Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 11, 2011

How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi – Picture this: You’re at a café with your laptop and latte in hand, getting ready to review new sales leads and the quarterly financial projections. First you hop on the free Wi-Fi that the shop’s management provides. Then you connect your laptop to a projector so that the entire café can take a look, and finally you hand out some printed copies of your confidential product specifications to the other patrons so that they can follow along. That may sound ridiculous, but if you’re using public-access Wi-Fi without taking the proper precautions, you might as well be asking your coffee compatriots to partake in confidential company information.

Google Music and Movies: Your Questions Answered – In addition to unveiling two significant updates to its Android operating system on Tuesday — Android 3.1 and the next-generation Android Ice Cream Sandwich — Google took the wraps off its long-discussed Google Music service and launched a new movie service for Android, too. It was all part of Google’s annual I/O conference for developers, taking place this week in San Francisco. So what are Google’s new music and movie services all about, and how will they work for you? Here are answers to all your burning questions.

My CPU is Overloaded – CPUs, like people, can be overworked. If you’ve ever been frantically trying to finish an important project while your boss is breathing down your neck about another one, with your phone constantly ringing, and your teenager bombarding you with texts, you know just what a CPU feels like. I can’t help you simplify your life, but I can tell you how to ease up your CPU’s workload. And that will simplify your life.

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Fake AV spreading via Yahoo! Answers – Bkis researchers have recently spotted some new fake AV variants being distributed in the latter way, and have decided to investigate the matter. What they discovered is a number of questions answered with a variant of “Anyway, I think this will help you [LINK]”. The user is supposed to download the file with the answer, but unfortunately it is an executable – a fake AV downloader.

Fake Patch Tuesday alert leads to Zeus infection – The term “Patch Tuesday” has become widely known and is so intimately tied to Microsoft that it is no wonder that malware peddlers are using it to add an aura of legitimacy to their spammy emails.

Microsoft releases two security updates – Microsoft released two security updates addressing one Critical vulnerability in Microsoft Windows and two Important vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office. MS11-035 (Windows) is the top priority bulletin this month, and as always, Microsoft recommends that customers test and deploy both bulletins as soon as possible.

400% increase in Android malware – With smartphones set to eclipse PCs as the preferred method of both personal and professional computing, cyber criminals have turned their attention to mobile devices. At the same time, the gap between attacker capabilities and an organization’s defenses is widening.

Company News:

Microsoft’s Skype Buy Will Shake Up VOIP, Video Chat – Microsoft will pay $8.5 billion for Skype, turning the voice-over-IP provider into a business division headed by Skype CEO Tony Bates. Analysts seem split on how well the acquisition will work out for Microsoft in the longer term. But on a strategic level, it’s undeniable that Skype’s huge customer base could give Microsoft considerable influence within the evolving VOIP and video-conferencing market.

GFI MailEssentials Complete released – GFI Software launched GFI MailEssentials Complete, an anti-spam, anti-phishing and email security solution for SMBs which gives organizations an email security solution they can deploy using the delivery model of their choice, whether on premise, as a physical or virtual appliance or as a hosted service.

Run OS X, Windows and Linux side-by-side on a Mac mini – Parallels Server for Mac 4.0 Mac mini Edition lets businesses turn an Apple Mac mini server running Mac OS X Server into a multi-purpose platform capable of running Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems and their applications side by side.

Sophos Buys Unified Threat Management Firm Astaro – The acquisition of Astaro will round out Sophos’s networking security portfolio and give the company the ability to provide complete data and threat protection for IT, regardless of device type, user location or network boundaries.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Why the PC of 2019 won’t be that different from the PC of today (or the PC of yesteryear) – As Confucius said many moons ago, ‘study the past if you would define the future.’ So, to figure out what computing might be like in ten years or so, look at what computing was like ten or so ago.

It’s Time to Give Digital Rights Management the Boot – Today is the Free Software Foundation’s Day Against DRM. Why not use the occasion to choose alternatives wherever you can?

Turn your iPhone into your mother and learn what’s safe to eat at the supermarket – There’s a difference between a truly healthy food and something you know can’t be all that good. For example, there’s no way glow-in-the-dark yogurt is a good idea.

Privacy Groups Applaud Rockefeller’s Do Not Track Bill – The Consumers Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Consumer Action, the Center for Digital Democracy and the American Civil Liberties Union all spoke in favor of the bill during a May 9 conference call. The bill offered “crucial civil liberties protection for the 21st century,” Chris Calabrese, legislative counsel at the ACLU, said on the call.

Today’s Quote:

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”

–    Peter Drucker

Today’s Free Downloads:

Freebie SPlayer Plays Almost Any Video File – And Looks Good Doing It – Attractive and free do-it-all video player SPlayer has some interesting features, such as automatically downloading subtitles.

CCEnhancer – If you like CCleaner, you’ll like CCEnhancer too. It integrates smoothly with CCleaner and enables it to eradicate traces of dozens of applications that CCleaner normally can’t handle.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 11, 2011

  1. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    Re: “It’s Time to Give Digital Rights Management the Boot”.

    Wonder why no-one’s organising a “Stop Piracy” day?

    Kind regards
    John