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McAfee launches a -- yawn -- short URL service

McAfee has decided to get in to the short URL game. Why? Possibly because they were looking for an additional reason for techies to loathe them -- if there's one thing more hated than craptacular software, it's yet another URL truncator. The theory is that people will use McAfee's short URL service because the links are managed by a trusted recognized security company. I'll say this for...

Twitter onMouseOver flaw poses huge risk to users, is being actively exploited

Sophos Labs' Graham Cluely posted this morning about a nasty little Twitter security flaw that is being actively exploited. Twitter apparently doesn't block onMouseOver JavaScript code, which (you guessed it!) kicks in when your mouse pointer passes over a specially crafted link. What happens next is up to the creator. It could be something harmless like the alert box you see above, or it...

Report: URL shorteners suck, Google's sucks the least

Download Squad readers haven't been shy about voicing their general distaste for the bazillion different short URL services out there. As if you needed another reason, a new report shows -- in USA Today style graphical goodness -- just how much they suck. Over at WatchMouse, you'll find a rundown comparing 14 popular options including goo.gl, tr.im, bit.ly, and the other usual suspects. The...

Site Sucker - download a snapshot of a website for posterity

I recently decided to retire my self-hosted WordPress blog, and start blogging on a different platform. After deciding that it wasn't practical to try to import seven years worth of posts to the new platform, I decided that I would just retire the site, but leave it online so as not to break any incoming links. For now, I'm going to leave it as-is, and continue to upgrade the WordPress...

WooRank summarizes your website in a few seconds

Competitive? Run a website? Curious to see how your favorite sites rank? I have just the thing. WooRank is a new service that summarizes your entire website in one decidedly useful shot. Highlights include: Traffic estimation numbers using Google data, Alexa & Compete rankings An internal site SEO analysis with a Text/HTML ratio Off-site SEO with link counts from Delicious, Digg,...

Add URL tooltips to Firefox with a handy add-on

I'm not a big fan of status bars in browsers. Most of the time, they're just wasting 20 or so pixels of vertical display space. That doesn't mean I want to miss out on the functions the status bar provides - like displaying the destination of links I hover over. The URL Tooltip addon offers a simple remedy for that. Once installed, you'll see a tooltip balloon whenever you park your pointer...

Share files online with DivShare

There are a lot of file sharing/hosting/storing sites out there. A lot. So one of my first predictable questions for DivShare co-founder David Altschul was of course, "Why use DivShare?" His answer: "DivShare sets itself apart from other free file hosts in a number of distinct ways, most notably in that we offer unlimited uploads and downloads, no waiting lines for files, auto image galleries, no...

LinkScanner checks links for validity

I was pondering the other day about how I had no way to pre-check links to see if they were malicious, then I saw LinkScanner. Alright, I wasn't thinking that, but it is a nice story. I realize it is a bit impractical to use LinkScanner to check every link you click on, in fact it is downright impossible and dumb. There are no guarantees that LinkScanner will save you from malware anyway, but it...

Link Alert: Identify PDF links, downloads in Firefox

There's a lot of extensions for Firefox that do something similar, but I like Link Alert's style. Link Alert is a Firefox add-on that changes your cursor depending on what kind of link you're about to click on. If it's a link to a PDF file, a PDF icon is shown next to your cursor. If it's a Word file, likewise. If the link opens in a new window, a new window symbol is shown, and so on. It works...