Whether-or-Not-to-Buy: Google Chromebook Pixel

Here we are back with the whether-or-not-to-buy series. Today’s topic is Google’s new Chromebook Pixel. This is the first ever touch-enabled Chromebook. We have already looked at Samsung’s Google Chromebooks. Google’s Chromebook Pixel is the latest addition to the Chromebook line. We will check out the details of it here.

Tech Specs

Google Chromebook Pixel has some awesome technical features. We have a comparison here with another Chromebook, Samsung Chromebook 550.

Feature Google Chromebook Pixel Samsung Chromebook 550 Notes
Display 12.85 inch 2560×1700 px at 239 ppi (multi-touch) protected with Gorilla Glass 12.1 inch (1280×800) Chromebook has better than Retina display (Apple MacBook Pro with Retina is 227 ppi)
Processor Intel Core i5 3427U dual-core 1.8 GHz Dual-core Intel Celeron 1.3 GHz
Graphics Intel HD 4000 Intel HD 4000
RAM 4 GB DDR3 4 GB DDR3 Very large in terms of Chrome standards
Storage 32 GB (64 GB for LTE device) 16 GB
Cloud account 1 TB for three years 100 GB for two years
Battery 59 Wh (5 hrs) Over 6 hrs
Other features Anodized aluminum body (as in MacBook)
720p HD camera
Backlit keyboard


The Design of Chromebook Pixel


design of Chromebook Pixel

Chromebook Pixel is one of the best-looking laptops in the market today. It has those Google colors at the back and is built with anodized aluminum.

Anodized aluminum body of Chromebook Pixel

On the left side, you have the ports—two USB 2.0, mini DisplayPort, SD card reader, etc.

Chromebook pixel side ports

The keyboard is backlit, so you can use it comfortably in darkness.

Chromebook Pixel backlit keyboard

Most importantly, the laptop is touch-capable. You could say it is an advanced kind of tablet.

Touch capability on Chromebook Pixel

The technical specifications of the Chromebook Pixel do not awe in many respects. The display is one aspect in which the laptop wins. While 16:9 has been taken up as the prime aspect ratio among most of the devices, Chromebook Pixel comes with 3:2 aspect ratio, which is equivalent to 15:10. But the PPI ratio is the most important aspect of the laptop. It is high, even higher than the MacBook Pro with 227 ppi. However, you should note the fact that MacBook Pro is 13.3 inches, while Chromebook Pixel is 12.85 pixels. As per viewing distance reasoning, both these displays may be identical in clarity.


The performance of this laptop should not be a problem at all due to the presence of the third generation Intel Core i5 processor, which can turbo-boost up to 3 GHz. We went ahead and obtained a comparison between competing processors—Celeron 867 on Chromebook 550, Core i5-3210M on MacBook Pro, and Core i5-3317U on Microsoft Surface Pro. Here are the findings.

Feature Core i5-3427 (Chromebook Pixel) Celeron 867 (Chromebook 550) Core i5-3210M (MacBook Pro) Core i5-3317U (Surface Pro)
Speed 1.8 GHz 1.3 GHz 2.5 GHz 1.7 GHz
Turbo Boost speed 2.8 GHz Not available 3.1 GHz 2.6 GHz
Cores Dual Dual Dual Dual
Threads 4 2 4 4
Cache 3 MB 2 MB 3 MB 3 MB
Graphics base frequency (render speed for graphics performance) 350 MHz – 1.15 GHz 350 MHz – 1 GHz 650 MHz – 1.1 GHz 350 MHz – 1.05 GHz

As you can see the MacBook Pro processor is better than Chromebook Pixel’s. Surface Pro has a configuration pretty similar to Pixel’s. The Core i5 CPU that comes on Chromebook Pixel is the exact same on Apple MacBook Air 13 inch model.

The battery on Chromebook Pixel lasts only about 5 hours, which is quite similar to what is offered by Microsoft Surface Pro. MacBook Pro on the other hand promises about 7 hours.

The Operating System

Chromebook obviously runs Google’s own desktop operating system—Chrome OS, which is an up and coming competitor to Mac OS X and Windows. However, it is not a full-fledged operating system. If you read our previous article about Chromebooks (linked above), you probably have an idea about the operating system.

