Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 10, 2012

Five tools to monitor and manage your online reputation – Takeaway: To make sure your reputation stays clean, you have to keep an eye on what’s being said about you. These tools can help you protect your good name.

Privacyfix Shows Who’s Tracking You on the Web, Gives You the Tools to Stop It – After installing Privacyfix, it’ll scan your currently-logged-in Facebook and Google accounts, showing you which privacy tweaks you’ve made (good job) and haven’t made, along with instructions on how to fix each one. It’ll also show other web sites you’ve visited that are sharing your data or tracking your activity, and allow you to fix the problem right then and there. We’ve shown you how these companies make money, and now you can actually see how much money they make, and which ones are using your data to do it—and easily stop them in their tracks. Privacyfix is a free extension for Chrome and Firefox.

Could the online games you play affect your employability? – A woman running for state senate in Maine has been “outed” by the opposing party for being an experience WoW player. What exactly does this mean?

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10 things you can do to improve network and PC security – Securing your network and PCs is a never-ending battle. Here are some effective strategies to add to your arsenal.

AirCover Family Locator – A GPS tracking app lets you locate, track and protect your loved ones’ safety.

Small businesses need better apps, survey says – A new survey finds that small businesses believe mobile technology is crucial, but many are struggling to find the distinct strategic advantage in it.

A ‘want’ on Facebook could be just what your business ordered – New buttons on the social network would encourage shopping–and benefit companies doing business on Facebook.

Find and fix these seven security slips – The following scenarios are common missteps taken in an organization’s security program. If you see yourself and your security organization in any of the following scenarios, now’s the time for a course correction.

What’s the Best Mac Antivirus? – Austrian independent antivirus testing lab AV-Comparatives has released an initial report on antivirus tools specifically for the Mac platform.

Five inexpensive third-party VPN clients – Selecting the right VPN client for your users and your infrastructure is crucial to a successful deployment.

Microsoft delivers Windows 8 updates ahead of Service Pack 1 – Microsoft is updating some of the ‘fundamental’ features of Windows 8 via a new update, well ahead of when a first service pack normally would deliver these kinds of fixes.


HTTPS Everywhere 3.0 Keeps Your Data Safe on 1,500 More Web Sites – Chrome/Firefox: HTTPS Everywhere, the browser extension that keeps your data from falling into the wrong hands, has updated to double the number of web sites it supports. If you aren’t using it, you should be.

Patch Tuesday for October 2012 – Microsoft released seven bulletins for the October 2012 Patch Tuesday addressing flaws in Windows, Office, SQL Server, Sharepoint, Groove, Communicator, Lync and Works.

Constant connectivity to social networks goes hand-in-hand with malware – In September, GFI threat researchers documented a number of cybercrime campaigns directed at users of various social networking sites including direct message spam on Twitter and a phony Pinterest application.

Google disappears for Irish internet users – Thousands of Google users in Ireland found that they were unable to access the site earlier today when the nameservers for began to point to a third-party site based in Indonesia. But was it an admin cockup or the result of a malicious hack?

Company News:

U.S. Blocks Huawei from Government Networks – Networks are critical infrastructure today that include core components of national security. Concerns of national security have now led the U.S. Government to take an extraordinary move and specifically bar Chinese networking vendors Huawei and ZTE from U.S. government networks.

Polycom, Microsoft, Take on Cisco in Video Conference Technology – As Polycom introduces a wide array of new video conference technology, the company says its partnership with Microsoft presents a strong challenge to Cisco Systems.

Microsoft Sponsoring Free Boingo Wi-Fi in NYC, San Francisco – In an effort to promote its upcoming Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft will sponsor free Wi-Fi hotspots in New York and San Francisco from now until the end of the year.

Sprint is reportedly challenging T-Mobile for MetroPCS – Board members at Sprint Nextel are expected to discuss whether to pursue a merger with rival mobile carrier MetroPCS during a meeting Friday, according to a news report.

BlackBerry 10 Won’t Launch Until March – BlackBerry maker Research In Motion will likely not release its new BB 10 operating system until March 2013, according to a Jefferies report.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Background check companies scrutinize your online presence – I just read an article about a background check company Social Intelligence that is pretty scary. A potential employer can use this vetting company and others like it to check your background via your social networking presence. The research is so detailed that it could turn up something that you “liked” on Facebook and put it in your file, storing it for seven years.

The Best Adventure Tech Around – ‘Fearless Felix’ Baumgartner is attempting to break a 52-year-old record for the highest skydive. In his honor, we look at some other adventure tech that pushes the limits.

Back When the Cloud Was Dumb – Just a few years back, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison ridiculed the cloud, calling it a stupid concept. This was mostly because there is nothing new about remote storage and client-server, and that’s pretty much what we are talking about here. So why is the cloud suddenly the be-all and end-all solution to everything?

The three most damaging management behaviors that you probably don’t know you’re doing – Here are three behaviors that we see most often in poor managers. Are you guilty of this?

Today’s Quote:

There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply. The person who buys on price alone is this man’s lawful prey.”

–     John Ruskin

Today’s Free Downloads:

Avira Antivirus Free 2013 – You don’t have to pay for Avira Antivirus Free 2013, and it scored very well in malware-blocking tests, but it does lack features present in the premium edition.

DOSBox: Free, open-source DOS emulation – DOSbox uses the SDL library to emulate the early operating environment of the PC. It supports the classic file systems, CPUs and sound and videocards of that era almost flawlessly, with hundreds of titles on the compatibility list. DOSBox has become something of a standby in this regard, with popular websites like using it extensively to get their catalog of PC golden oldies running perfectly for modern customers. SDL also means versions exist for many platforms, including Linux and OS X.



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5 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 10, 2012

  1. delenn13

    Just a note to let you know..there is an easy way to set up DOSBox. I use it all the time. Yes, I use Norton Commander.. It works for me. If you go to Abandonia to get games, pay attention as some you still have to pay for. But most are free.

    How to use Norton’s Commander in DosBox to play games

  2. delenn13

    BTW, I got permission from my friend to post that Tut.

  3. hipockets

    Two excellent articles –
    What Search Engine Poisoning Is & How It Spreads Malware
    INFOGRAPHIC: How Safe Is Your PIN?