BlackSheep Thwarts Firesheep Intruders

Firesheep, a for snooping on and  logins on open Wi-Fi connections caused quite a storm when it was released. It went on to show how insecure your computer could be.

BlackSheep Firesheep Protector

The exploit could snoop on unprotected Wi-Fi connections and retrieve login cookies for Twitter and Facebook, which could then be used to login to a users account and access their data. If you are using an open Wi-Fi connection, the first thing to do is to to secure your Wi-Fi connection. If you need help with it, read our earlier guides Wi-Fi Demystified I and Wi-Fi Demystified II.

BlackSheep is another which is designed to combat Firesheep. BlackSheep drops fake session ID information on the wire and then monitors traffic to see if it has been hijacked. If BlackSheep finds that someone is snooping on you, it will display an alert as seen in the image above.

If you have a secure Wi-Fi connection, you have nothing to worry about, but if you don’t, the threat of Wi-Fi snooping by Firesheep is pretty high. You can circumnavigate the threat by using https instead of http while accessing the websites, but to be on the safer side, install the BlackSheep add-on too, which can be downloaded from here.

Also Read: Advice from a Wi-Fi Hacker

(Source: Life Hacker)

Popular Bookmark Syncing Tool Xmarks is Shutting Down

XmarksIn a move that will definitely surprise a lot of people, Xmarks – the popular bookmark synchronization tool, has announced that it will be shutting down in approximately 3 months.

Xmarks, which started off as a Firefox extension called Foxmarks, offered free cloud based bookmark synchronization for Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Internet Explorer. In spite of the introduction of out of the box bookmark synchronization to recent versions of Firefox and Chrome, Xmarks managed to remain wildly popular due to its ability to cross-sync bookmarks among different browsers.

Earlier today, in a lengthy blog post, Todd Agulnick, the Co-Founder and CTO of Xmarks, explored the events that ultimately led to the demise of Xmarks.

By Spring 2010, with money running tight and options fading, we started searching for potential buyers of the company. Over the past three months, we have been remarkably close to striking a deal, only to have the potential buyer get cold feet. We also considered refocusing Xmarks as a freemium sync business, but the prospects there are grim too: with the emergence of competent sync features built in to Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, it’s hard to see users paying for a service that they can now get for free. For four years we have offered the synchronization service for no charge, predicated on the hypothesis that a business model would emerge to support the free service. With that investment thesis thwarted, there is no way to pay expenses, primarily salary and hosting costs. Without the resources to keep the service going, we must shut it down. Our plan is to keep the service running for another 90+ days, after which the plug will be pulled.

There’s nothing unusual about startups collapsing due to the lack of a viable user model. Yet, one can’t help feeling sorry for Xmarks, simply because it was a damn useful service. It’s a pity that they decided to fold even without trying the freemium model.

Instant Weather Reports with ForecastFox

weather A few months ago, I told you about the fresh looking Google Chrome extension called Aniweather. It gives you a quick weather report and five day forecast, simply by clicking an icon in your web browser.

After reading a post from the Madras Geek, I decided to try out another instant weather tool called ForecastFox. It gives me the same types of weather info, but it offers just a little bit more. You can use ForecastFox in both the Firefox and Chrome web browsers.

In Firefox, you’ll get a new toolbar in the status section at the bottom of the browser. When you hover over each icon, you’ll get different reports.


In the Chrome browser, the ForecastFox icon is at top right of the browser.


Here’s what the weather reports look like in Chrome:


When you click on the map, you will be directed to the AccuWeather website to see the maps there.

To see the details of each day’s forecast, you can click on the day in the left sidebar.


ForecastFox offers the forecast for more days than Aniweather (shown below), however the Aniweather pop-up is much nicer looking, and it’s information comes from

arrow-down-double-3 Download ForecastFox for Chrome

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arrow-down-double-3Internet Explorer? Here’s an Accuweather Toolbar.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

The ForecastFox addon/extension is excellent for keeping me up to date on weather. It stays out of the way and does it’s job with no visible hit to my system performance. It deserves a thumbs up.


Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Schedule Emails in Gmail and De-Clutter Your Inbox With Boomerang

One feature which I miss in Gmail is the ability to schedule emails so that they go out at a certain time. Scheduling emails is similar to scheduling tweets in but scheduling emails have a lot more advantages. One of them is that you get an opportunity to review and correct mistakes in your messages before they go out (which do happen at times).

Gmail does not allow you to schedule emails as of now, and they might not do that in near future. However, Gmail does offer users with an option to undo send a message for up to 20 seconds. Nevertheless, it would always be nice to have a feature which would allow you to schedule your email messages too.

Schedule Email in Gmail

In comes Boomerang, a and which allows you to schedule email messages to go out after a certain period. As you can see from the screenshot above, Boomerang allows you to schedule messages to go out after a set time and even allows you to schedule an exact time for the message to go out.

Once you schedule the message, Boomerang will store the email headers on their servers and send it out at the specified time. Pretty neat solution for an online email service.