1. Chrome OS Advantages


  • It is highly integrated to the web and cloud computing platforms, and hence it will need too little amount of resources. In short, it will be ultra-fast.
  • Storage required is virtually nil as most of the data you need is going to be on the cloud servers.
  • It is a free operating system that comes preinstalled in those Chromebooks and Chromeboxes.
  • Easiest of all OSes out there. If you know about Google Chrome browser, you know about Chrome OS.

Those were the major advantages of Chrome. However, there are huge disadvantages that overshadow the operating system on the whole.

2. Chrome OS Disadvantages


  • You are going to have to pay for cloud storage services if you are serious about this OS. Otherwise, you have to optimize an external hard drive as a cloud device. However, that is not going to be as easy to operate as in Windows or Mac.
  • The operating system is highly dependent on the Internet, and internet outages won’t be helpful at all.
  • You are not going to get any of your favorite desktop applications for Chrome OS. It will only have web apps similar to the add-ons you have on your Chrome browser.
  • Integration to other platforms is not quite good with Chrome OS. It is not even integrated well with Google’s own Android.
  • You can’t install Firefox or Opera or any other of your favorite browser on Chrome OS, although it is a browser-based operating system. If you want to work with Chrome, learn to love Google Chrome browser.
  • Other operating systems like Mac and Windows can provide you the exact same experience by installing the Chrome browser. Anything extra you are getting with a Chromebook is quite limited.

As you can see, Chrome OS has more disadvantages than advantages. You could easily get a better experience with full-fledged desktop operating systems by Apple or Microsoft. Chrome OS is not even regarded as a competition to Mac OS X and Windows. In Mobile World Congress, 2011, the then-CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt said:

There’s a separate effort called Chrome OS, which is unrelated in the following sense. Chrome OS is, you take Chrome, and build a completely new operating system largely targeted at netbooks and PCs. So one way to understand the division right now is that if you are an Android user you’re going to be on a touch device, and if you’re on a Chrome OS user you’re likely to be on a keyboard device. We’re working overtime to get those technologies merged in the right way. I learned a long time ago – don’t force technology to merge when it’s not ready – wait for the technology to mature so it can be merged.

It’s 2013, and still Google hasn’t found a way to merge Android and Chrome OS in the right way.

The Price & the Truth

Would you like to guess the price of the laptop? It comes in two flavors—Wi-Fi & LTE. Wi-Fi version is priced at 1299 dollars

, while the LTE version is 1449 dollars.

This is over 400 dollars more than Surface Pro, and doesn’t even compare to the Samsung Chromebook 550 which retails for only 449 dollars. Other Chromebooks are also extremely cheap—Acer C7 at $199

, Samsung original Chromebook at $249

, and HP Pavilion Chromebook at $329.99.

The highest end MacBook Air 13 inch is priced at $1399. MacBook Pro starts at $1199.

All in all, the price of Chromebook Pixel is very high and the hardware specifications don’t justify it. High PPI display is one of the features that cause such a large price tag, but that kind of a display is absolutely unnecessary in a laptop running Chrome OS, where we are less likely to run any graphics-intensive applications.

Chromebook Pixel also has certain other disadvantages. It has USB 2.0 ports, while all of the latest laptops come with USB 3.0 or ThunderBolt in Apple’s case. Chromebook Pixel runs Chrome OS and does not need an expensive processor or RAM.

Although 1 TB of online storage with Google Drive is charming, it is only for three years, and afterward, you will have to pay to keep the files as per Google Drive rates ($49.99 per month for 1 TB).

The laptop has only 32 GB of storage and 64 GB in case of LTE version. This is pretty low indeed for a laptop sporting Intel Core i5 processor and 4 GB of RAM. Clearly, it is a marketing technique to lure customers into opting for Google Drive storage.


You might have got the gist of this review when we were pitching Chromebook against other laptops and tablets. We have also detailed the major disadvantages of the product. Chrome OS and Chromebooks are for basic use, for those who spend a lot of time on the Internet and on social networks, and for those who favor web apps.

It is not for the regular people who do most of their work on desktop software. Keeping that in mind, releasing a somewhat high-end laptop with an unreasonably hefty price tag is not something we like to see.

Google Chromebook Pixel may be a high performance machine, but Chrome OS is not the operating system that should be running on it. Hence, our recommendation is no. You needn’t be excited about buying Chromebook Pixel unless you are really serious about Chrome OS.

10 Worst Android Antivirus Apps You Can Get

Are you careful about the security of your smartphone? For your Android device, Google Play store offers a number of antivirus apps. There are paid and free apps from professional companies like Avast!, Kaspersky, and Lookout, as well as free antivirus apps that install and work relatively faster.

