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Check Incoming Mail Filters in Gmail

gmail_logo_1.jpgCouple of days ago a story made it to the Digg Frontpage titled Gmail security failure leaves my business sabotaged. This was the poor story of David Airey (a professional logo designer) who lost his domain Davidairey.com to an Internet hacker and password cracker due to a flaw in Gmail’s security system.

The hacker somehow managed to get into David’s Gmail inbox through a backdoor and got details about his domain registrar. Then using his login credentials, the hacker transfered David’s domain to his account on GoDaddy.

Fortunately, David has reclaimed his domain name and is back online with all his business but this leaves us all with lots of questions in our minds about Gmail security.

David’s Gmail account was hacked due to a previously known Gmail security issue which could allow a third party malicious site to add a backdoor to your Gmail Filters without your knowledge. This issue has been rectified now by the Gmail team but unless a backdoor was added to your Gmail account before the fix, it is more likely that the Backdoor is still lying there in your Gmail Filters and is able to grant access to your Gmail inbox to an external entity.

gmail-backdoor.jpgTo ensure maximum security, open your Gmail inbox and then navigate to your Gmail Settings. Open the Filters tab and make sure that there are no filters that forward your mails to some malicious third party sites. Take a look at the attached screenshot of a possible backdoor that can leak your secure information to external entities.

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Microsoft Introduces Windows Download Center

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Microsoft recently launched the beta version of the new Microsoft Download Center website that intends to be more convenient and easy to use however in reality the new website is a whole lot of mess and nothing less.

The new website is powered by SilverLight technology which is Microsoft’s anti-creation of Adobe Flash. You must have the SilverLight plugin for Firefox or Internet Explorer in order to view this new beta site.

For me the site triggered no less than 10 errors of illegal plugin operation by SilverLight on Firefox so once again I can say that Microsoft fails to implement the user-convenience formula and indeed gives users another reason to dislike it and its services.

Found at: Digital Inspiration

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Download AVG AntiVirus Professional for Free

avg_anti_virus.jpg AVG Anti-Virus is no doubt the world’s most used and best free anti virus software brought to use by Grisoft. It has a very large database of viruses, trojans, worms and exploits and is able to detect and cure almost all sorts of viruses. AVG comes in both Free (free-of-cost) and Pro (commercial) software versions however the good news is that the AVG Pro version can now be downloaded for free for a certain period of time.

Unlike the Free version of AVG, the Professional version gives you some extra features e.g. better task scheduling and more anti-virus search options.

To claim your free copy just hop on to Computerative and download free licensed copy of AVG Anti-Virus 7.5 Professional. This offer is valid till January 17, 2008.

Here is a download mirror on Rapidshare and MegaUpload.

AVG Anti-Virus Professional costs you $30 usually so if you take good use of this offer, you can save some money for lunch ;)

Source: DownloadSquad

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How to Get access to Orkut Applications?

opensocial.jpg Back in November this year, Google introduced OpenSocial for Social Networks. OpenSocial provides a common set of APIs for social applications across multiple websites. With standard JavaScript and HTML, developers can create apps that access a social network’s friends and update feeds.

Currently OpenSocial widgets and gadgets are being development for various platforms such as FaceBook, MySpace, Hi5 but the main focus is set to Orkut.

OpenSocial recently opened an Orkut SandBox for developers to test the OpenSocial APIs and widgets. Developers who have signed up for the Orkut SandBox will have access to social apps and can test out Orkut widgets and gadgets. Here is what you need to do to get the OpenSocial apps on Orkut.

  1. Sign up and request access to the OpenSocial Orkut Sandbox (even if you are a developer or not)
  2. Open Orkut and navigate to http://sandbox.orkut.com/myApps.aspx
  3. Browse the Orkut applications directory and choose applications to test

Note: Unless you are accepted to the Orkut Sandbox, you probably won’t be able to test applications on Orkut so make sure you request access as soon as possible.

