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  1. We've been taught to look out for that little padlock to ensure a website is secure. But it's dangerous to rely on just one detail. Internet users are being taught to think about online security the wrong way, which experts warn might actually make them more vulnerable to hacking and cyberattacks. Websites that want to demonstrate their secure credentials will usually do so by displaying a padlock sign in the address bar that aims to show the website is using HTTPS encryption. The Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is the more secure version of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) used across the web to load pages using hypertext links – it's there to transfer information between devices, allowing users to enter and receive information. HTTPS encrypts that information, allowing the transmission of sensitive data such as logging into bank accounts, emails, or anything else involving personal information to be transferred securely. If this information is entered onto a website that is just using standard HTTP, there's the risk that the information can become visible to outsiders, especially as the information is transferred in plain text. Websites secured with HTTPS display a green padlock in the URL bar to show that the website is secure. The aim of this is to reassure the user that the website is safe and they can enter personal information or bank details when required. Users have often been told that if they see this in the address bar, then the website is legitimate and they can trust it. However, as security researcher Scott Helme warned in his keynote address at the SANS Institute and National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) Cyber Threat 19 conference in London, this information is potentially misleading, because it isn't difficult for cyber attackers to register HTTPs domains for use in phishing attacks and other hacking campaigns. But because web users have been told the padlock is a sign of safety, they're potentially vulnerable to falling victims to attacks. "This is why phishers are using it on phishing sites, because they know that people who use the websites think that means its OK when it's not," said Helme. "The padlock doesn't guarantee safety, it never has, that's just a misunderstanding of the interpretation of what this actually means." In December 2017, a television advert for Barclays Bank in the UK warned users to check for a green padlock to ensure that the website is genuine. There were complaints that this advice was misleading, because it would be possible for attackers to exploit HTTPS for their own ends. The complaint was upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority, which concluded that the advice from Barclays was inaccurate because "the padlock measure alone could not ensure safety". Because it turns out, it's actually relatively easy for a criminal to acquire HTTPS for malicious websites to help them look entirely legitimate. By buying a Transport Layer Security (TLS) certificate, attackers can encrypt traffic on their fake website and make it look legitimate. And because the traffic is encrypted, the browser can be fooled into believing that website is safe. "Cyber criminals started to use HTTPS and their trust scores can be higher than normal websites, they really care about this stuff," said James Lyne, CTO at SANS Institute. So by asking the user to notice when something is wrong, it's putting unfair pressure on them, especially, as Helme argued, as it doesn't happen in other aspects of life. He pointed to cars and how there isn't a warning light that tells the driver everything is OK. That light only comes on when the driver needs to be aware of an issue, there's no light or alert that appears just to show that things are working as expected – and that model should also be applied to the internet. "We should only be bugging the user with new information when there's a problem, not when everything is OK, not when the connection is secure. It should be that all connections are secure and that's the default and a non-encrypted connection is the exception," Helme explained. "We need to flip the model around, we need encryption to become the default and non-encrypted HTTP to become the exception, the thing that we warn about – like the warning light on your car, indicating there is a problem," he added. Even now, encryption is sometimes discussed as if it's a bonus when using the internet, when it needs to become the standard way of doing things everywhere on the internet, Helme explained. "We need it to become so ingrained and embedded into everything that we do that it's boring and we don't need to talk about it because it shouldn't be special. Encryption should be the boring default that we don't need to talk about," he said. The security industry therefore needs to step up and help fix the issue, Helme argued, because by doing this, it takes the responsibility for deciding if a website is safe or not away from the user – something that will help make the internet safer for everyone. "We need to take encryption and make it the default, universal – it needs to be everywhere," he said, adding: "The lack of encryption on the web is actually a bug. And what we're doing now isn't adding a new feature for an improvement or a new thing: we're going back and fixing a mistake we made in the beginning." In the mean time, it's going to remain difficult to convince internet users that something they've been told means that a website can be trusted can't actually be used as an indicator of whether the page is safe or not. "We've beaten into people that's safe, only go to websites with a padlock. But now it turns out that a cyber criminal can go out and buy a padlock for a dollar. That turns it around, so how do you unwire all of that?" said Paul Chichester, director of operations at the NCSC. "Cybersecurity is a really challenging discipline to operate in. If you think about driving a car and, over many years of driving, you learn certain things and it doesn't generally change, the practices keep you safe. Nobody tells you not to use the brakes any more," he added. To fix that, the industry needs to improve its messaging, because cybersecurity can be complicated for the average web user and changing advice all the time isn't going to help, especially if people stick to adhering to the first thing they were told – like believing the padlock automatically means the website is safe. "We're pivoting in much shorter periods of time and, even within our community, sharing practices can be tough, particularly when a new practice isn't as simple to convey as the original because those ideas stick," said Lyne. "That's where the average person has lost reasonable expectation – it's genuinely hard". Source
  2. The culprit? .*(?:.*=.*) Cloudflare has published a detailed and refreshingly honest report into precisely what went wrong earlier this month when its systems fell over and took a big wedge of the internet with it. We already knew from a quick summary published the next day, and our interview with its CTO John Graham-Cumming, that the 30-minute global outage had been caused by an error in a single line of code in a system the company uses to push rapid software changes. Even though that change had been run through a test beforehand, the blunder maxed out Cloudflare's servers CPUs and caused customers worldwide to get 502 errors from Cloudflare-backed websites. The full postmortem digs into precisely what went wrong and what the biz has done and is doing, to fix it and stop any repetition. The headline is that it was a cascade of small mistakes that caused one almighty cock-up. We're tempted to use the phrase-du-jour "perfect storm," but it wasn't. It was a small mistake and lots of gaps in Cloudflare's otherwise robust processes that let the mistake escalate. First up the error itself – it was in this bit of code: .*(?:.*=.*). We won't go into the full workings as to why because the post does so extensively (a Friday treat for coding nerds) but very broadly the code caused a lot of what's called "backtracking," basically repetitive looping. This backtracking got worse – exponentially worse – the more complex the request and very, very quickly maxed out the company's CPUs. So the three big questions: why wasn't this noticed before it went live? How did it have such a huge impact so quickly? And why did it take Cloudflare so long to fix it? The post answers each question clearly in a detailed rundown and even includes a lot of information that most organizations would be hesitant to share about internal processes and software, so kudos to Cloudflare for that. But to those questions… I see you CPU The impact wasn't noticed for the simple reason that the test suite didn’t measure CPU usage. It soon will – Cloudflare has an internal deadline of a week from now. The second problem was that a software protection system that would have prevented excessive CPU consumption had been removed "by mistake" just a weeks earlier. That protection is now back in although it clearly needs to be locked down. The software used to run the code – the expression engine – also doesn't have the ability to check for the sort of backtracking that occurred. Cloudflare says it will shift to one that does. So that's how it got through the checking process: what about the speed with which it impacted everyone? Here was another significant mistake: Cloudflare seems to have got too comfortable with making changes to its Web Application Firewall (WAF). The WAF is designed to be able to quickly provide protection to Cloudflare customers – it can literally make changes globally in seconds. And Cloudflare has in the past put this to good use. In the post, it points to the fast rollout of protections against a SharePoint security hole in May. Very soon after the holes were made public, the biz saw a lot of hacking efforts on its customers' system and was able to cut them off almost instantly with an update pushed through WAF. This kind of service is precisely what has given Cloudflare its reputation – and paying clients. It deals with the constant stream of security issues so you don't have to. But it uses the system a lot: 476 change requests in the past 60 days, or the equivalent of one every three hours. The code that caused the problem was designed to deal with new cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks the company had identified but – and here’s the crucial thing – it wasn't urgent that that change be made. So Cloudflare could have introduced it in a slower way and noticed the problem before it became a global issue. But it didn't; it has various testing processes that have always worked and so it put the expression into the global system – as it has with many other expressions. Cloudflare justifies this by pointing to the growing number of CVEs – Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures – that are published annually. War Games redux The impact however was that it created an instant global headache. What's more the code itself was being run in a simulation mode – not in the full live mode – but because of the massive CPU consumption that it provoked, even within that mode it was able to knock everything offline as servers were unable to deal with the processing load. That's where it all went wrong. Now, why did it take Cloudflare so long to fix it? Why didn't it just do a rollback within minutes and solve the issue while it figured out what was going on? The post gives some interesting details that will be familiar to anyone that has ever had to deal with a crisis: the problem was noticed through alerts and then everyone scrambled. The issue had to be escalated to pull in more engineers and especially more senior engineers who are allowed to make big decisions about what to do. The mistakes here are all human: first, you have to physically get other human beings in front of screens, on phones, and in chatrooms. Then you have to coordinate quickly but effectively. What is the problem? What is causing it? How can we be sure that's right? People get panicky under pressure and can easily