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[Active Content plugin icon] Active Content

The Active Content plugin protects your privacy and security by filtering

  • Cookies
  • ActiveX
  • Java
  • Javascript
  • Visual Basic Script
  • Pop-up Windows
  • Referers.

Many sites use these things without you even knowing it, most use it for legitimate reasons. Active Content improves interactivity and can help the flow from one part of the site or another. This site uses Active Content to display pop-up windows, switch style sheets and record your preferred type size and colour scheme. But Active content can be exploited to harm your system or to take private information from your browser. This is why you should start using this plugin to restrict what active elements sites can use and what they can't.
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[Ads plugin icon] Ads

This plugin filters adverts from URLs like images, this means you don't waste your time downloading ads and other large images that you have no intention of following and have no desire to see. There are three components to this plug in:

  • Block image by string
  • Block image by size
  • AD Trashcan

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[Attachments Filter plugin icon] Attachments Filter

The Attachment Filter is there to report to you when ever you download certain files in an e-mail, you can also get the plugin to rename files to stop them being executable or to give you a visual warning.
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[Attack Detection plugin icon] Attack Detection

This is a very important plugin, I wouldn't ever recommend turning it off! The Attack Detection plugin is Outpost's IDS.
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[Blockpost plugin icon] Blockpost

User plugin created by Dmut

This plugin allows you to block access to an IP address. It's is processed first in Outpost packet filtering algorithm so it has an even higher priority then Outpost's Trusted Addresses. Think of it like a Host File or an Untrusted Zone. The blocking works on both Inbound and Outbound packets.
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[Content plugin icon] Content

The Content plugin filters URLs based on keywords or blocks access to a particular site. Using this plugin you could stop anyone accessing a website that contains words you don't think are appropriate, this is very useful if you have children using your PC when you are not watching them. Another function for the Content filter is to stop you or an application accessing a particular site like ads.msn.com or global.msads.com to stop MSN Messenger from being able to eat up your bandwidth downloading adverts to display at the bottom of the Messenger window.
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[DNS Cache plugin icon] DNS Cache

When you type a URL into a browser address bar your computer doesn't know where the site your looking for is - computers don't use URLs (they are there to make remembering IP addresses easier for humans!), it has to perform a DNS (Domain Name Service) query to find out the IP address associated with the URL you inputed. First it checks your computers 'Host File', if no entry is found there it then ask your ISP's DNS servers for the IP address, once it has this it can then start fetching the page you wanted. Imagine if you were trying to reach a page with images from many different hosts - each one needs to be looked up as well. When you are paying by the minute for your access these seconds can quickly mount up. That's where the DNS Cache comes in, it stores IP addresses of recently visited sites, saving lookup time which in turn increases your browsing speed.
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[HTTP Log plugin icon] HTTP Log

User plugin created by Muchod

A much wanted plugin by former AtGuard users like myself. It shows all HTTP requests made by applications, very useful for finding out the URL for an image or the exact location of a downloaded file. Also can be used to monitor browsing habits more easily as it only logs HTTP connections.
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[PC Flank WhoEasy plugin icon] PC Flank WhoEasy

User plugin created by PC Flank

WhoEasy finds the information about any computer in the world based on its IP address or name. Such info includes the name of the network provider, admin and network contact details such as city, state or province, country and even the phone number and street address!

  • Discover who is hidden behind an IP address.
  • Learn more about the computers that try to connect to yours.
  • Get full contact info (even phone number and street address) of the Abuse department responsible for a particular cracker.

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[SuperStealth plugin icon] Super Stealth

User plugin created by Dmut

Allows you to control which computers on a network can resolve your MAC address.
More about the Super Stealth plugin

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