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Archive for September, 2011

Windows better protects apps, users from rogue DigiNotar certificates

 

It’s received wisdom in software development generally that you don’t write your own code when a perfectly good implementation is there for the taking. It’s the old saw about reinventing the wheel. But it’s especially true of cryptographic code. Windows programs that utilized the OS standard crypto functions got fast and automatic protection from the rogue certificates distributed during the DigiNotar scandal.

Windows better protects apps, users from rogue DigiNotar certificates

WP7 AVG antivirus app pulled from Marketplace, may be spyware | WinBeta

 

AVG, a family of anti-virus and internet security software for various platforms, had released the very first antivirus suite for Windows Phone 7. The suite included an antivirus, anti-malware, and anti-phishing tools. Today, reports are indicating that this "antivirus" app might be more dangerous than expected.

WP7 AVG antivirus app pulled from Marketplace, may be spyware | WinBeta

What Not to Share on Facebook | Hubze Blog

 

The Huffington Post just came out with a list of things not to post on Facebook. The list includes: your birth date and place of birth, trips away from home, your phone number, or less obviously– your child’s name.

You can always play in the safe zone with Facebook’s “Friends Only” feature but how many people have you added as a friend that you don’t exactly know? I’ve been friends with a mysterious Syrian named Simo for years now.

What Not to Share on Facebook | Hubze Blog

Shell Gas Station Uses Stickers To Prevent Credit Card Skimming – The Consumerist

 

As gas stations with pay-at-the pump, ATMs and other unattended machines where you scan your credit card get hit by skimmers tampering with their equipment, some businesses are taking preventative measures by way of a simple sticker.

Shell Gas Station Uses Stickers To Prevent Credit Card Skimming – The Consumerist

SeekDroid Free at Amazon today only.

Are you worried about your Android phone or tablet being stolen or left behind and someone having access to your personal information? This app will let you help you find it, remotely lock it, remotely wip it and see recent missed calls since it went missing.

I have not tried it yet, and I intend to in the coming weeks. Other apps out there require a on going fee. This is normally a 99 cent app and is free today only.

Amazon.com – SeekDroid 

 

Google cuts security corners to gain market share

 

It has been obvious for some time that Google’s app standards for Android are lenient to say the least. That’s why Android is the favored platform for mobile malware. But it turns out that Chrome extensions are a huge, and similar problem that I’m beginning to really worry about.

Google cuts security corners to gain market share