Among the security apps found on the Play Store, there are a number of free, lightweight ones, most of which enjoy a great number of downloads and high ratings. Most of the ratings are done by people who find the interface easy to use, but have no idea whether the app actually works or not. Many of us feel the app is great if the interface is cool, don’t we?

It is painful to note that most of these free apps not only fail at most antivirus tests, but experts regard them to be incapable of detecting any threat. Last year, the latest mobile antivirus test report was published by AV-Test.org, in which they tested and rated the best and the worst antivirus programs among multiple platforms.

We are now looking at the worst of antivirus apps on the Android store. These apps are still on the store because they may be able to detect one or two viruses along the way, and they are completely safe themselves, as found by Google’s malware detection system for the Play Store. That doesn’t mean that these apps are any bit effective. Let’s look at each of them based on popularity and ratings, and see how they fared in the antivirus tests.

10. BluePoint Security Free


BluePoint security

This app has between 100,000 and 500,000 installs, and hundreds of five-star ratings. Out of the twenty test files, it has completely missed detecting one, and failed miserably in 10 others. It was successful in defending against only five of the threats.

9. G Data Antivirus Free


G Data antivirus

This app has been installed between 100,000 and 500,000 times and has thousands of user recommendations. However, it has failed in 9 out of 20 antivirus file tests conducted by AV-Test. This makes the app highly ineffective in detecting viruses and malware. The important thing is that this antivirus has an upgraded internet security version that costs money. Definitely cash down the drain if you are purchasing it.

8. TrustGo Antivirus


TrustGo Antivirus

This antivirus app has had between 500,000 and 1 million installs from the Play store. Thousands of ratings for this app are in the five-star level. Still, it is at the bottom of AV-Test’s results, failing 13 of the 20 virus tests, and giving pretty poor results in three other tests. It was successfully able to prevent infection only in four of the test scenarios.

7. ALYac Android


ALYac Andriod

In between five and ten million downloads have happened for this app. Also, tens of thousands of people have rated it at five stars. And yet, it doesn’t even qualify the most basic levels of detection. 

Out of the 20 malware tests it went through, it performed badly on 14 of them, among which it completely missed five files and gave poor results for the others. It was successful in detecting only three of the 20 test files.

6. GuardX Antivirus


GuardX Antivirus

This app has between 100,000 and 500,000 app installs. It has completely failed in 13 antivirus tests, and has not given any good result in other six tests. GuardX has been able to successfully detect only one of the twenty antivirus files sent to it. It is a free app and gives a pretty usable interface. As a result, hundreds of users recommend this product.

5. Snap Secure


Snap Secure

This app has pretty low rating given by AV-Test. It has not detected properly 13 out of 20 antivirus tests, and it has given poor results for the other seven. The app enjoys over 100,000 installs, and has been rated high by hundreds of users.

4. Android Defender Virus Shield


Android Defender

Having between fifty and a hundred thousand installs, this app has been rated great by over a hundred users. The app completely failed to detect fifteen of the twenty virus files given by AV-Test, and it hasn’t given any action against the other five.

3. Android Antivirus


Android antivirus

This app seems quite popular with between one and five million installations. It is pretty lightweight and easy to use. Also, the people who are using this app have given it a pretty good rating, based on the usability. Does it really mean that this app is any good? Definitely not!

Android Antivirus doesn’t have a dedicated support team or a website that offers any quality updates. It is good at detecting a few malware and viruses, and is probably good at heuristic predictions. However, this is not the kind of security app that you should be running on your device.

AV-Test’s antivirus testing has placed this app at the very bottom when it completely failed to detect 17 out of 20 antivirus tests, and might have failed in the other three where the results were inconclusive.

2. NQ Antivirus Free


Antivirus free

This is the most downloaded free antivirus offering in the Google Play store, with anywhere between ten and fifty million times. The app is pretty lightweight as well at less than 4 MB in size.

In the AV-Test, it couldn’t detect fifteen of the twenty test files, and couldn’t take any action on the other five items. Still, due to the great-looking interface and ease of use, clueless users rate this antivirus high in the market.

1. LabMSF Antivirus Beta


LabMSF antivirus

At last we are at the rock bottom of virus detection capabilities. LabMSF has completely failed in all of the twenty antivirus tests, and AV-Test has remarked that it is doubtful whether it can detect any virus. Still, this app has between ten and fifty thousand users, and hundreds of them have recommended it.


