Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 30, 2010

Free vs. Fee: Free and Paid Antivirus Programs Compared – Depending on whom you ask, paying for antivirus software is either a good investment or a total ripoff. In reality, neither viewpoint is accurate. You can find plenty of good reasons to choose a paid antivirus product, and plenty of good reasons to go with a freebie.

Downloads to Lighten Your Laptop – Hacked off about hackers? Reaching too far for Wi-Fi? Drained by low-battery worries? These free and low-cost downloads for your laptop let you stop stressing and enjoy your notebook PC again.

Fake Trojan Removal Kit runs ThinkPoint rogue – When looking for an anti-malware solution, it pays to be extra careful. Take the example of the “Trojan Removal Kit”. It is offered on fake security scan pages that you might end up on quite accidentally, and often those pages sport names such as microsoftwindowssecurityXXX.com – in which the “XXX” can be any combination of numbers.

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9 in 10 see cloud as opportunity, not threat – When asked to specify the nature of the opportunity, more than two-thirds picked ‘reduce our IT infrastructure costs’ as the most important factor, while 29 percent said, ‘Cloud will help to manage peaks and troughs in system usage.’ Among the 1 in 10 who saw cloud as a threat, almost half cited security, while almost as many said, ‘Reliance on external networks and bandwidth will expose us to additional risk.’

Exploit Code Out For New Windows Kernel Flaw – Security experts are warning about a newly discovered local privilege escalation bug in the Windows kernel that affects most of the current versions of the operating system, including Vista and Windows 7.

10 Reasons Why Your Customers Should Be Skittish About the Cloud – As IT organizations dive headlong into cloud deployments for cost and efficiency dividends, they’re finding that the law of unintended consequences is rearing its ugly head in the deployment aftermath. Courion Corporation has released the results of a survey that examined some of the security and audit issues that cloud adoption has brought to bear on enterprises. The global survey queried 384 business managers from enterprises, primarily with at least 1,000 employees. The results are eye-opening.

Facebook infested with new worm; More proof site is insecure? – Facebook is infested with a new worm, hijacking status updates and spreading like wildfire to other users. Another bit of evidence towards Facebook being insecure, and lax with user privacy and data?

Company News:

ippi to Give All Customers iNum® Numbers From Voxbone – Voxbone will announce tomorrow that global VoIP provider ippi will be giving all its 150,000 customers free, Voxbone-supplied iNum numbers – phone numbers with the global area code for IP communications.

E-Reader Buyer’s Guide: Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Daily Edition, iPad – E-reader expert offers all you need to know about pricing, connectivity and features for the new family of e-readers out for the holidays.

Google TV Death Knell Sounded Amid Black Friday Sales – Media are lining up on the Web to sound the death knell for Google TV, the marriage between Web and channel surfing that spawned some pricey hardware products from Logitech and Sony.

Apple Bans Android Magazine From App Store – A magazine app from Danish company Mediaprovider has been rejected from Apple’s App Store because it featured exclusive content about the Android operating system, Media Watch has said.

Off Topic (Sort of):

A short history of Apple Mac malware (1982-2010) – The threat may be much lower than on Windows, but more and more people are choosing to protect their Macs against malware. Learn about the viruses, worms, Trojans and scareware that have affected Apple computers. Did you know that there were viruses on Apple computers before they existed for PCs?

11 Impressive World Records Set By College Students – College students often have a reputation for procrastinating, over-sleeping, and being too wrapped up in their own academics and social lives to offer anything to society. But as these projects prove, it takes a lot of organization, dedication and stamina to set a world record. From recycling to organ donation to dodgeball, these college students have turned regular community, social and advocacy events into something even more impressive.

Why Your Next PC Will Be a Tablet – The world of computing is at a crossroads. The primary computer for most users today is not a PC; it’s a phone. While the PC sits on a desk at the office or on a coffee table at home, smartphones go everywhere with us and integrate into every part of our lives. But despite getting smarter and smarter, phones are too small to replace PCs completely. We need a device that bridges the gap between what PCs do and what mobile phones do. That device has arrived. Welcome to the age of the tablet.

The five most overhyped tech products of 2010 – The pace of technology innovation quickened in 2010 but there were still plenty of overhyped products floating around. Here are the top five.

Today’s Quote:

“We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they’re called memories. Some take us forward, they’re called dreams.”

Jeremy Irons

Today’s Free Downloads:

HTTPS Everywhere – A collaboration between the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Tor Project (which employs a network and free software to help protect people’s privacy), HTTPS Everywhere ensures that when you visit certain sites, all of your communications are encrypted and secure.

7-Zip 9.20 – It’s easy for Windows users to forget that WinZip isn’t the only file-compression utility in the world. Like its better-known competitors, the free 7-Zip unpacks a host of archive formats, including ZIP, TAR, GZ, and its own 7z format. Unlike WinZip, though, it can create TAR and GZ archives, which are commonly used on Unix and Linux systems.

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