Posts tagged ‘typosquatting’

Site Advisor

Web of Trust.  The name sounds fairly inane for what it is, which is a good thing.  It purports to be another Haute Secure; another place where users (and automated checkers) can add opinions about sites, particularly things like typosquatters (DO NOT CLICK ON THIS like http/ /wordpreess.com/ (it looks like it won’t activate as a link))–see the double “e” in wordpress?:  I’ve done it and was saved by software).  I am not sure about it, especially because of the lacking “https” rather than “http”.  I have one recommendation and one “I had to install it to get my computer working right”:  mine is doing fine with both at the moment.

Minor note, I have been saved once by Web Security Guard courtesy of Crawler.  Directing me away from an unknown site is a good way to make me less suspicious, which I am by nature.  (Then again:  my grandfather, adopted father/uncle, brother/cousin, brother-in-law/cousin-in-law…and I…all had Top Secret clearances.  May come with the jeans, genes, or territory.  Being paranoid, I mean.)

–Glenn

September 30, 2008 at 3:52 pm Leave a comment

Avoid DNS Poisoning: USE Open DNS

I’m going to go into the DNS thing in a bit more detail later, probably.  DNS is a Domain Name Server.  As I recall–being senile, I’m probably wrong [I’m not] you had to type in the whole thing, http[s]:/ etc. and at least sometimes actual IPs.  If you go to Open DNS you’ll see an example.  You don’t have to set up your router, if you have one.  The internet actually “sees” your router as one IP address.  This is an added layer of (trusted) protection named at the Black Hat Conference.  That’s not fedoras, it’s hackers.  So I hear, never having known how to program.  Here’s one of Erik Larkin’s comments on lines of protection: “5. Your fix-it options: Apply the patch for your particular DNS server.  Or switch to a protected service like Open DNS where you use their servers.”  [If you don’t use a router, then your Internet Service Provider is the source of your servers…which pretty much means you actually just use their servers.  Nor have any of the providers been particularly speedy or adept at applying any fixes.  That may–not that I sympathize in the least–have been because the management felt overwhelmed and unable to dedicate enough tech support time.  If I were daring, I’d say it was actually mainly because they didn’t give a damn, but I believe in, well, everything.  It’s why I’m so cheerful.  Note that I linked to Erik’s article twice, because it’s nearly a must-read for anyone who uses the internet, especially for businesses.  It’s serious, and it’s a simple fix.

–Glenn

August 12, 2008 at 1:39 pm Leave a comment