Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 20, 2009

Lifehacker: Top 10 Underhyped Webapps, 2009 Edition – As with rock music, video games, and other awesome pursuits, great web applications often don’t get enough credit for what they do well. We’re revisiting and updating our favorite underhyped webapps to give a new crop of contenders their due.

SANS Report: 60% Of All Attacks Hit Web Applications, Most In The U.S. – New attack data shows organizations are missing the mark in their security priorities as client-side application flaws, Web flaws dominate as attack vectors.

Antivirus Rarely Catches Zbot Zeus Trojan – New research reveals the No. 1 financial Trojan is difficult to detect.

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Three out of four administrators don’t trust anti-virus software In a recent study, a total of 226 administrators, CIOs and security specialists were asked what they thought of signature and blacklist-based solutions. Three out of four administrators consider signature-based enterprise anti-virus protection unreliable. For zero day attacks in particular, two thirds of the administrators surveyed did not believe that standard anti-virus products helped to prevent attacks.

The Month Of Facebook Bugs Halfway Report – Hacker has reported 19 vulnerable Facebook applications, and all but one have been patched, 12 were verified by Facebook, 13 were vulnerable to clickjacking.

One In Ten British Web Users Is Victim Of Online ID Fraud – A YouGov survey commissioned by VeriSign found that 12 percent of the U.K. population has been a victim of online ID fraud within the past 12 months.

Cyber Crooks Target Public & Private Schools – A gang of organized cybercriminals who stole millions from U.S. businesses have a new target.

Ways the web has changed the world – When was the last time you checked Ceefax, received a hand-written letter, or displayed your holiday photos in an album?

Off Topic:

Nigeria Demands Apology from SONY for “Scams” Ad – Nigeria is mad at Sony for its latest ads that suggesting a lot of scams come from the country and is insisting on an immediate recant. “Nigeria also demands an unconditional apology from Sony Corporation for this deliberate negative campaign against the country’s image and reputation,” said a spokesman for the Nigerian government.

Turn Your Camera Phone into a Police-Style Dash Cam – Whatever your motivation for wanting to have a dash-cam, this simple hack will help you capture your road travels with a car-mounted camera.

Research Finds that Atheists are Most Hated and Distrusted – Intolerance is a bitter beast. There are many groups in America that are subject to discrimination and prejudice, but none are more hated than atheists. Research conducted a couple years ago at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis found that atheists are more distrusted than Muslims or homosexuals.

GIMP 2.8 and its (huge) improvements to the User Interface! – Finally confirmed: single window mode is coming for 2.8! But that’s not the whole story yet. The plan for 2.8 also includes lots of other cool new usability and interaction features!

Today’s Quote:

“There are two ways to slide easily through life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.”

Alfred Korzybski

Today’s Free Downloads:

Ditching Microsoft Office – We round up alternatives to Microsoft Office that won’t cost you a dime. Plus, free programs like Jarte word processor and Gnumeric spreadsheet have features their Office equivalents lack.

Advanced SystemCare Free 3.3.4 – This utility offers a one-stop-shop for cleaning and maintaining your computer for better overall system performance. The interface is very simple, featuring only a few buttons, which makes it easy to get down to cleaning immediately (in fact, it automatically runs on start-up) and doesn’t confuse you with multiple steps.

WordWeb – WordWeb is a handy utility that gives you the definition, synonyms, and antonyms of any given word without requiring you to go online, though it can connect to the Internet for expanded functionality should you want it.

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3 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 20, 2009

  1. Pingback: Posts about Lifehacker as of September 20, 2009 » The Daily Parr

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  3. ‘WordWeb – WordWeb is a handy utility that gives you the definition, synonyms, and antonyms of any given word without requiring you to go online, though it can connect to the Internet for expanded functionality should you want it.’

    Another great one Bill. Thanks!