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Monday, March 18, 2002
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While the Internet is a wonderful new world with all information it makes available, all new communication channels and its ability to disregard geographical borders and time zones, it has brought along with it a new breed of crime - invasion of privacy. Basically, invasion of privacy falls into two broad categories - actual invasion of your privacy and DoS (Denial Of Service), which does not compromise your private information but does deny you the right to be on the Internet through various means. Many programs and tools have been written to prevent such attempts, but most have either proved too expensive and served mostly to cage in the person they are protecting (like firewalls) while others offer a temporary and incomplete solution. Where invasion of privacy is concerned, there are several programs available on the Internet that allows intruders to achieve their purpose. Back Orifice, NetBus and GirlFriend are all such examples. They come in two parts, a client, which the hacker uses, and a server that will reside on the victim's computer. Most come pre-configured to attack the victim's PC on specific port numbers and install themselves in the Windows Registry using predefined paths. This is where most security programs can detect or remove such malicious servers. The problem arises when the intruder has some degree of skill and can change the port number he chooses to attack and the path in the Windows Registry. His attempts will in most cases be rewarded and remain undetected by most if not all detection or removal programs. In effect, there is no way to totally prevent a determined and professional hacker from accessing your system by simply blocking known access ports. FireEyes doesn't protect your PC from intrusion. It gives you the chance to see who is accessing your PC and make up your own mind whether it's a legitimate connection or a suspect connection. It also alerts you when ports or IP numbers you define connect to you. Download available at www.webcruizer.com

Internet Sweeper

If you don't want anyone, be it your colleagues, family or somebody else who has access to your computer, know what sites you've been visiting, you can go the hard way - delete the browser history, cache, cookies, etc. manually - or let Internet Sweeper do it for you. Internet Sweeper is a smart program that lets you clear the surfing logs from any browser you use. This is good news for those who don't stick to a single browser, for example, Internet Explorer, but use Netscape Navigator and, say, Opera too. Things to wipe out in each browser, installed on your system, are listed separately. So, under IE heading you'll have, among other items, 'AutoComplete' and 'Passwords', while under Opera heading you won't have those but see 'Windows' instead. The tool allows you to clear system history too - Recent Documents folder, Favorites, Temp directory and more. It also can close popup windows, run and wipe out your browser cache on startup and do other useful things that you had to do manually before. Download this free tool now and see it for yourself. Download is available at www.geocities.com/Internet_Sweeper/isfw.zip



This software was inspired by the desire to print address labels quickly without complex issues of fields, graphics, databases etc. to prolong the learning process. This software is simple. It has no real frills. It simply prints address labels from a text file. It is simple to operate. Select "New job wizard" from the "File" menu and follow the sequence presented. There are preset templates provided with the software and also example text files of fictional addresses and sequences. This list assumes you want to specify your own measurements for the template but you may find the required labels in the preset templates provided. Select Template/New and enter the size of your label sheet. Select Template/Edit layout and enter the measurements for your labels. Print the template from File/Print template and check the measurements are correct for your labels. You can calibrate the printer if you want precise location using the File/Calibrate printer option. It's a good idea to save your template for other jobs when you have it as you want it. You do this from Template/Save as. You need a text file (ASCII text - most applications where you might store your addresses have an option to export data as text only (that's .txt files) that contains your addresses (or any other data you wish to use). The software regards consecutive lines of text as belonging to one label and recognises an empty line as a separator between labels. Load the data using the Data/Open option and select your text file. If you want to alter the default 2mm border, text alignment or justification and the font, you can do this by selecting File/Format labels option. You can also save your choice as the default for new jobs. Check that your labels appear correctly on the screen and when you are satisfied save the job. It is worth noting that if you want to edit the text in your labels that you do this by editing your text file with an editor of your choice. Download this from

Raman Mohan