Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 27, 2010

10 Addons You Have to Know About for Google Chrome – A lot can be said about Google Chrome. And most of it should come as no surprise to you, the die-hard PC user that likely has more browsers installed within your operating system than games on your hard drive.

Lifehacker: Eight Clever Ways to Take Advantage of Free Calling in Gmail – You already know Gmail integrated with Google Voice for free phone calls (and cheap international calls) from your inbox. But apart from using it to a friend, Gmail’s new phone calling capabilities introduce a lot of cool capabilities to your inbox.

How do I create a secure Guest Account in Windows 7? – In certain environments and situations, you may want to grant guest-user access to a workstation running Microsoft Windows 7. Best practices dictate that such access be as secure as possible. Here are several steps you can, and should, take before giving access to a guest user in Windows 7.

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Major fake anti-virus attack spreading – Computer users should be cautious in the wake of a widespread spam campaign designed to infect users with fake anti-virus products. If recipients open HTML files attached to the spam emails, their web browser will be directed to a hacked website containing a malicious iFrame that allows the fake anti-virus attack to be launched.

Microsoft: How to Clear the Windows Paging File at Shutdown – This article documents the method for clearing the Windows paging file (Pagefile.sys) during the shutdown process, so that no unsecured data is contained in the paging file when the shutdown process is complete.

How to Choose a Cell Phone Carrier – Choosing a cell phone carrier is tougher than ever. Should you go with AT&T or Verizon, or a smaller player like MetroPCS? Here’s how to sift through all the baloney and choose the cell phone carrier that’s right for you.

The Top 10 Smartphones – When you’re picking a wireless carrier, you’ll want to know the best phones each has to offer. We cover the top 10 smartphones on the market right now, along with full reviews for every top phone.

Infected flash drive blamed for US military breach – The most significant computer systems’ breach in U.S. military history dates back to 2008, when malicious code contained in a flash drive infected a laptop of a military official posted in the Middle East, and spread further to the network of the U.S. Central Command.

Trojan simulates MS Security Essentials Alert, peddles fake AV – A Trojan imitating a Microsoft Security Essentials Alert has been spotted trying to convince users that their computer is infected and that the only thing to do is to pay for one of the five fake antivirus solutions offered.

Exploit Code, List of Apps Vulnerable to DLL Hijacking Hit the Web – The list of applications known to be vulnerable to the Windows DLL-hijacking bug is growing by the hour, with some sites listing more than 30 vulnerable applications right now. A large portion of the known vulnerable apps belong to Microsoft, including PowerPoint 2010 and Microsoft Live Email.

Company News:

Google Gmail Phone Calling Presents Skype Challenge – Google’s new Gmail phone-calling service presents a challenge to Skype, as well as Gmail’s e-mail competitors. Google has been making aggressive plays in the VOIP market.

Disk encryption software Cryptic Disk 3.0 released – Exlade released Cryptic Disk 3.0 which allows users to create virtual encrypted disks as well as encrypt hard disks, drive partitions, USB drives and memory cards. The program’s transparent (on-the-fly) encryption happens in real time and has no impact on computer performance.

Amazon Kindle 3: The Best Kindle Yet – Amazon has finally arrived at an e-reader product that not only slays its current competition, but also feels ready to meet the mainstream masses. With the Amazon Kindle (third-generation), Amazon addresses many of the transgressions of earlier Kindle iterations, such as relatively heavy weight, slow page turns, and finger-unfriendly button designs.

REVIEW: Panda Antivirus Pro 2011 – Panda Antivirus Pro 2011 does many things well. It scored excellently on independent lab tests, has multilevel malware blocking, network management, a full-scale personal firewall, and more. Despite that, Panda failed to fully clean up detected malware, and has mediocre scores for blocking rootkits and scareware. Still, it’s a solid antivirus package from one of the biggest names in the business.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Cracked: 6 Massive Secret Operations That Are Hidden All Around You – Ever had a sneaking suspicion that there’s another world, a secret world, hidden just out of sight of this one? Good news: There totally is! Bad news: There’s a reason they’re hiding that secret world from you …

My Linux Computer is Acting Weird – A few days ago, thanks to one student, I realized that something funny was happening with my Linux netbook. Since I installed Linux, I haven’t seen a blue screen of death–Not even a flash of the scary blue. That’s WEIRD. Moreover, it’s very weird that my Linux computer refuses to behave as a normal Windows computer. I can get rid of those viruses in two clicks. I do not have to disable system restore…I do not have to boot in safe mode, mess up with the Windows registry, nor run full scans that take forever. Why is Linux so strange? (submitted by Dar)

Cybercrime terminology and the evolution of language – My last column inadvertently stirred up a small storm of dissent. I got email advising me that I had insulted or offended the entire TR membership (from someone who apparently felt comfortable speaking for that entire membership but didn’t feel comfortable signing a name). Some people got a little nasty;…

Some Chickens are vaccinated to prevent Salmonella – Did you know some Chickens are Vaccinated to prevent Salmonella? Did you also know that 80% of the chickens responsible for producing the eggs for Hillandale Farms, one of the two farms responsible for the largest egg recall in history were vaccinated to prevent Salmonella? Did you know that our friends (pun intended) at Monsanto hold a patent for poultry vaccine? Are you worried yet? (submitted by Dar)

Today’s Quote:

“The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.”

–    Ayn Rand

Today’s Free Downloads:

Submachine: 32 Chambers – Submachine: 32 Chambers takes you on a journey within stone walls, past ancient ruins, and through drifts of sand. You navigate the chambers and solve puzzles to win this browser-based game. This game won all three major awards in the Casual Gameplay Design Competition.

Tile Factory – The goal in Tile Factory is to manufacture tiles that meet a specific criterion, and get them from an input point to an output point. This is, of course, not as easy as it sounds. The game won an Armor Games award in the Casual Gameplay Design Competition.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 27, 2010

  1. John Bent

    Hi Bill

    I was interested in how to clear the paging file at shutdown but surprised to note that the instructions do not appear to apply to Win7 Home Premium.

    Great blog as always.

    Kind regards

    John