Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 29, 2012

5 security apps for Android users – Cybercriminals are increasingly targeted Google’s Android operating system due to its popularity, so we spotlight 5 security apps that would help users in protecting their personal data and devices.

How to Opt Out of Facebook’s Newest Attempts to Track Everything You Do, Even Offline – We’ve known that Facebook is already tracking your every move online, but the data Facebook is using now isn’t just about browser cookies. Facebook is pairing what you buy offline with what you see online.

Collect network system information with Belarc Advisor and PhpSysInfo – The free applications Belarc Advisor and PhpSysInfo can get as much information about as many of your machines as you need.

Search ninja part 5: must-have, productivity-boosting Firefox add-ons – If you want to increase your productivity online and make the most of your Web browsing experience, then make sure these add-ons are a part of your Firefox install!

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What’s the Meaning of This: Adobe Certificate Attack – The news yesterday that Adobe had been compromised and that the attackers were able to get valid Adobe signatures on a pair of malware utilities is one of the more worrisome and troubling stories in what has become a year of huge hacks and historic change in the security industry. Adobe was forthcoming with many of the details of the attack, but the ones that were omitted are the ones that really make a difference in this instance.

11 tech buzzwords that need to go away – Well, my friends, it’s time to take our language back. Herein lie the 11 most annoying tech expressions known to man. Remove them from your vocabulary immediately, and if you catch someone else using them, chastise and/or shame them (gently). Seriously, for the love of all things sacred, it’s time for these phrases to die.

California Joins Ban on Employers Demanding Social Media Access – California today joined two other states making it a crime for employers and colleges to ask applicants or workers for their social media login information in order to access their private Web sites. The new laws — one for companies and one for colleges — go into effect Jan. 1, 2013.

Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2: Preview – Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) is shaping up to be a controversial release, with a solution for dual-booting with Windows 8 and a new online scope for Dash search providing Amazon shopping suggestions.

Amazing 3D effects created with open-source software [YouTube] – Tears of Steel is a 12-minute long movie, with effects you might expect to see in a Hollywood movie. When you watch a movie with life-like spaceships and robots, you immediately assume the filmmakers used super-expensive software to achieve such effects, but the whole thing was created usingBlender, a free open-source 3D content-creation suite. Watch and be amazed. Mind blowing, isn’t it?

Self-driving cars could bring a new world of hacking – Computerized, self-driving cars promise to remove human error and prevent accidents. Like any computer, however, such vehicles could be hacked. We take a closer look at the technology and its risks.


Internet Explorer Blocks More Malware Than Firefox, Chrome, Safari – It hasn’t been the best month for Internet Explorer given the recent zero-day attack, but the Microsoft browser got some good news today with a new test that shows it’s by far better at stopping malware than Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari.

Valid Adobe Certificate Used to Sign Malicious Utilities Common in Targeted Attacks – Adobe announced today it was the victim of an APT-style attack after two malicious utilities commonly used in targeted attacks for privilege escalation and pivoting within a network were discovered signed by a valid Adobe digital certificate. Adobe said it will revoke the certificate next week.

Major U.S. banks still under DDoS attack – PNC Bank seems to be the latest target of the organized DDoS attacks agains major U.S. financial institutions such as JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, U.S. Bancorp, New York Stock Exchange and others. In the week, the banks’ websites have been intermittently bombarded with a flood of requests that left their own customers unable to reach them and perform financial transactions via internet banking.

Adobe admits breach, will revoke compromised code signing certificate – Adobe has confirmed that one of their build servers that has access to the Adobe code signing infrastructure has been compromised, allowing attackers to digitally sign two malicious utilities with a valid Adobe code signing certificate.

Whether You Call It Modern Or Metro, Here Are Eight Security Tips For Windows 8 – Windows 8 a case of improved security, increased vigilance

Company News:

Microsoft invests in Klout; integrates data into Bing – Microsoft’s Bing team is teaming up with social-media vendor Klout in the name of social-influence and big data.

