Archive for June, 2006

I’ve installed eTrust EZ Antivirus on my Windows Vista box

Friday, June 30th, 2006

Computer Associates are making available a free beta version of [tag]eTrust[/tag] [tag]EZ Antivirus[/tag] for [tag]Vista[/tag] available for all beta testers of [tag]Windows Vista[/tag] - and if that's not enough, it comes complete with a free 12 month's worth of updates. 

I've installed it and so far, so good!

EZ Antivirus for Vista

The Internet – It’s made of tubes, you know!

Friday, June 30th, 2006

Alaska’s Senator Ted Stevens has a killer understanding on the Internet:

There's one company now you can sign up and you can get a movie delivered to your house daily by delivery service. Okay. And currently it comes to your house, it gets put in the mail box when you get home and you change your order but you pay for that, right.

But this service isn't going to go through the internet and what you do is you just go to a place on the internet and you order your movie and guess what you can order ten of them delivered to you and the delivery charge is free.

Ten of them streaming across that internet and what happens to your own personal internet?

I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why?

Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the internet commercially.

So you want to talk about the consumer? Let's talk about you and me. We use this internet to communicate and we aren't using it for commercial purposes.

We aren't earning anything by going on that internet. Now I'm not saying you have to or you want to discrimnate against those people

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The regulatory approach is wrong. Your approach is regulatory in the sense that it says "No one can charge anyone for massively invading this world of the internet". No, I'm not finished. I want people to understand my position, I'm not going to take a lot of time.

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They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the internet. And again, the internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a truck.

It's a series of tubes.

And if you don't understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and its going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.

Now we have a separate Department of Defense internet now, did you know that?

Do you know why?

Because they have to have theirs delivered immediately. They can't afford getting delayed by other people.

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Now I think these people are arguing whether they should be able to dump all that stuff on the internet ought to consider if they should develop a system themselves.

Maybe there is a place for a commercial net but it's not using what consumers use every day.

It's not using the messaging service that is essential to small businesses, to our operation of families.

The whole concept is that we should not go into this until someone shows that there is something that has been done that really is a viloation of net neutraility that hits you and me.

At least the typos aren't his.

(Wired, via Sunbelt Blog, audio here if you want a laugh)

GreenBorder Pro

Friday, June 30th, 2006

A couple of days ago I downloaded and installed [tag]GreenBorder Pro[/tag], a security software package that's designed to keep your PC safe as you surf the web.  [tag]GreenBorder[/tag] Pro works by combining virtualization technology (where you can run a virtual PC within a real PC) and high security to create a barrier between the web browser and your PC.  This means that changes that code tries to carry out to your PC aren't actually carried out. 

GreenBorder Pro also has a feature called [tag]SafeFiles[/tag] (which comes free with the product during the 10,000 free downloads) which allows the user to open and run other system files within the same kind of environment, protecting them from unwanted system changes.

OK, that's the theory, but what how's it work in practice?

Well, first off, you might be aware that I had problems with the initial installation I carried out which wouldn't let me have a free trial.  I'm pleased to say that this problem has been cleared up, and at the same time I got to find out how quickly and courteously the folks at GreenBorder handled my problem (top marks!).

OK, so what does GreenBorder look like after you've installed it?  Well, first off, you get a new System Tray icon.  Right-clicking on this brings up a menu of options:

GreenBorder Pro

Fire up Internet Explorer and you'll see the comforting green border around it, showing that you are protected (also notice the pop-up panel in the bottom-right-hard corner of the screen, which keeps you informed as to what's going on):

GreenBorder Pro

Note that there is an option to customize the borders around applications.

Right-click on the System Tray icon and click on View Activity Monitor ... and you get a look at the Activity Monitor:

GreenBorder Pro

GreenBorder Pro has a higher level or security for you to use when you carry out important activity on the Internet (such as shopping or banking), this is called the Privacy Zone.  When activating the Privacy Zone, GreenBorder Pro restarts itself to make sure that any nasties that you might have picked up while surfing are gone and will erase any traces of your browsing when you are done, making sure that no important information is left cached on your system.

To activate Privacy Zone, right-click on the System Tray icon and choose Shop and Bank in Privacy Zone.  This will confirm that you want to close all programs protected by GreenBorder Pro open up a new Internet Explorer window, this time with a yellow border.

GreenBorder Pro

GreenBorder Pro

But what about SafeFiles?  How does that work?

Let's say that someone has sent you a file (for example, an image file, an audio file or even a document like a Word file - something that's prone to containing nasties). What you can do is add SafeFiles protection to that file so that it too opens within a protected, virtualized environment (note that files downloaded over the net using Internet Explorer automatically have SafeFiles protection is GreenBorder Pro protection was activated).  Just right-click on the file and click Add GreenBorder Protection.

GreenBorder Pro

The file will now get a green border around the icon:

GreenBorder Pro

When the file is opened, the application will have the familiar green border, showing that you are protected from system changes.

GreenBorder Pro

I like GreenBorder Pro and I'll carry on using it.  It's an added level or protection from the nasties that surround us.  I'll continue to test it and report on anything interesting that I find.

For more information on GreenBorder Pro and how it can help protect you, take a look at this PDF document, created by KeyLabs.

YAITV – Yet Another iTunes Vulnerability

Friday, June 30th, 2006

I'm not sure what aspect of iTunes is the one that makes it so partial to containing exploits that are serious, but Apple has once again been forced to come out with an update to the iTunes software.  This time it is in response to yet another highly critical vulnerability that could allow a malicious hacker to gain control of your system through a specially crafted audio file.

Both Mac and Windows users can download the latest version here.  If you're an iTunes user, then make sure that you download and apply this update.

Time to install XP SP2

Friday, June 30th, 2006

If you're not already running [tag]Windows XP[/tag] with [tag]Service Pack 2[/tag] ([tag]SP2[/tag]) installed, then it's time to get in installed.  SP2 was released on 17 Sept, 2004 and not only will it offer you an increased level of protection, but also, after October 10, 2006, machines running Windows XP without SP2 won't be eligible for support any more.  You also need to install SP2 if your system is currently has SP1 or SP1a installed.

Don't know what service pack you have installed?  Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties (or go to your Control Panel and click on Performance and Maintenance and then on System).  If you see no listing for service pack or see Service Pack 1 listed, then it's time to get SP2.

Get XP SP2 directly from [tag]Microsoft[/tag], either as a download or on CD.