misread or misunderstand the situation or decide the wrong thing. It takes a cool head to figure out what the truth is and figure out the best way to resolve it as quickly as possible. It appears from Cloudflare's post that the web biz actually did really well in this respect – and we can have some degree of confidence in its version of events thanks to the timeline. Despite the obvious initial thought that the company was under some kind of external attack, it pinpointed the issue as being the WAF within 15 minutes of receiving the first alert. Which is actually a pretty good response time considering that no one was watching this rule change. It was a routine update that went wrong. But there were several crucial delays. First the automated emergency alerts took three minutes to arrive. Cloudflare admits this should have been faster. Second, even though a senior engineer made the decision to do a global kill on the WAF two minutes after it was pinpointed as the cause of the problem, it took another five minutes to actually process it. Slow death Why? Because the people authorized to issue the kill hadn't logged into the system for a while and the system's protection system had logged them out as a result. They had to re-verify themselves to get into the system. When they did and authorized the kill, two minutes later it had kicked in globally and traffic levels went down to normal – making it clear that it was in fact the WAF that was the problem. This is the timeline: 13.42: Bad code posted 13.45: First alert arrives (followed by lots of others) 14.00: WAF identified as the problem 14.02: Global kill on WAF approved 14.07: Kill finally implemented (logging in) 14.09: Traffic back to normal Cloudflare has changed its systems and approach in response so in future this response time should go from 27 minutes to around 20 minutes (assuming it will always take some amount of time to figure out where the problem lies in a previously unidentified issue.) At this point, the problem was identified but WAF had been taken down so people were still experiencing problems. The Cloudflare team then had to figure out what in WAF had gone wrong, fix it, check it, and then restart it. That took 53 minutes. This is where the impressive openness and honesty from Cloudflare up until this point gets a little more opaque. One paragraph covers this entire process: "Because of the sensitivity of the situation we performed both negative tests (asking ourselves “was it really that particular change that caused the problem?”) and positive tests (verifying the rollback worked) in a single city using a subset of traffic after removing our paying customers’ traffic from that location. At 14:52 we were 100 per cent satisfied that we understood the cause and had a fix in place and the WAF was re-enabled globally." There's no more information than that, although it does mention later on that "the rollback plan required running the complete WAF build twice, taking too long." Timing off It also mentions that the Cloudflare team "had difficulty accessing our own systems because of the outage and the bypass procedure wasn’t well trained on" – although it's not clear if that leads to delays in fixing the WAF. It's hard to know without more detail whether Cloudflare did a great job here or whether its systems were found lacking - given its global reach and that it's entire function as a company is around this kind of work. For example: how long after the WAF was taken down did the engineer manage to pinpoint the specific code that caused the problem? Did it figure it out in five minutes and then run 47 minutes of tests? Or did it take them 47 minutes to find it and run five minutes of tests? The fact that Cloudflare doesn't say in an otherwise very detailed and expansive post suggests that this was not its finest hour. You would imagine that it would simply bring up a log of all the changes made just prior to the problems, cut those changes out, rebuild, and test. Maybe it did. Is 53 minutes a good timeframe to rebuild something that had just caused worldwide outages and put it live again? What do Reg readers think? Anyway, that's how it went down. To its credit, Cloudflare also acknowledges that its communication during the crisis could have been better. For obvious reasons, all of its customers were clamoring for information but all the people with the answers were busy fixing it. Worse, customers lost access to their Cloudflare Dashboard and API - because they pass through the Cloudflare edge which was impacted – and so they were really in the dark. The business plans to fix both these issues by adding automatic updates to its status page and by having a way to bypass the normal Dashboard and API approach in an emergency, so people can get access to information. So there you have it. It's not clear how much an impact this cock-up has had on people's confidence with Cloudflare. The post is keen to point out the company hasn't had a global outage in six years – not including Verizon-induced problems of course. Its honesty, clear breakdown and list of logical improvements – including not posting non-urgent updates to its super-fast global update system - will go some way to reassure customers that Cloudflare is not going all-Evernote and building more and more services on top of sub-optimal code. With luck it will be another six years until the Cloudflare-reliant internet goes down. Source
  3. I have a domain name ending in .TK, from freenom and webhosting supplied by bplaced. Do I use freenom's DNS to add info. from bplaced or vice-versa? In other words do I tell the host of the web site about the domain, the other way around or do I have to tell each about the other? The host of the website offer their own domain buying service which confuses things (for me). freenom talk about 20202020 or 20202121 as servers and bplace talk about DNS Crec or records? I'd appreciate someone familiar running through the setup procedure as although they have tried to translate from German to English their instructions are not very clear to me. is this right?
  4. Tim Berners-Lee: 'Stop web's downward plunge to dysfunctional future' Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the world wide web before launching the first ever website in 1991 Global action is required to tackle the web's "downward plunge to a dysfunctional future", its inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has told the BBC. He made the comments in an exclusive interview to mark 30 years since he submitted his proposal for the web. Sir Tim said people had realised how their data could be "manipulated" after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. However, he said he felt problems such as data breaches, hacking and misinformation could be tackled. In an open letter also published on Monday, the web's creator acknowledged that many people doubted the web could be a force for good. He had his own anxieties about the web's future, he told the BBC: "I'm very concerned about nastiness and misinformation spreading." But he said he felt that people were beginning to better understand the risks they faced as web users. "When the Cambridge Analytica thing went down [people] realised that elections had been manipulated using data that they contributed." He added that in recent years he has increasingly felt that the principles of an open web need to be safeguarded. In his letter, Sir Tim outlined three specific areas of "dysfunction" that he said were harming the web today: malicious activity such as hacking and harassment problematic system design such as business models that reward clickbait unintended consequences, such as aggressive or polarised discussion These things could be dealt with, in part, through new laws and systems that limit bad behaviour online, he said. He cited the Contract for the Web project, which he helped to launch late last year. But initiatives like this would require all of society to contribute - from members of the public to business and political leaders. "We need open web champions within government - civil servants and elected officials who will take action when private sector interests threaten the public good and who will stand up to protect the open web," he wrote. Wandering round the data centre at Cern, Sir Tim Berners-Lee was in a playful mood, remembering how he'd plugged the very first web server into the centre's uninterruptible power supply over Christmas so that nobody would switch it off - only for the whole place to be powered down. But as we talked about what had happened since he submitted his proposal for the web 30 years ago - described by his boss as "vague but exciting" - Sir Tim's mood darkened. In the last few years, he told me, he'd realised it was not enough to just campaign for an open web and leave people to their own devices. Sîr Tim has a plan - the Contract for the Web - to put things back on the right track but it depends on governments and corporations doing their part, and the citizens of the web pressing them to act. When, as my last question, I asked Sir Tim whether the overall impact of the web had been good, I expected an upbeat answer. Instead, gesturing to indicate an upward and then a downward curve, he said that after a good first 15 years, things had turned bad and a "mid-course correction" was needed. His brilliant creation has grown into a troubled adolescent - and Sir Tim sees it as his personal mission to put the web back on the right track. Sir Tim's vision was "at once utopian and realistic", said Jonathan Zittrain, author of The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It. It rested on the idea that a free and open web would empower its users, rather than reduce them to simply being consumers, he explained. "I see Tim's letter not only as a call to build a better web, but to rededicate ourselves to the core principles it embodies," he told the BBC. Those principles, he said, included universality of access and transparency - the ability to see and understand how web applications work. Source
  5. The internet – not as great as we all thought it was going to be, eh? Number of netizens in favor of the web drops, according to latest US study Society is slowing souring on the internet, according to the latest research by Pew. While a majority of us still think that the global communications network has, on balance, been a positive thing, that number has slipped significantly in the past four years. Back in 2014, when Pew last asked roughly 2,000 adults across the entire United States, 76 per cent of them said the internet held a net positive benefit for them personally. In the latest survey, however, that has dropped to 70 per cent. Old people have soured the most: 64 per cent now say the internet is mostly a good thing for society but that has fallen from 78 per cent just a few years ago. Young-uns remain more positive - but even so that figure for 18-29 year olds has fallen from 79 to 74 per cent. Reflecting the ever-growing issue of a national digital divide, those that are more educated and affluent are most positive about the internet. College graduates give the internet an 81 per cent thumbs up; those without a high school diploma, just 65 per cent, with 17 per cent of them saying the impact has been mostly bad. "Positive views of the internet are often tied to information access and connecting with others," says Pew, "negative views are based on a wider range of issues." What are those issues? Isolation, says a quarter of those who are down on the net. And the subject du jour – fake news – is making 16 per cent of people unhappy. Other concerns include the impact on children, a greater opportunity for illegal activity and privacy concerns. However just five per cent of people were worried about sensitive personal information, which is somewhat amazing given the series of highly public failure from companies like Facebook to adequately protect that data. On the plus side It's not all bad news though. There is still a clear majority of people who feel positively about the internet and those that are actively unhappy about it has remained unchanged at 15 per cent. People love the ready access to information that the internet has made possible and of course the ability to stay in touch with friends and family. What is stark in the survey is how much smartphones have become essential everyday tools in our modern lives. A fifth of Americans say that access the internet only through their phones these days i.e. they don't have a broadband connection at all – a seven per cent jump from four years ago. But, again, that figure points to the dangerous imbalance in digital access across the US: Pew notes that "those who rely on their smartphones for home internet service are disproportionately less likely to have attended college compared with those with traditional broadband service. They also report living in lower-income households." In other words, poor folk are using their phones to access the internet. Nearly a third of Americans in low-income households (under $30,000 a year) only access the internet through their phones. And that drops to almost zero when you hit high-income households. The policy implications are clear which makes all the more disturbing that federal regulator the FCC is actively trying to undermine the federal Lifeline program that provides subsidized broadband to low-income households. Poor people getting shafted is as American as apple pie. The same impact is seen by those living in rural areas: far more people outside big cities rely on their phone for internet access. Again, a clear policy issue that the FCC is failing to adequately address thanks in some part due to its terrible data on broadband access. As for the holdouts: 11 per cent says that do not use the internet at all. No internet, no email, nothing. Presumably this is the pool for all future jurors. Source