Those were the worst of the antivirus apps you can ever get from the Android market. Despite their low ratings, they continue to be downloaded and rated by many users. It is painful to note that one or two of technology authors have included a few of these apps in their recommendations. You should not install these apps after looking through the reviews and ratings as most of the reviewers have no clue whether the app is useful or not.

Google Play store is fairly secure. Google’s support tells us:

We regularly scan Google Play for malware, and applications that contain malware are removed. We may also ban developer accounts that violate our policies.

That means you are less than likely to install a harmful application on your smartphone from the app store. Also, if you are keeping your phone’s firmware updated regularly, your data should be very secure. Still, hackers will invent newer ways to bypass detection, and hence, it is important to install a good security app on your phone.

Top 5 Most Durable High-end Smartphones You Can Buy

There are a number of factors affecting the purchase of a smartphone, such as the display, operating system, processor power, and price. Among them, I believe durability is also pretty important. There are protective cases for all types of smartphones, although they more or less make the phone look weird. I have never used protective case on my smartphones, although some of them have really needed them.

A few days ago, I picked up one of the most popular smartphones in the industry—Samsung Galaxy S3. I was impressed by the amazing hardware features it offered. However, when I picked it up, I could immediately feel the cheap plastic build of the phone that turned me off a bit. Many of Samsung’s phones lack in build quality, and that is the reason why none of the Samsung smartphones is there in this list. In the low end, probably the only Samsung device that can withstand any wear and tear is X-Cover Xtreme.

The same is the case with Sony. Xperia line of smartphones contains devices mostly of plastic build, save for Xperia P that has an aluminum unibody design.

Compare Samsung devices with those of some other manufacturers in the industry, and you will immediately feel the difference.

There are a number of water-resistant smartphones out there, including the upcoming Sony Xperia Z. However, water-resistance is definitely not the only attribute of durability. How more often do you swim with your smartphone than drop it?

In the following count-down, we have five high-end smartphones, and we will be discussing body-specific features.

6. LG Optimus G & Google Nexus 4

LG Optimus G

Optimus G is LG’s most advanced smartphone to date, and it is built with superb quality. The back of the device is made of tough DuPont Kevlar fiber and it is reinforced with a thin film of Corning Gorilla Glass. You may have heard of Kevlar; it is the same material used for building bulletproof vests.

Google Nexus 4

The smartphone’s display is protected by Gorilla Glass 2. Google Nexus 4 is also manufactured by LG and has similar hardware specifications and build quality. The Gorilla Glass at the back may be susceptible to somewhat rough use. But overall, both of these smartphones are really durable.

Buy Optimus G from Amazon or Best Buy.

5. HTC Windows Phone 8X


The smartest thing about this phone is that it is pretty thin and light-weight. Coupled with its unibody design makes Windows Phone 8X one of the most durable. On the front, you have Corning Gorilla Glass 2, and the back is made of tough polycarbonate, making it suitable for rough usage.

You can get the phone at Amazon or Best Buy.

4. Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD

In terms of build quality, Motorola keeps a very high standard. Razr Maxx HD is a smartphone with a huge 4.7 inch screen and amazing hardware features. It is also slightly heavier than its competitors. It uses the first edition of Corning Gorilla Glass (the version 2 and now 3 have come out) to protect the display. This makes the glass less scratch-resistant than some other devices out there.

What really separates Razr Maxx HD is its back, which is not plastic or metal. It is made of DuPont Kevlar synthetic fiber as in Optimus G. This doesn’t make the device essentially bulletproof though! It however survives extreme levels of rough usage.

The only disadvantage is that it uses Gorilla Glass 1, and the glass could break on a six-foot drop.

Get Verizon Droid Razr Maxx HD at Verizon Wireless or Best Buy.

3. HTC One

HTC One smartphone

This is an update. HTC One is one of the most awesome Android smartphones to hit the market. It has experienced a drop test too. In an XDA Developers Forum thread, a user accidentally dropped the phone and posted about it. The phone did have a few chips on its aluminum sides. One thing that places HTC One right below iPhone 5 is the fact that it has a regular aluminum body, rather than an anodized aluminum in case of iPhone 5. The front of the phone is well protected with Gorilla Glass and that will not scratch on your occasional drops.

