Sites of the Week: January 12, 2013

“A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.”

Richard Nixon

Factoid:More foreigners visited New York City (9.3 million) than any other U.S. city. Los Angles was a distant second with 3.7 million visitors.
2013 edition of the Statistical Abstract of the United States.

For the past week, I’ve been performing the Super Brain Yoga exercise described in a site featured in last week’s newsletter/blog. While I remain skeptical, it only takes a few minutes to complete and if nothing else the deep knee bends should be worthwhile. At this point though, I not sure it’s done anything but make my ear lobes bigger.

In case you missed the blog comment from my friend David W, he wrote: “At the risk of being the butt of a collective joke that I am on the outside of, here’s a good link to explain how to do that super brain yoga thing: And if you are all laughing at me right now – well, “a pox on your chakra” (or something like that…)!”  If you’re going to try out this exercise, I recommend you visit this link supplied by David.

Now on to this week’s sites.  This week, I’m sending out three security-related ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations. Yeah, I know security isn’t fun or even particularly interesting, but it is important.

Information Week: Java Security Vulnerability

This site comes to you via my friend Dale D. This Information Week article reports that “The Department of Homeland Security is urging computer users to disable or uninstall the Java programming language because of a serious security vulnerability.” You are urged to uninstall or disable Java and this article describes how to do so.


This site features a free download of the Belarc Advisor. This tool builds a detailed profile of your hardware, software, missing Microsoft updates and patches, your anti-virus status and security benchmarks. The Advisor displays the results in your browser. All of your PC profile information is kept private on your PC and is not sent to any Web server.

It also retrieves your software license codes, which is helpful when you require technical support or when you purchase a new computer or you’re recovering from a hard drive crash. With those licenses, you can easily re-install all of your purchased software. Finally, the Advisor displays the status of your network, including users and devices connected to it–including intruders.


Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a free anti-malware application. Their tagline is “Because your Antivirus alone is not enough.” MalwareBytes is recommended to improve your protection by occasionally running as a supplement to your existing security software. MalwareBytes may detect viruses and spyware and other forms of malware that your existing AV software won’t.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


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