Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 1, 2011

Lifehacker: Superior Alternatives to Crappy Windows Software – Whether it comes bundled with your computer, bundled with other software, or is just the go-to program for a specific task, the Windows ecosystem is rife with oft-used, yet craptastic software. We asked you what your most hated Windows apps are, and you gave us tons of shudder-inducing examples. We’ve compiled your answers into a list of our least favorite crapware, and the better programs you can use in their place.

How To Protect Yourself From Supercookies – When good cookies go bad, keep your personal information private with these simple precautions.

The truth about seven persistent Google Docs myths – Susan Cline puts to rest seven persistent myths concerning Google Docs with an exploration of the truth.

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How to Make Your Google Accounts More Secure – Gmail has been the target of recent hacking attacks. Here are four solid tips to bolster security for your Google account information.

Need an eBay Alternative? Try This List – Our eBay alternative guide offers details on 18 online marketplaces — most designed for casual and part-time sellers.

Google blacklisted 247 additional DigiNotar certificates? – New versions of Chrome and Firefox have been released today by Google and Mozilla due to the discovery of a rogue Google SSL certificate being abused in the wild. DigiNotar has admitted yesterday that the issuing of the certificate in question was missed by the auditing firm that went through its systems following the breach it experienced in July, and that many other rogue certificates were issued by the attackers but have been recalled in the meantime.

New Worm Targets Weak Remote Desktop Passwords – If your system is open to the Internet via remote desktop and you have one of a group of weak passwords, this worm could take your system over without any action on your part.

Run vssadmin to inspect a Volume Shadow Copy Service configuration – The vssadmin tool is a command-line utility to interact with the VSS. The vssadmin utility is essentially a window into all aspects of the VSS for the running system — this includes current shadow copy backups, installed shadow copy writers, and providers. The provider can be either the built-in Microsoft Windows provider or at a lower level such as at a drive array. HP storage products and most other mainstream storage products feature a VSS provider from the array level.

U.S. cities most vulnerable to online threats – Who is most at risk of fraudulent credit card charges, stolen identities, email security breaches or lost personal data? An AVG survey of online and mobile consumer behaviors in 35 major U.S. cities uncovers which is most likely to be “digitally duped.”

Linux source code repository compromised – The Kernel.org website – home to the Linux project and the primary repository for the Linux kernel source code – sports a warning notifying its users of a security breach that resulted in the compromise of several servers in its infrastructure.

Company News:

Secunia releases next generation enterprise patch management tool – Secunia released Corporate Software Inspector (CSI) 5.0, an automated patch manager and vulnerability scanner that identifies and remediates all off-the-shelf programs in corporate networks.

IBM acquires i2 to fight crime and security threats – IBM will acquire i2 to accelerate its business analytics initiatives and help clients address crime, fraud and security threats. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Android Creeps Up on 42% Share: comScore – Google increased its lead over Apple’s iOS, Research In Motion’s BlackBerry and other smartphone platforms, according to comScore. Google’s Android operating system grabbed a 41.8 percent U.S. smartphone market share for July, up nearly two percentage points from its June count of 40 percent and nearly four points from its 38 percent share from May.

AT&T’s Attempted T-Mobile Takeover: What Went Wrong – How did AT&T’s $39 billion offer to absorb competitor T-Mobile fall out of favor with the government? Here are some of the reasons.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Codecademy Is a Free, Interactive Webapp That Teaches You How to Code – Webapp Codecademy teaches you how to code using an interactive console, motivates your with badges, and walks you through lessons in a straightforward curriculum. Best of all, it’s free.

In Florida, Living in Sin Is Also Breaking the Law – You may not know it, but if you’re an unmarried Florida couple currently living together, you’re breaking the law. Such cohabitation is a second-degree misdemeanor, and it could cost you up to $500 or 60 days in jail. The law, which dates back to the 1800s, is in the news more than a century later because now a state lawmaker is looking to repeal it.

NSA, AT&T Warrantless Wiretapping Case Set for Court – Two cases involving widespread warrantless wiretapping of U.S. citizens by the National Security Agency will face a major hurdle Wednesday in a federal appeals court in Seattle.

Take your gun to work day? – A new Texas law gives gun owners a new right to store a weapon (any lawfully owned firearm, not just those owned under a Concealed Handgun License) in their vehicle while at work.

Today’s Quote:

Never go out to meet trouble. If you will just sit still, nine cases out of ten someone will intercept it before it reaches you.”

–    Calvin Coolidge

Today’s Free Downloads:

Facebook Toolbar – The Facebook Toolbar Firefox Add-on features a Facebook search bar, a Quick Links menu (for accessing your Profile, Friends, Inbox, Photos, Notes, etc.), a link to Facebook’s home page, a share button, and a photo-upload button. The toolbar also notifies you of new pokes, messages, friend requests, and wall posts.

xpy – xpy is a small program which will disable the default threats of your Windows XP installation. Besides the classic antispy features, xpy closes recent security holes like the remote procure call (rpc) service and the distributed component object model (dcom).

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 1, 2011

  1. Fred

    Re the Supercookies article on PC World.
    Bill they mention SlimCleaner, it says it uses Cloud based updates.
    Is that out of consideration for a dial-up situation?
    Also they listed CCLEANER which I have and love but I thought supercookies were almost impossible to get rid of?
    Thanks.
    Fred

    • Hi Fred,

      Yes, SlimCleaner is problematic in a dial-up situation – it will eat bandwidth. Better, in this case, to stay with CCleaner which, as you know, does a great job. It does not however, clean Flash cookies (supercookies).

      Because I get so many questions on supercookies – I’ve just posted another article on how to get rid of them. See – Flash Cookies – Spyware By Any Other Name. This article will explain the easiest way to delete these troublesome privacy threats.

      Best,

      Bill