Posts Tagged ‘Smart-Bro’

Very Good rating from SoftPedia.com

Friday, October 20th, 2006

 

SoftPedia.com made a review for Smart Bro and they gave it a very good rating. To read this rating please visit this page. The reviewer also checked Smart Bro for spyware, adware and viruses and he found it clean.

 

We want to thank SoftPedia.com for the objective review.

 

Ratings:
User Interface 3/5
Features 4/5
Ease of use 5/5
Price/Value 5/5
Overall 4/5

 

Be a Smart Web Surfer … use Smart Bro.

 

Tony Sticks,

Mind Vision Software (MVS)
 

Smart Bro v2.5.0.0011 is released!

Monday, October 9th, 2006

 

 

Build 11 of Smart Bro v2.5 is released. The new build contains 2 updates:

 

1. Enhancement to Smart Bro so it works better with the keyboard: We noticed that Smart Bro has some problems working with keyboard that in some situations, it was a lot easier to use instead of using the mouse. We fixed that.

 

2. A new links button has been added to the browse toolbar: The new button will take the place of the sites toolbar which usually takes some of the screen space. In this new build, you can depend on the links button to hold all your links instead of the sites toolbar, which helps you enjoy a larger area of the webpage. For those who may not like this new update… we made sure they will not loose anything. You can simply turn off this update by right-clicking on the Browse toolbar and select not to “Show links button”.

 

We hope you like this update and please remember to drop us a line.

 

Take care now and how a nice day!.

 

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro

 

Tony Sticks,

Mind Vision Software (MVS)

5 tips for better browser security

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

 

 

I read this article about secure browsing by Brent Huston. I thought it deserves sharing, so here it’s.

 

Note: this article talks to network administrators, but I think it can provide the end-user with a great deal of information about how to protect himself/herself from web attacks.

 

 

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My intent in this week’s column is to review the top ways to harden a web-browsing environment, and not cover the entire breadth of browser security. Moreover, I’m sidestepping the argument about what browser is more secure by suggesting that you look more programmatically at what we can do to protect users regardless of browser choice. So here goes …

 

#1. Enable only the browser technologies you need. If you don’t need Active X, Java or the like, configure the browser or web gateways to turn them off. If someone must go to WhizBangActiveXsite.com, they can either do so on their own systems at home; you could build a few web-browsing kiosks on a separate network segment, or use something like a Live CD environment for them. Then, users can visit the web sites that they “need” without endangering the organization. However, be careful with doing this for key technologies like Javascript as it may break things that you really need.

 

Tony: Please notice that you can easily stop Java, Javascript and ActiveX very easily in Smart Bro by unchecking the required items from the “Content” menu.

 

#2. Install up-to-date anti-virus and anti-spyware on every system (servers too). I know this is about browser security, but these components are the critical additional layers of defense against browser attacks. Put them on servers, because administrators have been known to browse from a server in “urgent situations”. This might be forbidden by policy, but trust me, during penetration tests, we have compromised more than a few servers by the admins surfing to a client exploit site. It happens, so guard against it.

 

#3. Prevent users from loading arbitrary browser plugins and enhancements. Each new plugin and enhancement brings some form of risk. It could be malware code disguised as a plugin, or it could be a plugin technology that later turns out to be exploitable. I know this seems to minimize the user experience, but minimization is required to secure their working environment. If they want, or “need”, to use some plugin – make the decision carefully. Lab test them before you agree to let them in the enterprise.

 

#4. Keep browsers up to date. Just like the OS, you must keep them patched. Users should be taught how to do this, or it should be automatic. Make sure this happens often enough to really be useful in protecting against threats. Once a month is likely not often enough. Once a week or so, may be more likely to be truly helpful. Test browser versions occasionally and spot check them by log reviewing your web gateways. Help the offenders understand the risk and bring them back into the fold by reinforcing to them how and why their browsers must be up to date. Be vigilant.

 

#5. Teach your users to make better web-browsing choices. Hold lunch and learns and explain the threats, the common solutions and how to better secure and use a web-browser. They can apply these skills at work, and at home. Both will pay off for them and your organization since they will better protect your data – no matter it is used. Don’t just do the training once, try and have an ongoing program of awareness that reinforces security concepts and focuses on things like browser security and client-side attacks. The smarter they get about security, the better.

 

That’s the top five. There are certainly more technical things you can do, but it would take a book to explain all of the options. Check out the browser vendor sites for more tips. Each browser vendor has tips for hardening their browser and increasing web-browser security. Familiarize yourself with them and then help users apply the changes you deem useable. In the meantime, patch against the current issues and pay attention to the alert mechanisms you follow. Browser vulnerabilities are coming fast and furious these days, and it looks like the issue is here to stay.