HTC has done a great job with the design of the phone as well. It is one of the most gorgeous Android phones in the market, and could rival the iPhone in terms of aesthetics.

The phone is available at Amazon

2. Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5, just as all of the previous iPhone versions, comes with pretty amazing build quality. It is very thin and probably the lightest of all high-end smartphones. Its unibody design is made using anodized aluminum, and it is slightly different from iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, which had their back covered by tough scratch-resistant glass.

We don’t have any indication that Apple is using Corning Gorilla Glass for screen protection. But on multiple drop tests, the iPhone screen didn’t show any sign of wear and tear. However, there have been complaints about scuffs on the edge of iPhone 5 after a few days of rough use. This has been identified by many users. The black ceramic finish of the phone slowly fades away to reveal the underlying silvery aluminum.

Still, we recognize iPhone 5 at the top, because you can drop it from a very tall level and you will still not break the display or the internal hardware. Another important thing is that Apple does have a patent on protecting the device, which does include an orientation device that changes the orientation of the iPhone during a free fall to make sure the phone’s most impact-resistant side hits the ground first.

Buy from Apple or Best Buy (several carrier options).

1. Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 920 is the toughest of all smartphones out there today. Being the heaviest smartphone could have made Lumia 920 fall behind in terms of wear resistance. However, the thickness of the Gorilla Glass 2 on top of the screen protects Lumia 920 from even tall drops. It has a unibody design with the back made of polycarbonate. Read our review of Lumia 920 which offers scratch and drop tests for the device.

Lumia 920 is available from AT&T (through Best Buy) or Amazon.


Durability is one of the important factors that you should look for on a smartphone. With Optimus G, LG has also proved its presence among the most durable smartphone manufacturers. Apple, HTC, Motorola, and Nokia have always excelled at building phones with high-quality materials. On the other hand, Samsung and Sony have given us somewhat substandard build quality.

[Image: PhoneArena]

Facebook Graph Search: How Is It Different From Google Search?

Facebook has yesterday unveiled a very important update to the social network, Graph Search. This is essentially the most promising search algorithm in effect within the social network. We all know the existing Facebook search system that returns more irrelevant results than relevant ones. With Graph Search, it is going to take a turn for good. Is this a competition to Google search? Let’s see…

Facebook Graph Search is not a web search thingy. It is within Facebook and can search only what your friends and others generally have shared with you. For instance, you can do a search for “My friends who like Michael Jackson” and Facebook will give you a list of your friends who have liked Michael Jackson profile page.

Facebook Graph Search


On the official Facebook Graph Search page, you have examples like this. Most of these searches have the keyword, “my friends” in them. This is probably an indicator used by Facebook to identify you are searching for a list of your friends who do a particular thing. What if you search instead for “my buddies (pals) who like cycling”? We should see whether Facebook returns proper results for that from the friends list.

When the Graph Search comes out of private Beta, you will be able to test it better. For the time being, get invited into the Graph Search Beta test and hope to get it approved soon.

Google Search on the other hand, is the king of web search, and it will remain so. Graph Search cannot be done outside Facebook. Anything you want to find inside Facebook, you have to use Facebook search only; there is no Google jurisdiction inside Facebook. However, you can always search for Facebook pages through Google. Try search keywords like “Tom Cruise on Facebook” you will get immediately the relevant Facebook page.

In order to return all the results from Facebook, try simple Google search like “Tom Cruise site:facebook.com” and Google will return only the results from Facebook. You will get all the relevant results here.

In reverse, currently Facebook also provides you with web search results. It uses Bing search engine for that. In effect, it’s like you are searching on Bing.

Facebook search web results


When Graph Search becomes available, you will be able to get more relevant results from Facebook concerning your friends and generally the users of Facebook. Also, since Facebook profiles have privacy restrictions, only the results shared with the outside world will be searchable. Graph Search is only inside Facebook, and outside, in the web, there is no substitute for Google search.

How to Find If a Website Is Dangerous?

Every day, millions of people purchase things online. Several thousands of them fall prey to online scams such as Phishing and malware. There are a huge number of websites which can automatically steal information from you while you are browsing, doing social media updates, or transacting online.

Most of these attacks come from websites which purport to be genuine to steal important information from you—an attack strategy popularly known as Phishing. This Internet security threat occurs mostly to people who use Internet for purchasing things or banking.

In this article, let’s look at some ways to find out if a website or an order form you find online could actually get you into trouble.

