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Ian M.

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6/4/11
I agree with the below comments. Its part of the CNET Community. I have downloaded many programs with no problems whatsoever. Highly recommended site.
6/4/11
Safe website! Great community, very supportive and encouraging.
6/10/12
I love this website! It lists hundreds of active competitions going in Australia. I started using this about a month ago and entered about 50+ competitions already. Most of the competitions are trustworthy. Just read the terms and conditions before entering. I also suggest that you create a separate email address for competitions as you will start receiving lots of unwanted emails.
9/24/11
Really cool tool to test how effective your browser is at blocking pop-ups! The site gives you an option to go through basic right to advanced tests that most browsers don't protect you against. Some tests they do are: basic pop-up, HREF-method pop-up allowing, Javascript and even flash tests.
9/24/11
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.

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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.
9/11/11
I like this forum because naturally, I'm a curious person. I'm open to learning new things about the world, or the afterlife. This forum is based on terrorism, paranormal events, government cover ups, conspiracies such as the New World Order and much more.

It is a very active community, with around 800 new threads each week. Customer Service is fine - they responded to my email within 48hrs and it addressed my concern on the response.

However - at a social level on the forum, many come across as very paranoid and make a post about something before they did research about it. However - I have managed to find some decent posts, and many being helpful.

Like the newspaper - this forum can be depressing. In other words - don't over use this site. Don't take all the information in a serious way. Half of the information that spreads through these forums are either false or someone being over dramatic.
9/6/11
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: http://fitsec.com/blog/index.php/2011/08/15/tool-release-a-banking-trojan-detection-tool/ (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.
Personas.media.mit.edu
8/22/11
What does the internet know about you? The Massachusetts Institute of Technology created a powerful and complex data mining search engine that will attempt to find traces of you online. All you have to do is put in your first and surname then run a search. However, like Google, the results won't come back 100% accurate unless you're the only person in the world with your name.
8/22/11
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 198.153.192.1 or 198.153.194.1.
8/3/11
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.
7/25/11
StartMenu7 is a wicked small piece of software that increases the appearance and improves the Start Menu navigation experience. It comes in two versions, one free and one paid, but are both overall pretty good. The one downside to it is that it will be a little slower than the regular Start Menu, but not by much.
7/12/11
Primadesk: Do you want to backup your cloud? Well sign onto this site and backup Yahoo, Facebook, Dropbox, Google and more. The site is safe and is trusted by both VeriSign & TRUSTe. The site supports AES-256bit encryption.
7/6/11
Site is safe, most downloads are OK. Norton at one stage did rate the site as bad, and said it contained malicious software. However - this is not the case now and Norton has given the green sign. Like all sites - there are security risks, thus I recommend exercising caution. Reading the reviews on each download before you install them might be a good first step.
7/5/11
The Free Software Foundations mission is to secure the future of individuals, schools and businesses around the world. This site provides many free programs that you can install. I haven't come across viruses, or any problems with the site or the downloads.
7/5/11
PayPal announced recently that it has over 100 million active accounts. It is well-designed and secure. It supports AES-256 bit Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption. It will also come up green in the URL bar showing the customer that it supports a very high level of encryption.

To confirm the identity of the page, make sure you type "https://www.paypal.com", then click the green bar and confirm it says "PayPal, Inc. Sane Jose, California, US".

PayPal is basically a digital wallet. PayPal believes that customers are giving up traditional payment methods such as cash and checks and turning to a more modern form of payment. In fact, PayPal believes that by 2015 digital currency will be accepted everywhere in the United States.
7/2/11
A game scientifically shown to make you smarter

I have given this game a go and found it really interesting. Might be something others might like to give a go. The quotes below are referenced to this page: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/brain-workshop-game-scientifically-shown-smarter/
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"Improve your working memory and fluid intelligence by playing a game. This isn't some vapid marketing claim; it's the result of various scientific tests.

"Brain Workshop, a free game you can install on Linux, Window and Mac machines, creates the exact circumstances of an activity shown in three different academic studies to improve one's short-term memory and problem solving skills.

"Fluid intelligence measures how people adapt to new situations and solve problems they've never seen before. Fluid intelligence differs from crystallized intelligence, which takes into account skills and knowledge that have been acquired — like vocabulary, grammar and math".
7/2/11
Real-time HTML Editor is another great source for programmers. Create your HTML code and see how it turns out real-time. It saves valuable time, it makes coding easier and brings out the best for your customers web-experience.
7/1/11
For the people that have friends on various IM networks, this is a great tool for you. Meebo.com puts all the big instant messenger networks into one site so that you can communicate to all your friends and family at once without the need to download several IMs onto your computer.

The best part about Meebo is that it encrypts all your messages, thus it cannot be read through transit. This is the only service to encrypt your messages other than Skype. Meebo.com supports AES-256 bit encryption. This is the strongest form of encryption possible. Its a good site overall.
6/28/11
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.
Google Apps Script Developer
6/28/11
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.

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