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“There is no magic fairy dust protecting Macs" – Dai Zovi, author of “The Mac Hacker’s Handbook"

Netscape 8 breaks IE (again) (XML)

May 26th 2005

If you want to be able to view XML pages using IE or any other browser, then your only option, until this problem is resolved, is to uninstall Netscape 8 and then navigate to this registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Plugins\Extension Delete the subkey (node) for XML. Ignore the incorrect advice on community.netscape.com. First, you do not need […]

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The danger of pop-up advertisements

May 24th 2005

Ok, so I’ve been reading this articlehttp://www.mnin.org/write/2005_trimode.html Its heavy going, so I’m not going to ask you to grok the entire thing.  I’ll distill it down to some salient points for the purposes of this commentary: “So, the popper() function executes as soon as the page loads. If the user closes the browser then popp() […]

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IE7 has tabbed browsing

May 16th 2005

To be honest, I’m underwhelmed about IE7 having tabs but that’s what people want, so that’s what people get ;o)http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/ Rest assured though, that there is far more cool stuff in IE7 than just tabbed browsing.  Unfortunately, though, I’m not in a position to share details.  We have to wait for the IE dev team to release […]

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Firefox has been updated

May 14th 2005

Sorry guy, this is a few days late.  All my time has been taken up with getting my new site live… Firefox has been updated to version 1.0.4.  Please make sure you update as soon as you can.  It includes a fix for the vulnerability discussed in my blog entry:http://msmvps.com/spywaresucks/archive/2005/05/10/46343.aspx Seriously – I am getting […]

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Sandi’s Site has been updated

May 14th 2005

Hi all, I’ve finally started dragging my old site, kicking and screaming, into the modern world of CSS. This, of course, means many long-standing links may not work.  Fear not, my old site still exists in its entirety until I have finished moving across years of old data. How to convert old links to be […]

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Download.com bans products with bundled adware

May 10th 2005

WOOHOO!!  Finally some good news. Download.com have banned the distribution of software from their website that bundles adware AND will actively screen submitted software to ensure that it complies with their terms and conditions:http://www.upload.com/1200-21-5143026.html Some gems from their Download.com’s conditions include prohibiting software that: Serves advertisements or sponsored search listings, through a Web browser, a […]

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Mozillazine needs to improve its forum

May 10th 2005

Why doesn’t http://forums.mozillazine.org/index.php have a security forum dedicated to publicising information about exploited security vulnerabilities that their users can watch for alerts?  http://aumha.net/ has dedicated Security News forums, so does http://forums.spywareinfo.com/.  Even msnews.microsoft.com has several security related forums. 

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Double-whammy security flaws target Firefox

May 10th 2005

Here is the security notice:http://www.mozilla.org/security/announce/mfsa2005-42.html Internet security firm Secunia rates the security flaw as “extremely critical”, because code to exploit the flaws is publicly available. Firefox suggests: Do not have any sites in your “Allow web sites to install software“ whitelist. Disable javascript. Further information here:http://www.frsirt.com/english/advisories/2005/0493 At time of writing, no patch is available for […]

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Norton Antivirus and “Why antivirus is a con”

May 5th 2005

I buy a local PC magazine here in Australia called “APC” The May 2005 edition has a very interesting interview with a guy called Peter Tippett.  Do you know who this guy is? I didn’t.  Apparently, he is ‘the person behind Norton Antivirus’.  Yes, that’s right – Peter Tippett apparently developed the product that eventually […]

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