Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 17, 2010

Top 10 Free Software Packages for Windows 7 – Looking to upgrade to Windows 7, but still trying to keep costs down? We’ve compiled the best free software packages you can use to make your users more productive while at the same time keeping their new systems clean and malware-free.

Attackers re-create an entire Facebook site for phishing – Most phishing sites consist of one login page with perhaps a few additional pages. However, I recently stumbled upon a Facebook phishing site which cloned all the Facebook pages: About, Developers, Adverting, Sign up, etc. and even in all of the 64 languages the original site offers!

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Apple patches QuickTime for Windows – Apple released QuickTime 7.6.8 that patches two vulnerabilities affecting Windows 7, Vista, XP SP2 or later.

A First Look at Internet Explorer 9 Beta – Microsoft has released a beta of Internet Explorer 9 for Windows 7, and so far we like what we’ve seen. With speed improvements, a clean and simple interface, and some security enhancements, Microsoft has released a version of the browser that gets an initial “thumbs up”.

How bad are the web bad guys? – Perhaps the most significant trend is towards more intelligent, targeted attacks on both individuals and businesses through increased Web presence, social media, and so on.

Crims use hacked email to steal house – An international cybercrime investigation is underway into a sophisticated scam network that left a Western Australian man half a million dollars out of pocket when criminals sold his Perth investment property using stolen credentials.

Facebook is the top source for malware infections – The use of social networking during working hours is common (77% of employees do), and consequently, 33% say they have been infected by malware corporate network that has been distributed by these communities, according to Panda Security.

Company News:

Seagate’s self-encrypting hard drive earns U.S. Government certification – Seagate’s Momentus Self-Encrypting Drive, the world’s first laptop hard drive with built-in encryption to protect against unauthorized access to information on lost or stolen mobile computers, has secured FIPS 140-2 certification from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Samsung Galaxy Tab to Be Sold by Four Major US Carriers – The Galaxy Tab is smaller than Apple’s iPad, but is designed for many of the same uses — surfing the Web, watching movies, or reading e-books. Like Samsung’s Galaxy S smart phone, the Galaxy Tab is based on Google’s Android operating system.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7: Another Porn-Free Platform – Microsoft released the final version of its Windows Phone Developer Tools on Thursday, at the same time reminding developers what will and won’t fly in its soon-to-launch app store.

Nvidia’s GeForce GTS 450: Fermi, Even Less Expensive – The $129 GeForce GTS 450 is Nvidia’s least-expensive Fermi video card to date, but it’s far from the most exciting sub-$200 card out there.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Lifehacker: The Complete Android Guide Is a Front-to-Back Handbook for Android Phones – The Complete Android Guide Is a Front-to-Back Handbook for Android PhonesJust getting started with your Android phone, or know somebody who is? Want a better understanding of Android’s features? Check out The Complete Android Guide, a comprehensive wiki-style site, ebook, and paperback guide to Google’s smartphone system.

Video games train people to make right decisions faster – Researchers found that video game players develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them, and this benefit doesn’t just make them better at playing video games, but improves a wide variety of general skills that can help with everyday activities like multitasking, driving, reading small print, keeping track of friends in a crowd, and navigating around town.

Four Out Of 10 PC Apps Are Pirated, BSA Study Says – In its Piracy Impact Study 2010, the Business Software Alliance found that much of the software piracy problem stems from companies that purchase too few licenses or are rooked into buying counterfeit applications.

Halo: Reach’ Takes in $200M in First 24 Hours – “Halo: Reach” generated $200 million in sales in its first 24 hours in the U.S. and Europe, Microsoft announced Wednesday.

Today’s Quote:

“Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.”

–    Robert Heinlein

Today’s Free Downloads:

Picasa 3.5 – With a slick interface and cool new features and tools, Picasa is a terrific, easy, and free way to edit and organize your images.

Cloudmark DesktopOneCloudmark DesktopOne does an excellent job of killing spam before you ever read it. Even if you’ve got a spam filter on your e-mail software, you’ll find it useful.

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