Archive for October, 2010

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Firesheep: Hacking Facebook and other social media sites for amateurs

Firesheep, an amateur hacking tool, has been downloaded more than 104,000 times a mere 24 hours after its launch, according to TechCrunch.

Firesheep is a Firefox add-on programmed by Seattle-based software developer Eric Butler, who says he designed the extension to demonstrate the HTTP vulnerability in certain websites (such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr, and Yelp). The extension basically allows people to view information traded over a public network, in the form of cookies — when someone logs on to one of the 26 sites in Firesheep’s database, their information is vulnerable to being swiped.

Firesheep is available for Mac OS X and Windows.

Before privacy hawks freak out, it’s not quite as bad as it sounds. Because Firesheep uses information swiped from cookies, it won’t reveal passwords to any snoopers –just a person’s username and session number ID. So, while people might be able to see sensitive information (say, the person’s Facebook account), they can’t do anything that requires the password (for example, in Amazon, they won’t be able to purchase anything or access credit card information).

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Review: ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus – 25% off

Eset Nod32 Antivirus is a great desktop security solution, complete with effective protection and advanced features. Eset Nod32 is particularly useful for home users looking for a simple “down-to-earth” security software that they can simply install and let the software do the work for them. Eset has proven to be one of the best overall performing antivirus software, and continues the trend with their most recent installment, Eset Nod32 Antivirus 4.

Scope of Protection:

Eset Nod32 Antivirus certainly isn’t as far-reaching as the upgraded Smart Security, but the scope is definitely on par with other leading antivirus competitors. Eset Nod32 is equipped with all the essential technologies and features to keep your PC protected from traditional threats (viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, and even rootkits), but is also fully armed to completely protect you while you’re online. Eset works behind the scenes to deliver protection from dialers, adware, and keyloggers.

Eset Nod32 integrates email protection to scan email (inbound and outbound) for viruses and other malware. The antivirus software also protects users from auto-running external media (like USB jump drives) by scanning files when the external medium is plugged in.

Effectiveness:

While Eset Nod32 isn’t the most effective, the software is consistently near the top in independent antivirus tests. Eset certainly holds its own with competitors for efficacy and efficiency. In the recent test from Virus Bulletin, Eset performed right on par with most of the competitors for overall reactive and proactive antivirus scanning, and came away without any false positives.

The recent evaluation from AV Comparatives showed some false positives (12), but Eset still scored at the top of the class for overall detection rates (with an impressive 97.2%), and garnered an overall A+ (Advanced Plus), the highest rating from AV Comparatives.

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WaveSecure Review: Secure your Android phone

Last week while at McAfee’s FOCUS Conference, I almost had to learn a hard lesson on cell phone security.  On Tuesday morning everyone at the conference packed in to hear Dave DeWalt, McAfee’s CEO, give his keynote speech.  After the keynote I made my way to the first session I was going to sit in for the day.  It took me about five minutes to realize that my Nexus One was not in my possession, which I had to pay full price for only a few months ago.  My heart nearly skipped a beat at the thought that it may have grown legs and walked away, because I knew that I had it at the keynote.

I began to retrace my steps and came up empty.  I went back to my seat where I listened to DeWalt.  Nothing.

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Cell Phone Security

source: http://cellphones.org/blog/cell-phone-security/

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Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat is now available

There aren’t any glaring changes that stand out on first install from the RC, and all the stuff we love is still there: easy installation, the incredibly user-friendly Software Center, Ubuntu One’s streaming music (which is on its way to getting even better), the new Ubuntu font, and the Unity interface for netbooks, to name a few. If you’ve been biding your time until the official release, your wait is over, so head over to Ubuntu.com to download a disk image (or just hit up Update Manager if you’re already running Ubuntu). And, while you’re waiting for it to install, be sure to brush up on all the new features with lifehacker’s screenshot tour.

Ubuntu, as always, is a free download.



