Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 13, 2010

The Ultimate Guide to Home Networking – Wired or Wi-Fi? Here’s how to pick the right hardware for your PCs, game consoles, Internet-capable HDTVs, and other devices–and how to solve your networking problems.

Delete, Remove Virus, Malware with Norton Power Eraser Free – Power Eraser, NPE, is a freeware tool, which can attempt to find and remove such deep rooted, hidden and tough-to-detect malware and virus infections. Unlike other security applications, it does not provide you a real time protection, but is developed to be used for cleaning an already infected computer.

Is KHOBE An Earthquake Or A Storm In A Security Teacup? – Should you be losing sleep over a report that claims Windows antivirus products are fatally flawed? If you want to reassure your bosses that it’s not time to throw your Windows security software in the garbage heap just yet, then make sure you read this excellent piece by Sophos’s Paul Ducklin, which examines and discusses the KHOBE claims in greater detail.

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The anatomy of a scam email message – Scamming people has never been easier. Currently, one of the more successful methods used by cybercriminals is fraudulent email messages. Let’s see if we can change that.

Steam for Mac Rolls Out, Downloadable Now – Mac-heads rejoice, your gaming trough just expanded by several dozen on-demand titles. That’s because Steam is here at last. Valve says its digital download gaming client just went live, and you can pull it down here.

A FREE Way to Monitor Your Kids Online Activity – This application intelligently monitors kids’ internet activity such as internet chatting, search engine phrases, and social networking profiles (e.g. Facebook, My Space).

Firefox Lends Security Hand to Rival Browsers – Mozilla yesterday launched a tool that lets users of rival browsers, including Internet Explorer (IE), Chrome, Safari and Opera, determine whether important add-ons may be vulnerable to attack.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Network security: Seven tips for desktop malware first responders – The moments when malware is rifling through your process table are not conducive to lucid contemplation, but that’s the precise moment you must don your First Responder hat. Taking the right steps early on in the infection can save hours of later remediation. These steps may be routine for full time malware warriors, but network security is only one duty among many for the typical SMB network administrator.

Laptop Computers: The Pros and Cons – Laptop computers have been around a long time and many of us use them. However, for those of you who are wondering what they’re all about and are deciding if you should get one, here’s some information that should help.

Ponemon Study: Cloud Security Worry Real – IT professionals are fearful that sensitive data will fall into the wrong hands if cloud-based services are used by their organizations, but many acknowledge that the risks are being ignored by some employees who may already be using cloud computing, according to a new survey.

Aerogels: ‘Frozen smoke’ can soak up oil – From capturing comet dust to sucking up oil, aerogels sure come in handy. Nicknamed “frozen smoke”, these silica-based substances are among the least dense materials on the planet.

Today’s Quote:

“If you put tomfoolery into a computer, nothing comes out of it but tomfoolery. But this tomfoolery, having passed through a very expensive machine, is somehow ennobled and no-one dares criticize it.”

–    Pierre Gallois

Today’s Free Downloads:

Adblock Plus Hides Ads in Firefox – If you’re bugged by Web ads, then Adblock Plus is for you. The well-designed Firefox add-on quickly and easily blocks the vast majority of online ads.

KeePass Password Safe – KeePass Password Safe offers a simple way to keep track of all your passwords while keeping them safe. It lets you store all of your passwords in a simple-to-use encrypted database that only you can access.

WinPatrol – WinPatrol does its guard job, keeping tabs on programs running on your PC (including the hidden ones) and alerting you if a program tries to install something unexpected, sets itself to run on startup, change your home page or install something it shouldn’t. You can delete the offending programs, block their automatic startup or just monitor them to see what they do.

InjuredPixels – InjuredPixels allows you to easily check for dead or defective pixels on LCD monitors. InjuredPixels can be used to test a new LCD monitor before purchasing, or an already purchased monitor during the warranty period.

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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 13, 2010

  1. Hi Bill,
    Impressive list. Feels nice to part of it.

  2. Mal

    Hey Bill,

    I enjoyed the Network Security article. My usual first response when I think I am being attacked by malware is to c**p myself lol. Being calm is important, as the article highlights, amongst other things.


    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Mal,

      My first response to malware is usually, WTF. lol

      Staying calm is the key. I always look at it this way “This guy might be a hacker but, I’m his equal, or better.”