This week we learned how to become familiar with layers in Photoshop, know what encryption is and how it works, skip through YouTube videos using the number keys, optimize Microsoft Word’s Editor Area for better writing, put a real Libraries Icon on a Windows 7 desktop, and more.
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This wonderful theme comes with 25 custom Android wallpapers, custom Android icons, and some fun system sounds that every Android fan will enjoy.
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Bonus! Enhance the theme even more with additional icons to use on your system with the following icon pack.
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- Facebook app developers sold user info
Facebook has revealed that a data broker has been buying identifying Facebook user information from app developers and as a result has placed some developers on a six-month suspension.
- Sophos unveils free antivirus software for the Mac
Sophos unveiled free antivirus software today that Macintosh users can install to detect and block malware that targets computers running the Mac operating system.
- Microsoft responds to Firesheep cookie-jacking tool
The Firesheep developers continue to be under fire for releasing their cookie-jacking plug-in. However, in doing so they have already made Microsoft promise that it will fully convert its Hotmail / Windows Live email service to SSL.
- Firm finds security holes in mobile bank apps
A security firm disclosed holes today in mobile apps from Bank of America, USAA, Chase, Wells Fargo and TD Ameritrade, prompting a scramble by most of the companies to update the apps.
- Attackers set sights on online industrial control systems
The US government’s Industrial Control System Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) is warning that searches for SCADA systems accessible via the web are increasing.
- Microsoft warns of targeted attacks using new IE hole
Microsoft on Wednesday warned of a hole in older versions of Internet Explorer (IE) that was used in limited targeted attacks in which e-mails were sent to people in organizations directing them to a Web site where exploit code could take over their computers.
- Honeypot role reversal
Security firm Tllod (The Last Line of Defense) reports in its blog that some botnet control servers are apparently equipped with functions to mislead and monitor inquisitive researchers, and to complicate their analyses.
- Man nabbed for allegedly stealing sexy pics, posting online
A 23-year-old California man is in jail accused of breaking into more than 170 e-mail accounts of women and stealing explicit photos of them, as well as sending the photos to their e-mail contacts and posting them on their Facebook pages.
- Half of IT pros plan to use XP after support ends
Many IT professionals intend to carry on using Windows XP even after extended support for the venerable operating system ends in 2014, according to a survey.
- GNOME has the help wanted sign out
Stormy Peters is leaving her position with GNOME to take a developer relations job with Mozilla. Good for her. Bad for GNOME.
Geek Video of the Week
Google’s hardest working employees are back! And then leave for a really long time.
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Sysadmin Geek Tips
- How to Remove Advertisements with Pixelserv on DD-WRT
There are numerous ways to block advertisements in your browser, but what if you could block them on the router? Here’s how to use the DD-WRT firmware and deliberate “DNS poisoning” to block ads for every device on your network.
Random TinyHacker Links
- The Skyrocketing Costs of Childcare in America
An infographic that looks at the problem of rising childcare costs in the U.S.
- Is Google a monopoly?
An infographic that explores the question of whether Google is a monopoly or not.
- I’m sorry…
From underrated blog www.freedownloadaday.com comes a link to ‘Apology Letters’, a site dedicated to expressing your sorrow for any number of reasons.
- Avira Premium Security Suite 10 – Is it worth the upgrade from the free Avira Antivir?
If you are fond of the free Avira Antivir product, you might be curious how good their commercial security suite is. For more details about Avira Premium Security Suite 10, check out this review.
- F-Secure Internet Security 2011 Review
If you want to know more about F-Secure’s 2011 security offerings and their performance, check out this review.
Super User Questions
A whole new group of great questions and answers for you from Super User.
- Where can I find ready-to-use virtual machines?
- Quickest way to reduce ~400 images to .05% of original size
- Best way to send large files point-to-point?
- How can I stop the ads appearing on my desktop? *Involves Pre-installed PC Crapware
- Can a grounding problem damage computers immediately?
Latest Reviews at How-To Geek
Check out our latest software review.
- Office2 for iPhone
Office2 is one of the cheapest Office apps available for your iOS device, with several editions to let you only buy the features you need.
How-To Geek Weekly Article Recap
Look through our hottest articles from this past week.
- How To Fix the 10 Biggest Windows Annoyances
- Help Troubleshoot the Blue Screen of Death by Preventing Automatic Reboot
- Do You Know About These Windows Calculator Easter Eggs?
- Use Your UPS to Gracefully Shut Down Your PC During Power Outages
- BitTorrent for Beginners: Share Large Files Using Your Own Private Tracker
One Year Ago on How-To Geek
More retro geeky goodness to round-out your reading for the weekend.
- Add Sticky Note Goodness to Your Desktop with Stickies
- Windows SteadyState Returns Your PC to Normal
- Remove Garbage Software from Your New (or Old) Computer
- Restrict Access to Programs with AppLocker in Windows 7
- Help Troubleshoot the Blue Screen of Death with BlueScreenView
The Geek Note
That is all we have for you this week, so get outside and have fun with the rest of your weekend! Got a great tip? Send it in to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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