Jan 19 2012

Cellcom login information revealed

Cellcom is a large cellular provider operating in Israel, but as it seems not a very secured one.

Today I went to one of Cellcom’s stores in order to upgrade myself to a brand new iPhone 4Gs (16GB). At first, the guy behind the counter told me that the price for the device is 3207.2 NIS before VAT (I’m a “business customer”). When I told him I wanted to pay using credit card he replied that I will need to pay 400 NIS more! The original price is only available for cash customers (I am really considering coming there tomorrow with a bag full of coins and watch them count…)

Anyway, while arguing, I wanted to check their website and see information about devices. I’ve launched Safari on my current iPhone, and surfed to “www.cellcom.co.il”. As expected, they have a completely different version for the website when you are surfing from a mobile device. I couldn’t find any information about devices nor prices, But I did find something else.

When I first opened their website I saw the following screen:

Cellcom Login Details

Translation: Your username is: … Your password is: …

Needless to say, that the information wasn’t censored on my phone. And just below this information box, was a login box asking me for username and password (yes, the same information they just gave me) inorder to login to my Cellcom profile.

It’s bad enough that they are saving my password in plain text, but inorder to make it even worse, they are displaying it to everyone who can get a hold on my phone.

When I got home and logged-in to Cellcom’s website from my PC, I saw that I can display my last invoice and even install/remove features on my line such as voice-mail, conference call, etc. There is even a phonebook on site, but in my case it was empty (I think it has something to do with a phonebook-backup-service Cellcom is offering, But I’m not sure).

So, If you are a Cellcom owner, And got a smartphone, just go to www.cellcom.co.il and see for yourself. And I don’t recommend you to give your phone to anyone who you don’t completely trust with access to your Cellcom’s login information.

No Cellcom, that doesn’t count as security. In fact, It’s the complete opposite!


Jan 6 2012

Downloading automatically from sites with CAPTCHA

Have you ever wanted to download something from Megaupload, Wupload or any other Rapidshare like services but got annoyed because there are too many files you need to download, and of course you can’t download them simultaneously because the server blocks it, and even worse, there is a CAPTCHA before every download!

Last night, I had the same problem. I had to download few files from Wupload (around 10 files). I knew about JDownloader, which is pretty cool, open-source, cross-platform, download manager that knows how to handle most sites. JDownloader, even knows how to handle some of the simple CAPTCHA automatically, but it has no chance vs. strong ones such as reCAPTCHA.

So I’ve started searching the web, and then I’ve found CaptchaTrader. CaptchaTrader is a service that sends your CAPTCHA to other users in exchange of credit points. Each CAPTCHA cost the user 10 credits. In order to earn credits, you can buy them or you can just solve others CAPTCHAs and earn 7 point for every good solution.

And last but not least, CaptchaTrader has a JDownloader plugin that will solve all the “unsolvable” CAPTCHA automatically when needed. Just go to the download section.

Needless to say, I woke up this morning, and all the files were there, just waiting for me.

PS:┬áIf you want, you can even CASH-OUT the credits, every 100 credits equals 2 cents. I don’t think it’s the best way to earn money… but if you are bored…

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Dec 30 2011

A cool feature in Windows 7 – Minimizing other windows

I’ve found it by mistake, but it seems to be pretty useful (especially if you don’t like to close windows like me). Open a few windows, don’t minimize any of them! Click and hold the title of one of the windows and shake the mouse left and right (Just drag the window to the left, back to the right and to the left again).
And… All the other windows have been minimized!

In order to get them back, all you have to do is shake the same window again and here they are.