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5 Apps That Will Safeguard Your Browsing Experience

Posted on: August 5th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

 

Since its establishment for popular use, the Internet has changed enormously. Gone are the days when surfing the World Wide Web was a carefree process for the sake of entertainment – nowadays everything from restaurant reservations to personal banking takes place online. With so much information and so many processes available online, it has become easy pickings for hackers to weave their way into various parts of the internet and manipulate it to read your personal information. Luckily there are several apps available to protect the data your Internet use renders, no matter what your preferred browser is.

DoNotTrackMe: A cross-browser extension that blocks sites from tracking you, DoNotTrackMe is constantly updated to always be on top of the latest trackers.

Googlesharing: It wouldn’t be exaggerated to say the Internet wouldn’t be the Internet without Google. The problem with searching is that Google stores everything we search for in a user-specific profile. The Googlesharing app keeps that from happening by blocking Google from storing this information and keeping your searches private.

SecureGmail: No one wants sensitive information passed on by emails to be leaked to any unwanted sources. SecureGmail encrypts and decrypts emails sent through Gmail, keeping everyone but your recipient from reading your mail through a password system (which you’ll need to share beforehand).

SimpleWash: Social media has taken over everyday life by changing the way people connect. This means that anything you’ve shared with your friends is most likely on Facebook – the good, the bad, AND the very ugly. SimpleWash’s technology erases any potentially embarrassing or compromising information about you by delving into your Facebook/Twitter profiles. This app deals with things like tagged photos and status updates you’d rather never see again, ensuring your online presence is much more respectable.

Boxcryptor: It is becoming the norm to use cloud drives like Dropbox or Google Drive, simplifying file-sharing and making it easy to access your data wherever you go. Yet even cloud sharing requires some degree of protection. BoxCryptor works by grouping together and encrypting files on your hard disk before they are synced with the cloud service of your choice, thereby keeping your personal files personal.

Internet Security – What is MAPP?

Posted on: July 30th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

The Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) was launched in 2008 to give antivirus vendors a head start against malware developers. Vendors can get information from Microsoft bulletins before it gets shared with the public, and release their signatures immediately after the bulletin is published. Microsoft is now planning to introduce some major changes to MAPP, according to the latest progress report of MRSC, the Microsoft Security Response Center.

MAPP will be renamed MAPP for Security Vendors and become a part of a larger program, and some trusted vendors will get a three day window to come up with their signatures for vulnerabilities instead of the current one-day one. A new program, called MAPP for Defenders will concentrate on threat intelligence where incident responders will get critical intelligence but are required to share theirs. Microsoft will contribute by sharing malicious URLs and other threat indicators.

A new cloud-based service, MAPP Scanner will allow participants to scan Office and other files and URLs to find out if they are malicious or not. The service will use virtual machines with all Windows versions to run its scan. This is a new way for Microsoft to discover new attacks and unknown activities.

By Gergely Sumegi

Internet security tips – What is Microsoft EMET?

Posted on: July 29th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

As the everyday PC user has more and more software on their computer originating from vendors big and small, the likelihood of an exploitable vulnerability remaining unpatched is ever growing. The developers of your anti-virus software or the vulnerable program might not be able to patch the vulnerability as quickly as they get discovered, but there are some helpful tools to make these vulnerabilities as hard to exploit as possible. One of these tools is Microsoft EMET.

Microsoft EMET stands for Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit, and it is a utility that helps preventing software vulnerabilities from being exploited. EMET is using security mitigation technologies to achieve this goal to make exploitation as difficult as possible, as a possible attacker will face extra obstacles to get through. It can be used with any software, regardless of when it was written and who the author or vendor is; it doesn’t need to be a software product of Microsoft.

EMET can be downloaded from the Microsoft TechNet page, and requires the Microsoft .NET Framework to operate, which can be downloaded from the Download section of Microsoft’s website. The latest version, EMET 4.0 has got a Certificate Trust feature to detect man-in-the-middle attacks leveraging the public key infrastructure.

After installing, EMET must be configured to protect the piece of software you want to be protected. For this, you need to provide the name of the program and its location on your PC. The above mentioned Certificate Trust will need you to provide the list of websites you want to protect. For a detailed introduction please visit www.microsoft.com/emet where you can download the latest version that comes with a detailed user guide.

By Gergely Sumegi

Which Browser?

Posted on: July 25th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

Battle of the browsers

 

With a wealth of browsers to pick from, it’s getting harder and harder to decide which one is best suited to your particular browsing experience. You get the popular stereotypes – Internet Explorer is for technophobes, Google Chrome for the ‘geek chic’, Mozilla Firefox for those too stubborn to accept Chrome’s so-called superiority; and Safari for the Apple ‘snobs’. We’ve researched these four ‘top dog’ browsers and have compared their common features to see where their strengths (and weaknesses) lie.

 

Internet Explorer

Best for: Security. With features like ‘Do Not Track’ and ‘Use Tracking Protection’, IE can put a stop (or at least control) to the websites you visit collecting sensitive data about you. You can also browse ‘InPrivate’, which eliminates passwords, search history, webpage history, and any other information you put in once you close IE. The SmartScreen feature also helps protect you by detecting any potentially harmful websites.

Worst for: Personalisation. IE 10 lacks the option to change themes, and whilst its personal appearance has improved over earlier versions, it still has a lot of catching up to do.

 

Google Chrome

Best for: Plug-ins, personalisation and stability. Chrome offers a seemingly endless range of extensions and apps to enhance your browsing experience, as well as a sign-in option that gives you the option of accessing your favourite pages on different computers. Chrome also runs different tabs as separate processes, which means if one tab crashes, the other pages are not affected. HTML 5 also runs superbly on Chrome.

Worst for: No integrated RSS reader, which means you cannot get all the feeds you subscribe to in one fluid page.

 

Mozilla Firefox

Best for: Add-ons. Whilst Chrome is catching up fast, Firefox has always dominated this field, with a range of plug-ins that continue to impress.

Worst for: Stability. Too many add-ons slow Firefox down significantly, causing crashes on an oft-regular basis.

 

Apple Safari

Best for: Mobile syncing. If you own an Apple device, Safari definitely is the one to go to (no surprise here). Safari also has always offered a very secure browsing experience, guaranteeing that websites bearing malicious code will never get into your computer system.

Worst for: Speed. Speed has always been an issue for Safari, which places poorly in terms of loading graphics-heavy pages. It is also lagging as far as HTML 5 goes.