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MyBroadband broke a story today on Vodacom exposing your cellphone number in HTTP headers for sites that you visit.

I played around and found a few workarounds, some are trivial, and others are less so.

The MyBroadband story is HERE and it is not the first time that this has been noticed, in a MyBroadband forum two years ago there has also been mention of this HERE

Three ways to get around this and keep your Cellphone number from being exposed:

  1. Tunnel your traffic through an HTTP Proxy. I tested Squid and Firefox with the proxy addon for mobile and without more than enabling Squid Auth the headers were altered and my cellphone number was no longer exposed.
  2. Use the Opera Mini Browser. It also tunnels your traffic through a proxy server and the details get stripped and replaced with others.
  3. Change your APN on your phone. In SETTINGS under Mobile Networks I added another APN with the same settings as the standard one and without using the proxy settings my cellphone number is not exposed any more. No idea if this will last though. Adding a custom APN does mean that you can add proxy settings for it, meaning you can play with what gets sent to the world from there. The Vodacom supplied APN cannot be edited to have proxy settings added. To update, this only works for a few hours before the numbers get displayed again, and in some cases not at all.

You could also use a VPN, I did not test this since I am not in the mood for that kind of PT at this late hour.

If  you want to test if your cellphone number is still exposed after you made your changes go to lessonslearned.org/sniff and check if you can see your number at the top of the page.

Having decided to let the blog die a slow death I haven’t posted in a long time.

A recent email from Afrihost regarding their being bought out by MTN has lured me out of writers hibernation.

Dear Afrihost, I am cancelling my Internet subscription with you, and as per my agreement with you I will keep to the months notice. After writing this I will be calling your call center to formalize my cancellation, I will be looking for another ISP right now.

I am saddened by this, I really enjoy your services and your pricing. There is a reason why you have been voted the no1 ISP in South Africa so many times by MyBroadband readers.

I really believe in what you are doing, or rather I believed, until now.

I cannot support you when you are partnering with MTN. I am sure you are aware of MTN’s tenuous international human rights record. News reports of MTN allowing the government of Iran to spy on their citizens, or the government of Syria to switch off coverage in cities under government attack are rife.

Yes MTN has forced Nazir Patel to resign amid a bribery scandal, but the use of technology by Irancell (which is 49% owned by MTN) to locate protestors is where the real worry lies.

MTN has denied these allegations, but there has been smoke around these stories as recently as yesterday about MTN being involved in a spying allegation. The latest involves the US and Afghanistan.

More on that here.

So, in summation, I will be cancelling my Afrihost service because I cannot condone what your new owners have done. I would hope that you would reconsider, but that is a faint hope at best.

I work with a company that rolls out Google Apps for Business as a product for VSME’s. We consult with business decision makers and their IT teams and then we help them migrate their email and documents onto the Google platform, and once the data is uploaded we send our team in to migrate the users over to the new way of working.

This is often where the problems begin.
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Weekly Updates for 2011-08-26

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(This post is sponsored content courtesy of Ebuzzing (www.ebuzzing.co.uk))

Are you a secret agent in the making? Do you have what it takes to assist James Bond on his latest adventure?

Heineken has launched an exciting new competition to coincide with the launch of the new James Bond film, SKYFALL. Help James Bond evade capture and enter a world of intrigue and mystery as a secret agent tasked with opening a suitcase full of top secret documentation.

Meet Sévérine (Berenice Marlohe) in a passenger compartment on a speeding train where you will find clues to crack the password that will grant her access to the secret documentation that includes a profile on YOU, the newest member of their team of secret agents.

Once you have cracked the password you will be rewarded with a personalised SKYFALL trailer that you can show off to your Facebook Friends.

The interactive nature of this video gives you the option of uploading a profile picture, or to continue with a secret identity. This is a fun way to immerse yourself in the 007 universe, and allows you some bragging rights when you next share a Heineken with your friends.

SKYFALL is set to release in South Africa on 30 November 2012, so hurry and crack the case!

I like banking with FNB, yehp, my disclosure is that I am a happy FNB client. Now FNB has brought out another banking experience improving service – Facebook Banking.

Read the press release after the jump, and note that this service is available for FNB clients who have registered for Cellphone banking and are in South Africa.

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Companies often put out video clips as part of creative marketing campaigns. This week I was handed a video clip as part of a sponsored editorial for SaGeek Blog, and I have to say, it is one of the best I have seen.

It is titled Fact Checkers Unit – The Franco Files, and features the Samsung Galaxy Note. Video and more information after the break.

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Last year when I did a week with Win7 and proprietary software, I noted that for the disk size and the cost, you don’t really get much with Windows. If you wanted more functionality, you needed to download Windows Live Essentials – which at the time was only available with certain kinds of Win7, such as Ultimate and Professional – or you would have to buy MS Office, which came in various flavors with differing functionality.

What is the situation like with Win8?

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(DAY TWO IS HERE)

Days Three and Four where on a Saturday and a Sunday, and since I really did not get a lot done on the laptop I decided to make them and today (Monday) to be my Day Three. This means that I would have some extra time on Win8 and provide a more fair assessment of how it is to use it.

Very busy today, so a quick note on a few things before I do a more complete write-up later this evening.

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(Day 1 is here)

Day 2 was Friday 9 March, I am only putting it up this morning because Friday was a nightmare of a day.

Anyhow, I was able to work in Win8 all day without needing to switch over to Ubuntu or Win7. Since I was able to spend a whole day with Win8 I decided to list some stuff I like about it.

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