Ever wanted to download your entire Facebook profile? Sure you have… whilst my Facebook account has never been erased or hacked, there’s a first time for everything. Although i trust Facebook to keep my account data safe, they give you the option of backing up your account data and this week i think i’d back up my brain if i could…
Google are now offering $500 in cold hard cash to anyone who submits a valid security bug report. If your find is particularly important, the reward could stretch to $1337… (only the techies will appreciate that seemingly random number!).
So if you’re the type of person who regularly discovers loopholes in chrome’s security, then this is your lucky day… If you’re the type of person who reads this and thinks they can discover security loopholes in chrome, then good luck to you too, you’ll need it
Google have admitted they’ve blatantly ripped the idea from Firefox. Firefox offer the exact same $500 reward for bugs and have done for quite some time. You would have thought Google would up the pay a bit just because they can, but no… it seems discovering a hole in security is worth just $500. I’m sure the real hackers out there could make far more than that by actually exploiting the bug or selling the information on to someone who could exploit the bug.
Still, it’s good to see rewards like this in place… it can only help with security in the long run.
Having tested out google’s new public DNS service, i decided that whilst i was at it, i’d give OpenDNS a go. I’d heard of OpenDNS as it came up as a good solution whenever ISP’s were overloaded with attacks.
I also know a bit about DNS (forced in to studying it at college) but the REAL reason i know about it is mainly because of eircom’s problems with it Anyway, i signed up to OpenDNS and started using it. Haven’t stopped since either.
It’s faster plus it gives me my own dashboard & stats and i can even block websites or filter content using their own pre-configured security levels (very handy if you have kids in a house or just want to piss people off by denying them access to google.com or something!). So it allows you to play God.
One other handy feature is that it allows you to create shortcuts. So lets’s say i want to go to www.smemon.com. I can just type ‘smemon’ in my browser, which will in turn contact OpenDNS, recognise that i have ‘smemon’ set as a shortcut for www.smemon.com and then take me there.
You can of course do this through a router’s software, but it’s just easier using OpenDNS and you don’t have to be at home to do it. This report from PC Mag confirms OpenDNS is much faster than default DNS settings, but it’s also faster or at least as fast as Google’s Public DNS.
So you get more control, get stats on everything that’s happening on the network and you can view them online. The speed gained is in milliseconds, so for the average user who just doesn’t care about speed or control, it’s pretty pointless making changes like this – you won’t really notice any difference.
Anyway, i’m sure OpenDNS were quietly cursing google when they first heard about their new DNS service, but had Google not announced their DNS service, i wouldn’t be an OpenDNS user now and i wouldn’t be blogging about it, so i’d imagine it’s not all bad news for OpenDNS (assuming there are more people like myself out there).
Almost 90 passengers missed their flights at Dublin airport this morning as a result of delays at airport security.
Aer Lingus said 35 of its passengers did not make their flights, while 50 Ryanair flyers missed theirs.
Ryanair said some passengers were waiting up to 45 minutes to pass through security.
It has called on the airport authorities to investigate reports that security staff are operating on ‘a work to rule’ basis.
However, SIPTU said this evening that industrial action involving airport security in any shape or form had not been sanctioned by the union.
Tonight, the Dublin Airport Authority said airport security was working at full capacity today and added it was unaware of any industrial action.
A spokeswoman also said that some passengers were not leaving the necessary time for checking in.
Right now, security is over the top, travelling (by plane) is stressful, time consuming and it’s damaging the air travel industry. Something needs to be done, sooner rather than later…
Am i the only one out there that doesn’t use any anti-virus software whatsoever? To my shock and horror, i was the ‘odd one out’ when this topic came up in college… it seems the rest use some sort of anti-virus software
I’ve been without anti-virus software for over a year now. In my view, all of them are as bad as each other and designed to cash in on the fear factor. In the early 2000′s, yes, windows could be opened up by hackers easier than a tin of beans as everyone was using windows 95/98 or ME and running Internet Explorer.
Then Firefox came along and all of those annoying little trojans and applets that got through in IE, were shut out by Firefox. These days, i think both are relatively secure and any problems are generally cause by the user and not the software.
Vista, although i STILL think it’s worse than XP and nothing but a fattened up version of XP, is pretty secure. I should also mention the fact that i’m not running a standard version of windows… if i was i think i’d have gone insane by now
I’ve ditched the sidebar, all the security pop ups, enabled auto-login on startup, trimmed the start up processes to the bare minimum plus gotten rid of the flash graphics on start up.
If i get spyware or a virus, i’ll be able to fix it myself or else google it. These days, i’d say 99% of virii and spyware infected PC’s are brought on by the user being stupid and doing things they shouldn’t be doing like downloading ‘FREE serials crackz click here to download FREE NOW’ or else running a .exe file from somewhere…
I’m not sure what exactly anti-virus software does these days only warn people before they click on things. What sort of set up do you guys have? Just like me or full to the brim of anti-virus junk?