Archive for March, 2006

The ultimate USB flash drive!

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

Pro2 64GB USB flash driveOK, this has to be the ultimate USB flash drive - a 64GB (yep, that's GB!).  If you have $5,000 to spare then it's yours!  Pure crazy stuff!

Just goes to show that these drives are going to grow and grow over the next few years.

New Bagle variant – W32/Bagle.GI

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

F-Secure is reporting on a new [tag]Bagle[/tag] variant - [tag]W32/Bagle.GI[/tag]. The difference with this one is that it downloads junk onto infected machines from - which is a hacked web server in India.

If you have the ability to block access to websites, block (IP address

FeedDemon .. not in the UK!

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

I've been reading a lot of good things about [tag]FeedDemon 2.0[/tag] web feeds reader, so much so that I decided to open my wallet and give them the $30 bucks that they want for the program.

Problem is, I'm in the UK and the checkout on the [tag]Newsgator[/tag] site doesn't recognize anywhere outside of the US.  The ironic part is that the checkout has a dropdown box to select a country but it only contains one option - the US.

I've dropped tech support a note but so far I've not heard anything. 

Come on, get this figured out ... I want it!

RealNetworks fix critial flaw

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

Update time.  RealNetworks have released an update for RealPlayer, Rhapsody, Helix Player and RealOne Player.  These fixes are across the OS board - Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

The customer support site at RealNetworks gives you information on which versions are affected.

To update your player go to Tools and click Check for Updates.

Personally I try to steer clear of RealNetwork products if possible because they don't install cleanly (it installs unnecessary System Tray icons and I don't like that).

(via Security Fix)

Questions from Visitors – Advantages of a hardware firewall

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

This week's tips are based on questions that I've received from visitors to the site over the past few weeks. 

"I've noticed that the price of hardware firewalls has dropped substantially over the last few years.  What are the advantages of a hardware firewall over a software firewall?"

Hardware firewalls really have dropped in price and you should be able to pick up a good one for about $200.  However, as with everything, there are pros and cons:


  • Hardware firewalls offer a greater level or security than software firewalls.
  • Hardware firewalls can't be disabled by malicious software in the way that software firewalls can.
  • Hardware firewalls offer instant protection for all PCs on the network.
  • If you need to protect more than one PC then a hardware firewall is simpler to set up than a software firewall because you can do it all centrally.
  • Because you only need one hardware firewall to protect a number of PCs, it can be cheaper to buy a hardware firewall than to buy several licenses for a software firewall.


  • Hardware firewalls require more setting up and know-how than most software firewall packages.
  • It can be easy to mess around with the settings on a hardware firewall and compromise the protection it offers.