Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 17, 2012

Microsoft Security Essentials: Free Antivirus for Windows – Use Microsoft Security Essentials to guard against viruses, spyware, and other evil software. It provides real-time protection for your home or small business PCs. Microsoft Security Essentials is free and we designed it to be simple to install and easy to use. It runs quietly and efficiently in the background so you don’t have to worry about interruptions or making updates.

EnhanceMySe7en Free – EnhanceMySe7en is an advanced enhancing, optimizing, information and tweaking tool for Microsoft Windows 7. Features include process identification, start-Up management, registry cleaner, disk cleaner, registry defragmenter, disk defragmenter, hard drive monitor, system tools, file, network, and security tools, optimization, and customization.

Are mobile password apps pointless? – ElcomSoft analyzed 17 popular password management apps available for Apple iOS and BlackBerry platforms, including free and commercially available tools, and discovered that no single password keeper app provides a claimed level of protection.

UltraViolet: DRM by any other name still stinks – First major outing of Hollywood’s UltraViolet digital streaming effort shows the scheme for what it really is: DRM all over again, and a way to make you pay for content over and over, too.

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The Best Alternative File Browser for Linux – Linux is rife with awesome file browsers, so if you don’t like the one that came with your distro, you have a lot of choices. Our favorite is the insanely feature-filled Krusader for KDE.

Pakistan Net filter has Valley buzzing over bids – The bids are now in, but whoever wants a piece of what is almost certainly a juicy contract is keeping quiet–and for good reason.

Android banking Trojan steals both authenticating factors – The Zeus and SpyEye banking Trojans have recently been fitted with a new module that targets Android users that use their device as an added authentication method when accessing their bank accounts online. But in order to effect a successful attack against the user, both his PC and Android device have to be compromised with malware, so malware authors have decided to cut the effort in two and make a fake app that will get both authentication factors in one fell swoop.

Exploit code published for RDP worm hole; Does Microsoft have a leak? - The code publication has set off alarm bells in the corridors at Redmond because there are clear signs that Microsoft’s pre-patch vulnerability sharing program has been breached or has suffered a major leak.

Company News:

Google: 130 million scam ads axed in 2011 – You think malvertising’s bad on Google now? Google actually reduced scam ads by over 50% year over year from 2010 to 2011, according to a blog entry put up on Wednesday by Sridhar Ramaswamy, Google engineering senior VP.

Mozilla Readies Silent Updater with New Versions of Firefox – Mozilla announced this week that it plans to integrate a silent updater in the next build of its flagship browser, Firefox, allowing future patches for Firefox 12 to be downloaded and installed in the background while the browser is running.

IBM Power7 Systems Celebrate Two-Year Milestone – Two years ago, IBM launched its Power7 processor-based systems to manage the most demanding emerging applications, ranging from smart electrical grids to real-time analytics for financial markets. Since that time, Power Systems have captured the Unix server market and boasted more than 2,000 competitive displacements.

Google Under Investigation By EU and US for Safari Privacy Bypass – Search Giant, Google, is catching heat from regulators in the United States and European Union for evading privacy controls in Apple’s Safari browser.

Webopedia Daily:

Countries and Their Domain Extensions starting with letters A-E – Ever see a Web address that doesn’t end in .com, .org, or .edu? Most likely, the Web site is hosted on a server in another country, or, the origin of business is in another country. Here’s a list of different country domain extensions and their corresponding countries sorted alphabetically according to the file extension.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Set Up an Awe-Inducing Media Center This Weekend - So you’ve set up an awesome home theater, but you’re still using outdated DVDs and Blu-Ray discs. If you’re tired of hearing all the talk about PC-based media centers, take some time this weekend and set one up for yourself—you won’t be disappointed with the results.

‘This American Life’ retracts damning report on Apple manufacturer Foxconn – An episode of the popular weekly radio program “This American Life” that painted a damaging picture of life for employees at factories that make Apple products in China contained “significant fabrications,” the show said Friday.

Linux servers keep growing, Windows & Unix keep shrinking – 2011 saw, according to IDC, Linux servers grow while Windows and Unix servers numbers shrank. In 2012, Linux’s server future looks brighter than ever.

Slide Show: 10 Movie Scenes Of Authentication Worth Rewatching – From the prophetic to the downright silly, these scenes are sure to entertain any security pro. However they’re used and however wildly inaccurate they may be, these fictional authentication scenes are great fun to watch for security pros who use authentication in real life.

Today’s Quote:

Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.”

-     Bertrand Russell

Today’s Free Downloads:

WinHTTrack – WinHTTrack is a free and easy-to-use offline browser utility. It allows you to download a site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer.

DVDFab Passkey Lite - DVDFab Passkey is a Windows-based driver that works on-the-fly to unprotect encrypted movie DVDs and Blu-ray discs. For DVD, it removes all DVD copy protections. For Blu-ray, it removes all known AACS and BD+ copy protections, Region Code, BD-Live and UOPs.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 17, 2012

    • Hey Delenn13,

      Nope. There are two times in the year when I stay hidden – New Years Eve and St. Paddy’s Day. Can’t stand the amateur drinkers so I normally chill with a bunch of friends (decidedly not amateur drinkers) :)

      Best,

      Bill