Blackberry's creators, Research in Motion, reported losses in Q1 which resulted in its shares dropping over 17% in extended trading. For those of you owning a Blackberry, it might be one of the final ones you possess. After owning the market for a long period of time, many feel that Research in Motion rested on their laurels and got behind on technology while Apple and Google surpassed them. Developers are writing more for alternative devices and less for the Blackberry as they see their own profits drying up on the once-popular 'Crackberry'.
20 Million new pieces of Malware were released in 2010, and a big group is fake Anti-Virus programs. These pieces of malware get installed to cripple your system and then demand that in order to "fix" the infections, you need to pay to "purchase" their software to fix the issues. Many are getting harder to recognize as they look more like Windows or other vendor's programs. McAfee has released a list of the Dirty Dozen of malicious anti-virus software. If you see any of these trying to install, immediately close any pop-ups windows or other options they are providing to get access to your system.
Police in a large metropolitan city have been pursuing a specific group of criminals known as wardrivers stealing information from small businesses. The group uses businesses' weak wireless security to steal credit card and other personal information. Seattle Police state that the estimated cost from just this one criminal organization was over $750,000.
Windows 7's interface has completely been redone. In many respects, it is simpler, but it can lead to confusion on where certain familiar settings have been placed. Where is the Run option? How do I sort files in this new interface? How do I connect to my company's VPN?
You found a website you want to explore, but in order to get to the good parts, you need to enter your email address in order to get a registration code. Afraid of entering your company email address to be hit up with offers, third party services, or even spam? Now you can create a temporary email address that you can use for 10 minutes before it disappears; for free! This way, you can get access to what you need, without them getting access to you or your company.
We are proud to announce the completion of a ground-up website for a new construction company on the peninsula, Flaherty Brothers Construction.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has come out with a list of websites that keep your information private and which ones squeal to the government with the laziest prod. Amazon, Twitter, and Google rank the highest from the survey. Facebook, Apple, Comcast, Skype and Yahoo were in the low end of scoring. Results were judges based on revelation by companies to people about government requests of data, issue reports on frequency of such requests by government officials, and/or fighting orders in court on users' behalf.
Toshiba announced they are releasing hard drives that will erase sensitive data if they are connected to a different machine than their original. Commands can be issued that will wipe data on command, after every power cycle, or a certain number of invalid login attempts are logged. Data can also be specifically destroyed dependent on company's security requirements.
Skype acknowledged a vulnerability in their Android App that could allow users to have their data taken from their Android devices. They are working on a fix for their application and will have it out shortly.