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How does my web browser know that a site could be malicious?

How does my web browser know that a site could be malicious?

Q. How does my web browser know that a site could be malicious?

A. Most modern browsers now include built-in phishing and malware protection to help shield your computer from online attacks. The latest versions of Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft’s Edge and Internet Explorer browsers, Mozilla Firefox and the Opera browser are among those with such security features.

To recognize potentially dangerous pages, the browser typically consults a blacklist of sites that have been reported to contain phishing pages or be loaded with infectious and malicious software. If you visit a site on the blacklist, the browser displays a warning as it blocks the page. To keep up with evolving threats, your browser contacts its home server regularly when you are online to download an updated list of suspected malicious sites.

The Chrome browser updates itself this way, and Google’s software robots constantly comb the web looking for new and revised websites. Mozilla uses Google’s so-called Safe Browsing technology and Unwanted Software policy in Firefox to block sites with various levels of bad intentions. Microsoft’s browsers use the SmartScreen filter to analyze pages, block blacklisted sites and check downloaded files for potential security issues.

If you are not sure if the phishing and malware blockers are turned on, check your browser’s settings or preferences area. Website owners who feel that their sites have been unfairly blacklisted can use Google’s Report Incorrect Phishing Warning form or request a review from the nonprofit group in hopes of passing inspection; the group also has online advice for webmasters of hacked sites.

Third-party security programs like those offered by Sophos, Malwarebytes and other companies provide additional protection for your computer or device beyond what the browser can block. Many software makers have free basic versions of programs for budget-minded users who do not need as many features.

5 Million a DAY fraud: New IM scam

5 Million a DAY fraud: New IM scam


SAN FRANCISCO — In a twist on the peddling of fake news to real people, researchers say a Russian cyberforgery ring has created more than half a million fake internet users and 250,000 fake websites to trick advertisers into collectively paying as much as $5 million a day for video ads that are never watched.

The fraud, which began in September and is still going on, represents a new level of sophistication among criminals who seek to profit by using bots — computer programs that pretend to be people — to cheat advertisers.

“We think that nothing has approached this operation in terms of profitability,” said Michael Tiffany, a founder and the chief executive of White Ops, the ad-focused computer security firm that publicly disclosed the fraud in a report on Tuesday. “Our adversaries are bringing whole new levels of innovation to ad fraud.”

The thieves impersonated more than 6,100 news and content publishers, stealing advertising revenue that marketers intended to run on those sites, White Ops said.

The scheme exploited known flaws in the system of digital advertising, including the lack of a consistent, reliable method for tracking ads and ensuring that they are shown to the promised audience.

The spoofed outlets include a who’s who of the web: video-laden sites like Fox News and CBS Sports, large news organizations like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, major content platforms like Facebook and Yahoo, and niche sites like and AccuWeather. Although the main targets were in the United States, news organizations in other countries were also affected.

“It will be a big shock to all of these publishers that someone was selling inventory supposedly on their sites,” Mr. Tiffany said in an interview on Monday, before the report’s release. White Ops and an advertising industry organization, the Trustworthy Accountability Group, held a conference call with about 170 advertisers, ad networks and content publishers on Tuesday morning to brief them on their findings.

Mr. Tiffany said White Ops had traced the fraud to Russia and believed that the organization behind it was a criminal enterprise out to make money. There was no evidence of a connection between the fraud and the politically motivated hacking during the United States election that American intelligence agencies and President Obama have linked to the Russian government.

The Methbot scheme — named after the word “meth,” which shows up in its software code — was carefully designed to evade the antifraud mechanisms the advertising industry has put in place in recent years. Digital ad fraud was projected to cost marketers more than $7 billion in 2016, according to a study by the Association of National Advertisers and White Ops.

To carry out the operation:

The Methbot forgers first took numeric internet addresses they controlled and falsely registered them in the names of well-known internet service providers.

Among those were Comcast, AT&T and Cox, as well as fake companies like AmOL. This allowed the thieves to make it look as if the web traffic from Methbot’s servers in Dallas and Amsterdam were really coming from individual users of those internet providers.

The forgers then associated the addresses with 571,904 bots designed to mimic human web surfers.

