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Tech Tidbits

Life again has me burning the candle at both ends, and there has not been time for posting. But, here are a few quick “tidbits” for your consideration.

* Big savings on Hewlett Packard items ends tonight. To see the 4-1-1, click here.

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* The Best Antivirus for 2012

Which of the current antivirus tools are best? PCMag sorts them out.Read more..

* Sony Allegedly Hacked By New Hacktivist Group

Is breaching Sony a hazing ritual of hacktivists?Read more..

* Lessons Learnt From FinFisher Mobile Spyware

FinFisher, a controversial spyware toolkit being used by oppressive regimes to track activists, can also take over smartphones.” Read more..

What? That didn’t get your attention? How ’bout..

FinSpy Mobile has even more functionality: it monitors calls, texts, WhatsApp messages, and emails, captures keystrokes, steals contact lists, turns on the device microphone to record ambient sounds, and tracks owners by GPS. Citizen Lab posted a pretty thorough overview of how the Trojan works on iPhones, Androids, BlackBerries, Windows Mobiles, and Symbian devices.

* Nearly 12 Million Apple UDIDs Potentially Stolen From FBI

“A hacktivist group has released an archive of more than a million Apple-related Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) that were apparently stolen from an FBI computer. The same group also claims to possess at least 11 million more UDIDs taken from the same computer.

The group, known as “AntiSec,” is believed to be related to the hacking group known as “Anonymous” and purportedly acquired the list of user names, devices names, cell phone numbers and addresses last spring by leveraging a Java vulnerability.” Read more..

Hmmm… putting everything into a “database” is a good idea, right?

There’s also been articles on how Server 2012 and Windows 8 are all about moving us into the “cloud”.. but, since I won’t touch “cloud computing” with a 10′ pole (it is a very bad idea, IMHO), I guess I am either going to join the resistance, or go off the grid.

Because I am beginning to think adopting all these “smart” gadgets ain’t so smart (and neato-cool) as I once did.

But.. if you’re interested..

* Windows Server 2012 launches as cornerstone of Microsoft’s ‘Cloud OS’

Microsoft is making available the final Windows Server 2012 bits for test and/or purchase as of September 4. Read more..

* Microsoft: New server OS needed for cloud era

* With Windows 8, just what does “no compromises” mean?

Today’s quote:Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders.” ~ Sloan Wilson

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September 5, 2012 Posted by | computers, consumer electronics, hackers, Internet, News, tech | Leave a comment