  6. How third-party services can knock out three out of four online properties Internet infrastructure may be fairly resilient thanks to its distributed nature, but the web we've built on top of it appears to be rather fragile. In a paper distributed last week through the ArXiv preprint server, researchers for Carnegie Mellon University find that third-party services such as domain name service (DNS) providers, content delivery networks (CDNs) and certificate authorities (CAs) represent an attractive target for attackers looking to maximize the impact of their hacking. Citing how the 2016 DDoS attack that downed managed DNS provider Dyn affected dependent sites like Amazon, Netflix and Twitter, the researchers – Aqsa Kashaf, Carolina Zarate, Hanruo Wang, Yuvraj Agarwal and Vyas Sekar – say the majority of top websites have a similar Achilles' Heel. "Our analysis paints a somewhat bleak situation on the state of modern web ecosystem," they observe, noting that most web services have little or no redundancy when using third-party infrastructure services and that a handful of these services represent potential single points of failure. The findings call into question the comprehensiveness of enterprise disaster planning scenarios. Most large business have some degree of system redundancy set up to deal with data center outages. But how many have implemented third-party service redundancy? Harvard University researchers raised this point, specifically in the context of DNS, earlier this year. The CMU boffins note that about 73 per cent of the top 100,000 websites – by Alexa stats – are vulnerable to diminished availability as a result of potential attacks on DNS, CDN and CA services. What's more, they observe that the amount of third-party services providing these critical functions is so limited that if the ten most popular providers of content delivery, domain name service and SSL certificate validation (OCSP servers) experienced an outage, between a quarter and almost a half of the top 100,000 websites would be affected. In addition, indirect or transient dependencies expand the possible points of failure: Critical third-party services can depend on other services and when one service is out it can have a downstream effect. For example, the researchers explain, the Dyn outage affected websites that relied on the Fastly CDN, because Fastly depended on Dyn. The researchers contend these indirect dependencies can increase the set of vulnerable web services by a factor of ten. Based on their findings, the researchers advise not only should organizations do the obvious thing and add some service redundancy but they should also analyze third-party service dependencies as avenues of vulnerability. ® < Here >
  7. StumbleUpon co-founder, Garrett Camp, has announced that the project is coming to an end 16 and half years after its launch in 2001. Camp is now recommending that StumbleUpon users migrate their accounts over to another of his projects, Mix.com, which he says incorporates the lessons learned from StumbleUpon “to take content discovery to the next level.” Writing in a Medium post, Camp said: Since its launch, StumbleUpon has been used by around 40 million people according to Camp. The service, which is currently ranked 2,129th by Alexa.com, allowed users to share favourite web pages, submit ratings and reviews, and get recommendations for additional content - it helped push the social aspects of the web before the likes of Twitter and Facebook took a grip of the social media sector. If you still use StumbleUpon, you’ve got until the end of next month to migrate your account over to Mix. Source
  8. Firefox Portable Latest Build Online Installer by demon.devin (Softables.tk/) Built using the latest version of my PortableApps Compiler; Installer code included as well. Thanks to @Geez for pointing me in the right direction for adding the version selection custom install page. I had to heavily rewrite and debug anyway but I got it and it looks sweet.. To upgrade Firefox Portable, simply rerun the installer and enter your desired version of Firefox that you would like to download and install. New In Rev. 2: When installing this PAF, there's a page where it asks you to enter the version you want to install. To install the latest, stable build enter: latest To install the latest, Beta build enter: beta To install the latest, DevEdition build enter: devedition To install the latest, ESR build enter: esr To install any other version, enter the version number of that build and install as normal. HASHES: CRC32: 3288851D MD5: B5148B93B1ADAA4719B747B12EE1559C DOWNLOADS: Mirrors: http://softables.tk/depository/internet/firefox Site: https://www.upload.ee Sharecode[?]: /files/7601871/FirefoxPortable_x86_x64_Latest_Builds_Rev._2_online.paf.exe.html
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    WYSIWYG Web Builder 9.4.2

    WYSIWYG Web Builder 9.4.2 WYSIWYG Web Builder 9 is a WYSIWYG (What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get) program used to create web pages. WYSIWYG means that the finished page will display exactly the way it was designed. The program generates HTML (HyperText Markup Language) tags while you point and click on desired functions; you can create a web page without learning HTML. Just drag and drop objects to the page position them ‘anywhere’ you want and when you’re finished publish it to your web server (using the build in Publish tool). WYSIWYG Web Builder 9 gives you full control over the content and layout of your web page. With the ‘Standard Tools’ toolbar you can execute basic commands like Create a new web site, Open an existing web site, Save, Cut, Copy, Paste, Undo, Redo. WYSIWYG Web Builder 9 also has icons to insert or edit hyperlinks (9th icon from the left) or add special characters when you’re in text edit mode. The last two icons are for previewing and publishing.You can easily add new browsers to use for preview using the ‘Edit Browser List’ option. WYSIWYG Web Builder 9 Key Features: What's new in 9.4.2? Website: http://www.wysiwygwebbuilder.com/ OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 Medecine: Patch Language: English Size: 8,17 Mb.
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    Arclab Web Form Builder 3.47

    Arclab Web Form Builder 3.47 Arclab Web Form Builder makes it easy to create HTML/php forms and email the form submission as Text, HTML or XML. The HTML web form generator supports single- and multi-page php forms with autoresponder and file uploads. Create your email contact form, support form or custom mail form right away on your own PC and upload it to your web. There is no HTML or php coding required! Unicode and utf-8 support! The visual workspace lets you fill the web form with all types of input fields, static elements and custom code. Arclab Web Form Builder is highly flexible and allows a seamless integration into your existing web site and corporate design. Click on a button and the program will generate the complete form mailer php script for you. Build and Design Build and design php online contact forms, registration forms, multi-page forms, feedback forms and other web forms using a visual environment without any coding or knowledge of php/HTML. The usage is very simple, add the placeholder keyword to your web page and let the program do the rest ...Create multi-page php formsAdd the form to a HTML pageAdd the form to a php page using php includeAdd the form using an iframeCustomize your Form Add text input, text areas, drop-down lists, date input, checkboxes, radiobuttons, multi-select input, attachements, pre-filled input fields (e.g. for country selection, language selection), intelligent input fields (e.g. age verification, email verification, password input) and many other fields without any coding knowledge. Arclab Web Form Builder also includes a multi-style captcha as challenge-response test to ensure that the form was filled out by a human and not by a bot.Supports all types of input elementsMulti-style captcha (challenge-response test) includedAutoresponder can send an additional message to the user filling out the formAdd file upload elements to allow the user to attach one of multiple files to the form submissionUpload the Form to your Web Arclab Web Form Builder will generate a single php file, which contains all the form-pages and the required processing script. The form does NOT require Javascript or Cookies. The generated form is based on HTML and PHP, which should be compatible with most web servers and web browsers. There is no additional installation on the server required. The form can be uploaded on a single click using the internal ftp routines or you can upload the php file by yourself.Arclab Web Form Builder is easy to use.No installation on the server required - just upload a single php fileNo Javascript or other browser side controls requiredNo cookies required. The script will work with all browsers, including mobile versionsGather the Results Just open the online form (php file) on your web server. The php script will display the form pages and generates an email out of the submitted form content after the user hits submit on the final form page. It can be mailed to a single or multiple recipients in text, HTML or XML format. An optional autoresponder or custom message can be sent to the person filling out the form. The web form, the php script and also the email uses the UTF-8 format, so it will support all international charsets. The form results will arrive direclty in your inbox after the user hits submit.Message can be in text, XML or HTML formatCustom autoresponder message (default or custom text/HTML)File uploads will be sent together with the form submission as email attachmentsAll messages sent in utf-8 format (supports all charsets)Safe and Secure Arclab Web Form Builder is a software product for Windows PC and not an online service like others. You can build the php web form on your local computer and upload the form to your hosted web space or web server. The php-script is running on your web server, so that the information will be in your hands and you don't need to worry about any privacy and security related issues like using an external online service.Arclab Web Form Builder is a form generator software running on your windows PCNo online serviceCreate, upload and host multiple forms on your own webserverHomepage: http://www.arclab.com/ OS: Windows XP / Vista /7 / 8 Language: Ml Tablet: Key Size: 2,39 Mb.
