Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 29, 2011

The Best 2012 Security Suites – Though 2012 is still months away, over half the 2012 security suites are already out. We’ve identified a couple real standouts among this group that will strengthen your business machines from malicious attack.

LogMeIn Ignition (for Android) Is A Fine Mobile Remote Access App – There are a number of remote access apps for Android, but LogMeIn Ignition for Android is one of the most reliable and robust available. It offers good audio, light video streaming capabilities, and a number of configuration options.

Real World Test Show That Android Task Killers Are Still Useless – Carriers and manufacturers still often recommend the use of task killer apps on Android to speed up your phone and save battery life, but they can actually do more harm than good. PC World does a few real-world tests to show that they are, in fact, useless when it comes to saving battery.

Linux Mint 12: A much-needed, much-improved Linux desktop – With the best of both GNOME worlds, Linux Mint has managed to create the perfect combination of new and familiar features. Jack Wallen examines the latest release, “Lisa”.

Tech Thoughts Daily Tech News 2 – If you have children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews – well, if you were ever a kid at all, you know that Santa is a complex man who is as busy as he is mystical. Basically, he gets more mail than Lady Gaga and there’s no way he has time to answer it all. That’s where comes in. That’s my site that, since its launch in 2008, has offered dozens of variations of letters from Santa for all kinds of situations, from baby’s first Christmas to the child who may no longer believe in the guy in the red suit.

12 Reasons to Try Linux Mint 12 – Just two weeks after the launch of a release candidate, Linux Mint 12, or “Lisa,” made its long-awaited debut over the weekend, and it’s now available for free download from the project’s site. It will be supported until April 2013.

Feds seize 150 domains for selling counterfeit goods – Seizure orders have been executed against 150 domain names of commercial websites engaged in the illegal sale and distribution of counterfeit goods and copyrighted works. The 150 seized domains are in the custody of the federal government. Visitors to the sites will now find a seizure banner that notifies them that the domain name has been seized by federal authorities and educates them that willful copyright infringement is a federal crime.

The 10 best Chrome apps and extensions for Google Apps users – Kevin Purdy lists 10 great apps and extensions that work well for Google Apps users doing their work in a Chrome browser.

Schneider electric products multiple vulnerabilities – Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in multiple Schneider Electric products, which can be exploited by malicious people to conduct cross-site scripting attacks, disclose potentially sensitive information, and compromise a user’s system, according to Secunia.

Apache reverse proxy flaw opens door to internal networks – Apache has confirmed the existence of a new reverse proxy vulnerability after it was discovered by Prutha Parikh, a security researcher with Qualys, while she was creating a vulnerability signature for QualysGuard.

Company News:

IPv6 Usage Growing Thanks to Go Daddy – According to a report issued by networking vendor Infoblox, IPv6 support in .com, .net and .org zones has grown by 1,900 percent over the last 12 months. Even with the massive growth year-over-year gains, overall IPv6 zone adoption still has a long way to go. The Infoblox report pegged IPv6 adoption across the .com, .net and .org zones at 25.4 percent up from only 1.27 percent in 2010.

Why Apple is about to build, buy, or partner on a web search engine – Apple’s Siri could change the game in search and put a lot of pressure on Google, but first Apple needs to deal with web search integration.

Motorola Droid 4 Adds A Keyboard to Razr – What happens if you take the Droid Razr design and add a slide-out QWERTY keyboard? Meet the Motorola Droid 4, the latest recruit in the Android army, breaking cover this weekend via leaked photos from Droid Life. There’s no official confirmation of this phone yet, which is expected to arrive on Verizon’s 4G LTE network on December 8.

Acer: Netbook Production Will Continue – Acer is continuing to push netbooks, despite its rivals’ increased focus on tablets and ultrabooks.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Tools for creating slick-looking apps – Applications keep looking better and better. Thanks to things like mobile app stores and the Web, people are spending less time considering various applications — and appearance is playing a bigger role in the decision-making process. If your apps look bland, these five products and services will help you spruce them up.

