Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 27, 2010

10 free security tools that actually work – Plenty of solid products are available to help you protect your system — and some of them don’t cost a dime. Here’s a list of some of the most popular and effective free tools for defending yourself against a variety of threats.

10 MORE outstanding Firefox extensions – It’s been a while since we last took a look at worthwhile Firefox extensions. Well, it’s time again. But now, Firefox has added collections to the mix. Extension collections are exactly what they sound like — collections of related extensions. In this list, we have a few worthwhile collections (since they’re new, there aren’t many) as well as some stand-alone extensions.

Critical Flaws Haunt VLC Media Player – VideoLAN has released a security advisory to address multiple vulnerabilities in the VLC Media Player. These vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial-of-service condition.

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Windows Malware: The final straw that broke the penguin’s back – It was simply a matter of time before Linux became my primary operating system. My most recent malware incident was the final straw that sent me into the safe haven of Ubuntu.

A FREE Way to Monitor Your Kids Online Activity – To help you, as a parent, take a bite out of the dangers of the internet, I would like to introduce you to McGruff Safeguard.  This application intelligently monitors kids’ internet activity such as internet chatting, search engine phrases, and social networking profiles (e.g. Facebook, My Space).

Download and read Kindle books – no Kindle required – For those of you who still actually read (a dying art), I thought you might like to know that Amazon has come out with Kindle e-Book reading software that you can download free. The software (still in beta) can be installed on PC’s, Macs, iPads and iPhones, and BlackBerrys, with more “coming soon”.

Video: Change the Windows 7 logon screen wallpaper – Bill Detwiler shows you a quick and easy registry hack that let’s you change the logon screen wallpaper in Windows 7.

How antivirus software works: Is it worth it? – We are told, in order to survive on the Internet, our computers need protection afforded by antivirus applications. If that’s true: Why do computers still get infected? Would it be a lot worse if we didn’t use antivirus programs?

McAfee Promises to Reimburse Consumers for Bad Update – McAfee told consumers it will reimburse ‘reasonable expenses’ related to last week’s antivirus update; it has yet to say anything about its plans for…

Scareware hackers exploit McAfee false positive – Hackers are exploiting a problem with McAfee’s anti-virus product that has affected enterprises around the world. Sophos explains the latest example of SEO poisoning being used by hackers to spread a fake anti-virus attack.

Windows XP Still Less Secure than Win 7 and Vista – Microsoft has released a new Security Incident Report–the eighth volume of Microsoft’s quarterly overview of computer and network security trends. The report illustrates once again that security can be greatly improved by upgrading to the latest software, and through user education.

Off Topic:

How to Sell Your PC (and Other Gadgets) – Need cash to buy the latest and greatest? Here’s how to turn your drawer full of old smartphones, cameras, and other tech toys into some brand-new gear.

Lifehacker: How to Decide Between a Prepaid or Contract Wireless Plan – The flexibility of prepaid cellphone plans is great, and can potentially save you tons of cash—so why does everyone still insist on signing a contract? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of prepaid vs. contract cellphone plans.

College students are ‘addicted’ to media, study says – Describing their feelings during a 24-hour assignment in which they abstained from all media use, 200 Maryland college students used some of the same terms associated with drug addiction.

Today’s Quote:

“When ideas fail, words come in very handy.”

–     Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832)

Today’s Free Downloads:

MWSnap screen capture – MWSnap is ideal for those looking for a simple one-stop solution for capturing and saving screenshots.

Jing – Jing lets you capture anything on your screen as a static image or a movie, then save it or store it on TechSmith’s server for free. You can share images and movies quickly and easily while chatting or e-mailing, to help you get a point across. It’s great for tech support or working remotely.

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