Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 27, 2011

Do-Not-Track in Chrome and Firefox: Different Approaches, Same Fatal Flaw – Google and Mozilla want to give you more browser privacy controls, but they’re not fixing the real problem.

Slideshow: Take ownership of files and folders in Windows – By default, the creator of a file of folder in Microsoft Windows 7 is the owner of that file or folder. As owner, that user can allow or deny access to non-administrator users. However, there are times when an administrator, or a user with administrator privileges and/or Take Ownership permission, will want to take ownership of a file or folder.

Is Facebook ‘Sponsored Stories’ turning its users into spammers? – Facebook has made it clear with “Sponsored Stories” that no content must go unadvertised.

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Fake antivirus ads appear on ICQ – A Kaspersky researcher has discovered a fake antivirus warning linked to ads on ICQ, the instant-messaging program that is popular in Russia and Eastern Europe.

Windows 7 and SSDs: Setup secrets and tune-up tweaks – Solid-state drives are wicked fast. SSDs start and shut down fast, and they perform read operations (especially random reads) at speeds that blow the doors off conventional hard drives. In the first installment of this series, I gathered the numbers to show just how much faster you can expect an SSD to perform in the real world.

First LibreOffice Release arrives – LibreOffice 3.3, the first version of the OpenOffice fork, is now available for your office work pleasure.

Are you in danger of Phone call hacking? – OK, so you’re not a member of the Royal family, but are your mobile phone calls still in danger of being intercepted? Yes, yes you are.

Top Crimeware Hosting Provider Taken Offline – VolgaHost, a hosting provider notorious in the security community for hosting botnet command-and-control servers and other services related to online crime has been taken offline, and a number of servers involved in the Zeus crimeware operation are offline, as a result.

Company News:


Sony PSP ‘Next Generation Portable’ Looks Stunning, Plays PS3 Games – Sony’s PlayStation Portable 2 exists, and no, it’s not called a PSP2. Well not yet, anyway. Sony’s codenamed it NGP, as in “Next Generation Portable.” Generic, sure, but pretty darned accurate, considering the crazy feature bonanza the company somehow crammed into this thing.

Google Buys SayNow to Boost Google Voice – Google confirmed Jan. 25 that it has acquired SayNow, a signal that the company wants to bring social applications into its Google Voice phone management platform.

Intel Developing Zero-Day-Proof Security System – Justin Rattner told Computerworld on Tuesday that scientists at Intel are working on security technology that will stop all zero-day attacks. And, while he would give few details about it, he said he hopes the new technology will be ready to be released this year.

Off Topic (Sort of):


Hardware, Software Advances Help Protect Operating Systems from Attack – The idea of detecting attacks and re-setting a system to a safe state is a well-known technique for restoring a system’s normal functions after a failure, but this is the first time researchers have developed a system that also incorporates the security fault isolation component. This critical component prevents the OS from succumbing to the same attack repeatedly. (submitted by Michael F.)

More troops lost to suicide – For the second year in a row, the U.S. military has lost more troops to suicide than it has to combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The reasons are complicated and the accounting uncertain — for instance, should returning soldiers who take their own lives after being mustered out be included? But the suicide rate is a further indication of the stress that military personnel live under after nearly a decade of war. (submitted by Dar)

ISPs Are the New Secret Police, Says Report – A new report released Wednesday says that more and more European Union member states are delegating online policing to Internet service providers.

Govt May Soon Force Banks to Impose New Online Authentication Steps – The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) could soon release new guidelines for banks to use when authenticating users to online banking transactions. The new guidelines will clarify the FFIEC’s existing guidelines on the subject and more explicitly inform banks about what they need to do to bolster online authentication

Today’s Quote:


The only people who can change the world are people who want to. And not everybody does.”

Hugh Macleod

Today’s Free Downloads:


Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 – Whenever we roundup security software products, I get email asking why we omitted Microsoft Security Essential. Well, stop emailing me. We have tested Microsoft’s free security package and find it to be a pretty decent option, definitely better than nothing. Even so, there are other free products that offer a little more protection for the same free price.

FilerFrog – Working with files in Windows can be a cumbersome proposition, and we’ve seen a variety of different programs that aim to simplify this process. But we can’t say we’ve ever seen anything quite like FilerFrog (32-bit). This utility adds an incredibly helpful set of functions to the Windows context menu, making it easier than ever to organize and maintain your files.

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