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Don’t be Tempted by the Kama Sutra Backdoor Trojan

appleIt’s difficult for some of us to resist clicking links or opening emails with provocative titles. That’s what hackers count on. Recently, one of many successful malware attacks was a file named Real kamasutra.pps.exe. Sophos reported that it really is a PowerPoint slideshow, but don’t get your hopes up. You’d have to infect your computer to see the images.

malwareWhat I will do is warn everyone, once again, not to be fooled by the old double extension trick. Even though you may think .PPS (slideshow), the .EXE on the end of the file makes it an executable file. When it’s launched, the slideshow above actually did display some rather unique images, however, it also installed a backdoor trojan. The trojan, called Troj/Bckdr-RFM, allows hackers to silently gain access to your PC. Once inside they can steal your data, your identity, and use your machine for any number of illegal activities.

Most of the time, you’ll see files with double extensions in email. One of the most famous email exploits was the I LOVE YOU.TXT.VBSfile. The .VBS on the end made it a Visual Basic Script, which installed a virus on millions of PCs back in 2000.

These days, your biggest risks come from clicking shortened links in social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. Thankfully, most of the short URL providers, like Goo.gl and Bit.ly, try to make sure that the links don’t end up at known bad websites.

If you’ve waited patiently hoping for a glimpse of the images in that Kama Sutra slideshow, visit the Sophos blog.

Chrome Extension for Goo.gl URL Shortener

chromeEarlier today, Amit wrote about the new API for Goo.gI, Google’s URL shortening service. Google launched the goo.gl service in December of 2009. Since that time, many people have adopted it over other URL shortening services such as Bit.ly and tinyURL. The two main reasons for adoption are that goo.gl filters and warns people about bad web sites, and it’s also recently been recognized as the fasted URL shortener.

At first the goo.gl links were only offered in the Google Toolbar. A little later, bookmarklets and other browser add-ons, such as Goo.gl for Firefox,   were offered.

I recently tried the goo.gl URL shortener for Chrome.

The extension installs easily, just as most other Google Chrome extensions do. Once installed, you’ll see a little gray and green icon in the top right corner of the browser.

goo-gl-face

When you are at a website that you wish to create a short link for, click the goo.gl icon to create the short URL. It’s simple to use, but there are also many other features that are offered in this extension.

* short URLs are automatically copied to clipboard
* show goo.gl history and traffic
* add Keyboard shortcuts for posting to other services
* create short URL from right clicking on links
* create QR Codes

You can also create links and automatically post them to your favorite web services, such as Blogger, Delicious, Digg, EverNote, Facebook, FriendFeed, Gmail, Google bookmarks, Google Buzz, Google Reader, Hotmail, Instapaper, LinkedIn, Mail,   MySpace, Netlog, Orkut, Ping.fm, Posterous, Reddit, Read It Later, StumbleUpon, Technorati, Tumblr, Twitter, Yahoo! Bookmarks and Yahoo! Mail.

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The only other URL browser extension that I’ve found as useful, is the Shareaholic extension, which has very similar features.

arrow-down-double-3Install the goo.gl URL shortener for Google Chrome browser


Goo.gl Is The Fastest URL Shortener

A few weeks ago, Google announced the public launch of their Goo.gl. Goo.gl can also be used to create QR codes which can be read by mobile phones. With the announcement Google had claimed that it is the fastest URL shortener on the market right now, even faster than Bit.ly, which eventually took a potshot at Google. So is Google’s claim really good?

Pingdom URL Shortener Comparison

Pingdom ran tests on multiple URL shortener’s including Goo.gl and Bit.ly. The results give a astounding victory to Goo.gl, which is in fact 3 times faster their Bit.ly.

As you can see from the chart above, Goo.gl beat Bit.ly and other URL shortener’s by miles. Goo.gl also had a 100% uptime, which was also achieved by Bit.ly.

So if you had been doubting about Google’s claim, this should quell all your doubts.

Bit.ly Takes Potshot At Google With Their QR Code Feature

Bit.ly the market leader in recently added a feature to their service where adding .qr to their links would generate a QR code for mobiles.

Bit.ly QR Code Google Potshot

A similar feature was made available earlier this week by Google’s for their Goo.gl URL Shortener. However, as TechCrunch noted, Bit.ly has taken a wild potshot with their QR codes feature by adding picture of a fish (which resembles Bit.ly) gobbling some balls which are of course related to Google.

So is Bit.ly heating it up here with their battle against the search giant? Only time will tell.

Also Read: How To Read QR Codes on Your PC