Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 11, 2012

4 free Android alternatives to Google Maps Navigation – If you’re not happy with the navigation app that came on your smartphone or tablet, check out these four free alternatives and leave your wallet in your pocket.

Sticky Password Free – Sticky Password Free creates strong passwords for you and securely stores your passwords and gives you automated login for websites and applications, plus online form-filling at the click of a button. Sticky Password FREE supports Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and major browsers. Your passwords and personal data are securely encrypted on your computer or USB device and accessible only by you. Sticky Password Free supports multiple logins and passwords for each password account.

10 Tips for Gmail and Google Calendar – From remote calendar access to auto-declining appointments, here are 10 tips and tricks that will keep you focused, organized and productive.

Does Not Having a Facebook Account Make You ‘Suspicious’ to Employers? – Remember when the debate over “shoulder surfing” flared up earlier this year? At the time, a common response from readers was that they’d simply delete or deactivate their Facebook pages or make them unsearchable and then deny having an account. Well, here comes the bad news: not having a Facebook page can be detrimental to job seekers.

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Blizzard Hack: A Security Guide For Battle.net Users – Blizzard has confirmed a security breach compromised a large amount of user account data for Battle.net gamers. Blizzard is warning players on North American servers (including players from North America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia) that hackers have nabbed user e-mail addresses, answers to security questions, a database of “cryptographically scrambled” passwords, and as sensitive data related to dial-in and smartphone app-based two-factor authentication.

Is Your Computer Infected With Gauss Malware? – Researchers at Kaspersky Lab have teamed up with Hungarian research lab CrySyS for an online tool that detects if your device is infected with Gauss malware.

New Site Grades Pesky ‘Terms of Service’ Agreements You Never Read – The average Internet user encounters almost 1,500 privacy policies a year, each about 2,500 words in length. None of us are going to wade through that amount of legalese anytime soon. That’s why one website is offering to do the line-by-line reading for you, offer a quick and dirty version of the main points, and even grade websites on the fairness of their user agreements.

Chrome sandbox cuts Flash crashes by 20 percent – By sandboxing Flash, Google says that Chrome crashes have dropped significantly. But Windows XP users now have a new incentive to stay on the ageing, security-lacking operating system.

Transfer VHS tapes to your computer – Learn how to digitally record old analog VHS home movies onto your computer using one simple cable and some free time.

Google search engine is new antipiracy tool – Sites that generate too many copyright takedown notices will be moved lower in search rankings. And Google will be busy: Copyright owners flagged more than 4.3 million URLs in the last 30 days alone.

SUSE Linux Outlines Its Plans for Windows 8 Secure Boot – Based on Fedora’s strategy, this new approach to Windows 8’s restrictions adds new flexibility to the mix.

The 10 Best New Skyrim Mods for July 2012 – A tree house by a waterfall? A slew of giant monsters roaming the northern seas? Skyrim meets Minecraft? That and more in our pick of July’s best new Skyrim mods.

Security:

Andy Murray is the most dangerous British athlete in cyberspace – Fans searching for “Andy Murray videos”, “Andy Murray downloads” or “Andy Murray screensavers” are at risk of running into online threats designed to steal personal information. Clicking on these risky sites and downloading files like photos, videos or screensavers exposes consumers to the risk of downloading viruses and malware.

Unknown Actor Soliciting Partners for Mars Rover Hack – Somebody who wants to compromise the Mars rover is soliciting help from Anonymous.

New Gauss Malware, Descended From Flame and Stuxnet, Found On Thousands of PCs in Middle East – A new piece of malware dubbed Gauss, that experts say is a direct descendant of Flame and also related to Stuxnet and Duqu, has been found on thousands of PCs in the Middle East, mostly in Lebanon. Gauss contains some of the same code as Flame, but is markedly different in a number of respects, specifically in its ability to steal online banking credentials and has an encrypted payload that experts haven’t yet been able to crack. Researchers say that Gauss is almost certainly the work of the same team that wrote the Flame malware, which they speculate is a state-sponsored group.

