Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 26, 2011

10 cool things you can do with a USB flash drive – Transporting your data is probably the most common use for a USB flash drive. But there’s a world of other things you can do with these handy pocket-size drives. Here are 10 ways you can use that USB flash drive to do more than just move data.

Exotic Linux distros can come in handy – Among these more obscure flavors of Linux are a few that you may not have encountered, but could be just what you need.

Zombie PC Prevention Bill to make security software mandatory – South Korea’s recently proposed Zombie PC Prevention Bill, aims to fight botnets with common sense – by making security software mandatory on users’ PCs.

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Adobe Updates Flash, Reader, Acrobat to Fix Zero-Day Bug – Adobe has fixed and issued a security update to the zero-day vulnerability in its Flash Player. In addition, the company has updated older versions of Acrobat and Reader that could cause user systems to crash.

Google Fixes Six High-Risk Bugs in New Chrome Release – Google has released a new version of its Chrome browser, fixing six high-risk security bugs in the process and paying out $8,500 in bug bounties along the way.

Stalker-like apps are the most widespread Facebook scams – Based on the statistics provided by Bitdefender safego, a free Bitdefender tool designed to protect social network accounts from privacy risks, e-threats and spam, the infographic details the types of messages used as baits in the spreading of social scam. The top ranking bait is of the “see who viewed your profile” type and it lures users into finding out how many visitors their profiles have attracted.

WoW phishing email threatens with account termination – World of Warcraft players are often targeted by phishers whose goal is to get the login credentials to as many accounts possible and bleed them dry.

Mozilla Says It Erred in Not Disclosing Comodo Attack Earlier – Just days after news emerged of the attack on a registration authority in Europe tied to Comodo that caused the revocation of a number of fraudulent certificates from the major browsers, Mozilla officials have admitted that they made a mistake by not disclosing the details of the incident to its users earlier.

Malicious Ads Serving Malware to Spotify Users – Users of free music streaming service, Spotify are reporting that they have been the victims of drive-by malware attacks according to a report from Netcraft.

Company News:


Red Hat Closes in on $1 Billion in Revenue – Linux vendor continues to grow its business, as it closes the barn door on competitors by protecting its RHEL kernel. Three years ago, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst predicted that his company would be the first pure-play open source vendor to hit $1 billion in revenues. Red Hat is now nearly there.

iDrive Portable Hard Drive – The iDrive Portable is a faster, local alternative to users of iDrive’s online backup service: It will work without an Internet connection or if you need that file restored sooner rather than later. It’s a decent, if otherwise nondescript portable hard drive.

Off Topic (Sort of):


Apple You DIDN’T Invent the App Store! – In their legal papers Apple misstates computer history to build their case as the inventor of the application store. Apple says, “…nothing like the App Store has ever been attempted before.” They go on to say that, “the term app store was not in general use” before July 8th, 2008 when they launched their version for the iPhone. A trip back in time reveals at least one popular one-click store which predates Apple’s attempt by at least 5 years. I know because I built it. (submitted by Dar)

Pop Quiz: Traditional hard drive types – Do you know the difference between ATA, SATA, SCSI, and SAS hard drives? Take this short quiz and test your knowledge of hard drive basics.

Why Prospects Won’t Visit Your SMB Website – Lisa Barone suggests some of the reasons that turn customers and prospects off from delving further into your small business website, including things like a lack of contact information on the home page, no or few external links and too much selling.

Poll: It is time to face facts and finally dump Windows XP – Microsoft Windows XP was first released to manufacturers in August 2001. That means in just a few short months Windows XP will be a 10-year old operating system. It also means that XP is based on 10-year old technology, 10-year old interface design, and 10-year old security. To put it simply, when it comes to software product cycles, Windows XP is just plain ancient.

Today’s Quote:


Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.”

–   Reggie Leach

Today’s Free Downloads:


SpyShelter Personal Free 5.12 – The SpyShelter monitors vulnerable and weak spots in your computer system to ensure that even the most advanced keyloggers are shut down even before these can launch a single dangerous attack against your computer. SpyShelter antikeylogger system is fast, efficient, and easy-to-use.

Dooble Web Browser 1.20 – Dooble is the little Web browser that can. One of the primary purposes of Dooble is to safeguard the privacy of its users. At its core lies the WebKit engine. A compact and simple code base ensures that both developers and users have access to Dooble’s internal functions.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 26, 2011

  1. Charlie

    Hi Bill:

    Know anything about the Dooble browser? More safe than FireFox? As safe as SplashTop? SpyShelter is a great program. When I try to download ThreatFire, I get a message saying that it is already bundled into another program I have – assume this to be SpyShelter.

    • Hi Charlie,

      No, I have no experience with the Dooble browser.

      ThreatFire and SpyShelter are not related – so, it’s likely you are running another PC Tools application which does in fact include ThreatFire.