Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 4, 2010

10 handy firefox about:config hacks – Jack Wallen shares some simple about:config hacks to make Firefox work the way you want.

Lifehacker: Without a Trace: Turn Your Flash Drive into a Portable Privacy Toolkit – Whether you’re trying to increase your security at an internet café, tunnel your way to your home computer from your cubicle, or leave no trace on your friend’s borrowed computer, a flash drive turned portable privacy toolkit is invaluable.

Ubuntu 10.10 Beta Adds New Photo Manager, Improves Multimedia Experience – An early look at the next release of Ubuntu’s Linux desktop hit the web late yesterday. What’s in 10.10, or “Maverick Meerkat,” for desktop users? Besides app updates, there’s a new photo manager, improved multimedia controls, better Ubuntu One syncing, and more.

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Users Still Making Life Easy for Scareware Crews – Scareware and rogue AV programs have enjoyed a very good run in the last few years, making millions of dollars for their creators and generally making life miserable for victims. And while there’s been some innovation recently in the mechanisms attackers use to keep the programs resident on infected machines, researchers say that for the most part, users’ lack of security savvy and laziness about updating their PCs essentially obviates the need for the use of novel techniques to make these scams work.

Google Releases Chrome 6 With 14 Security Updates – Google has released a new version of its Chrome browser and has included more than a dozen security fixes in the update. The new version, 6.0.472.53, was released two years to the day after the company pushed out the first version of Chrome.

Facebook boosts security by adding remote logout feature – Following the May rollout of the security feature that made it possible for Facebook users to be notified of unapproved account access, the social network announced another one that will allow them to remotely logout from their account.

Phishing campaign targets McDonald’s fans – A widespread spam campaign that is promising cash in return for completing a McDonald’s customer satisfaction survey has been uncovered. The emails, claiming to be sent by ‘McDonald’s Survey Department’ and with the subject line ‘McDonald’s Customer Survey’ direct recipients to the survey that poses questions on McDonald’s food.

Twitter Link-Shortening Raises Privacy Concerns – Some Twitter users are complaining about the privacy impact of a new effort undertaken by the popular microblogging service — ironically, an effort at least in part positioned as a way to better protect users from online dangers.

Fake browser warnings lure victims to rogue AV solution – Certain compromised websites are detecting which browser (Firefox, Chrome, IE) the visitor is using and present to them a fake malware/reported attack warnings that urge them to download an “upgrade”/”solution for “malware protection”, Microsoft warns.

Scammers using IM to deliver “IQ Test” spam – An IM variant of the well-known “Solve the IQ test, get your results on you mobile phone” scam has been spotted by a Trend Micro analyst.

Company News:

Hands On: Kodak’s New Touch Screen Pocket Camcorder – Though we only spent a short time with the Kodak Playtouch Pocket HD camcorder, we was very impressed with its design and user interface, which follows in the footsteps of the Editors’ Choice-winning Kodak Playsport

Apple Uses Security Advisory to Push iTunes 10 Upgrade – Social networking features, a rockin’ new logo and GUI improvements aren’t the only reason you should upgrade to iTunes 10, says Apple. The update to Apple’s popular music player software, released on Wednesday, also fixes a bunch of gaping vulnerabilities that could make earlier versions susceptible to Web based attacks.

Skype updates latest beta with 10-way video calling – The newest beta of Skype 5.0 lets you video chat with up to 10 people, send an IM to someone who’s offline, and better recover from dropped calls.

Apple launches iTunes Ping, forgets the spam filters – Comment spam is an increasing nuisance, but security firm Sophos notes that Apple didn’t consider the problems when it launched Ping. Simply put, Ping lacks spam and URL filtering.

Off Topic (Sort of):

The Treadmill Desk – Ever feel like your life is full of doing the same task over and over again? Does it seem like you are on a treadmill, figuratively? Well, now you can also be on one, literally, while you are working.

Teen accidentally texts sheriff to buy pot – General rule of thumb: when looking to buy marijuana, don’t text the sheriff. Authorities said a Helena teen sent out a text message last week in search of pot, but instead of contacting the drug dealer, he hit a wrong number and inadvertently sent the message to Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton.

Tests find sickened family has 50.3 ppm of Corexit’s 2-butoxyethanol in swimming pool – “Our heads are still swimming,” stated Barbara Schebler of Homosassa, Florida, who received word last Friday that test results on the water from her family’s swimming pool showed 50.3 ppm of 2-butoxyethanol, a marker for the dispersant Corexit 9527A used to break up and sink BP’s oil in the Gulf of Mexico. (submitted by Dar)

Say What? The Week’s Top Five IT Quotes

Today’s Quote:

“Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1.5 tons.”

–   Popular Mechanics, March 1949

Today’s Free Downloads:

KeyScrambler Personal – Defeat keyloggers by encrypting your keystrokes at the keyboard driver level, deep within your operating system. Keyloggers can only record the encrypted keys, which are completely indecipherable.

YouTube Downloader – This simple freeware application works pretty well, given how basic the interface is. It has two main features: to download FLV files from YouTube, and to convert them to most major formats

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 4, 2010

  1. mrlokinight

    Hi Bill ~ Re “YouTube Downloader”…

    Below is a simpler alternative for FireFox that’s worth looking at (no optional toolbar nonsense)
    I’ve used it without any troubles for two weeks. It’s genuinely one-click & no options ~ a plus in my book

    NAME: 1-Click YouTube Video Downloader 1.5
    DEVELOPER BLURB: “…lite, easy to use, open source Firefox add-on that allows you to download videos from YouTube with a single click and save it to your local computer…adds small links in YouTube to download videos and music in 3GP, MP4 HD (High Definition), MP4 High-Quality and FLV”

    Peace’n’Love Nightjar

    PS Keep up the good work ! 🙂