Chrome for Linux

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You can get the dev version here, but google says:

* An early developer channel version is available, but whatever you do, please DON’T DOWNLOAD IT… unless you are a developer or take great pleasure in incomplete, unpredictable and potentially crashing software, and don’t mind that it doesn’t support Flash, YouTube, printing or some privacy options.

Find out more about it here.

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WEP-WPA2

Source one

Source two

In terms of router security, both WEP  and WPA have been cracked (see links above). All that’s still secure is WPA2 with AES. However, I would like your opinion on what is the best to use for home routers right now: WPA2, WEP, or nothing? WPA2 is more of a hassle than WEP, but it’s secure.

(Having trouble getting poll to work)

Laptop Security

I found an article on laptop security at http://netbookin.wordpress.com/2009/08/28/tips-to-keep-your-laptop-safe/. Here is my opinion on some things he talks about:

If your machine and data are super-sensitive, you can have tracking software installed in your laptop. Security experts can then track and follow the location of your machine as it moves. It works in the same fashion as a global positioning system does for your vehicle. This proposition is expensive, but it does increase your computer security and your overall chance of data recovery should your machine ever get stolen or lost.

So they undo some screws and pop a GPS in. I’m sure the prospect of buying a screwdriver will make hackers cower in fear.

-Make certain that using hard to decipher passwords enhances your laptop security. If someone does steal or come into possession of your computer, security caused by passwords will make it difficult for someone to access your data.

Lies, man, all lies. As I have stated before, I someone comes into possession of a computer, they’re in. They are in.

-Purchase a laptop security cable and lock so you can tightly keep your laptop closed when it’s not in use.

Because garden shears are so expensive.

Your favorite bowser

This should have a poll on what your favorite browser is soon. For now, you can post in comments if you want.

Major browsers:

Internet Explorer

FireFox

Google Chrome

Safari

Opera

These add up to approximately 99.2% of browsing. You can see the statistics here.

Physical Vulnerability

I’ve witnissed it firsthand: if someone has experience, time, tools, and physical access to most electronics, it’s as good as broken in to. Take a router for example: a paperclip and ten seconds resets it to its default settings, which is  username/password of admin/admin. And this person agrees:

http://secureitfoundation.wordpress.com/2009/08/29/secure-passwords-using-two-factor-authentication-1/

Router Security

To log in to most routers, open a browser window and enter 192.168.1.1 in the browser bar (if that doesn’t work, try 192.168.0.1). Here is a picture of the login screen on a Verizon router:  verizon router login menu
Unless it has been previously set, most routers have a username and password of admin. Once logged into your router, it should look vaguely like this:verizon router main menu If your username/password was admin/admin, I suggest changing it to something else to enhance security. Other things that you can do on some routers is to look at who is online, block certain people, and edit the firewall. Some other things you can do are to see your IP and change what you log on to (for example, you could make the router 192.168.6.1).