Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 16, 2010

Comodo Antivirus 2011: Free Protection – The free Comodo Antivirus 2011, available now, focuses on keeping systems clean, but it can also manages to get rid of existing malware. Its Auto Sandbox feature prevents unknown programs from doing any harm to the system.

10 things that make software user-friendly – What makes an application user-friendly? Here are10 criteria by which you should be judging everything you roll out to your end users, as well as anything you might be using yourself.

Google Fixes 10 Bugs in New Chrome Release – Google Chrome 6.0.472.59 comes out just 12 days after the last Chrome release, which fixed 14 security bugs. As part of its bug bounty program, Google paid out $4,000 in rewards to researchers who disclosed security flaws in the browser. Most of the security flaws fixed in the new release are in the Windows version of Chrome, but the most serious bug is only in Chrome for Mac.

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Adobe Reader, Skype Targeted in Fake App Site Scams – Two separate e-mail scam campaigns pursue users that are looking to download Flash and Skype. Avoid the shenanigans by only downloading Flash from Adobe’s site, and not paying for Skype as it’s free.

More Than 1 Million Web Sites Serving Malware in Q2 – Web anti malware firm Dasient has published data claiming that more than 1 million Web sites were compromised in the second quarter, 2010 – a sharp increase. The number of infected domains was extrapolated from data gained through a sample scan of what Dasient describes as “millions of Web sites,” as well as from customer deployments. It suggests that compromises of Web sites are on the rise, as attackers look to push out malicious programs through so-called drive by download attacks.

Twitter Botnet Discovered in Mexico – Security researchers have discovered another botnet that uses Twitter as a command and control channel. Malware-infected drones in the Mehika Twitter botnet, active in Mexico this summer, take instructions from a Twitter account maintained by hackers instead of conventional command and control servers.

Growing dangers of digital music and movies – A growing number of cyber threats are associated with the popularity of online music and videos, according to a McAfee report. Researchers found that adding the word “free” to searches increases the risk of landing on a malicious site.

Calculating the true cost of cybercrime – Market research company StrategyOne was commissioned by Symantec to study Internet users in fourteen different countries, and found that 65% of the 77,000 in the study had been personally victimized by cybercrime.

When you consider that viruses and malware are included, along with online scams, phishing attacks, hijacked accounts and intrusions, it’s surprisingly that the percentage is that low. My guess is that many of the respondents have in fact had viruses or malware on their computers and didn’t know it.

Company News:

F-Secure Internet Security 2011 released – F-Secure Internet Security 2011 has been designed to be non-intrusive. This means the product only asks for the user’s attention when it’s really necessary. The user interface is reassuringly simple and the installation is straightforward. Different components of the product can be conveniently enabled and disabled with just one click.

Adobe Reader, Flash Squarely in Attackers’ Cross-Hairs – If there was still any question that Adobe’s products have emerged as the prime targets for attackers right now, the events of the last week have removed any doubt. Within the space of six days, Adobe has been forced to release separate warnings about attacks targeting unpatched flaws in both its Reader and Flash Player products.

Remote monitoring software for BlackBerry – eBlaster Mobile allows you to remotely monitor the activity of anyone using a BlackBerry that you own, but don’t use, such as one you’ve given to a child or assigned to an employee. All recordings are organized into an easy-to-read Activity Report that is automatically sent to your email address as frequently as you choose.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Ethics of Code – Are companies that turn their customers into unpaid beta testers getting a free ride?

Viral video: The best political meltdown ever – By his own admission, Phil Davison was “emotional.” Watching his stump speech while seeking the office of Republican nominee for Ohio’s Stark County treasurer, other words come to mind. Hysterical. Unhinged. Requiring sedation.

Angry in America: Inside Alex Jones’ World – “Good old Uncle Sam will stage attacks … that’s how they keep the slaves in line,” the libertarian radio host says during a rant on his show. “We have to wake up and face the fact that we have a criminal government.” (submitted by Dar)

Internet Explorer 9 beta review: Microsoft reinvents the browser – Today in San Francisco, Microsoft will officially unveil Internet Explorer 9 and make it available to the general public. It is, without question, the most ambitious browser release Microsoft has ever undertaken, and despite the beta label it is an impressively polished product.

The Eyes Have It! Carolyn Dean MD – I was asked by a member of Future Health Now! about dry eyes. This person was told that dry eyes are just another indication of aging! I get kind of riled up when I hear that excuse from doctors. After age 50 it’s as if doctors are taught to put everything in the age basket. Now, that’s just plain wrong! (submitted by Dar)

Today’s Quote:

“If I have learnt anything, it is that life forms no logical patterns. It is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return?”

–     Margot Fonteyn

Today’s Free Downloads:

Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 (Beta) – Check out the new developer capabilities of Internet Explorer 9.

Glary Utilities 2.28 – This powerful application offers extensive utilities to improve your system’s performance and protect your privacy. Glary Utilities’ well-organized interface allows users to easily choose from several tools. It cleans unwanted junk files and removes invalid and broken shortcuts, freeing up valuable disk space.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 16, 2010

  1. John Bent

    Hi Bill

    I’ll be giving IE9 beta a spin as my default browser is currently FF 3.6.9. It’s also a comfort to know that IE9 can be uninstalled if necessary.

    Thanks for the info. Kind regards.


    • Hi John,

      I spent some time with this yesterday. It could be, I’m being a little unfair after such a short test, but I was underwhelmed. It will take a lot more than what IE 9 has to offer, for me to leave behind my old standby – FF 3.6.9.