Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 25, 2012

Get CyberLink PhotoDirector 2011 (Win) for free – A strong competitor to the likes of Adobe Photoshop Elements, this photography program normally sells for $100.

How to encrypt your cloud storage for free – Even if hackers break into your cloud account, your data can remain safe thanks to BoxCryptor, an easy-to-use encryption tool.

Facebook Allowing Users to Review Search History – In case you want to be reminded of who you were cyber stalking on Facebook, the social network will now allow you to review your search history.

Store Your Logins in Norton Identity Safe - Users of Symantec’s Norton line of security products have long had access to its password management tools. But you no longer need to be a paying Norton user to get access to Norton Identity Safe, a standalone product that makes password management a (relatively) easy task.

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Twitter users may be victims of direct message malware – Security analysts say that suspicious direct messages from Twitter friends with links to Facebook, which have been popping up lately, could be malicious “backdoor trojans.”

Top Apple iPhone 5 Complaints - Why do people hate the iPhone 5? The top six complaints, plus a bonus!

How to Get Out of Your Mobile Phone Contract – Raise your hand if this applies to you: you want the new iPhone 5 but still have months, maybe even years, left on that pesky contract with your current mobile phone carrier. Fear not – we’ve listed a few ways to break your contract and move on. Check them out in our full story.

The Browser That Keeps Swimming – Dolphin Browser HD 8.8 strikes a fine balance between performance and speed, all while featuring an intuitive interface that supports voice- and gesture-based navigation. Check out our full review for more on this Editors’ Choice-winning Android browser.

Firefox Health Report Gives Your Browser a Check-Up – Internet users will soon be able to play doctor to their computer browser, with Mozilla’s integration of Firefox Health Report (FHR). According to Mitchell Baker, chair of the Mozilla Foundation, the new feature will help users understand why their software runs differently than someone else’s, or how to make something run more efficiently.

Rumor: Apple Recruiting Googlers to Improve Maps App - While users eagerly wait for Google to, hopefully, bring its Maps app back to iOS devices , Apple is reportedly taking drastic measures to improve its own flawed map product.

Samsung raises jury misconduct in bid for new Apple trial - Samsung lists cases in which juror misconduct — introducing outside material to deliberations — led to a new trial. That’s after jury foreman revealed he discussed his patent experience with other jurors.

Security:

Ransomware – would you pay up? – Here’s a tale from the Australian outback about a ransomware demand. The victim was asked for $3000. He paid up. But would you? Should you? Or is there a better way?

Microsoft Windows Update emails try to steal your Gmail, Yahoo, AOL passwords – Beware any emails which claim to come from privacy@microsoft.com – it could be that you’re being targeted in an attack designed to steal your AOL, Gmail, Yahoo or Windows Live password.

Backdoor Trojan masquerading as KLM e-ticket - The latest of these attempts takes the form of an email supposedly sent by KLM. It looks pretty believable as it uses a legitimate KLM e-ticket layout, but the fake ticket is missing crucial information that is purportedly contained in the attachment (KLM-e-Ticket_.zip).

Top words cybercriminals use in fake emails – The top words cybercriminals use create a sense of urgency, to trick unsuspecting recipients into downloading malicious files. The top word category used to evade traditional IT security defenses in email-based attacks relates to express shipping, according to FireEye.

New Hacker Collective Emerges in Response to Anti-Islamic Film – The incendiary YouTube video cited as the proximate cause of attacks on U.S. embassies on Sept. 11 has spawned a group calling itself the ‘Arab Electronic Army.’

How to recognize rogue online pharmacies – Crooks noticed the high earning potential of rogue online pharmacies from the very start, and the World Health Organization now estimates that more than 50 percent of prescriptions ordered online are counterfeit and either contain the wrong active ingredient or not enough of the active ingredient.

Company News:

TiVo, Verizon Settle Patent Spat for $250.4 Million – TiVo and Verizon settled a three-year patent lawsuit this week, forcing Verizon to pay upwards of $250 million.

DellKACE unveils appliance for improved endpoint security – Dell KACE unveiled the latest version of the Dell KACE K1000 Management Appliance, which includes expanded visibility into the network through support for new operating systems such as Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, SUSE Linux Enterprise, Ubuntu Linux and Mac OS X Mountain Lion.