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Android Market to begin accepting PayPal payments as early as October 26th

One big bone of contention for many new Android users is having to use Google Checkout over Paypal for purchasing apps.  It’s not that Checkout is a total hassle to set up, but, rather, most folks are just more acquainted with Paypal.  Plus, Paypal is accepted in nearly 200 countries while Google Checkout only reaches about 30 countries. According to a recent article on TheStreet, Google has been working with eBay on a deal which could see Paypal integration as early as October 26th.  If true, the timing of the announcement would coincide with the kickoff of Paypal’s developer conference in San Francisco.

Would you buy more apps if Paypal were integrated into the Android Market?

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Aerofoil: Extends your laptop battery life with Windows Vista and Windows 7

Aerofoil 1.5.1 is a System Utility product from silentdevelopment.co.uk, An efficient utility to improve notebook battery performance.. With Aerofoil you will be able to extend Vista and Windows 7 notebook battery life.
Aerofoil Features:
1. Allowing you to manually disable Aero Glass
2. Optionally managing Aero Glass user interface
3. Optionally managing sound muting
4. Optionally managing YOUR chosen power plans
5. Optionally managing Windows Sidebar
6. Optionally showing a quick hibernate button
7. Changing icon colour to show your power type. SoftSea.com had fully tested, reviewed and uploaded the install files, Aerofoil does not contain any adware or spyware, the latest version is 1.5.1, you can download this system utility software (630.47 KB) from special server of SoftSea.com. The license of this windows utility software is Freeware, you can free download and free use this system utility software.

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Is your machine a part of a botnet? Find out with BotHunter

Ever wonder if a piece of malware has made your machine a part of a botnet?  I saw this a few months ago on the midnight blogs, but i forgot to post about it. They have made a live cd to correlate traffic patterns of malware on a network. They then report on it by severity, event log pointers, and names of infections. Time to stop procrastinating and check it out…

BotHunter is the first, and still the best, network-based malware infection diagnosis system out there. It tracks the two-way communication flows between your computer(s) and the Internet, comparing your network traffic against an abstract model of malware communication patterns.(1) Its goal is to catch bots and other coordination-centric malware infesting your network, and it is exceptionally effective.

BotHunter will help you catch malware infections that go regularly undetected by antivirus systems and completely ignored by traditional intrusion detection systems. Let’s find out who really owns your network.

http://www.bothunter.net/

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Call of Duty Black Ops with $100 Gamestop gift card for free

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Dirt cheap organization trick to reduce cable clutter on your desk

If you have USB cables, cell phone chargers and other connecters lying all around your desk, just get a couple of Binder Clips Large 12/Pack from your nearest stationery store and fix them to one edge of your table as shown.

De-clutter your Desk

The wire arms (or the handles) of the binder clip can act as “holders” to not only give you quick access to your most frequently used cables but they’ll also prevent the wires from falling off your computer table.

Binder Clips are available in many different sizes so if you are working on a thick desk, you may want to buy a larger version of the clip.

[source:http://lifehacking.nl/kantoor-tips/nooit-meer-je-usb-kabel-achter-het-bureau-verliezen-voor-e1/]

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Start Talking: Hands free Android texting application releases beta

It’s proven dangerous, but we’re all guilty of it from one time or another. I’m talking about texting while driving, where a few quick strokes of your touch or keypad can turn deadly.

StartTalking, a new texting application from AdelaVoice, looks to give drivers no excuse for texting while driving, with this hands free, voice controlled solution. The application is completely hands and eyes free, allowing the user to initiate, compose, review, edit, and send text messages entirely by voice command.

The app is currently in open beta for Android 2.0 and above devices, and can be found in the Android Market, or by visiting http://m.starttalking.com from your phone.

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Password Protect notes in OneNote 2010

Password protection in Microsoft OneNote 2010 is designed to help keep your notes safe from prying eyes. Whether you use OneNote for class notes at school, for meeting notes at work, or for storing personal information at home, passwords play a crucial part in controlling access to those notes.

The most common scenarios for using passwords to help control access to the information in your notebooks include the following:

Personal privacy Your notebook may include a dedicated section or folder that contains personal data, such as your home address, telephone numbers, Social Security number, bank and credit card account numbers, Web site login credentials, and similar information. In this age of rising identity theft, leaving this type of information unprotected is risky business. OneNote encrypts protected notebook sections to help keep your personal information secure.

