Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 30, 2010

Turn Your PC Into an Entertainment Center – You can use your Windows 7 or Vista PC to watch and record programs–just add a TV tuner. Also, create a music playlist.

Geek 101: LCD and Plasma Basics – HDTV and computer monitor technology can be confusing to the uninitiated. We clear the air with this primer.

Sleazy Marketers Game Google’s Sponsored Ads – Sponsored links at the top of Google search results last week promised to take you to the official sites of big brands, but instead led to pages designed to extract your personal data.

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Facebook member data put on BitTorrent site – The names of 100 million Facebook members, along with the URLs of personal profile pages have been published on a BitTorrent site by campaigners making a point about online privacy. Details relating to 20 per cent of the site’s members appear on the list, having been ‘scraped’ from Facebook by a Canadian online security consultant.

Companies can’t handle the cloud computing truth; You’re not ready – Despite all the chatter about cloud computing, most companies aren’t even close to being ready for it.

Researcher Exposes Massive Automated Check Counterfeiting Operation Out of Russia – ‘Big Boss’ operation used VPN-tunneling botnet, Zeus Trojan, database-hacking, and money mules to help print and cash phony checks

Critical system flaws a ‘ticking time bomb’ – While computer users fret about online identity theft and corporate executives worry about digital espionage, security issues in critical infrastructure affecting every single person present even more cause for alarm, an expert said at the Black Hat conference here on Wednesday.

Google in clear over Wi-Fi data collection – The UK’s Information Commissioner has effectively cleared Google of any wrongdoing over its Street View Wi-Fi data collection.

Top Hacks and Security Breaches of 2010 (So Far) – This has been a busy year for hackers and for computer forensic specialists. From the Pirate Bay hack to the iPad 3G e-mail address exposure, here are some highlights.

Report: Google leads Bing, Yahoo!, and Twitter in malware distribution – Barracuda Labs found that Google (unwittingly, of course) passes out more malware than Bing, Yahoo, and Twitter combined — about twice as much as all three put together.

Company News:

Sophos: Get your free Data Security Toolkit! – It’s packed with great tools to help you explain the threats to your data and give practical advice on how to keep it secure, including: Top tips for protecting your sensitive data – Presentations on how data is lost and stolen – Video on data security – Example data security policy. (registration required)

Desktops and Notebooks: Toshiba Debuts Back-to-School Laptops – Toshiba has introduced three new Satellite laptops for the early birds already gearing up for school.

Western Digital WDTV Live Plus – The Western Digital WDTV Live Plus plays Netflix video, Pandora music, and a wide variety of video files in full 1080p on your HDTV with no fuss, but streaming from network-connected PCs can be fussy.

25 Facts You Should Know About Symantec – Symantec is a go-to name in the world of IT security and is also well recognized for its storage solutions. This technology titan has spent the better part of 30 years building and acquiring its way into becoming the dominant force that it is today. But how well do you know Symantec?

Off Topic (Sort of):

Lifehacker: Off-Color Cars Offer Effective Theft Prevention – Want to reduce your chances of a thief making away with your ride? You could install a serious security system, but just as effective might be a car purchased with a pink, gold, or beige/brown paint job, according to a four-year study.

20 Secrets Your Waiter Won’t Tell You – What would two dozen servers from across the country tell you if they could get away with it? Well, for starters, when to go out, what not to order, what really happens behind the kitchen’s swinging doors, and what they think of you and your tips.

Congress ponders privacy of your underwear, immortal soul – Senators compare the Internet to the world’s creepiest mall, one where someone follows you into bookstores and ladies’ lingerie shops, recording all of your purchases. Also, you may unwittingly lose your soul.

Tips to avoid ATM fraud at home and abroad – Never assume you’re safe. Follow these tips before you cash out.

Today’s Quote:

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

–   Dr. Seuss

Today’s Free Downloads:

Fluxee – If you’re a download junkie, keeping all your new files organized can be a challenge. My downloads folder is filled with all kinds of different files, and however often I clean it, it’s an inevitably recurring mess. Fluxee is designed to handle this exact problem. It continuously scans a folder, and based on a set of user-defined rules, moves files to a more appropriate location.

Google Voice – The Google Voice extension for Google Chrome adds a button to the toolbar, which displays the number of unread messages in your Google Voice inbox. It also gives you quick access to your most recent messages with transcripts, lets you initiate calls and send free text messages by just typing any number or contact name, and makes phone numbers on websites callable via Google Voice by just clicking on them.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 30, 2010

  1. Hi Bill,
    You may have covered this already but for people running any version of the NT kernel dating back to before Win 2K they are vulnerable to an un-patched security hole that has existed for at least a decade. The Windows shortcut vulnerability is serious and apparently exploits are already active “in the wild”.
    Fortunately Sophos a great security company has a patch that fixes it and it will work on all vulnerable operating systems including Win 2k and before, THAT MICROSOFT WILL NEVER PATCH!
    Here’s the link here
    thanks to Steve Gibson and the awesome Security Now podcast for that heads up.