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How-to: Remove Text-Enhance adware

Text Enhance is one of those pesky adware browser hijackers that takes over pages in your web browser and overlays ads based on keywords in the page text. Underlined keywords are hyperlinked to pop-up boxes containing coupons in ads clearly identified as Text Enhance. A relatively benign and easily removed example of adware, it is … Continue reading

How-to: Understand Website ‘Identity Information’

…or more precisely, when a reputable website such as WordPress.com displays a warning triangle and the message: “this site does not supply identity information.” You may notice the warning triangle in the address bar on sites which use the HTTPS, SSL and TLS protocol and certificates, and get the message when you scroll over it. … Continue reading

How-to: Change your Firefox Update Channel

Firefox on the work desktop was not playing nice; realising it looked funny, I did a version check and discovered it was stuck on 24.0 ESR. Normally Firefox updates automatically. To kick off the update process, go to Tools, About and the version checker usually appears below the version number. As Mozilla has a number … Continue reading

How-to: Enable Cookies and Javascript

It goes against the grain, it really does; but sometimes, there is no alternative, some websites just insist on Javascript and cookies in order to work properly – sometimes to work at all. Which is fine, no one forces you to sacrifice your privacy and security any more then they force you to step off … Continue reading

How-to: Adjust Browser Security for Mixed Content and Frames

Adjusting your web-browser security settings If at any stage browsing the web you are presented with a blank page, you may need to refresh your  browser’s cache by pressing the Control and F5 keys. Failing that, different web browser software may require additional steps to adjust the security settings. Please consider carefully your need to … Continue reading

News: Dyre Banking Trojan gathers pace

The malware, also called Dyreza, designed to bypass SSL and steal login credentials, is prompting sofware vendors to email clients a “not us, guv” denial. The Dyre banking trojan which was reported at the start of the Summer (source article: Security Researchers Warn of New Dyre Banking Trojan (eSecurityplanet) by Jeff Goldman, June 20, 2014) … Continue reading

How-to: Secure the Weakest Link behind the Keyboard – Part I

You can have all have anti-virus software installed in Windows, UAC enabled, UEFI battening down the system boot, anti-malware and double firewalls; in theory, all your software should be perfectly secure. However, the weakest link in all computer security remains: the user. You might think all was secure the day you un-boxed your machine; as … Continue reading

How-to: View and clear SSL Certificate Exceptions on Firefox

Firefox is pretty good on security, such that when a site presents an SSL certificte that doesn’t cross-match to the owner of a number of other properties, it throws a message: This Connection is Untrusted: You have asked Firefox to connect securely to http://www.somessl.com, but we can’t confirm that your connection is secure. Normally, when … Continue reading

How-To: Remove Rvzr-A.Akamaihd Pop-Up Virus

A colleague just got hit by another one of these insidious little blighters. We know how it got in – Internet Explorer 11 – but not the source. I suspect my colleague clicked on a close or cancel button in a pop-up which actually ran some malicious code. We know what and when it was … Continue reading

How-to: Remove Text Enhance Adware

Text Enhance is one of those pesky, flash-based, adware, garbage packages, categorized by computer security experts as a browser hijacker, and by the rest of us as illegal, immoral c**pware. It attaches itself to internet browsers as an extension with cookies, without user consent. Text Enhance is not a legitimate in-text advertising service; the website … Continue reading

Review: Lightbeam Addon for Mozilla Firefox

Lightbeam: see who’s tracking you online “Lightbeam is a Firefox add-on that uses interactive visualizations to show you the first and third party sites you interact with on the Web. As you browse, Lightbeam reveals the full depth of the Web today, including parts that are not transparent to the average user.” Mozilla’s free Lightbeam … Continue reading

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