Investigate the Domain


Every website has a domain name. Examples: google.com, facebook.com, bluebugle.org, etc. This is the most basic website address. For instance, if you have a website address (look at the address bar of your browser) in the form of “a.b.com/purchase/buy/buy.aspx?num=33”, how will find out its domain name?

The simple technique is thus: find the TLD (Top Level Domain, such as .com, .org, .ca, .us, .co.uk, .co.in, etc.) Once you find the TLD, your domain name search will be easy. The domain name is the combination of the word preceding the TLD (excluding the dot) and the TLD. In the example given, the domain name is b.com.

In this way, you will be able to distinguish between website address that are genuine and those that look genuine.


Threat.google.com/threat.html: genuine page from Google domain
Google.x.com/genuine.html: a page from x.com which is not at all affiliated to Google in any official capacity.


Once you know the domain name, you know if the website is genuine or not. For instance, if you click a link and get to the website of your bank but the domain name is quite unknown, you should know immediately that the website is not genuine, but has copied the design of your bank’s website.

Browser Tools


The most basic information about the security of a website may be given by the browser itself. Depending on the browser you are using, you should be able to get security information about a website. On desktop, Google Chrome gives Internet security information as shown in this image:


In Firefox, warning looks like this:


The More Information button gives you details of the website.

Almost all of the browsers out there are also Internet security applications. They show warning messages if you are about to visit an insecure or Phishing website.


However, last year CSO of Australia reported that Google and Microsoft have poor URL blacklists. Due to this, you should be checking a URL on multiple services to see if it is really secure.

Checking the Website


If you need to find out the details of a website and see if it could be a threat to Internet security, you can use one of the several available testing services. Some of which are…

1. Zulu Risk Analyzer


This is a comprehensive URL analyzer that gives you the details of the website, its URL, content, and the external objects linked from the URL. Based on the checks, it lists whether the domain is benign or suspicious.

Link: Zulu Risk Analyzer

2. URL Void


This service has a URL blacklist which you can compare your URL against. Google Safe Browsing, Norton SafeWeb, and the tools given by a number of Internet security applications are available in URL Void to check the given URL.

Link: URL Void

3. VirusTotal


Google acquired VirusTotal in September this year, and it works pretty much like an online antivirus. The tool can analyze URLs and files and tell you if they are safe. With this service, you will be able to upload files of size up to 32 MB from your computer to analyze with VirusTotal. The reputation of a website can be found based on the number of votes it has.

Link: VirusTotal

Besides these, you can check your website on browser plugins such as Web of Trust (WOT). Also, at Google Safe Browsing diagnostic, you can check the website URL against the Google Safe Browsing database. Simply replace the domain name with the URL you want to check. Here is the URL of Safe Browsing diagnostic: http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=”put your URL here”.

Analyzing Shortened URLs


There are a few URL shortening services out there which have gained ground. Some of these are official as well: fb.me (Facebook), t.co (Twitter), goo.gl (Google), TinyURL, bit.ly, etc. There is no telling if an attacker has used one of these legitimate shortening tools to present you with a malicious URL.

Let’s imagine you come across a shortened URL. You have no idea whether the actual URL is secure or not, and it is unwise to put the short URL on your browser. In such cases, first thing you need to do is unshorten the URL. In order to do that, you should go to unshort.me. Unshort.me converts the short URL to the original URL which you can analyze further.

I have found that Goo.gl immediately disables a URL if it is an Internet security threat. Google crosschecks the blacklist database and disables the newly created short URL. Do not count on other services. I have found TinyURL, t.co, and bit.ly shortening malicious URLs without any compunction.

Reporting a Threat


Have you come across a possible threat to Internet security? If it is not already in the database of these threat detectors, you can report it to them. There are a number of authorities you can report a threat to. And most of them have provisions for that available in their website itself. Here are some of them:

1. Report to Google: Send spam report via Webmaster Tools
2. Report Phishing to Google Safe Browsing
3. Report Phishing to IRS, USA
4. Internet Watch Foundation, UK
5. Malware and spam report to URL blacklist
6. Submit to Internet Crime Complaint Center, IC3, formed by FBI and NW3C.

These are some of the options you can go for. Besides these, multiple antivirus and internet security companies have their own spam report forms which you can use.



These tools and techniques can ensure that you are browsing a completely secure website. However, while submitting any important information such as your credit card number or social security number, you should ensure further security. You should have a very good antivirus and antimalware program installed on your computer.