Oct 27, 2005

$5 free from Marketiva - Forex trading company

[Update] You can read more about Marketiva here: Marketiva affiliate program.
Marketiva provides traders high quality online spot forex trading services.
Don't know what Forex is? Well, to quote from Marketiva:

Forex (Foreign Exchange) is the name given to the direct access trading of foreign currencies. With an average daily volume of $1.4 trillion, Forex is 46 times larger than all the futures markets combined and, for that reason, is the world's most liquid market.

That's right, 1.4 trillion dollars. You have to admit that this is huge. However, to open a Forex account usually you need to invest like $500. This is not the case anymore, since with Marketiva you can start investing with as little as $1!

Marketiva, forex trading

What's even best about Marketiva, is that you receive $5 for live trading without paying anything. Plus, a $10,000 virtual desk to test your Forex trading skills before deciding to invest more or not.
It's a good opportunity so don't miss it. Go now to the Marketiva site and open an account for free, while their offer still lasts.

P.S. If you're from US you need to wait for a few more weeks until registration is available again (so be sure to bookmark this page). But if you're not from US you can register FREE of charge right now

Want to know more about Marketiva? Well keep on reading:

About Marketiva

Marketiva is a financial services corporation specialized in providing traders with high quality online spot forex trading services. With a team of dedicated financial specialists and technical support personnel, Marketiva operates globally as a market maker and principal counterparty to retail clients trading in the foreign exchange market. Marketiva has established itself as an industry leader by relying on its groundbreaking internet trading platform and its superior customer service.

Marketiva's mission is to harness the power of the internet and provide forex traders with exceptionally effective trading tools and outstanding customer support. Forex traders using Marketiva enjoy the most advanced online retail foreign exchange trading front-end in the world, the Streamster™ software, renowned for its ease of use, flexibility and reliability.

Marketiva Corporation is an international business corporation with registration number IBC CAP. 291 Reg. № 646819 for dealing in over-the-counter foreign exchange contracts, shares, futures, options, commodities, and securities. Marketiva Corporation is under the jurisdiction of Financial Services Commission (FSC) and conforms with its regulations and internationally accepted supervisory and regulatory standards.

Providing Opportunity Around the World

Our mission is to provide opportunity for individuals around the world to trade on financial markets under equal conditions like traders operating in traditionally closed financial centers and institutions.

In order to help individual traders make independent and knowledgeable trading decisions, Marketiva provides several types of service completely free of charge: an advanced charting system, daily research reports, market event alerts, expert discussion forums and several other free value added services. Marketiva also offers virtual trading desks within each customer account to make it easy for traders to experiment with strategies, improve their trading skills and get acquainted with the system before buying and selling on a live trading desk.

Multinational Team of Professionals and Scientists

Marketiva's multinational team consists of foreign exchange specialists and computer scientists residing across three continents and all time zones, giving Marketiva unparalleled edge both in exposure to market events and real-time responsiveness to customer needs.

The uniqueness of Marketiva's approach lays in the synergy of forex professionals with more than 30 years of combined experience in both trading and dealing working together as one team with computer science experts shaping Marketiva's advanced trading platform. To achieve the ultimate in customer satisfaction, Marketiva's forex and IT experts combine their skills, target-oriented attitude, team spirit and unrelenting focus on the customer.

Integrity, Initiative and Continuous Innovation

We are committed to employing people of integrity, initiative and ability, who help us continue a culture of strong work ethic, value of ideas and responsiveness to customer's goals. Traders all across Europe, Asia and Americas have recognized the dedication Marketiva has to development of long-term relationships with clients.

Marketiva continues with its commitment to technical innovation by regularly advancing the trading platform with the goal of providing individual traders with the most effective and flexible trading platform in the world.

Marketiva is proud to offer one of the most advanced online foreign exchange trading platform available. Historically, currency traders have struggled with problems related to the trading platform, such as unreliable software, slow trade execution, incorrect price feeds and many others. Thanks to the superior trading platform Marketiva is utilizing, forex traders can finally concentrate on trading instead of various technical difficulties.

Next-Generation Phoneless Customer Support

To provide the quickest and best quality customer support, Marketiva uses a unique next-generation online customer relationship management platform. Marketiva customers enjoy the most responsive, low-cost customer support available thanks to Marketiva's customer support modules within its advanced trading platform. Marketiva customers use the built-in Support chat channel within the Streamster™ software or e-mail facilities to get answers to their queries in a record short time because there is no need to spend minutes on the phone establishing and authenticating the identity of the customer and explaining the full history of the support issue. Traditional phone-based customer support requires customers to make long, frequent expensive international calls that would over time incur high cost on the customer. Instead, Marketiva customers can solve any support issue quickly, efficiently and in an affordable manner by using either the real-time Support chat channel or e-mail with around-the-clock response.