  13. By John Callaham 8 hours ago Over 5,000 websites have now signed up to join in a previously announced online protest against mass spying operations such as the ones that have been conducted by the National Security Agency. The effort is called "The Day We Fight Back" and will begin on Tuesday, February 11th. DuckDuckGo, Imgur and the Yahoo-owned Tumblr are among the major sites that have joined this effort, working with previously announced sites like Mozilla and Reddit and groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union. All of these companies will post banners on their pages Tuesday, urging people to call or email their members of the U.S. Congress and ask them to support laws that curtail online surveillance by government agencies. This new protest is being made in the spirit of the ones that were launched in January 2012, when many websites, including Wikipedia, went "dark" for one day. The effort was designed to convince U.S. lawmakers to not pass the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) into law. The web site blackouts were successful and both SOPA and PIPA died without coming to a vote in the U.S. Congress. Tuesday's protest against mass online spying won't have quite the same effect as the ones held over two years ago. One of the reasons is that some sites that joined in the SOPA blackout, like Wikipedia and Google, are apparently sitting out in this new effort. However, new leaks about how groups like the NSA conduct their operations continue to come out in the open and the debate over their use of phone, data and other records will continue for a long time to come. http://www.neowin.net/news/over-5000-websites-signed-up-for-the-day-we-fight-back-protest-against-mass-spying
  14. By Liat Clark,Feb 7 2014, 3:08am AEST The greatest danger is the emergence of a balkanized Internet. Twenty-five years after the Web's inception, its creator has urged the public to reengage with its original design: a decentralized Internet that remains open to all. Speaking with Wired editor David Rowan at an event launching the magazine's March issue, Tim Berners-Lee said that although part of this is about keeping an eye on for-profit Internet monopolies such as search engines and social networks, the greatest danger is the emergence of a balkanized Web. "I want a Web that's open, works internationally, works as well as possible, and is not nation-based," Berners-Lee told the audience, which included Martha Lane Fox, Jake Davis (aka Topiary) and Lily Cole. He suggested one example to the contrary: "What I don't want is a Web where the Brazilian government has every social network's data stored on servers on Brazilian soil. That would make it so difficult to set one up." It's the role of governments, startups, and journalists to keep that conversation at the fore, he added, because the pace of change is not slowing—it's going faster than ever before. For his part, Berners-Lee drives the issue through his work at the Open Data Institute, World Wide Web Consortium, and World Wide Web Foundation, but also as an MIT professor whose students are "building new architectures for the Web where it's decentralized." On the issue of monopolies, Berners-Lee did say that it's concerning to be "reliant on big companies and one big server," something that stalls innovation, but that competition has historically resolved these issues and will continue to do so. The kind of balkanized Web he spoke about, as typified by Brazil's home-soil servers argument or Iran's emerging intranet, is partially being driven by revelations of NSA and GCHQ mass surveillance. The distrust that it has brewed, from a political level right down to the threat of self-censorship among ordinary citizens, threatens an open Web and is, said Berners-Lee, a greater threat than censorship. Knowing the NSA may be breaking commercial encryption services could result in the emergence of more networks like China's Great Firewall, to "protect" citizens. This is why we need a bit of anti-establishment pushback, alluded to by Berners-Lee. He reiterated the need to protect whistleblowers like Edward Snowden that leak information only in extreme circumstances "because they have this role in society." But more than this, he noted the need for hackers. "It's a really important culture. It's important to have the geek community as a whole think about its responsibility and what it can do. We need various alternative voices pushing back on conventional government sometimes." In the midst of so much political and social disruption, the man who changed the course of communication, education, activism, and so much more remains dedicated to fighting for a Web founded in freedom and openness. But when asked what he would have done differently, the answer was easy. "I would have got rid of the 'slash slash' after the colon. You don't really need it. It just seemed like a good idea at the time." http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/02/tim-berners-lee-we-need-to-re-decentralize-the-web
  15. By Andrew Myers and Tom Abate January 30, 2014 Now anyone can drag and drop text into a linguistic analysis tool powered by machine learning. Ever wondered whether a certain TV show had a slant in favor of a political candidate? Stanford computer scientists have created a website that gives anyone who can cut and paste the ability to answer such questions, systematically and for free. The website is known as etcML, short for Easy Text Classification with Machine Learning. Machine learning is a field of computer science that develops systems that give computers the ability to acquire new understandings in a more human-like way. The etcML website is based on machine-learning techniques that were developed to analyze the meaning embodied in text, then gauge its overall positive or negative sentiment. To access this computational engine, users drag and drop text files into a dialog box. “We wanted to make standard machine learning techniques available to people and researchers who may not be able to program,” said Richard Socher, a doctoral candidate in computer science at Stanford and lead developer of etcML. Socher said the new site gives researchers and citizen activists in fields ranging from political science to linguistics an easy way to analyze news articles, social media posts, closed-caption transcripts of television newscasts and other texts of possible interest. “All users have to do is copy and paste, or drop their text datasets into their browser and click,” Socher said. From left, computational linguistics researcher Rob Voigt, doctoral student Richard Socher, master's student Kai Sheng Tai and visiting scholar Romain Paulus check out the website etcML, which helps users classify words or phrases that embody viewpoints. (Norbert von der Groeben) Beta users of etcML include Stanford doctoral candidate Rebecca Weiss, whose studies include political polarization and media coverage. She said the website gives her an easy way to classify words or phrases that embody viewpoints, then sift through millions of news articles and broadcast transcripts looking for patterns. “I can train a classifier and have it label all of my content, and I don't have to write a single line of code to do it,” Weiss said. “I can then share my classifiers with journalists or other researchers for use in their work.” Rob Voigt, a researcher in computational linguistics at Stanford, has used etcML to evaluate pitches on Kickstarter, a website that provides a platform for artists, entrepreneurs and others who are seeking financial backing for their projects. Voigt studies what makes a successful pitch. Using etcML, he has found that pitches using plural pronouns – we, us, our – fare better than those written in the first-person singular. Likewise, short films seem to have done better than projects involving comic books, games or fashion. “We don’t claim that our analyses are definitive, but the classification paradigm at etcML does provide meaningful clues about the likelihood of success,” Voigt said. Chinmay Kulkarni, a doctoral student in computer science at Stanford, used etcML to help grade short answer tests for a free, online course with roughly 2,000 students. Testing for the online course presented a challenge: Multiple-choice exams were easiest to grade automatically, but short answers offered a better measure of learning. Yet the instructor couldn’t possibly read and grade 2,000 tests. To solve this problem, students taking the course were required to grade one another. On average, four students ended up grading each exam. This increased the workload on each student. Kulkarni used etcML to help out. The software graded each test. Students still graded one another. But with the software in the grading loop, the average exam only had to be read by three or fewer students. “We were able to get the same accuracy with less effort,” said Kulkarni, who has published a paper about the project. Socher believes that making this drag-and-drop tool available to the public will allow many people to pursue interesting projects in semantic analysis while feeding back into the process of improving the computational engine behind the website. “This is a free and powerful tool,” Socher said. “We hope people will use etcML and tell us what their problems are so that when we make further improvements to underlying algorithms they will have real life impact.” The etcML development team was advised by Andrew Ng, a professor of computer science and director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Other team members include Stanford students Bryan McCann, Kai Sheng Tai and JiaJi Hu, and French visiting student Romain Paulus. Andrew Myers, formerly of the Stanford Engineering news office, is a freelance science writer. Tom Abate is associate director of communications at Stanford Engineering. To visit and use the etcML site click here. http://engineering.stanford.edu/research-profile/stanford-scientists-put-free-text-analysis-tool-web
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    Iron Portable Plugins

    Wanted to share my plugins for IronPortable. - Silverlight v5.1.20913.0 - Flash v12.0.0.44 - Sumatra PDF v2.4 plugin for viewing PDF files in Iron Browser. * all are compressed w/UPX and verified working.How to use: Copy desired plugin into IronPortable > Data > Plugins. (while IronPortable is not running) Note: Silverlight leaves trash behind in the registry, and file-system. - edit the launcher so it knows to clean up after Silverlight. Updating PAF manually: PortableApps.com is usually very slow when it comes to updates.. You can manually update yourself.. Check @ SRWare Iron's Forums.. They usually post an update when Chrome is updated.. Download the portable ZIP file and simply copy/replace in IronPortable > App directory. Obviously.. do it when IronPortable is not running, and Dictionaries & Extensions folders can be left out. FYI: the latest update 32.0.1750.1 is dramatically different. They included Chrome.exe & Iron.exe .. According to Iron's developers.. Iron.exe is problematic with some Plugins/Extensions.. So they recommend launching with Chrome.exe .. So you'll have to edit PAF's launcher file like so: [Launch]ProgramExecutable=Iron\Chrome.exe================================================================ EDIT: since this has evolved into everything SRWare Iron.. Here's the WinApp2.ini for CCleaner so it shows up.. obvsiously.. edit the locations to your location. * Optionally, I also included Silverlight, AdobeFlash/Macromedia.. Here's my full WinApp2.ini list .. useful for PortableApps users concerned with "Stealth". [Adobe Flash, Macromedia]Warning=Only select if Adobe Flash is not installed.Section=PortableAppsDetect=HKCU\Software\MacromediaDetectFile=%UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\AdobeDetectFile=%UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\MacromediaDetectFile=%UserProfile%\AppData\LocalLow\AdobeDefault=FalseRegKey1=HKCU\Software\Macromedia|FileKey1=%UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Adobe|*.*|REMOVESELFFileKey2=%UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Macromedia|*.