Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 30, 2010

How to Use Gmail to Make Free VoIP Calls – Move over, Skype. Google’s Gmail lets you make free VoIP calls directly from the inbox, and you can call anyone’s landline or mobile, whether they use Gmail or not.

How to Recognize and Avoid Facebook Clickjacking Attacks – Everyone knows not to click on links in emails, right? Somehow this advice is not translating to Facebook, which in many ways, is an even more dangerous environment. Neil Rubenking, PCMag’s Lead Security Analyst, has some tips to help you avoid the click- jacking traps that are all the rage on Facebook. If you are a regular user, it is worth checking out.

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Learn how to use the Windows 7 Resource Monitor for effective troubleshooting – Greg Shultz explores the Windows 7 Resource Monitor’s features with the goal being to teach you how the tool can be used to troubleshoot performance.

Glass: A New Spin on Sharing – Words like “real-time” and “instant” are constantly thrown about as both users and developers clamor for the fastest way to communicate and share information. A new browser add-on seeks to eliminate one extra step. Glass is a new browser extension that allows you to share experiences in real-time, and not just content.

FEDORA 14 ADDS MEEGO — AND SPICED-UP VIRTUALIZATION – The Fedora project announced the Beta release of “Fedora 14 “Laughlin,” featuring faster JPEG downloads and the MeeGo 1.0 netbook environment. Other new features in the Fedora 14 Beta include improved debugging and IPMI server management, and the debut of the “Spice” virtualization desktop framework and “Systemd” management technology for faster start-ups.

Public domain Windows Desktop wallpaper from US National Parks – There are thousands of public domain images available from the U.S. National Park Service that make great scenic view wallpaper. The images are available in high resolutions, which means they can be adjusted to fit your preferred screen resolution. I have chosen over 50 images from the archives, but there are hundreds more available from the NPS Digital Image Index.

Who’s Behind Stuxnet? The Americans? The Israelis? – Stuxnet uses unprecedented sophistication atypical of the average Internet mafia organization, and it goes after industrial control systems. But there’s something different and ominous about this malware.

Back up your Android phone with these two apps – Jack Wallen walks you through the process of backing up your Android phone with two free apps: Handy Backup for Android and On The Fly Backup for Android.

Malicious HTML in E-Mail Increases – Spammers have suddenly cranked up the use of malicious HTML file attachments in recent days, according to security company Barracuda Networks. Using a number of search engine optimization-driven subject lines, the latest campaign tries to get recipients to click on “harmless” HTML attachments which launches an obfuscated Javascript attack that sends users to a variety of websites peddling everything from bogus CODECS to pharmacy.

Australian hackers fire DDoS attacks against anti-piracy fighters – Hackers are preparing to raise the stakes in their next assault on anti-piracy organizations after they crippled the website of the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (Afact) on Tuesday.

Details Emerge on IE 8 Data-Stealing Bug – Security researcher Chris Evans has released details of the data-stealing bug in Internet Explorer 8 that he publicized earlier this month, saying that the CSS flaw can be used to force victims to post messages on Twitter and that the bug appears to be no closer to being fixed.

Zeus Botnet Raids Result in 19 UK Arrests – UK police have arrested 19 cybercrime suspects who allegedly used the ZeuS crimeware toolkit to capture online banking credentials before looting victims’ bank accounts.

Company News:

Review: Apple TV – A lower price, a more compact design, and the ability to stream content from iOS devices and rent 99-cent TV shows makes Apple’s latest Apple TV set-top box an excellent option for iTunes and Netflix users.

Slideshow: Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac – Check out some of the highlights for Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac.

Xerox PARC: Inventing the Future – Renowned think tank Xerox PARC recently celebrated its 40th birthday and is showing no signs of slowing down. Familiar inventions that were dreamed up at PARC include GUI for computers, laser printing and computer programming languages. Current projects include investment in PowerCloud Systems, storm water management devices, flexible electronics and an alternative approach to the architecture of computer networks.

Intel Labs Projects Aim for Better User Experience – Intel Labs gave early arrivers to the Intel Developer Forum here a glimpse of the future. At an event Sept. 12, Intel Labs engineers showed off some of the projects they’re working on, many of which are designed to give users an experience that meshes with how they interact with their computing devices.

Off Topic (Sort of):

10 Classic TV Robots – Robots have been a staple of science-fiction and other literary works dating back to the late 19th century, so it’s no wonder they’ve played such a big role on TV. Interestingly, most of the robots who made an impact on pop culture were featured on series that aired between the 1950s and ’70s, when robots were still outlandish enough to be considered completely futuristic.

‘Iron Man’ exoskeleton suit to aid soldiers – Defence contractor Raytheon Sarcos has demonstrated the XOS 2, a real-life exoskeleton similar to the action hero’s suit, which was built to assist soldiers. (submitted by Michael F.)

10 ways to boost traffic to your Web site -You can increase the number of visitors to your Web site by following some pretty simple, practical steps. Brien Posey shares some of the strategies that have worked for him.

The 15 Most Offensive Video Games Ever Made – In one you’re encouraged to sexually assault a mother and her daughters, in another, you’re a white supremacist out for blood, and that’s just the warmup act.

Five Ruby Hello World greetings – The Hello World program is the most common first example of how to write programs in a new language, even when they don’t say Hello World. Five different ways to say hello in Ruby offer a gentle introduction to the language.

Today’s Quote:

“In politics, absurdity is not a handicap.”

–    Napoleon Bonaparte

Today’s Free Downloads:

YouSendIt Express – Sending files to clients and editors can be problematic. Our solution? We use an online service called YouSendIt). And, to make matters even easier, we use the free download software, YouSendIt Express.

VirusTotal Uploader – The Web site offers a free but invaluable security service. It will scan any Web download, e-mail attachment or other file you send it with 40-odd different antivirus scanners to let you know whether it’s safe for your computer. The VirusTotal Uploader utility makes sending a file to the site a breeze by adding a new right-click option for any file.

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  3. Mal

    Hey Bill,

    Re: Facebook Clickjacking Attacks: Recognize and Avoid Them

    My post is a little off topic but I wanted to share this. Recently, I helped some friends of mine setup their new computer. They are total newbies, never been on the internet before. I put basic security on initially, as I didn’t want them to be too confused at first. I warned them of internet dangers etc. They wanted to sign up to Facebook, I advised against it, but they still wanted to, so I set it up for them, again warning of the dangers of Facebook. It’s only been a week and already somebody has tried to reset their password, as now when they try to log in they get the “enter reset confirmation code.” Unbelievable hey.

    I am going to put more security on for them, but this is the last time. I’ve told them if they don’t heed my advice, I won’t fix it anymore. They get one more chance as they are very new at all this. But that’s it.


    • Hey Mal,

      There’s nothing quite as frustration as having newbie users ignore security advice. Which is why, I long ago gave up dealing with friends’ computers.