Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 8, 2012

Turn Your Phone into a Universal Media Hub to Play Your Music, Photos, and Videos, Anytime, Anywhere – We’ll walk you through how you can use your iOS or Android device as the media source that you always have in your pocket—full of music, movies, web video, photos, and more—and play that media on any device in any room, without cables, syncing, or a computer in the middle. All you need is an app or two and the right gear.

Five handy PC apps for road warriors – I travel almost constantly, so I’m always on the lookout for applications that make life on the road easier. Here are five PC applications I’ve found useful that may help you when you travel.

Passwords Revisited - Passwords are a foundational and critically important part of our computer security protection. They’re one of the “layers” of our defense strategy to keep the hackers, bots, and other malware at bay…preventing them from emptying our bank accounts, stealing our identity, and/or taking over our computers and rendering them useless. That having been said; do you know how to create a password that will be strong enough to serve you well against the above malware and ne’er do wells? It is a surprisingly easy task to create a strong password.

Google Chrome hack earns security researcher $60,000 – A Russian security researcher has earned himself a tidy $60,000 by demonstrating how he could waltz past the security sandbox in Google’s Chrome browser to run unauthorised code on fully-patched Windows 7 computers.

Mozilla Implements Do Not Track for Mobile Devices Via Boot to Gecko - As the privacy and tracking debate rages in the desktop arena, Mozilla has made a jump to the mobile world by announcing its new Boot to Gecko project, which will include an implementation of the Do Not Track technology on mobile devices. This is the first such implementation and it will give users the ability to tell mobile sites that they don’t want to be tracked persistently while using the Web from their phones.

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Meet Apple’s new iPad, now with a Retina Display – CEO Tim Cook introduced the newest, 1.4-pound iPad at a special media, invite-only event in San Francisco on Wednesday morning, hailing it as the next step in the “post-PC revolution.”

The new iPad’s great but what’s wrong with a good, inexpensive Android tablet? – Great new display, check; faster processor, check; 4G mobile connection, check; better camera, check. Price, still starts $499 for a 16GB Wi-Fi model and $629 for 4G. Hmmm… How about a $199…

Privacy concerns impacting what people buy – Concerns about data security and privacy are impacting what people buy and which companies they do business with, according to a new Edelman study. Concerns about data security and privacy are not merely theoretical. Around the world, people feel that their personal information is not adequately protected and that companies are unchecked, so it’s no surprise that they are now taking data security and privacy considerations into account when they shop.

Windows 8 Survey: Half Who Have Tried the OS Wouldn’t Recommend It – People who have installed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview praise its speed and the changes to Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer, but most readers who answered a PCWorld survey aren’t satisfied with the new Metro interface–and half indicate that they would be unlikely to recommend the new operating system to a friend.

Company News:

NVIDIA joins the Linux Foundation - The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Linux has announced that four companies are joining the organization: Fluendo, Lineo Solutions, Mocana, and NVIDIA. The big news here is that NVIDIA, the major graphic chip original equipment manufacturer (OEM), is finally officially supporting Linux.

Microsoft’s business pitch for Windows 8 depends on tablets – Microsoft may be facing a wicked brew—consumerization and recent Windows 7 upgrades—when it comes to making the Windows 8 case to corporations.

Samsung files new lawsuit against Apple in Korea – Samsung has filed another lawsuit against Apple in South Korea. The new lawsuit claims that Apple is infringing three of its patents with the iPhone 4S and iPad 2.

Trustwave To Acquire Web Security Company M86 Security – Trustwave, a leading provider of cloud-based compliance and information security solutions, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire M86 Security, a global leader in Web security solutions and advanced anti-malware technology. The acquisition is expected to close within the next few weeks, and financial terms were not disclosed.

Webopedia Daily:

Rogue certification authority certificate – A false digital certificate used to secure Web sites. A rogue Certification Authority (CA) certificate allows malicious users to impersonate any Web site on the Internet, including banking and e-commerce sites secured using the HTTPS protocol. A rogue CA certificate would be seen as trusted by Web browsers, and it is harmful because it can appear to be signed by one of the root CAs that browsers trust by default. A rogue Certification Authority (CA) certificate can be created using a vulnerability in the Internet Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) used to issue digital certificates for secure Web sites.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Create a Glowing Handrail to Guide You Down the Stairs - If you have a set of basement stairs with no lighting, IKEA Hackers user Denis shows off a way to install a lighted handrail in a small space with a few cheap parts. With clear plexiglass and some LED strips, the handrail is illuminated to make the basement descent a bit safer.

An End to Offensive Security Research? Unlikely – Many industries tend to run in identifiable cycles. Financial services, the auto industry, entertainment–they all have cycles. Because the security industry isn’t nearly as old as any of these, it hasn’t had much of a chance to establish such cycles. But one seems to be appearing now in the form of renewed criticism and distaste for offensive security research.

Google’s privacy policy? Why the EU should just back off - The European Union is up in arms over Google’s privacy policy changes. But linking our apps and using the data to guide our choices and the information we see is a vital step toward a sentient web that will make us all more efficient.

McAfee: Most businesses in denial about security threats – McAfee’s State of Security report explains the present challenges to IT departments when it comes to securing sensitive information in a highly regulated and increasingly complex global business environment.

Today’s Quote:

Assert your right to make a few mistakes. If people can’t accept your imperfections, that’s their fault.”

-     Dr. David M. Burns

Today’s Free Downloads:

CCEnhancer 3.1 – CCEnhancer is a small tool which adds support for over 500 new programs into the popular program CCleaner. The tool uses the WinApp2.ini system built into CCleaner to easily add new rules and definitions for programs.

uTorrent 3.1.2 Build 26821 – µTorrent is an efficient and feature rich BitTorrent client for Windows sporting a very small footprint. It was designed to use as little cpu, memory and space as possible while offering all the functionality expected from advanced clients.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 8, 2012

  1. John bent

    Hi Bill,

    I’ve been using CCEnhancer, in conjunction with CCCleaner, since you last suggested it. Before that I had used CCCleaner on its own for a number of years.

    At your suggestion I have CCEnhancer set to open automatically on closing my browser. Whilst I don’t actually run it after every session, it is a great way of remembering to do so on a regular basis.

    Kind regards
    John