Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 28, 2011

Antivirus 2011: Digital Defenders – So which paid antivirus program should you pick? That’s where we come in. PCWorld teamed up with AV-Test (, a respected security-software testing lab based in Germany. Together, we looked at 13 paid antivirus products from a number of leading security companies. We provide links here to full reviews of all 13, plus summaries of the reviews’ key points.

Make the Windows Key a good habit in Windows 7 – In this edition of the Windows Desktop Report, Greg Shultz tells you about his favorite Windows Key shortcuts and shows you how to make them habit forming.

Multiple vulnerabilities in Symantec products – Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in Symantec products, which can be exploited by malicious people to cause a Denial of Service and compromise a vulnerable system, according to Secunia.

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Lifehacker: Why Should I Care About HTTPS on Facebook (or Other Web Sites)? – HTTPS is a significantly more secure version of HTTP, which is the protocol you generally use to load up your webpages (whether you’re aware of it or not). HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol, so HTTPS stands for the same thing but with Secure on the end of it. This is because, as Wikipedia will tell you , HTTPS is “a combination of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol with the SSL/TLS protocol to provide encrypted communication and secure identification of a network web server.”

Facebook adds secure browsing and social authentication – The “social CAPTCHA” method of authentication that Facebook developed to prevent the Tunisian government to access the accounts of the people whose login credentials they have stolen will become a standard fixture, confirmed Facebook’s Alex Rice.

A FREE Guide to MSConfig in Windows XP / Vista and 7 – This useful troubleshooting tool for windows is available for all to use, yet many do not know it even exists. In this quick guide I explore the various option available. (submitted by Dar)

Company News:


Netflix Hits 20M Subscribers – Netflix has surpassed the 20 million subscriber mark, up from 16.9 million in October, the company announced Wednesday.

External Storage Drive Review: Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex – If you believe that you should go big or go home, then GoFlex is the external storage drive for you. We put the monster drive to the test.

First Look: Google Cloud Print Online Printing Utility – Unlike Apple’s AirPrint which works over Wi-Fi networks and requires special printer drivers, the only catch with Cloud Print is that you have to install Google’s Chrome browser on the computers with printers you want to use.It works over the Net.

AMD Rolls Out a New Catalyst – AMD has just released its Catalyst 11.1 video drivers for both Windows and Linux platforms, as well as the Catalyst 11.1 hotfix driver.

LinkedIn files for IPO – The business networking company has been widely rumored to want to go public; in its SEC filing it discloses that it’s only mildly profitable but growing fast.

Off Topic (Sort of):


The Fast, Fun Guide to Three Microsoft Kinect Hacks – We round up the three simplest ways to show off what Microsoft’s 3D motion-sensing camera can really do–from creating depth-sensing video to making your own motion-controlled games.

5 men busted in relation to Anonymous DDoS attacks – Five men believed to have taken part in recent Anonymous’ DDoS attacks have been arrested this morning during a series of raids coordinated by the Metropolitan Police Service’s Police Central e-Crime Unit.

Virtual Meeting Manners: Seven Sins of Video Conferencing – Video conferencing, web meetings and other telepresence technology is transforming the way companies do business. But just like in-person meetings, there are cultural mores that should be followed. Here’s a list of the top pet peeves among IT decision makers and SMB leadership about participant behavior during video conferences.

Today’s Quote:


Dig where the gold is…unless you just need some exercise.”

John M. Capozzi

Today’s Free Downloads:


Eraser – Eraser is a secure data removal tool for Windows. It completely removes sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns.

Soluto – Frustrated by how long it takes for Windows to fully load after you’ve logged in? So is just about every other Windows user on the planet. Now you can do something about it. The free Soluto, currently in free beta, does a very nice job of helping you cut that time–in ways that no other program does.

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