Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 29, 2011

PCMag.com’s Guide to Security Software – These days a Web-connected computer simply can’t be without security software. Many different types of security protection are available. Here are the best of each.

Why You Should Quit Caring About Browser Benchmarks – Choosing a Web browser in 2011 should be all about the experience. While performance differences are fairly minima, certain browsers still do certain things better than others. Die-hard Windows 7 fans, for example, may want to take a close look at Internet Explorer 9 and its slick taskbar integration features. If you frequently jump between desktop and mobile browsers, Firefox and Opera (and their mobile companions) are worth trying out.

Ubuntu 11.04 Linux Debuts – Ubuntu 11.04, codenamed the Natty Narwhal was officially released today. The new Linux release includes the Unity desktop which delivers a different way for users to access their applications and content. The shift to Unity is a big one and it’s one of the key attributes of the release that Canonical, the lead sponsor behind Ubuntu, is hoping to leverage in their battle for mind and market share with Microsoft Windows.

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50 iPad Apps deliver Your Free News Fix – Stay informed with all the news that fit to print, um, post. And since you work hard and deserve a little fun, our list of includes a few iPad apps that will entertain you, too.

Alternative Antivirus Vendors Worth a Look – Sure, big security vendors like Symantec and McAfee may have name recognition and huge channel programs to back their product. But as with any large vendor those benefits come with baggage–bureaucracy, a lack of differentiation from hundreds of other channel partners and sometimes lower margins. If you’re looking for alternatives to the big guys, here are some places to start.

DSL Reports intrusion compromises over 9000 accounts – DSL Reports – the information and review site on high speed Internet services which operates over 200 forums – has been hit with a blind SQL injection attack, which resulted in the compromise of at least 9000 accounts.

Zombies are Up 70%, says Commtouch – In the last month, email-borne malware attachments have grown significantly, with a corresponding increase of 70% in the number of zombies. Initially the attachments were “UPS package notifications.” Then the subjects changed focus to “DHL package notifications.” The zip attachment however, remained “UPS.exe,” leading us to conclude that DHL was transporting UPS malware.

SYMANTEC: Targeted Attacks Rise as Financial Year Closes – According to the April 2011 MessageLabs Intelligence Report which was released today, targeted attacks rose to 85 per day in March 2011 – the highest figure since March 2009, when targeted attacks were 107 per day leading up to the 2009 G20 Summit in London. Also known as Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), targeted attacks are frequently delivered by email and designed to breach a specific target for the purpose of industrial espionage. In addition, the number of phishing attacks that were tax-related increased to 48 percent as cybercriminals exploit tax season with scams purporting to be from the US and UK tax offices.

Securing the cloud and securing data in the cloud are not the same – This article will take a look at five of the most impactful vulnerabilities of storing data in the cloud, and offer details on why the most important thing for CSOs and security decision makers to consider is how they will effectively secure the data itself.

Company News:

Check Point Takes Aim at Facebook Security – New ZoneAlarm SocialGuard application debuts in an effort to help protect against social networking threats.

Apple Denies Tracking Users – Plans ‘Bug Fix’ – After a week of brouhaha regarding mobile devices — particularly those running Apple iOS — collecting massive amounts of data about users’ locations from their phones, Apple announced it is working on a fix that will greatly shrink the information it collects and stores.

RIM cuts outlook as BlackBerry shipments light; PlayBook in line – Research in Motion cut its outlook for its fiscal first quarter because its BlackBerry shipments are looking light.

Sony Sued Over PlayStation Network Breach – The Sony PlayStation Network outage has prompted questions about data security and a congressional inquiry, and now you can add class-action lawsuit to the list.

Off Topic (Sort of):

How the PlayStation Network was Hacked – After 7 days of speculation-ridden downtime, Sony has finally announced that the PlayStation Network (PSN) outage was due to a massive hack that exposed the names, birthdays, email addresses, passwords, security questions, and maybe credit card details, of all PSN users.

NASA’s wondrous views of Earth – In celebration of Earth Day, NASA released dozens of its best images of the planet. This gallery features some of the most beautiful.

The Science Punk Blog – City of glass houses: how a lack of online privacy shapes “acceptable behaviour”. (submitted by Michael F.)

Neowin’s Facebook Page Downed by Bogus Complaints – Again – Tech news site Neowin.net is the target of a bogus complaint resulting in Facebook fanpage removal for the second time without warning or recourse.

Today’s Quote:

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right.”

–   H. L. Mencken

Today’s Free Downloads:

360Amigo System Speedup Free – Think your PC is slow? 360Amigo System Speedup can quickly identify and fix a wide range of errors and speeds up your slow PC. Both beginners and experienced users will enjoy the available features and options.

Ditto 3.17 – Ditto is an extension to the standard windows clipboard. It saves each item placed on the clipboard allowing you access to any of those items at a later time.

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