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Tech Paul’s Friend of the Internet Surfer Award – 2010

Ronen Tzur Wins For Sandboxie

Folks, last year I invented a little thing I called the Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award. I have awarded it three times so far, but not yet this year.

Winner of the 2010
Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award
Tech Paul’s Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award

My intention with this was to bring to your attention, Dear Reader, people (and their websites) who are worthy of special mention due to the fact that they are looking out for us — the “average computer user” — and helping us to have a better, safer, online experience.

Ronen wins this special award as he is the creator of the program called “Sandboxie”. I consider Sandboxie an essential and primary tool for helping protect my machines from cybercrimals (incorrectly called “hackers”).

How Sandboxie works: Sandboxie takes a whole different approach (tactic) than traditional antivirus and anti-Spyware programs use to protecting you. Sandboxie runs your applications (aka “programs”) in an isolated area called a “sandbox”, as this animation shows…

Any programs that are “launched” (aka “Open”-ed, aka “run”) within Sandboxie only function within the sandbox, and have no direct access to your files, the Windows operating system or any other part of your PC. After you have finished with the ‘session’, you can right click the Sandboxie icon and delete all sandboxed files and processes, and your PC will be returned to the same state it was in before you started (how those red boxes vanish). To paraphrase, “What happens in the sandbox stays in the sandbox.”

GizmoAwardMy first recommendation for safe browsing is a free program called Sandboxie.~ JonathanT, Gizmo’s Best Free Browser Protection Utility.

Ronen has always offered this (essential, IMHO) security tool free, as well as a “pro (for pay) version”. It consistently wins “Best” and “Top” mentions on the reputable download sites, such as PC Magazine and MajorGeeks.

Note: Sandboxie is NOT a replacement, nor substitute, for traditional anti-Malware (antivirus+anti-Spyware) but is used in conjunction with. (This is referred to as “layering” your defenses.) And Sandboxie is not exactly intuitive to the “average user”, so I highly recommend that first time users see Tutorial: Getting Started with Sandboxie. This is a serious security tool and taking the time to learn how it works is well worth it! Using Sandboxie is simple, there’s just a few things to know.

So, congratulations Mr. Tzur. You’ve earned a big tip of my Geek hat. And folks, please click here and take a look Sandboxie.

Previous winners:
* First-ever Tech Paul’s Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award
* Tech Paul’s Friend of the Internet Surfer Award for October
* Tech Paul’s Friend of the Internet Surfer Award for December

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August 23, 2010 Posted by | computers, Internet, security, software | , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Tech Paul’s Friend of the Internet Surfer Award for October

Steve Gibson Wins For Security Now Podcasts

Folks, last month I started a brand new thing. I called it the Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award. My intention with this was to bring to your attention, Dear Reader, people and their websites who are worthy of special mention due to the fact that they are looking out for us — the “average computer user” — and helping us to have a better, safer, online experience.FOTISA

I have been a fan of Steve Gibson for many years. I first discovered him when I heard about his Shields Up! firewall tester. Which a a free tool for us to go and see if our firewalls are doing their jobs.

Steve has been in “the biz” for a long time. And you may have seen him on TV, or on the Internet, as he is frequently interviewed because he can describe things in ways we can understand.

In my Blogroll, I have TWiT.TV which is home to the Leo Laporte (& friends) podcasts. This is a wonderful site for those interested in tech, and I highly recommend it. sn_logo TWit.TV is where you will find Steve’s Security Now podcasts – which is what I am awarding the 2nd ever Tech Paul’s Friend Of The Internet Surfer to, specifically, but also for Mr. Gibson’s whole body of work.
(“podcasts” are like.. Internet radio.)

Here you will find the information you need to know to be safer online, keep up with online security news, and learn more about things like identity theft and “trojans”. And learning is super easy with Steve. Please give him a listen.

So, congratulations Mr. Gibson. You’ve earned a big tip of my Geek hat. And folks, please click here and take a look at his Security Now webpage.

Related links: First-ever Tech Paul’s Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award

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October 24, 2009 Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, how to, Internet, security | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First-ever Tech Paul’s Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award

There is a Tech Website that most people do not know about (though, it is approaching 1.5 million ‘hits’). It isn’t “famous”, or “hot”, like some Tech Websites. But it should be, because at it’s very core is a man who is looking out for us — the “average folk”.

Day in and day out, this man (whom I call “the hardest working man in the blog business”) provides free expert-caliber advice for keeping safe on an increasingly dangerous Internet. He has earned my first-ever Tech Paul’s Annual Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award.

Mr. Mullins,
Please allow me to say that this article exemplifies why I am a big fan of what you do here on
Tech Thoughts.

Not only does it educate folks to a very real danger they face while on the Internet, but it gives them the ‘know how’ to deal with the situations they will encounter (or, have encountered).

And so, I would like to bestow upon you the first-ever Tech Paul’s Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award… which I just now made up.

I have said it before and I will say it again: it is my humble opinion that your site should be required reading before one can earn their Surfer’s License (an idea that is actually gaining some traction).

The answers and advice you provide is absolutely A Number One Top Drawer, and you deserve several awards, frankly.

TPFOTIS

Friend Of The Internet Surfer

Folks, here is the article that triggered what I should have done a long time ago: Avoid Worms – Instant Messaging Tips. Please click the link, and “discover” this great website for yourself!

[Note to artists: anyone out there care to design said award? I cannot draw a stick man… (You can “sign” it, of course!)]

Hmmm…. What about this symbol?

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September 5, 2009 Posted by | advice, Internet, security | , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Congratulations once again.

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Oh! A “batch number” and a “security code”? And a time limit? MUST be real…

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July 2, 2009 Posted by | cyber crime, e-mail, Internet, Internet scam, spam and junk mail | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment