Google Chrome leads the browser pack at preventing phishing, study finds – Phishing attacks are an all-too-common threat on the Internet today, but among the top browsers Google’s Chrome does the best job of preventing them. That’s according to a recent study by security research firm NSS Labs, the results of which were published on Wednesday.
Are SSDs the new RAM for boosting system performance? – RAM was once the king of the system performance boost. Now, there’s a new kid in town that’s usurping the throne: SSDs.
CCleaner – A new update handles Chrome add-ons and integrates with Windows 8. CCleaner’s simple and intuitive layout will appeal to users of all skill levels. Its four features — Cleaner, Registry, Tools, and Options — are prominently displayed on the left side of the window.
7 killer upgrades to supercharge your PC gaming – PC gaming can be a pricey hobby, which can make tracking down the right gift for the gamers in your life a bit troublesome. Fortunately, gaming gear like headsets and mice offer an oft-overlooked (and relatively inexpensive) way to upgrade a friend’s or loved one’s gaming setup for the holidays. We’ve looked at a few options in great gaming accessories that will also keep your pocketbook intact.
Stream and share YouTube music videos with Tubalr – Web app Tubalr lets you quickly and easily mine YouTube for music videos. Register with the site and you can also create custom, sharable playlists.
Transfer a Windows 8 ISO to a bootable USB flash drive – Greg Shultz shows you how to transfer a Windows 8 ISO to a bootable USB flash drive.
Facebook app now auto-uploads smartphone photos – Facebook starts to roll out the new feature — which automatically uploads phone photos to a private album online — after months of testing.
How to enable metered Wi-Fi connections in Windows 8 – Windows 8 can designate Wi-Fi connections as metered, so you can better manage data usage on connections with a data limit.
Report: Little demand for Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet – Lackluster demand has reportedly prompted Microsoft to slash orders of its Surface RT tablet from 4 million to 2 million units. According to DigiTimes, the slow start for Redmond’s ARM-based tablet could ultimately persuade Microsoft to lower the price of its upcoming Intel x86-powered Surface Pro ($899 for 64GB and 128GB for $999) which is slated to ship in January.
FBI Warns of New Twist to Reveton, Citadel Malware Scams – The cybercrime group behind the Citadel malware and Reveton ransomware has upped the stakes with a new extortion technique, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center said today.
Personal data of 235,000 WCSU students exposed – The vulnerability existed from April 2009 to September 2012 and potentially exposed information, including Social Security numbers, of about 235,000 people whose records were collected by the university over a 13-year period.
Hacker attack siphons off $150,000 in teacher salaries from payroll systems – Hackers used the Thanksgiving holiday to launch a crafty attack against a local school district in the state of Wisconsin, compromising a direct deposit system, and stealing $150,000 intended for teachers.
PayPal Fixes Trio of Remote-Access Vulnerabilities – PayPal has repaired three remote-access vulnerabilities found in different areas of its website, including a cross-site scripting (XSS) flaw on its PayPal Community Forum.
Phony T-Mobile, Vodaphone Notifications Duping U.K. Users – Cybercriminals in the United Kingdom this week have launched two separate but similar scams intent on gaining access to users’ computers. Both scams impersonate e-mail notifications from popular British cell phone companies and both ultimately open a backdoor on the targeted computers.
Worm Tries AutoRun, Then Social Engineering to Infect – Once the infection takes place, according to Sophos, the malware performs all the usual operations. It phones home to its command and control server, receives instructions for downloading further payloads, and then, at least in the case that Sophos looked at, downloads a banking trojan from the Zeus family, and tries to steal its victim’s money in one way or the other.
AVG Updates its AntiVirus for Android and Introduces New AVG Safe Browser for iPad and iPhone – AVG Technologies, the provider of Internet and mobile security to 143 million active users, today announced it has updated AVG AntiVirus for Android and launched the new AVG Safe Browser for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
AMD branching out to solid state drives with Radeon-branded SSDs? – Apparently not just satisfied with its Radeon lineup of graphics cards, AMD has already extended the brand into desktop and laptop RAM and is now looking to jump into the highly competitive solid-state-drive market, according to SemiAccurate.com.
Facebook’s “Hacktober” tests employees’ security awareness – For the second time in a row, Facebook has celebrated “Hacktober” by testing their own employees with simulated attacks and threats. Users who reported the threats were rewarded with Facebook-themed swag (T-shirts, stickers and bandannas), while those who failed to spot them can look forward to additional security training.
Google acquires BufferBox, provider of delivery lockers – The Canadian startup could help Google build out its e-commerce efforts.
Apple, Starbucks Launch (RED) Gift Cards for World AIDS Day – Apple and Starbucks have joined forces to offer a special electronic gift card designed to assist in the fight against AIDS.
Commodity Hardware – Computer hardware that is affordable and easy to obtain. Typically it is a low-performance system that is IBM PC-compatible and is capable of running Microsoft Windows, Linux, or MS-DOS without requiring any special devices or equipment.
Off Topic (Sort of):
Majority of human diversity occurred in ‘recent’ times – To put the time-scales involved into context, it is important to understand that humans have been around for the past 100,000 years so mutations arising in the past 5,000 years are considered very recent in human history.
Do You Read Privacy Policies (and Do You Understand Them)? – According to the Internet Society’s Global Internet User Survey, only 16% of internet users read privacy policies. Of those who do, only 20% actually understand them. Reading policies and legal documents aren’t like an issue of Highlights for Kids, so many of us agree to the terms and move on. What about you?
Beyond hype: 70 percent will use data analytics by 2013 – Survey of over 1,300 TechRepublic and ZDNet members shows a growing expectation that data analytics and big data will have a major impact on businesses’ performance in the next two years.
Google Wallet: Where it’s been and where it’s going – Google Wallet is an evolving online service that facilitates shopping for consumers and transactions for merchants. Learn more about how it works.
How were Syria’s networks and Internet taken offline? – Reports suggested that Syria was cut off from the outside world, but how was it achieved?
Technical paper: Journey inside the Blackhole exploit kit – Do you want to learn more about the exploit kit that is arguably responsible for the most malware infections this year? Well read the latest technical paper from SophosLabs, where Gabor Szappanos uncovers some of the details behind the Blackhole exploit kit.
“It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.”
– H. L. Mencken
Today’s Free Downloads:
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