Victor's Blog about the Web, Security and Life

The web for me is a hobby where standards and best practices are daily bread. Security is a concern that everybody must be aware of its details for IT in general, and the web in particular, to be a safer place. My life, on the other hand, is that of a regular Lebanese citizen where politics and social issues are discussed on a daily basis. I hope you enjoy reading my blog and make sure to drop me a comment about any topic you find interesting.

A Nice Try Dangerous for Security Beginners!

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victor | 01 December, 2005 10:48

Many emails are sent daily claiming that a certain website is another website. This usually occurs the most with (a website that I sometimes use to accept payments). Intruders will send emails holding Paypal logos asking users to verify their account. The link (a normal HTML link) shows as the destination while, in fact, they are being redirected to another website with the word paypal in it somewhere. This is a normal thing by now and many advisories were issued out asking people not to trust such emails.

Today, however, an interesting attempt was made from another website called This attempt was different in its approach to provide trust to the user. How? (More)

How to Exercise While Sitting at Your Computer

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victor | 27 October, 2005 16:05

Sitting at the computer all day is not exactly good for the body. Doing some simple things can improve your posture and health if you have to be at a desk all day long. (More)

Windows Shortcuts

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victor | 18 October, 2005 06:18

This is a list of common Windows shortcuts. Some of them are general, others are specific. Very important for people seeking common shortcuts that increase productivity.

Iran: The Upcoming Invasion?

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victor | 03 October, 2005 06:19

For the past months, Iran has been facing many problems with the International Nuclear Organization regarding its nuclear activity. Last week, Iran was threatened by the fact that its Nuclear activity file will be submitted to the UN Security Council. Yesterday, Iran threatens to withhold oil sales if it is referred to the UN Security Council over its nuclear activities.

This scenario is "deja vu" especially with the part related to threatens to withhold oil sales that are directly followed by a war. Is Iran going to be the upcoming target for invasion? Nothing more to say but wait and see.

If you have any comments regarding this topic, please feel free to post them here.

PHP, Apache, and MySQL

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victor | 29 September, 2005 09:58

PHP can be dowloaded from here:
Download the latest release of version 4.x

Apache can be downloaded from here:
Download the latest release of version 1.3.x

MySQL can be downloaded from here:
Download the latest release of version 4.x


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victor | 29 September, 2005 09:51

The open source security testing methodology manual can be download from here.

Java Software

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victor | 29 September, 2005 09:48

You can download the Java SDK from the Java website by clicking here.
A Trial download of the Java SunOne studio can be downloaded from here.
The Java documentation can be downloaded from here.

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