Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 30, 2012

Flame malware – The biggest? The baddest? A little perspective – Is Flame a big malware threat? Well, yes it is. But perhaps not in the way you think.

Top 374 keywords the U.S. government monitors – Summary: Three months on, the media mill continues to grind after EPIC releases a four-page list of words the U.S. government monitors social media for.

Secure Your Facebook Profile – The free service analyzes your Facebook profile and reports on any problems it finds, including too-public information and negative or harmful posts by you or your friends.

Nearly a Fifth of U.S. PCs Have No Virus Protection, McAfee Finds – A McAfee study of PCs around the world found that 17 percent had no antivirus protection, and the U.S. outpaced the average with 19 percent of PCs unprotected.

Save Gmail attachments to Google Drive with one click – With the Gmail Attachments to Drive extension for Google Chrome, you can add files to Google Drive directly from the Gmail messages they’re attached to.

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How to Use Microsoft Word as a Desktop Publishing Tool – Here are ten great tips for producing elaborate documents using Microsoft Word.

Free Wi-Fi: Friend or Foe? – Just about anywhere you go these days, you can find a free wireless connection for your laptop or smartphone. Coffee shops, grocery stores, dentist’s offices—these connections are everywhere. But not all wireless connections are created equal, and some may be actively dangerous.

Free Flamer removal tool from Bitdefender – Bitdefender released a tool to find and remove the most complex, dangerous spy tool yet discovered, the newly discovered Flamer attack toolkit. Flamer is not a single spy tool as such, but rather an entire toolbox at the command of attackers. In file size, it is the biggest attack tool yet. The sheer size of it means researchers will likely still be analyzing Flamer for weeks to discover all of its functions.

Flame Malware: Cybergeddon or Old News? – Over the holiday weekend the online news networks were abuzz with news of a “massive cyber threat” variously called Flame, Flamer, or sKyWIper. Researchers at Hungarian lab CrySyS stated, “sKyWIper is certainly the most sophisticated malware we encountered during our practice; arguably, it is the most complex malware ever found.” But is Flamer really such an amazingly advanced cyber-weapon? Some experts disagree, strongly.

‘Likejacking’: Spammers Hit Social Media – Largely exiled from e-mail, spammers are invading Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other social networks. (recommended by Bob S.)

Trojan spyware promoted as Steam keygen – Scouring the Web for “legitimate” key generators, or keygens, is a risky business at the best of times. We make it a point that whoever the source is must have irrefutable proof that their keygen among other keygens like it is the real deal. And what better place to look for irrefutable proof than on YouTube, right? Or maybe not.

OpenNIC – OpenNIC (a.k.a. “The OpenNIC Project”) is an organization of dedicated volunteers who run an alternative DNS network. OpenNIC is owned and operated by the OpenNIC community. Membership is open to all who share an interest in keeping DNS free for all users. Our goal is to provide you with quick and reliable DNS services and access to domains not administered by ICANN. OpenNIC provides resolution to all ICANN domains as well as OpenNIC’s own TLDs: .geek, .free, .bbs, .parody, .oss, .indy, .fur, .ing, .micro, .dyn and .gopher (recommended by Delenn13)

Company News:

Ahn Lab and ESET Lose AV-Test Certification – Every two months reports on the effectiveness of twenty-odd antivirus products, testing under Windows XP and Windows 7 in alternate reports. In this latest test, three products didn’t manage to reach certification.

Cisco Remains Cagey About Software-Defined Networking Strategy – At a recent Cisco media briefing, executives of the network equipment giant hinted at new software approaches to be revealed at Cisco Live, but remained vague about what Software-Defined Networking technology they are developing.

Security Startup Vaultive Tackles Cloud-Based Encryption – Security startup Vaultive debuts this month with a product to remotely manage encryption of email data that enterprises may choose to keep in the Microsoft Office 365 cloud service.

Diablo 3 Being Called “Big Pineapple” in China to Dodge Sales Ban – Vendors on one of China’s largest e-commerce platforms are resorting to calling the hit PC game Diablo 3 “Big Pineapple,” which sounds similar in Mandarin Chinese, as a way to dodge the site’s censors. The site has banned the sale of the overseas product pending a review from government authorities.

