malware, using Norton DNS as an extra padding puts you almost at supreme protection. Just don't forget strong passwords when signing up for websites.

From Norton DNS (Malware Site Blocking):
- Automatically blocks known unsafe and infected websites you don't accidentally download online threats
- Blocks phishing websites created by cybercriminals to steal your identity and your money
- Gives you a comprehensive overview of threats found on each site

Web-content filtering (BETA):
- Lets you block Web sites that contain content that you think is inappropriate or dangerous.
- Offers over 45 different categories of content that you can choose to block.
- Includes all the features of malware site blocking.

There are two ways to set this up. Either install Norton DNS onto your computer (for the non-techies) and for those advanced users your DNS address needs to be set to or
This is an interesting website.
I did a Google Search on a homepage to replace iGoogle.
I wanted something with feeds, something that would let me customize settings and have many app's. Well this one won big time over iGoogle. Its fantastic, and a highly recommended site.
Do you want to learn a new language? Do you want to meet people in different cultures? This is a social network devoted specifically to languages. It really is a great community and its active.
In addition to changing our passwords often, we need to make sure that our passwords aren't stolen and published on the world wide web. Everyone must accept in the modern world, you have a risk of been hacked. Hacking is a fact of life - and even though we cannot prevent it entirely - we can reduce the risk.

An additional way to keep your account safe is to use this tool. It will check its databases to see whether your email and password has been published to the world. It won't scan every database, but it will scan the popular ones like the LulzSec and Anonymous hackers databases.

This site is trustworthy - it will not store your email address. Media organisations such as the New York Times, CBC News, ComputerWorld, and more have endorsed this site. Site is encrypted so no one can eavesdrop.

Site has approx. 1 million records on its database.
Do you like experimenting with computers? Do you often install programs from the internet that you're not sure is safe? Then I would like to recommend this.

This software installs a virtual Operating System (OS) within your computer. It is often used to experiment with new programs, or to learn how to set something up. For example - you have W7 and want to install TrueCrypt, but first you want to install it in a virtual OS to make sure you get it right before installing it on your actual computer. This prevents you from making mistakes on your actual computer - so its a really handy tool to have.
The site seemed interesting. It seemed to be a quick and easy way to manage all your favorite bookmarks in one page. However - not even 24hrs after, I've deleted my account. It isn't as good as it looks, unfortunately. Its hard searching for sites to add to the bookmarks bar and when you want to create your own bookmark, it takes ages.
Fotoflexer is a free photo editing tool. Even though it does have great, useful features, the negative outweighs the positive. The negative side is that editing photos on Fotoflexer takes forever. There is more loading than editing. It freezes every now and again, and sometimes crashes. Not really recommended for those who want to edit large amounts of photos, but maybe one or two every now and again would be OK.
I could not live without Sandboxie. I recommend this to anyone who uses the internet often. Running your browser in Sandboxie means that all malicious software downloaded by the browser is trapped in the sandbox. As soon as you close down the sandbox, the malicious software is completely gone.

Sandboxie also provides (quoted from site):

- Enhanced Privacy: Browsing history, cookies, and cached temporary files collected while Web browsing stay in the sandbox and don't leak into Windows.

- Secure E-mail: Viruses and other malicious software that might be hiding in your email can't break out of the sandbox and can't infect your real system.

- Windows Stays Lean: Prevent wear-and-tear in Windows by installing software into an isolated sandbox.
Drop-box is well-designed and an encrypted service. In total - anyone can add up to 8GB of free storage. This is large compared to most other services that offer free secure online storage. The biggest benefit about having online storage is that when your computer decides to retire, or you accidentally delete something, you have this backed up on a secure server. Just as simple as 1...2...3 to recover it!

BUT - here comes the down side. I recommend that no one store personally identifiable information with this service. This includes email addresses, phone numbers, street information or even your medical information. Basically anything you don't want the world to see, don't put on Drop-box. I say this because their recently was a depute over their privacy policy how they were promising more than they can deliver. Their privacy policy was in fact promising more then they could deliver. For example, it was said that when under investigation they unencrypted all your files. This means anyone in the world can see your unencrypted files and publicly release it. The last thing you want is your entire medical history posted over the internet. So - overall - my warning is not to trust this service with personal information. I would recommend VeriSign PIP for that sort of information.
I cannot begin to explain how much this site has helped me!
It may be old - and most things are outdated. However - the man who created this site is a genius. His encryption skills are amazing and still benefit many today. He has a program called Ultra High Security Password Generator with between 63 and 64 character passwords. I use his passwords with both Hushmail and TrueCrypt. The passwords are virtually uncrackable.
I hold much respect for TRUSTe. This organisation makes sure that websites who hold their seal provide their customers with a high level of privacy. This means websites who hold this seal can be trusted with your private details (e.g. email address). It can also be assured that when you download from their website they won't install spyware or malware.
I wouldn't search for your email address on this. It has no privacy policy, no Terms and Conditions and no way to contact anyone. I also found my own email on it - so not really impressed! Further to this - they are using the 'VeriSign secured" and the TRUSTe seal. From the looks of it - they are fraudulent.

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