De-Clutter Gmail Inbox

Boomerang’s usability does not just end with scheduling email messages in Gmail, it also allows you to de-clutter your Inbox by hiding certain emails and only displaying it after a certain time. For example, if you get an email from someone about something you have to do tomorrow, you might star that email or add it to your TODO list. However, Boomerang will allow you to hide the email message for now and show it in your Inbox at a specified time.

This can come in very handy when you receive a bill and have to pay it after few days, you can have Boomerang show that message in your Inbox after few days so that you remember to pay the bill on time.

Techie Buzz Verdict


Boomerang would cause several users to freak out about privacy since it has full access to your emails. However, the company makes it clear that they only store the email headers of a message on their servers so that they can identify it, and do not store the email body.

Other than that, Boomerang adds a very impressive feature to the already impressive Gmail and also helps you to de-clutter your Inbox and view important messages when you want to. Overall we would highly suggest our readers to try this out.

Though Boomerang is invite only, the link below might allow you to download the extension for Google Chrome and Firefox.

Rating: 4.5/5 (Excellent)

Update: Download link no longer works, just head over to and use the invite code “techiebuzz” without the quotes to download the extension.

Download Boomerang [via TNW]

Watch Hulu Videos Outside US Without Proxy Server

There have been several ways to watch and access Hulu videos outside US in the past, however, Hulu has been blocking those tools and most of them no longer work. However, now a Reddit user has come up with a way to watch Hulu videos outside US without having to use a proxy server or VPN.


However, accessing Hulu Videos outside US is not pretty straightforward and will require you to perform several tasks. You will also have to use the Firefox browser and install a .

Access Hulu Videos Outside US for Free

Step 1: Download Firefox (if you don’t have it already) and install the Modify Headers add-on (download here)

Step 2: In Firefox, go to Tools -> Modify Headers and from the drop down box select add and enter “X-Forwarded-For” in the first input box and enter the IP address of any US website and click enter.

Step 3: You will need to block TCP and UDP port 1935 since Hulu Flash client tries to connect to that port. Once you have blocked that port it will fall back to Http. To block TCP and UDP ports on Windows, visit this page.

To UDP and TCP port on a Mac, type this in a terminal window:

sudo ipfw add 0 deny tcp from any to any 1935
sudo ipfw add 0 deny udp from any to any 1935

Linux users will have to do this through the iptables by running the following commands:

iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 1935 -j DROP
iptables -A INPUT -p udp --dport 1935 -j DROP

That’s it, this trick should allow you to watch Hulu videos outside the US at-least for a while till Hulu comes up with a fix for it. Using this trick might block Flash on other websites, so use it only when you want to watch Hulu videos.

(Reddit via Life Hacker)

Firefox Completes 2 Billion Firefox Add-on Downloads

have been one of the biggest reason I and I believe several other users have still stuck with the browser. Firefox extensions or add-ons as they are known spice up the browser adding features which make it more useful and better.


Today, Firefox completed a huge milestone with over 2 billion downloads of various add-ons and . Firefox has reached the milestone with 2 billion downloads over a period of over 3 years from The below chart shows the downloads on a year to year basis.


Firefox had completed 1 billion downloads back in November 2008, the second million took over 19 months. The Firefox add-ons boasts of over 150 million add-ons in use every day. Mozilla has also created a special collection of add-ons called Best of 2 Billion Firefox add-ons which contains about 25 add-ons, you can view the list and download it from here. For more information on this milestone visit the Rock Your Firefox announcement.

How to Enlarge Facebook Photos in Firefox and Google Chrome For Quick Viewing

There is one problem with viewing Facebook photos or albums – you have to repeatedly click on the profile or album links, open the album and click the photos one by one to view the full sized image.

Consider a scenario – one of your friend shared a bunch of pictures and you spot the update in your Facebook lifestream. You click the album link and go to the album page to view the photos. So far so good, but now you have to click an image to view it, hit the back button, click another image and so on.

Let’s face it – this is certainly not a productive way to view Facebook photos. And when you have lots of images in an album and you want to view only selected images, you need a better technique.

What if we can use a browser extension and load the full size of an image with just a mouse hover?

Enter Facebook Photozoom – a very useful browser extension for Firefox and Google Chrome which lets you quickly view Facebook photos by a simple mouse hover. Works simple – just hover the mouse cursor on any image and the full sized version of the image loads instantly.

This is very useful when you are browsing albums containing a large number of photos. You can use the extension to view only selected images and skip those you don’t want to see.

Techie Buzz Verdict

The extension is very handy but there is just a little issue – you can’t save an image while hovering it. You will have to load the image separately and use “save as” from the right click context menu to save the image.

Techie Buzz rating: 4/5 (Excellent).

Customize Firefox FullScreen Mode With MiniMode

In Firefox, you can switch to full screen mode by hitting the shortcut key “F11″. The full screen mode removes all the toolbars, panels, status bar, address bar and presents a clean and clear reading environment. For example: whenever I am writing something or watching a YouTube video, I normally use the full screen mode to avoid distractions.

