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Don’t sleep next to your cell phone (or carry it in your pocket)

There is  a new study that says you should keep your distance from your cell phone.

The research suggests cellphones could increase our risk for brain cancer and tumors, low sperm count, headaches, as well as impaired memory, hearing, and sleep.”

This does make sense. Radiation can affect the body. Cell Phones are a source of radiation. Continue reading

Violate ISP customer’s privacy and rip off web publishers in one shot

I just read an interesting thread at Webmasterworld about an ISP inserting their ads into web pages.

First of all, consider that the ability of web publishers to run their ads on their pages to generate revenue is what allows for so much free content on the Internet.

A major Internet Service Provider, Charter Communications, based out of St. Louis Mo. is implementing a plan where Continue reading

Beware of the Phishing Attack

I just had a client fall victim to a phishing attack. He has an adwords account an also happened to have an expiring credit card. He got what appeared to be a legitimate ‘please renew’ email from Google and renewed. A couple of days later, he got another renewal notice and renewed again.

When he got a third renewal notice, he got suspicious and emailed it to me. A ‘view source’ of the email showed a url for the link that was something like www.google.com.randomnumbers.cn . A whois quickly confirmed the obvious that the domain was in no way related to Google. Continue reading

Click on a link, any link – Get busted and go to Jail

Declan McCullough has been writing on tech stuff for quite a while. He recently posted an article about FBI Entrapment about a situation where the FBI posted some links on a message board that appeared to be links to obviously illegal pictures and video that were to an FBI run site. Some guy clicked on the links and a couple of days later got a visit from the feds, was thrown on the ground, handcuffed, tried by a jury of morons… er his peers and convicted. His attorney is trying to get things reversed. (by the way, “Hundreds” of people were nailed with this particular sting)

OK, Great, they busted some scumball. Child porn is illegal and repugnant. It’s much much worse than a sitting prez nailing an intern a year older than his daughter. So, no problem if you are a good upstanding citizen, right???

WRONGO BONZO- Go straight to jail, do not pass “GO”. Do no collect $200.

The fundamental flaw in this that was outlined in the article was that it appeared that the Feds were simply looking at the IP of the person who clicked, not the referrer. IOW, They saw that someone clicked on the link and followed it. They don’t know what link they really clicked.

For example, they might have clicked the links on the FBI post that read something like http://www.reallydisgustingillegalimmorralandandfatteningstufff.com/ OK, so that person should know they are venturing into possibly illegal territory. Note the stress on possibly.

Now, here is the problem where the FBI is using the “Kill them all, let God sort them out approach”. It has to do with the way anchor text works.

There are two parts to an HTML link, (1) the actual address that the link points to and (2) the text that is displayed for the user. Therein lies the problem and a huge potential that would allow people to ruin the lives of others. This has been widely known for some time. The whole Google bombing that led to Google showing a page on President Bush for the search term “miserable failure” is a result of just this type of manipulation.

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Kodak “easyshare” won’t run right on limited accounts

Let me preface this by saying that the best protection we’ve found for XP based systems is that users do all recreational surfing and email reading from a limited user account, not an account with administrator rights. We try to set up our home based clients especially so that the kids are running as limited users. That has been over 99% effective in stopping virus and trojan attacks.

The other day we were working with a client who had purchased a new Kodak camera for her son. The computer running XP would not see the camera. We were getting a ‘device not recognized” error. I tried doing a repair install of Easyshare and then a complete reinstall. It still wouldnt’ recognize the camera. Continue reading

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