Flexible security If you use OneNote to document your life at school, at work, and at home, you’re likely to set up separate sections for each. Depending on how you want to share such information with others, you can assign different passwords to different sections.

Secured mobility Unlike a computer password, which controls access to your computer but doesn’t protect the individual files stored on it, a OneNote section password remains with your notebook file. It helps secure sections of your notebook even if your notebook file is copied to another computer or a file server, or if your computer is lost or stolen.

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FileToFolder Review: Create and move files into their own folders

Do you ever want to have a bunch of files moved into their own folders?  I have this need for a lot of media files such as movies, TV Shows, and music.  Usually it’s a tedious, manual process to go through all of the file creations and cut & pastes.

With a tool that I found called FileToFolder, we can automate a bit of the tedious work.  This free app does one simple thing: it processes files to create a folder for each and move each file into its own folder. The folder will have the same name as the original file. Pretty straightforward and simple, yet potentially very useful. FileToFolder can be used from it’s main GUI interface or optionally via the Windows explorer context menu. See image below for an illustration of how it works.

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System Ninja: Drive cleaner that compliments CCleaner

System Ninja is a program for cleaning your computer of unwanted junk that constantly slows your entire system down. System Ninja features a fast and powerful file cleaner, Startup Manager, Process Manager and Startup Log Generator, plus several useful tools such as CCEnhancer, FileAnalyzr and MalRunDestroyer.

File Cleaner:
System Ninja features a powerful cleaning application which scans your computer for files that can be deleted to save hard drive space and speed up your computer. Files and directories currently cleaned include:
– Windows Temporary Files.
– .tmp files, in all directories
– Thumbs.db files, and other thumbnail caches.
– Mac icon files, which are unsupported by Windows.
– Game caches, increase the speed of your PC games. Currently supports only The Sims 2 & The Sims 3.
– Windows Logs
– Common Torrent Tags (Those annoying little .txt files that come with many torrents.)
– Recent files

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Chrome extension Goddamn Work can help you count down to the end of the day…

Need to know how long you have until Miller Time?  Has your work-numbed mind lost the capacity to count down how much longer you have?  The Google Chrome extension Goddamn Work will aid your clock staring until the end of the day.  Now you know how many 30 minute long trips you need to take in order to waste enough time to get to the 5pm whistle.

The extension is available here:  https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/iponlibfcdcmdkfbleophloobdoicdoj

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Google TV launched, some questions are answered

Google TV is coming — and judging by the new Google TV website, it’s coming soon.

Via the medium of shiny, black, stylish imagery, the site goes a long way to answering any and all questions you might have about the service. For sitting-in-the-living-room TV watchers it soundsreally cool. If you sit at your computer all day, however, the feature list feels a little mundane.

Incidentally, if you’re poking around the Google TV site, there’s a link to a ‘Google TV blog‘ at the bottom of the page — but it’s invite-only… just a temporary issue, I’m sure!

[via TheNextWeb]

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For Liberty: How the Ron Paul Revolution Watered the Withered Tree of Liberty

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Chrome Web Store opening this year, Integrates Google Checkout and Apps Preview

The much anticipated Chrome Web Store will have its debut by the end of this year itself, according to Google. And Chrome Web Store’s latest feature addition include integrated Google Checkout and a new Apps Preview for developers.

Chrome Web Store
All new Google Chrome Service called Chrome Web Store will debut later this year and new features are finding its place in the Web Store at a frantic pace. New additions include a much needed Google Checkout integration and also a App Preview option for developers.

You can now sign up for a Google Checkout merchant account via your developer dashboard. If you are planning to use Chrome Web Store Payments to charge for apps, you will need to complete this setup before you can accept payments. If you already have a merchant account with Google Checkout, you will be able to associate it with your items in the store.

Signing up for Chrome Web Store Payments is currently available to developers based in the US who have a US bank account. Developers also will have the added ability to see how their app will appear in the store[See the screenshot]. “When you preview an uploaded app, you will see our new design of the app’s landing page. As before, your apps are only visible to you during the developer preview until the store launches later this year.” [via chrome blog]