This week we learned how to set Firefox up to use Google Apps for opening everything, use Virtual PC to install Windows 7 into a virtual machine, what an equalizer is and how it works, had fun adding an artist’s touch to our desktops with a special customization set, where to score sweet geeky deals on laptops, HDTVs, & free apps, and more.
Photo by Lord Dane.
Weekly News Links
- Windows 7: 350 million licenses sold in 18 months
Eighteen months after Windows 7 was released, Microsoft is boasting that it has sold 350 million licenses of its flagship operating system. The platform’s sales have barely slowed since the company last bragged about numbers; after 12 months, 240 million licenses had been shipped.
- Oracle gives up on OpenOffice after community forks the project
Oracle announced that it intends to discontinue commercial development of the OpenOffice.org (OOo) office suite. The move comes several months after key members of the OOo community and a number of major corporate contributors forked OOo to create a vendor-neutral alternative.
- Windows function disables exploit protection
Security experts Chris Valasek and Ryan Smith have revealed how they are able to bypass Windows’ heap-exploitation mitigation feature. Their discovery allowed them to exploit a vulnerability in Internet Information Services (IIS) 7 (since patched) to inject malicious code and prove that Microsoft’s initial assessment that exploitation of the vulnerability could at worst only crash the server was wide of the mark.
- Exploit on Amnesty pages tricks AV software
On its blog, security firm Armorize has reported on a clever exploit on certain web sites that infected visitors’ computers with malware. Apparently, criminals injected a “drive-by download” on web sites such as that of human rights organisation Amnesty International.
- Ashampoo warns customers of data breach
The German software company Ashampoo, publishers of CAD, office, utility and security software for Windows has been the victim of an attack on its servers and, as a consequence, has issued a warning to its customers.
- Cyber attacks rise at critical infrastructure firms
Cyber attacks on critical infrastructure companies are on the rise, with a jump in extortion attempts and malware designed to sabotage systems, like Stuxnet, according to a new report.
- Personal-safety GPS device presents security risk
Bailey, a senior security consultant at iSec Partners, was able to trick the Zoombak system into believing a device in his possession in the United States is actually in Afghanistan.
- “HTTPS Now” campaign launched to protect internet security
The San Francisco based Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) citizens’ rights organisation and the Access digital freedom organisation have announced the launch of new international campaign.
- E-mail security: Back on the front burner
Malware purveyors may not need to hack a company’s server to get their hands on your e-mail address. Security researcher Samy Kamkar–he of the infamous Samy MySpace worm from several years back–recently disclosed a technique for discerning the business e-mail address of almost anyone, whether or not they’ve made it public.
- Dropbox caves on privacy, opens subscriber files to law enforcement
Dropbox has a juicy carrot and one big stick for subscribers. The cloud storage service announced 25 million users and revised terms of service.
- How Apple tracks your location without consent, and why it matters
If you haven’t yet enabled encrypted backups for your iPhone or iPad, now’s definitely the time to start. Two security researchers have discovered a simple way to map out where you’ve been almost anywhere in the world — without any hacking involved.
- Your iPhone’s watching you. Should you care? (FAQ)
Researchers announced that they found what look like secret files on the iPhone that track user location and store it on the device, without the permission of the device owner. To help users understand more about the data that’s being collected, what the risks are, and what they can do about it, CNET has put together this FAQ.
- Tools wipe location data from (some) iPhones
Want to wipe location-tracking data that’s being stored on your iPhone without your permission? There’s an app for that, but you’ve got to jailbreak your iPhone first.
- How police have obtained iPhone, iPad tracking logs
Law enforcement agencies have known since at least last year that an iPhone or iPad surreptitiously records its owner’s approximate location, and have used that geolocation data to aid criminal investigations.
- Lawmakers demand answers from Apple on iPhone tracking
Lawmakers want answers from Apple after a report was published this past week that showed that iPhones and iPads track and store users’ location information.
Random TinyHacker Links
- Awesome Free Software and Tools to Create and Edit Videos
Here’s a list of free software and web based tools to create and edit videos.
- Use Double Driver to Backup Windows Drivers
A nice tool to backup Windows 7 drivers.
- Sharing Bookmark Folders In Browser
Learn how to share bookmark folders in your browser.
- Share and Preview Files With Dropdo
This service lets you quickly upload files to share, and also lets your friends preview them online.
- Nice Sites to Learn How to Touch Type
Some nice (and free) sites to learn touch typing.
Super User Questions
Super User has the answers you need. Here are some of this week’s most popular questions.
- Was my Linux computer hacked?
- How to properly secure a Linux computer?
- Windows C space constantly rising.
- How can I reinstall Windows 7 if I lost my installation DVD?
- How to rename 80.000 files at once in Windows?
How-To Geek Weekly Article Recap
Feel the heat with this week’s hottest articles from HTG Main.
- Boost Networking Performance by Installing Tomato on Your Router
- How to Harness Technology to Score Amazing Craigslist Deals
- Ask How-To Geek: Allocation Sizes, Tweaking the Right-Click Context Menu, Changing the Taskbar Color
- Ask The Readers: How Do You Maximize Your Multi-Monitor Setup?
- Remove Backgrounds Automatically with a Free Photoshop Action
Geeky Goodness from the ETC Side
Enjoy looking through our most popular ETC posts of the week.
- Supplement Your Current Anti-Virus Software with the Microsoft Safety Scanner
- How Many Computers Does the Average Geek Network Have?
- Turn a Webcam into a Motion Detecting and Email Notifying Security Cam
- Use High Voltage to Erase a CD like a Mad Scientist [Video]
- Apps, Apps, & More Apps; An Infographic Look at Mobile Applications
- Perfect Coding for Sleep [Wallpaper]
- The Temptations of a Portal Gun [Video]
- Sunset Over a Field of Sunflowers [Wallpaper]
- Rainbow Drops – A Burst of Color for Your Desktop [Wallpaper]
- Xerox’s First Commercial Copy Machine Came with a Fire Extinguisher [Geek History]
One Year Ago on How-To Geek
Work on a weekend mini project with these great articles from one year ago.
- Complete Guide to Networking Windows 7 with XP and Vista
- Boost Netbook Speed with an SD Card & ReadyBoost
- Make Windows Position Your Dual Monitors Correctly
- OCR anything with OneNote 2007 and 2010
- Convert DVDs and ISO Files to MKV with MakeMKV
How-To Geek Comics Weekly Roundup