Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 16, 2012

How to Become an Ethical Hacker – Not all hackers do evil work. Here’s what you need to know to use your hacking skills to do good.

10 simple tips for brand new Android tablet users – Android tablet newbies (whether that’s you, your dad, or your users) will find these tips helpful in getting acclimated to their new device.

Oracle Java and Adobe Shockwave patches for February too – Adobe and Oracle both released critical fixes as their valentine to you. Shockwave and Java both contain remote code execution vulnerabilities, so be sure to update them as soon as possible.

How to Keep Your PC Safe With Sandboxing – Sandboxing is a form of software virtualization that lets programs and processes run in its isolated virtual environment. Typically, programs running within the sandbox have limited access to your files and system, and they can make no permanent changes. That means that whatever happens in the sandbox stays in the sandbox.

Re-boot, Restore, Back-up iPhone – Re-booting your iPhone or iPod is the first thing you want to do if your devise freezes up or one of your apps goes haywire. Re-booting or re-setting your iPhone or iPod is not to be confused with simply turning your phone off and then back on again. Your iPhone is a computer no less than the one setting on your desk at home or at work and like any computer you can turn it off (put it into sleep-mode) or re-boot it. We all know that every now and then computers need to be re-booted and so it is with our hand-held devices.

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Not Being a Troll Isn’t Enough: A Handbook to Being a Model Internet Citizen – The internet gives us all a platform to make our voices heard. That’s incredibly powerful, but with that power comes responsibility. That’s right, like any citizenship, your internet privileges carry with them responsibilities. “But I’m no troll,” you say. That’s not enough; there’s more to being an upstanding citizen of the internet than just not trolling. Here’s how you to embrace the responsibilities of your citizenship and become a model internet citizen.

Over 90% of Facebook users hate having their photos posted without approval – Facebook users overwhelmingly agree that it’s unacceptable to post photos or videos of them without asking permission first. Some even think it should be illegal. Unfortunately, Facebook doesn’t provide a way to force your friends to request your approval before tagging you in a photo.

Malicious sites increase 240% – The most common entry point into these malicious infrastructures rely on the path of least resistance, utilizing entry points that are easy to exploit, such as search engines/portals and email, or are utilized by large, diverse populations of users. Malnets have become so effective at launching attacks through search engines/portals that one in 142 searches leads to malicious links.

The Dark Room: A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Game on YouTube – The game is all about getting out of the dark room by clicking different options that lead to different videos. It plays just like an old-school text-adventure game or choose-your-own-adventure game, complete with all the silly options like “weeping in the dark” along with “your mom” jokes. The difference is that when you pick an option, you load up another video of Robertson’s hilariously demoralizing commentary.

Company News:

Trend Micro secures PlayStation Vita gamers – Trend Micro extended its collaboration with Sony and is now offering two web security services – “Trend Micro Kids Safety” and “Trend Micro Web Security” – for the portable entertainment system PlayStation Vita.

Motorola Unveils More Ice Cream Sandwich Upgrade Details – Motorola revealed more of its Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade plans today, with much of its update plans set for the third quarter.

Apple pressures manufacturing partners to cancel production of ultrabooks – A new report from the Chinese publication Commercial Times states that Apple is putting pressure on manufacturers to cease building ultrabooks it views as too similar to its own MacBook Air. Apple has allegedly put pressure on Pegatron, which manufactures the Asus Zenbook. Pegatron became an iPhone manufacturer this past year and is described as “eager to solicit orders for next-generation iPads from the vendor.”

Blizzard Releasing Diablo 3 By End Of June – During their quarterly earnings call on Friday Blizzard representatives finally let slip a release date for the long awaited third game in their Diablo franchise. Blizzard Entertainment’s Mike Morhaime said the company is planning to release Diablo 3 by the end of the second fiscal quarter this year, which means the game should hit store shelves by the end of June if everything goes according to plan.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Who has better privacy laws: USA or European Union? – The need for a digital consumer bill of rights for data protection really depends on where you live. If you’re in Europe, you are already pretty well protected, but it’s a very different if you live in the US.

What will life be like in 100 years? – In 1911, Ladies Home Journal asked leading experts how the world would change over the next 100 years. Some of their forecasts were surprisingly accurate, others not. (recommended by Michael F.)

FCC Cracks Down on Telemarketing ‘Robocalls’ – The Federal Communications Commission today approved rules that will make it more difficult for companies to use automated telemarketing calls, or robocalls.

The death of Firefox – It doesn’t look good for Firefox: Almost every month for the last three years, has lost ground to Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Safari. Does it stand any hope of recovering, or is it the end of the line for the Fox?

Skype in 1080p HD – The Logitech c920 is the first webcam we’ve tested that delivers solid 1080p video chats in Skype, and it’s pretty great otherwise, too.

Today’s Quote:

“We do not accept that ours will ever be a nation of haves and have nots; we must always be a nation of haves and soon to haves”

-    Mitch Daniels, on America

Today’s Free Downloads:

McAfee Fake Alert Stinger 10.2.0.511 – Fake-Alert software, also called fake AV or rogue anti-virus software, is malware that masquerades as a legitimate security application. The Fake Alert Stinger uses “Super Scan” mode for detection and remediation targeted specifically at fake-alert threats.

Adobe Flash Player Uninstaller 11.1.102.62 – The Adobe Flash Player Uninstaller is a useful utility for troubleshooting and for testing detection schemes. Download and run the Adobe Flash Player Uninstaller to remove all versions of Adobe Flash Player from all browsers on your machine.

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