Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 30, 2009

PandaLabs Reveals Exponential Growth in Rogueware; Gets One Step Closer to Finding Criminals ResponsibleCybercriminals are earning approximately $34 million per month through rogueware attacks ………….

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM Cracked, Fully Validated (Already?)That didn’t take long. It has only been a week since the official Windows 7 RTM announcement by Microsoft, but crackers have already managed to activate and validate the tricked-out Ultimate version of the OS.

While spam levels globally remain at a two-year high of approximately 90 percent - some European countries are seeing levels of over 95%. According to the latest MessageLabs Intelligence Report – unveiled today – countries such as Germany, France and the Netherlands are being heavily targeted by spammers with automated spam translation techniques.

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Improve multiple monitor support with DisplayFusion – DisplayFusion offers a host of features that will help you get the most out of a multiple-monitor configuration.

Is it time to dump Adobe’s Flash player? – With news that 92% of Windows PCs are vulnerable to a zero-day attack that Adobe won’t patch until Thursday, is it time to dump Adobe’s Flash player?

Lifehacker: An Argument Against Buying an iPhone – Apple just rejected the Google Voice iPhone application from App Store distribution, the most recent in a long line of questionable moves, and the message is clear: If you want a device that won’t lock you out of innovation, skip the iPhone.

Windows 7 Plus SSD Equals Super Speed – With Intel introducing new faster and cheaper SSD drives coinciding with Windows 7’s release to manufacturing, it might make sense to include one with your next computer purchase. After all, Windows 7 is the first Microsoft OS to include native enhancements for SSDs.

Scanning For Malware Should Be An Outside Job – Malware detection software frequently unreliable, expert says.

Change the registered owner of Windows XP the easy way – You can change the registered owner of an installation of Windows XP with a Registry Hack, or you can do it the easy way with a little applet written by Windows expert Greg Shultz.

A Day in the Life of the Rustock Botnet – In its latest biannual report, TRACELabs’ Marshal8e6 noted Rustock, which has been spamming users for the past few years, uses rootkit functionality to hide itself, and changes spam templates often and manages to dodge spam filters.

The Hidden Risks of Cloud Computing – Every day more users move their computing lives from the desktop to the cloud and rely on hosted web applications to store and access email, photos, and documents. But this new frontier involves serious risks that aren’t obvious to most.

Off Topic:

Madonna sex tapes in online auction – Erotic phone messages recorded by Madonna have been put up for sale in an online auction.

Tech industry titans share insights with 60 Minutes – In this montage of interviews, tech industry heavyweights Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Larry Ellison, Pierre Omidyar, Shawn Fanning, Sergey Brin, and Mark Cuban talk about what drives them, how they got into business, and whether they were always the smartest guy in the room.

Catch Phrases That May Tip You Off to a Lie – Apart from more obvious signs, non-verbal gestures and other cues can also help to determine whether someone is telling the truth or not. Forbes outlines 11 ways to potentially sniff out a liar, including several phrases to watch out for.

Spiff Up Flat Images with Textures – Even if you master the focus and composition of a photograph, it might come off as a bit too calm for certain uses. The Digital Photography School site explains how to apply interesting image textures to any photograph.

Today’s Free Downloads:

PCIDatabase.com – Repair Tool of the Week - After you do a clean install of Windows, you go to the Device Manager and discover the dreaded question mark next to an “Unknown Device”. You could just download the driver for this device, but you don’t know what it is! This is where PCIDatabase.com comes in handy.

ActivateByNum - enables Windows 7 task-switching hotkeys on XP and Vista.

Androsa FileProtector – Androsa FileProtector lets you encrypt and password protect any file on your hard disk so that only those with the proper password will be able to read them.

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3 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 30, 2009

  1. Pingback: Posts about Lifehacker as of July 30, 2009 » The Daily Parr

  2. ‘Is it time to dump Adobe’s Flash player? – With news that 92% of Windows PCs are vulnerable to a zero-day attack that Adobe won’t patch until Thursday, is it time to dump Adobe’s Flash player?’

    Hey Bill,
    I got 3 excellent tips from you today!
    But the one about Flash is very timely.
    Thanks a lot!