Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSI download apps all the time to review. You might download apps to play games, or just for utilities. But some of those apps might be doing more than just turning your phone into a flashlight. They might be malware, or they could be taking more personal information than you know. That is where TrustGo comes in. They look at the apps, then let you know if this app is safe to download. For Android (working on iOS), you install this app, then let it scan other apps that download. This is technically not anti-virus, because TrustGo does a lot more. In this day and age, malware is only one threat. TrustGo is available now for you to download.
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Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSOf course, when you say “BitTorrent”, people get images of hackers and illegal downloaders. But Torrents do have many positives to them. If an item is in public domain – for example – then you would be able to download and consume that content without issue. BitTorrent has been working on bettering their reputation. BitTorrent Plus has been created to give the users a better experience. You can use it to share larger files over the internet in an efficient manner. Their new service is called Share. It’s in Alpha right now, but the app is intended to send non-copyright material to friends and family. Things like family photos, videos, and other items. Along with this new service, they are working on a live streaming protocol to let you send movies and pictures to family on their TVs. That way, Grandma and Grandpa can...
Remember Microsoft Live OneCare? That’s okay. No one else does either. It was Microsoft’s effort to copy what other companies already did better–provide virus protection. Like MS Live Search, it didn’t catch on. Reuters reports that Microsoft is going to try to crack the anti-virus market again. The story is here. An excerpt:
Well, not exactly. But it has morphed. According to the New York Times, a new, improved, better version of the Windows Trojan that we don’t yet know what it is supposed to do is in the wild. Read the full story here. If you run Windows, make sure the operating system and anti-virus are updated and the firewall is on and properly configured.
I have been reading on Conficker for a while now. It’s basically a worm that uses your computer to spread itself. The newest variant is feared to wreak havoc come Wed, April 1st. But if it does, how much damage are we really talking about? First of all, lets throw it out on the table: if you have your Anti-virus and Windows updated, then totally scanned your PC, you should be good to go. If your Anti-Virus hasn’t been updated in a while (Some IT people feel they are impervious to getting a virus. Silly people), then update now.
The New York Times speculates on what the Conflicker worm is all about. Read the full story here: Speculation about Conficker’s purpose ranges from the benign — an April Fool’s Day prank — to far darker notions. One likely possibility is that the program will be used in the “rent-a-computer-crook” business, something that has been tried previously by the computer underground. Just like Amazon.com offers computing time on its network for rent, the Conficker team might rent access to its “network” for nefarious purposes like spamming. Make sure your Windows boxes are updated, your firewalls are secure, and your anti-malware programs are current.
Judging by this description from McAfee, when Koobface infects a computer, it connects to the net and downloads additional malware. Here’s one item it attempts to download. The worm uses social engineering to spread. It sends users bogus messages posing as an invitation to watch a video and prompts the user to download malware disguised as an Adobe flash plugin.
According to the Register, Microsoft has issued a substantial reward for the author of the Conflicker (or Downadup) worm. Story here. More about Conflicker here. Full Disclosure: I’ve found that stories in The Register need to be read critically, not because The Register makes stuff up, but, in a choice between snark and accuracy, it leans towards snark. Given that, it’s still one of my favorite websites.
Subscribe: iTunes | RSSWhen I go out to find a new PC – Many Years from now. Will it be equipped with a floppy drive, 2 gigs of RAM and 1 gig WiFi. Can it process a Terrabyte of data or will it be real slow. Will it be a PC, Intel or AMD, and will it be 64 bit. Windows 7 is just around the corner. It will have something like 20 versions of it. Most important, it will have 32 bit versions as well as 64 bit versions. Try GoToMeeting free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts.