Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 16, 2011

Use the iPad to manage your home security system – Available from the App Store, The LifeView app for iPad allows users to easily manage their home security system from their iPad. Users control their system via the Console Tab that’s color-coded and shows the status of every sensor and device for the entire system – whether a screen is up or a door is open – and users can view the 20 most recent events instantly.

Lifehacker: Know Your Network, Lesson 1: Router Hardware 101 – Home networking is something we all have to deal with, but it can be confusing as heck. This week, we’re going to turn you into a networking wizard, starting with getting to know the most important device on your network: the router.

Banking Trojan that steals from the rich – To be sure, it steals from the poor, too, but it contains a routine that automatically tries to transfer a rather large amount of money from the victim’s account to those set up by the criminals.

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Internet Explorer 9 Defends Best Against Malware Links – NSS Labs survey finds that IE9 blocks almost all malicious URLs, while the closest competition was at 13 percent.

Android Trojan Stealthily Answers Incoming Calls, Executes Remote SMS Commands – The latest Nickispy variant can intercept incoming calls without the user’s knowledge while sending call logs, text messages and other information to a remote server.

15 ways to select text in a Word document – There are many ways to select Word text – 15 at least! Susan Harkins shares her favorite selection methods.

10 things you can do to improve your Web site right now – Even if you don’t have the time or resources for a full-blown site redesign, you can make some small, easily implemented tweaks that will have a huge impact.

How Spammy Facebook Scams Still Manage to Claim Millions of Victims – As Facebook scams continue to loom and infiltrate news feeds, web security firm Websense has conducted a study to tabulate just how far these campaigns stretch. The news isn’t encouraging, with scams on Facebook estimated to reach more than a million users in a matter of days.

Firefox 6 available ahead of official launch – Eager to get your hands on the next version of the Firefox browser? Mozilla is scheduled to officially launch the browser on Tuesday, but you can get your hands on it now … if you know where to look!

Company News:

Trend Micro updates web gateway security – Trend Micro announced the latest release of the company’s web gateway solution, which now delivers visibility and control over the growing use of cloud-based applications such as instant messaging, peer-to-peer, video and audio applications, and web mail.

Cisco Sales Grow in 2011 as Business is Simplified – Fiscal 2011 was a challenging year for networking giant Cisco. The company closed business units and laid off employees. Even in the midst of those challenges, Cisco continues to push forward and realign its business for future growth.

Google to Purchase Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion – Google announced today that it intends to purchase smartphone maker Motorola Mobility for a staggering $12.5 billion in order to obtain its mobile-related patent holdings and hardware business. According to Google, this move will accelerate the online giant’s Android ecosystem, which until now was made up largely of independent partners. But it’s sure to attract intense antitrust scrutiny as well.

Kaspersky Beefs Up Internet Security – If you’re a long-time Kaspersky fan you may not recognize the company’s 2012 products. It garnered high scores from independent labs, offers an impressive firewall, and the Safe Run sandboxing feature protects the system from questionable files and Web sites.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Warren Buffett: Stop Coddling The Super-Rich – America’s second-richest man attacks fiscal perversity. “While the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan, and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks”.

Six guidelines for resolving intergenerational conflict at work – For the first time in history, there are five generations working side by side. Here are some guidelines for resolving intergenerational conflict.

Cartoon makes better password point than many security experts – I’ve been using cryptic passwords since I cut my computing teeth on an IBM 370. I never liked using passwords like xkcd1234EMC2 though. They may have been more “secure,” but they were hellish to remember. I still use them today, but the brilliant Internet cartoon xkcd by Randall Munroe has just shown me that I, and many security experts, have been idiots for years. Read the cartoon below and you’ll see what I mean.

If cell phones existed back in the Founding Fathers’ time, they would have been included in the Second Amendment – Our personal communications technologies are as integral to our modern life as a sidearm was in Washington’s day.

Today’s Quote:

I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.”

–     Dwight D. Eisenhower

Today’s Free Downloads:

LibreOffice – When it comes to creating documents, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations, MS Office is the suite that comes to mind. But let’s face it: Office is a pricey piece of software. Thankfully, there are cheaper alternatives out there, but they don’t always live up to their promise. LibreOffice offers up a free alternative, and we found it on par with its more popular competitor.

PhraseExpress – No more typing common phrases again! Organize frequently used text snippets, expand abbreviations as you type, launch programs with text shortcuts, Auto-complete repetitive phrases, quick access to the Windows Clipboard History and correct spelling mistakes in any application.

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