Embedded in the bots’ web browsers were fake geographic locations, a fake history of other sites visited and fake logins to social networks like Facebook. “The bots would start and stop video just like people do and move the mouse and click,” Mr. Tiffany said.

The perpetrators connected the bots to the automated advertising networks that sell unsold ad space for thousands of websites.

A bot would pretend to visit a website like, and the ad networks would conduct a microsecond bidding war against one another to show a brand’s video ad. But instead of going to the real CNN, the bot’s web browser would go to a fake site that nobody could see, and the ad would play there.

Finally, the system would report fake data to the ad networks and advertisers to convince them that humans had watched the ad on the real content site.

“It would send just the right kind of metrics back to look like real live audiences that were logged into Facebook and watching videos all day,” Mr. Tiffany said. The thieves then collected payment for the ads.

The report did not name the advertisers tricked by the fraud.

David Hahn, the executive vice president of strategy at Integral Ad Science, an advertising security firm that competes with White Ops, said the Methbot fraud affected just a tiny portion of the ad traffic of his own clients.

“There are new bots and new ways in which the bad guys are trying to figure out ways around our technology all the time,” he said.

The automated ad networks that buy and sell access to ad space on popular websites operate in a murky, fast-paced world, and it’s often unclear to advertisers who such middlemen truly represent.

“As a buyer, how do you check that those other companies are authorized sellers of the ad inventory?” said Neal Richter, who until recently was the chief technology officer for Rubicon Project, a major exchange for automated ad sales. “You need to know who you’re doing business with.”

Trustworthy Accountability Group, which is a joint effort of the ad industry’s major trade groups, is already blacklisting the internet addresses used by Methbot’s bots, adding them to a master list used by many in the industry to screen out fraud.

Mike Zaneis, the chief executive of the organization, said his group began a certification program last week to verify that ad exchanges truly represent the buyers and sellers they are claiming to represent. Under the system, payment for an ad flows directly to the website publisher, which would make it more difficult for forgers like the Methbot crew to get paid for their deception.

Several news organizations whose websites were faked by Methbot, including The Times, said Tuesday they were still evaluating the fraud case.

White Ops said the thieves received high prices for the fake ad views, garnering an average price of $13 per 1,000 video views. Over all, the botnet delivered 200 million to 300 million fake ad views per day and brought in $3 million to $5 million in daily revenue, according to the company’s analysis.

White Ops released the full list of fake internet addresses and impersonated websites so that fraud-detection services and ad networks can block them. The company has also shared its findings with United States law enforcement authorities and is working with them to further investigate the fraud.

Mr. Tiffany said the use of bots to steal ad revenue is not new in the industry, but it “has never happened at this scale before.”

He continued, “It all adds up to the most profitable bot operation we’ve ever seen.”


Your Key To Success: Top Productivity Tools

Your Key To Success: Top Productivity Tools

Let’s face it, it’s almost impossible to keep up with technology. We live in a time when a single day doesn’t go by without using some form of digital media. People ignore this fact, but it’s the truth, and we need to embrace it. We’re living in a digital era, and there’s no going back. But, this is a good thing. We’re developing, learning and interacting more than ever before. In other words, technology indeed plays an important part in both our personal and professional life.

Think about it. How we work has drastically changed. Remember how it was only 10 years ago? From co-workers and communication, right up to the way we deal with documents — everything is faster and more direct. New software tools and applications are developing daily, some of which people use more than they care to admit.

In the endless internet sea of productivity tools, we’ve searched for the right ones to help you handle any given task. Taking into consideration all the different work categories there are, here are our pick for top productivity management tools:


Freshbooks can be described as your personal online accountant. It’s simple. It’s intuitive. It lets you spend less time on a paperwork, so you can run your business smoother than ever. The tool keeps your financial records safe and does it free of charge!

Freshbooks works on a cloud-based system, so you can access it from your laptop, phone or tablet, wherever and whenever you need it. With Freshbooks, tedious bookkeeping tasks will seem like child’s play.

Task Management

Everhour lets you measure your tasks right inside your project management tool. It’s an amazing reporting system that is geared towards collecting, analyzing and showing your work routine.

