Archive for September, 2012



Privacy Manger in Google Chrome

Google Chrome tends to be my browser of choice, simply because of the huge amount of applications in the Chrome Web Store. Now, there is an app that could make Google Chrome even better.

If you tend to like to change or at least check your privacy settings, Privacy Manager puts all of them into one place, with a simple drop-down list and on-off toggles:

Google Chrome with Privacy Manager

With a flick of a switch, Privacy Manager will let you disable third party cookies, manage automatic fill settings, enable safe browsing, and decide which caches and settings to clear on start-up.

Privacy Manager is a free extension to Google Chrome.

Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 1 Available for Download

On Thursday, September 6, Quantal Beta 1 was made available for download.  This is right on schedule.

To upgrade from Precise (Ubuntu 12.04 LTS) on a desktop system, open Software Sources. Switch to the Updates tab and set “Notify me of a new Ubuntu version” to “For any new version.” Press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box. Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release ‘12.10’ is available. Then you just need to click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.

Download the Beta 1:

Beta 1 images can be downloaded from a location near you. Please note: The Ubuntu Desktop images are now bigger than a standard CD, and you should use a USB or DVD for installation.

You can download Beta 1 ISOs from:

http://releases.ubuntu.com/quantal/ (Ubuntu Desktop and Server)
http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/releases/quantal/beta-1/ (Ubuntu Cloud Server)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/netboot/quantal/ (Ubuntu Netboot)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-core/releases/quantal/beta-1/ (Ubuntu Core)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/quantal/beta-1/ (Kubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/quantal/beta-1/ (Lubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/quantal/beta-1/ (Edubuntu DVD)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/quantal/beta-1/ (Ubuntu Studio)

Linux Users Targeted by Trojan

For years, Linux has been free from the threat of trojans, viruses and malware.  We Linux users have often watched as friends or family who use Windows have had passwords stolen, hard drives made inaccessable – figuring that it can’t happen to us.

According to an article in Techworld, we have now become a target in our own right. Russian computer security firm Dr. Web has reported finding a trojan that steals passwords on Linux as well as Mac OS X. Specifically, the backdoor trojan Wirenet.1 targets browser passwords for Firefox, Google Chrome, Chromium, Opera, as well as for applications such as Thunderbird, SeaMonkey and Pidgin.

Under Linux it copies itself to the ~/WIFIADAPT directory, then attempts to connect to a command and control server hosted at 212.7.208.65 using an AES encrypted channel.

The Techworld article had some good news, however: “the details of how this malware might grab root mode on a Linux system are unknown.” Without root access, the damage the trojan can do would be limited.

Just a suggestion, for those of us who use Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install clamtk

Clamtk is a front end for the antivirus clamav. This gives us a free and open source antivirus option.


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