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Secure Yourself Against Conficker Worm

Windows OS users across the globe have been worried sick about the Conficker worm striking back on April 1,09.

Anti-virus and security solutions providing companies like Symantec, F-Secure, Avast! and others are however singing a relieved tune. That’s because they say they’re prepared to tackle it.

What’s this Conficker worm anyway?
The ‘C’ variant of Conficker worm, aka Downadup or Kido, infects Windows machines (XP and Vista) and disables them to get security updates or patches from Microsoft and from other vendors. According to Symantec, the creators of the worm will also start using a communications system that is more difficult for security researchers to interrupt.


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How will Conficker harm users?
While nobody knows what exactly Conficker will actually do, most likely, the worm will be used to create a botnet that will be rented out to criminals who want to send SPAM, steal IDs and direct users to online scams and phishing sites.

What can be done to protect a computer from this worm?
First of all, update your anti-virus software. Especially on April 1, make sure that it’s actually running when you start your computer. Secondly, make sure that you have the latest Windows security updates.

You should know:
1. Changing the date of your system will not help avoid this worm.
2. Keeping your computer shut on April 1 will also not help either.
3. The only way to get past this worm is by updating Windows and your anti-virus software.

Conficker History
The ‘B’ variant of the Conficker worm had created ruckus around January this year. By February, it had affected over 9 million Windows users worldwide. Perturbed by the virus, Microsoft had even announced to pay reward of $250,000 to any individual who’ll find out the culprits behind Conficker.

Last words
Before this April 1 — Don’t be a fool, download the security tool.

Some resources are listed here:

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March 31, 2009 Posted by | Internet, Microsoft, Security, Software, Virus, Windows | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Foxmarks is becoming Xmarks

foxmarks2xmarksFoxmarks is an essential Bookmarking add-on. Foxmarks backs up your bookmarks every time you make changes. You can View and restore your old bookmarks on their web site. Foxmarks has been available for Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.

Now, Foxmarks is becoming Xmarks. It’s just not a name change, but they are also enhancing the browser add-on and web site with new capabilities.

With the upgrade from Foxmarks to Xmarks, you’ll still enjoy bookmark sync, backup and all the features you love about Foxmarks. In addition, Xmarks adds new discovery features:

1. Smarter Search
Xmarks will highlight the three sites in your Google results that have been bookmarked by the most people; this is a quick and easy way to tell which sites are most valued by real people like you.

2. Site Info
Xmarks adds a small blue information icon in your browser location bar. Click it to learn more about the site you are on and see recommendations for the top five similar sites. This is a great way to uncover the best of the web.

Visit from any browser to write your own site reviews and to see even more similar site recommendations.

Xmarks is currently Firefox only, but it syncs perfectly with your existing Foxmarks Web account and the Foxmarks add-ons for Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari.

You’ll also notice that is still a separate site. In the coming weeks, Foxmarks website will be fully rebranded and also release an Xmarks upgrade for the Internet Explorer and Safari add-ons.

Welcome to the all new and improved Xmarks.

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March 26, 2009 Posted by | Browser, Google, Internet, Online Storage, Software, Technology | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Series on Funny Laws of United States – Illinois

Illinois Funny Laws:-

– You may be arrested for vagrancy if you do not have at least one dollar bill on your person.
– You must contact the police before entering the city in an automobile.
– The English language is not to be spoken.
– All bachelors should be called master, not mister, when addressed by their female counterparts.
– It is illegal to give a dog whiskey.
– The official language of Illinois is “American”.
– It is illegal for barbers to use their fingers to apply shaving cream to a customer’s face.
– You may be convicted of a Class 4 felony offense, punishable by up to three years in state prison, for the crime of “eavesdropping” on your own conversation.

Read here for more Weird Laws

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March 23, 2009 Posted by | General, Life | , , , | 4 Comments

‘123456’ most used Internet Password

key‘123456’ is the most common password used by people on the internet. Obscenities, names of fast cars and even ncc1701 — the ship number for Star Trek’s Starship Enterprise, have made it to the list of top 500 worst passwords of all time. Compiled by, the list features passwords most commonly used by internet users. And topping the list of the most common password is 123456, followed by “password” in second place. Another popular password choice was first names.

Read the full article here: The Top 500 Worst Passwords of All Time


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March 20, 2009 Posted by | General, Internet | , , , | 1 Comment

SMS Dictionary

Are you living in an SMS Life Syndrome? Here is something to fuel that syndrome. Yes! a full SMS Life Dictionary!

AML – All my love
ASAP – As soon as possible
ATB – All the best
RUOK – Are You Okay
AYSOS – Are you stupid or Something
@TEOTD – At The End Of The Day
AAS – Alive And Smiling
AEAP – As Early As Possible
ABITHIWT – A bird In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush
ALOL – Actually Laughing Out Loud

BRB – Be right back
BTW – By the way
B4 – Before
BFN Bye For Now
BTDT – Been there done that
BAU – Business As Usual
BCOZ – Because
BHOF – Bald headed old fart
BO – Buzz off
BTOBS – Be there or be square

Cm – Call me
Cu – See you
CUL8R – See you later
CID – Consider it done
CWOT – Complete Waste Of Time
CTN – Can’t Talk Now
CRAP – Cheap, redundant assorted products
CWYL – Chat with you later
QT – Cutie

Dk – Don’t know
Dur? – Do you remember
DND – Do Not Disturb
DINK – Double Income No Kids
DIKU – Do I Know You
DIY – Do it yourself
DA – the
DWL – Dying with laughter
DUST – Did You See That?
DILLIGAD – Do I look like I give a damn?

