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  • Started 1 year ago by GuiltySpark
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GuiltySpark
GuiltySpark
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Security

US ISPs launch pirate wrist-slapping campaign : http://nakedsecurity.sophos.co.....+Sophos%29

Asprox Reborn : http://blog.trendmicro.com/tre.....ox-reborn/

Facebook Sued (take 'em to the cleaners please) : http://blog.bullguard.com/2013.....-sued.html

Flaw in Samsung Phones Running Android 4.1.2 Allows Hackers to Bypass Lock Screen – Video : http://news.softpedia.com/news.....4235.shtml

$1,000 / €770: Price of 10,000 Malware-Infected Computers : http://news.softpedia.com/news.....4183.shtml

Experts Warn About Sophisticated “Longlining” Phishing Attacks : http://news.softpedia.com/news.....4135.shtml

Miscellaneous

Second RC for openSUSE 12.3 brings bigger-than-CD live images : http://www.h-online.com/open/n.....15583.html

Projects plugin debuts in new Eclipse Orion 2.0 : http://www.h-online.com/open/n.....15598.html

Developer Break: ObjectRocket acquired, Vert.x heading to Eclipse : http://www.h-online.com/develo.....15465.html

MKVToolNix 6.1.0 Correctly Detects MPEG-1 Files : http://news.softpedia.com/news.....4092.shtml

Introducing SlimPup 3.8, a Minimalistic Puppy Linux Distro : http://news.softpedia.com/news.....4271.shtml

FutureMark Makes PCMark Vantage Basic Edition Free : http://news.softpedia.com/news.....4286.shtml

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LadyFitzgerald
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I would be leery of the website in the first link. I have the cookie for that site blocked and when I click on the link to the site, the site throws my browser into an endless loop. It's bad enough when a site demands I have their cookie (or worse, all cookies) enabled (I blow them off) but a site that loops from unending retries when their cookie is blocked, instead of thowing up an error message of some kind, is either poorly programmed or is up to no good (or both).

I still appreciate the work you do, G.S. Thanks!

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GuiltySpark
GuiltySpark
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Nothing wrong with Sophos, is a good informative site.

What cookie in particular are you talking of ?

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LadyFitzgerald
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The cookie is named sophos.com. Pretty much every webpage will try to put at least one cookie on a computer accessing it. With the exception of cookies used to store logon information, etc., there is no valid reason for a site to put a cookie on a computer so I block the invasive things. Granted, most are harmless, but some are not; they can be used for targeted advertising (both an invasion of privacy and annoying) or even malicious purposes. Besides, it's my darned computer and I have the right to determine what gets put on it and what doesn't.

In this case it's sloppy web design. When one has cookies blocked, most websites will try only so many times to put the cookie on a computer (typically no more than ten or so) then allow access to the site (although many sites insist on either allowing their cookie or enabling all cookies to before allowing access to the site). If one has their browser set to notify whenever a website tries to put a cookie on one's computer (as I do), then one normally has the opportunity to either allow the computer to accept the cookie, block it for that one time only, or block it permanently. Unfortunately, either many websites designers failed error trapping 101 and fail to design their sites to properly handle cookies or the site is up no good, such as tracking (aka snooping), targeted advertising, etc. Another example of sloppy webdesign are sites that use a third party to handle transactions, etc. that needs its own cookie to store information needed for a transaction but do not rename that third party's cookie to connect it to the website. Accidentally block that third party cookie and good luck identifying it or even determining it is the cause of access problems since the sloppy error trapping throws up the wrong error message or a genric one that tells you nothing (i have yet to have a site's tech help identify that as a the cause of an access problem; they never even know the name of the third party cookie. Sloppily designed websites, besides being annoying, could also allow themselves to become infected and pass that infection along.

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GuiltySpark
GuiltySpark
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Interesting.

I did notice that sophos page gives an EXTRA cookie when you remove the Sophos cookie, the extra one is called bufferapp.com which as far as I can tell just allows the blog to be shared across multiple devices and social networking sites. I now have this bufferapp.com blocked and the page still loads fine which is good.

The reason I say this is because if you are having problems with those kinds of cookies then there is a slim chance (at this stage we don't know) that the new HTG site will also become flagged on your system as the new Discourse system allows for multiple logins to other sites using the same/similar system.
Just a thought that's all :)

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LadyFitzgerald
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We'll see.

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