Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 20, 2009

Are Service Provider Netbook Bundles a Good Deal? – When you buy a subsidized netbook from a wireless service provider, the money you save on the device is a pittance compared to the data fees you’ll pay over the next two years.

Sidekick Lesson: Back up, Back up, Back up – 4 backup utilities for mobile devices to nudge you to protect your precious data – If Microsoft’s Sidekick data disaster has taught us one thing, it’s that backups are important. Even though Microsoft subsidiary Danger messed up, that doesn’t mean you can’t rely on cloud-based services.

Video: A demo of XP Mode in Windows 7 – ZDNet’s Ed Bott shows you how the new XP Mode available in Windows 7 can extend the useful life of your legacy applications and peripherals.

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Millions Infected by Fake Security Software: “Rogueware” scam on the rise, Symantec says – Tens of millions of U.S. computers are loaded with scam security software that their owners may have paid for but which only makes the machines more vulnerable, according to a new Symantec report on cybercrime.

Victoria’s Secret spam slams Twitter – Some Twitter users have found that their accounts have been posting messages without their knowledge, apparently advertising gift cards for the glamorous Victoria’s Secret lingerie store. Discover more about the attack now, and ensure you don’t click on the spammer’s links.

Video: Watch how easy it to steal an identity on the street – Many of us are concerned about how well companies and organisations are protecting our personally identifiable information – but how good at we at protecting our own details, such as name, date of birth and email address?

‘Evil Maid’ USB stick attack keylogs TrueCrypt passphrases – Security researcher Joanna Rutkowska has released a PoC (proof of concept) of a keylogger that is capable of logging TrueCrypt’s disk encryption passphrase enabling the attacker to successfully decrypt the hard drive’s content.

Stop Windows from rebooting after automatic updates – Using local Group Policy or a simple Registry hack, you can prevent Windows Update from automatically rebooting.

Off Topic:

BlackBerry the choice of organized crimeGangs know what encryption is. They are using it in force at the street level, let alone at the very top. Rim’s BlackBerries are the ultimate in security for them. Everything is secured and impossible to monitor by police.

Brain drain: Why our best and brightest are going abroad – The trending influx of educated talent that has contributed to the rise and dominance of Silicon Valley is now reversing, and professionals are headed home. Will this free up jobs for domestic talent? In the long run, it may decrease opportunities.

Placebo effect not all in your head – A team under Falk Eippert in Hamburg, Germany reports they have direct evidence that the placebo effect starts in the spine.

Ad Group Calls on FTC to Rescind Blogger Rules – An advertising group has called on the Federal Trade Commission to rescind recently published blogger guidelines, accusing the commission of potentially cracking down on Internet sites for infractions that print media has been engaged in for years.

Today’s Quote:

“The world is governed more by appearances than realities, so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it”.

–    Daniel Webster

Today’s Free Downloads:

AVG Free 9 – For those unfamiliar with the popular freeware security tool, it provides only the bare necessities for protecting your PC, but that should be enough for savvy Windows users. AVG Free 9 introduces few new features, with improvements focused on performance, including claims of faster scan and boot times. AVG is claiming that scans are 50 percent faster compared with AVG 8.

XP-Antispy – XP-AntiSpy is a little utility that let’s you disable some built-in update and authentication ‘features’ in WindowsXP. This utility was successfully tested by lots of users, and was found to disable all the known ‘Suspicious’ Functions in WindowsXP.

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