Archive for July, 2011

Better Privacy Firefox add-on v1.65

July 31, 2011

Released 29-July 2011

BetterPrivacy is a Firefox add-on that is able to delete a special kind of cookies: Local Shared Objects in short LSO’s (usually known as Flash-cookies) are placed on your computer by a Flash plug-in.

Why are LSO’s harmful?

* they are never expiring – staying on your computer for an unlimited time
* by default they offer a storage of 100 KB (compare: Usual cookies 4 KB)
* browsers are not fully aware of LSOs, LSO’s often cannot be displayed or managed by browsers
* via Flash they can access and store highly specific personal and technical information (system, user name, …)
* ability to send the stored information to the appropriate server, without user’s permission
* Flash applications do not need to be visible to the user
* there is no easy way to tell which LSO sites are tracking you
* shared folders allow cross-browser tracking, all browsers use the same LSO folder
* the company doesn’t provide a user-friendly way to manage LSO’s, in fact it’s incredible cumbersome
* many domains and tracking companies make extensive use of LSOs
* LSOs are used to re-create data of deleted traditional cookies

Since Flash is a separate application, running on your system (not under the hood of Firefox) , there is technically no way to prevent it from storing those LSO’s on your disk. However they can be deleted at any time but unfortunately most browsers are unable to display or manage LSO’s. BetterPrivacy can help here and offers capabilities to list and manage stored LSO’s, up to full automatic cleaning, while allowing to define LSO-removal exclusion rules.

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How to stop a virus, or spyware in its tracks!

July 13, 2011

Consider this scenario:

You’re browsing the net and all of the sudden an alert pops up on the screen stating that you are infected by viruses!  Most people try to close the infected notice as they would a regular program, or they reboot the computer, both of these efforts will install the virus, or spyware.

Do the following:


It does not matter what version of Windows you are running, by holding down “CNTRL, ALT”, and pressing the “Delete” button, a menu will pop up.  Select the “Task Manager”, and then select “Applications”.  Under “Applications” select “Windows Internet Explorer”, and then select “End Task”. There may be more than one incident of “Windows Internet Explorer”, so make sure you “End Task” for each incident.  This should stop the virus/spyware before it gets installed on your computer.

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The Mac has its’ own Task Manager but it goes by another name: “Activity Monitor”.  Activity Monitor functions in a very similar way to how Task Manager does in Windows, letting you manage and end tasks, applications, and processes easily within Mac OS X.