Our latest edition of WIG has lots of news link goodness such as AdBlock Plus now allows non-intrusive ads by default, Sprint’s disabling of Carrier IQ on phones, Google’s removal of fraudulent Android apps, Tor’s experiments with IPv6, and more.
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Weekly News Links
- Microsoft’s new automatic update plan could (finally) spell the end of IE6
Microsoft has announced that starting in January 2012 Internet Explorer will, like Chrome, Firefox and Opera, no longer pester you with update notices. Instead Internet Explorer will automatically download and install updates in the background.
- Chrome scores a victory in the browser wars
It’s just one browser version during one particular week, and only one research firm is making the claim–but according to StatCounter, Google’s Chrome 15 is the world’s most popular browser.
- Study: Chrome the most secure browser
Security research firm Accuvant has published a new study, commissioned by Google, that investigated and compared the security mechanisms of popular web browsers. The study concludes that Chrome offers more protection than Internet Explorer and Firefox.
- AdBlock To Allow Non-Intrusive Ads By Default
AdBlock Plus, a popular extension for Google Chrome and Firefox, has issued an update, which now allows non-intrusive advertising by default.
- Tor experiments with IPv6
With the alpha version 0.2.3.9 of Tor, the anonymity software, Tor clients can now connect to private bridges using IPv6.
- Canonical to remove Oracle’s Sun Java from users’ systems
The end of licensing for operating system distributors to ship Oracle’s Sun Java JDK packages, combined with October’s announcement of a number of critical vulnerabilities in that software, has led Canonical to announce that, for security reasons, it will be disabling the Sun JDK browser plugin immediately.
- 2011: The Year of Linux Disappointments
As years go, 2011 was a kidney stone of a year for free and open source software.
- Sprint disabling Carrier IQ on phones
Sprint, which for weeks has defended its use of Carrier IQ software on mobile phones, is now disabling the software, a Sprint spokeswoman confirmed this past Friday.
- China accused of decade-long cyberespionage attacks
U.S. officials say China-based hackers have been identified to be the ones behind attacks that spanned a decade, targeting 760 companies, research universities, Internet service providers (ISPs) and government agencies.
- Microsoft fixes Duqu hole, but not BEAST problem
Microsoft has finally patched a flaw being exploited by the Duqu Trojan, but a fix to protect Internet Explorer users from having their encrypted communications snooped on didn’t quite make the cut.
- Google Wallet stores too much unencrypted data in a rooted device–report
Google Wallet does a good job of storing passwords but doesn’t encrypt the entire credit card number, balance, and other information, a research firm said this past Monday after testing the application on a rooted device.
- SMS flaw reportedly found in Windows Phone 7.5
Devices running Microsoft’s Window Phone are susceptible to a denial-of-service attack that disables their messaging function, a tipster has told WinRumors.com.
- Google removes fraudulent Android apps
Google has removed 22 apps containing fraudulent software from its Android Market appstore which had posed as popular third-party software, such as Angry Birds and Sim City, and tricked users into sending premium text messages.
- Google pulls more SMS fraud-related Android apps
Google has removed five additional apps from the Android Market that mobile-security firm Lookout alleges appear to be engaged in SMS fraud targeting Europeans.
- Backdoors in industrial control systems
The US Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) warns of backdoors in a standard network module for control systems, the Schneider Electric Quantum Ethernet Module.
Random TinyHacker Links
- Windows Live Mesh can use a Dropbox-like setup
Are you tired of Dropbox and you want to try something else? But… do you enjoy its “one sync folder” simplicity?
- Ways to View a List with All Your Shared Network Folders
It’s a pretty cool & useful tutorial for Windows 7 and Windows Vista: How to View a List with All Shared Network Folders
- Get More Productive On Android
A list of five cool apps to make you more productive on Android.
- Get More Productive On iOS
A list of five apps to make you more productive on iPhone/iOS devices.
- Learn more about the SmartScreen Filter
The SmartScreen Filter is a security feature used both in Internet Explorer and the upcoming Windows 8. If you want to learn more about what it is and how it works, check out this tutorial.
Super User Questions
- What is the maximum number of partitions that can be made on a hard drive?
- Do not cover this hole?
- Are USB hard drives really reliable enough to backup to?
- Extend Monitors on Both Sides – Using Splitter
- Does the length of cat6 cable make a difference in a home network?
- Hacker sending email from Hotmail, changing password doesn’t stop it
- Is there any drawback to just renaming jpeg files to jpg?
- Launch App multiple times from a Pinned Shortcut
- Why do web pages take so much RAM?
- I need to install an old flash player that is not listed on the adobe site
How-To Geek Weekly Article Recap
- Learn How Stuff Works With the Best How-To Geek Explainers for 2011
- Soluto Beta Manages All Your PCs from a Web Browser (We Have Invites!)
- How To Make an Incredibly Easy Panoramic Photograph With Any Camera
- From the Tips Box: Ethernet Cheat Sheets, Wi-Fi Cantennas, and Easy Holiday Package Tracking
- How to Cancel or Delete a Stuck Print Job in the Windows Print Queue
- Desktop Fun: Christmas 2011 Fonts
- What Is Postscript? What Does It Have to Do With My Printer?
- Ask HTG: Upgrade an Xbox 360 HDD, Headache Free Christmas Light Repair, and Stripping Kindle DRM
- The How-To Geek Guide to 3D Monitors and TVs
- How to Remote Control uTorrent From Your Mobile Phone
Geeky Goodness from the ETC Side
- YouHaveDownloaded Tells You Whether Your IP Has Been Tracked
- Water Drops Frozen in Time [Photography]
- Google and Memory [Infographic]
- Water Drops Colliding at 5000 FPS [Video]
- Know Your Memes Presents: Best Memes of 2011 [Video]
- Dust Off That Old Graphing Calculator and Play Super Mario Bros 3, Pokemon, and More
- Brick Bending: Create Curvilinear Forms with LEGO Bricks
- Get Your Windows 7 Desktop Ready for the Christmas Season [Double Theme]
- Lego Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 [Video]
- The Ultimate List of Chromium Command Line Switches
One Year Ago on How-To Geek
- Design and Print Your Own Christmas Cards in MS Word, Part 1
- Design and Print Your Own Christmas Cards in MS Word, Part 2: How to Print
- The 10 Best How-To Geek Guides for Perfect Christmas Photos
- Create Your Own Geeky LED Holiday Lights with Old Bottles
- Eight Geektacular Christmas Projects for Your Day Off
- Use Your PC to Keep Yourself Entertained While Traveling for the Holidays
How-To Geek Comics Weekly Roundup
- That is not Spyware
- Geeks Gone Wild
- A Connection to His Mother
- The Wrong Crystals
- Copying and Pasting
How-To Geek Weekly Trivia Roundup
- Which Circuit Board Was Named After a King?
- Which Pizza-Sized Movie Format Failed to Win Over Consumers?
- What Do Scientists Use to Accurately Measure the Distance Between the Earth and the Moon?
- Which Common Computer Cable Was Named After A Debunked Scientific Theory?
- After Whom Was Princess Zelda, of The Legend of Zelda Fame, Named?
- Published 12/18/11