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Secunia is a great tool to make sure your computer is up-to-date and secure. I use PSI (Personal Software Inspector) and have found it to be great. It is hard to understand at first, but it really does give you a detailed report. If a program is out-of-date, it will provide you with a solution or installation link. Really does make updating your computer easier. Recommended product.


Not a bad blog. This is an unofficial Facebook blog that provides you with some insight as to what is happening in the world of Facebook. It also shows you the bigger picture (In example, how Facebook is changing society and how its changed the world of communication and media). Legitimate website, no viruses.


RSS Feed Search Engine is a fantastic tool. The best way to avoid spam is to be careful who you give your email address to. We often want to keep up-to-date with the latest news, or subscribe to a newsletter. Many will put in their email address without considering the risks.

Just because you believe a site is safe doesn't mean you should enter your email address into their mailing system. Why? Because hackers for instance could penetrate their security system and steal all email addresses, and worse sell them to marketers. With RSS Feeds, you don't have to worry about that.

This site makes finding RSS feeds easy. For example, type down "Google" or "Firefox" to subscribe.


What do you love is a recent Google initiative.
It works like Google search, but in a completely different way. Enter something you love, then you can get further information on it. For example, Firerfox will return the web ranking, books about FF and even how to pronounce Firefox in 57 different languages. Nothing too flash, but some may find some use out of this.


I have found this site to be very educational and a reliable source. In-fact, its probably more trustworthy than Wikipedia as professionals are the ones who edit hotstuffworks.com. So if you have a question about life, health, technology, science, etc. Then this site is worth looking at.


FileHippo.com is a fantastic source to get downloads from. All the programs on this site are 100% free and don't contain viruses, malicious software or spam. Don't even have to register! It even comes with a 'FileHippo Update Checker' which will check and inform you when they're updates available.


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.


This is the ideal website to see if your desired username is still available. All you have to do is write down your username, click "chk" and it will give you the results of which websites you can use your username on.


The Australian Communications Media Authority (ACMA) is the place to go to report digital crime in Australia. Complaints in regards to online content, spam, radio and even TV complaints can be made to the ACMA. The site is relatively easy to navigate and make reports. I have made several complaints through them and they dealt will all matters in a very short amount of time. Highly recommended.


I have been testing GMX e-mail over time, and have found it to be a positive experience. The e-mail supports SSL and for added protection, I recommend the Firefox extension HTTPS Everywhere.

GMX has 2GB free storage that works in a similar way to Dropbox. In addition to this, GMX has a built in antivirus scanner that will go through all your emails to make sure you're not harmed from malicious scripts. I am however giving this website three stars because after looking at their Facebook page, their was many complaints. For example, complaints of people losing accounts, or not being able to access them. But from my personal experience - it was positive.


The registration process is very detailed and takes time to set up an account. It asked me some very usual questions also. It required my full name, my address, an alternate email and a "secret question" e.g. what's your favorite colour? The registration doesn't support SSL either. This site could be used for identity fraud so I would warn members to keep away. Anyway - I signed up with completely fake details to see what's "behind the scenes" and I've seen much better. Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, Hushmail and even Facebook has its own email now.


MolestedCatholics.com is degrading to Christians and Catholics, the site is also defamatory, contains copyright protected material and posts personally identifiable information.


Skins! Skins! Skins! I am absolutely in-love with these! People often ask me why I wear Skins and are puzzled as to how clothing can benefit an athlete. But to be frank, I could have not purchased a better brand. In winter - they keep me warm. In summer, they cool my body down. Skins declined the significant pain I used to endure in my legs.

Even though they may cost a fair amount - they are well worth it. I even contacted the customer service, had a response within a couple hours and he answered my questions well. I will, however, mention two downsides. The logo's on the Skins fall off within a couple months. I also was told that swimming, or getting your Skins wet will reduce the UV protection that the clothing offers. From memory its a 20-30% decrease.

Overall - very satisfied customer.


I recommend no one registers with Australia Survey Panel. I consistently get spammed and spammed and spammed from this site. I have attempted to remove my email address, however had no success. WOT has also given it a poor rating.


This site is an initiative by the Federal Trade Commission, as stated below. It's goal is to teach and promote online safety. For example, OnGuardOnline.gov has a large database of resources to protect you from scams and how to prevent viruses and malware. But that's not it. Social networking and identity fraud are also big in today's world, so this has also been covered on the website.


The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is endorsed through many media sources, along with various businesses. The Electronic Frontier Foundation supports and advocates freedom of speech and privacy through the network world. The site states "when our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is the first line of defense". I could not say it better - they are the heroes of the internet world.


TosBack.org puts some big, well-known websites privacy policies into one central location. Do you want to keep up-to-date with over 50 website policies? Some are, but not limited to Facebook, Amazon, Paypal, eBay and the white house website. It really is a good site. I suggest subscribing to the RSS feeds.


"Is your browser configuration rare or unique? If so, web sites may be able to track you, even if you limit or disable cookies". Basically, Panopticlick tests your browser to see how traceable your browser really is. Give it a shot! I found the results interesting.


I have been trying to find a more private and secure engine to Google Search for some time now. What I find worrying is the fact that Google traces all your moves, logs your computer details, your IP address, you location and so much more! I then came across Google SSL, more secure against outside tracking, but still doesn't stop Google from tracking you.

I then found https://www.ixquick.com, which has a great engine. It comes with SSL and doesn't even log your IP address or your search terms. But then - the problem with Ixquick.com is that it doesn't turn up very relevant search results. Its now about a month later and I have found the best one yet. DuckDuckGo! It supports both HTTP and HTTPS which is good. It also doesn't log your search terms or even your IP address.

I compared Google's search results on my name to DuckDuckGo search results. Funnily enough, I found DuckDuckGo to come up more relevant than Google. I managed to find some old profiles and some press releases that I never thought were published on the net!

This isn't all though. The SSL version located here: https://duckduckgo.com/ has a Firefox addon called "HTTPS Everywhere". Thus, when entering sites like Facebook, Wikipedia, etc that support HTTPS connection, you can click to enter SSL mode. Finally - DuckDuckGo.com also works with the TOR Network. You can run this search engine through their proxy to get ultimate privacy.


So I came across this SSN Registry website, thinking I was going to have to write a -beware- report on SiteJabber. However - the website doesn't actually ask for your SSN, but rather asks for your name and location then gives you a picture that will make you laugh. Nothing to worry about. Totally safe.

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