Johnno

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

My bags of tricks.


I've a Bookmarks folder which is titled "Tricks" some of these you may find useful. Other tricks are welcomed!

Anonymouse: Anonymous browsing using a "proxy" server which is sort of like a relay.

Babelfish: Online translation. Alas Latin is not included!

Bugmenot
: Allows you to read those newspapers that ask you to subscribe and offer all sorts of spam opportunities.

Bandwidth Test: Tests your connection speed. Usually proves your ISP to be a liar.

Guardster: Another anonymous surfing site.

Make a shorter link: Good for shortening big long links when you subscribe to usenet, mailing lists and other forums. Long links tend to get cut and unusable when e-mailing.

Privacy analysis: I occasionally use this to remind myself of what a firewall doesn't do.

Tiny URL: Same as the make-a-shorter link above.

Shields Up:Firewall and port scanning tester.

Traceroute: Allows you to do backward seaches on DNS entries etc.

Whois: Whois search that seems to be the quickest, easiest and most reliable. No pop-ups, registration and other annoyances.

XE Com: Currency converter. Useful in the shrinking global village

4 Comments:

  • cool, some fun and useful tools. thanks!

    By Blogger sleepybomb, at 11:45 am  

  • It'd probably be worthwhile to keep an eye on Tor (from the EFF) as well.

    By Blogger Deleted, at 2:18 pm  

  • I'm not sure I like Guardster so much. It's a silly thing, but the ads they have can't differentiate between a Mac and Windows. It's not a big trick to do that.

    One offered to clean my registry (Macs don't have a registry) which, as I understand these things, means allowing them to run a Java-based app from their server to whatever box hooks up. A little discrimination in picking whose ads you'll run goes a long way, especially when you run a security service.

    By Blogger Deleted, at 10:30 am  

  • Awesome website. If you don’t want anyone to know what you are downloading including your Internet Service Provider then you should be using a VPN Service. Find the best ones here. http://thebestproxyserver.com/cyberscrub/

    By Blogger Damien Mather, at 7:05 pm  

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