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Symantec Discovers An Airport Internet Terminal Security Threat

Nick Johnston, Senior Software Engineer at Symantec Hosted Services, has just posted a warning on the MessageLabs Intelligence Blog – Scareware Haunts Airport Internet Terminals, that all air travelers should read.

Here’s a preview –

This year, people traveling by air have had to contend with disruption caused by the volcanic ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in Iceland, industrial action and tour operators collapsing. But while traveling ourselves, we noticed another threat: airport Internet terminals infected with malware.

Many airports have public Internet terminals for passengers without their own laptops to check email or browse the Web. In a large airport in England, we noticed one terminal with an usual “Defense Center Installer” dialog box. “Defense Center Installer” is a fake anti-virus software, also known as “scareware”.

This type of malware claims that a user is infected with a virus, and encourages them to buy the full version of the software to …….

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Stay Safe/ Anonymous on Public Computers – Two Free USB Applications

There are numerous reasons why someone would want to surf anonymously: to ensure protection from snooping web sites, annoying advertisers, employers, or curious family members.

More obvious reasons for anonymous surfing include, surfing in internet cafes, public terminals in libraries, or hotel business centers. In fact, you may want to surf anonymously on any PC where you don’t want to leave traces of your private surfing activities.

Most typical PC users are shocked at the amount of information their browser leaks to web sites they visit. For example, the information below is presented to every web site I visit. I have X’d out certain parameters for privacy purposes only.

· Your computer is connecting to the internet at xxxxxxx, xxxx, in the xxxx, with an IP address of 24.xxx.xxx.xxx

· Your User Agent is being reported as: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.1.12) Gecko/20080201 Firefox/2.0.0.12

· Your Referrer is being reported as:

· http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&client= ient=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en

· Your IP Address is 24.xxx.xxx.xxx

· Your Host Name is d235- xxx.xxx.xxx.cable.net

· A trace to your phone comes back with an area code of: 0

The objective of anonymous surfing then, is to conceal this information from web sites and other computers, and typically you would use an anonymous proxy server between you and the web site to accomplish this.

When surfing anonymously, your web browser talks to the proxy server; the proxy server talks to the web site. In actual fact this means, the web site does not know you; it knows only the anonymous proxy server.

You have Choices

You have a number of choices when it comes to anonymous surfing. You can use a free proxy server service; not my personal first choice – but that’s fodder for another article!

More reliable and safer, in my view, is to download and install a client application which manages the details of anonymous surfing for you.

One such application is OperaTor, a free utility that includes the Opera browser, the Privoxy Web proxy , and The Onion Router, which is a method used for anonymous Internet communication. All components launch simultaneously.

OperaTor, and the component pieces, does not require an installer and the utility can be installed and launched from a USB flash drive. This makes it ideal for surfing at public computers.

Download at: Download.com

A second free utility is XeroBank Browser, a special version of Firefox that runs in conjunction with the free Tor anonymizer service; and that can also run directly from a USB flash drive. Just plug in your USB stick to any PC with a USB port and Firefox V2 is automatically launched, set up for secure and private surfing.

TorPark creates a secure encrypted connection between the PC you are using and the first Tor server. This allows you to safely transmit information without fear of local interception. This makes it ideal for surfing on open Wi-Fi networks.

Download at: Download.com


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