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How to Export Posts of an Author in WordPress

WordPress is a great content management system, much better than other web softwares of its kind available on the Internet. One of its great feature is the ability to have multi authors on a single blog. Previously the concept of multi authorship was not so popular and earlier content management systems did not support this idea. However, WordPress gives us the ease to have as many authors as we desire on a blog.

All authors in WordPress are treated as individual entities and their posts, comments, custom fields and categories are tracked along with them.

Usually when you transfer your blog you backup and export your MySQL database because it stores the data of all your posts, comments etc but what if you want to export the data of a particular author only?

This type of situation arises when an author plans to leave a multi authored blog (in order to start a new blog independently) and wants his share of posts. We can easily export the posts, comments, categories and custom fields data of that author using the Export feature of WordPress which is often overlooked.

To export the posts of a particular author go to your WordPress Admin Panel and navigate to Manage > Export. There you can choose the author and all posts, comments, categories etc of that author will be exported to your PC in XML format.

Now to Import this data to a new blog just follow the steps:

  1. Log into that blog as an administrator.
  2. Go to Manage > Import in the blog’s admin.
  3. Choose “WordPress” from the list of importers.
  4. Upload this file using the form provided on that page.
  5. You will first be asked to map the authors in this export file to users on the blog. For each author, you may choose to map an existing user on the blog or to create a new user.
  6. WordPress will then import each of the posts, comments, and categories contained in this file onto your blog.

This method can also be used to backup your blog without messing with the database.

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iPhone integrated into Land Rover

land-rover-lrx-iphone-1.jpg We have already seen that the best and easiest way to market your product in today’s industry would be to relate it to the Apple wonder phone i.e. the Apple iPhone somehow and then wait for the word to spread around the globe.

Land Rover has very cleverly done the same in the Land Rover LRX concept car. Land Rover LRX is a new concept car (that probably won’t ever see the production line) but will definitely boast something (a full-fledge iPhone integration) that is bound to attract a lot of people.

It is hard to say whether the car will only have an iPhone slot or whether the iPhone will be electronically connected to the car thus controlling all its functions but if ever there is to be an iPhone integrated car it wouldn’t be so much amazing unless the luxurious car is fully controlled through the iPhone (which is more than just an ideal approach right now)

Courtesy: IntoMobile

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Nokia N96 Leaked Pics and Specifications

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Nokia N96 is going to be the next high-standard phone in the Nokia N-Series family of mobile phones. Though it is said to possess some of the features of Nokia N95 and Nokia 81 yet it will bring a whole new technology with it introducing and featuring dual-slide, full QWERTY keyboard as well as a 3.2 inch Touch-Screen display.

Nokia N96 Here are some of Tech specifications of this mobile phone as shared with us by N-series US.

  • Weighs 115 grams
  • Internal memory of 10 GB
  • WCDMA 2100
  • 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • HSDPA
  • Measures 102.5×56×17.6 mm
  • 3.2 inch screen with 16 million colors
  • Four speakers
  • Digital TV
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Free Hulu Invitations for Everyone

hulu-logo.jpgWhat is Hulu?

Hulu is an online video on demand service that is also expected to offer video sharing. The service is a joint venture of NBC Universal. The name “Hulu” was chosen in late August, when the website went live. The service offers full-length episodes of NBC and FOX television programs, including shows from the Bravo, Fuel TV, FX, Sci Fi, Style, Sundance, and Oxygen channels. Hulu also offers selected movies. The website is currently in limited beta testing. During this test, thirty second advertisements are presented intermittently, usually in the place a normal three minute ad break would be placed.

Can anyone use Hulu “anywhere, anytime”?

Not really! Hulu is service with a slogan “anywhere, anytime” (entertainment) but actually it is being offered only to the US residents so it is not the best choice for online Television internationally.

OpenHulu! now what in the world is that?

OpenHulu is a mirror site of Hulu created by a user taking advantage of the external embed function of Hulu videos. It is not affiliated with Hulu in any way but offers a good categorized form of shows and Television series.

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