The Internet security company PC Tools has found a new software bot that is designed to flirt online on social networking sites for the purpose of ripping you off. Cyber-Lover will initiate conversation and respond in chat rooms up to 20 times an hour, and is apparently difficult to detect since it varies its profiles, vocabulary, and tones. Eventually, it will inquire as to your name address and phone number. It then seeks other info on the Net to include website, photos and blogs. While we don’t know of very many who chat using their real names, we are certainly glad that most of us try to remain anonymous whenever possible (hehehe.)
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For those of you who admit to googling yourself or others, you are not alone. An actual study shows that 47% do it, up from 22% in 2002, with 74% having only done it once or twice and only 3% doing it regularly. When queried about how much information is released, 60% of Netters are not concerned about the amount that is out there. The survey was done by telephone and contained data from experts in the field of privacy, identity management, and searching.
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We love these spy-game goodies. This wireless cam pans 210º and tilts 63º via remote control with a 2.5-inch transistor LCD and a 480 x 2344 resolution. The camera’s infrared LEDs allow for night vision for up to 16 feet. Choose from 3 different channels on its 2.4 GHz signals. At a size of 6 x 2 2/3 x 1-inch and a weight of 6 oz., it comes with earphones and adapter and needs 4 AAA batteries (not included.) Available for only high-end secretive types, its price is $249.99.
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While perusing del.icio.us bookmarks over the holiday, I came across technology and productivity blog Codswallop’s fantastic Freelancer’s Toolset. Yoav Ezer posted this list of 100 tools for freelancers back in May, and barring a few recent developments in the web app universe, it’s exhaustive and incredibly helpful. With apps covering organization, calendaring and to-do’s, money, storage, project management and productivity, writing and design, security and privacy, mobility and contact, marketing and networking, business and legal, contact and feedback, website tools, printing and packaging, revenue building and giving, and more - just about anything that a freelancer can use on the web to further their business can be found on this list.
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This week, Japan’s Narita Airport began a new immigration security system that requires non-Japanese to have their fingerprints scanned and photos captured. Apparently, the time spent for each person was often over an hour as compared to the previous 15 to 20 minute wait. Tested by Justice Minister Hatoyama, there were a few bugs in the system, including one of the machine’s locking up and its cams not being able to photograph those who were on the tall side. Once the kinks are worked out, we expect that Big Brother will be watching in other airports as well.
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If you saw the movie “2 Fast 2 Furious,” you will probably recognize the electromagnetic system that can stop vehicles. Researchers at Eureka Aerospace are creating a device that is about 7 x 3 feet and weighs 200 lbs. Attached to a car or aircraft carrier, it sends out pulsing microwave radiation to disable the microprocessors that keep the car engine going. Chief Exec James Tatoian says that the system may be available for security purposes within 18 months. That gives us less than two years to beat out those speed traps or buy a car made before 1972, which was when electronic control modules were first placed in them.
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Elecom’s MF-NU2 series of USB Storage Sticks features built-in PASS (Password Authentication Security System,) which eliminates the need for identifying yourself on up to 3 computers. Available in 4 colors and holding up to 16GB data, it also hampers use by others who decide to see what’s in your
pocket. On sale later this month, it is compatible with Windows Vista/XP/2000 and Mac OS X:10.3 or later.
In an effort to make a few extra holiday bucks, Mobile Robots has decided that its surveillance bots can do double duty. Jeeves will greet your friends at the door with “Welcome to our home” and a tray of drinks, but we are assuming that you have to open the door yourself. Brewskibot is capable of carrying 2 6-packs in its fridge and can patrol your home or office in its spare time. Agent 007 will also serve as security with its built-in camera but can scare your buds by yelling, “Police, freeze!”
The real point that they are making here is that you can make your robot a part of the family, rather than just a service object. Now if they could just offer them cheaply enough for us to bring one home. The bots will set you back $30,995.00, $31,995.00, and $34,995.00 respectively.
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So you’ve just bought a new home or opened a store…and you don’t have enough money (yet) for security cameras. Or maybe you just don’t want to deal with all the wiring and agita. So how about this fake security set? It includes two cameras that not only look authentic, they have a working LED and video cables that appear to connect to the wall-–giving the impression of a complex security setup inside. Plus, the camera’s anodized aluminum casing will withstand the elements. Each camera requires 2 AA batteries and measures 8.5”L x 3.5”W x 4”D. Available for $60 USD.
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A study by InsightExpress uncovered that 73% of mobile device owners are in the dark about protecting their device and data from Bluetooth hackers. If you fall into this bracket, listen up. There are three ways your gadget can be hacked: with Bluejacking, you’ll start receiving unwanted spam text messages, which can send your monthly bill (and mental state) skyward. The next level is Bluesnarfing, in which a hacker gains access to your data – and copies it for themselves. Most disturbing is Bluebugging, where a hacker can completely control your phone and make calls, obtain data, send texts and even eavesdrop on your calls. Prevention methods are amazingly simple, according to Ooi Szu-Khiam, a Symantec senior security consultant:
1) Turn off any Bluetooth features you’re not using.
2) Try to keep your device’s Bluetooth ID visibility setting at “hidden” so hackers can’t scan and find it.
3) Use passwords with a lot of digits, say 10. The more digits, the longer it takes to crack, if at all.
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