*|REMOVESELFFileKey3=%UserProfile%\AppData\LocalLow\Adobe|*.*|REMOVESELF[Silverlight]Warning=Only select if Silverlight is not installed.Section=PortableAppsDetect=HKCU\Software\AppDataLow\Software\Microsoft\SilverlightDetectFile=%UserProfile%\AppData\LocalLow\Microsoft\SilverlightDefault=TrueRegKey1=HKCU\Software\AppDataLow\Software\Microsoft\Silverlight|FileKey1=%UserProfile%\AppData\LocalLow\Microsoft\Silverlight|*.*|REMOVESELF[PortableApps.com]Warning=clean up after IronPortable.Section=SRWare Iron PortableDefault=FalseDetectFile=%LocalAppData%\ChromiumDetect=HKCU\Software\ChromiumDetect=HKCU\Software\MozillaPluginsDetect=HKLM\SOFTWARE\MozillaPluginsFileKey1=%LocalAppData%\Chromium|*.*|REMOVESELFRegKey1=HKCU\Software\Chromium|RegKey2=HKCU\Software\MozillaPlugins|RegKey3=HKLM\SOFTWARE\MozillaPlugins|[Cache]Section=SRWare Iron PortableDetectFile=D:\PortableApps\IronPortable\App\Iron\Chrome.exeDetectFile=D:\PortableApps\IronPortable\App\Iron\iron.exeDefault=TrueFileKey1=C:\PortableApps\IronPortable\Data\IronPortableData\Default\Cache|*.*FileKey2=D:\PortableApps\IronPortable\Data\IronPortableData\Default\Cache|*.*FileKey3=E:\PortableApps\IronPortable\Data\IronPortableData\Default\Cache|*.*FileKey4=F:\PortableApps\IronPortable\Data\IronPortableData\Default\Cache|*.*[Cookies]Warning=deletes saved passwords.Section=SRWare Iron PortableDetectFile=D:\PortableApps\IronPortable\App\Iron\Chrome.exeDetectFile=D:\PortableApps\IronPortable\App\Iron\iron.exeDefault=FalseFileKey1=C:\PortableApps\IronPortable\Data\IronPortableData\Default|CookiesFileKey2=D:\PortableApps\IronPortable\Data\IronPortableData\Default|CookiesFileKey3=E:\PortableApps\IronPortable\Data\IronPortableData\Default|CookiesFileKey4=F:\PortableApps\IronPortable\Data\IronPortableData\Default|Cookies[Internet History]Section=SRWare Iron PortableDetectFile=D:\PortableApps\IronPortable\App\Iron\Chrome.exeDetectFile=D:\PortableApps\IronPortable\App\Iron\iron.exeDefault=TrueFileKey1=F:\PortableApps\IronPortable\Data\IronPortableData\Default|*History*FileKey2=F:\PortableApps\IronPortable\Data\IronPortableData\Default|ThumbnailsFileKey3=F:\PortableApps\IronPortable\Data\IronPortableData\Default|Visited Links[Current Session]Section=SRWare Iron PortableDetectFile=D:\PortableApps\IronPortable\App\Iron\Chrome.exeDetectFile=D:\PortableApps\IronPortable\App\Iron\iron.exeDefault=TrueFileKey1=D:\PortableApps\IronPortable\Data\IronPortableData\Default|Current*[Last Session]Section=SRWare Iron PortableDetectFile=D:\PortableApps\IronPortable\App\Iron\Chrome.exeDetectFile=D:\PortableApps\IronPortable\App\Iron\iron.exeDefault=TrueFileKey1=D:\PortableApps\IronPortable\Data\IronPortableData\Default|Last*[Form Data]Warning=deletes saved passwords.Section=SRWare Iron PortableDetectFile=D:\PortableApps\IronPortable\App\Iron\Chrome.exeDetectFile=D:\PortableApps\IronPortable\App\Iron\iron.exeDefault=FalseFileKey1=D:\PortableApps\IronPortable\Data\IronPortableData\Default|Web Data; --- END ---
  17. by Jon Brodkin - Jan 29 2014, 9:21am AUSEST Average speed improved in nearly every state (sorry, Ohio). Despite Internet speed improvements in nearly every state, most US residents are still surfing the Web at less than 10Mbps, according to Akamai's latest State of the Internet Report. Drawing data from Akamai's globally distributed network of servers, the report covering Q3 2013 put the US in 9th place worldwide in the proportion of residents with "high broadband," or at least 10Mbps average download speeds: Regular broadband is defined as 4Mbps—75 percent of US connections hit that mark. Akamai's data from its Internet content delivery network includes 158.5 million unique IP addresses in the US, and many millions more in countries around the world. "The global average connection speed continued its upward trend in the third quarter of 2013, climbing 10 percent over the previous quarter to 3.6Mbps," Akamai said in a press release. "A total of 122 countries/regions that qualified for inclusion saw average connection speeds increase during the third quarter, with growth ranging from 0.5 percent in Namibia (to 1.1Mbps) to a 76 percent increase in Nepal (to 3.6Mbps)." Akamai measured both the average speed of Internet connections and the average peak speed, which may not be representative of typical experience but is "more representative of Internet connection capacity." "Global average peak connection speeds showed a slight decline in the third quarter of 2013, dropping 5.2 percent to 17.9Mbps," Akamai said. "Seven of the top 10 countries/regions saw increases in average peak connection speeds during the quarter, ranging from 0.5 percent in Hong Kong (to 65.4 Mbps) to 19 percent in South Korea (to 63.6 Mbps). Meanwhile, Romania, Latvia and Belgium saw declines of 4.4, 3.3, and 3.6 percent to 45.4, 43.1, and 38.5Mbps, respectively." Average connection speed in the US was 9.8Mbps, while average peak speed was 37Mbps. Globally, just seven countries have average (not peak) speeds over 10Mbps. Massachusetts, it turns out, is home both to the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox and the highest broadband speeds of any state in the US: Massachusetts and New Jersey led the way in the percentage of residents with high broadband speeds: There's good news for nearly all states, though. "Across the whole country, average connection speeds were up in all states but Ohio, which saw a surprisingly large 20 percent quarter-over-quarter decline to 7.5Mbps," Akamai said. Average peak connection speeds rose in 44 states. Akamai analyzed mobile connection speeds separately. "Average connection speeds on surveyed mobile network operators during the third quarter of 2013 ranged from a high of 9.5Mbps to a low of 0.6Mbps, while average peak connection speeds ranged from 49.8Mbps to 2.4Mbps. Eighteen operators showed average connection speeds in the broadband (>4 Mbps) range," Akamai said. The 9.5Mbps average was achieved by a Russian provider. In the US, four mobile carriers were measured at average speeds of 2.1Mbps to 8.4Mpbs, and average peak speeds of 6.3Mbps to 24.5Mbps. Akamai did not identify which carrier was which, listing them only as "US-1," "US-2," and so on. An Akamai spokesperson told Ars that "we aren't permitted to identify the carriers listed in the report." Akamai also provided an update on IPv6 adoption and Internet attacks. Romania led the way in IPv6 adoption with 7.3 percent of traffic attributed to IPv6. The US was fifth at 4.2 percent. Regarding security, China was the leading source of traffic Akamai was able to identify as "attack traffic." "China, which originated 35 percent of observed attacks, returned to the top spot this quarter after having been unseated by Indonesia in the second quarter," Akamai said. "Indonesia, meanwhile, dropped back to second place after originating 20 percent of observed attacks—slightly more than half of the volume seen in the second quarter. The United States remained in third place as it originated 11 percent of observed attacks during the third quarter, up from 6.9 percent in the previous quarter." http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/01/two-thirds-of-americans-surf-the-web-at-less-than-10mbps
  18. Posted 8 hours ago by Frederic Lardinois Microsoft is giving its Office Web Apps a new look today, it seems. While the company hasn’t done all that much to promote its Office Web Apps lately, they are pretty capable online versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote that are free for anyone to use. Today, the company is giving all of these apps a user interface overhaul that brings an even flatter design, some new features and easier navigation. While Microsoft hasn’t officially announced these changes, the company has confirmed to us that it did indeed launch these updates earlier today. “We did introduce some Office Web App updates earlier today,” a Microsoft said. “As we’ve said in the past, we’ll continue to bring the Office features that you value most to the Web and this is just one example of that.” The most notable change – or at least the first one I spotted – is a new navigation for the OneNote note-taking app. It now uses two columns on the left to help you navigate between the different sections of your notebooks. Previously, that was a bit of a hassle. Microsoft has also changed the design of the top menu across all the apps and cleaned up the design of the Ribbon menu across the board. The occasional semi-skeuomorphic icon remains in the Ribbon, but for the most part, the Office Web Apps have now gone completely flat. As part of the update, Microsoft has also changed the header UI to include a switcher that offers access to other online Microsoft experiences. One other change I noticed was that the Word and Excel apps now features a “Tell me what you want to do” search bar that lets you search across all of the app’s tools and invoke actions, such as bolding text or find and replace right from the search results. It uses type-ahead, so it generally just takes a few keystrokes to find the function you need. Microsoft says this tool will soon arrive in the PowerPoint web app, too. Microsoft tells me that it also now allows users to add “polish to reports and papers with new footnotes & endnotes.” Overall, the new design makes the Office Web Apps feel a bit more like the recently updated Outlook.com, which also features a similarly flat menu bar. For comparison, here is what the old user interface looked like: http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/22/microsoft-gives-its-office-web-apps-a-new-flatter-look
  19. Last updated: January 21, 2014. The very best ways to learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and the art of building websites, including free and paid tutorials, courses, instructor-guided courses, and reference material. Fifty resources, selected from a list of over 140. About This Guide Between 2010 and 2020, the market for web design jobs is projected to experience a 21.7% year-on-year growth. The prospects are also quite good in the short-term. While the median annual salary for web developers is $77,000, those who can create the topnotch online web experiences that keep web surfers engaged can fetch salaries north of $100,000/year. The demand is so strong that coding bootcamps have popped up around the country to train new front-end web developers, offering the ability for smart young individuals to gain valuable skills in an intense environment, often for a hefty price tag. In tandem, there has been an explosion in the supply of websites, tutorials, ebooks, and online courses that can help you achieve the same goal for a fraction of the price. So we decided to create a guide for eager learners who dont have $5,000 to $10,000 to spend on training. Weve scoured the web and looked at hundreds of websites that claim to teach web development. Weve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. The net result is this curated collection of online learning resources that will transform you into a front-end web developer. These websites and resources come in many shapes and sizes. Here are the types of sites that we have collected: 1) Tutorials & Guides There are thousands of free web guides and ebooks. Weve hand-picked the best. 2) Online Courses Courses represent a paradigm shift from guides and tutorials. Structured curricula and use of video will keep you more engaged as well as help you absorb more learning material. The course platforms at the higher end have slick user interfaces, high quality video, community forums, and coding exercises. 