Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 27, 2011

Top 10 Windows 7 desktop gadgets – Windows 7 gadgets offer added functionality and convenience in a variety of ways. Here are a few you may want to add to your desktop.

Lifehacker: A Guide to Sniffing Out Passwords and Cookies (and How to Protect Yourself Against It) – Roughly one year ago, a tool called Firesheep introduced a lot of us to just how easily another person on the same network as you can snoop on your browsing session and even masquerade as you on sites that require a login, like, perhaps most notably, Facebook. Here’s a closer look at how network snooping works and how to protect yourself from it.

Utility Check: Control Multiple PCs on Your Desk – Want to save cost and clutter? We look at three network utilities that let you control multiple computers from a single keyboard and mouse.

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Google Doles Out Over $26K for Chrome 15 Security Flaws – Google Oct. 25 paid out over $26,000 to security researchers who found 18 flaws in Chrome 15, including several high-risk issues. Chrome 15 includes a new New Tab page, too.

Update apps, get malware – From the “Wow that’s cool, hope it doesn’t happen to me” files comes news that F-Secure has discovered an Android application that will update itself and install malware known as DroidKungFu.

How to Buy an MP3 Player – Getting an iPod might seem like a no-brainer, but there are still some high-quality non-Apple MP3 players out there. Here’s how to find the perfect portable media device at the right price.

Naked Emma Watson video leads to malware – Fake videos or pictures of naked international celebrities are often used as lures in schemes to propagate malware. The latest of these videos purportedly features popular English actress Emma Watson and users from various websites are redirected to a very expertly made fake YouTube pages where the video is supposedly hosted, complete with comments, “Like” and “Share” buttons and related videos on its right.

Report: Hacks From China Shuttered UK Firm, Cost Economy $43 billion – The head of the UK Ministry of Defence’s Cyber Security Program says that targeted attacks have already caused the premature demise of a UK wind turbine maker, and has cost the country $43 billion in lost economic growth already.

Top Government Security Officials Call For Secure OS Development – One of the keys to addressing the widespread security threats facing both private and government networks is to develop more secure operating systems from the ground up and not rely on trying to secure existing ones, top CIA and Pentagon information assurance officials said.

Company News:

Nokia Lumia Windows Phones Make World Debut – The high-end Nokia Lumia 800 packs some powerful hardware, including a 1.4GHz processor, hardware acceleration and graphics processor and an 8-megapixel camera. Meanwhile, the less expensive Lumia 710 is a “no-nonsense smartphone” is designed for instant social and image sharing. Get a closer look from the London Nokia World event.

Citrix delivers apps to any user on any device – Citrix announced the next stage of its strategy for Citrix CloudGateway, the unified service broker that aggregates, controls and delivers Windows, web, SaaS and mobile apps to any user on any device.

Walmart sells Samsung 4G phone for $30 plus contract, $200 without – T-Mobile announced the Samsung Exhibit II 4G, a 3.7-inch Android 2.3 smartphone selling for just $30 with a two-year contract or $200 without, making it the first no-contract 4G smartphone to be sold at most Walmart stores. Meanwhile, eWEEK reviewed T-Mobile’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, finding it to be on par with the Sprint and AT T versions but priced $30 higher.

First public cloud to support Solaris – CloudSigma announced the addition of Solaris to its cloud platform, making it the first major public cloud to support Solaris. Solaris supports more than 11,000 third-party enterprise applications across a wide range of industries and was engineered specifically for cloud environments.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Netflix CEO shows us the fastest way to end a successful career – Many great companies have been brought down by the power of an arrogant leader. In this article executive leadership coach John M McKee discusses Netflix and its leader.

Google Gets Nearly 6,000 Data Requests From Uncle Sam – Google Oct. 25 revealed that the U.S. government made a stunning 5,950 requests for data on Google user accounts or products from Jan. 1 to June 30 this year, a 29 percent hike from the previous six months. For perspective, the U.S. government issued more than three times as many requests for information, mostly concerning criminal matters, than India, whose government made 1,739 queries for data. Google said the increase is natural, as the company adds more Web services and users as time goes on.

What happened to going paperless? – Remember that quaint idea for offices to go paperless? What can we learn from this failed technology revolution?

The 10 most important things to teach your Word users – Sharing these tips and precautions with your Word users will help them become more confident and proficient — which is a win for everyone (including you).

Today’s Quote:

The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.”

–      George Eliot

Today’s Free Downloads:

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