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Browser Malware Protection Test – Thought Provoking Results

NSS Labs issued results of its second test of web browser protection against socially engineered malware. Social engineering is a technique of deceiving Web users to receive their personal information and get profit out of it. As an example, this can be an email supposedly sent by your bank with the request to confirm your credit card details. Or it may be sent supposedly by your social network support staff and contain a link to the fake page where you should enter your username and password to verify your profile or get access to the new interface. Both credit card details and your profile details will be used by violators to get material or immaterial profit. Even the most experienced Web user can be hooked by “social engineers”. It’s needless to say that newbie can be hooked by them easily. That’s why we need protection against this way too widespread web evil.

12 days’ testing of the most popular web browsers conducted by NSS Labs showed which browsers protect users from visiting malicious web sites best of all. NSS Labs tested the latest generally available versions of web browsers and got the following results:

  • Internet Explorer 8 became a leader with almost 81% protection from malware. This great result proves that SmartScreen technology is really worthwhile. The result is even more overwhelming when compared to Internet Explorer 7‘s 4% protection – IE has made a great progress.

  • Firefox 3 achieved 27% catch rate against malware. This is the highest result among products based on Google SafeBrowsing API.

  • Safari 4 – 21%.

  • Chrome 2 – 7%.

  • Opera 10 Beta as well as Opera 9 provides almost no protection with 1% catch rate.

    Do you hate using Internet Explorer just like I do? Even if your answer is “yes”, this report gives cause to consider using it once again πŸ™‚ . Meanwhile, you can download the full report here.

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    August 27, 2009 Posted by | Browsers, internet | 2 Comments

    Firefox add-ons for Facebook

    After switching to Firefox 3.5, it’s time to revise add-ons that makes your connecting with Facebook friends easier, faster and much more pleasant. Here is the list of Firefox add-ons for Facebook – Firefox 3.5 compatible only!

    facebook_icon1Facebook Toolbar is one of the most widespread Firefox add-ons for Facebook users. Still, it’s reported to not always work smoothly for Firefox 3.5.x, so maybe you’d better replace it with the following toolbar:

    friendbar Friendbar – integrates both Facebook and Twitter activities. It displays a running stream of text and photo updates from Facebook and Twitter, and allows you to post updates, retweet, direct messages, and replies.

    boost Boost for Facebook – add tons of Facebook features to Firefox – autopoke, auto-login, hundreds of skins, album options, rollover pics, etc. The best is that Boost options are selectable – you can use only what you need.

    pad FacePAD – Facebook Photo Album Downloader.Β  FacePAD allows you to download your friends’ facebook albums, Events albums, and Group Albums. It takes some time to get all the features working, but it does the job.

    facebook_video Facebook Video lets you download or convert Facebook videos, and embed videos outside of Facebook. The download, convert video, and customize code links are added to Facebook video pages in an unobtrusive way.

    user_search Facebook User Search – the name speaks for itself.Β  Search for Facebook users either using their names or email address.

    web_forum Facebook Web Forum – Chat on any web site you browse. This extension adds a sidebar from which you can start discussions and join top or latest discussions. It’s easy to show/hide, but one can’t adjust sidebar width.

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    August 19, 2009 Posted by | Browsers, Mozilla Firefox, Social Networks | , , | 3 Comments

    Create Flash Audio Player of Winamp Skin

    The post is republished from Flash’y’mania blog by kind authority of its author Helen Grigorieva

    In spite of emerging lots of mp3 players software, Winamp still remains the classic of media players. Thousands of skins add to its brilliant features ability to change player’s appearance to anyone’s liking. It’s great to have such options for web audio players too. And we’ve got the possibility to do it with neat FlashWAmp tool.

    FlashWAmp is so easy to use – all you need is Winamp skin you like and mp3 tracks you want to embed to the web page. Or you can even use URLs of mp3 files to stream them directly from the web.

    Options to customize player in FlashWAmp are rather numerous:

    • Player view – normal or small with or without playlist
    • Sound options (autoplay, repeat sound)
    • Playlist options (playlist height, option to change visible playlist).

    Settings can be saved to cookies for further use.

    The tool has lots of advantages and the main is that it really allows to make flash audio player of WinAmp skin in minutes. Then the player is saved as SWF file and can be easily published to the Web. But it’s necessary to mention its disadvantages as well:

    • audio can’t be embedded into the player, it is external only. That is not very good for bloggers who can’t create folders on the hosts to store player file, mp3 files and playlist file in one folder
    • the program is compatible with Winamp 2.x skins only. Still, these skins are easy to find – for example, here.

    I think that the idea to make flash audio players of Winamp skins is brilliant. Not only because there are thousands of skins of any kind, but also because Winamp is familiar to everyone. Sometimes I see mp3 web players of so weird design, that I don’t even know where to click to make this futuristic device play. Moreover, I can understand that this is a web music player only when I see playlist. I never want to make my website visitors guess whether this stuff play music, or open game, or what on the earth it can do. I want them just see the player and enjoy the music. Familiar Winamp interface will simplify listening to the music from your web page, even for dummies. That’s why I like FlashWAmp.

    So, try and create your own Web Winamp FlashWAmp player πŸ™‚

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    August 5, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment