Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 8, 2011

If your PC picks up a virus, whose fault is it? – Want to stay safe online? Update your software. All of it. Two recent studies add tremendous evidence to support the notion that regular patching is the single most important element in any security program. In fact, a fully patched system with a firewall enabled offers almost complete protection against viruses, worms, and other malicious software being installed without user interaction.

The Best System Monitor for Linux – Linux has a few different options for monitoring your system’s resources, but our favorite is definitely the lightweight, super-configurable Conky, which sits right on your desktop.

Microsoft readies Office 2007 Service Pack 3 – Users of Office 2007 can expect a third service pack (SP) for the product before the end of this calendar year. Mainstream, free support for Office 2007 ends next April.

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How to Buy a Wireless Modem or Hotspot – Why limit your on-the-go Web surfing to hot spots when you can get online almost anywhere with a cellular modem or MiFi-style hotspot? Here’s how to pick the right service and device to bring mobile broadband to your laptop or tablet.

Attackers Adjusting Tactics to Evade Reputation Systems – As in life, reputations on the Internet take time to build up. Attackers interested in making a quick buck aren’t necessarily the most patient lot, so as the various repuation systems on the Web have gotten more sophisticated and accurate, the bad guys have had to adjust their tactics and find new ways to evade them and plant their command-and-control servers.

MS Patch Tuesday heads-up: Expect ‘critical’ IE, Windows bulletins – Two of the eight bulletins –affecting IE, Windows and .Net Framework and Silverlight — will be rated “critical,” Microsoft’s highest severity rating.

Google introduces Safe Browsing Alerts for network administrators – On Thursday, the search giant announced the availability of a new service Safe Browsing Alerts for Network Administrators.

Company News:

Motorola sued by Google-funded company over Android patents – Motorola Mobility is being sued by a Google-funded company over a patent infringement allegation into Android smartphones. Awkward.

Sprint to offer unlimited data for iPhone 4, 4S – While not the biggest surprise, news that Sprint will extend its unlimited data plans to iPhone owners is a win for both the company and its new customers.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Computer virus hits US Predator and Reaper drone fleet – A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots’ every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other war zones. (submitted by Michael F.)

Lifehacker: 10 Stubborn Food Myths That Just Won’t Die, Debunked by Science – We talked to a group of nutritionists and asked them to share the food myths they find most irritating and explain why people cling to them. Here’s what they said.

iPhone 4S vs. Galaxy S: How They Stack Up – Although the iPhone 4S is an update of its predecessor, the iPhone 4, it feels like a new smartphone. The iPhone 4S boasts a better processor, better camera, iOS 5 and access to iCloud for syncing across Apple devices.Shortly after the iPhone 4S’s unveiling, Samsung produced a side-by-side comparison of the iPhone 4S and Galaxy S II Android 2.3 Gingerbread. We take a look at how they stack up.

Video: Steve Jobs narrating “Here’s to the Crazy Ones” tribute – Hear Steve Jobs narrate “Here’s to the Crazy Ones” commercial from Apple’s Think Different campaign. It’s fitting since Steve was part of the club.

Today’s Quote:

Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.”

–     John Benfield

Today’s Free Downloads:

ProXPN 2.4.10 – proXPN is a personal VPN that provides you safety and privacy while using the Internet. Your data is highly encrypted, providing protection from possible snoops on your network. If you are using wifi or a public network, you should be using proXPN to protect yourself. 32-bit and 64-bit compatible. Free VPN accounts available.

NirLauncher 1.11.27 – NirLauncher is a package of more than 100 portable freeware utilities for Windows, all of them developed for NirSoft Web site during the last few years.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 8, 2011

  1. styman

    hi bill
    i forget replies , how can i stop them i keep getting the sameones?