Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 22, 2011

The 10 Best Ways to &*$% Up Your Computer – We expend bunches of keystrokes detailing how to recover from disaster, everything from sweeping spyware from your system to how to get your data back from the digital graveyard, but equally important is how to avoid potentially catastrophic scenarios in the first place. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, or in in the world of PCs, hours of frustration.

Google Chrome’s New Beta: A Hands-On Tour – The latest beta for the Google Chrome browser is mostly about speed, thanks to a new JavaScript engine and an early taste of GPU-accelerated video. But Google has also introduced a few new features to make the user experience more pleasurable, including password sync and a revamped options menu. Let’s take a closer look:

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Available Today – The wait is over, folks. If you’re not a TechNet subscriber and/or wanted no part of playing around with a non-final release of Service Pack 1 for Windows 7, then today’s your day. Microsoft today made good on its promise to deliver SP1 to the general public on February 22, though there’s a few things you should know before you go out and grab it.

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New type of financial malware hijacks online banking sessions – A new type of financial malware has the ability to hijack customers’ online banking sessions in real time using their session ID tokens. OddJob, which is the name Trusteer gave to this Trojan, keeps sessions open after customers think they have “logged off”, enabling criminals to extract money and commit fraud unnoticed.

FBI: We’re not demanding encryption back doors – FBI’s top lawyer tells Congress the bureau is not calling for restrictions on encryption without back doors for police, an apparent retreat from its position last fall.

Cricket World Cup starts, scammers follow – The Cricket World Cup started on Saturday, and both the International Cricket Council and various security experts are issuing warnings to fans regarding likely cyber scams that will be following this popular event.

Over-Rating the Social Networks – Any John C. Dvorak column that features the word “cripes” is bound to be entertaining, and this latest one does not disappoint. Dvorak uses his 30 years of media experience to dismantle the influence of social networks. I think he has a point. Or does he?

Protect and Defend: 32 Ways to Secure Your Digital Life – For every freedom and convenience we enjoy in our digital lives, there are countless cyber do-badders looking for ways to exploit them. Fight back with these 32 ways to protect your digital life!

Company News:

 

Google Social Search Spreads to Fight Facebook – Google Feb. 17 said it will begin mixing its Social Search results throughout results pages based on their relevance, an effort to raise the profile of a feature that hasn’t drawn much attention.

Apple’s Subscription Policy is a Poison Apple – Apple’s new 30% cut of third-party subscriptions is a rotten deal whether trust-busters find it monopolistic or not. Surprise, surprise: Apple’s new approach to subscription services on the iPhone and iPad has attracted the attention of U.S. antitrust enforcers and European regulators.

Avast Antivirus 6.0 Combats Trojans With Virtualization – Czech security company Avast Software is adding virtualized security to the forthcoming version of its paid antivirus software.

IPhone Workers Still Sick After Chemical Poisoning – Guo Ruiqiang says he still feels sick more than a year after he suffered chemical poisoning while working on an iPhone production line. Guo was one of 137 workers U.S. tech giant Apple said was exposed to n-hexane, a chemical cleaning agent that was used at one of its supplier’s factories in Suzhou, China. The case was addressed in Apple’s most recent progress report on its suppliers, with the company saying that “all affected workers have been treated successfully.”

Off Topic (Sort of):

 

Can Anyone Afford an IBM Watson Supercomputer? (Yes) – After showcasing Watson’s ability to ingest Jeopardy questions and spit out near real-time answers, IBM is now preparing the supercomputer for a full-time gig as a data analytics engine for the medical community.

Cyber-Criminals’ Constantly Evolving Tactics Challenge Law Enforcement – A panel of cyber-security experts talked about the changing security landscape and how multinational collaboration is helping bring down some of these criminal syndicates. Despite the constantly changing security landscape with evolving threats and new tactics, there are several key victories in the fight against cyber-crime, experts said.

QR Code – Tracking service, News, Videos, Forum, Focus groups and more – The first and only all in one dedicated QR code website on the net. Find out everything you need to know about QR codes. (submitted by Dar)

Footwear, Fashion Driving RFID Growth – The radio frequency identification systems “allow apparel retailers to get a better handle on inventory, [thereby] reducing costs and preventing out-of-stock situations that result in loss of sales,” said ABI analyst Bill Arnold in a statement.

Today’s Quote:

 

What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.”

–    John Ruskin

Today’s Free Downloads:

 

GameSave Manager – GameSave Manager enables you to easily backup and restore your game saves. The program directly supports nearly 500 popular PC games, which can be backed up without having to manually configure the software.It features include built-in Update Checker,backup validation, DropBox Support, Dynamic Restoring, Transfer gamesaves, and backup upon change.

Ad-Aware Free Internet Security 9.0 – The bottom line: One of the first applications built to find and remove malware and spyware, Ad-Aware’s reputation is well-justified. The latest version continues the publisher’s tradition of adroitly addressing user concerns, yet some annoyances remain.

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