Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 16, 2013

The Best Free VPN Clients – VPN products can help employees access work machines back in the office, provide consumers with secure Internet browsing, or enable secure connection between a few computers. There are some good free choices available, but which one is for you?

Java is not JavaScript – tell your friends! – Some people are worried that turning off Java also turns off JavaScript. Despite their names, Java and JavaScript are completely different, and turning off Java will not turn off JavaScript.

For 1 in 3 teen girls, online meetings lead to offline encounters – Study of 251 girls ages 14 to 17 also finds that abused or neglected teens are more likely to portray themselves online in a sexual manner.

Get Graph Search on Facebook – Facebook is slowly rolling out its beta version of Graph Search, a new, smarter way to search within your social network. Here’s how to sign up.

Dvorak: Facebook Rolls Out Graph Search for Pathetic Souls – Facebook’s new social search seems to be aimed at losers chasing hotties and pathetic souls searching for a new television show to watch.

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Why You Shouldn’t Trust Google’s Free WiFi Network – Last week, Google unveiled plans to build a free wireless Internet zone in Chelsea, a New York City neighborhood. Pretty much every news report and social media conversation focused on how the free Wi-Fi would give people in the area easy access to the Internet. Security was missing from the conversation.

OkCupid app sets singles up on ‘Crazy Blind Dates’ – A new mobile app from the popular online dating site lets users meet strangers at a favorite bar or coffee shop any night of the week.

10 weird and wonderful Raspberry Pi hacks – Necessity may be the mother of invention, but having a $35 Raspberry Pi computer helps too.

Five notable new features in Fedora Linux 18 ‘Spherical Cow’ – As the free, community version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Fedora is nothing if not a leading-edge distribution, and it tends to offer a sneak preview of what’s to come in RHEL and beyond. Currently in the No. 4 spot for page-hit rankings on DistroWatch, it’s particularly well-known for its business-focused features.

Prosecutor in Swartz case under fire – Carmen Ortiz was being talked about last month as the next Massachusetts governor. Now she’s being investigated for threatening the late Aaron Swartz with decades in prison.

New ‘Aaron’s Law’ aims to alter controversial computer fraud law – Silicon Valley congresswoman wants to change a 1984 law that was used to prosecute Internet activist Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide last week.

10 essential Windows 8 travel apps – Whether you’re taking a much-needed vacation to warmer climes or a dreaded trek to the in-laws’ house, the useful apps highlighted here can cover all your travel needs, from deals to wheels to digital photography reels—no baggage check-in required.


Fake anti-virus attack spread via bogus ADP anti-fraud update emails – Users are slowly getting the message that it is important to keep their computers updated with the latest security patches, with zero-day bugs in Internet Explorer and Java making the headlines with disturbing regularity. The bad news is that online criminals can actually exploit increased awareness about security for their own malicious ends.

List of Online Malware Scanning Services – If you have downloaded a file that you aren’t sure is safe or malicious, you can have it scanned locally on your computer using your existing antivirus or anti malware programs. You probably have one or two or maybe even three such scanners at most, and except one single resident, real-time scanner, others are likely to be demand only since no two real-time scanners can exist together without killing each other and the system it resides on. This is why online malware scanning services are so handy, because it allows you to scan files with multiple scanners without installing any of them locally on your computer. (recommended by Hipockets)

Automated YouTube account generator offered to cyber crooks – Apparently, the bot can create up to 30 accounts at the same time, it can upload videos, logs activities and more. The price for such a handy tool? A trifle: $20 for two months, $40 for a lifetime.

Oracle delivers 86 security fixes – Oracle has had two major updates in the last 2 days. On Sunday, Jan. 13 a new version of Java 7 was released that addresses the 0-day vulnerability that has been exploited in the wild. The Oracle Critical Patch Update (CPU) came out that addresses all other Oracle products. Overall, the January 2013 CPU fixes over 80 vulnerabilities in 10 product groups.

