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Cyber Attack Map

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Cyber Security – The company Norse, which is one of the major cyber security players, offers a “real-time” cyber attack map. I can’t embed the page here, but you can follow that link and see it your self. The image above is a screen shot I took as I was writing this post. It offers various filters that you can choose to narrow your view of the cyber attacks being displayed.

As the article “Cyber Attack Maps…Accurate Or Just Eye Candy?” points out, this (and the other similar maps mentioned in the article) “real-time” map is really more symbolic of what is happening than a true “real-time” depiction of all of the malware activity. That said it is a very good tool to show people the magnitude of the cyberattacks going on around the world.

You may want to add a link to one of these sites to your collection of Web Tools.

Web Tools – SpeedOf.Me

Updated 12/2/15

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Have you ever been using your computer and wondered if you were really getting the bandwidth you were paying for? Well, you can easily find out your up and down speeds with this useful HTML5 web tool. SpeedOf.Me is a web site that can be used to determine those up and down data speeds, and it is done without installing any apps on your system, nor does it require Flash or Java.

The SpeedOf.Me site was created four years ago in December of 2011. In less than a minute this web page running locally in your browser will run a seven pass download test followed by a three pass upload test. This will give you a quick snapshot of the performance of your broadband connection.

Test file sizes for download passes increase with each pass until it takes longer than eight seconds to download the file. Test file sizes range from 128KB to 128MB, doubling the file size between passes. The test files are all contiguous files, similar to what you, as a user, would be doing. Test servers from which the test files are downloaded and uploaded are spread around the world.

While the test will work with any browser supporting HTML5, the SpeedOf.Me folks recommend Chrome, Firefox or Safari for the best results.

I found this to be a great took and have added it to my bookmarks for future use.

UPDATE – One of my colleagues from CapMac contacted me after reading my post. He had compared SpeedOf.Me to others web tools and found some variation in the results. I followed up with similar tests and also found different speeds being reported. My first guess is that the methods of measuring the upload/download speed differs between these tools. That said, here is a table of the tools I tried and the results. These tests were run from the same Mac Mini over a 10 minute period.

Tool Technology Browser Download Mbps Upload Mbps
SpeedOf.Me HTML5 Safari Version 9.0.1 (11601.2.7.2) 8.31 1.53
SpeedOf.Me HTML5 Chrome
47.0.2526.73 (64-bit)
8.3 1.4 HTML5 Safari Version 9.0.1 (11601.2.7.2) 7.6 1.4 HTML5 Chrome Version 47.0.2526.73 (64-bit) 7.8 1.3 Flash Chrome Version 47.0.2526.73 (64-bit) 7.71 1.41 Flash Chrome Version 47.0.2526.73 (64-bit) 7.61 1.46 Flash Chrome Version 47.0.2526.73 (64-bit) 7.60 1.46


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