20th September 2007

Like your PDFs on the dangerous side?

Adobe PDFThe “Windows vs. Mac” debate rages on, with folks on both sides taking firm stances based on strong opinions. And now comes one more reason for Windows users to be wary – the ubiquitous PDF file – a document standard used every day by millions of people. According to this report by MacWorld, a White Hat hacker has found an exploit in the Adobe PDF file format that would allow a malicious attacker to take over your Windows computer.

Now before all you Windows users start blasting me, yes, I know that the Mac OS X operating system is not 100% hack-proof. But the argument still stands that with significantly more Windows users out there to exploit, few hackers waste their time trying to write attacks for Mac OS X. Can it happen? Sure it can. But generally speaking malicious coders are interesting in making money, which they can do by creating exploits that turn a computer into a “zombie” to do their bidding, then selling time on the multitude of zombies they’ve created to other malicious users. There aren’t enough exploitable Macs to be profitable for them.

So what should you do if you’re a Windows user? Although it’s always smart to make sure your browsers are up-to-date with patches installed, and be sure your Adobe Reader is up-to-date, this particular exploit effects all versions of Adobe Reader. So until Adobe release a fix (which should be quickly, since this is a very serious issue), don’t open documents from a source that you don’t know and trust. Which is just good common sense anyway.

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18th September 2007

I’m Officially an “Uber Cool Nerd Queen”

NerdTests.com says I'm an Uber Cool Nerd Queen.  What are you?  Click here!
Well at least according to the Nerd Tests (ver. 2.0) I am. I kinda like the sound of that – has a nice ring to it. Plus, it’s always a bonus when you get to be a Queen.

Just because right this moment you’re at my site doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a Nerd, you may just be a new Mac user looking for some help or a review. So unless you’re sure you are a Nerd, you may want to start out with the Original Nerd Test to find out. Version 2.0 tells you specifically what kind of Nerd you are.

I am 5% loser. What about you? Click here to find out!
While you’re there, browse some of their other fun tests, such as the Loser Quiz (check out my graphic at right – yaay! Only 5% of people who take the test are cooler than me! I can live with that!). Try any number of tests by category, or create your own to share with your friends.

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