Links

Quick security and privacy links

Guide to Surveillance and privacy tools:  privacytools.io

Check your browser’s “uniqueness score:” panopticlick.eff.org

IP and DNS info:   ipleak.net

Certificate auditing tool (Win 7 and above) RCC: trax.x10.mx/apps.html

Looking for proxy servers:  www.grc.com/fingerprints.htm

Recent news

Here is an analysis of a web page ad infecting computers.  The example shows what looks like a valid ad on a valid web site.  This fake Hugo Boss ad was served by a trusted advertising agency to trusted web sites (huffingtonpost.com, zillow.com) and infected PCs with IE and Flash with ransomware without even clicking the ad.  It is unclear what versions of Windows, IE and Flash were involved, but serves as a reminder to keep your software updated and avoid IE and Flash.    https://blog.malwarebytes.org/malvertising-2/2015/04/booby-trapped-hugo-boss-advert-spreads-cryptowall-ransomware/

Other links

The National Broadband Map is a tool to search, analyze and map broadband availability across the United States

Internet speed tests:

Cable modems for use with Comcast:  mydeviceinfo.comcast.net

A simple guide to browsers and the web.  20thingsilearned.com

=====  Malware resources  =====

Microsoft Security Essentials.  microsoft.com/securityessentials

Microsoft Safety Scanner.  On-demand scanner.  Expires in 10 days.  MSS

Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal tool (updated monthly) MSRT page at Microsoft

Microsoft Windows Defender Offline.  Free CD, DVD, USB bootable malware scanner.  windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/what-is-windows-defender-offline

Microsoft’s Free Security Tools

Malwarebytes.org Malware Bytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) is free for the version that you run manually.  Be sure to update your virus signatures before scanning.

Kaspersky boot CD image and boot USB utilities support.kaspersky.com/faq/?qid=208282173

Bitdefender boot CD image.  download.bitdefender.com/rescue_cd/

Avira boot CD image  www.avira.com/en/support-download-avira-antivir-rescue-system

=====  other resources  =====

TeamViewer remote access software.  teamviewer.com

historical technology sounds  savethesounds.com

PortableApps platform.  Create a USB of open source programs.  portableapps.com

Repair guides  ifixit.com

=====  Security and privacy podcasts  =====

Security Now! podcast with Steve Gibson. www.grc.com/securitynow.htm  and his twitter feed twitter.com/sggrc and his twitter feed archive bit.ly/sggrc

Paul’s Security Weekly securityweekly.com

=====  Sacramento resources  =====

Area DOT traffic cams:  www.dot.ca.gov/dist3/departments/traffic/cameras/

Sacramento Press online group sourced news:  www.sacramentopress.com

Sacramento Bee newspaper:  sacbee.com

e-waste recycle in the Sacramento area: ecollective:  allgreenrecycling.commyecollective.com and  takeitbackforgood.com

=====  Security and Privacy resources  =====

Learn your IP address:  whatismyip.org

Learn information provided by your browser:  browserspy.dk

Analyze DNS and computer info:  netalyzr.icsi.berkeley.edu

Free temporary email address:  mailinator.com

Locate the owner of an IP address:  infosniper.net

Upload a file to test if it is a virus:  virustotal.com

Domain name registration info:  whois.net, arin.net

People search:  spokeo.com, veromi.com, searchbug.com

Reverse telephone number lookup:  whitepages.com

Resources for unwanted calls:  800notes.com

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