Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 17, 2011

Dropbox ‘deceived’ users over security: Files are open to government searches – Dropbox, one of the favourite cloud synchronisation services available for free, ‘deceived’ its users about the security and encryption of its cloud storage services. A complaint made to the Federal Trade Commission suggests Dropbox employed “deceptive trade practices” by putting it “at a competitive advantage”, with users being told that that Dropbox employees could not access your files or data when they could. It also meant that as files were able to be decrypted by employees.

Windows 7 more malware-resistant than XP/Vista – If you’re a Windows user that’s holding onto your Vista or XP installation, then this recent security report from Microsoft might make you think about switching to Windows 7.

Japan says no to PlayStation Network relaunch – An official in Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry says the government is waiting for Sony to deliver better security measures.

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Trojan paves way for rogue defragmenter – You might have heard about rogue AV solutions and scareware, but not many people have experienced a rogue defragmenter that hides files and (indirectly) asks money to return it. Symantec researchers warn about Fakefrag – a Trojan that moves all the files in the “All Users” folder to a temporary location and hides files in the “Current User” folder, hides icons and makes it look like they have been deleted, disables the Task Manager, and shows error messages that indicate that the hard disk might be failing.

‘Enable Dislike Button’ scam spreading on Facebook – Researchers from Sophos have spotted a currently circulating “Enable Dislike Button” Facebook scam. Once the users copy and paste the obfuscated javascript in their browsers, all of their friends will be spamvertised with a wall post about the non-existent Dislike feature. The campaigners appear to be monetizing the campaign through a survey scam.

Google authentication protocol flaw endangers Android users – If you’re an Android user that has still not upgraded to the 2.3.4 and 3.0 version, you’re in danger of having the information contained in various Google applications accessed by malicious individuals if you’re using unsecured open Wi-Fi networks.

Android Malware Jumps 400 Percent as All Mobile Threats Rise – Cyber-attackers are gunning for Google’s Android as they take advantage of a user base that is “unaware, disinterested or uneducated” in mobile security, according to a recent research report.

Hackers steal, publish Fox employee passwords – A group of attackers who clearly have it in for Fox Broadcasting have managed to access a company server with hundreds of their employees’ email usernames and passwords. Then they published the collected information on the Internet and invited people to use it to “ravage” online accounts that have the same login credentials.

Company News:

VMware acquires Shavlik Technologies – VMware has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Shavlik Technologies, which provides a portfolio of on-premise and SaaS-based management solutions that enable SMBs to manage, monitor and secure their IT environments while addressing their needs when moving to virtual and cloud computing IT deployments.

Netflix, Miramax Sign Deal – Finally, Decent Programming – Exhausted the decent content on Netflix Instant Watch? Stuck with low-budget horror sequels and straight-to-DVD dregs? Relief is on the way.

RIM Recalls Nearly 1,000 PlayBooks over OS Issues – RIM is recalling a very small number of PlayBooks over operating-system issues. The tablet is RIM’s answer to Apple’s iPad and Google Android tablets.

Microsoft unveils more Windows Phone 7.5 capabilities – Microsoft has revealed some new features in its upcoming Windows Phone 7.5 (code-named “Mango”) — apparently set for formal announcement on May 24. They’ll include Office Hub integration with the cloud-based SkyDrive service, a new conversation view and pinnable folders for email, new unified communications capabilities, and enhanced security, according to the company.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Google ‘PageRank’ Bully Pleads Guilty to Harassment, Fraud – The online merchant who notoriously bullied his customers–in hopes that they would be inspired to leave him bad online reviews and subsequently up his Google PageRank–pled guilty to several counts against him on Thursday.

Are women better at multitasking than men? – Several studies seem to indicate that women are better at multitasking than men. I’m always a little leery when I see an article that claims scientists have “proven” something, especially when the evidence is a single test that involved only 50 male and 50 female students. That’s the way I felt when I read “Scientists prove that women are better at multitasking than men.”

Hypocritical Facebook scores PR own goal with attack on Google privacy – Facebook has been left red-faced after having to admit that it hired a PR agency to plant negative stories with the press about privacy concerns on Google. But if Facebook really cared about your online privacy, wouldn’t they do a better job of protecting you?

Put the smartphone down and talk to folks – We are rapidly becoming a society with electronic gadgetry permanently attached to our hand. Instead of talking to one another, we are losing a great opportunity for visiting to the cloud.

Today’s Quote:

“Undocumented immigrants are not, contrary to myth, people who show up to take advantage of social assistance. The risk and expense of migration are too great to make idleness an ambition”.

–     Doug Saunders

Today’s Free Downloads:

Hamster Free Zip Archiver – Hamster Free Zip Archiver handles the most popular compression formats, including Zip and 7z, for free. You can split large archives into pieces, and also password-protect archives as well. This compression software doesn’t have the have advanced features, such as e-mail integration, that you’ll find in a paid product like WinZip.

PC Tools Firewall Plus – The PC Tools Firewall Plus application was developed to be a powerful free personal firewall for Windows that protects your computer by preventing unauthorized users from gaining access to your computer through the Internet or a network.

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