Our latest edition of WIG is filled with news link coverage on topics such as Windows XP now has less than a year of extended support remaining, Dropbox is now offering business customers an IT-friendly version, the Social Media widget for WordPress has been injecting spam advertisements into sites, and more.
Weekly News Links
- Facebook Home arrives in Google Play store
Facebook attempts to put people before apps with their release of Facebook Home, a family of applications that recreates popular social-networking functions such as chat and News Feed and embeds them within the home screen experience on select Android devices. The software suite is now live in the Google Play store.
- Dropbox sinks its hooks deeper into businesses
Recognizing its appeal to companies, the cloud storage company rebrands its enterprise offering with an IT-friendly approach.
- Apple, Yahoo said to be cozying up for more iOS services
The iPhone and iPad maker is said to be discussing a deeper partnership with Yahoo to get more of its services on iOS devices.
- Google adds local safety alerts to search results
A partnership between Google and tech startup Nixle will allow safety notifications from local authorities to appear at the top of search results.
- Mozilla brands Persona as password killer
An update to Mozilla’s beta log-in system lays the groundwork for using preferred Web mail username and password to sign in on multiple sites.
- Mozilla seeks to integrate payment system into Firefox OS
The organization is working on a common web API designed to make payments “easy and secure…yet still as flexible as the checkout button for merchants.”
- Mozilla Firefox 23 Will Block Mixed SSL Content
A big change is coming for Mozilla Firefox 23 that will force a best practice on web users that is long overdue. Many websites have long mixed SSL content with non-SSL content on the same page. That’s bad. The correct best practice is to not mix SSL with non-SSL on the same page, which is something that Firefox 23 will enforce by default.
- Why Mozilla had a change of heart about WebP images
Firefox programmers reconsidered their opposition to Google’s image format for two reasons: new data showing graphics files 30 percent smaller for faster page loads — and that the info came from a close ally.
- SeaMonkey 2.18 Beta 1 Introduces Private Browsing
SeaMonkey 2.18 Beta 1 is a new major release in the series and comes with a couple of important new features, not to mention all the bugfixes made available.
- Does WebKit face a troubled future now that Google is gone?
Now that Google is going its own way and developing its rendering engine independently of the WebKit project, both sides of the split are starting the work of removing all the things they don’t actually need.
- Windows XP death watch: 365 days remaining
On April 8th, 2014 Microsoft will terminate Extended Support for Windows XP. That means no more security updates. And that could mean very big problems for a significant percentage of PC users.
- Microsoft pulls security update for Windows and Windows Server
After Windows users reported problems with Microsoft’s security update 2823324, part of security bulletin MS13-036, the company has pulled the update from its automatic update service for Windows 7, Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 2008 R2. The company recommends users uninstall the patch. You can access the KB article for help with removing Windows 7 security update 2823324 here.
- Microsoft rolls out Office 2010 SP2 beta
Microsoft has released a beta version of Service Pack 2 for Office 2010. The SP2 beta also includes Sharepoint 2010 support as well. In addition, it has improved support for Internet Explorer 10 and Windows 8, updates for system reliability, program compatibility, security and more.
- Ubuntu Website Warns Windows 8 Users: Don’t Use WUBI
Poor WUBI – things just continue to look bleaker for the once-innovative installer. A week or so after being thrown off of the default Ubuntu 13.04 disc image the Ubuntu website is now also warning users not to use WUBI to try Ubuntu 12.10.
- Where’d Gwibber Go in Ubuntu 13.04? And What’s Friends?
Gwibber needs little in-way of introduction. The social networking client has been a default app in Ubuntu since 10.04, but was popular with users long before then too. But anyone booting into the new-fangled Ubuntu 13.04 desktop later this month will notice that it’s missing; Gwibber does not come pre-installed on Ubuntu any longer. So what’s going on?
- Brute Force Attacks Build WordPress Botnet
Security experts are warning that an escalating series of online attacks designed to break into poorly-secured WordPress blogs is fueling the growth of an unusually powerful botnet currently made up of more than 90,000 Web servers.
- Social Media Widget for WordPress a source of spam
Researchers at Sucuri have found that version 4.0 of the WordPress Social Media Widget, also referred to as social-media-widget, has been injecting spam advertisements into sites. It is recommended that anyone using the widget, which has over 900,000 users, remove or disable it as soon as possible.
- Using a Linksys Wi-Fi router? It could be ripe for remote takeover
Some versions of a popular Wi-Fi router sold under the Linksys brand expose users to a variety of exploits that allow remote attackers to take full control of the devices, a security expert said.
- Multiple DoS vulnerabilties in Cisco routers and switches
Cisco has revealed four vulnerabilities in the company’s ASA software which can all allow possible denial-of-service attacks. The ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall, the ASA software on Cisco ASA 5500 appliances, and the ASA services modules for the Cisco Catalyst 6500 series switches and 7600 series routers are all affected by one or more of the vulnerabilities.