3) Live Instruction The best way to learn is via live interaction and personal training, which can help you break through mental barriers quicker. This is similar to the experience you might get at a bootcamp but at a fraction of the price and basically the same career boost you'll enjoy when looking for a job. 4) Reference Content Our reference section includes free and searchable repositories of information, where you can get exactly what you need, when you need it. When I first started out learning HTML and CSS, a lot of the online courses, training guides, and tutorials that exist today hadnt been created yet. I taught myself the hard way. I just started experimenting with HTML and CSS. I would take existing web pages and deconstruct the source code, trying to figure out everything fit together. When I ran into a problem, I would do a quick search on Google. These days, theres a wealth of knowledge for anyone who wants to put in the time to learn. Steven Hansen, front-end developer, mrc Every Provider In the course of creating this comprehensive list, we reviewed more than 140 resources where one could plausibly learn how to code. However, most had outdated content or provided a poor user experience. Many more were simply redundant: offering an experience that is similar to, but certainly not better, than the resources on this list. Those of you who are curious can view the complete list, but in this guide, we only focused on the very best. 1) Tutorials & Guides 2) Online Courses 3) Live Instruction 4) Reference Content Picking a side project that motivates you to learn how to achieve what you want using code is a great way to force yourself to pick up techniques. The key is that the side project's subject interests you beyond the coding - for instance some of my first websites were around video games websites. As the sites grew an audience this pressed me to expand my knowledge to improve them. Jason, Self-taught coder & Founder at Potato, a 70-Person Web Development Agency 1) Tutorials & Guides Free or Lost Cost Keep your hard-earned dollars in your pocket Text-Based Good for those who like to learn via reading and see text code examples Shay Howe's Guides to HTML & CSS Shay Howe bundles HTML and CSS into one learning block that is beginner-friendly and well organized. The text-based beginner guide is cleanly formatted for optimum readability and touches on the common elements of web design and development. There are no exercises to help you practice or hone your newly learned skills, though. Those who have the basics can continue with his advanced guide, which expands the concepts previously learned and specifically aims to help designers broaden and shore up their HTML, CSS and jQuery skills. Good content organization but like the material that precedes it lacks any attempt at learning reinforcement through assignments or hands-on coding. Subject Areas: HTML, CSS, JavaScript Level: All Levels Price: Free http://learn.shayhowe.com HTML 101 at Berkeley Knight Digital Media Center While this resource is provided by a very credible source, its intended audience is not hardcore developers but career journalists and communication professionals. This makes the content great for non-techies and complete beginners but not so much for people passionate to learn more about web design and development. Subject Areas: HTML Level: Beginner Price: Free http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/html Web Development for Beginners from WebPlatform Web Development for Beginners is a survey of the essential skills necessary for a web developer to be able to execute code efficiently and effectively, even with little to no skill. It not only goes over a history of web development, but also highlights specifically important elements in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Subject Areas: HTML, CSS Level: Beginner Price; Free http://docs.webplatform.org/wiki/beginners The HTML & CSS Book from Wiley Books The HTML and CSS Book is a comprehensive manual to all aspects about CSS3 and HTML5. Similar to any engineering manual, the HTML and CSS Book covers all topics related to web design in an encyclopedic, reference-oriented manner. 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Special thanks to summer Skilltern, Victoria Meng, who carried out a lot of the research required for this list, Brad Zomick, Chief Content Officer, who organized and polished the text, and Nick Gidwani, CEO, who coded it up. 1More Resources: Over 80,000 Courses from 400+ ProvidersUse our CourseFinder to see online courses in a variety of subject areas, including more specific web design topics like Responsive Design, Wordpress, or others.2Read More: Valuable advice and tipsIf you are ready to start coding you'll want to check out the best HTML editors and When you start exploring some career options, you might want to weigh the value of Web Design Certifications or live a day in the life of a front-end developer or mobile app designer. Before getting to the interview make sure to read the most popular HTML interview questions.. 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  20. By Sanjeev Radhakrishnan Friday, January 17, 2014 Cross-platform app development is more important than ever. 10 years ago, you just whipped out your Visual Studio when you needed a client application, but not anymore. With “app-ification” going mainstream on Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac, what is a developer to do? Web apps are a good solution some of the time (except for that little detail called IE!). But what about when you need the features and performance of native code, across platforms? And you’re a startup with a small team and impossible deadlines? Well, at MobileSpan we’ve been living in this world for the past 2 years, and we want to share our approach. We chose to build our application by integrating with the source code of Chromium. Chromium is the open-source base of Google Chrome. My co-founder and I are Xooglers from the Chrome team, so we were very familiar with it and it was an easy choice for us. But you don't have to spend 4 years at Google to take advantage of Chrome's rich code base. But... I'm not building a browser! So, why would Chrome source be useful to me for cross-platform app development? I'm not building a browser... In reality, Chrome is much more than just a browser. Chrome code is highly tuned for performance, reliability, and cross-platform compatibility across PCs and iOS + Android devices. Out of necessity, the Chrome team has created cross-platform abstractions for many low-level platform features. We use this source as the core API on which we build our business logic, and it's made the bulk of our app cross-platform with little effort. Most importantly -- Chrome code has been battle-tested like almost nothing else, with an installed base in the hundreds of millions. That makes all the difference when you want to spend your days working on your company’s business logic instead of debugging platform issues. Basically, you can structure your code like the diagram below, where you only write your application logic, and let Chromium do the heavy lifting. So what's in Chrome that's so great? Well, consider the parts of a modern browser. Chrome contains high-performance, cross-platform implementations of: •Concurrency handling •Compression •Encryption •Certificate handling •Low-level socket interfaces •High-level protocol implementations like HTTP, HTTPS, FTP) •DNS resolution •Proxy handling •Complex disk caching •Cookie handling ... and more What it lets you do is build a single, cross-platform application layer, on top of all this goodness. Chrome code also has other unexpected, higher-level goodies like: •Chrome Remote Desktop, •a full P2P (TURN, STUN, etc) stack (used by the Chrome Remote Desktop code), •an XMPP client (used by Chrome Sync as well as Chrome Remote Desktop) Where Do I Start? First Things First: The right tools to generate your project The first step in starting your project is to create the appropriate project file for your platform (Visual Studio, XCode etc). Chromium uses GYP to declaratively specify files and project settings in a platform independent manner. I strongly recommend starting your project as a GYP file. GYP generates project files for each platform (Visual Studio solution and project files, XCode project files and Android .mk files). In addition, powerful dependency options in GYP allow compiler and linker settings needed by the various Chromium project files to automatically flow into the projects that depend on them. This drastically reduces your own build headaches, as well as problems when you update your checkout of Chrome sources. A basketful of helpers prevent your project from becoming a basket-case. Once you get to the meat of your app, you will find yourself needing all sorts of helper libraries for everything ranging from string manipulation, concurrency handling, synchronization, thread pools, message loops, logging, file manipulation, timers, shared memory management, and more. If you find yourself starting to write a generic helper class or library, search the Chromium sources first. Chances are very high that you will find just the class you want, with very good unit-test coverage to boot. The base library in the Chromium sources (found in src/base) provides a vast array of cross-platform tools that cover all the areas mentioned above and a lot more. There are also helpers for platform-specific areas such as the Windows registry or the iOS keychain. It has become quite the game for developers at MobileSpan to search the Chromium sources for helpers they need. Network stack, anyone? Unless you are building your app for Windows 3.1, chances are that you want to talk to a server of some kind. This might involve simple HTTP or HTTPS API calls or low-level socket calls or anything in between. The net library in Chromium (src/net) is your friend here. You’ll find a full cross-platform HTTP and HTTPS stack, code for cookie handling, caching, TCP and UDP sockets and socket pools, SSL certificate handling, DNS resolution, proxy server resolution ..., well, you get the idea, pretty much anything network related. Encryption Need to handle public/private keys, encrypt data store secrets? The crypto library (src/crypto) is another excellent cross-platform library that is almost sure to have the encryption or key management routine you are looking for. By now, you get the picture of how the sources are organized. XMPP, P2P, Protocol Buffers etc. These aren’t things you would normally expect to find in a web browser but Chromium includes an extensive XMPP and P2P client library built on top of libjingle (look at src/jingle and src/remoting). If you use protocol buffers in your code, GYP has support for .proto files. Just add the .proto files to your GYP file and it will do the right thing of building the protoc compiler and generate wrapper code for your protobufs. This even works for iOS projects. Testing Your code is only as good the unit-tests you write for them, right? Though not strictly a part of the Chrome, the GTest and GMock libraries that are part of the Chrome checkout provide an excellent framework for writing unit-tests and mocking your C++ classes. All Chrome tests are written using these frameworks so you have a big sample codebase to get inspired by. GYP even creates platform-appropriate containers for your tests. For example, on iOS, it will automatically create an iOS app to contain your tests so you can run them in the simulator. You just write your tests in cc files, add them to a gyp file, add the right dependencies and viola, you have cross-platform unit-tests. At MobileSpan, we implemented the core of our business logic in a cross-platform library that is built using Chrome. We then built our UI per platform that uses this underlying library. Porting our app to a new platform means mainly building the UI layer on the new platform and then tying it together with the cross-platform client library. Conclusion: Tying It Together If I am sounding like a Chrome fan-boy, that’s because I am one. Since we embraced Chromium more than 2 years ago, we have found it to work really well for us as a dev platform, saving countless person-hours. It has allowed us to reuse some really well-written and, more importantly, well-tested code across several client platforms, and to concentrate our efforts on making a solid product that works equally well on multiple platforms. Items for a future post This just scratches the surface of using Chrome source as a development platform. What should I cover in a next post? Some options include: •Deep dive into specific libraries like Network, Crypto, etc. •Keeping up to date with Chromium sources •How to fork and keep your sanity (and knowing when to fork certain sources) •Process of checking out Chromium sources •More details on cross-platform UI development Have you poked at Chrome's codebase or used it to build a cool product? Tell us about it in the comments section. https://www.mobilespan.com/content/chrome-is-the-new-c-runtime
