Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 28, 2010

Avoid Poison Web Sites With Free Firefox Add-on Search Engine Security – Firefox add-on Search Engine Security guards against online attacks that start with poisonous results from Bing, Google or Yahoo.

Firefox Add-on Firesheep Brings Hacking to the Masses – A Firefox browser add-on called Firesheep makes hacking Facebook, Twitter, and Windows Live accounts a snap over unencrypted wireless networks. Firesheep was created by Seattle-based software developer Eric Butler who said he created the extension to highlight the security risks associated with session hijacking, also known as sidejacking.

REVIEW: Ubuntu 10.10 (“Maverick Meerkat”) Desktop Edition – If you’re looking to save some cash when the time comes to outfit your workforce with PCs, give the free Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop Edition a try as it features enhanced cloud integration, and new mobile and Window clients that allow file syncing across multiple operating systems.

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Bredolab is still in the wild – As many of us already heard the great news about Bredolab Malware that been shut down by Dutch authorities. But MessageLabs Intelligence is still seeing different Bredolab runs (distributing different payloads) from yesterday morning. The first run started at 09:21AM and ended at around 11:50AM. The second run started at 10:30AM and stopped at 10:50AM. The third run started at 2:30PM and stopped at 3:30PM.

Google: Change Your Password Twice a Year to Keep Safe – Change your passwords twice a year and never reuse them. Those are a few of the tips Google lists in an online security checklist that helps people stay one step ahead of the scammers.

Boonana Trojan for Mac OS X spreads via social media – SecureMac has discovered a new Trojan horse in the wild that affects Mac OS X, including Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6). The Trojan horse, Trojan.osx.boonana.a, is spreading through social networking sites, including Facebook, disguised as a video.

BoingBoing hacked and defaced – BoingBoing.net, the popular blog and “directory of wonderful things”, has been hacked and its home page replaced with a message containing vulgar language and pictures. The site was pulled down by the administrators shortly after the attack, which is suspected to have been executed via an SQL injection,

Facebook “Check to see who has deleted you” scam – If you’re tempted to use this application that goes by the name of “Loyalfriend” – don’t! Not only you won’t be able to see who has deleted you from their list of “friends”, but you’ll also be giving the application permission to access your basic information, send you e-mails, post on your wall and change information on your page.

Company News:

Logitech Revue: Lots to Like and Dislike in This Google TV Box – We like the keyboard-equipped remote, the desktop-caliber browser, and the cool videoconferencing–but this pricey set-top box is slow, and its searches can be confusing.

LimeWire Shut Down Permanently – File-sharing program LimeWire has been permanently shut down after a federal judge found it guilty of assisting users in committing copyright infringement “on a massive scale.” The shut-down is the final chapter in a case brought against LimeWire LLC by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) over four years ago.

Hardware encrypted RAID tower – Ciphertex Data Security introduced the CX-RANGER/E, a portable encrypted RAID system with AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption and up to 5 Terabytes of storage capacity.

BitDefender Launches Beta of Facebook Privacy App – You can take proper precautions against bad links, but being too cautious cuts down on the fun of seeing what your friends want to share. And Facebook’s own internal privacy settings just keep changing. With the new SafeGo app, currently in free public beta, BitDefender aims to put the fun back in Facebook.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Don’t Want Google to Invade Your Privacy? Move to Mars – Google CEO’s Eric Schmidt’s off-the-cuff answer that people who don’t want their homes photographed for Google Street View should “just move” raises the question: Move where? Just where on this planet are you safe from Google’s prying eyes?

A new approach for malware distribution – Some malware developers sell their product, other offer its source code for free. So, what’s the catch? What’s in it for them? The analysis of a malware sample Trend Micro researchers received revealed this rare criminal modus operandi. Having discovered the malware author’s online nickname, they managed to discover the link to the website where he advertises it and offers a free download of its source code:

Concerned About Firesheep? Here are Some Secure Wi-Fi Alternatives – Firesheep highlights the danger of public Wi-Fi networks, but there are other on-the-go options to consider.

Are you “too sensitive” for your career? – In business, being regarded as “too sensitive” may not be to your benefit. However, if you are truly a highly sensitive person, knowing you’re too sensitive can help.

Today’s Quote:

“Always be a little kinder than necessary.”

-    James M. Barrie

Today’s Free Downloads:

DeskNotes - DeskNotes is the high-tech version of everyone’s favorite low-tech reminder system: yellow “sticky notes.” It lets you create notes and move them around, but it also goes beyond what you would expect, with the ability to send notes via e-mail, and synchronize with Outlook.

Simple Sticky Notes – Simple Sticky Notes lets you create sticky notes on your PC. They’re just like the Post-it notes that litter people’s offices–but more private and not so unsightly. Easy as it is to use, Simple Sticky Notes has plenty of options

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3 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 28, 2010

  1. Jackie

    I ran across this in search of tools to help with security features with Facebook, you may want to try it out it worked for me.

    Free Cloakguard plugin for Facebook available from:
    Download – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/194385/
    Demo – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4qN3TBqx08

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