- More than 30 MMORPG companies targeted in ongoing malware attack
Researchers have uncovered an ongoing cyberespionage campaign targeting more than 30 online video game companies over the past four years. In at least two cases, malware was planted on update servers and spread to fans.
- Vudu resets user passwords after hard drives lost in office burglary
Video service says burglars stole hard drives containing sensitive personal information, including names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and some credit card information.
- Hide your kids, hide your BTC: Bitcoin-stealing malware emerges
In another example of the security mantra of “be careful what you click,” at least one Bitcoin trader has been robbed in a forum “phishing” attack designed specifically to ride the hype around the digital currency. The attack attempts to use Java exploits or fake Adobe updates to install malware, and it’s one of the first targeted attacks aimed at the burgeoning business of Bitcoin exchanges.
- Botnet now spreading Android trojans
The Cutwail botnet, which has already been spreading the banking trojan known as Zeus, is now also trying to pass around a new Android trojan called Stels. Stels infects Android devices by pretending to be an update for Adobe Flash Player. In case potential victims aren’t on an Android device, the developers of the malware have come up with a backup plan.
- How a banner ad for H&R Block appeared on apple.com—without Apple’s OK
Someone, somewhere is injecting banner ads into webpages on the sly.
- Bing delivers five times more malware than Google, but should you care?
Bing search supposedly serves up more malware sites than Google, but isn’t browser security performance a more important measure of security?
- Hacking commercial aircraft with an Android App (some conditions apply)
As if inexpensive attacks on mission-critical global positioning systems weren’t enough, a researcher said he’s developed an Android app that could redirect airplanes in mid-flight. Comms system used in the aviation industry contains no security, he says.
- Mali offers free .ML domains to anyone. What could *possibly* go wrong?
If news reports are to be believed, the West African country of Mali is planning to let anybody register .ML domain names for free. Yes, you read that correctly.
- Lost+Found: Shells, cowboys, ponies and swearing passwords
Too small for news, but too good to lose, Lost+Found is a compilation of the other stories that have been on The H’s radar over the last seven days.
- Microsoft to add dual-factor sign-on security ‘soon’: report
The company will follow very closely in Google’s footsteps as it adds a more secure authentication process for logging in to devices and services, LiveSide.net reports. You can view screenshots in LiveSide.net’s breaking coverage post here.
- Antivirus programs tested for Windows 8
The AV-TEST Institute has published the first results of its testing of Windows 8 virus scanners. Throughout January and February 2013, the Germany-based virus lab tested nine antivirus programs for corporate networks and 26 for home users.
- Is Microsoft really becoming irrelevant?
Gartner says “Yes!” but Ed Bott looks at their numbers, does a different math and says “No!”. A fun read if you ask us.
- Install Windows Phone 8 Apps from an SD Card to Save Space
If you own a cheap Windows Phone 8 device, like the HTC 8S or the Nokia Lumia 620, you will love this guide.
- Nokia Dominates the Top 5 Most Popular Windows Phones
Some very interesting stats shared by AdDuplex and Paul Thurrott.
- Avira Internet Security 2013 – A Detailed Review
Avira provides a good, free antivirus but what about its commercial offering? Is Avira Internet Security 2013 any good?
How-To Geek Weekly Article Recap
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- 5 Months of Windows 8 and Surface RT: Still Overwhelmingly “Meh”
- Why Do Chrome and Internet Explorer Display This Image Completely Differently?
- HTG Explains: What Firewalls Actually Do
- HTG Explains: What Spear Phishing Attacks Are and Why They’re Taking Down Big Corporations
- The HTG Guide to Improving Your PC Gaming Performance
- How to Make Windows Start the Screensaver Immediately When Locked
- How to Automate Your Always-On Raspberry Pi Download Box
- I Washed My USB Drive; What Are the Long-term Risks?
Geeky Goodness from the ETC Side
- Microsoft Recommends Uninstalling Windows 7 Security Update 2823324
- Desktop Fun: Spring 2013 Wallpaper Collection
- What Cameras See That Our Eyes Do Not
- How to Activate the Hidden Color Picker in Internet Explorer
- How to Kill a Process From the CLI in Windows
- Microsoft Accounts Due to Receive Two-Factor Authentication Soon
- How to Create an Email Signature in Outlook 2013
- Cosmic Journeys – Voyager Journey to the Stars
- Momentum and Portal
How-To Geek Weekly Trivia Roundup
- If You’re Communicating In Digispeak, You’re Communicating With What?
- Which Popular Service Was Initially Considered An April Fools’ Joke?
- What Ubiquitous Insects Are Actually Crustaceans?
- What Was The Deadliest Airship Disaster Of All Time?
- Tesla Originally Believed His Radio Allowed Him To Communicate With Whom?
- Which Comic Strip Was Never Intended To Be Funny?
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