Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 16, 2012

Three not so simple but necessary security tips – It should be easier to block Flash cookies, enable security settings in your browser, and rate your Facebook profile’s privacy. Follow these steps to accomplish all three essential safety measures.

How Secure Is Google’s Data Bank? – Google knows more about you than you know, but that information could easily be stolen or fabricated. I find it peculiar that Americans seem to be much less concerned than Europeans about all these bad outcomes and dark possibilities. They collectively know better than us about bad outcomes. Google needs to rein this in.

The Best Firefox Extensions and Add-Ons of 2012 – Firefox has more ways to extend functionality than any other browser. Here are the best add-ons that you should be using.

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Five portable antivirus and antimalware tools to carry with you at all times – Let’s face it, one of the primary jobs a Windows admin does is keep machines free of infection. It’s inevitable – end users will open files, install cutesy apps, and go to sites they shouldn’t. When they do these things, their machines get infected. When their machines get infected, you could wind up fighting a losing battle – unless you have the right tools. Sometimes the antivirus tools installed on the machine just aren’t enough. When that time comes, you’ll be glad you have one (or more) tools on your USB drive to help you out. I’ve found five such tools that could certainly get you out of a serious pinch. All of these tools are portable and work like champs.

Don’t kill my Windows XP! – As Windows 8’s official arrival date nears, it may be time to remember that many of us are still happily using Windows XP and we aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Four Web-based scheduling tools for small businesses – If your business involves meeting with clients, you know what a hassle scheduling can be. Doesn’t matter if you’re a real-estate agent, a financial advisor, or a contractor—appointment management can be a full-time job. Before you hire someone to tackle that job, consider a Web-based alternative. Wouldn’t it be great if your customers could simply visit your Web site, check your availability, and schedule their own appointments — no receptionist required? I’ve rounded up a quartet of online-scheduling services designed for exactly that purpose.

Logitech’s illuminated Windows 8 keyboard connects to 3 devices at once – Logitech announced on Monday a glowing, Bluetooth keyboard that can connect to as many as three devices simultaneously and switch among them at the press of a button. You could, for example, use the Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 to switch among your Windows 8-powered Ultrabook, Android smartphone, and an iPad. The new keyboard is compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8 (or Windows RT), iOS 4.0 or later, and Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) or later.

Six tips for keeping mobile devices secure at work – Many organizations are feeling a little overwhelmed as they try to work out appropriate security levels and device management boundaries. When you take into consideration all the platform and application updates chewing through corporate bandwidth, plus the potential for rogue applications and malware to gain illicit access to company data, there are many headaches for security managers to deal with. Here are six tips to help get the efficient and secure management of mobile devices under control.

Consumers actually really like cloud storage, report says – It turns out that consumers, by and large, really are interested in moving as much as they can into the cloud.

Security:

FBI warns users of malicious mobile malware – In a warning issued by a government task force, mobile users are told to beware of malware that is especially lured to Android’s operating system and ways to avoid it.

Google to fight malware on Android handsets – Google appears to be planning to fight malware on the handset level, according to a report posted to the Internet on Monday. The report, posted Monday by enthusiast site AndroidPolice, analyzes a new resource file for the Google Play Store app. Resource files are loaded into memory before an application begins to run.

miniFlame discovered, designed for targeted cyber espionage – Kaspersky Lab announced the discovery of miniFlame, a small and highly flexible malicious program designed to steal data and control infected systems during targeted cyber espionage operations.

Oracle Patch Update to Include 109 Patches – OracleBuckle up Oracle administrators for 109 patches coming your way tomorrow. Oracle’s quarterly Critical Patch Update is due, and the company is releasing fixes for security vulnerabilities across most of its enterprise products, addressing a host of remotely exploitable flaws. This comes a little more than a month after exploits of a serious zero-day vulnerability in Java were reported, as well as a critical zero-day vulnerability in Java SE.

SMBs not concerned about cybersecurity – U.S. small business owners or operators have a false sense of cybersecurity as more than three-fourths say their company is safe from cyber threats such as hackers, viruses, malware or a cybersecurity breach, yet 83 percent have no formal cybersecurity plan.

Windows 8 brings malware improvements, says researcher – Microsoft has put in some protections to ensure that anti-malware from vendors that have gone through Microsoft’s digital-signing review process will be loaded up first to check to see if a system is clean before continuing the boot process, says Goretsky. There is one wrinkle in all this in that Microsoft itself is shipping its own anti-malware software with Windows 8 called Windows Defender.

Merchants ineffectively fighting online fraud – Although most merchants have made a concerted effort to fight e-commerce fraud, their methods are largely ineffective against fraudsters and off-putting to consumers, according to a new survey by Card Not Present and SignatureLink.

