Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 20, 2011

16 Essential Android Apps For IT Pros – There are hundreds of thousands of Android apps, including many that are useful for IT professionals on the job. These apps can help connect to servers, monitor computers, access databases, analyze the airwaves, scan networks, and serve as a reference. Here are 16 of these apps, most of them free.

Google Wallet Prepares to Launch: What You Need to Know – Google Wallet, which the company hopes will convince consumers to ditch their old leather wallets for its own virtual “tap-and-pay” smartphone system, has been spotted in the wild and there are some reports it could launch as soon as Monday. Google announced the new service months ago, but now that it may be imminent, some key questions need to be answered.

Google Updates Chrome 14 for Security and Native Code – Google Chrome 14.0.835.163 is now available for Windows, Mac and Linux and fixes 32 flaws. Of those flaws, Google has rated 15 of them as being high-risk, 10 as medium and seven as low risk. In total, Google is paying out $14,337 to security researchers as part of the Chromium Security Award program for reporting flaws to Google that were fixed in Chrome 14.

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ShareSafe: Avoid malicious links on Facebook – Sharesafe is a free Facebook beta application developed by F-Secure that keeps you safe from spam and malicious links in your news feed and wall. It’s also easy to scan links with ShareSafe before posting them to your wall, so you can make sure they are safe to visit.

8 Things You Need To Know About Windows 8 – Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 operating has many new features, but here are eight of the most intriguing.

10 Tips to Manage USB Drive Security – A study by the Ponemon Institute reveals that companies aren’t securing data on USB drives. Here are 10 tips to help you get with the program.

VIDEO: Automated Skype calls spread fake anti-virus warning – Beware automated Skype calls telling you that your PC’s security is not active. Not only are the messages unsolicited spam, but you could also be the next victim of a fake anti-virus attack. Watch this video and learn more.

Cybercriminals find new ways to disguise spam – It used to be that malicious attachments came in emails with erotic photos of girls who “want to meet you”, or “scandalous photos” of celebrities. Now, cybercriminals are disguising their messages to make them look like official notifications or business correspondence.

Company News:

Adobe Premiere Elements 10: New Features Keep Video Editor Near the Head of the Class – With a new 64-bit version and keyframing capabilities unmatched by any competitor, Premiere Elements is the best consumer-priced video editor you can buy.

Bots troll hacker forums to discover data breaches – Texas-based CSIdentity has managed to develop software that can mimic the speech patterns of cyber crooks, allowing the company to simultaneously engage a great number of hackers looking to sell stolen information on online forums, chat rooms, blogs, websites and torrent sources.

Oracle Solaris 10 8/11 Released – As Oracle continues to prepare for a final release of Solaris 11, the Solaris 10 Unix operating system is getting another update. Oracle released Solaris 10 8/11 this week providing performance improvements and new hardware support. The Solaris 10 operating system first debuted in 2004 and has been updated on a regular basis ever since.

Securing virtual environments and reducing malware risk – Nexpose 5.0 will introduce Real Risk technology that leverages Rapid7 Malware Exposure, identifying which vulnerabilities are currently exploited by malware, and making the risk scores used for prioritized remediation even more meaningful and contextual to security teams.

Off Topic (Sort of):

FAQ: When Can You Capture Cops on Camera? – Can you photograph the police during times of civil unrest? At a crime scene? What are your rights, and the responsibilities of the police?

How to avoid having naked photos stolen by hackers – Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis are just two of the celebrities to have made the headlines after reports that their phones were hacked and intimate photographs stolen. Sophos reveals how to avoid this happening to you – and the good news is that our method involves no technology at all!

Gamers Unlock Protein Mystery That Baffled AIDS Researchers For Years – In just three weeks, gamers deciphered the structure of a key protein in the development of AIDS that has stumped scientists for years. According to a study published Sunday in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, the findings could present a significant breakthrough for AIDS and HIV research.

Windows 8 to have built-in anti-virus – good news or bad news? – Microsoft has revealed that it will ship Windows 8 with built-in anti-virus software. Which is both good news and bad news. Find out who for, as we examine who are the winners and losers following Microsoft’s announcement. You might be surprised.

Today’s Quote:

Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody.”

–     Franklin P. Adams

Today’s Free Downloads:

TrueCrypt – Powerful open source program TrueCrypt creates encrypted volumes on your computer, or encrypts entire disks–including your system disk. It allows you to create hidden volumes, or even an entire hidden operating system. – Simple Performance Boost 0.9.1 BETA – Windows is setup in a default configuration. By fine tuning your Windows configuration you can increase the speed and snappiness of the operating system. These tweaks are the ones that are safe and shown to cause no side effects with any programs. Each tweak only gives a small performance boost. But they all add up, so the more tweaks you do the more performance you get.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 20, 2011

  1. John Bent

    Re: How to avoid having naked photos stolen by hackers

    Reminds me of the old joke : Man 1 “Have you got any nude photos of your wife?”. Man 2, indignantly, “No!”. Man 1 “Would you like some?”.

    Nothing else to add.

    Kind regards