Webopedia Daily:

Application Server – Also called an appserver, and application server is a program that handles all application operations between users and an organization’s backend business applications or databases. An application server is typically used for complex transaction-based applications. To support high-end needs, an application server has to have built-in redundancy, monitor for high-availability, high-performance distributed application services and support for complex database access.

Off Topic (Sort of):

U.K. Cookie Tracking Law Goes Into Effect – Over the weekend, the so-called “cookie law” went into effect in the U.K., which requires website owners to ask for permission before installing certain kinds of cookies on users’ machines.

TED Talk With William Noel: Revealing the lost codex of Archimedes – How do you read a two-thousand-year-old manuscript that has been erased, cut up, written on and painted over? With a powerful particle accelerator, of course! Ancient books curator William Noel tells the fascinating story behind the Archimedes palimpsest, a Byzantine prayer book containing previously-unknown original writings from ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes and others. (recommended by Michael F.)

Google’s search engine results are free speech and I don’t care – Think the United States government has a chance in hell of beating Google’s legal team? Think again.

Mozilla Webmaker Turns Web Users Into Coders – Mozilla launches a new program called Webmaker that aims to take plain old Web users and turn them into “developers” who will have a hand in building the next generation of Web experiences.

Why a Facebook phone doesn’t stand a chance – Perhaps Facebook is using the specter of developing its own handset as leverage against Apple to get its service integrated into iOS?

Today’s Quote:

“The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.”

–     A. A. Milne

Today’s Free Downloads:

Toolwiz Care – Toolwiz Care is a free tool kit designed to speed up your slow PC. With a multi-functional optimization suite, this Windows system optimizer provides a collection of tools which includes System Checkup, System Cleanup, and System Speedup.

ZoneAlarm Free – For basic, “no frills” firewall protection, ZoneAlarm is the popular first step for many home PC users. And it’s still FREE* for individual & non-profit use.


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3 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – May 30, 2012

  1. Fred

    “Mozilla Webmaker Turns Web Users Into Coders”
    Well I haven’t been reading Tech Thoughts long enough to help Mozilla improv, ; )

    I do have a Mozilla question, after being forced to upgrade from 3.68 to 12 I was trying to find Mozilla folders so did something I wouldn’t have ventured to do before coming here and getting a bit of self-confidence, I searched my computer and lo and behold I saw something a bit strange:

    which from properties said it was a python type file and was date 2006. I bought computer in mid 2009, now WHAT is it and who put it there?


    • Hi Fred,

      It’s common to believe that updated applications are made up of brand new code but, that’s not the case. In this instance the code, which forms part of Firefox 12 has been around since 2006. The file you refer to is an old standard in Firefox which is used to store a specific type of cookie.



  2. delenn13

    @Bob S. Good thing I forget to “like” anything half the time.

    Heads up…Here is a Game sale and you give to charity. 5.99 for 12 games plus music. I just bought it for the racing games…Still got over 10 days to buy. Just buying the racing games is worth it..since I probably won’t use the Steam keys…Not fond of Steam because of the DRM and the use of bandwidth.

    Indie Gala V is LIVE ! – YouTube

    “Gives fans of indie games and indie music a chance to save money on awesome games and albums and contribute to a good cause at the same time!

    We believe that there is a close link between music, video games and comics.They are all forms of art that often complement each other. With our initiative we want to give many talented developers and artists the opportunity to have a wider audience.

    IndieGala lets customers set their own price for high-quality indie games and music, then donate some or all of the proceeds to Able Gamers and Italian Red Cross for helping Emilia hit by earthquake.”

    Web site: The Indie Gala

    Making History: The Calm & the Storm (Steam key)

    Beat Hazard (DRM free)

    Razor 2: Hidden Skies (Steam)

    Ironclads Collection includes all five games (Steam Key)

    Space Empires 4 Deluxe (Steam)

    Battle Mages (DRM free)

    World Rally Championship Racing (DRM free)

    Bad Rats: Rats Revenge (Steam)

    Disciples II: Rise of the Elves (Steam)

    Puzzle Kingdoms (Steam)

    Ninja Blade (DRM free)

    SBK: Superbike World Championship (DRM free)

    With music tracks to be added later.