What is YTK?
YTK is a Security Application that runs alongside Yahoo! Messenger in order to enhance its functionality, remove unwanted annoyances (Adverts) and protect the end user from malicious Instant Message/Chatroom activity such as denial of service (booting). YTK protects your privacy by verifying inbound communications against it's privacy settings and an internal ignore and safe list.
Main functions and key features of YTK
YTK is hands down the #1 weapon against booting. Hardened from the inside out it's been designed from the ground up to stop booters in their tracks. YTK prevents ALL client-side boots and the majority of server-side boots with Gawd Mode!
YTK repels Floods & Invite Bombs with ease and is the only product in it's class to proactively detect and block new exploits before they have been patched using unique 'Packet Profiling Technology'. In addition YTK protects you in chat when using an alias ID (secondary ID) using Gawd Mode and Advanced Auto-Gawd Mode.
Flood Cap Control (Unique to YTK) maximizes your internet connection's ability to aid YTK in repelling attacks. On Windows Vista and 7 Flood Cap Control isn't needed - Windows does the work for you!
Unlike any other product in it's class YTK sucessfully repelled the Broadcast Denial of Service attack (aka room boot) by developing a protection scheme dubbed 'Gawd Mode'. Making it's debut in YTK Pro 1.0.294, Gawd Mode is triggered as soon as a flood is detected. Gawd Mode was also the only technology to block the WAP Exploit which repeatedly disconnected users and locked their accounts. YTK Enhanced currently has U-Mode which is the most effective anti-boot solution out there right now!
YTK Uses multiple filter types in order to block SPAM BOTS as they enter the room and it continues to monitor Chatroom Text for SPAM-LIKE material. Our SPAM filters are updated multiple times per week to tackle even the latest tactics used by SPAMMERS. SPAM is NOT an issue for those that use YTK!
Text from legitimate users is visible and the chat experience is uninterrupted by unwanted JUNK messages.
Bots are removed from the 'Userlist'. The 'Ignored Chatters' list can be seen in this image as well as the integrated 'Tiny Event Logger'.
»Ignore & Safe Lists
The Global Ignore Bin is a database of Yahoo! ID's which are added in one of the following cases
a.Manually added by the user using the contextual Chatroom Menu
b.Manually added using the 'Add' button in the GIB
c.Added by the Junk Filters or Manually Created Filters
d.Added by the Anti-Boot Scheme
e.Contained too many characters as outlined in Chatroom Filtering
Unlike alternative solutions the GIB can contain an almost infinite number of entries. Thanks to a clutter-free interface the addition and removal of ID's is a breeze.
The Global Safe list is a database of Yahoo! ID's which you manually compile. You select Yahoo! ID's (typically those whom you trust) and add them to this list of 'trusted' identities. This list is exempt from certain filtering as outlined by YTK's 'Zones'.
»File Transfer Protection
YTK blocks the transfer of potentially malicious files via Yahoo! Messenger's file transfer using a technology we call FTTS or File Transfer Type Screening.
This unique technology analyzes the file type and blocks those which it deems to be potentially harmful. By default, Windows still hides the extensions of potentially harmful file types like '.exe' leaving you open to the 'double file extension' exploit. This exploit could allow a user to send you a file called mypic.jpg.exe but would only appear on your windows pc as mypic.jpg. Because Windows has hidden the '.exe' part it appears to be a harmless image file. However... it is more than likely malware masquerading as an image file.
Voice Auto-Corection System (VAC'S) makes it impossible for your computer to be lagged by malicious Voice Chat users ie. Voice Laggers.
What is Voice Lag? Voice Lag is the term used to describe an attack on the Yahoo! Voice Conferencing Module which directly results in an application hanging or complete Operating System crash. The VC Sync engine monitors incoming 'voice chat' transmissions and corrects those which are intended to cause Voice Lag.
»Challenge Integrity Check
This feature tests to see if the sender of the PM is real or a BOT.
This system allows YTK to make decisions about a Yahoo! ID. It challenges the sender of the private message with a randomly generated code and requests that the sender reply to the challenge using this code. A human can complete this simple task without any problem. However, an automated user ie. a bot cannot. The end result is you wont get bothered by bots... ever!
YTK is full of features to enhance the enjoyment of chatting. Sometimes letting others know what kind of music you're listening to is a segway to an interesting conversation.
We've packed YTK full of plugins to assure that it's compatible with your choice in music player.
Currently YTK supports integration into Winamp, LaunchCAST, iTunes and Windows Media Player. Enabling these plugins is as simple as checking the option in the YTK Menu. You wont find another program that offers more jukebox integration!
We're all about making things work easier for you at Torseq Tech. That's why when you come across a feature you're not familiar with you need not worry. Hovering your cursor over the feature checkbox reveals an Intuitive Help Text which explains all that you need to know about that feature. Intuitive Help Text - only in YTK!
Now is a good time to mention another YTK feature. Keep an eye out for the Tiny Event Logger embedded into the main chat window. You'll see in real-time as YTK adds users to the Global Ignore Bin among other events such as boot attempts and Challenge Integrity Tests.