This week we learned how to check if your CPU supports second level address translation (SLAT), speed up Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010, create your own Windows 8 shortcuts, understand those confusing Windows 7 file/share permissions, looked through a roundup of the best Linux home server apps, and more.
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Weekly News Links
- uTorrent server delivered malware for two hours on Tuesday
The BitTorrent company has confirmed that its uTorrent servers were hacked on Tuesday 13 September and, for almost two hours, anyone downloading the uTorrent client software from the servers received a scareware fake anti-virus package instead.
- Another online banking trojan for Android
First, Android mobiles were found to be infected with the ZeuS trojan, and now there are reports that SpyEye has also made the jump to this smartphone platform.
- Return of the BIOS trojans
Chinese AV vendor 360 has discovered a virus in the wild that makes its home in a computer’s BIOS, where it remains hidden from conventional virus scanners.
- Facebook tool helps out stalkers
Security experts have demonstrated Facebook Pwn, a Java tool which uses social engineering to obtain personal details of Facebook users that are not publicly accessible.
- Hundreds of Go Daddy-hosted sites compromised
Hundreds of Web sites hosted by Go Daddy were found to be compromised this week and were redirecting visitors who’d arrived at the sites from search engines to a site with malware on it.
- Some Linux Foundation crack attack details emerge
A well-maintained secure operating system, like Linux, can be safe. But, that doesn’t mean that a Website built on top of it is necessarily safe. The Linux Foundation has found out the hard way.
- Italian researcher finds more SCADA holes
An Italian researcher has uncovered at least a dozen security flaws in software used in utilities and other critical infrastructure systems, prompting security advisories from the U.S. government.
- Comodohacker: I can issue fake Windows updates
Following his recent attack against Dutch security company DigiNotar, the hacker known as Comodohacker is now threatening to exploit Microsoft’s Windows Update service.
- Stock exchanges face threats despite stronger security
The function of stock exchanges as a “meeting place” and the need to be time-sensitive make them vulnerable to security threats, despite their more stringent security infrastructure compared to banks, note security insiders, who say exchanges need to adopt a comprehensive security strategy to prevent breaches.
- Sony: Sign new PSN terms or you’re banned
Use of Sony’s online services, including the PlayStation Network (PSN), which was hacked to pieces a few months ago when digital thieves made off with millions of users’ personal information, is now subject to terms and conditions that see you waiving your rights to collectively sue the company for any reason, including future security breaches.
- Symantec claims cybercrime losses on a par with drugs trade revenues
According to Symantec’s latest Cybercrime Report 2011, the UK has suffered losses totaling £1.115 billion ($1.762 billion) over the last twelve months as a result of internet criminality. Globally, it estimates losses at £72 billion ($114 billion), rising to £246 billion ($388 billion) if lost working hours are factored in.
- Windows 8 to offer built-in malware protection
Microsoft is including a beefier version of its malware protection in Windows 8. The company is tweaking its Windows Defender tool, which has been part of the last few versions of Windows, by essentially adding some of the more robust features from its free Security Essentials product.
- Microsoft Office likely to get the Metro treatment
Windows president Steven Sinofsky reiterated what we already knew: Windows 8 PCs and tablets running on ARM chips won’t be able to load applications originally built for Intel-based computers. While this is no surprise, Microsoft did also say that applications using the Windows 8 Metro interface will be easily ported to ARM platforms and that Microsoft Office will likely be given the Metro treatment.
- EU determining if Google abusing search dominance
Regulators in the European Union are evaluating whether Google is a dominant force in search and, if so, whether the company is abusing its position.
- Andreessen, others reportedly interested in Yahoo
Looks like someone may actually still want to buy Yahoo. Several parties, including Marc Andreessen’s venture capital firm, have been in touch with Yahoo to discuss acquiring all or part of the troubled media company, according to a report by All Things Digital.
Random TinyHacker Links
- How to Install Windows 8 Developer Preview
Looking for a complete installation guide of Windows 8? Check out this thorough tutorial.
- Windows 8 in 8 Minutes
A video featuring everything you need to know about Windows 8 in eight minutes.
- Download free eBook, “Microsoft Office 365: Connect & Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime”
Download this 13 chapter, 300 page eBook, available in PDF format for free.
- Microsoft Office 2010 for Dummies – Is it Worth Buying?
Are you in need of buying a book with helps people learn Microsoft Office 2010? Learn if Microsoft Office 2010 for Dummies is a good option or not, from this review.
- Add Tabbed Switching in Outlook With Outlook Tabs
Manage multiple folders in one Outlook window, compatible with Outlook 2010 and 2007. In beta.
Super User Questions
If you have questions, then Super User has the answers you need. This week we have lots of extra questions all focused on Windows 8.
- Should I install the Windows 8 Developer Preview on top of Windows 7?
- How to revert to Windows 7 after installing Windows 8?
- Is it possible to dual boot Windows XP and Windows 8 Developer Preview?
- Installing Windows 8 Dev Preview on a Macbook Pro
- Does Windows 8 Developer Preview 64bit allow multiboot when installing from a mounted ISO?
- Which virtual machine software is preferable for running Windows 8 Developer Preview?
- How to install Windows 8 Developer Preview on VirtualBox in Ubuntu?
- Is it possible to install Windows 8 using Microsoft Virtual PC?
- How do I shutdown / restart Windows 8 preview?
- Windows 8 — Blank desktop after installing NVIDIA drivers
- Start menu in Windows 8?
- How do I exit a metro app?
- Windows 8 via VirtualBox – Metro apps won’t open when clicked
- Touch doesn’t “click” in windows 8
- What font is used on Windows 8?
How-To Geek Weekly Article Recap
Catch up with all of this week’s excitement with our hottest HTG Main posts of the week.
- Windows 8 Screenshot Tour: Everything You Possibly Want to Know
- What Is Anti-Aliasing, and How Does It Affect My Photos and Images?
- The How-To Geek Guide to Hackintoshing – Part 1: The Basics
- How to Test Drive Windows 8 in VirtualBox
- Battle of the File Copiers: Windows, TeraCopy, and SuperCopier
Geeky Goodness from the ETC Side
Add some fun to your weekend reading with our most popular ETC posts of the week.
- Here’s How to Download Windows 8 Today
- When Malware has the IQ of a Rock [Humorous Image]
- Dirt Cheap Camera Stabilizer Banishes Photo Blur
- 15 Things You May not Have Known about Outer Space [Infographic]
- Fix a Pizza While Surfing the Internet with Your Laptop [Image]
- Waiting on Dropbox, Having a Snickers [Humorous Image]
- The 11 Doctors – Doctor Who Collage [Wallpaper]
- Download the Marvel Comics Theme for Windows 7
- Hack an IKEA Kitchen Timer for Cheap Panning Time-Lapse Photography
- What’s the Deal with Daily Deals? [Infographic]
One Year Ago on How-To Geek
Have fun on your computer this weekend with these terrific articles from one year ago.
- How to Crack Your Forgotten Windows Password
- 10 Ways to Generate a Random Password from the Command Line
- Beginner Geek: How To Edit Your Hosts File
- How to Change Your Linux Hostname Without Rebooting
- Help Computer Users Remotely with TeamViewer
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