Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 27, 2010

The Best Antivirus Software for 2011 – We’ve reviewed 20 of the best (and worst) premium and free antivirus applications so that you can pick the right one for your needs–because, make no mistake: you need AV.

Mac Malware Attacks Prompt Security Vendors to Rush Out Antivirus Tools – Security vendors are saying that attacks on the Mac are now significant enough that Apple users should invest in antivirus software for what was once the “invulnerable” platform. With Koobface variant Boonana fresh in people’s minds, the concept of a virus attacking Macs seems less laughable than it did even two years ago.

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Convicted Botnet Author Describes Next Targets - In an interview with CDN, Calce said while everyone is focused on the cloud, his biggest concern is that we’re not even secure with our current infrastructure, and here we are putting our data alone in one bubble.It’s a great concept, but he said security seems to be an afterthought. “It’s hard to patch-up holes when so many bullets have already been fired. I know I’ll never get businesses to agree but we need to slow down technology, and stop reinventing without fixing the predecessor first,” said Calce. “We’re always taking on security as an afterthought. We should redesign the protocols behind the Internet to make it less exploitable.

U.S. seizes sites linked to copyright infringement – Department of Homeland Security launches major crackdown on online copyright infringement, seizing dozens of Web site domains linked to illegal file sharing and counterfeit goods.

Facebook posts cause bank worker to lose layoff payoff? – Bank worker crows on Facebook after hearing her workplace will be liquidated. She thinks she’ll be transferred or paid off. When bosses hear of posts, they fire her instead.

Network security facing dual challenge – Network security systems are under pressure. You might not be experiencing it yet, but you will soon. The dual challenge of dealing with more attacks at higher speeds threatens to undermine the stability of the most important commercial platforms of the 21st century; namely the Internet. What can be done to address these challenges and avert the economic impact of an Internet collapse?

Weaving a Dangerous Web – Another year passes and even more security issues crop up on the Web. In an unsurprising report from Websense Security Labs recently, it seems that the number of malicious websites has multiplied more than two-fold from 2009 and data stealing attacks on the Web are on the rise as well. The most significant findings? The fact that many of the Web’s ‘nice neighborhoods’ are going rogue as well.

Company News:

Introducing the world’s first HDTV powered by Google TV – The world’s first and only HDTV powered by Google TV gives you easy access to more entertainment than ever. Search the entire web, TV listings and apps1 to find exactly what you’re looking for. Watch TV, browse the internet2, or do both at the same time on the same screen.

The Attachmate, Novell Deal – Attachmate Corp. as agreed to buy Novell for $2.2 billion in a deal that includes Novell selling some assets to a consortium led by Microsoft.

Motorola Droid Pro Ready to Invade the Enterprise – Launched to Verizon Wireless stores Nov. 18, Motorola Droid Pro is one of the carrier’s latest stocking stuffers for the holiday season, joining the summer’s Motorola Droid X and Motorola Droid 2 as an Android 2.2-based smartphone with a 1 GHz processor with the complete Google Mobile apps experience. But this Droid isn’t like the others. Droid Pro is markedly different from those media-friendly devices because it’s enterprise-friendly, or tries to be.

Google Cloud Connect: Threat to Microsoft Office? – Google has released Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, which allows users to save their Office documents in Google Docs. Offered as a Web-based alternative, the free software plug-in represents yet another Google foray into cloud productivity. The question is, how much of a threat does it pose to Microsoft, which is also trying to expand its cloud offerings for Office workers?

Off Topic (Sort of):

Thomas Edison’s Oddest Inventions – Thomas Edison is an inventor known for great things. We also know he had a pretty good sense of humor. Some of these er, lesser known contributions from Mr. Edison were ahead of their time; others are just plain twisted.

Such a well behaved herd of sheep you are! - TSA thanks you for allowing them to violate your rights and to assault you. If ever there was an indicator of just how apathetic and well trained the American public truly is, it must be this situation with TSA. Like a herd of bedraggled sheep, thousands of you forfeited your 4th and 5th amendment rights and allowed the government to irradiate you and view your virtually naked body, or allowed yourself to be subjected to an enhanced pat-down…nothing short of a sexual encounter. (submitted by Dar)

5 Classic Google Maps Mis-Directions – Whether you’re getting to the one store with the only Turbo-charged Buzz Lightyear or trying to wend you way back to Grandma’s house for the holidays, you may rely on Google Maps. Many people do–and sometimes with comical results. These are some of our favorite and funniest.

Christopher Hitchens 1-0 Tony Blair – Staunch atheist wins over audience in debate with Catholic convert over whether religion is a force for good in the world.

Today’s Quote:

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.”

- Abraham Lincoln

Today’s Free Downloads:

Windows 7 Firewall Control – The software protects Windows 7 and Vista applications from undesirable network incoming and outgoing activity and controls applications Internet access.

FixCleaner Slim – FixCleaner is a computer utility designed to remove errors and boost the performance of home PCs. The advanced system cleaner in FixCleaner combines the vital tools you need to regain lost PC performance, remove data clutter, and boost startup speed.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 27, 2010

  1. Hi Bill,

    I was reading the article you posted (above) on Google Cloud and Microsoft. I know everyone is saying ‘the cloud’ is the future of computing and the way the internet is to be used. Am I alone in my scepticism of putting all your documents in someone else’s hands?

    With the recent news that the USA’s department of Homeland Security is ‘taking down’ websites, albeit illegal download sources, what will be next? Will they decide to ‘take down’ websites ‘harbouring’ people’s ‘dangerous’ shopping lists or their school homework timetables? Just a thought.

    Best Wishes

    Paul

    • Hi Paul,

      Nope, you’re not alone. You can count me in as part of the non-believers. Given that the Internet cannot be protected, since it was designed in such a way that protection is an impossibility, so called “cloud computing” is already an anachronism. The high uptake rate we constantly read about, is sheer wishful thinking on the part of technology pundits. In other words – it’s bullshit.

      Homeland Security taking down websites – do you believe it! Talk about overstepping their authority! Talk about conviction without due process! Just one more example of the cowboy attitude of American government agencies.

      Best,

      Bill