The tool has a variety of possibilities that allows you to view data ranges, get reports or keep track of projects and team progress. You can access any report and check back on what you were doing within a specific period of time. Neat, right?

Calendar Management

ScheduleOnce is a free online appointment scheduling tool. It’s a perfect solution if you have any problems with customers or prospects management.

With the ability to synchronize ScheduleOnce with your own personal Google Calendar, you can easily integrate it into your website, campaigns, emails and more. Premium features start at $5 per month and allow you to manage bookings across multiple teams and platforms, with various organizational methods and structures.

Customer Relationship Management

Infusionsoft is a robust sales and marketing software tool, designed exclusively for small businesses. This premium CRM tool helps any business automate their process, manage emails and sell online services.

With 125,000 users and more than 15 years on the market, the tool is a true lifesaver and offers a complete package for any small or medium business.

Documents Management

Able2Extract’s PDF Editor is a powerful tool that allows you to do instant and fast PDF edits. You can use it to make any immediate changes directly inside the software.

The tool has numerous features, from adding text and removing whole sentences, to rotating pages, and extracting content. You can also merge multiple PDFs into one large separate file. With Able2Extract as your main go-to PDF tool, any PDF issue will simply disappear.


Do Nothing for 2 Minutes is for those who just had that long and stressful meeting. Work must go on, but before that, it’s time to take a short break.

Just visit this website and listen to the waves without doing anything else. After this 2-minute break meditation, you’ll feel refreshed, relaxed and ready to get back to your usual tasks.

Tools like these can help you a lot with your work, leaving you happy and satisfied. Give them a chance and you’ll see the difference in no time. You can thank us later.

The 10 hottest new tech products from CES 2016

The 10 hottest new tech products from CES 2016

A handful of the thousands of new technology products launched at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show made a lasting impression on the approximately 150,000 visitors from more than 150 countries.

Here are 10 products and categories that created the most buzz at the Las Vegas event that ended yesterday. Many of the rest are destined to fade into obscurity.

Huawei Watch


Smartwatches continue to be a hot theme heading into 2016, and China’s Huawei has some of the most handsome offerings.

The Watch Jewel and Watch Elegant, selling in early 2016 for $599 US and $499, run Google’s Android Wear software and are aimed at women.

The Watch Jewel has 68 Swarovski zirconia crystals surrounding its circular 42-mm body. The watch face is always on in low power mode and lights up into full activity when tapped.

“We wanted it to be more feminine and something that women would be more attracted to,” says spokesperson Chase Skinner.



Wearables also continue to be big, with companies and entrepreneurs literally trying to cover every body part with connectivity and sensors.

Montreal’s Hexoskin announced a new smart shirt, which measures its wearer’s cardiac and breathing activity. The shirt, as well as the tracking device that slips into it, sells for $449 in Canada.

Hexoskin chief executive Pierre-Alexandre Fournier says the shirt works better than wrist-worn fitness trackers in activities such as martial arts, boxing or basketball.

“We measure things that are hard to measure on the wrist,” he says. “And if you want to do team sports, you can’t wear things on your wrist.”

Lego Education


Toys are always a hit at CES, even if they are educational, which is what Lego is aiming for with its new WeDo 2.0 kit.

The set, which is sold to schools, aims to introduce children in Grades 2 to 4 to simple programming, a sort of slimmed-down version of Lego’s full Mindstorms robotics toys.

The base set, which lets kids create and program small Lego robots, starts at $169, with a separate curriculum package costing $270.

A classroom of 30 students can be equipped for less than $2,000, according to spokesperson Leshia Hoot. “It brings science to life in the classroom,” she says.

HTC Vive Pre


Virtual reality was the biggest news at this year’s CES, with companies touting numerous headsets, controllers and applications.

Taiwan’s HTC is one of the companies leading the charge with its second-generation Vive Pre headset, which is more compact and comfortable and features improved lenses, as well as refined handheld controllers.

The Vive Pre also has a front-facing camera for detecting its wearer’s surroundings and keeping him or her from walking into things. It’s a mind-blowing experience, but it still needs a high-powered computer to work.