Highest Standards in Service and Security

We combine our market experience, expertise, and professionalism with the world's best online trading software. Marketiva's trading and margin lines with leading banks and counterparties ensure your trades will be automatically executed and with no slippage.

Marketiva ensures that traders experience the highest level of performance, reliability and security by taking advantage of professionally managed network operation centers with fully redundant server arrays and redundant internet connections. Our technical staff is committed to ensuring a maximum possible uptime for Marketiva's service and 24-hour service accessibility. Unlike many online forex trading operations, trading platform used by Marketiva utilizes industry-standard encryption technology to ensure that all communication between our customers and our servers is completely protected and confidential.

Safety of Client Funds and Transaction Integration

Client funds held with Marketiva are maintained in separate accounts at triple A rated financial institutions for the sole purpose of the clients' trading activity and are never commingled with operating capital of the company. Withdrawals from these bank accounts occur only as a direct result of clients' trading activities or an authorized request for withdrawal.

To ensure the safety of client funds, Marketiva has created three independent teams operating under an integrated system of trading, settlement and risk control. The Execution Team receives and executes the clients' trading instructions; the Operations Team settles the transactions and transfers the funds; the Risk Control Team monitors transaction execution and the fund settlement process.

Marketiva utilizes transaction processing and integration services for both deposits and withdrawals, for purposes of getting one transaction stream and making the transaction processes faster, convenient and more efficient for customers.

Procedures for Prevention of Unlawful Activities

Marketiva is committed to assisting governments combat the threat from money laundering and terrorist financing activities around the world. For that purpose Marketiva has setup a highly sophisticated electronic system. This system documents and verifies client identification records, and tracks and maintains detailed records of all transactions. Marketiva carefully tracks suspicious and significant transaction activities, and reports such activities providing timely and comprehensive advice to law enforcement. To uphold the integrity of the reporting systems and provide protection to businesses, the legislative framework provides legal protections to providers of such advices. Marketiva is committed to regularly update its electronic system for inspection of suspicious transactions and for verification of client identification records, in accordance with any new regulations as they are promulgated, as well as providing training for its employees on enhancements to anti-money laundering procedures that may be required by new regulations.

Oct 4, 2005

SpreadFirefox hacked

Just received an email today from SpreadFirefox announcing me that the website has been hacked and that I should change my SpreadFirefox password (how could I do that if the website is down!?!) and for any accounts where I use the same password.
This could be serious if you think that many of us have the same login/password for other websites too. Just think how easy would be for a hacker to create a script that automatically checks for valid accounts on major websites, eBay, PayPal, Amazon, Yahoo, Google... using the login data from SpreadFirefox database.

Anyway, start changing your login data guys, here is the original email:
The Spread Firefox Team became aware this week that the server hosting Spread Firefox, our community marketing site, has been accessed by unknown remote attackers who attempted to exploit a security vulnerability in TWiki software installed on the server. The TWiki software was disabled as soon as we were aware of the attempts to access SpreadFirefox.com. This exploit was limited to SpreadFirefox.com and
did not affect mozilla.org web sites or Mozilla software.

We have scanned Spread Firefox servers and at this time do not believe any sensitive data was taken, but as a precautionary measure we have shutdown the site and will be rebuilding the web site from scratch. We also recommend that you change your Spread Firefox password and the password of any accounts where you use the same password as your Spread Firefox account. We will notify you again when the site is back up with
instructions on how to change your password. (Note: We do use MD5 hashing on the passwords, but MD5 cannot protect all passwords against off-line dictionary style attacks.)

After Spread Firefox was compromised in July, we instituted procedures to ensure that we apply all security fixes to the software running the site (Drupal and PHP) as soon as they become available. Unfortunately, those procedures overlooked the installation of the TWiki software since it is not used by the main Spread Firefox site. When the system is rebuilt, all the software will be audited to ensure that security updates will be applied in a timely manner. We deeply regret this
incident and any inconvenience this may have caused you.

Spread Firefox Team
Mozilla Foundation

On the website they say that they "plan to make SpreadFirefox available again around October 15th". This seems to have been serious.

SpreadFirefox Hacked

P.S. On the other hand, this is good publicity, think of how many people will start writting about this. As for now, Google shows 456 results for SpreadFirefox Hacked, let's see this tomorrow.