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Microsoft Morro beta Security Released

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Hot Deals, Microsoft, Software,

Morro ScreenshotMorro is finally available in beta, limited to users in the United States, Brazil, and Israel. The free security tool replaces Windows Live OneCare, which was a paid service. Available for 32- and 64-bit installations of Windows XP/Vista/7, it supplies you with protection against viruses, malware and others baddies on the Internet. Microsoft is hoping to target those who let their yearly software subscriptions expire, those who don’t buy it and users that never turned theirs on.

Read More | PC World

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Alarm.com Offers Free App to System Owners

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Lifestyle, Free Apps,

Alarm.comAlarm.com has released a free app for iPhone for those who already have one of their systems. You still have full control over your system from anywhere you are and can arm/disarm if necessary. With included tools, receive real time updates on your home, watch live and recorded feeds and check event histories of past occurrences. Kudos to Alarm.com for coming up with a clever way to possibly drum up some new business.

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Skyscraper Space Invader Worries Security Experts

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Action, Corporate News, Retro,

We know that security experts are fairly nervous of late and this video of Skyscraper Space Invaders seemed to really freak out McAffee. “Perhaps the first demo was just for fun, but the others will have less juvenile goals,” said McAfee Avert Labs researcher Francois Paget.

Yves Peitzner, director of Brainstormclub, the German company that produced the video, said that this was a promotional idea for a video game conference. They produced it even when the planners backed out. Two buildings in Munich were used and the game was added in post production.

Read More | Wired

Visa Tests Emue Credit Card

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, Misc. Tech,

EmueIn an effort to combat credit card fraud, Visa is testing a new card. The Emue generates and displays a new code each time it is used. A PIN number is used to generate the code that is displayed on an alpha-numeric screen built into the card. There will also be an account number, magnetic strip and 3 digit security code. A three year battery is used in the device so that the card will expire before another is needed. A pilot study to test the new card should be completed by the end of the year.

Read More | Banking Times

BlackBerry Almost Ready for Obama

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cell Phones, Handhelds,

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President Obama’s BlackBerry 8830 seems to be on the way. It is in the final stages of development with the NSA overlooking the encryption software SecureVoice. He will be able to use it around the White House and when he travels. Michelle and VP Biden will also get one. By the way, if you visit the White House, you will have to check your BlackBerry, iPhone, cell phone or other electronic device at the door.

 

 

Read More | Washington Times

McAfee Study Shows Spam Wastes Energy

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, Internet,

Carbon FootprintMcAfee commissioned spam expert Richi Jennings to study its environmental impact. The results were that the energy used in transmitting and deleting is equal to the electricity used in 2.4 million homes. Furthermore, the GHG emissions were equivalent to 3.1 million automobiles. Last year, McColo was taken offline and the spam volume dropped 70%, with the energy savings equal to taking 2.2 million cars off the road that day. Sign up at McAfee if you would like to download the entire report, although we suggest you don’t print it to save a tree.

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Norton Free OnlineFamily

OnlineFamilyIt’s a scary Internet world for kids, but Symantec has generously offered Norton OnlineFamily to keep tabs on them. The software streamlines data from all your computers and can flag trouble sites. It shows where your kids are going and lets you search through their IMs, Facebook and MySpace profiles, including checking what information they are putting out there. They will call it Big Brother, but isn’t it better to be safe than sorry? A $60.00 value, the software is Free until Jan.10, 2010.

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Fujitsu Secure Memory Device

USB Memory DeviceCompanies as well as individuals know that security is not always possible with portable drives if lost or stolen. So Fujitsu is developing 2 new technologies to help prevent data disclosure from USB memory devices. One of them is to automatically erase data stored after a fixed period of time. A second ensures that data would only be stored on a specified server. While there is no timetable as to it becoming a viable technology, at least the company is making a concentrated effort to handle the problem.

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Trend Micro Smart Surfing Virus Protection

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Utilities, Free Apps,

Smart surfingWith Conficker and other evils running amok of late, Trend Micro has developed what it calls the first safe app for browsing on the iPhone and touch. Smart Surfing uses advanced “in the cloud” Web Reputation technology to block access of viruses, worms and other malware. When you use the application and come across an unfavorable URL, Smart Surfing will notify you visually. The application is free and available at the iTunes App Store.

Read More | Trend Micro

UK Residents Block Google Street View Car

Google CarMany areas in the UK, such as shopping centers and streets, have surveillance cameras. But Broughton residents had had enough and formed a human chain to keep out a car that was shooting for Google Street View. Paul Jacobs noticed the car and got ticked off enough to round up his neighbors to block the road. By the time the police showed up, the car had left the area. This is not the first time Street View has had complaints. Pictures of shelters for battered woman in the U.S. were previously removed.

Read More | ABC News

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