Phishing Attack Fixes

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There is a phishing attack that affects Google Chrome, Opera, and Mozilla Firefox. Trusted sites are spoofed to make malicious domains look like the real ones. Check this website for more technical info. A phishing attack happens when an attacker/hacker sends you a link in an email that directs you to a malicious website. Just visiting the website might infect your computer with malware or it may trick you into typing in using your credentials or other personal info like credit card number or email passwords. With everything typed in, the attacker now has your information.

How can we prevent this?

1a. Update Google Chrome. Google has released an update to Chrome to address this issue. Your Chrome version should be 58.0.3029.81. On your Chrome browser, click the three dots found on the upper right corner and select Settings. In the Settings page, click About and Chrome will start updating itself. If the browser cannot update, use Firefox instead and apply the fix described in 1b.

1b. Apply fix for Firefox. Open a new tab in Firefox and type in about:config. Click the “I accept the risk!” button. In the search box, type in the word punycode. A result that shows network.IDN_show_punycode should appear. Double click it to change the last value from False to True.

2. If you receive links in emails, do not click them immediately. Make sure that you know the person who sent you the email or you’re expecting an email from that person. Check also the sender’s email address in the From field. It’s expected that the email address should be something like username@gmail.com or username@yahoo.com. Compare the username too. If it looks like a3nguillo@gmail.com or something like that, delete the email immediately.

3. Check the status bar of your browser as you hover the link. Make sure you did 1a and 1b. Place your mouse on the link but don’t click. Then check your browser’s status bar on the lower left portion of the screen. If the format of the site address looks different from other websites’ site address, don’t click the link.

4. Make sure your antivirus and anti-malware are updated. If you’ve accidentally clicked the link, they will intercept or prevent any malware that could enter your system.

There’s no fix yet for the Opera browser. Apply the suggested fixes and practices and help spread the word.

Google Drive: Google’s Version of Cloud Storage

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Google has now launched its own cloud storage service – Google Drive. It’s like DropBox, iCloud, and SkyDrive just made by Google. But if you’re going to look more closely, it’s also Google Docs reorganized that can accept or upload any file types (including EXEs or DMGs). And like other cloud storages, it also creates a folder in your system (once installed) where it syncs your files in the cloud making it available anywhere.

I’ve been using DropBox to host my files and images and they say that Google Drive will be a tough competitor against it. Google’s cloud storage initially offers 5GB of free space. I was able to have my Google Drive activated (on my Google Apps account) and here are some screenshots and things that I wanted to share.

As you can see, “Drive” replaced “Documents” on the Google Apps menu and clicking it will bring you to the somewhat updated Google Docs page. You can create your folders, upload files in them, and share them to other users. You’ll also see a download button to download and install Google Drive. This software will create a folder on your machine and files in that folder will be available on all devices (no iOS yet).

After installing, you’ll be asked to login using your Google account. A Google Drive folder is created in your account folder – “C:\Users\username\Google Drive\” for Windows  and “/Users/username/Google Drive/” on a Mac.

After logging in, you can start syncing your documents from the Web to your local Google Drive folder. You can also share those folders, via the web interface, the way you share your Google Docs.

It’s a good image host. All images used in this post, except the logo, is hosted in my Google Drive. I just wish there’s a “Copy Public link” option for files so I can just give out links for file downloads instead of sharing the whole folder.

Update:

I don’t think it’s a good idea to use Google Drive to host your images and other downloadable files. I got this Error 403 when clicking the images from this post and they were not displayed.

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