Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – June 5, 2011

10 Must-Have Free Firefox 4 Add-Ons – The recently released version 4 of Firefox is a big improvement over previous versions of the popular browser. But that doesn’t make it perfect. We’ve rounded up ten great downloads to help you get more out of the Firefox 4. Not all older add-ons work with Firefox 4, but every one in this collection does. Whether you want to power up search, better manage information you find online, keep yourself safe, or perform a variety of miscellaneous tasks, we’ve got what you need. And every one of them is free.

4 Security Tips Spurred by Recent Phishing Attacks on Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo – When you hear about a phishing attack on e-mail accounts, it’s easy to assume that the victim was just too gullible. But as recent attacks on Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo Mail have demonstrated, the old rule of “don’t open attachments or click links from untrusted sources” isn’t always enough to fend off a targeted phishing attempt.

Tweaking the Look and Layout of Ubuntu Linux – People don’t like change. One of the things that some people get hung up on is the look and feel of the desktop. More precisely, some Windows users who look at Ubuntu Linux get hung up on how it doesn’t look and feel like Windows. Well, it isn’t that difficult to customize the look and feel of Ubuntu Linux to make it be whatever you want it to be.

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FaceNiff Is a Hacker’s Dream for Android Users – The concept of hacking has changed a lot over the years. Used to be, you needed some real skills to compromise someone else’s system. Now, you just need to know what apps to download and what scripts to install. FaceNiff is the latest example. You need to use a rooted Android phone, but after that all you have to do is install the software and you can sneak into the Facebook accounts of anyone on a public WiFi network.

Panda Antivirus Pro 2012 – Panda Antivirus Pro 2012 includes a number of features you’d normally expect to find only in a suite. In particular, it offers a full-blown firewall. However, for actual malware protection and cleanup you can do better.

Five Security Apps That Can Help Recover a Stolen Laptop – Carry your laptop everywhere you go, and at some point, you are going to lose it. Maybe you leave it in a cab, maybe someone will swipe it from you in a cafe, but it happens. Luckily, now there are a bunch of software apps that can help you get your laptop back. We run down five of them here.

What Should I Do with My Phone Before I Sell It? – It’s surprising how many people sell their phones without doing anything to remove private data. Selling your phone to a stranger as-is gives that stranger access all your music, email, text messages, and other data for a few hundred dollars. To make sure your private data’s safe, you’ll want to do a full wipe of your phone before you sell it off. This is actually very easy to do, on both the iPhone or Android. Here’s how:

Do You Still Yahoo? – Yahoo Mail’s new interface is a winner, and the service is loaded with features, but it trails Gmail and Hotmail in speed and spam blocking.

Android becomes second most popular malware haven in Q1 – McAfee noted that Android devices are becoming malware havens. Android was the second most popular environment for mobile malware behind Symbian in the first quarter.

Java Vulnerabilities Dominate Malware-Infected PCs: Microsoft – Seven of top 10 threats are files containing exploits for Java vulnerabilities, according to findings by a free Microsoft scanning tool.

Company News:

A Stream of Postcards, Shot by Phone – Digital camera sales may be weak, but thanks to cellphones, picture-taking has never been more of an everyday thing. Now a wave of mobile applications is letting people tweak their cellphone snapshots and share them with friends and strangers. The rising star of these is Instagram, a start-up in San Francisco with just four employees. (submitted by Michael F.)

Ingram Micro Unveils Cloud Marketplace, Partners – IT distribution giant Ingram Micro unveiled its cloud marketplace where IT solution providers can buy and provision cloud services, billed on a monthly basis. Ingram Micro also announced the launch of several services from vendors such as Cisco, N-able, Symantec, and VMware, among others.

HP Introduces IT Performance Suite – HP is making good on its pledge to focus on delivering software to help IT staff build, manage and deploy enterprise software better with the launch of its IT Performance Suite.

IBM Rational Rated Top Dev Tool Suite – A recent Evans Data survey shows IBM’s Rational tool suite beating out the likes of Microsoft’s Visual Studio, Eclipse, Flash Builder and others to claim the top spot in a user survey.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Google’s greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups – A run down of some of the most controversial decisions or actions by Google, including some of their biggest mistakes to date.

Smarter eEyes Focus on Cure for Blind – Today, several efforts are under way worldwide to create silicon retinas that can be implanted in the eyes of the blind, thereby enabling them to see again, albeit at vastly reduced resolution. Now researchers are aiming to remedy that by replicating the fractal-like interconnection topology of real eyes.

‘Daily Show’ gives Palin historical Twitter hashtag – In case you have been recently incarcerated for actions against the state (or otherwise out of touch with current events), you might not know that Sarah Palin visited Boston yesterday and shone something of a fading bulb on American history. She seemed to be believe Paul Revere’s midnight ride involved bell-ringing and gun-shooting, rather than lantern-displaying, and that the Revolutionary War hero’s intent was to warn the British that “we were gonna be secure…free…and armed.”

Getaround turns your car into a rental – While companies like Zipcar and Hertz’s Connect have made the rental-car process more convenient, a new startup — Getaround – aims to avoid the middleman altogether and let car owners loan out their personal vehicles to strangers. Owners pick their hourly rental rates and schedules through this peer-to-peer system — while Getaround installs a free carkit, that includes a GPS tracker and key mechanism.

Today’s Quote:

The least of learning is done in the classrooms.”

–     Thomas Merton

Today’s Free Downloads:

Sysinternals Suite – The Sysinternals Troubleshooting Utilities have been rolled up into a single Suite of tools. This file contains the individual troubleshooting tools and help files.

NirLauncher – NirLauncher is a package of more than 100 portable freeware utilities for Windows, all of them developed for NirSoft Web site during the last few years.

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