Thursday, 30 October 2014

How-to: Adjust Security for Mixed Content and Frames

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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 apply this on any other websites.

'Mixed content' and frames

If you can rule out any firewall or site blocking issues, you may find the problem comes from embedded content from third-party sites -in particular the dreaded iframes. Your web-browser software may be overcautious in it's treatment of 'mixed content'.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Know the facts. Stop the fraud. [Re-post]

A worthwhile post care of the British Banking Association at

Keeping your money safe is your bank’s number one priority. That’s why they’ve set up secure procedures to protect you from fraudsters. But these criminals are often sophisticated and their techniques are constantly changing. One such ploy is to pretend they work for the police or your bank.

Dangerous though this is, there are tell-tale requests a fraudster may make that your bank NEVER will. Knowing what these are can ensure you don’t fall victim to such as an attack.

Eight things your bank will never ask you to do…

Sunday, 21 September 2014

How-to: Insert iframes in Joomla

Having to resurrect an inherited Joomla site, some of Joomla's quirks are once again getting in the way.

For instance, it may be ugly, but embed codes are still necessary to add media content, such as a Vimeo player, to pages. However, if you try to add an iframe to an article, you can't simply use the HTML editor and paste in your iframe code because Joomla will, by default, strip it out as a security breach.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

News: Dyre Banking Trojan gathers pace [Guest Post]

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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) appears to be gathering pace such companies such as Salesforce this week felt compelled to mass-mail customers to tell them there is no specific vulnerability in their software.

Rather the Dyre or Dyreza trojan is designed to bypass SSL protection and steal banking credentials. Delivered via phishing emails with the subject lines "Your FED TAX payment was Rejected" and "RE: Invoice" the attack emails links to zip files on LogMeIn's file storage service.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Full Circle Magazine 88 is out now

Full Circle Magazine issue 88

The independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community

This month:
  • Command & Conquer
  • How-To : Minimal Ubuntu Install, LibreOffice, and GRUB2.
  • Graphics : Blender and Inkscape.
  • Linux Labs: Ripping DVDs with Handdrake, and Compiling a Kernel
  • Arduino
plus: Q&A, Security, Ubuntu Games, and soooo much more.

ALSO: Don’t forget to search for ‘full circle magazine’ on Google Play/Books.

Download issue 88:

Thursday, 28 August 2014

How-to: Remove UbuntuOne

Canonical's valiant cloud storage service has now gone to that great silicon graveyard in the sky: but on my Ubuntu 14.04, the UbuntuOne application still waits forlornly for the sync' message that will never come...

Time to remove the UbuntuOne application from my desktop.

The most important step, right click on the icon and turn it off first!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

How-to: Use 1 and 1 Website Analysis

How-to: Use 1and1 Website AnalysisIf you host your website with UK outfit 1and1, you'll find some tools in the back-end, one of which is a little Mickey Mouse Website Analysis tool. In theory you can point it at anything, but I suspect it's geared toward sites hosted by 1and1.

The initial scan of the site's meta-data prompted some interesting questions, particularly if you're thinking of search engine optimisation.  

'Title (If you've added a title for your website, how many words and characters did you use?)
Your website has a title with 18 characters and 2 words. You should use between 30-66 characters and 5-10 words.'

So that's where Google, Microsoft and IBM have been going wrong all these years... Seriously, though, Microsoft now has a pithy title 'Microsoft - Devices and Services.' Done and out. Amazon, on the other hand, goes the whole hog 'Amazon - Low prices in electronics, books, sports equipment and more.'