Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 24, 2012

Just how hackable is your digital life? – If a hacker wanted to ruin your life—whether by identity theft or by a simple Honan-esque data wipe—how difficult would that objective be to achieve? The answer is that it’s likely a lot easier than you think.

Scrub Sensitive Data From Your PC With Free PrivaZer – There are many files on your computer that contain hints as to where you’ve been surfing, what you’ve been writing, viewing, etc. It’s a staggering job to get rid of all of it by hand. Indeed, even experienced users usually opt to erase the hard drive and reinstall their operating system; it’s faster than doing it manually. Privazer is another, and far handier, option.

Under pressure, Facebook disables facial recognition in Europe – Facebook is dropping its controversial facial recognition feature, for European users at least, following a privacy backlash from users and regulators. But it may not be long before it returns.

Share one keyboard and mouse with multiple machines without a KVM – The Synergy open source application allows you to share a keyboard and mouse between Windows, Mac, and Linux computers and saves you the cost of a KVM.

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FortiClient Lite – Protect your PC against breaking cyber threats with free antivirus, parental Web control, and VPN.

Iran moves to block Google, plans its own private web – Iran is in the process of blocking access to Google search, Gmail and YouTube, saying it plans to introduce its own ‘domestic internet’.

Meetings in the cloud: The best software for online conferencing – Sharing a virtual desktop need not be a chore. We test four services that connect multiple people with common documents.

Nitro Pro 8: A feature rich and economical Adobe Acrobat alternative – Will Kelly reviews Nitro Pro 8, a third-party Windows application for creating and managing PDFs.

Apple’s Competitors Smell Blood in Water Over iOS 6 ‘Maps’ App – We’re speaking, of course, about the criticism that Apple’s taking for the less-than-accurate results sometimes provided by its new Maps application in iOS 6. The app, arguably worse than the Google Maps-driven app it was designed to replace, has even forced Apple to get on the horn and prepare a statement for those left befuddled by Apple’s new app.

Apple’s iPod Touch for the Win – At the much-anticipated iPhone 5 event, Apple also updated its iPod touch and iPod nano lineup. The iPhone 5 took center stage, but I think the iPod touch is an undervalued device that can extend Apple’s reach worldwide.

Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 – The Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 can handle a good soaking, but it’s more than just easy to clean, thanks to a stylish yet functional design. It isn’t just washable, it’s also waterproof, spill proof, and dust-resistant, making it ideal for clean-freaks and klutzes alike.

Tweet archiving may be available by year’s end – Twitter lovers who want to smoothly save their words of wisdom for posterity may soon be able to do so. That’s what the CEO of the microblogging company predicted at the Online News Association conference in San Francisco last week.

Install Windows 8 Enterprise for a free evaluation – Recently, Microsoft made a free 90-day evaluation copy of the final version of Windows 8 Enterprise available for download. While the MSDN Evaluation Center page lists the Windows 8 Enterprise evaluation as being for developers building Windows 8 apps and IT professionals interested in trying Windows 8 Enterprise on behalf of their organization, anyone can download it. In this post, I’ll show you how to download and install the free 90-day evaluation copy of the final version of Windows 8 Enterprise.


Twitter DMs from your friends can lead to Facebook video malware attack – Have you received a Twitter message from an online friend, suggesting you have been captured in a Facebook video? Beware – it could be a malware attack!

Savviest hackers hail from Eastern Europe, researchers say – Despite an increasing number of successful cyberattacks launched by East Asian hackers against companies and government institutions around the world in recent years, Eastern European cybercriminals remain a more sophisticated threat to the global Internet, security researchers say.

Would you open a sexy email sitting in your business inbox? – Imagine you are at work. You are rattling through your email. And in your inbox, sitting quietly, is a message with the word “sexy” in the title…

IBM: Sandboxing Works, Just Look at Adobe Reader – Sandbox technology, which is used to isolate processes in an application in an effort to minimize risk to the underlying operating system, is proving useful in reducing vulnerabilities, according to IBM. Adobe embraced sandbox technology over the past year. Its Adobe Reader X program implements a process sandbox for PDF in an effort to reduce the usage of Adobe’s technology as an attack vector. McFadden said IBM’s mid-year report shows a correlation between the adoption and release of Reader X and the sandbox and a decline in Adobe exploits.

