Archive for January, 2007

Malware – Today’s Worst Enemy for PC Users

Friday, January 26th, 2007

How to Know You Have it and What to do About Removing It

What is it? Malware, short for Malicious software, is the macro concept behind names like “Adware”, “Spyware”, “Hijackers”, “Toolbars” and “Dialers”. Malware is a growing PC-related assault epidemic (doesn’t effect Macintosh too much yet).

How you get it? Malware tends to sneak into your life (usually in a hidden or invisible manner) via third party software (software from less-than well known developers) disguised as added functionality to your work flow and your internet experience (and other bells and whistles) in order to execute many malicious tasks that are bad for business.

Tell tail signs you have it- there’s the activity you can see; Pop-up ads, re-directing of your browser, out-of-the-ordinary sluggishness, and other virus-like activity. Then there’s the activity you can’t see (and generally the most malicious of all); The taking of personal information from different parts of your PC, keeping track of web sites you visit and web searches you make, files you download, software you install.

All of this can (and usually does) involve your personal and sometimes private information, cause system slow down or even interruption inproductivity and produce virus-like activity to the point of annoyance or even system crash. This involves security issues, downtime and productivity loss (money lost!)

Discovering you are one of malware’s victims is critical and yet only half the battle. Knowing what steps to take to rid your life of it (and possibly to prevent future attacks) is then key. The point is, malware is bad and Three18 can help you get rid of it.

At Three18 we continue to stay on top of current malware and other emerging malicious technologies and we pride ourselves on educating our clientele on the benefits of using practical skeptical computing technique to reduce the possibility of malware ever getting to your system and/or network.

If you do get malware’d, Three18 will help to get you and your network cleaned up and safely back onto the information super highway!

Migrating TrueCommerce to a New Computer

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

Migrating TrueCommerce

Go to TrueCommerce ftp and login.

Download and run tcsetup.exe
Download and run setup_bde.exe

Copy the database from the old server and place in the same directory on the new server.

Open Truecommerce, and all should be fine.

Bluetooth Modem Setup for PPC-6700 and Mac OS X

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

Here are the instructions on how to tether your Windows Mobile smartphone to a Mac OS X computer over Bluetooth

1. First, you will need to pair the handheld with the laptop. When doing this, select “Other Device” rather than a mobile phone. Make sure that when you’re setting up your mobile phone’s Bluetooth capabilities within Mac OS X you check “Access the Internet with your phone’s data connection.” If your phone is already paired and you initially forgot to select this option you can find it at System Preferences | Bluetooth | Devices [choose your device] | Configure.

2. Download the “Windows Mobile” archive of modem scripts (see the Documents tab for this KBASE article). You should probably try the 460k script first (which will handle most EDGE/3G phones), and if that doesn’t work, fall back to the other two.

3. Unpack the archive and place the scripts into /Library/Modem Scripts/.

4. Go to System Preferences | Network | Show: [Bluetooth]

5. Click on PPP Options and make sure that “Use TCP header compression” is unchecked. Click OK.

6. Click on Bluetooth Modem and choose the “Windows Mobile GSM 460k” script from the drop-down list (note the update in step 2; you may want to use one of the other scripts if this one does not perform well; a Sprint PCS Vision script is also included in Mac OS X).

7. Disable both “Enable error correction and compression in modem” and “Wait for dial tone before dialing.”

8. Click on PPP. Leave all fields blank except the Telephone Number field….

9. Enter #777 as the phone number.

10. Click Dial Now and then click Connect.