E2eg – Ear to ear grin
EOD – End of discussion
EOL – End of lecture
RLR – Earlier
EZ – Easy
XLNT – Excellent
NRG – Energy
EM – Excuse Me?
8 – Eight
NUFF – Enough

F2F – Face to Face
FYEO – For your eyes only
FYI – For your information
FWIW – For What It’s Worth
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
4EVER – Forever
FBOW – For better or worse
FOC – Free of Charge
FWD – Forward
4 – For

Gr8 – Great
GAL – Get A Life
GTH – Go To Hell
G2G – Got to Go
GMTA – Great Minds Think Alike
GSOH – Good Sense Of Humour
GBTW – Get back to work
GFC – Going for coffee
GBH – Great Big Hug
GL – Good Luck

H8 – Hate
HAND – Have a nice day
H&K – Hugs and Kisses
HOAS – Hold On A Sec
HUD – How You Doing?
HOT4U – Hot for you
HTH – Hope this helps
HW – Homework
HAGD – Have a Great Day

IDK – I don’t know
IGotUBabe – I’ve got you Babe
ILU – I love You
IUSS – If you say so
IDC – I Don’t Care
IMO – In My Opinion
IBTD – I beg to differ
INMP – It’s not my problem
IOH – I’m outta here
IDL – Ideal

J4F – Just for fun
JstCllMe – Just call Me
JAM – Just A Minute
JC – Just checking
JAS – Just a second
JIC – Just in case
JK – Just kidding
JAD – Just Another day
JM2C – Just My 2 Cents
JPYL – Just pulling your leg

KC – Keep cool
KIT – Keep in touch
KISS – Keep It Simple, Stupid
K – Okay
KFY – Kiss for you
KWIM – Know what I mean
KYPO – Keep your pants on
KIR – Keep It Real
KHUF – Know How You Feel
KMP – Keep Me Posted

L8r – Later
Lol – Laughing out loud
LTNC – Long time no see
LtsGt2gthr – Lets get together
LOML – Love Of My Life
LONH – Lights On, Nobody Home
LOPSOD – Long on promises, short on delivery
LDR – Long Distance Relationship
LFTI – Looking Forward To It
LIFO – Last In, First Out

MSG – Message
M$ULkeCrZ – Miss you like Crazy!
MGB – May God Bless
MIA – Missing In Action
MO – Move On
MYL – Mind Your Language
MYOB – Mind your own Business
MKOP – My Kind Of Place
MTE – My Thoughts Exactly
MorF – Male or Female?

NC – No comment
NE1 – Anyone
NWO – No way out
N/M – Nothing Much
NADT – Not A Damn Thing
NBD – No Big Deal
NICE – Nonsense In Crappy Existence
NIMY – Never In A Million Years
NMP – Not My Problem
NOYB – None Of Your Business

OAO – Over And Out
OATUS On – A Totally Unrelated Subject
OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
ODTAA – One Damn Thing After Another
OMDB – Over My Dead Body
OMG – Oh My God
OOO – Out Of Office
O4U – Only for you
OTT – Over The Top
OOTB – Out of the box or Out of the blue

PCM – Please call me
PPL – People
P&C – Private & Confidential
PANS – Pretty Awesome New Stuff
PDQ – Pretty Darn Quick
PHAT – Pretty Hot And Tempting
PLS – Please
POV – Point of View
PITA – Pain In The Arse
PTB – Please Text Back

QL – Quit Laughing
QQ – Quick Question

RUOK – Are you okay?
RBTL – Read between the lines
RMLB – Read my lips baby
RBAY – Right Back Atcha
RSN – Real Soon Now
RTBM – Read The Bloody Manual
RL – Real Life
ROTM – Right on the money
RTBS – Reason to be single

SWTDRMZ – Sweet Dreams
SC – Stay cool
SOL – Sooner or later
SO – Significant Other
SOB – Stressed Out Big time
SWIM – See What I Mean?
SSDD – Same Stuff Different Day
SOS – Same Old Stuff or Help!
SMS – Short Message Service
SG4IT – Search Google For It

T2ul – Talk to you later
Thx – Thanks
TIC – Tongue in Cheek
TAFN – That’s All For Now
TBD – To Be Decided
TIA – Thanks In Advance
TOY – Thinking Of You
TS – Totally Stinks
TTTT – To Tell The Truth
TMB – Text Me Back

UOM – You Owe Me
U4E – Yours For Ever
URAS – You are a star
unPC – unPolitically correct
URYY4M – You are too wise for me
UR – Your, You’re
U2 – You Too
URW – You are welcome

VFM – Value for money
VM – Voice mail
VRBS – Virtual reality bullshit

W4U – Waiting for You
WDYT – What Do You Think?
WOTAM – Waste Of Time And Money
WRT – With Regard To
WTH – What the heck/hell?
WUM – Watch Your Mouth
WAEF – When All Else Fails
WFM – Works for me
WKND – Weekend
WAD – Without A Doubt

XclusvlyUrs – Exclusively Yours
XI10 – Exciting
XME – Excuuuuse Me

YBS – You’ll be Sorry
YNK – You never know
YKW – You Know What?
YAFIYGI – You asked for it, you got it
YGIAGAM – Your guess is as good as mine
YGLT – You’re Gonna Love This
YGTI – You Get The Idea?
YGTBK – You’ve Got To Be Kidding

ZZZ – Sleeping, Bored, Tired

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March 17, 2009 Posted by | General, Internet, Life | , , , , , | 12 Comments