Malware infects US power facilities through USB drives – Two U.S. power companies reported infections of malware during the past three months, with the bad software apparently brought in through tainted USB drives, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT). ICS-CERT recommended that the power facility adopt new USB use guidelines, including the cleaning of a USB device before each use.

Company bosses slacking on hacking – Company bosses across the UK have a complacent attitude toward cybercrime and are inviting criminal attacks due to their sloppy approach to internet security, reveals new research from Swivel Secure.

Company News:

United Introduces Wi-Fi for International Flights – Travelers on United Airlines will soon be able to check their email or browse the Web while crossing the pond. United said today that it has added satellite-based Wi-Fi Internet connectivity on some of its international wide-body aircraft.

Apple, Amazon ordered to try settlement in ‘app store’ suit – Even though Apple’s ongoing case against Amazon over its use of the term “app store” is scheduled to go to trial, the judge wants the companies to work to settle beforehand.

BlackBerry gets vote of confidence from monitoring-software maker – There’s good news for a change for BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, as monitoring-software vendor SpectorSoft today announced its first software support for BlackBerry in the enterprise. A recent study that Trend Micro did internally on mobile devices rated BlackBerry the most secure in comparison to Apple iOS or Google Android.

PayPal strikes a deal with in-store tech company NCR – PayPal’s deal with NCR will help the company add new features and functionality to its in-store shopping app.

Belgian Group Sues Apple Over Confusing Warranty – A Belgian consumer group has filed suit, arguing that Cupertino does not clearly communicate its warranty policies to consumers.

Webopedia Daily:

Virtualization – In computing, virtualization means to create a virtual version of a device or resource, such as a server, storage device, network or even an operating system where the framework divides the resource into one or more execution environments. Even something as simple as partitioning a hard drive is considered virtualization because you take one drive and partition it to create two separate hard drives. Devices, applications and human users are able to interact with the virtual resource as if it were a real single logical resource.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Judge: News agencies shouldn’t have used Twitter photos – A judge rules that the AFP news agency and The Washington Post infringed on the copyrights of a photographer by publishing images that he’d posted to Twitter.

Volvo V40 watches the road with camera, radar, laser – These devices work with a lot of different safety features designed to watch out for potential road and traffic hazards. While alerting the driver is usually the primary goal, some of these features—braking the car, say—will act if the driver does not respond to the alert.

Google doodle lets hockey fans drive the Zamboni – Interactive doodle game honors the 112th anniversary of the birth of Frank Zamboni, Jr., inventor of the famous ice resurfacer.

Winterize your photo techniques – Though you may not be shoveling snow from your driveway where you happen to live, winter has arrived. And that’s great; you can find a lot of wintertime photo opportunities out there. But before you head outdoors to take a picture of your neighborhood snowman or to capture frost on tree branches, get ready for the cold weather and winterize your photography techniques.

This Nevada man does not have your lost cellphone – A resident of North Las Vegas, Nev., says owners of lost cell phones have repeatedly shown up at his house incorrectly demanding phones that they tracked via software to his location. Because the problem appeared to be related to some owners of Sprint phones, Sprint told Computerworld that it’s investigating the problem and wouldn’t comment further.

Today’s Quote:

“Being moral is to make good choices between right and wrong or good and bad actions. It applies to both individuals and organizations. With regard to the police function, a citizen cannot expect the police to operate only legally — but that they must also act morally. For without moral considerations, policing would become both ineffective and unbearable in a free society.”


Today’s Free Downloads:

BlackBeltPrivacy Tor+WASTE – Tor helps keep you safe online. WASTE enables secure content exchange. A usability enhanced Tor+WASTE+darkRendezvous() Privacy Pack. An installer, for Windows XP 32/64, Vista 32/64, Win7 32/64, Linux (WINE).

Surf Anonymous Free – Surf Anonymous Free is the most advanced and reliable software for Internet users who want to ensure that their sessions and all online activities are secure and private. For instance, it is used to protect your sensitive data such as bank account information, private photos from being stolen and pried, or visit those websites, blogs and forums that once blocked you.



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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 16, 2013

  1. Thanks bill for another great edition.
    I’m spreading the word. ( )