Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 30, 2013

Tor Browser Bundle lets you browse in anonymity – If you want to beef up and anonymize your Internet browsing experience as well, Tor Browser Bundle (free) is the way to go.  The Tor Browser Bundle is a portable, self-extracting package which contains a special version of Firefox, along with an application for connecting to Tor.

How to record calls on your smartphone – Whether you’re conducting an interview, hosting an important conference call, or trying to trick a criminal mastermind into revealing his plans for global domination, you’ll need a way to record your phone calls. If you have a smartphone, you’re in luck: There are apps for that. And even if your phone isn’t especially brainy, it can record any inbound call easily and at no cost.

Stay Secure With This Mobile Privacy Chart – Mobile devices seem so tidy and personal that people might forget that their phone or tablet is a target for attack. As part of their ongoing look at emerging mobile threats Trend Micro has released this handy chart of security tips for mobile users. It may look a little complicated, but it’s good advice.

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Not ready for Office 2013? Here are five open alternatives – With numerous components and pricing plans, this cross-platform entry is surely Redmond’s broadest-reaching office product to date. Time will tell how well it does, but meanwhile there are plenty of alternatives for those who remain unconvinced. Here’s a small sampling of what’s available from the world of free and open source software.

Five great Android Wi-Fi calling apps – There are many reasons to enjoy Wi-Fi calling, from starting video chats with family far and wide, to giving your old phone a new lease on life as a Wi-Fi-only device in little Johnny’s hands. However you want to use it, you still need to know which apps are best.

How to enable two-factor authentication on popular sites – It may not be the perfect security solution, but two-factor authentication reduces the risks associated with common Web activities — from searching to social networking to online banking.

Get phone alerts for suspicious activity on your Google account – Are you often looking for the best way to protect your data online? Here’s another tip to help keep you up to speed with your Google account.

India pushes for wristwatch to ward off sexual violence – Following the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old and subsequent calls for better protection of Indian women, the government proposes a gadget that would alert police, send GPS coordinates.

HTML5 ‘turns web pages into computers’: Berners-Lee – World Wide Web founder sees new horizons with HTML5, but warns against government overreach. In the BBC interview, he cautioned: “There are governments or large companies who would really like to control the web. They’d really like to determine exactly what websites you go to. There’s so much money in it.”


Researcher: UPnP flaws expose millions of networked devices to remote attacks – Tens of millions of network-enabled devices including routers, printers, media servers, IP cameras, smart TVs and more can be attacked over the Internet because of dangerous flaws in their implementation of the UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) protocol standard, security researchers from Rapid7 said Tuesday in a research paper.

Feds stumbling after Anonymous launches ‘Operation Last Resort’ – The U.S. Department of Justice still has two Federal websites down since Friday when Anonymous launched ‘Operation Last Resort’ demanding legal reform.

Bogus Windows 8 activators collect users’ private info – Unfortunately for the users who download them, these “activators” ask them to fill out a form with personal details and send an SMS message to a specific number in order to get the activation code. Needless to say, no code will be returned, and the users have just parted with private information and have spent money on the SMS.

Trojan stole over 16,000 Facebook credentials – The ‘PokerAgent’ Trojan targeted Zynga Poker, the most popular online poker site in the world. Zynga Poker hosts the Texas Hold’Em Poker App for Facebook. According to APPData, the game has more than 35 million active monthly users.

Ruby on Rails receives the third security patch in less than a month – Developers of the Ruby on Rails Web development framework released versions 3.0.20 and 2.3.16 of the software on Monday in order to address a critical remote code execution vulnerability. This is the third security update released in January for Ruby on Rails, an increasingly popular framework for developing Web applications using the Ruby programming language that was used to build websites like Hulu, GroupOn, GitHub, Scribd and others.

Company News:

ManageEngine Monitors Application Performance for Big Data and NoSQL – ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company, today announced that its on-premise application performance monitoring solution, Applications Manager, supports NoSQL technologies that drive big data. Now, Applications Manager can monitor application performance and provide operational intelligence for the Apache Cassandra and the MongoDB NoSQL databases. The ManageEngine solution also continues its existing support for traditional relational databases such as Oracle, MySQL and memcached.

LG Electronics posts loss through EU price fixing fine – LG Electronics has posted a loss after being fined by Europe for price fixing.

Voxbone Forms Partner Program to Broaden Deployment – Voxbone today announced a new partnership program for VoIP solutions providers to ease customer deployments of international telephone and toll-free services via technical and marketing cooperation. AudioCodes, Matrix Telecom and REVE Systems are the first partners to join

Apple’s 128GB iPad: How much the bump really costs – Apple just announced its most expensive iPad yet. And as usual, what you’re paying is far, far more than what it costs Apple to make.

Michael Dell to use own money to seek majority control – report – The company founder is planning to kick in $500 million to $1 billion of his personal funds to try to get majority control of Dell, Bloomberg reports.

Webopedia Daily:

Cloud backup – Cloud backup, or cloud computer backup, refers to backing up data to a remote, cloud-based server. As a form of cloud storage, cloud backup data is stored in and accessible from multiple distributed and connected resources that comprise a cloud. Cloud backup solutions enable enterprises or individuals to store their data and computer files on the Internet using a storage service provider, rather than storing the data locally on a physical disk, such as a hard drive or tape backup. Cloud backup providers enable customers to remotely access the provider’s services using a secure client log in application to back up files from the customer’s computers or data center to the online storage server using an encrypted connection.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Man allegedly follows GPS directions to wrong house; shot dead – Friends say a man in his early 20s was picking up one more of their group to go skating, when his GPS took him to the wrong house and the home-owner allegedly shot him dead, later saying he feared a home invasion.

10 PC peripherals that push the limits of science and tech – Some of the examples in the following slides make sense as evolutionary steps forward. Others should surprise even the most active imaginations.

Want to unlock your phone? Fix the DMCA – The anti-circumvention provision of the DMCA has been stifling research, slowing innovation, and annoying consumers for more than a decade. So why does it still exist?

How self-loathing and Photoshop can make you a very sad person – Shirley Hornstein used her expert Photoshop skills to pretend she knew many famous people and to ingratiate herself in the Valley. Now, it seems, she’s decided to reveal why.

Today’s Quote:

“If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. The loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or imagined, from abroad.”

–     James Madison    (Father of the US Constitution)

Today’s Free Downloads:

LibreOffice Productivity Suite 3.6.5 – LibreOffice was developed to be a productivity suite that is compatible with other major office suites, and available on a variety of platforms.

Freemake Video Downloader – Download videos from YouTube, Hulu, Vevo, Facebook, MTV, ComedyCentral, Vimeo and 40+ sites, extract lossless audio, convert online videos to AVI, MKV, MP3, iPod, iPhone, PSP, Android with our free video downloader!


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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 30, 2013

  1. Thanks for another great morning cup of coffee.
    Being invisible on the net isn’t always the best way to go since
    using a product like Tor, actually decreases your security.
    You may not be as visible however you’re security program isn’t able to scan your network activity since it’s encrypted and thereby leaves you unprotected while browsing the Net.
    I’d much rather be visible and safe than invisible and unsecure.

    Freemake offers some great products. I also like their Video Converter.

    • Hi Bob,

      A point well made, and one which should be considered. On the balance of probabilities though – I’ll run that risk. As for Tor – I’ve never been a fan; far too slow.

      As always I much appreciate your input. You always add value.