HTC will start taking pre-orders in February with an expected ship date in April, although the company has not yet announced the price. San Francisco-based Oculus, its main competitor, plans to sell its Rift headset for $599 US later in 2016.

3D Rudder


Movement within virtual reality is still an issue that a number of startups are looking to solve.

France’s 3D Rudder has a round, skateboard-like platform that lets its user move forward and backward, side to side and up and down. The user controls movements with their feet while sitting, leaving their hands free to do other things — or hold other controllers.

“We believe it’s the solution to movement,” says company founder Stanislas Chesnais. “It helps to keep your hands independent.”

The 3D Rudder will be available for pre-order in March for $175 US.



Unmanned systems, also known as drones, were everywhere at this year’s CES, although fortunately for attendees, they weren’t allowed to fly freely and were instead relegated to caged silos at booths.

The options spanned the gamut from inexpensive toys from the likes of France’s Parrot to the Inspire 1, pictured, from China’s DJI.

The Inspire 1 sells for $2,600 US and is aimed at professional filmmakers, with a 4K camera and video positioning system.

Faraday Future


Next-generation cars also attracted a good deal of attention, with CES quickly becoming automakers’ preferred venue for making product announcements.

Among those was California-based Faraday Future, emerging from stealth mode.

Backed by Jia Yueting, the founder of LEtv, known as China’s Netflix, the company is set to open a $1 billion production plant in Nevada, where it will work on a connected, self-driving electric vehicle.

The company’s futuristic-looking concept car, the FFZero1, attracted big crowds — and big questions about whether it’s all for real.

Yet, with Las Vegas Mayor John Lee and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval in attendance at the company’s press conference on Monday evening, there are some big expectations on Faraday Future.



Startups are becoming a bigger part of CES every year.

Eureka Park, a  section devoted to small businesses, has grown every year its inception in 2012. This year it hosted 500 exhibitors, up from 375 last year.

The ideas span a wide range, from retina-reading luggage to coffeemakers that can print photos into the foam at the top of the cup.

One unique idea is Droppler, from California’s Nascent Objects, which measures water consumption by listening to how much noise a household’s taps make. The $100 US device then syncs with an app, where users can see exactly how much water they’re using.

“You’d be surprised how much people lower their consumption once they can actually visualize it,” says company founder Babak Elmieh.

4K TVs


Ultra-high-definition or 4K televisions are picking up steam, with all the major manufacturers now in full-blown push mode on the higher-resolution panels.

Aside from packing more pixels onto screens, however, the TV makers, including Sony, Samsung and LG, are also adding high-dynamic-range technology, resulting in better colour ranges and whiter whites.

Tracking firm IHS expects global sales of the higher-ends sets to hit 96 million by 2019, up from just 12 million in 2014.

4K Blu-ray


To go with those 4K televisions, manufacturers will soon be releasing 4K Blu-ray players.

Samsung, pictured, and Philips were two of the major companies to announce devices at CES. Samsung is aiming for a March release but has not disclosed a price, while Philips’ player is expected to cost under $400.

Film studios also used CES to announce products, with Warner Bros. saying it will release 35 4K Blu-ray movies this year, including Mad Max: Fury Road and The Lego Movie.

Source: CBC NEWS

The best new technologies (probably) arriving in 2016

The best new technologies (probably) arriving in 2016

Predicting successful new technologies is a risky business – for every iPad or lightbulb, there’s also a portable travel hammock or an Apple Newton. With that caveat in mind, we’ve collected together a list of the technologies that we think will make a splash next year, and even, in a few cases, change the way we live.

Solar panel phone screens


I’ve been predicting that these will be A Big Deal for over a year, and have partly included them because I just think they’re really cool. But as with many new technologies, several sets of researchers are currently working to make transparent solar panels better and cheaper, which means that next year could be the year consumers finally get hold of them. Once on the market, they could invisibly collect solar power on phone and computer screens, and even on windows.

A robot to schedule your meetings


Artificial Intelligence still can’t have a totally convincing chat with us, but it’s now sophisticated enough to carry out online customer service, and, as it turns out, be your personal assistant. New app lets you email “Amy” about a meeting you want to set up, and she liaises with you and the other person to find a time that works.

