Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 3, 2011

Remote Access with Windows Live Mesh – The beautiful thing about Mesh is that unlike Remote Desktop, which required extensive configuration and had inconsistent reliability, Mesh works each and every time. Plus setting it up requires nothing more than downloading and installing the application. It’s so simple anyone can do it. Let’s walk through a typical installation.

How to Avoid Scareware – If you’re fooled by a rogue security program, you pay good money for nothing, miss out on actual security, and give your credit card info to shady characters. Here’s how to avoid being duped.

Cloudmark DesktopOne – This spam filter’s collective intelligence is great at telling spam from valid mail. It works with any kind of e-mail account and any e-mail client. It’s easy to install and use, and it’s free!

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Keep Malware Off Your Android Phone: 5 Quick Tips – As the list of infected Android apps grows, here is our advice on how to protect your Android smartphone from malware.

Mozilla Follows Google in Fixing Firefox Bugs Before Hacking Contest – In advance of next week’s Pwn2Own competition, Mozilla on Tuesday patched several Firefox vulnerabilities, eight of which were designated as critical.

Firefox 4 RC expected to ship roughly on March 9 – There’s light at the end of the tunnel.Mozilla is planning to spin the first release candidate for Firefox 4 this Friday and the code is aimed to be released to beta testers as early as next Wednesday, March 9.

Why Trustworthy Sites Can No Longer Be Trusted – Cybercriminals are hacking trusted sites using stolen access credentials in order to launch attacks that are out in the open, but also veiled from reputation filters and commonly blocked web categories. Here are three reasons researchers say you need to be wary — even on sites you count as safe.

Cain & Abel 4.9.39 released – Cain & Abel is a password recovery tool for Microsoft operating systems. It allows easy recovery of various kind of passwords by sniffing the network, cracking encrypted passwords using dictionary and brute force attacks, decoding scrambled passwords, revealing password boxes, uncovering cached passwords and analyzing routing protocols.

Wireshark 1.4.4 released – Wireshark is a popular network protocol analyzer. It is used for troubleshooting, analysis, development, and education.

Company News:


Steve Jobs unveils the highlights of Apple iPad 2 – Apple took the wraps off the second generation iPad on Wednesday. Here is a six-minute video clip of CEO Steve Jobs showing off the highlights.

Google Yanks 50+ Infected Apps From Android Market – Google has pulled more than 50 malware-infected apps from its Android Market, but hasn’t yet triggered automatic uninstalls of those programs from users’ phones, security experts said today.

Bing surpasses Yahoo! as second most popular search engine worldwide – Bing is certainly popular worldwide. StatCounter is reporting that Microsoft’s creation has passed up Yahoo! as the second most-used search engine globally.

Top 10 Best Gaming Laptops – The popularity contest for gaming platforms goes to the consoles, but the enthusiasts know that if you want to experience the true quality a game has to offer, then PC gaming is the way to go. Desktops will give you that extra oomph, but sometimes portability is a necessary factor for LAN party-goers or traveling pros. For those looking to take their game mobile without sacrificing too many frame rates, PCMag has rounded up the best laptops.

Off Topic (Sort of):


50 Geeky Things to Do Before You Kick the Bucket – Some people set their sights on climbing mountains before they die, but the nerds here yearn to delve deep into open-source operating systems, mobile apps, and games. What’s on your list?

Scam e-mails can now be forwarded to the police – Action Fraud – the UK’s national fraud reporting centre run by the governmental National Fraud Authority – has recently set up a dedicated e-mail address to which users are encouraged to forward every scam e-mail they receive.

Facebook Still Plans to Share Phone Numbers, Addresses – The social networking giant says it will go ahead with offering the functionality, and that it’s looking into ways to further enhance user control.

Gallery: Laptop that’s controlled by your eye – At CeBIT, Tobii Technologies and Lenovo showed off for the first time a laptop that allows a user to point, scroll, and select at the blink of an eye.

Today’s Quote:


For most folks, no news is good news; for the press, good news is not news.”

–   Gloria Borger

Today’s Free Downloads:


CCEnhancer – If you’re a fan of CCleaner, the best clean-up tool you can find anywhere, you’ll be a fan of free CCEnhancer as well. As the name says, it enhances CCleaner’s already considerable capabilities

Luminance HDR – Luminance HDR is a free program for people who want to create high dynamic range images. It’s a great little HDR processing tool–easy to use and gives great results.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 3, 2011

  1. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    It’s good to learn that, here in the UK, we can forward scam emails to the police. Hopefully they will have more powers than the Banks to follow these up and, hopefully, take action against the scamscum.

    Kind regards

    • Hi John,

      It sounds like a good idea on the face of it, but I wonder just how effective it will be. It’s doubtful that the police will have the resources, or the training, to follow up effectively. But, it’s a start – at least there’s recognition that scam emails are an issue.