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Phone Data Manager from Microsoft

Phone Data Manager from Microsoft

I recently came across a cool tool from Microsoft called Phone Data Manager which is a free download from here although in BETA. With mobile phones a constant 24x7 companion to us and we getting used to it like anything including saving confidential information and contact numbers, there is a dire need for a reliable backup of the same.

This service from Microsoft offers to fill this gap. The following two ways of backup are provided by the service:

  • Contacts in the phonebook are backed up to your associated Windows Live account.
  • Media files and other contents are backed up to your local computer.
The tool communicates with your PC (and hence the Internet) through a USB data cable or BlueTooth. I thought of sharing this tool with other readers as it would be an inevitable component for everyone to safeguard their data.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Posted by Deepak Vasudevan

Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool

Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool

Similar to Google Transliterate, now you can find a similar web-based indic language input tools from the house of Microsoft too. You can locate this resource over here.

There are two versions available:

  1. Web Version
  2. Desktop Version
(for each language supported)

I just thought of sharing the same with other interested readers.
Posted by Deepak Vasudevan

A Tipoff to Kaspersky Labs about a new virus and a Letter of Confirmation from them

A Tipoff to Kaspersky Labs about a new virus and a Letter of Confirmation from them

Just thought of sharing the moment of joy in having participated in the 'detection-of-virus' mission. I had a similar email attachment described over here. But now even Kaspersky failed to detect it. Hence I wrote to Kaspersky Labs regarding my suspicion. On lab analysis, it was found that the file indeed was infected by a new breed of virus.

Please see my email report and response from Kaspersky Lab as a PDF note below.

Saturday, January 16, 2010
Posted by Deepak Vasudevan
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Kasperesky Internet Security 2010 -- An Effective Parental Control Solution

Kasperesky Internet Security 2010 -- An Effective Parental Control Solution

A whilst back we were discussing about an online file virus scanner utility published by Kaspersky. I just thought of sharing another product from Kaspersky which is called Internet Security 2010. It is part of the antivirus solution and is really aggressive against scanning the URLs that the web browser is requesting and verifying the safety of the system.

I just thought of sharing the same with the other interested readers.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Posted by Deepak Vasudevan

NetSweeper -- Sweep off bad from the Internet on your desktop

NetSweeper -- Sweep off bad from the Internet on your desktop

A while back we were discussing about K9 Web Protection Parental Control. A couple of days back whilst browsing through and referred from the text advertisement on top of the compose window, I came to know about one more parental control software called 'Netsweeper'.

The homepage of this product is http://www.netsweeper.com/index.php?keep_has_js=1 Unless K9 it does not seem to be any download but a centralized webservice to protect the desktops and it is a commercial software.

I just thought of sharing this URL with other interested readers for their benefit.
Posted by Deepak Vasudevan

Quick Online File Virus Scanner

Quick Online File Virus Scanner

Recently I was in reciept of a suspicious email with the subject "UPS Tracking Number 9533844." and since the internet headers of the email did not match with the domain of UPS besides the fact that it was carrying an attachment like UPS_invoice_NR39755.zip with an executable inside alongside my default virus scanner with inbox.com did not flag anything harmful in that. I tried to download it in a separate sandbox folder in my system and have my Symantec Antivirus to scan it. It was indicating a long progress of scanning and then obediently reported as no threats found.

But the concept of an executable inside a zip file besides from an unknown source was still nagging my mind. A quick search of some file virus scanner got me Kaspersky URL where you can upload upto 1 mega byte file. This one reported Packed.Win32.Krap.x in the attachment. The Kaspersky engine showed that it was updated on 13-01-2010 and could spot this.

I just thought of submitting this File Scan URL since it would be a very handy tool to spot and detect viruses when other means of finding the name and intensity of virus fails. For example, I could have forwarded to my Google Mail and have the check done. But Google Mail would not allow executables within zip files even they are harmless and hence using that scanner is out of luck. Windows Live Hotmail and Yahoo Mail says there is an infection but not details of the infection.
Posted by Deepak Vasudevan

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