Category Archives: IMO it is cool..

ID Vault – a hardware security for online transactions. Vista will be supported.

My fellow admin Hardhead (blog: at Calendar of Updates received a Christmas present from his mom.  It’s ID Vault by GuardID ( 

He shared some thoughts and screenshots on how ID Vault works.  You can see it at

I think ID Vault is cool.  I am using Microsoft Fingerprint Reader as my password keeper.  Then I’m using Norton Internet Security to guard private stuff that I want it protect.  Next, I have to make sure that the bank website or financial institution site that I’m viewing is not fraud, I have to check this and that (protocol https, secure lock icon, security certificate etc) and making sure that the anti-phishing toolbar or filter is not flagging it as fake site.  ID Vault seems offering not just a cool hardware tool, a good way to keep our imporant data (password, login info) in one place but also, PIN it.  Just like ATM machine where our money is in the bank.  We have the ATM card but we can only make transaction in the ATM machine with that card if you have the PIN number.  Another cool thing about it, is ID Vault can be used in any computers that you want to use as long as the software to run ID Vault is installed.

Read more what Hardhead has shared on the above hardware security – ID Vault.  Again, it is in

I want one of that.  It’s interesting and IMHO cool.

Bootable spyware scanner debuts

PC Tools is offering a new solution to fight spyware – a bootable spyware scanner that scans your computer for spyware while Windows ‘naps’. The Alternate Operating System Scan scrapes out malicious programs through all the files on the sleeping operating system unobscured by any other applications or malware.

What is PC Tools’ Alternate Operating System Scanner (AOSS)?

Once a system is infected with malware it becomes difficult to remove that malware as it is already embedded in the system and has control over many components which are key to the system’s operations. Malware, like rootkits, use system components to hide themselves and prevent other software from detecting or removing them. This is often the case of who gets there first; if the malware is able to get control of the system earlier on then it also has control over any software that may be run later. Besides just hiding, malware can also block the execution of other security applications. If you cannot install or run a security application in the first place then you cannot scan and detect the malware. The best time to remove this malware is when it is not running, but malware often starts with the Operating System, so we would have to stop the Operating System to stop the malware. On a shutdown OS nothing is running and malware like rootkits cannot hide themselves and so it would be easy to find and remove them.

Alternate Operating System Scan is a Live CD for scanning a Windows system without having to be running Windows.

With the advancement of malware technology in recent years, and the ability of malware to hide within a running Windows system, it was determined that a solution would be required such that a Windows system could be scanned (and cleaned) without the need for the Windows operating system to be running.

The Alternate Operating System Scan is an attempt to be the solution to the above problem. It is a live CD that will detect, scan, and clean malware files and associated Windows registry keys from an infected Windows system.

The Alternate Operating System Scan is designed to be a last resort, used to get Windows back into a state in which Spyware Doctor for Windows can do its job. Therefore, it only scans files and registry keys that are defined in the refdb database. It does not remove directories.

Note:  If a valid license is not found, you may still clean your system once with AOSS.

Question, Feedback or Help on the above should be directed to PC Tools or go to their forum:

Berkeley Data Systems Launches Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95 a month

Berkeley Data Systems, creators of Mozy online backup, today announced the release of Mozy Unlimited Backup. For $4.95 a month, users may now backup unlimited amounts of data and have access to an unlimited number of restores. Users may choose month-to-month or annual plans, and Mozy will continue to offer consumers 2 GB of automatic online backup for free.

Feel Free: Opera Eliminates Ad Banner and Licensing Fee

Opera Software today permanently removed the ad banner and licensing fee from its award-winning Web browser. The ad-free, full-featured Opera browser is now available for download – completely free of charge – at

“Today we invite the entire Internet community to use Opera and experience Web browsing as it should be,” said Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. “Removing the ad banner and licensing fee will encourage many new users to discover the speed, security and unmatched usability of the Opera browser.”

View the press release here

See also update entry in CoU

Release Note:
This release is a recommended security upgrade.