Mozilla’s Persona Web Authentication System Moves into Beta – Mozilla is trying to deal a two-fisted blow to the continued use of passwords as an online authenticator, as well as the practice using social media username-password combinations as a persistent login on other sites. Its Persona project has moved into its first beta release promising developers and website users a better and more private authentication experience.

Intel Disputes Reported Otellini Comments About Windows 8 – Intel CEO Paul Otellini told employees that Windows 8 is not ready for release, according to news reports. However, Intel calls the reports “unsubstantiated.”

IBM takes the stealthy route to cloud success – What’s better than one big brand-name cloud? 1,000 smaller ones all running on your technology — or so IBM thinks. If there’s any company that can pull this strategy off, it’s IBM.

Webopedia Daily:

Data Transfer Rate – The speed with which data can be transmitted from one device to another. Data rates are often measured in megabits (million bits) or megabytes (million bytes) per second. These are usually abbreviated as Mbps and MBps, respectively. Another term for data transfer rate is throughput.

Off Topic (Sort of):

How to Fight Your Online Addiction and Regain Control of Your Attention – How much time do you spend each day responding to email, checking Facebook, sending and reading Tweets, aimlessly surfing your favorite websites and buying things you don’t need? How much time, in other words, do you spend doing stuff online that doesn’t add much value in your life, or in anyone else’s? Too much, I’m going to guess.

Even Windows 8 early adopters prefer Windows 7 by two to one – A survey find that even hard-core Windows 8 fans prefer Windows 7 by a two to one margin.

Clear Your Sinuses in 20 Seconds with Your Tongue and Your Thumb – Blocked sinuses are no fun, especially when the problem frequently requires taking a pill. Redditor gymfork points to a clever acupressure method that can solve the problem in just 20 seconds:

How long will it be before iOS 6 Maps kills someone? – This is an epic failure on the part of Apple, and not just because a favorite application has been replaced with a dog. Rather, this may be a case of criminal negligence.

Today’s Quote:

When someone tells you something defies description, you can be pretty sure he’s going to have a go at it anyway.”

–     Clyde B. Aster

Today’s Free Downloads:

MiniBin – MiniBin is the free recycle bin for your system tray. Minibin may also come handy when you are hiding the recycle bin from your desktop or if you are using a replacement shell that provides a system tray but no usable or customizable recycle bin.

IObit SmartDefrag – IObit SmartDefrag helps defrag your hard drive most efficiently. With “Install it and forget it” feature, IObit SmartDefrag works automatically and quietly in the background on your PC, keeping your hard disk running at its speediest.


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3 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – September 29, 2012

  1. delenn13

    Everything Microsoft (Website of the Week)

    Got this from Gizmo/Rhiannon.

    The site description says “….Everything Microsoft is an unofficial site dedicated to bringing you all the latest news, rumours, tips, tutorials, reviews, screenshots and videos of Microsoft’s products and software.” This is a great site for several reasons – the tips and and tutorials are great. The news and other content is interesting enough for everyone, no matter where you are on the computing learning curve.
    If you want a site to get information, tips, and the latest Microsoft news without any particular agenda this is a good place to visit. It does a good job of evaluating things related to Microsoft and stating what works and what doesn’t, written by top-notch folks.
    There are several useful categories on the site, listed here:

    Themes and Wallpapers
    Operating Systems
    Help and Support
    Non Microsoft

    Downloads, wallpapers, themes, etc. come from sites around the internet as well as Microsoft so you get a good mix.

    Doesn’t have EVERYTHING about MS but it looks interesting as far as themes/wallpapers etc. I am in the process of trying to get Windows Mail to work in Win 7. It’s there(so is Windows Movie Maker)..just hidden and you have to play with some stuff to get it to work. There are websites out there telling you how.. I WILL GET IT TO WORK!! I refuse to use the LIVE stuff.

  2. delenn13

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