 

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I hope you enjoyed this valuable article. Thanks for your time and please have a nice day.

Browse the web Smarter … use Smart Bro

 

Tony Sticks,

Mind Vision Software (MVS)

New Skins for Smart Bro

Friday, September 29th, 2006

 

We added new skins to the Smart Bro collection to make sure you enjoy Smart Bro to the maximum. To download new skins, go to Smart Bro Skins.

 

If you have any comments or suggestions, please let us know

 

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro

 

Tony Sticks,

Mind Vision Software (MVS)

Anonymous Web-browsing!!

Monday, September 25th, 2006

 

I read this article about anonymous browsing and I thought it deserves sharing with you.

 

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I found some pretty good websites for keeping your privacy up high. Of course, the best way to browse securely is through the Tor network, but if you don’t like the slow speeds, then check these guys out.

The first site I will highlight, because it looks like they have their act together, is browseatwork.com. Although would rather not recommend them because going to their website may raise flags at the office for the obvious reasons, they still look pretty leet. If you want to browse at work then check out this example.
 

Next up, Anonymouse.org is a very simple website, and, at the time of this writing, is a free service. Many mice surf the web under the illusion that their actions are private and anonymous. Unfortunately, it isn’t so. Every time you visit a site for a piece of cheese, you leave a calling card that reveals where you’re coming from, what kind of computer you have, and other details. And many cats keep logs of all your visits, so that they can catch you! This service allows you to surf the web without revealing any personal information.
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Have a nice day!

 

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro

 

Tony Sticks,

Mind Vision Software (MVS)

Fourteen Signs That You’re getting Old…

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006



1. You sit down to breakfast and hear “Snap, Crackle, and Pop”.. and you haven’t even poured milk on your cereal yet.

2. You get up to change the TV channel and decide as long as you’re up, you might as well go to bed.

3. You start complaining that “They’re building car seats too darn low!”

4. Your ears perk up when a LAXATIVE COMMERCIAL comes on TV.

5. You call the place you keep leftovers the “ICEBOX”.

6. No matter where you sit, no matter where you are, THERE’S ALWAYS A DRAFT ON YOU!

7. You complain that the cleaners has started shrinking your clothes.

8. You wonder why everyone else is starting to MUMBLE.

9. Lawn care has become a pretty BIG part of your life.

 

10. Your underwear starts creeping up on you..AND YOU ENJOY IT!

11. You start videotaping DAYTIME game shows.

12. When you do the HOKEY POKEY and you “put your left hip out” …IT STAYS OUT!

13. One of the throw pillows on your bed is a HOT WATER BOTTLE.

14. You think of a “quickie” as napping at a traffic light.

have a nice day! 🙂

 

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro.

Tony Sticks,

Mind Vision Software (MVS)

Favorite FireFox extensions – We still need IE

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

 

 

I read this post and it clearly shows that you simply can’t stop using the Internet Explorer engine.

 

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Joel on Software talks about his favorite FireFox Extensions. I was already using two of the three, but did not know about IETab.

“IETab takes advantage of the fact that Internet Explorer is available as an ActiveX control, which is available to be embedded in any Windows application, to open certain websites in Firefox using Internet Explorer. Whenever a website comes up complaining that you need to get “Netscape 4.0 or some other modern browser” you can just right click on the tab and it’ll pop up right in Firefox being rendered by Internet Explorer. You can set up a list of websites that always come up in IE tabs.”

An excellent addition. It allows me to avoid having to load IE separately for certain Microsoft sites. Well done!

 

Well my friend, you can get the best of all worlds by using Smart Bro.

 

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro.

 

Tony Sticks

Mind Vision Software (MVS)

This time, you’ll need to secure your FireFox…

Saturday, September 16th, 2006

When I heard about FireFox for the first time and how cool it was and how secure it was. I thought that what makes FireFox really secure is the fact that it’s not a widely used browser. I also thought that, if it became a major player in the browsers market, it will soon be discovered to be vulnerable too. Just like Internet Explorer.Today, I read an article that proves my theory.

Quoting:

FireFox


Firefox browsers with a version number below 1.5.0.7 are vulnerable. Please upgrade your Firefox to the latest version. The Mozilla foundation has released a security advisory for this problem. Note that the beta versions of Firefox 2 are also vulnerable!

Note: security advisory means “Service Pack”.

So we’re now running to the same problem in FireFox that we originally faced in Internet Explorer. Please keep in mind that this is just the beginning and that you’ll be reading more articles about such problems in the future.

What I want to say is that FireFox had 2 major advantages:

1. It’s secure…well, now you know it’s not after you read the above article.
2. Its cool… well, you can try Smart Bro to see that it’s not

Browse the web smarter … use Smart Bro.

Tony Sticks,
Mind Vision Software (MVS)