World Wide Web

Dear InetDaemon,

Web Technologies by Jeffery Jackson says HTTP stands for Hypertext Transport Protocol, but your site says it is HyperText Transfer Protocol.  Which is it?

Thanks!

Hypertext Transfer, or Hypertext Transport, which is it?

I’m paranoid about the web, and with good reason.

The #1 way hackers get into computers today is through your web browser from an infected website.  The battle for control of your computer has spread from e-mail and attachments. Another battlefront has opened up on your web browser.  A large number of big-name sites have been hacked recently and nobody is completely sure just what the hackers made off with.  Hackers use DNS spoofing to trick computers into coming to an infected website, so you can’t completely be sure that you ended up on the website you intended to visit. They also buy up common misspellings of big sites to catch anyone that makes a typo.

Hackers have been using SQL injection vulnerabilities to break into websites for years (it is in fact one of the primary ways hackers get into a server), and these vulnerabilities still go unpatched. Now they are infecting websites in order to set up complex computer/browser/plugin fingerprinting engines that detect vulnerable versions.  These engines deliver attacks custom-tailored to infect the visitor’s computer with slimy botware.  Take out the cookies, pop-ups, plugins and JavaScript and you’ve stripped your attack surface these engines can attack, down to just your web browser. But this makes browsing less user friendly and a lot more frustrating in the short term, and confusing for people who aren’t technical.

Of course, whenever someone starts talking about a really secure platform, the Mac fanboys jump right in to tell me how secure Apple MacOS is–never mind that the MacOS/Safari combo gets hacked every year (2007200820092010,2011)  during PWN2OWN at CANSECWEST.  Never mind that the hackers have now developed a crimeware kit for the Mac, which means Mac users will need to be on the lookout for a deluge of malware from now on.

With so much dangerous malware and so many threats, how do I stay secure online?

READ MORE: Browser inSecurity – How I Stay Protected Online

Considering monetizing your website? Want to add advertising revenue?   Two of many possible choices are Google AdSense and Kontera.  Kontera is heavilly promoted by  several web marketing ‘gurus’ and Google is well, Google.   I tested these two systems to determine:  how easy they were to put in place, how well they work, how they affect your traffic and lastly, which is the better revenue generator.

The Tale of Two Ad Systems (more)

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Will the Internet crash in 2012?

Matt Ford posted a story yesterday to CNN about the Internet running out of IP addresses and that there will be no new IP addresses for anyone to use after 2012, or as soon as September 2011.  This story is reported as if it is ‘new’ news, but this is an old story, as Matt probably well knows.  Many have sounded this warning before, but is it for real this time?
The Big Internet Crunch -or- We’re out of IP addresses, again

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