  21. By Andrea Peterson January 16 at 11:50 am The page students inside Yale saw when attempting to access a student creating online class planning service earlier this week. (CourseTable.com) A pair of Yale students and brothers, Peter Xu and Harry Yu, built a site that let students plan out their schedules while comparing class evaluations and teacher ratings for the past three semesters. Thousands of Yale students used it, apparently finding it a better resource than similar sites run by the university. But this week, as the "shopping period" where students are able to try out classes and finalize their schedules began, Yale not only blocked the Web site from campus networks, labeling it "malicious," but forced the brothers to take it down or face disciplinary action. "We found that it was really hard to find and compare courses when we first arrived at Yale," said Yu,"and given the amount of freedom that Yale gives students to take courses, we found it really frustrating." So they created their own personal tool to help them use average class and professor evaluations to make informed decisions about their course selections. The information they used was already available to students through internal systems. But there was no centralized database that allowed students to perform comparisons at a glance. So they started collecting information from internal resources and programmed an interface that would compile everything in one place. As it evolved, they thought that other students might be interested in their system as well. So they launched it as "Yale Bluebook+" -- a riff on an officially sanctioned course planning tool. And they were right: According to their data, 2,094 students have used the site, with 1,871 students creating worksheets last semester. That's a significant chunk of Yale's roughly 5,000-person undergraduate student body. As first reported by the Yale Daily News, representatives of the registrar's office contacted Yu and Xu last week asking how they had obtained their data, with whose permission, and where it was hosted. Officials also expressed concerns that the site was making course evaluation information available to individuals not authorized to view the information. While the site required Yale credentials to log in, it did not have a way to sort between undergrad students and other members of the academic community. In later correspondence, the administration cited concerns about the prominence of evaluation information and unauthorized use of the words "Yale," "Bluebook," and the Yale logo. At a meeting Friday, the brothers say they were told they needed to shut down the site due to these issues. "They seemed to be panicking a little bit about it," Xu said in an interview. But the brothers countered with proposals aimed at addressing the university's concerns and they rushed to implement changes over the weekend -- including changing the name to CourseTable and adjusting how they displayed rating data. "We thought we could work out all of these issues," says Xu, "up until Sunday night." Then, without further warning, Yale blocked the page from university networks -- effectively cutting off students who intended to use their service to guide their shopping period. Xu and Yu said they scrambled to e-mail out saved worksheets to students and tried to get in contact with the administration to talk through the situation further. In response, they received a written notice that they would be referred to the Executive Committee for disciplinary action if the site was not taken down by 5 p.m. Tuesday. So they took down the site. "We're disappointed, but we're afraid of compromising our degree," said Yu. Both students expressed their continued affection for the institution, but they also saw its actions as contradicting the values like a "drive to promote innovation" and "academic freedom" that they believe are central to their education at Yale. The brothers were especially surprised that the university was unwilling to cooperate with them because the administration's existing course selection software — which Yu and Xu's product was meant to improve — was itself a student-created product, eventually bought out by the university. In fact, the brothers say, the original Yale Bluebook used some of the same methods to scrape its data, and they worked with a member of the app's team to help create the process. But their conversations with the administration and the content of the sites led them to believe the sticking point was the way they displayed course evaluations, which was different from Yale Bluebook because it averaged the ratings and made them easily comparable. "The registrar said that originally when Yale faculty agreed to put that information online, they didn't want it to be displayed that prominently," said Yu. The brothers don't find that a very compelling reason to limit the way the information could be displayed. "First, we don't think that helps professors that much,"said Xu, saying that the ratings for most classes were positive. "And second, we think it hurts students by limiting their ability to understand information about the classes they want to take." But the administration appears to disagree: A response sent by the Yale IT department to students who filed tickets about the blocking of the site specifically cited the its use of ratings as among the reasons the site was blocked, saying "the design of the site focused on a few ratings never intended to be used for this purpose." It added, "Yale takes advising and course selection seriously and has given students digital resources to help them design their schedules, such as syllabi, course descriptions, and thoughtful narrative responses written by students." Yale declined Washington Post interview requests for this story, but did share a short statement about the situation from Yale College Dean Mary Miller. The statement did not directly address their blocking of the website or the threat of disciplinary action, or the site's use of course ratings. "Yale's policy on free expression and free speech entitles no one to appropriate a Yale resource and use it as their own," the statement read. It further stated its main priority at this time was supporting its own resources, "not others created independently and without the university's cooperation or permission," and that "all the information on the website remains remains available to students on the Yale site." Since the blocking of the Web site and the forced takedown, the brothers say they have received "radio silence" in response to attempts to meet in person with the dean's or the registrar's office -- a situation they find frustrating, but not particularly surprising. "They want this to blow over," argued Yu. "In another few weeks, students will be enrolled in classes and it won't be a be a big deal anymore." But they still believe "Yale as a whole remains a great place for technology. " And they say they've received a lot of support in conversations with faculty and members of the administration outside of the dean's and registrar's office. Plus their online petition asking the university to allow the site has attracted over 500 signatures. "We think that Yale as a whole does not try to stifle innovation," they explain. "Rather, the overly cautious dean's and registrar's office has just really mishandled this specific case." http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/01/16/yale-students-made-a-better-version-of-its-course-catalog-then-yale-shut-it-down/
  22. 14 January 2014 Last updated at 12:38 GMT The RoboEarth system will be tested in a hospital setting A world wide web for robots to learn from each other and share information is being shown off for the first time. Scientists behind RoboEarth will put it through its paces at Eindhoven University in a mocked-up hospital room. Four robots will use the system to complete a series of tasks, including serving drinks to patients. It is the culmination of a four-year project, funded by the European Union. The eventual aim is that both robots and humans will be able to upload information to the cloud-based database, which would act as a kind of common brain for machines. Common brain The system has been developed by research scientists from Philips and five European universities including Eindhoven. "At its core RoboEarth is a world wide web for robots: a giant network and database repository where robots can share information and learn from each other," said Rene van de Molengraft, the RoboEarth project leader. The four robots selected to test the system in a public demonstration will "work collaboratively" to help patients, he told the BBC. One robot will upload a map of the room so that others can find their way around it, others will attempt to serve drinks to patients. "The problem right now is that robots are often developed specifically for one task," he said. "Everyday changes that happen all the time in our environment make all the programmed actions unusable." The aim of the system is to create a kind of ever-changing common brain for robots. "A task like opening a box of pills can be shared on RoboEarth, so other robots can also do it without having to be programmed for that specific type of box," he added. Home robots The cloud-based system will also mean that some of the robot's computing or thinking tasks can be offloaded, meaning that a robot wouldn't need so much onboard computing or battery power. Robot assistants are likely to be available in homes within 10 years, experts believe. It is already possible to buy robot vacuum cleaners, robots that wash the windows and robot lawnmowers. More humanoid robots, able to assist disabled or elderly people, are now being developed. Author James Barrat, who has written extensively about the dangers of robots gaining their own intelligence, thinks there need to be safeguards. "In the short term, RoboEarth adds security by building in a single point of failure for all participating robots," he said. "In the longer term, watch out when any of the nodes can evolve or otherwise improve their own software. The consequences of sharing that capability with the central 'mind' should be explored before it happens." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25727110 :)
