One of the hottest new tools in Backtrack 4 final is the Social Engineering Toolkit otherwise known as SET. The tool was written by a major contributor to Backtrack, David Kennedy (ReL1k). He is also a friend. The homepage for SET is http://www.secmaniac.com/ and there is more useful information there.
Did you recently upgrade your Internet Explorer to version 8 and maybe got a little overwhelmed with all the new features? Some of the new features of Microsoft IE8 are great however in my opinion there is to much bloat. It appears that Microsoft has gone a little overboard trying to integrate in all of their MSN Live properties into your desktop. One of the annoying features is the little blue boxes called Internet Explorer Accelerators that pop up every time you highlight something on a web page. Even after uninstalling all of the IE Accelerators a faded out little blue box pops open just to let you know that Accelerators are still available. Below I describe how to completely disable Internet Explorer 8 Accelerators.
A default installation of Internet Explorer 8 has some security settings that can be annoying at times though technically they are the correct way to have things configured. One that will pop up a lot if the default settings is left untouched the the display of “mixed content” or display a HTTPS URL that has HTTP content mixed into it. Technically when visiting a secure webpage being delivered over SSL there should not be any HTTP items on the page as it leaves the door open for a security breach. The problem is there are a ton of web sites out there that display mixed content.
**NOTE: This setting is the same for the Windows XP 32-Bit and Windows 7 64-Bit versions of Internet Explorer 8.
Downgrading Internet Explorer 8 Beta is easy to do on Windows XP. You simply need to remove it from Add/Remove Programs via the Control Panel. Follow the directions below to begin and follow through the removal of IE8 Beta.
- Open Add/Remove Programs: Open the Control Panel and then double click on “Add and Remove Programs”.
- Remove Windows Internet Explorer 8: Scroll down the list of programs until you get to “Windows Internet Explorer 8” and click the Remove button. The application list with IE8 highlighted is shown in the image below.