Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Priv3 Firefox Extension Practical Third-Party Privacy for the Social Web




“The Priv3 Firefox extension lets you remain logged in to the social
networking sites you use and still browse the web, knowing that those
third-party sites only learn where you go on the web when you want
them to. All this happens transparently, without the need to maintain
any filters. Priv3 is free to use for anyone. “

Best Practices for Fighting Botnets

From Engadget:

“… the Department of Homeland Security and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published a request for information, inviting companies from internet and IT companies to contribute their ideas to a voluntary “code of conduct” for ISPs to follow when facing a botnet infestation. ”…

From ArsTechnica:…

Tinfoil Security – Automating Website Protection

This is an interesting startup. I think the key will be how they
communicate what they find to the people running the websites and if
they can help resolve potential vulnerabilities. What will their
“step-by-step” look like?

“We’re making website security regular, affordable, and simple. We’re
essentially automating the beginning of the security consultant and
penetration testing process. We crawl your site, a bit like Google,
but instead of looking for text and HTML we look for common
vulnerabilities in your website. We act as external hackers, picking
through each access point on your website, trying to get in. If we are
successful, we record where and how we did it, and then report back
what vulnerabilities we found, where we found them, how we found them
(so you can recreate the problem) and then give you a step-by-step
solution for how to fix it. If you give us information on your
software stack (like you’re running Python, Django, on an EC2
instance) we will tailor the results to fit your needs. The cool thing
is that we’re automating all of this.”