Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – June 10, 2010

Microsoft’s Web-based Office goes live – The Office Web Apps, as the programs are dubbed, are slimmed down versions of the desktop counterparts, allowing for document viewing, sharing, and lightweight editing. Consumers get free access to the tools, along with 25GB of storage as part of Windows Live, while businesses can also host their own version of the Web Apps using the latest version of Sharepoint.

Are We Too Complacent About Cloud Computing? Video – And why should we care? Letting others control our computing is inexpensive, convenient and mostly safe… right? Have a look at what Richard Stallman has to say. He started the Free Software Foundation, and he knows a thing or two about what users should be able to do with their own apps and programs.

How do I use a Windows 7 Virtual Hard Disk as a backup device? – In this edition of the Windows Desktop Report, Greg Shultz shows you how to create and use a virtual hard disk (VHD) as a backup device.

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iPad 3G owners’ e-mail addresses hacked – Prominent users of Apple’s new iPad 3G, including military and government officials as well as media personalities and celebrities, had their e-mail addresses hacked.

Thousands Of High-Ranked Webpages Infected With Malware, Including Intljobs.org, WSJ.com, tomtom.com.tw – More than 100,000 webpages, some belonging to newspapers, police departments, and other large organizations, have been hit by an attack over the past few days that redirected visitors to a website that attempted to install malware on their machines. (submitted by Rod)

Google Jolts Search with Fresher Results with Caffeine – Google search results are now fresher and faster, according to the company that just gave its search indexing technology a jolt of Caffeine.

Apple Launches Safari 5, Patches Record 48 Bugs – Apple on Monday shipped the latest version of its Safari browser, patching a record 48 vulnerabilities, including one that a pair of hackers exploited in March to win a $15,000 prize.

Adobe Postpones Reader Patch as Attacks Continue – Adobe will patch a critical Flash bug on Thursday, but has decided to postpone a fix for an associated flaw in the Reader PDF viewer until the end of the month, the company said late Monday. The vulnerability is already being exploited by hackers using rigged PDF documents, several antivirus firms said. Exploit code has also been publicly posted to the Internet.

Encrypted Search DOES Block SEO Poisoning – An SEO Poisoning attack pushes malicious Web sites high into the ranks of valid search results. Using Google’s new encrypted search insulates you against such attacks.

Download Squad: Sculptris is insanely cool, free 3D modeling software – Sculptris is, without question, the coolest thing I have seen all day. What was supposed to be a short spin became an hour of prodding and playing around with every tool of this incredible creation.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Judges Liken P2P To The Ancient Practice of Lending Books – After raids in 2005, Spanish police arrested four people and dismantled a popular file-sharing site. The case has been dragging on ever since but now has finally been closed. Three judges decided that no offense had been committed and likened file-sharing to the ancient practice of sharing books.

Twitter, Facebook and Western Civilization’s Decline – I usually present Security Wisdom Watch as a list of thumbs up and down, but this month it’s all thumbs down, thanks to the recent state of affairs in the social media world.

Is perfectionism killing your career? – In a time when adaptability is the name of the game for success, the rigidity of perfectionism may be an unwanted trait.

Cyber War: Microsoft a weak link in national security – “While it may appear to give America some sort of advantage,” Cyber War warns, “in fact cyber war places this country at greater jeopardy than it does any other nation.” The enormous dependence of our financial and energy networks on the ‘Net open us up to potentially devastating online attacks. “It is the public, the civilian population of the United States and the publicly owned corporations that run our key national systems, that are likely to suffer in a cyber war.”

Today’s Quote:

“Use soft words and hard arguments.”

–    English Proverb

Today’s Free Downloads:

Hotspot Shield – Feeling safe when you connect to a hot spot at cafe, airport, or some other public location? You shouldn’t. There are plenty of potential dangers lurking there, including nearby hackers who may try to sniff your packets, or figure out other ways to snoop at what you’re doing online. Particularly dangerous is if you visit any Web sites and type in your user name and password–they could be hijacked.

Wireshark Portable 1.2.9 – Features includes deep inspection of hundreds of protocols, with more being added all the time, Live capture and offline analysis, Standard three-pane packet browser, Captured network data can be browsed via a GUI, or via the TTY-mode TShark utility, and Rich VoIP analysis.

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5 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – June 10, 2010

  1. Pingback: Norton DNS – Another Layer of Computer Security « Bill Mullins' Weblog – Tech Thoughts

  2. ‘Thousands Of High-Ranked Webpages Infected With Malware, Including Intljobs.org, WSJ.com, tomtom.com.tw – More than 100,000 webpages, some belonging to newspapers, police departments, and other large organizations, have been hit by an attack over the past few days that redirected visitors to a website that attempted to install malware on their machines. (submitted by Rod)’

    Hey Bill,
    Maybe I’m being a bit of a victim of this. Yesterday, my IE8 browser got corrupted and
    my webpages are still flashing security warnings until now. But my antispy/malware apps says that my system is clean.

  3. Hey Bill,
    Funny you said that because that’s just what I did shortly after visiting you. The scan caught 9 adware trackers.
    I’m just wondering why Windows is suddenly demanding SSL certificate from me. Maybe the attack we’re chatting about is really a BIG nasty one. Even WordPress was downed today.

  4. I tried it out, still prefer the actually application.. web apps never sat well with me.