Web of Trust (WOT) – New Version Available

March 31, 2009

I was just telling someone today, that one of the best protections out there for internet users is the “Web of Trust” (WOT). If you use Firefox or Internet Explorer as your internet browser, you definitely need to install the Web of Trust (WOT) addon. The installation is very easy and it is FREE.  I have written about this application in the past and will continue to be an advocate of this product. Web of Trust (WOT) warns you before you interact with a risky website. It helps you stop the bad guy at the front door; not after the bad guy is already in your PC and your security software is going bonkers.

Web of Trust (WOT)

Today I learned that a new version has been released:

“Web of Trust, the popular safe-surfing tool for browsers, has introduced a new version with protection options to suit every web-surfing habit. Adults and experienced users who prefer “Light” protection receive only a simple alert notifying them of sites with a poor reputation, whereas selecting “Maximum Safety” will prevent a risky page from loading. Parents with young children can choose the “Parental Control” mode which blocks inappropriate sites like pornography.” – Source: Web of Trust

The new version offers you, the user, control over the levels of protection you desire:

Web of Trust

Folks, if you do not have this addon installed, then you are playing Russian routlette with your mouse. The more people we can get onboard with this type of protection, the safer the internet will become. Stop the bad guys before they get in the front door.

Please visit the “Web of Trust” web site [ CLICK HERE ] to learn more and to install this FREE browser addon that you will not regret.


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April Fool’s Day – Conficker hot topic…

March 30, 2009

While enjoying lunch today with my parents my Mother asked me if I knew about the Conficker worm.  I nearly fell off my chair and was thinking; “Mom is becoming a techie?”.


Sometime back I did (3)-three posts on the Conficker worm:

Worm Bounty Set By Microsoft ($250,000)

Downadup (aka: Conficker, Kido) is using AutoRun
to spread “like a can of worms”…

Is your system infected by the Downadup Worm, Conficker or Kido?

I found that Mom had been following the news on the Conficker worm on one of the national TV networks. The news media is taking Conficker and really running with it. Remember hot news keeps an audience. Create a panic and they will come… Too bad they do not carry special “daily” segments on the other security threats on the internet where people are having their money and privacy taken away.

To keep you up to date, the Conficker worm virus, which has literally baffled the IT experts, has infected over 10 million PC’s worldwide since November 2008  The conficker worm takes advantage of a vulnerability in Windows that Microsoft patched back in October 2008. If your PC is patched, then do not worry.

The April 1st threat (or any date for that matter) is speculation that the network of computers, already infected by the Conficker program, will start scanning thousands of websites for a new set of malicious instructions. In essence, these computers would become part of a network of robots (called a botnet) that would execute the instructions, once received. For example, if instruction were received by 10 million computers to attack (flood with data), specific websites, it could bring the sites down and even affect the integrity of the internet.

As always, keep the software on your computer up to date; especially your Window’s updates and your system security software.


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A web (cloud) based application to make Powerpoint presentations …

March 29, 2009

If you are a Microsoft Powerpoint user, then you are going to like this write-up on the cloud based application called “280 Slides”.

280 Slides

“280 Slides” is an online, web (cloud) based, slideshow presentation editor (builder) that you use right in your browser. There is no software to download and absolutely nothing to pay for (totally free).  The application is currently in beta, like many other cloud apps, but is another good example of “software as a service” (SAS) being driven across the internet. Again, the application is in beta, but I found it to work quite smoothly for a beta product. Applications such as this, will only get better and change the way we use software, as we know it.

280 Slides

Immediately catching my attention with this application is that you can import existing Powerpoint presentations into the “280 Slideshow editor” and download the presentations you create into the Powerpoint file format.

Additional features:

  • Import Existing Slideshow Formats
  • Access your slideshow from anywhere that there is an internet connection.
  • Add photos and movies (built in online media search)
  • Professional Quality Themes
  • Autosave and Recovery
  • Download to Powerpoint
  • Publish and Share on the Internet


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Tech Thoughts – Your Internet Source for Daily Security Alerts …

March 28, 2009

If you are someone who likes to remain current of prevailing security threats on the internet, then you need to visit and bookmark “Bill Mullin’s Weblog – Tech Thoughts”. Bill recently started posting “Tech Thoughts – Daily Security Alerts” which is an invaluable resource to anyone that is a regular visitor to the internet.


Tech Thoughts - Click here to vist

If you are already a regular visitor to his blog, you will already know that he is an expert at sniffing out trouble and ultimately posting solutions to problems that he knows that users need to know. His writings are composed in such a manner that they are easily understood; even by people who are new to computers. His ability to blast out articles of importance, that are globally recognized and read, is a big task that is not supplemented by any monetary means.

Bill’s blog recently surpassed one million visitors to his blog, which is a telltale sign of just how important the information is that he posts; and a telltale sign of just how many people he has influenced.

Thank you Bill Mullin’s
for making the internet a safer place for us all.


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ScreenToaster released today three key functionalities…

March 27, 2009

If you are a regular follower of “What’s On My PC…”, you will remember the writeup on:

ScreenToaster – An “Awesome and Free” web based screen recorder!


Today I received formal notice from ScreenToaster.com, that they officially released today three key functionalities that strengthens its position as the easiest and fastest tool to record, publish and spread tutorials, demos, training, lectures and more.

  1. Upload your videos to YouTube in HD – Benefit from YouTube’s audience and viral potential; Keep ScreenToaster’s High Quality on your favourite video platform; YouTube videos now include soundtrack
  2. Download in .mov for video editing – Benefit from third party video editing tools to rework your videos Audio now supported for downloaded files
  3. Beta Test their recorder API – Let your users publish videos directly on your blog, forum, website or extranet. Ideal for collaborative projects, professional tutorials, users’ support and feedback management, bug tracking and reporting.

    At every step of the process, ScreenToaster reduces the time it takes to create and distribute your videos online. Imagine how fast it is to capture your screen activity directly from your browser, upload it in seconds online to YouTube.com and ScreenToaster.com, stream it the minute after, and then use Twitter and other social networks to pass the word.

To register and try ScreenToaster out, insert your personal data at www.screentoaster.com/register

What changed since February:

  • New categories and subcategories
  • Four levels of privacy
  • Direct upload to Google Video for featured videos
  • Download in .swf file formats
  • Record from external VNC servers
  • Accelerated or slow-motion playback / Pauses during recording
  • Spread on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, FriendFeed, Digg
  • Bookmark it on Delicious, Stumble Upon, Yahoo Buzz and Google Bookmark
  • Send your video by mail
  • Suggested videos on the video pages
  • Branded profiles
  • Search filters: “most commented”, by “language”…
  • Custom RSS feeds


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