That was ages ago, by the way. I think we chose XetoWare.net.tc. Sounds a bit unprofessional, but hey, we got a website up and running.
However as time progressed, we had to move to a more professional domain name, this website! Feels like home doesn't it?
Nevertheless, if you just want to start a free website, the place to go get a short domain name is Smartdots or DotTk, however, if you want a real domain name you should really invest some money, about five bucks, and go buy one from our favourite domain selling company: 1and1 Internet.
It's been a while since we started blogging again, so this is our way of making up for it. Let's talk security. In our day and age, security is becoming an increasingly important aspect of our digital lives; that is our computers need to be virus-free. But with all those antivirus software floating around the internet claiming that they are #1, its really hard to know which ones are legimiately effective and which ones that are just over-hyper. Well, luckily, you have a team of geeks (we are also known as XetoWare Corporation), who will look in to all the vendors and give you a foolproof way of staying protected without any hefty subscription fees.
The first thing that comes to mind when pondering about computer security is an antivirus. Cutting to the chase, we believe that the best free antivirus software is AVG (short for Anti-virus Guard). AVG is quick yet extremely effective at detecting possible threats on your computer. If you are short on money and want free security, we recommend you download and install AVG. However, if you don't mind spending some extra bucks, get Kaspersky Internet Security. Kaspersky may not be the fastest antivirus, but it is darn-well the best and most comprehensive one out there. For one thing, Kaspersky takes protection to another level, not only scanning your files, but also your open programs, your internet transmission and the memory of your running programs: Kaspersky Internet Security even detected a virus inside our Virtual PC! To top that off Kaspersky also supports unpacking of over 100 binary packers, which hackers use to disguise their viruses as legitimate files and its database contains millions of signatures.
With either of those two running you should be protected from 99% of threats that may harm your computer, but if you really want to make your computer impenetrable then there is one last thing you need to install: an antimalware program.
Antivirus programs are similar to the first line of defense in a body. They filter out most harmful threats, but are useless when viruses bypass them. To seal out almost all threats, you will need an antimalware software and we at XetoWare recommend Malwarebytes Antimalware. Why? Because Malwarebytes is one of the best and quickest to update Antimalware programs out there. Its zero-day detection engine can detect unknown viruses and their quick database updates makes sure any new threats are swiftly analyzed and removed. On top of that, Malwarebytes Antimalware Pro has a malicious website blocker module which blocks harmful websites and thus lowers your rate of being infected significantly.
So, there you have it: a newbies guide to staying safe both online and offline.
If you want to, you can read our more comprehensive article on how to avoid getting hacked.
In the world of software development, there will always be a line between legitimate and untrusted software and that line is called code signing. Code signing dates back to the 1990s when Microsoft first released a object orientated version of Windows. Certified authorities such as COMODO, Microsoft and Thawte generate code signing certificates to individuals and organisiation. The problem is that these companies require indivuduals and organisations to verify their identity through a complex and tedious process requiring the presentation of phone bills, driver licenses, phone call verifications, proof of address and the list goes on. Furthermore, indivudual developers are especially disadvantaged as they cannot choose a custom alias to represent their software: the certificate must display their name. This can lead to privacy concerns, especially when your real name is displayed to all users of your applications.
VerifyMyApp is XetoWare's newest innovation, aiming to help individual developers and small businesses increase credibility to their software and apps by offering a cost-effective company code signing to their applications. VerifyMyApp skips identity verification and instead relies on application verification: scanning it against 60 antivirus and antispyware engines as well as testing it ourselves on real computers to evaulate the files and settings that your app creates, modifies or removes. This service will filter out untrustful software, increase the credibility of legitimate applications and present them as programs to other businesses, end users, software distribution websites and antivirus software. For more information, visit VerifyMyApp's official website.
Ever had a long link such as: http://www.somesite.com/somefolder/somesubfolder/somepage.html?
Have trouble remembering it? Have trouble sharing it with your absent minded friends? Just can’t be bothered to re-visit again without bookmarking it?
Hmm, seems like there is a lot of lazy people these day, but fortunately for you guys, today, we take a quick look at Url Shorteners.
What is a Url Shortener?
An URL shortener shortens your URL or link. For example, would it be nice if we shortened:
That way, you just need to remember the URL Shortener tinyurl and the custom name you five it, somesite, so that when you visit www.tinyurl.com/somesite, it takes you to the long and bothersome website: http://www.somesite.com/somefolder/somesubfolder/somesubsubfolder/somepage.html. Neat huh?
How do I make a TinyUrl?
URL Shorteners like TinyUrl can be used to shorten long links by these steps:
1. Go to TinyUrl
2. Enter your long url
3. (Optional). Give it a custom name (ie, somesite)
3. Click ‘Create TinyUrl’
4. Wait a few seconds and success! Now you can copy and share your URL
Now that you are done with making your short link, you can share it with your friends on facebook, myspace, and so forth without clouding their feed with long and bothersome links. For example, i can now email my friend saying:
“Hey man, check out my blog! http://tinyurl.com/my12345blog“
The advantages of shortened urls are that they are easy to remember and extremely short compared to original urls.
More Services of TinyUrl
TinyUrl isn’t the only url shortener out there, there is also:
Tiny.cc is similar to TinyUrl, both shorten links and allow custom names. The only difference is that tiny.cc is shorter. You can check out tiny.cc here.
Goo.gl is another popular URL Shortener service. Being provided by Google, goo.gl is similar to tiny.cc and tinyurl.com, with the exception that it does not allow custom names.
Bit.ly was a popular url shortener until TinyUrl and Tiny.cc gained popularity. Bit.ly allows users to sign up, something TinyUrl does not offer, and track the visitors to their link. Bit.ly, however, does not offer custom url names.
Even though it is not as popular as the above services, ow.ly is another great URL shortening service that does the same function as the rest. Ow.ly does not offer custom names, and requires an annoying captcha code, but overall is worth checking out.
Adfly gives users the ability to shorten their long url and also earn about 1 cent each time someone visits your URL. If you have a popular internet blog that receive a lot of visitors, adding an URL shortened with adf.ly can earn you some revenue!