But there are some problems with the full screen mode in Firefox. The full screen mode hides everything, which is often a barrier for quick browsing. Let’s see some common examples:

1. Can not copy the URL from the address bar: You may want to hide only the toolbars and might want to keep the address bar intact so that you can copy the URL of the page in full screen mode. You don’t want to revert to the normal mode again, just for copying a URL.

2. Can not switch tabs: The full screen mode also hides all the tabs, so if you want to switch tabs – you have to come to the normal mode, change the tabs and then go to the full screen mode again.

3. Can not open a bookmark: Since all the toolbars are hidden, you do not have one click access to the bookmarks. You have to come to the normal mode again, load a bookmark and then switch to the full screen mode.

This is when you need the Minimode add-on for Firefox. The add-on helps you to customize the full screen mode according to your needs. Once the add-on is installed, restart Firefox and open the add-on preferences from “Tools > Add-ons > Minimode > Options”.

As you can see, you can choose the elements you want to hide by selecting the appropriate checkboxes in the add-on settings. The keyboard shortcut is Control + F11, which will hide all the toolbars except the tab bar and the title bar. This is useful, because I can switch the tabs even in the full screen mode. From the add-on preferences, you can choose to show any combination of toolbars in the full screen mode.

Here is how my WordPress writing pane looks, after I have installed the add-on and writing this article:

Techie Buzz Verdict

The Minimode add-on lets you customize the full screen mode in Firefox. You can choose which elements to show and which elements to hide, thus making it a very handy extension for productivity. One flaw spotted: don’t try to hit F11 after the add-on is installed, it freezes the screen. Hit Control + F11 instead.

Techie Buzz rating: 3.5/5 (Very Good).

Add Sticky Notes and Comments on any Webpage with XSticky

Sticky notes are a great way to quickly jot down ideas and comments. You can use Sticky notes for a variety of purposes like to-do lists, task management, ideas etc.

We have earlier seen some useful desktop application for creating and managing sticky notes. But if you want a simple sticky note application for Firefox, try the Xsticky Firefox add-on. With the Xsticky-Addon you can easily create Sticky-Notes at every webpage you like.

Once the add-on is installed, right click on any webpage and select “Add Sticky note”. This will open a yellow square box where you can add text and save the note for later viewing.


You can create as many notes as you want and the boxes can be moved anywhere on that page or minimized to the bottom. Other features includes changing the background color, transparency and font size.

I found this tool especially useful for designers, who tweak the CSS properties of themes and HTML layouts. You can quickly note down the hex codes and other CSS properties while designing a theme and do not have to rely on other applications for the same purpose.

Writers can also use this tool to their advantage. Suppose you are reading a blog post and suddenly got a unique idea about the same topic. You can note down that idea on that same webpage and return to that page later on. This helps on outlining and creating a rough draft of a news item, which you may wish to blog at a later time.

With over 16000 downloads the add-on seems to be quite popular and one of the best sticky notes extension for Firefox. Please note that the note text is saved locally in the add-on preferences and will be destroyed if you uninstall the extension. Google Chrome fans can try this extension for creating sticky notes in the Chrome browser.

Techie Buzz Verdict

The add-on looks cool but there should be a way to backup the notes and comments. Syncing notes can be difficult but a decent backup option is much expected. Otherwise you will loose all the notes when you reinstall Firefox.

Techie Buzz rating: 3/5 (Average).

Remove Colors and Backgrounds From Webpages With NoColor Firefox Add-on

Quite often, you may find some blogs with horrible designs and backgrounds. The content is good and you want to read the page but the colors used in the site’s layout make it impossible to read. If you want to get rid of all the colors from a webpage, the Nocolor Firefox add-on will come in handy. The add-on removes all the background images and colors, thus offering a clean reading environment.

Download the No Color Firefox add-on. Internet explorer users can try IESurfGear instead.

Once the add-on is installed, restart Firefox and go to Tools > add-ons > Nocolor > Options. Choose the text and background color which you want to see once you use the extension.


The add-on adds a small button in the status bar and a link in the “View” menu so that you can quickly remove all the background garbage from cluttered webpages and read the content at ease.

I tried the add-on on Techie Buzz and here are the results:





Note that the add-on is not an ad blocker and neither it removes the borders. It will remove the background colors and replace the text color with your chosen color from the add-on options.

How this add-on can be used as a Design tool

If you love designing websites and themes, often you would search the web for design inspiration. Whenever I am designing something and want to create a CSS structure for a theme or layout, I will head over to a popular blog or website and see how the designer has implemented the CSS. I would turn on Firebug and then see the different Div tags one by one and learn to code myself.

But most of the themes contain colors, images and other graphics which is of course a barrier when you are learning to code. The Nocolor add-on, paired with Firebug helps to copy the CSS structure with all colors disabled.

Techie Buzz Verdict

The add-on removes the colors but should have more options to choose from. I would love to see more features included in the future versions – remove the borders, block the ads etc.

Techie Buzz rating: 3/5 (average).