Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 16, 2011

The Best Free Web Apps of 2011 – With so much focus on all we can do in the cloud, it makes perfect sense to take another look at all the web-based applications that will let you get stuff done right alongside your vapor-nesting data. This list should provide you with virtually every productivity, social, and entertainment need you have and not cost you a single dime. Sounds like perfection to me.

Do We Value Convenience Over Security? – Many users continue to make unsafe transactions over the web–even if they’re aware of the danger of such transactions, a new survey from Symantec suggests.

Report: Sixty Percent Of Users Are Running Unpatched Versions Of Adobe – Six out of every 10 users of Adobe Reader are running unpatched versions of the program, leaving them vulnerable to a variety of malware attacks, according to a report published today.

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13 Tech Tools to Help You Rock the Golf Course – Whether you’re on the course to close a deal with a new client or you’re just going for some downtime, these gadgets will keep you on top of your game.

Mozilla Releases BrowserID Web Authentication System – Mozilla has released a new browser-based federated login mechanism called BrowserID that is designed to replace the login process on Web sites that requires users to supply an email and password. The experimental system relies on the Verified Email protocol and also works on other browsers, including Internet Explorer.

Vodafone femtocell hack allows call interception on unpatched devices – News that The Hacker’s Choice had revealed a proof-of-concept attack for hacking Vodafone’s Sure Signal femtocells (routers for boosting phone signals) and turning them into call interception devices has hit the Internet yesterday and created quite a sensation. Vodafone has moved to disable all the devices whose owners have failed to update the firmware in order to prevent the mounting of attacks misusing the holes. To enable them again, the owners must perform the update.

A Revitalized Blogger by Google – With an airy new user interface, better integration with other Google services, and a suite of excellent template-designing tools, Blogger is an Editors’ Choice for free blogging platforms–especially for new users.

Company News:

Panda Security’s endpoint security solution for SMBs now integrates remote access and support tools TeamViewer, UltraVNC, TightVNC, RealVNC and LogMeln – In its latest release, Panda Cloud Office Protection now incorporates new tools that allow IT administrators’ full remote access and desktop sharing capabilities, enabling efficient and uninterrupted security protection to better address the challenge posed by the increasingly distributed nature of SMB organizations and their workforces.

Oracle to Fix 78 Bugs in July Patch Update – Oracle on Tuesday will issue fixes for 78 vulnerabilities in a number of the company’s products, including its Database Server, Fusion, PeopleSoft and Secure Backup. A number of the bugs Oracle is fixing can be used for remote code execution.

Norman Launches Free Malware Cleaner For Consumers And Businesses – Norman, a leading security company that offers products protecting consumers, enterprises and government, today announced the availability of Norman Malware Cleaner 2.1 for the detection and removal of malicious software affecting personal computers and network devices.

75 Microsoft Stores to Open Across the U.S. – I have an admission to make: I have never been to a Microsoft store. It’s not my fault, really. There are only 11 of them and none in my neighborhood. That could change, though, as Microsoft just promised to add dozens of locations in the coming years. Clearly Microsoft thinks brick and mortar is a critical factor in its future success.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Is Google replacing our memory? – A Columbia University study has found that Google and other search engines are literally changing the way our brains process and retain information.

Does Not Compute: 10 PC Myths from Movies and Television – For over half a century, Hollywood has been making computers do whatever they damn well please. Routinely featured on television and in movies, supercomputers, desktop rigs and laptops—and in some cases, the people that use them—are all too often imbued with near-magical capabilities, painting a deceptive picture of what our beloved machines can and cannot do. Not sure of what tech-centric malarky we’re talking about? No problem: We’ve put together a list of our top ten Hollywood TV and Movie myths. We’re betting they’ll be just as familiar and irritating to you as they are to us.

Happy 30th Birthday, Donkey Kong! – It’s on like you-know-who. We’re celebrating Donkey Kong’s three successful decades by looking back at the best moments, quirky occurrences, and little known facts about this long-running video game series.

U.S. House Committee Questions Ability to Secure Wall Street Data – Cyber security experts warned on Thursday that the U.S. government is failing to learn the lessons of past computer and intelligence breaches and often exhibits a careless attitude towards securing the data it keeps.

Today’s Quote:

The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”

–     Terry Pratchett

Today’s Free Downloads:

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.

Hotspot Shield – Hotspot Shield creates a virtual private network (VPN) between your laptop and the wireless router. This impenetrable tunnel prevents snoopers and hackers from viewing anything you send over a wireless network.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 16, 2011

  1. Olaf

    Hi Bill,
    I was using HSS for a while, checking it on sites verifying IP’s and it seemed OK. Recently, I was trying to watch a video on NBC, that showed “not available in my geographical region”. I got the same message while using HSS. That means, that either NBC blacklisted HSS servers or my info had been leaked. Not being able to verify either one, means one thing – I can’t
    trust HSS anymore.

    • Hey Olaf,

      Your first suspicion is the correct one – HSS servers are regularly blacklisted by the likes of Hulu, and so on. It’s been my experience that new releases of HSS often work (at least for a while) – until Hulu and the rest catch up.

      Bill