Control your computer using gestures

Earlier this year, Apple patented a motion-sensor technology that would let you control your computer by just moving your hands in the air. The technology has been around for a while – HP’s Leap Motion laptop was launched in 2012 – but as we spend more and more time in front of computers, it’s growing ever more appealing. RIP RSI.

A hotel in space


Russian company Orbital Technologies reckons it’ll be sending tourists into space as early as next year. Guests would zoom up to the Commercial Space Station on a rocket, then spend their time in one of the station’s four cabins enjoying zero gravity and watching earth through the ship’s giant portholes. And this is only the beginning: Mashable has totted up nine commercial companies planning to send normal people into space over the next decade or so.

Self-driving cars

 Google's self-driving car. Image: Getty.

Yes, they’ve been around for ages, but now we have on-the-road testing and the beginnings of a legislative framework for the cars, they could soon be an everyday reality. Google has announced it’s teaming up with Ford to build self-driving vehicles, hinting at large-scale commercial production in the near future.

…and cars that make you better at driving

"Google's self-driving car. Image: Getty."
“Google’s self-driving car. Image: Getty.”

While self-driving cars are grabbing the headlines, ordinary cars are also stepping up their game. Tesla’s latest in-car software offers a hands-free autopilot mode, while Audi’s Q7 SUV will also brake on behalf of the driver and nudge you back into the correct lane. This type of gradual automation may make fully self-driving cars an easier sell in the long run.

The sun-cream pill

Fish and coral both excrete a compound that protects them from the sun, and for the past five years or so scientists have been working to use these substances in a pill which, when consumed by humans, would offer the same protection. If it works, it could cut rates of sunburn and skin cancer, and spare you from endless bouts of greasy reapplication.

An end to language barriers


Messaging and voice call service Skype recently released a live translation tool, Japan is trialing a live translation megaphone to use during the 2020 Olympics, and Google’s Translate app translates street signs and real-time conversations. It looks like technology may finally be breaking down the final barrier in worldwide communication.

Zero-carbon fuel made of carbon dioxide

Improbable as it sounds, a few different companies have developed working prototypes which turn carbon dioxide into a fuel. All rely on sucking CO2 out of the air, then converting it into a diesel fuel, which, amazingly, emits no carbon when burned.

Source: NewStatesman


Fastest Chromecast EVER: 4K and HDR supported

Fastest Chromecast EVER: 4K and HDR supported

What do The Upside Down, Jason Bourne and cliff jumping videos have in common? They all come in stunning 4K picture (which basically means the picture is super cool). And with the newly introduced Chromecast Ultra, now you can stream all of these 4K titles and more to your 4K TV.

Chromecast Ultra includes everything you love about Chromecast. Plus, it comes with advanced features like 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR) support, faster speed and Wi-Fi improvements.

Stunning picture, deeper colors

  1. Chromecast Ultra supports 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision, so you’ll get a crisper picture with higher resolution and more vibrant colors.
  2. At first, you’ll be able to stream 4K content from Netflix, YouTube and Vudu, and they are working to bring more 4K and HDR content on board.
  3. Later this year, Google Play Movies & TV will be rolling out 4K content. Even if your TV isn’t 4K-ready, Chromecast Ultra automatically optimizes your TV’s picture.


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We imagine it chromecast pic

Faster than ever, with optional Ethernet port

Chromecast Ultra loads videos 1.8 times faster than other Chromecast devices and includes major Wi-Fi improvements to support streams from full HD to Ultra HD without a hitch.

For those tricky Wi-Fi environments, They are also adding Ethernet support for a wired connection.


Everything you love about Chromecast

Just like the original Chromecast, you can cast all of your favorite content from thousands of apps using your phone, tablet or laptop.

Mirror any content from your Android device or from a browser tab on your laptop (using Chrome) to the TV. And it comes in a small size that hides nicely behind your TV, without adding clutter to your living room.

Works with Google Home

They also introduced Google Home, a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. With Google Home, you can play music, get answers from Google, manage your everyday tasks, and control smart home devices, like Chromecast. Combined with Chromecast or Chromecast Ultra, use Google Home to control your TV — completely hands free. Simply say “Ok, Google, play the Jungle Book trailer on my TV” to watch the YouTube video on the big screen.

