Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 26, 2012

Rental computers spied on and photographed users, FTC claims – Seven rent-to-own companies and a software design firm have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they spied on consumers using computers that consumers rented from them, capturing screenshots of confidential and personal information, logging their computer keystrokes, and in some cases taking webcam pictures of people in their homes, all without notice to, or consent from, the consumers.

10 award-winning open source apps to try today – Among 125 honorees in this year’s InfoWorld Bossie awards are numerous gems for business use.

7 Ways to Embarrass Yourself on Facebook – If you want to put your best face[book] forward, don’t do these things.

How to prevent a botnet infection? – The research team at e-mail security provider Eleven, published five tips today to help users prevent a botnet infection on their computer.

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Get a free domain name and Web hosting for one year – Ready to carve out a piece of the Web for your business? Google is offering a deal for a price that’s literally unbeatable.

Facebook stops asking users to rat out friends using fake names online – Facebook has wrapped up an experiment that entailed surveying people whether Friends are using pseudonyms, which is a violation of its long-standing real-names policy.

10 Tips and Tricks for iOS 6 – There are a lot of hidden (and not-so-hidden) goodies in Apple’s new mobile operating system that you should know about. Here are our ten favorites so far.

How to Find the Best TV Set Top Box and Ditch Cable Once and For All – Cable TV is a thing of the past. Nowadays downloading, streaming, and ripping your TV is the best way to watch, but not everyone wants a complicated home built media center. Here, we’re going to find the best out-of-the-box, streaming set-top box so you can watch your shows on demand and ditch cable once and for all.

What you need to know about BlackBerry 10 – Not sure what to make of BlackBerry 10? We answer your questions about Research In Motion’s upcoming OS update after Tuesday’s preview.

Election 2012: Fact-Checking the Candidates – Here are five places where voters can go when they just want the facts.

Windows 8 countdown: Windows Store apps at 2,000-plus – Microsoft at the moment has just over 2,000 apps in the Windows Store, a month before Windows 8 and Windows RT are set to launch.

ACLU sues to get U.S. agencies’ license plate tracking records – FBI, DHS, and other agencies have not complied with ACLU requests for information about use of surveillance system, civil liberties group alleges.


Bogus Facebook photo notification carries malware – A new Facebook-themed spam campaign is targeting the social network’s users, trying to trick them into opening the attached file.

‘Dirty USSD’ Hack Wipes Samsung Phones. Is Yours Vulnerable? – If you own a Samsung smartphone from a U.S. cell phone operator, you may want to avoid using the Internet until your carrier patches a pretty simple flaw that would let an attacker reset your phone.

US senator blames Iran for cyber attacks on banks – US Sen. Joe Lieberman says people in the know are tracing the attacks to the government’s cyber army and theorizes that the DDoSes are retaliation for economic sanctions and/or Stuxnet.

Malicious phpMyAdmin served from SourceForge mirror – A malicious version of the open source Web-based MySQL database administration tool phpMyAdmin has been discovered on one of the official mirror sites of SourceForge, the popular online code repositor.

New security hole found in multiple Java versions – The same team of Polish researchers who discovered a critical security hole in Oracle’s Java software say that they uncovered another such hole, which could be used to bypass the secure application “sandbox” on most recent versions of Java.

Company News:

Lytro Light Field Camera Headed to Major Retailers – Consumers will soon be able to get their hands on the much talked-about Lytro Light Field Camera at several large retailers. The camera, which captures images that you can focus after you’ve tripped the shutter, will be available in the U.S. through,, and beginning Oct. 9, Lytro announced Tuesday.

F-Secure Mobile Security protects Android TVs and set-top boxes – F-Secure launched a new version of F-Secure Mobile Security which features support for standard Android devices including TVs and set-top boxes. The new version also comes with a completely revamped user experience and a renewed commitment to family protection measures. The release arrives as Android threats intensify.

Toys R Us Sued Over Tabeo Children’s Tablet – Toys R Us is at the center of a Fuhu lawsuit over allegations of stolen tablet computer trade secrets.

Myspace Unveils Video Preview of Dramatic Redesign – Led by celebrity investor Justin Timberlake, Myspace showed off an impressive preview of its newly designed social network.

Intel ‘Clover Trail’ Atom Chips to Support Android, Linux – The chip maker angered the open-source community by saying that Clover Trail would not support Android or Linux, but Intel now says that support will come after Windows 8.

Webopedia Daily:

RF site survey – A process used to determine the number and placement of access points (AP) that provides adequate coverage throughout the facility. With wireless systems, it’s difficult to predict the propagation of radio waves and detect the presence of interfering signals without the use of test equipment. As a result, it’s often necessary to perform a RF site survey to fully understand the behavior of radio waves within a facility before installing wireless network access points. The ultimate goal of a RF site survey is to supply enough information to determine the number and placement of access points that provides adequate coverage throughout the facility.

Off Topic (Sort of):

How Many Photos Have Been Taken Ever? – Humans have taken a lot of pictures. Every snapshot, family photo, Polaroid and cell phone pic adds up. Using film industry statistics, digital photography estimates and numbers kept by producers of silver halide, an important chemical for analog film, researchers calculated the number of photographs ever taken. (recommended by Michael F.)

RIM’s BlackBerry 10: Why I still believe – BlackBerry 10 looks like the offspring of an Android and Microsoft Windows Phone one-night stand gone awry. But that’s ok because RIM still has assets worth pondering.

Most 5 year olds already use an Internet enabled device – Children as young as five have easy access to an internet enabled device. A One Poll study of 2,000 parents of children aged 5 to 15 also shows six parents in ten frequently let their child surf the web without any adult supervision. Incredibly, a quarter of children aged just five years old have been left alone while using the computer, as have 40 per cent of six year olds, and 51 per cent of seven year olds. Consequently, one in six parents have been shocked to discover their child had seen unsuitable content such as adult websites, content on eating disorders and social networks.

When tech innovations bite users in the butt – Tech giants like Apple, Google, and Microsoft have an obligation to make technical changes tolerable for those who pay the bills.

Infographic: Your dirty habits making you sick – Ion Swipes recently published an infographic that provided some disturbing statistics concerning germs at your home and workplace. One of the grossest stats is that 16% of cell phones have fecal matter on them. My guess is that these folks are leisurely or multitasking poopers, who either turn to Angry Birds or answer text messages during their toilet time.

Today’s Quote:

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

–     William Arthur Ward

Today’s Free Downloads:

Compare and synchronize PC files easily with FreeFileSync – As hard drives start to get bigger, it becomes more and more convenient to become digital packrats, stuffing files left, right and center into folders and assuming that they will be safe forever. But some of those files may be important, so what if your hard drive suddenly fails and you can’t access those important files anymore? It can and will happen. So that’s where backup and synchronization techniques come into play and one app that could help you out in this area is FreeFileSync (free).

D7 – Perform various PC maintenance or malware removal tasks with one tool. D7 is Command Central for techs. Foolish IT’s powerful suite of free system utilities is for pro PC technicians, Net Admins, and advanced users; not for beginners in any sense, unless they’re recently certified by Microsoft. It’s completely portable yet integrates a wide range of excellent third-party freeware utilities, including users’ own preferred tools. It can manage individual PCs or whole networks of machines.


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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 26, 2012

  1. Fred

    “Malicious phpMyAdmin served from SourceForge mirror”
    Bill isn’t that where we get BleachBit from? I told a relative yesterday to download BleachBit would there be any concerns?

    • Hi Fred,

      There’s no direct threat to ordinary users since this threat is directed at servers rather than individual users. So, no concerns for you or your relatives. 🙂