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Monthly Archives: June 2008

Sites Mon 30-Jun-2008 – Photography, Euro 2008, Silverlight

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Sites Sun 29-Jun-2008 – Astronomy and Space, Climate change, Malvertisements, Bushfires in California

NGC 6946 Fireworks Galaxy 

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Sites Sat 28-Jun-2008 – Astronomy, Silverlight, Bill Gates, Arctic, Telstra and ISDN, Windows Mobile, Windows Vista

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Sites Fri 27-Jun-2008 – Californian bushfires, Microsoft Access, Backups. Computer teachers, Mars, Media Center, Olympics

California bushfires at Big Sur (click the map for page view).
California bushfires at Big Sur (click the map for page view).

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Sites Thu 26-Jun-2008 – Astronomy, a “Royal Party”, OneNote, Education, Windows Movie Maker, Mars, Malware

Today’s list of sites, but firstly a couple of quotes courtesy of VistaNews.com:

.. a computer is a stupid machine with the ability to do incredibly smart things, while computer programmers are smart people with the ability to do incredibly stupid things. They are, in short, a perfect match. ~Bill Bryson

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the universe is winning. ~Rich Cook

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Sites Wed 25-Jun-2008 – Astronomy, Live Maps’ new imagery, Media Center, Mississippi Floods, California Bushfires, Running the car, Photography

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More OneCare for your computer

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Live OneCare can be used on as many as three computers. It not only protects you from Internet nasties but also keeps your computers performing at their best and forces you into backing up your documents, photos and videos on a regular basis.

A performance tune up is carried out on a regular basis according to a schedule you set and a regular backup regime can be organised. Backup of your important files follows an old fashioned requirement, namely, that your files be backed up to a device or medium external to your computer. In other words, you’ll need plenty of blank CDs or DVDs, or an external hard drive. External hard drives that connect via a USB port are cheap these days. The first backup usually takes a fair amount of time and space but subsequent backups are done on an incremental basis (only new files or files that have changed since the last backup are added to the main backup) and only take 30 minutes or so.

Live OneCare has other useful features, one being it can set up any printer so that printer is shared among other computers on a home or work network. As well, if you have two or three computers using OneCare, then the other(s) can be managed from whichever computer you choose in the OneCare hub.

Family Safety was recently added to the OneCare program for Australia. This function enables parents to control their children’s access to the Internet in two ways: certain times can be specified for the children to use the computer on the Internet and unsuitable sites can be blocked. The latter function can help by protecting the younger ones from accidently viewing sites that are not suitable for their age.

OneCare installs and manages a two-way firewall so you’re protected from malicious programs that roam the Internet trying to access your computer. As well, the firewall also pops up to ask for your permission when one of your programs wants to access the Internet. For example, each time you run Paint.NET (a free graphics program to edit your photos or create graphics), Paint.Net checks for updates. The first time you run Paint.NET, you’ll be asked by the OneCare firewall if you want to allow Paint.NET to do this check (in this case, you’ll click the Allow option because you know the program and what it wants to do).

Another security feature is that OneCare ensures you’ve turned on the phishing filter in Internet Explorer to protect you from online scams, particularly those appearing to be from a bank which want you to give away your account number and password. Remember that more than $2 billion was stolen through phishing scams last year.

Finally OneCare keeps you on your toes to advise you when there are updates available for Windows or Microsoft programs.

If you’re undecided about spending a few dollars on Live OneCare so you’re protected against Internet nasties and have a solid backup procedure in place, just take a moment to think about the consequences of losing all those photos you have on your computer.

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Sites Tue 24-Jun-2008 – OS X trogan, Live Maps, Bill Gates, Silverlight games

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Sites Mon 23-Jun-2008 – Phishing example, Security report, Windows Media Center, Games, Oil price, iPhone, Expression Web

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Malicious Software Removal Tool – Key Findings for July to Dec 2007

You can download the full report, Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (July through December 2007) – Key Findings Summary, but here are some figures for Australia for July to December 2007.

webDotWiz’s attention was drawn to this report from a blog entry by Sandi, Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (July through December 2007) – Key Findings Summary (Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Netherlands and Norway).

Here are Australia’s results:

During each month in the second half of 2007, the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT), on average, removed malware from 1 out of every 204 Windows-based computers it was executed on.

Zlob (Trojan) 6.9%
Starware (Potentially unwanted software) 4.4%
Hotbar (Adware) 2.7%
WhenU (Adware) 3.3%
Winfixer (Potentially unwanted software) 2.7%
Agent (Trojan and trojan downloader) 2.6%
All others – 77.7%

Other important notes from the key findings summary (all countries)

  • The total amount of malware removed from computers worldwide via the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) increased over 40% during the second half of 2007 to more than 450 million unique computers worldwide per month.

  • During the second half of 2007 there was a 300% increase in the number of trojan downloaders and droppers detected and removed.

  • The most prevalent rogue security software detected in the second half of 2007 was Win32/Winfixer, with more than five times as many detections as any other single family. Winfixer displays erroneous alerts warning of severe system threats. The program then offers to remove the erroneous detections for a fee. These warnings appear under multiple false product names in several different language versions.

  • 129.5 million pieces of potentially unwanted software were detected between July 1 and December 31 2007, resulting in 71.7 million removals. These figures represent increases of 66.7% in total detections and 55.4% in removals over the first half of 2007.

  • Adware remained the most prevalent category of potentially unwanted software in the second half of 2007.

  • The top potentially unwanted software family detected in the second half of 2007 was Win32/Hotbar.