Patch Tuesday: Microsoft to fix five critical security flaws – Plug everything in and prepare the systems: Patch Tuesday is coming. Microsoft will release patches for nine security vulnerabilities, five of them considered ‘critical.’

Dorifel Malware Encrypts Files, Steals Financial Data, May Be Related to Zeus or Citadel – While much of the world was focused yesterday on the Gauss malware saga, there was another interesting infection happening, mainly in the Netherlands, that researchers think may be related to the Zeus and Citadel attacks, though the motivation behind the attack is somewhat of a mystery. The new malware, called Dorifel, has infected thousands of businesses in the Netherlands and Europe and researchers say that it’s stealing online banking data and the crew behind it may be working on some other attack campaigns, as well.

Company News:

IBM interested in RIM’s enterprise services unit – IT giant reportedly made “informal approach” on possibly acquiring RIM’s enterprise services division, but still no one has shown interest in buying division which manufactures BlackBerry phones.

Apple’s licensing offer: $30 per phone, $40 per tablet – New evidence reveals how much Apple wanted from Samsung in 2010 in licensing fees for smartphone, tablet patents.

BBC hands over £300m licence fee cash to boost UK’s super-fast broadband coverage – The BBC will contribute £300m towards the rollout of superfast broadband in rural areas of the UK, but has come under fire from the Federation of Entertainment Unions for committing to provide the cash

Microsoft: Don’t call it Metro. Call it ‘Windows 8’ – Microsoft may go the simple route and replace ‘Metro’ with ‘Windows 8,’ my sources are saying.

FTC settles privacy complaint with Facebook sans fine – The federal agency says that Facebook must now submit to biennial privacy audits and obtain users’ express consent before sharing information.

Webopedia Daily:

Database Shard (Sharding) – A database shard (“sharding”) is the phrase used to describe a horizontal partition in a database or search engine. The idea behind sharding is to split data among multiple machines while ensuring that the data is always accessed from the correct place. Since sharding spreads the database across multiple machines, the database programmer specifies explicit sharding rules to determine which machines any piece of data will be stored on. Sharding may also be referred to as horizontal scaling or horizontal partitioning.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Antivirus And The Wisdom Of Cabbies – Viruses that cabbies — like the one who drove me to Def Con — complain about are precisely those that antiviruses can’t clean.

Seven Tricks Your Mind Plays on You (and How to Fight Back) – Have you ever considered that your own mind is sabotaging your path to happiness? While your mind may not be the sole culprit, it is a clever foe. Your brain can mislead and make you miserable…and you won’t even know it.

Simulation: What if digital WMDs attack America? – What would happen if terrorists or an enemy nation got their hands on digital weapons of mass disruption — like Stuxnet, Flame, or the newly reported Gauss — and used them to attack America?

Google Now Is Watching You: The new OS feature Google Now is practical now, but will it become overly invasive? – I’ve been getting friendly with the newest features of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone, including a feature called Google Now. It takes what you’ve been doing on the desktop and makes assumptions, which are then passed to the phone. It’s all part of your Google account, if you have one, but you can always sign out. There is not much to it at first, then it begins to spy on your activity in an effort to “help” you. Personally, I’m more fascinated than creeped out by the thing.

The Apple ad deemed shockingly egotistical – A 1983 Macintosh ad that never aired shows the people behind the machines and how good they feel about, well, themselves.

Today’s Quote:

“Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.”

–      Groucho Marx

Today’s Free Downloads:

Freemake Video Converter – Convert video free to AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, SWF, 3GP, DVD, MPEG, MP3, iPod, iPhone, PSP, Android, rip & burn DVD, convert online videos directly from 40+ sites, burn Blu-ray, and upload to YouTube with our free video converter!

ContaCam 4.0.3 – Free Video Surveillance and Live Webcam software for Windows is extremely easy on system resources, and does not contain unnecessary bloat. It is fast, light, and versatile enough to meet all your security needs while still being very user friendly.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – August 11, 2012

  1. Reblogged this on Adrian Lazo and commented:
    Interesting