Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 20, 2011

The Best Free Antivirus – Every computer needs antivirus protection, period. If cost is an issue, try one of these nine free antivirus apps in this roundup that are designed to safeguard your PC from malicious attacks.

Free Windows utilities you should download right now – From defragmentation utilities to password reset tools, Bill Detwiler lists free Windows utilities that you should download right now.

Windows Tips: Customize Taskbar, Add Passwords to Folders, Zip Files – This week I tell you how to change Windows 7’s taskbar display, password-protect folders, and compress files.

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EU Orders Member States to Implement Cookie Law, or Else – The deadline for implementing the E.U. telecoms package in national law was May 25, but to date only Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Malta, Sweden and the U.K. have introduced the new laws in full.

Blocked by Google+, Anonymous Starts Own Social Network – A hacking group might not the best people to handle your private, social-networking profile details, but don’t tell Anonymous. The group, spurned by Google+, has pledged to start its own social network, dubbed AnonPlus.

Many Quick Fixes in Microsoft Fix it Solution Center – Microsoft has a solution area where you can find programs to diagnose and maybe fix a variety of common problems.

Santander customers targeted with clever phishing scam – Brazilian customers of Santander, one of the largest banks in the world, have been targeted by a very clever phishing scam that did not involve clicking on malicious links in spam emails. In fact, the phishers have managed to hijack the DNS servers that resolve the website and have substituted it with a (visually) perfect copy in order to harvest login credentials and security codes of the bank’s customers.

Home Office Cable Modems: Ethernet or USB? – Today’s home-office networks are more advanced than ever and typically have more than one computer and a host of other networked devices. So which port is best for connecting your cable modem?

Android malware trends – Could it be that 2011 is the year when the long-standing predictions about the rise of mobile malware come true? Symantec’s Irfan Asrar thinks that there are definite indicators that it might be so. Of course, 2011 isn’t over yet – far from it. But, the evidence is there that the creators of mobile threats are getting increasingly bolder in their efforts and are good at thinking outside the box. “We are seeing increasing attempts to complicate the infection vectors of mobile malware to the point where a simple uninstall is insufficient,” he says.

16 arrested for Anonymous-branded cyber attacks – Fourteen individuals were arrested on Monday by FBI agents on charges related to their alleged involvement in a cyber attack on PayPal’s website as part of an action claimed by the group “Anonymous,” announced the Department of Justice and the FBI. Two additional defendants were arrested on Tuesday on cyber-related charges.

Company News:

Will Apple’s Patent Attack Kill HTC? Of Course Not – Could the Apple vs. Android patent battle lead to the banning of HTC’s products or Android’s collapse in the market? I don’t think so, based on the outcome of similar patent fights in the past.

Yahoo Revenue Drops as Display Ad Business Slows – Yahoo’s total revenue took a steep dive in the second quarter as it struggled in display advertising, a core market where it has historically been a leader. The company managed to increase its profit by 11 percent, however.

Google’s First Ebook Reader – The iriver Story HD sports a fantastic screen and it’s the first ebook reader with Google eBooks integration, but an outdated feature set can’t compete with leaders like the Kindle or the Nook.

Logitech Sued Over Harmony Remotes, Logitech Revue – Universal Electronics said Friday that the company has filed suit against Logitech, charging Logitech with infringing seventeen patents that affect Logitech’s Harmony remotes and the Logitech Revue.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Hackers Vow to Release News Corp. Emails – Individuals associated with hacker groups Anonymous and LulzSec said yesterday’s hack of The Sun newspaper Web site also resulted in the collection of emails and passwords from that publication and the now-defunct News of the World.

The history of Mozilla and Firefox – On July 15, 2003, the Mozilla Foundation burst forth from Netscape, and in one fell swoop both created and cemented its preeminent position as the champion of The Open Web. A flurry of Firefox beta builds were released — first under the name of Phoenix, then Firebird, and eventually Firefox — and version 1.0 was finally released in November 2004.

10 tips for sharpening your logical thinking – Logical thinking helps you discern the truth, solve problems, and make good decisions — unless your logic is flawed. Here are a few principles that will help ensure correct reasoning.

CNN Begins Streaming Live Feed to Web, iOS Devices – CNN began streaming its live feed and archived videos to the Web on Monday, adding apps for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad on Monday to allow viewers to watch CNN on the go as well.

Today’s Quote:

If Pac-Man had affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in dark rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.”

–    Marcus Bridgstocke

Today’s Free Downloads:

Bible Analyzer – The Bible is a complex document, and studying it can be a lifelong endeavor for clergy and laypeople alike. Bible Analyzer is a tool that can help you with your Bible studies, whether you’re preparing a sermon or just trying to deepen your understanding for your own benefit.

Smart Scientific Calculator – Smart Scientific Calculator is portable freeware that runs as soon as you click its program file, so you can save the download anywhere, such as the desktop or a USB drive.

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