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Open Source

Security Vulnerabilities in Open Source Programs

Using open source software can have its benefits – the quality can be better than when using proprietary programs, as more than one development team can work to iron out bugs and glitches. End users can also have more of a say in the future development of the software, including custom elements and flexibility with compatibility to different operating systems. Some of the most popular software in the world is open source, including Linux, WordPress, Firefox, Magento and Thunderbird, and typically the response is good, but there are some potential pitfalls to be aware of! Security is a big concern, and it’s important that both developers and users of open source software know how to protect themselves.

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How to Convert a PDF to a HTML Web Page

In the Pro version of Infix PDF Editor, you can take any PDF and export it in a HTML format, effectively converting it into a self contained web page. This is a handy feature if you want to quickly place content online without forcing people to download a PDF file.

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Downloading Illegal Software

The Dangers of Downloading Illegal Software

Ever since the emergence of Napster, illegal downloads seem to have become synonymous with people who use the internet. As soon as word “got out” that you could get free films and free music from simply searching, clicking and downloading from such torrent sites as Pirate Bay and Bit Torrent, the illegal download trend spread worldwide.


However, despite the seemingly obvious benefits of free software, movies and music, the illegal download is actually riddled with danger. First and foremost, it’s illegal. By downloading a torrent from torrent sites without paying for it when you should do, no matter what type of file it is, you are performing an illegal activity. This is common knowledge to most internet users but nearly 10 years of illegal downloading can lull most web users into a false sense of security. Nowadays however, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) such as Virgin Media, BT Internet and Sky Broadband all have the capability to easily monitor internet usage and they go to great lengths to ensure that their customers know it. This has led to warning letters being sent to home internet users and even prosecution based on ISP provided evidence.


It isn’t just the activity of illegal downloading which is a danger, it is also the files which are being downloaded. Most illegal software can be filled with virus threats and Trojans which can easily infect and damage home computers and laptops. This has led to untold amount of issues for home users and business users worldwide. By accepting incoming downloads from un-confirmed, un-secure online sources, you are making your computer readily susceptible to avoidable damage from infection.



But the threats aren’t just applicable to the home internet users, as proven by the recent headlines surrounding torrent hosting websites. The recent legal wrangling and the demise of Pirate Bay has shown the world that those websites which make a profit from the file sharing of illegal downloads aren’t bullet proof and can be brought to justice. It is only a matter of time before more and more participants of illegal downloads are caught out.



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The First Sony Ultrabook, the Vaio T13, Hits Stores

The First Sony Ultrabook, the Vaio T13, has hit stores this month to early rave reviews and gold stars on the majority of review websites. With impressive specs such as a 13.3in 1366×768 LED backlit screen, and 4GB of 1333MHz DDR3 RAM, this model seems set to be a strong contender in the already competitive laptop market.


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