Company News:

Motorola, Samsung Secure Patent Victory Over Apple – Motorola and Samsung secured a patent victory against Apple today when a German court found that the two firms did not infringe upon Cupertino’s multi-touch patent. As noted by Reuters, the technology is used on a variety of Android-based devices from Samsung and Motorola, which is now owned by Google.

Boeing to Expand In-Flight WiFi, Media Streaming – The systems will have the capability to provide in-flight use for cell phones, WiFi connectivity for passengers, Internet access using in-flight entertainment (IFE) and live television broadcasts, according to a company release.

Riot breaks out at troubled Apple supplier – Apple supplier Foxconn has been forced to shut down its Taiyuan factory in China after a riot involving 2,000 workers broke out late last night.

How Amazon Plans to Tackle a Lack of Tablet-Optimized Android Apps – Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets have a lot to offer that vanilla Android tablets don’t–lower prices and a larger media selection, for example–but a huge selection of tablet-optimized apps isn’t one of them. Still, Amazon has a few ideas on how to improve the situation.

Webopedia Daily:

SERP: search engine results page – Short for search engine results page, the Web page that a search engine returns with the results of its search. The major search engines typically display three kinds of listings on their SERPs. Listings that have been indexed by the search engine’s spider, listings that have been indexed into the search engine’s directory by a human, and listings that are paid to be listed by the search engine.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Calling All Keyboard Innovators – Microsoft recently showed off a new keyboard design that splits the spacebar in two. One segment serves as a normal spacebar while the other segment has the option to be a backspace key. This is probably the most revolutionary keyboard design change since the Dvorak keyboard designed by my namesake August Dvorak in the 1930s.

Anti-Muslim video and violence show the value of atheism – Imagine something that falls out of the sky and knocks you unconscious. When you come to, you’re lying on a mattress in the street and have no idea what happened but you’re still alive and life is random but good. It’s not a god in action — although that’s what an insurance company might say to get off the hook — it’s just luck. So why believe a god’s watching? This perfect reason for atheism actually happened in New York City on Wednesday.

Head-on Truck Crash (video 0:30) – When Russians get into accidents, they do it in style. (recommended by Michael F.)

Survey: PCs, Not Tablets, Dominate Small Biz App Use – A new survey from Newtek shows that despite the BYOD buzz, most small businesses are still tethered to their PCs.

Meet the Mozilla OS Developer Phone – The iPhone is raging, Android is still going strong, and Windows 8 at least has a shot at third place, but there is another mobile player you may not know about. Mozilla has been working on a mobile OS for years and it is almost ready for consumers–at least in China. It may take a while to get to U.S. shores, but’s Russell Holly has more details.

Today’s Quote:

“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”

–     Dante Alighieri

Today’s Free Downloads:

WinSCP 5.1.0 – WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client and FTP client for Windows. Legacy SCP protocol is also supported. Its main function is safe copying of files between a local and a remote computer.

Gmail Notifier + 3.6 – Gmail Notifier Plus is a small application used to monitor multiple Gmail and Google Apps Mail accounts from a single, compact point. With its slick, native look, GNP notifies you in a variety of ways of your new mail.


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3 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 24, 2012

  1. drndark

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  2. Rick J.

    Re: Scrub Sensitive Data From Your PC With Free PrivaZer

    Hi Bill,

    I read the PC World article with interest. Apparently there’s no option to perform a selective clean up with PrivaZer. But wait! – There is a way to achieve this.

    Let’s say you open PrivaZer then select “Scan in depth” > “Computer (C:)” > “OK”.

    At this point it’s easy to see how the selective clean up options could be missed. Actually if the user double clicks on any available item then “options” a box opens up with selectable areas to either scan or ignore.

    PrivaZer could probably do with an additional option to scan or wipe custom files but I suppose that other software can be used to do this!

    I’ve actually been fairly impressed with the way that it wipes Windows usage history.

    Hopefully somebody at PC World might read this….

    Rick J.

    • Hi Rick,

      I reviewed this app back in August – PrivaZer – An In-depth Free PC Cleaner and Privacy App – and have been using it since (a definite keeper).

      I made note of the “selecting any specific action will bring up a menu which provides additional information” but, now that you mention it – it is a little awkward. Have to agree with you – “it’s easy to see how the selective clean up options could be missed.”

      Thanks for pointing this out.