Avast wants you playing in its sandbox – Avast takes the worry out of blocking suspicious programs from harming your system with a new AutoSandboxing feature in its latest major-point upgrade, exclusive to Download.com today.
50 Free Apps for Your Android Smartphone – We love apps and we love them even more when they’re free. Sift through this crop of 50 Android apps to find something useful, fun and — oh yeah – free.
Create a shortcut icon to quickly enable and disable the Windows 7 firewall – Jack Wallen shows you how to add desktop icons so that you can quickly enable and disable the Windows 7 firewall.
Lifehacker: Secure Erase Methods Probably Won’t Work on Your Solid-State Drive – Researchers at UC San Diego found that the normal methods we use to securely wipe magnetic drives aren’t as useful on solid-state drives. After testing twelve SSDs, they found that only four were securely erased with whole-drive erasure methods. Trying to securely wipe a single file was even less successful, and more often than not a good portion of the file was recoverable.
Memory Scraping Malware Goes After Encrypted Private Information – What’s “pervasive memory scraping” and why is it considered by SANS Institute security researchers to be among the most dangerous attack techniques likely to be used in coming the coming year?
Army of Fake Social Media Friends to Promote Propaganda – Does a code of ethics still exist in Intelligence firms? Does it disappear behind closed doors, dirty deeds done in the dark and used against the American people who are supposed to be free to express themselves?
Facebook Privacy: 10 Must-Know Security Settings – Facebook’s seemingly endless tweaks to privacy and security settings leave many people wondering: How secure is my Facebook account? We’ve rounded up the 10 most important settings for you to check.
PayPal phishing campaign hits inboxes – PayPal users should be on the lookout for phishing e-mails with “Please confirm your identity” in the subject line supposedly coming from the service.
iolo technologies Awarded Patent for its ActiveCare® Technology – The newly patented ActiveCare technology works transparently when a computer is idle and intelligently tunes the machine for peak performance without slowing it down, consuming vital foreground resources, or interrupting users with indiscriminately scheduled tasks or messages.
A significant leap forward in proactive technology, ActiveCare uses a sophisticated method to sense when the computer is on but not being used and performs a battery of background system analyses that can then trigger specific associated optimization, maintenance or repair actions in real time to target and preemptively correct even slight degradations in performance or stability. If the computer user initiates any other tasks during that time, ActiveCare silently terminates any active processes and full control is returned to the user
Apple’s iPad 2: The waiting game ahead of a potential sales boom – With Apple’s iPad 2 event reportedly set for March, analysts are scurrying to predict how many tablets the company can sell.
Laptop battery life: The new battleground for PC makers – If you’ve dreamed of laptop batteries pushing 30 hours of power it’s been a good two days for you. Both HP and Lenovo have stepped up their games on battery life.
FTC Investigating Apple, Google In-App Purchases – The Federal Trade Commission is looking “closely” at the issue of in-app purchases, particularly those that are not transparent about how they charge consumers for their activity.
Off Topic (Sort of):
Secret CIA spy gadgets go public (photos) – Thought James Bond had cool tech toys? Get a load of some of the gizmos being shown off by the CIA for the first time.
First robot marathon planned – So far, five robots have been entered in the event, which is expected to last for four days next week. Organizer Vstone Co. said Wednesday the race will demonstrate the machines’ durability and maneuverability. (submitted by Michael F.)
Nintendo 3DS Hands-On: Does It Live Up to the Hype? – Spend some quality time with Nintendo’s glasses-free 3D bid to reenergize the portable gaming market and see for yourself if it lives up to the hype.
Does Gates funding of media taint objectivity? – According to the Seattle Times report, BMGF donates millions every year to media groups like ABC, The Guardian, The New York Times, PBS, and even The Seattle Times. BMGF also spends millions of dollars training journalists in how to properly advocate for foundation interests, and craft media messages in such a way as to further the foundation’s agendas. So rather than presenting news, many BMGF-funded journalists now present carefully-crafted BMFG talking points to viewers and readers. (submitted by Dar)
“The one function TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were.”
– David Brinkley
Today’s Free Downloads:
Avast Free Antivirus 6.0 – Make no mistake, Avast 6 adds features both big and small. Some that had previously only been available to paid upgrade users are now free for all versions, and newer features have been seamlessly added to the interface experience. If you’re familiar with Avast 5, upgrading to Avast 6 won’t be that big of a leap.
Glary Utilities – This powerful application offers extensive utilities to improve your system’s performance and protect your privacy. Glary Utilities’ well-organized interface allows users to easily choose from several tools. It cleans unwanted junk files and removes invalid and broken shortcuts, freeing up valuable disk space.
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