Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 2, 2011

Best Free Software for Protecting Your PC and Your Privacy – Want to make sure that your PC and all its files and data are kept safe, secure, and private–without breaking the bank to do it? It’s not an impossible task–in fact, it’s easy to do. We’ve rounded up ten free pieces of security software that do everything from protecting you against malware, to keeping you safe at WiFi Hot Spots, to encrypting your entire hard disk.

Lifehacker: How to Build a Computer from Scratch, Lesson 1: Hardware Basics – Building a computer from scratch gives you the perfect machine for your needs, but it can be daunting the first time around. In this edition of Lifehacker Night School, we’ll be taking you through the buying, building, and installation process step-by-step. Today, we’re going to start with a little computer hardware basics.

10 ways to safeguard your college-bound student’s computer – You protect your corporate systems, but what about that back-to-school laptop you just bought your kid? Here are some things you can do to keep your student safe from cyber dangers.

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Mass iFrame injection attack now counts millions of compromised web pages – The recently discovered iFrame injection campaign rages on, as the number of compromised web pages goes from 90,000+ to over three million.

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.

Linux gets a bit of good news on the Netflix front – From the engineers of Netflix comes some good news for the Linux community and Jack Wallen is here to tell you about it.

A unique malware file is created every half-second – Sophos has released its Mid-Year 2011 Security Threat Report, which reveals that since the beginning of 2011, the company has identified an average of 150,000 malware samples every day.

Make Gmail act like Outlook with these two quick tips – Bill Detwiler shows you how to make Gmail work like Outlook by turning off conversation view and sorting mail with filters and labels.

Mac Trojan disguised as Flash Player initiates redirection attack – There’s a new Mac OS X Trojan in town, and it masquerades as a FlashPlayer.pkg installer, warns F-Secure. “Once installed, the trojan adds entries to the hosts file to hijack users visiting various Google sites (e.g.,,, et cetera) to the IP address, which is located in Netherlands,” say the researchers.

DIY: How to find Linux versions needed for older hardware – Jack Wallen answers a TechRepublic member’s question about the requirements needed for running Linux distributions on older hardware.

Company News:

Adobe ‘Edge’ Tool Could Replace Flash With HTML5 – Adobe releases preview of Edge, an open source development tool that will compete with its own Flash technology.

Apple Halts Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Launch in Australia – Samsung has agreed not to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia until it settles an ongoing patent infringement case with Apple. Bloomberg reports that Samsung will halt all pre-launch advertising until the Federal Court of Australia resolves a case that sees Apple suing Samsung for copying the look and feel of its iPhones and iPads. Apple is also seeking an injunction on the Galaxy Tab in the U.S., U.K., Japan, Germany, France, Italy, and South Korea.

Google Stages Email Intervention After Microsoft Gmail Man Strikes – Microsoft uses the Gmail Man to bludgeon Google’s messaging efforts, while Google stages email interventions to lure users from Microsoft Live Hotmail and Yahoo Mail.

IBM Debuts New Services Innovation Lab – IBM has launched a new Services Innovation Lab dedicated to technology services in areas of analytics, software automation and more.

Off Topic (Sort of):

America’s Big Speed-Up – No wonder the jobless rate is staying at depression levels (submitted by Michael F.)

Social Security Numbers Revealed … With Facial-Recognition Software? – Using a specially developed app that runs facial-recognition software, researchers at Carnegie Mellon claim to have identified complete strangers, as well as some of their personal details, with only a photo.

Murdoch Hacked Us Too – Superb, excoriating attack on News Corp. Not just a UK issue. Says America is in denial about extent of Murdoch empire’s negative influence. And there’s a lot more to it than mere tabloid vulgarity and right-wing attack-dog politics.

Social Networking 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, & LinkedIn – Here’s what you need to know to get started on today’s popular social networks (and how to stay under your teachers’ or a future employer’s radar).

Adobe Edge: What You Need to Know – Adobe released a preview of its upcoming Adobe Edge software Monday morning. But what exactly is this new program, and why are web developers so excited about it? Here’s what you need to know.

Today’s Quote:

Let us take things as we find them: let us not attempt to distort them into what they are not. We cannot make facts. All our wishing cannot change them. We must use them.”

–    John Henry Cardinal Newman

Today’s Free Downloads:

Nitro PDF Reader – Nitro PDF Reader is easily the fastest PDF reader around. It also installs a driver that turns any kind of document into a PDF, and it lets you add your own text to PDFs.

Foxit Reader – Foxit Reader is a fast and lightweight alternative to Adobe’s Acrobat Reader for opening and reading PDF files. It also captures text, and copies and pastes text.

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