Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 3, 2009

IOBit Steals Malwarebytes’ Intellectual Property – Malwarebytes has recently uncovered evidence that a company called IOBit based in China is stealing and incorporating our proprietary database and intellectual property into their software. We know this will sound hard to believe, because it was hard for us to believe at first too. But after an indepth investigation, we became convinced it was true. Here is how we know……

How to Really Browse Without Leaving a Trace – Think that your browser’s private mode keeps your browsing completely private? Not so! More often than not, you’re still leaving traces of your browsing session behind, and today we’ll tell you how to get rid of them for truly private browsing.

The Illustrated Guide to the New Firefox 3.6 Windows 7 Integration – The latest Firefox beta integrates much more fully into Windows 7, adding support for Aero Peek-enabled tabs, an enhanced Ctrl+Tab, and more. We’ll show you how they work, and how to enable or disable them.

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10 Windows 7 Security Features You Should Know About – Now that Windows 7 has been available for over a week, some users are diving into the new operating system, checking out the new design tweaks. But it’s the silent protection in the background that might be providing the most value to users. Windows 7 is packed with security features that Microsoft no doubt hopes will help it earn the moniker of safest Windows release in recent memory.

CNET Top 5 free downloads: Video – CNET Executive Editor Tom Merritt recently conducted an informal poll among his Facebook and Twitter contacts, asking for their favorite no-cost software. Here are the five apps that readers–maybe you–tapped as the best of the best.

Windows 7 64-bit Users Living in a 32-bit World? – Just as with Windows Vista, one of the big questions you face when going to pick up a new computer is whether to install the 32- or 64-bit version of Windows 7. But software and hardware designers are still catching up, so even with your beefy hardware and shiny new operating system, you might end up having a 32-bit computing experience anyway.

Malware Spreading Through Phony FDIC Alerts – There are reports of phony FDIC notification e-mails tricking computers users into installing the ZBot identity-theft Trojan. The e-mails tell the recipients that their banks have filed for bankruptcy and that the banks’ asserts are now under the control of the FDIC.

Off Topic:

How a computer geek sleeps at night…. cartoon.

60 Minutes Spreads Incorrect MPAA Propaganda On Movie Piracy – Instead of calling your tech-savvy customers criminals, how about giving them what they want?

Radio Shack: Home of the 2,400% Markup! – We went to Radio Shack to find a new cable where the salesman attempted to pressure us to buy a $24 digital camera replacement……

McAfee says piracy has tripled even in wake of Pirate Bay prosecution – The number of new piracy sites on the web has tripled in the third quarter, despite prosecution of the owners of the controversial Pirate Bay file-sharing web site, according to security software maker McAfee.

No open-source Skype… yet – The popular Internet voice program Skype is not going open source real soon, but, it is on its way.

Today’s Quote:

“There is an evil tendency underlying all our technology – the tendency to do what is reasonable even when it isn’t any good.”

Robert Pirsig

Today’s Free Downloads:

Image Analyzer – Need to correct colors, remove red-eye, or change the format of an image? ImageAnalyzer is freeware, and light, and it does many functions that the big apps do. For quick-and-dirty correction of a scanned photo or document, ImageAnalyzer works wonders.

PhotoFilmStrip – Popularized in many of the highly acclaimed PBS documentaries produced by filmmaker Ken Burns, the technique of slowly panning across still images, and fading in to new ones has become a common technique for videographers with limited budgets. PhotoFilmStrip provides a one-stop application you can use to generate just such a video montage.

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