Yesterday, was Patch Tuesday and a bug fix released by Microsoft caused a problem for ZoneAlarm firewall users - they could no longer get online. Oops. Except, if they followed the advice offered earlier on this blog, which is to wait until Thursday or Friday before installing the patches Microsoft releases on Tuesday. This is exactly the sort of situation for which that advice was intended.
Recently I wrote about Flagfox, a simple Firefox extension that puts a flag in the corner of the browser window indicating the country where the website being viewed resides. Hovering the mouse over the flag displays the IP address (explanation below) of the website and clicking the flag brings up more details, including the city where the site is located.
This can be important because there are many ways to be tricked into thinking you are at, for example, a bank website, when you are really viewing a well-crafted, scam copy designed to steal personal information. Flagfox can go a … Read more
A big part of phishing scams and identity theft is fooling people into thinking they are on one website when they are actually somewhere else. The technical tricks to accomplish this include lookalike and phony domain names, zapping the hosts file, tricks with URLs and assorted attacks on DNS servers. What's a normal person to do?
Flagfox is an unobtrusive extension for the Firefox web browser that offers some assistance by placing a flag in the bottom right corner of the Firefox window. The flag (shown below) indicates the country where the website physically resides.
If you don't … Read more