Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 28, 2010

How do I install and configure Microsoft Security Essentials? – Mark Kaelin walks you through the steps required to install and configure Microsoft Security Essentials, a free anti-virus and anti-malware app.

Apple Promises iPad Will Make Users Say iWant – With the usual Apple drama and anticipation, CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad tablet. Apple is banking on the new device to set the design standard that will make the tablet a must-have for the technically savvy. Here’s our first hands-on look at what Jobs thinks will create a new category of mobile computing and make consumers forget about all earlier tablet and e-reader designs.

Malware Aims to Evade Windows 7 Safeguards – Windows 7 adds a number of new security features, but social engineering attacks mean that you can’t let your guard down.

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Attackers Targeting .Edu Sites in SEO Poisoning Campaigns – Having mastered the art of poisoning search engine results for .com sites, attackers are now turning their attention to .edu sites, linking their keyword campaigns to educational institutions as a way of lending their malicious sites more credence in the eyes of Google.

10 technology traps your users should watch out for – Technology is a two-edged sword. It can certainly make life easier. But it can also create headaches and frustration for the unwary user. Here’s a list of some basic tech do’s and don’ts you can share with them.

Dvorak: Sexting and the Single Girl – Once you put something on the Internet, it’s pretty much there forever. Resident curmudgeon John C. Dvorak is trying to save you from yourself. Here are the seven things he wants you to be leery of (hello sexting!), especially when it comes to your kids.

Hands On: Google Chrome 4.0 with Extensions – Firefox-like extensions have been one of the most hyped and anticipated features for Google Chrome. On Monday, they went live in conjunction with Chrome 4.0, along with an Opera-like bookmark sync function.

Inside the PlayStation 3 Exploit – The recent attack on the PlayStation 3 hypervisor has gotten a tremendous amount of attention, but there has not been much in the way of detailed analysis of the actual exploit itself. However, a prominent cryptographer and security researcher has looked at the exploit and found that it is a cleverly implemented attack that is quite difficult to defend against.

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Lifehacker: RainyMood Brings Rainstorm Ambience to Your Office – Those of you that enjoyed listening to white noise and nature sounds like ocean surf will want to check out RainyMood.

Reverse-engineering computer crime pays off – Research at the International Computer Science Institute in San Francisco and UC-San Diego has come up with a new method of reverse-engineering botnets, one of the top organized Internet crime tools of our time.

Outlook Rosy for Nuclear Industry, Despite Unsolved Problems of Waste and Safety – The Obama administration is considering granting as much as $18.5 billion in loan guarantees to the nuclear industry to build new reactors, and Congress is considering adding billions more to expand nuclear power in the U.S., even though the problems of safety and what to do with nuclear waste remain unsolved. (submitted by Dar).

Swine Flu a Faked Pandemic – Those of us who have opposed the mass vaccinations against swine flu can feel vindicated and relieved. (submitted by Dar).

Today’s Quote:

“Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Nice doggie’ until you can find a rock”.

–       Will Rogers

Today’s Free Downloads:

SlickRun – SlickRun floats your system tray clock, showing the date and time. Click it, and it turns into a tiny command line. Right-click, and it offers you shortcuts to actions like launching programs, opening URLs, and so on

Advanced SystemCare Free – 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.

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