Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 11, 2010

The Best Antivirus Software for 2011 – PCMag just finished reviewing 20 antivirus applications to find out which onesprovides the best protection. From best to worst, free to premium, established companies you have heard of, like Norton Antivirus, to awesome unknowns, like Panda Antivirus, we can show you how to keep you system safe. Because if your PC isn’t running antivirus software, chances are it is running something you don’t know about.

Firesheep, Blacksheep, and Protecting Your Wi-Fi Data – A Firefox plug-in called Firesheep illustrates how easy it is to eavesdrop wireless traffic, and provides the tool to enable anyone to do it.

10 obscure Linux office applications you need to try – Sorting through the myriad business-oriented Linux apps can be a daunting endeavor. To get you started, Jack Wallen put together this list of tools that will help you handle tasks ranging from producing labels to creating invoices to viewing Access data.

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Norton Online Family Premier – Parental control for multiple PCs or Macs. Full remote configuration and reporting. Controls/monitors instant messaging. New 90-day computer usage tracking. New video monitoring. E-mail alert on violations. New e-mail summaries. Tracks surfing, searches, social networking.

ATM Skimming: Cash Machine Paranoia Justified – One in five people have fallen prey to ATM skimming. Here’s how to avoid getting robbed.

Mac OS X security flaw publicized after Apple fails to patch – The vulnerability, which only affects Apple Mac OS X v10.5, could allow hackers to take complete control of a vulnerable machine via malicious PDF files.

Symantec Releases Free Norton DNS Tool – Symantec presented a beta version of the free Norton DNS tool as part of their Norton Everywhere initiative this spring. Norton DNS is now out of beta, and it remains free for all to use.

Latest IE 0-day exploit finds its way into Eleonore toolkit – Microsoft will likely be forced to issue an out-of-band-patch for the zero-day vulnerability affecting Internet Explorer that has been discovered being exploited in the wild less than a week ago. AVG has detected the exploit code in the well-known Eleonore exploit toolkit, so we can expect an increase in the number of attacks.

Upcoming G20 Summit Increases Targeted Attack Levels – As the next G20 summit approaches, businesses once again must be on guard for criminals looking to exploit this important political event. The G20 (and also G8) summits are occasions when anyone invested in the summits are more vulnerable to cyber attack, particularly those deploying social engineering tactics. It is a time when people are much more likely to be receiving unsolicited mail, often with attachments. The attackers know this and will exploit it if they can.

Facebook business pages hit by malicious links – The latest security fiasco on Facebook’s application platform may involve business pages rather than personal accounts: Sendible, a company that makes software for businesses to manage accounts and presences on various social-media services, looked like it was hit by a virus or hacker on Tuesday afternoon: TechCrunch pointed out that Sendible-managed brand pages on Facebook appeared to be posting malicious links.

Company News:

HISTORY Launches HISTORY HERE App for Windows Phone 7 – HISTORY today announced the availability of HISTORY HERE, a location-based mobile application for Windows Phone 7, that brings history to life in thousands of locations across the United States. Available to Windows Phone 7 customers in conjunction with the phone’s US launch on November 8, HISTORY HERE is the first mobile app to combine GPS with HISTORY’s award-winning content and resources to create a mobile guide that lets users experience the historical context of their surroundings, no matter where they are.

rPath Delivers “Pushbutton Deployment” for Windows Applications, Aims to End “Deployment Dysfunction” – For most IT organizations, releasing Windows applications into production is complex, cumbersome and time-consuming. An absence of automation tools for deploying and configuring Windows applications results in long delays that negatively impact service levels and business agility. With rBuilder 5.8, rPath provides a solution for true “pushbutton deployment” of Windows applications.

BlackBerry PlayBook To Sell For Under $500: iPad Beware! – Research In Motion plans to undercut Apple’s iPad pricing when its PlayBook tablet launches next year, according to reports.

Call of Duty Black Ops Pilloried in User Reviews – Call of Duty Black Ops gets slammed across the web in user reviews for glitchy multiplayer, poor graphics, and cliched storytelling.

10 Amazing Pre-Black Friday Deals – The holiday shopping craze is right around the corner, but if you’re looking to get a head start on shopping for your loved ones, we’ve got ten sweet deals on all kinds of tech.

Off Topic (Sort of):

God will save us from climate change: U.S. Representative – U.S. Representative John Shimkus, possible future chairman of the Congressional committee that deals with energy and its attendant environmental concerns, believes that climate change should not concern us since God has already promised not to destroy the Earth. “I believe that’s the infallible word of God, and that’s the way it’s going to be for his creation,” Shimkus said.

10 Insightful Studies Done On College Students – College students make for an intriguing bunch to consider. Essentially living on a compound, surrounded by their peers in a halfway house between forced maturity in the real world and marginal responsibility in a campus bubble, college students often get away with behaviors that startle many researchers. While binge drinking, poor diets and little-to-no sleep could wreck the life of a middle-aged man, some college students are able to bounce back after a night involving all three and ace an exam in the morning.

Tweet and Like Me Even When I’m Dead! – I guess the E-Tomb makes complete sense for people like me who spend endless hours tweeting, Facebook-ing and blogging. It’s the kinda tombstone with Bluetooth and solar panels and stores your logs; friends and family can come over and access your virtual life from it and keep each other updated with anecdotes about you by uploading their stories to the tombstone. Sounds a bit spooky right now, but since RFID Tags for this are already popular, the next best thing has to be updates from the gave, and the world beyond! (submitted by Dar)

Online content often a victim of plagiarism – If you want to increase your web presence for career purposes by writing technical content, be aware that there are lots of people out there who will repost your stuff on their sites without your permission.

Today’s Quote:

If Pac-Man had affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in dark rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.”

–    Marcus Bridgstocke

Today’s Free Downloads:

Panda Cloud Antivirus-Free Edition – Of all the free antivirus software we tested for our latest roundup, Panda Cloud Antivirus was the best app at blocking known malware.

Search Engine Security – The Search Engine Security add-on for Firefox aims to thwart online attacks that start with fake search engine results, and end with a malware infection.

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