Archive for February, 2011

Google CEO Predicts Web Anonymity Decline

Monday, February 28th, 2011
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Google CEO Eric Schmidt has made a stunning announcement. He said that anonymity would decline soon «to prevent data misuse for criminal and antisocial purposes».

«The only way to keep control over the situation is high transparency and no anonymity. The world of anonymous attack is too dangerous without any means of personal identification. We need a name base for people. It will also be necessary for governments.»

Today US providers have the right to pass all personal details of their client to Security service on their request without notifying him/her. Modern Internet user is almost deprived of anonymity.

Indeed, anonymity in the Web leads to such negative phenomena like piracy or fraud, uncontrolled spamming, distributing viruses or porn, etc. Many would like to hedge both themselves and their kids. It can be provided by compulsory user identification.

«Free Web» with all its drawbacks is characterized by its unbiassed approach compared to mass media. User identification system will allow to perform overall control over what people think or do in the information environment. The states would like to use their opportunity of control  «for good». Nobody is protected from new tyranies allowing the only way of thinking in the web, the «right» one. Certainly, these and other dangers do exist, however, the Web is moving towards anonymity decay.

 

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Brand New SmartHide v. 2.4 is Released!

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
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New SmartHide 2.4 is Released to Secure the Web – All over the World

We are happy to launch a new release of SmartHide 2.4.x. It took much effort to improve SmartHide software. Now its performance has become more reliable and stable.

What new features does SmartHide 2.4 have?

  1. Brand new user interface. We decided to make a thorough overview of SmartHide interface to make it easier, more friendly and easy-to-use. Now the connection status is shown not only by the colour of the main connection button and the icon in the tray, but also by a message in the window heading having a correspondent colour. We have an octopus as well which becomes transparent when SmartHide is active, and a little LED near to it that changes its colour in response to the connection status change.
  2. SmartHide Free Trial. We don’t forget about our free trial version of SmartHide which is extremely popular in the Web. It helped us to attract a great number of new users. Specially for those who liked the free version of our application and decided to move to its full version, we make the transfer easier. Now when passing from trial to full version you even don’t need to reinstall the program. After subscribing to the one of the service packages we offer, SmartHide software will automatically download a new server list and make extra settings available. The most impatient can simply restart SmartHide to get it faster. If the full version is registered via the e-mail submitted during the installation of the trial version, you even won’t have to enter new login and password.
  3. SmartHide became more stable. Some of our users, residents of the countries imposing severe censorship to the content of the web sites, have experienced some troubles in the work of SmartHide. Thus, for example, the current server list could not be downloaded for the local Internet providers blocked the site www.smarthide.com. We have improved the mechanisms of interaction with our central server and blocking the work of SmartHide became more difficult.
  4. We are fighting for the free Web all over the world. Certainly, a number of mistakes and bugs were fixed. So we made some improvements to the work of the Visibility List feature, some users reported to have had troubles with. Visibility List allows to make up a list of trusted sites for which the real IP is not hided even if a user runs SmartHide.

In general, SmartHide has become better and more easy-to-use. We are constantly working to create new features, that could make web-surfing free and secure.

Existing users – please relaunch your SmartHide, it will automatically detect an update, download and install it.

New users – please buy SmartHide now to get a complete Online Security. After the purchase you will be able to download SmartHide v. 2.4 from SmartHide Members Area.

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Safe Web: A Myth or a Reality?

Thursday, February 17th, 2011
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We got used to having internet at hand, even in a mobile device. The global web is an unlimited source of information, communication, and entertainment. But it is also a real danger, especially for children.

According to the statistics, 40% of kids under 14 using internet visit pages containing aggressive or illegal content which is used by hackers to steal personal data. This problem is of great concern throughout the world.

Is it possible to protect children from hackers flooding the web?

- Internet security is a new concept. A dramatic growth of the number of IT crimes is registered all over the globe. Every year over dozens of thousands crimes are committed.

Specialists talk about three main types of web-threats:

  1. A content threat is a risk of contact with illegal or uncontrolled data, for example, porn or drugs propaganda;
  2. A violation of electronic security means the use of different viruses and other technical methods to hack databases containing confidential data;
  3. Malicious behavior is a situation when users come into malicious contact with other users, for example, pedophiles look for their future victims in the web.

Thus, the risks of using internet may be different depending on the age and computer competence of a child.

Make the life of your kids safe!

Install SmartHide for Online Security of your child Now. It is easy and fast!

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