Basic error puts anonymous bloggers at risk from Google Analytics reverse lookup – Think you’re blogging anonymously on the web? Think again. One man explains how he was able to uncover the true identities of seven anonymous bloggers from a random sample of 50 in under 30 minutes; all thanks to a simple mistake they’d made in setting up their websites.

Safeguards for ethical hackers spurned by Australian government – The Australian government has thumbed its nose at legal safeguards for ethical hackers, according to security researcher Alana Maurushat. Industry professionals say they went out of their way to submit proposals for recent reviews of cybercrime laws, but the government decided to reject them all.

National Geographic Live!: Revenge of the Meerkat – Join National Geographic Fellow and photographer Mattias Klum as he tries to capture images of the wily little mammal of the Kalahari Desert known as the meerkat. (submitted by Michael F.) – Defense Technology 56895 MK-9 Stream, 1.3% Red Band/1.3% Blue Band Pepper Spray – When I feel threatened by students, no matter how unarmed, peaceful and seated they may be, I know that Defense Technology 56895 MK-9 Stream, 1.3% Red Band/1.3% Blue Band Pepper Spray has got my back as I casually spray away at point blank range. It really is the Cadillac of citizen repression technology. Buy a whole case! (submitted by Michael F.)

Today’s Quote:

“One of the things about being a grown-up is learning how to act right even when you feel wrong.”

–      Sean Stewart

Today’s Free Downloads:

3DCrafter – 3DCrafter is a modeling and animation tool that promises drag-and-drop control. Don’t get fooled into thinking this is easy, though: You need both artistic talent and a knack for engineering. As with all 3D software, how much you like 3DCrafter is going to depend on how dedicated you are to learning.

SpywareBlaster 4.5 – Spywareblaster protects you from known unwanted websites including Active-x installs, hijackers, cookies and more. Over 13 million downloads for good reason.

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8 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 29, 2011

  1. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    Re: Real World Test Show (sic) That Android Task Killers Are Still Useless.

    I found this useful as I’m new to the Android world. My own choice of “killer” is Go Launcher but it’s too early to comment on any change in battery life. What I found especially interesting was Evildave’s comment on privacy. I have already switched off data traffic and prevented my applications from updating automatically. I have set the browser to clear cache, clear history and clear form data. I have disallowed sites from requesting my location and prevented passwords being remembered. I have installed AVG antivirus but have not yet sound a suitable malware checker.

    Is there anything else I can do to help maintain my privacy. One reason I ask is that a link to a website I have not visited and do not want keeps appearing in my status bar. I cannot see any way of blocking it in the menu.

    Kind regards

  2. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    You’re absolutely right, it now seems iPhones could be affected as well, although possibly to a lesser extent.

    BTW I’ve checked my phone using AnyCut and found no reference to carrierIQ. Does this mean I’m not being monitored? I wouldn’t bet my pension on it!

    Kind regards

    • Hi John,

      I made the point earlier this year – “Virtually on a daily basis, another previously unknown (or, undisclosed), vulnerability in an application, operating system, website, cloud service, or in an Internet protocol is discovered by “security researchers”.

      Consequently, I have long assumed (right from day one (1996), that any/all of my connected devices may well be compromised. As a result, I continuously monitor Internet connections using CurrPorts. In this way, I know who/what is connecting to the Net and for what purpose.

      Offhand, I don’t know of a similar tool designed for phones – but, I’ll keep a lookout.

      BTW, we older chaps are not allowed to bet “the Farm”, or pension. 🙂



  3. John Bent

    Hi Bill.

    “BTW we older chaps are not allowed to bet “the Farm”, or pension.”. That’s too bad, because the way things are going here in the UK younger folks pensions are not going to be worth much.

    I’ll keep an eye out too for something akin to CurrPorts although I suspect with a mobile phone it will be a constant job to monitor this type of connection.

    Kind regards