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Chromecast Ultra will be available in November for $69 -from the Best Buy, Google Store, Target, and Walmart in the U.S., as well as from international retailers in 15 more countries.

Join the waitlist on the Google Store and They will let you know when you can get your hands on Chromecast Ultra, so you can start enjoying some seriously crisp entertainment.

Source- Google
Google’s NEW PHONE with special Bonus: PIXEL but not Nexus!!

Google’s NEW PHONE with special Bonus: PIXEL but not Nexus!!

Today, Google announced its brand new member – PIXEL. Google’s first software and hardware build mobile that has been in rumors since months. So this is that day! Pixel was launched during the Google Live Event that’s  happening as we post this, but you are lucky enough to get its specs –

Phone by Google – Pixel

With Pixel, they obsessed over every detail, from the industrial design to the user experience. They carefully sculpted the surfaces of the phone, and rounded the edges to make it easy to grip.

  • 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 on the front display and back glass.
  • The aerospace grade aluminum body.
  • The glass on the back also features Pixel Imprint, our fingerprint sensor.  You can even swipe it to access your notifications.
  • BEST BATTERY –  up to seven hours in 15 minutes.

Meet personal Google Assistant

Pixel is the first phone with the Google Assistant built in. With your Assistant, you can have a natural conversation with Google to find answers or get things done on the go.

Say “Ok Google” or touch and hold the Home button and your Assistant is ready to help. Ask it for a brief update on your day or to play a video on YouTube. Look up traffic on the way home from work or when the nearest pharmacy closes.
You can even say “show me my camping photos with Andrew” and it’ll instantly display the photos you’re looking for. Your Assistant can also offer help with what’s on-screen in any app. So if your friend texts you to meet up at a new restaurant, you can just say “navigate there”.

The best smartphone camera!

The Pixel camera is not only the best smartphone camera Google ever made, it’s the highest rated smartphone camera anyone has ever made.

Their DxOMark Mobile score of 89 is a great example of what’s possible when great hardware meets great software. Pixel puts cutting-edge computational photography in an ultra-fast and easy-to-use camera.

  • Pixel has a 12.3MP camera.
  • Featuring an f/2.0 aperture and big 1.55 micron pixels to capture lots and lots of light.
  • Pixel’s camera lets you take stunning photos in low light, bright light or any light.
  • Catch action shots as they happen with Smartburst, which takes a rapid-fire sequence of shots and automatically selects the best one.
  • Use Lens Blur to achieve shallow depth of field and bokeh effects, making your subject pop.
  • You can capture dramatic landscapes or make faces glow with new exposure controls.

And as a special bonus for Pixel owners, we’re including free unlimited storage for original quality photos and videos at full resolution in Google Photos.

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More from Pixel

  • Pixel ships with the newest Android operating system, Android 7.1 Nougat.
  • Phones will get software and security updates as soon as they’re available, directly from Google.
  • They also made the update process easier. When a new update is available, it can download and install in the background — no more waiting around for your phone to update.
  • The Pixel also comes with Google Duo and Allo pre-installed so you can video call and text with all your friends, whether they’re on Android or iOS.

Where to buy this amazing phone?!

Pixel comes in two sizes, 5” or 5.5”, and three colors:

  1. Very Silver
  2. Quite Black and
  3. Limited edition for the U.S. only, Really Blue.

BUT whatever you choose, they got cases to match. In addition to customizing Live Cases with your favorite photos and places, they are introducing a new Artworks collection that features exclusive designs from artists like Justin Maller, and photographers like Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. We’re also excited to offer a new collection of silicone and clear cases.

Pixel is available for pre-order today starting at $649 in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany and Australia.

Pre-orders in India will begin October 13.

In the U.S., They are teaming up exclusively with Verizon to make Pixel available nationwide at all Verizon retail outlets, including Best Buy stores. They are also offering Pixel unlocked on the Google Store and, for you Project Fi fans out there, you’ll be happy to know that Pixel is the latest device to work on the Fi network.

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