Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 20, 2011

Lock Down Your Computer Like the NSA – Want to secure your computer with the same techniques used by the National Security Agency? Turns out the NSA has published guides for securing Windows, Mac, Linux, and Solaris operating systems using methods that “are currently being used throughout the government and by numerous entities as a security baseline for their systems.”

The Android Toolkit: 5 essential apps – Here’s a review of five essential apps that belong in your Android device toolkit. I’m sure there will be some muttering along the lines of, “Oh, geez, not another software list article”. I tend to tune them out myself. The difference here is that I will be discussing applications that I use daily with my tablet.

Apple’s Dirty Little Mac App Store Security Secret – Apple’s tightly-controlled, curated Mac App Store may make it easy for users to find and install programs, but that convenience is being undermined by a rather serious security problem.

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Google fixes Android Wi-Fi security hole – Google has plugged an Android hole that could have allowed someone to snoop on an unencrypted Wi-Fi network and access calendar and contact data on the smartphones.

Sony Denies PSN Hack, Confirms PSN Web Exploit – Sony says its PSN Web page wasn’t hacked, but admits it was (almost) exploited.

10 Painful Security Lessons from PlayStation Breach – Even as Sony gradually brings its PlayStation Network back on line, the massive user data breach that shut it down nearly a month ago continues to be a major concern for millions around the globe. Both consumers and companies operating online services need to pay attention to what happened at Sony. We take a look at some of the lessons learned so far from Sony’s PlayStation Network breach.

Top 5 Free Travel Sites – You already know the contenders for captain of online travel reservations. We kick the tires and tell you how they’re different and which will deliver the best deals.

Apple to support reps: “Do not attempt to remove malware” – A confidential internal Apple document tells the company’s front-line support people how to handle customers who call about malware infections: Don’t confirm or deny that an infection exists.

Sony’s scapegoat for the PSN compromise fights back – Sony has cast some blame for its PlayStation Network security problems in the direction of Anonymous, but Anonymous has denied any involvement.

Company News:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 released – Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 is now available. Enhancements provide improvements in system reliability, scalability and performance, coupled with support for upcoming system hardware. This release also delivers patches and security updates, while maintaining application compatibility and OEM/ISV certifications.

nCircle debuts PureCloud security scanning technology – nCircle announced in collaboration with HITRUST the debut of PureCloud, a security scanning technology, and the integration of PureCloud into the HITRUST CSF Assessment for Small Organizations.

SCADA flaws talk cancelled due to security fears – Since the advent of the Stuxnet worm, SCADA industrial control systems have been receiving a lot of attention. You would expect that since these systems are those that control many critical infrastructure systems and are used in big manufacturing facilities, security would be the first thing on the minds of their developers.

Verizon: Say So Long to Unlimited Data – Verizon says it’s axing its unlimited smartphone data plan. Should you be worried?

Off Topic (Sort of):

Wearable military computer integrates into uniforms – Black Diamond Advanced Technology announced a wearable, rugged computer system designed to integrate into a warfighter’s uniform and equipment. The Modular Tactical System (MTS) features an Intel Atom processor with up to 2GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage, plus modular computer, display, and I/O components incorporated into a compact plate carrier system, says the company.

Robots Successfully Invent Their Own Language – In the 4 billion years of Earth’s history, only a handful of animals have invented and used spoken language — and now you can add robots to that list.

Consumers Now Buying More Amazon Kindle E-Books Than Print Books – Amazon announced Thursday that its customers are now purchasing more Kindle books than print books.

Blu-ray: death by streaming – The studios – and Sony – have lost their Blu-ray bet: streaming has won the war for consumer’s hearts and minds. The news this week: DVD/Blu-ray sales down 20% from the year ago quarter. Yes, Blu-ray sales were up 10%, but the larger dynamic is that people prefer to stream video rather than buy – or rent – optical media.

Today’s Quote:

The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything – or nothing.”

–     Nancy Astor

Today’s Free Downloads:

LibreOffice Productivity Suite 3.4.0 RC1 – LibreOffice was developed to be a productivity suite that is compatible with other major office suites, and available on a variety of platforms. It is free software and therefore free to download, use and distribute.

Windows Firewall Control 2.9.4 – Windows Firewall Control is a small and easy to use application that runs in your system tray and provides quick access to the most frequent options used from Windows Firewall.

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