  23. How To Stop Everyone Tracking You On The Web It’s no secret that there’s big money to be made in violating your privacy. Companies will pay big bucks to learn more about you, and service providers on the web are eager to get their hands on as much information about you as possible. So what do you do? How do you keep your information out of everyone else’s hands? Here’s a guide to surfing the web while keeping your privacy intact. The adage goes, “If you’re not paying for a service, you’re the product, not the customer”, and it’s never been more true. Every day more news breaks about a new company that uploads your address book to their servers, skirts in-browser privacy protection, and tracks your every move on the web to learn as much about your browsing habits and activities as possible. In this post, we’ll explain why you should care, and help you lock down your surfing so you can browse in peace. Why You Should Care Your personal information is valuable. More valuable than you might think. When we originally published our guide to stop Facebook from tracking you around the web, some people cried “So what if they track me? I’m not that important/I have nothing to hide/they just want to target ads to me and I’d rather have targeted ads over useless ones!” To help explain why this is short-sighted and a bit naive, let me share a personal story. Before I joined the Lifehacker team, I worked at a company that traded in information. Our clients were huge companies and one of the services we offered was to collect information about people, their demographics, income and habits, and then roll it up so they could get a complete picture about who you are and how to convince you to buy their products. In some cases, we designed websites and campaigns to convince you to provide even more information in exchange for a coupon, discount or the simple promise of either of those. It works very, very well. The real money is in taking your data and shacking up with third parties to help them come up with new ways to convince you to spend money, sign up for services and give up more information. Relevant ads are nice, but the real value in your data exists where you won’t see it until you’re too tempted by the offer to know where it came from, whether it’s a coupon in your mailbox or a new daily deal site with incredible bargains tailored to your desires. It all sounds good until you realise the only thing you have to trade for such “exciting” bargains is everything personal about you: your age, income, family’s ages and income, medical history, dietary habits, favourite websites, your birthday… the list goes on. It would be fine if you decided to give up this information for a tangible benefit, but you may never see a benefit aside from an ad, and no one’s including you in the decision. Here’s how to take back that control. How to Stop Trackers from Following Where You’re Browsing with Chrome If you’re a Chrome user, there are tons of great add-ons and tools designed to help you uncover which sites transmit data to third parties without your knowledge, which third parties are talking about you, and which third parties are tracking your activity across sites. This list isn’t targeted to a specific social network or company — instead, these extensions can help you with multiple offenders. ◾Adblock Plus — We’ve discussed AdBlock plus several times, but there’s never been a better time to install it than now. For extra protection, one-click installs the Antisocial subscription for AdBlock. With it, you can banish social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ from transmitting data about you after you leave those sites, even if the page you visit has a social plugin on it. ◾Ghostery — Ghostery does an excellent job at blocking the invisible tracking cookies and plug-ins on many websites, showing it all to you, and then giving you the choice whether you want to block them one-by-one, or all together so you’ll never worry about them again. The best part about Ghostery is that it’s not just limited to social networks, but will also catch and show you ad-networks and web publishers as well. ◾ScriptNo for Chrome — ScriptNo is much like Ghostery in that any scripts running on any site you visit will sound its alarms. The difference is that while Ghostery is a bit more exclusive about the types of information it alerts you to, ScriptNo will sound the alarm at just about everything, which will break a ton of websites. You’ll visit the site, half of it won’t load or work, and you’ll have to selectively enable scripts until it’s usable. Still, its intuitive interface will help you choose which scripts on a page you’d like to allow and which you’d like to block without sacrificing the actual content on the page you’d like to read. ◾Do Not Track Plus — The “Do Not Track” feature that most browsers have is useful, but if you want to beef them up, the previously mentioned Do Not Track Plus extension puts a stop to third-party data exchanges, like when you visit a site like ours that has Facebook and Google+ buttons on it. By default, your browser will tell the network that you’re on a site with those buttons — with the extension installed, no information is sent until you choose to click one. Think of it as opt-in social sharing, instead of all-in. Ghostery, AdBlock Plus and Do Not Track are the ones you’ll need the most. ScriptNo is a bit more advanced and may take some getting used to. In addition to installing extensions, make sure you practise basic browser maintenance that keeps your browser running smoothly and protects your privacy at the same time. Head into Chrome’s Advanced Content Settings, and make sure you have third-party cookies blocked and all cookies set to clear after browsing sessions. Log out of social networks and web services when you’re finished using them instead of just leaving them perpetually logged in, and use Chrome’s “Incognito Mode” whenever you’re concerned about privacy. How to Stop Trackers from Following Where You’re Browsing with Firefox Many of the essential privacy extensions for Firefox are from the same developers who made their Chrome counterparts, and they work in similar fashion. ◾Adblock Plus — AdBlock Plus is just as essential in Firefox as it is in Chrome, as is the Antisocial subscription, which you can installed at the Antisocial site. The extension and the subscription together are a powerful combination to remove annoying ads from sites you love, retain the ones that don’t bother you, and keep ads and plug-ins from sending data about you without your explicit consent. ◾Ghostery — Ghostery is also available for Firefox, and gives you the same information about the scripts, cookies and trackers under every site you visit. Click the icon in your status bar to see what information a given site is collecting and sending about you, and you can pick and choose what to allow or what to block. ◾Do Not Track Plus — Do Not Track Plus is also available for Firefox, and works the same way as the Chrome version. ◾NoScript — NoScript is a great extension and provides you an incredible amount of information about what’s happening behind the scenes on any site that you visit — the trouble with it is that that information can be overwhelming, and if you don’t allow certain things, the site simply won’t work until you do. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with NoScript for that reason, but if you’re serious about not letting anything run on a site without your permission, this is the tool for you. ◾Priv3 — Although it’s only available for Firefox, this experimental extension from researchers at Rutgers University and the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) will protect you from third-party cookies set by Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. We’ve mentioned it before, and I still have it installed myself. Like Do Not Track Plus, it doesn’t remove elements from a page — it simply makes them inactive until you interact with them. We’d say Ghostery, AdBlock Plus and Priv3 are the essentials here. Do Not Track Plus and Priv3 cover some of the same territory, so you can go either way there, and as with Chrome, NoScript is for advanced users looking for more granular control. Firefox’s “Do Not Track” feature is worth enabling as well, even if many sites circumvent it with well-placed cookies and social plug-ins that are all but required if a site wants a social media presence or solid placement in search results these days. Additionally, make yourself familiar with Firefox’s privacy and content settings. As with any browser, we suggest you log out of services when you’re finished, and set Firefox to clear your private data, cookies and browsing history when you close the browser. If you’re more worried about some sites than others, you can always just clear those cookies when you log out. How to Stop Trackers from Following Where You’re Browsing with Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera Firefox and Chrome may get the spotlight in the browser wars, but those of you using Safari, IE or Opera aren’t totally safe just by virtue of your browser choice. Just this week, Google was caught with its hands in the cookie jar (no pun intended) circumventing cookie protection controls in Internet Explorer 9. Nik Cubrilovic has an excellent writeup of the situation, and he points out that they’re not alone by any means. In response, Microsoft has published a tracking protection add-in for IE9 to stop them. Regardless of your browser, the same types of basic maintenance we mentioned are in order. Do Not Track Plus is available for Safari and IE users, there’s a special build of AdBlock for Safari, for Opera, and even Internet Explorer. NoScript or ScriptNo fans can use NotScripts for Opera to get the same effect. These are a few examples, but look around — its likely that while some of the extensions mentioned above may not be available for your preferred browser, someone’s taken the initiative to write a similar add-on that gets the job done. Mobile Browsing Mobile browsing is a new frontier. There are dozens of mobile browsers, and even though most people use the one included on their device, there are few tools to protect your privacy by comparison to the desktop. Check to see if your preferred browser has a “privacy mode” that you can use while browsing, or when you’re logged in to social networks and other web services. Try to keep your social network use inside the apps developed for it, and — as always — make sure to clear your private data regularly. Some mobile browsers have private modes and the ability to automatically clear your private data built in, like Firefox for Android, Atomic Web Browser, and Dolphin Browser for both iOS and Android. Considering Dolphin is our pick for the best Android browser and Atomic is our favourite for iOS, they’re worth downloading. Extreme Measures If none of these extensions make you feel any better, or you want to take protecting your privacy and personal data to the next level, it’s time to break out the big guns. One tip that came up during our last discussion about Facebook was to use a completely separate web browser just for logged-in social networks and web services, and another browser for potentially sensitive browsing, like your internet shopping, banking and other personal activities. If you have some time to put into it, check out our guide to browsing without leaving a trace, which was written for Firefox, but can easily be adapted to any browser you use. If you’re really tired of companies tracking you and trading in your personal information, you always have the option to just provide false information. The same way you might give a fake phone number or address to a supermarket card sign-up sheet, you can scrub or change personal details about yourself from your social network profiles, Google accounts, Windows Live account and others. Change your birthday or your first name. Set your phone number a digit off, or omit your apartment number when asked for your street address. We’ve talked about how to disappear before, and carefully examine the privacy and account settings for the web services you use. Keep in mind that some of this goes against the terms of service for those companies and services — they have a vested interest in knowing the real you, after all, so tread carefully and tread lightly if you want to go the “make yourself anonymous” route. Worst case, start closing accounts with offending services, and migrate to other, more privacy-friendly options. These are just a few tips that won’t significantly change your browsing experience, but can go a long way toward protecting your privacy. This issue isn’t going anywhere, and as your personal information becomes more valuable and there are more ways to keep it away from prying eyes, you’ll see more news of companies finding ways to eke out every bit of data from you and the sites you use. Some of these methods are more intrusive than others, and some of them may turn you off entirely, but the important thing is that they all give you control over how you experience the web. When you embrace your privacy, you become engaged with the services you use. With a little effort and the right tools, you can make the web more opt-in than it is opt-out. http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2012/02/how-to-stop-everyone-tracking-you-on-the-web/
  24. Any medicine for this? It's apparently outdated according to the main page.
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