Microsoft, HP Criticized for Using Offshore Accounts to Avoid U.S. Taxes – A U.S. Senate subcommittee is shining a light on activities of the two tech companies to shield profits in offshore accounts in order to avoid paying U.S. corporate income taxes.

Adobe Launches New HTML5-Centric Web Developer Suite – Adobe unveils “Edge Tools & Services” at its “Create the Web” event in San Francisco.

Microsoft faces EU fine over browser choice ‘error’ - Despite labeling the incident as a “technical error,” Microsoft is braced for another hefty fine from the EU after it failed to include the browser choice software in Windows.

Webopedia Daily:

Rogue Antivirus Software - Also called smitfraud, scareware, or rogue security software, this type of software is defined as malware – it is designed specifically to damage or disrupt a computer system. In this case, not only is the software going to disrupt your system, it’s going to try and trick you into making a purchase using your credit card. This specific type of malware appears to users in the form of a fake Windows warning on your computer system that reads you have a specific number of viruses on your computer (usually in the hundreds) and that this software has detected those viruses. To get rid of them you must download and purchase the full-version of the antivirus software. It’s important to remember that by purchasing the “claimed full version to remove the viruses” you will be submitting your personal information to unscrupulous persons and may also end up being a victim of credit card or identity fraud or theft.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Will Google Make Money Off the Self-Driving Car? – Why would Google bother to help design a self-driving car? To build the world’s best shopping cart, that’s why.

The Balkanization of the Internet – Censoring the Internet is like using a BB gun to rid the backyard of flies. It’s a joke.

Are printer companies gouging us on laser toner pricing? – Your monochrome laser printer is supposed to be stress-free: sturdy, reliable, less complicated than a color laser, and not as costly to run as a color inkjet. Unfortunately, however, you may be paying considerably more to keep your laser printer filled with toner these days than you did earlier in the printer’s life.

No more flight turbulence? – Admit it: just the thought of rough turbulence on a flight is making your stomach woozy and your heart beat a little faster. But don’t get too worked up (please, not on the blog!), the National Center for Atmospheric Research has developed a system that could make airplane turbulence a rare experience during takeoff and landing.

Study: Estonia, U.S. have most Internet freedom - Residents of Estonia have the most freedom to do what they want on the Internet, with the U.S. ranking second among 47 countries examined by a group that pushes for democratic freedoms worldwide.

Today’s Quote:

The middle of the road is where the white line is-and that’s the worst place to drive.”

-      Robert Frost

Today’s Free Downloads:

Wise Data Recovery 3.1.7 – Have you ever deleted some useful files by mistake? Have you ever regretted to remove some files which you want to use later? Have you ever lost some private data as the consequence of a sudden PC crash? Let Wise Data Recovery help you!

Avira AntiVir Rescue System - The Avira AntiVir Rescue System a linux-based application that allows accessing computers that cannot be booted anymore. Thus it is possible to repair a damaged system, to rescue data or to scan the system for virus infections.

MailStore Home 7.1 – Over the years, emails can become scattered among different computers, programs and mailboxes. With MailStore Home you can bring order into this chaos by creating a single central archive for all emails.

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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 25, 2012

  1. delenn13

    I had heard about the CyberLink PhotoDirector 2011 (Win) for free yesterday but since I loath anything CyberLink does because it slows down your PC and takes it over..I didn’t post it. IIRC it kept crashing(unstable) my PC and was soooo slow even with 4Gs of ram. That goes for their Video software also. Maybe others have had better luck with it..but I try to avoid CyberLink anything.

    However I do have this ..Not Free..But $ 9.99 versus $49.98 seems reasonable.

    Download Dragon Age Bundle – Digital Download for PC | GameStop

    Per dealnews.com: “The bundle includes Dragon Age Origins, Dragon Age Origins: Awakening Expansion Pack, Black Emporium, and all nine content packs.”

    Dragon Age 3 is coming out soon..I heard…

    • Hey Delenn13,

      Thanks for relating your experience with CyberLink – something to watch out for (for those who take advantage of the free offer).

      Yeah, heard about Dragon Age 3 – looking forward to some demos on YouTube.

      Best,

      Bill

  2. delenn13

    Hope Flemeth(Kate Mulgrew) is in it. :)