Company News:

Amazon offers ebook refunds in price-fixing settlement – Amazon will offer partial refunds to customers who bought ebooks between April 2010 and May 2012 a result of the settlement in a price-fixing case between publishers and the attorneys general of most U.S. States. The retailer is notifying eligible customers by email. Compensation ranges from $0.30 to $1.32 per ebook from three publishers, Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster. The firms have agreed to pay some $69 million into a fund for the settlement. The refunds will be either in account credit or as a check if requested, and won’t arrive until February 2013, subject to court approval.

McAfee debuts data center security suites for physical, cloud environments – Touted to offer more security while using less resources, McAfee’s latest release is aimed at servers and databases in a variety of data center environments.

Eugene Kaspersky Unveils Plans for New Secure SCADA OS – Attacks against SCADA and industrial-control systems have become a major concern for private companies as well as government agencies, with executives and officials worried about the potential effects of a major compromise. Security experts in some circles have been warning about the possible ramifications of such an attack for some time now, and researchers have found scores of vulnerabilities in SCADA and ICS systems in the last couple of years. Now, engineers at Kaspersky Lab have begun work on new operating system designed to be a secure-by-design environment for the operation of SCADA and ICS systems.

ACCC accuses HP of violating Aussie consumer law – HP’s Australian branch has been accused of misrepresenting consumer guarantee rights detailed by law, according to the ACCC.

Zynga sues former exec for ‘wholesale theft’ of data – The gaming company is going after its former general manager of CityVille, saying that he stole “sensitive and commercially valuable data” and left a “forensic trail of his wrongful conduct.”

Rumor: Amazon Eyeing TI’s Mobile Chip Business – The Kindle Fire maker is reportedly in “advanced talks” with Texas Instruments to buy TI’s mobile chip business.

Webopedia Daily:

CAMP – Cloud Application Management for Platforms – CAMP, short for Cloud Application Management for Platforms, is a specification designed to ease management of applications — including packaging and deployment — across public and private cloud computing platforms. According to the technology vendors behind the CAMP specification, which includes CloudBees, Cloudsoft Corporation, Huawei, Oracle, Rackspace, Red Hat and Software AG, CAMP is intended to provide a common basis for developing multi-cloud management tools as well as a REST-based approach to application management.

Off Topic (Sort of):

How to Lie Without Actually Telling a Lie – We all lie sometimes, whether you’re seeking to hide your true feelings about someone’s fruitcake or a housing a deep, dark secret. Nonetheless, most of us don’t enjoy being dishonest and you don’t have to be. By utilizing misdirection, you can lead others to believe a lie without ever telling it.

Application bloat survey: if you don’t know the answer make something up – Survey silly season is well under way. Company after company is sending the results of surveys and hoping ZDnet will publicize the results. Unfortunately, these studies are often self serving, badly designed and produce results that are seldom representative.

Congressman to FTC: Don’t mess with Google – A Democrat from Colorado pens a letter to the Federal Trade Commission to warn the agency not to go too far with its antitrust probe or there may be “congressional action.”

10 Hilarious Tech Comedy Skits – SNL went after tech bloggers this weekend for their iPhone 5 complaints, but it’s hardly the only tech-related skit of late.

Today’s Quote:

There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.”

–     Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Today’s Free Downloads:

Toolwiz Pretty Photo 1.5.0.0 – With this free tool, you can modify your photos and make them look better with only few clicks. It does not only include more than 30 professional image filters, but also support Image Resize, Flip, Crop, Rotate, Layers, add Shadow, add Frame and so on. With Toolwiz Pretty Photo, you can change the HUE, Staturation, Color Balance, Curves Tools, Levels, Brightness and Contrast of one photo. You can add special objects to the photo, such as Line, Text, Image, Rectangle, Ellipse, Arrow, Sharp, Pop Message. Toolwiz Pretty Photo has many speical features to help you modify your photos. Such as Soft Focus, Color Paint, Mosasic Paint, Scrawl Paint, Image Warp, Skin Polish, Skin Color Change. Also Toolwiz Pretty Photo allows you to add Blush, EyeBrows, EyeShadow, Pupil, Eyelashes to the photos.

AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2013.0.2741 – AVG Anti-Virus FREE Edition is the well-known anti-virus protection tool. AVG Anti-Virus FREE is available free-of-charge to home users for the life of the product! Rapid virus database updates are available for the lifetime of the product, thereby providing the high-level of detection capability that millions of users around the world trust to protect their computers. AVG Anti-Virus FREE is easy-to-use and will not slow your system down (low system resource requirements).

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – October 16, 2012

  1. delenn13

    Thanks for the FF add ons…A lot of shopping ones though..

    And a Nice one for photos…Toolwiz Pretty Photo. I do so like those ToolWiz guys. 🙂

    • Hey Delenn13,

      Agreed – the FF ad-on recos missed the boat.

      I’m impressed with the ToolWiz guys as well – they’ve put out some great stuff in the last few months. Tried out Toolwiz Pretty Photo – not too bad.

      Best,

      Bill