Who doesn’t like free stuff? While there’s no shortage or free software available there’s plenty to be wary of. If it’s from a major software company then it’s probably trustworthy. And when in doubt, there’s always Google. Do a search and see what people say. Undoubtedly there will be crapware that comes along with “free” software, but that’s just the price you pay for “free” software. Be prepared to spammed on a regular basis about the benefits of upgrading to the paid version.
By all accounts DO NOT click on those popup ads which claim to have detected a virus on your computer. Those type of tactics will most certainly install some sort of malicious program on to your computer. *tsk *tsk those pesky cyber criminals just keep getting more clever every day.
It you do have to test out some questionable software, don’t install it on your main computer. Set up a stand alone box, disconnected from the network and Internet and go nuts. Don’t forget to scan easy install file before running it. When you’re done with it, uninstall it. It may not be malicious now, but there’s no telling what it will do next week.
It’s a good idea to back up your data. Why? Just read this story from Consumerist. Long story short, the computer place screwed up and now people don’t have their data. The first mistake was not backing up their data. The second mistake was going to THAT computer store. It’s widely known that they’ve failed on multiple occasions. Plenty of blame to go around. I’m curious to know who’s actually doing the recovery service on the store’s behalf, because I’m fairly certain there’s nobody there competent enough to perform data recovery. Hopefully one of the bigger companies will catch wind of the story and offer up some discounted service for the poor couple. Don’t trust the computer place to protect your data, perform regular backups. AND don’t buy the extended warranty! It’s a complete waste of money.
Published June 8, 2009
censorship , gadgets , news , porn , technology
Tags: adata, china, computer, data, drive, hard, porn, software
Who doesn’t like shiny stuff? Oh did I mention it can store all of your porn and it will fit in your pocket? A-Data has “cum” out with some new portable external hard drives. Currently come in 3 flavors: light sliver, cherry pink, ocean blue, and a fancy leather pouch to boot. All models are offered in the 250GB or 500GB variety (which equals lots of hours of you masterbating). They are quite eye catching so don’t be surprised if you catch people staring at your unit.
This might not be such good news if you live in China. Lookout, here comes the censorship machine! It appears that all new pc’s will soon be equipped with anti-porn software. Guess the government no likey porn corrupting their impressionable youth. The special software was designed by Jinhui Computer System Engineering who I’m sure greased (or lubed up) a few hands to get the government contract to produce the software. Hello spammers! The D-day for the requirement is July 1st. It totally unrelated news, get ready for a new bot-net to be launched on July 1st with an army of a billion situated in China.
Published August 27, 2008
funny , news , technology
Tags: computer, gammima.ag, iss, laptops, nasa, space, station, virus, worm
I’m surprised the space station held out this long. I mean with new viruses being created every day it was bound to happen. Despite the strict controls on what goes into space how did the astronaut manage to sneak a USB device with him on to the shuttle, and for God’s sake why did he plug it in?
Haven’t they heard of this “anti-virus” software over at NASA. For a bunch of rocket scientists this does not make them out to be the smartest people on the planet (even though they probably are).
“Nasa has confirmed that laptops carried to the ISS in July were infected with a virus known as Gammima.AG.
The worm was first detected on earth in August 2007 and lurks on infected machines waiting to steal login names for popular online games.”(link)
In the company’s defence, the employee was probably “former” and “disgruntled”. Who sells corporate hardware without authorization?! You’d think after previous debacles of data loss and personal information issues banks would pay more attention to this kind of security leak. I’m just happy I don’t bank with them.
“American Express and NatWest/RBS said they were investigating, but would need to establish how many clients were involved before deciding on a course of action. Graphic Data said it was trying to recover the computer. (link)
Published August 6, 2008
crime , Identity Theft , news , technology
Tags: card, computer, credit, debit, hacked, information, maxx, numbers, systems, theft, tj
The US authorities have charged 11 people in connection with the theft of credit-card details in the country’s largest-ever identity theft case.
They are accused of stealing more than 40 million credit and debit card numbers before selling the information.
They allegedly hacked into the computer systems of several major US retailers and installed software to access account details and passwords.
Prosecutors said the alleged fraud was an “international conspiracy”.
Three of those charged are US citizens. The others come from Estonia, Ukraine, Belarus and China.
The 11 suspects are alleged to have obtained card numbers, account information and password details by driving around neighbourhoods and hacking into wireless equipment. (link)
Published August 5, 2008
copyright , funny , news , technology
Tags: air, appeals, blueport, computer, copyright, court, database, dmca, force, government, piracy, software, us
Last week, a US Court of Appeals upheld a ruling on software piracy. The organization doing the piracy, however, happened to be a branch of the US government, and the decision highlights the significant limits to the application of copyright law to the government charged with enforcing it. Most significantly, perhaps, the court found that because the DMCA is written in a way that targets individual infringers, the government cannot be liable for claims made under the statute.
The backstory on the case involved, Blueport v. United States, borders on the absurd. It started when Sergeant Mark Davenport went to work in the group within the US Air Force that ran its manpower database. Finding the existing system inefficient, Davenport requested training in computer programming so that he could improve it; the request was denied. Showing the sort of personal initiative that only gets people into trouble, Davenport then taught himself the needed skills and went to work redesigning the system. (link)