White House Unveils A Draft For A Secure Online Identity Cards

In a step forward for consumer privacy rights, the White House has released a draft plan for a trusted digital identity system. Called the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), its main goal is enable individuals to voluntarily get secure identity cards so that they can conduct business online.

One nice feature would be the ability of the individual to dictate how much of their private information was made available to the other party, whether it be an online vendor, their doctor, or a government agency.

The draft is now open for comments and we can expect a final version in Fall.

via The White House blog

Winners Picked in the LAlarm Laptop Security Sweepstakes

Hey GfG readers – we’ve drawn the winners in our recently held giveaway of the LAlarm Laptop Security software and have sent out the e-mail notifications to the 30 lucky winners.

Congratulations to all of our winners! Stay tuned to the website and/or our RSS feed and/or our newsletter to find out the next time we have another sweepstakes.

The LAlarm Laptop Security Sweepstakes: WIN a FREE Business License

LAlarm - Laptop Security softwareYou can win a free LAlarm business license ($50 value) for further protecting your laptop and your data just by entering our sweepstakes.

LAlarm Systems has kindly agreed to sponsor 30 business licenses to their LAlarm laptop alarm security software. Yes, that’s right – not 1 winner, not 5, not 10, but 30!

All you need to do is sign up for the free Gizmos for Geeks newsletter (see the top right-hand corner of this page) and be a subscriber as of Sun 30 May 2010. If you’re already a subscriber, congrats, because you are already entered.

Read on for more details.

Mozilla Plugin Check – are your plugins up-to-date?

Mozilla Firefox plug-ins extend the Firefox browser to power videos, animation, read PDFs and play games. While these plug-ins empower Firefox to do more, plug-ins are typically targeted and exploited by hackers to gain access to your system (usually to install bots). Users must keep plug-ins up-to-date, but unfortunately most people do not perform upgrades.

In the future, Mozilla will enable Firefox to update plug-ins for you. Until then, you should regularly check the link below (Mozilla’s Plug-in Checker) to stay safe.

We can check your plugins and stuff

Microsoft release mega-security-patch for IE – Update your system now

If you’re still using IE (Internet Explorer), then you need to get on this ASAP. Microsoft has just released a cumulative patch that patches 10 security holes in IE, from versions 5 all the way through the current v8. Go to Windows Update now and get these installed.

Also keep in mind that you have excellent alternatives to IE. You are not forced to use it. You have Firefox, Chrome, Opera and on Macs, Safari to choose from.

via ZDNet Blogs

RedAlert motion-sensitive recorder captures video and images

Here is another security monitor for your home – the RedAlert by Swann which is primarily a motion-sensitive video recorder. It records either JPEG photos or AVI videos when motion is selected. It can record from 1 camera at a time, although you can hook up a wired camera to it as well and switch between that and the included wireless camera. There’s a PIP feature that lets you watch both simultaneously.

The included 128MB SD card can record 250 10 second videos, and the wireless camera can ‘see in the dark’ up to 16ft away. Connects to your TV for viewing the photos and video. What’s really missing is a network capability so you can monitor your cameras remotely.

Buy now!
Price: $199.99
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

nio Bluetooth security system prevents your phone from ‘walking away’

UK company, TenBu, has a solution for alerting you if your prized possessions go ‘wandering’ off – the nio Bluetooth security system.

nio is a small fob (or tag) that you tie via Bluetooth to your phone. So if your phone and nio end up being apart at some predetermined distance, a loud audible alarm will go off on the nio tag.

The distance threshold depends on the security setting – low, medium or high. The higher the security, the lower the distance. 25m is the maximum range.

nio currently operates on most Blackberry, Nokia, Sony Ericsson and other popular mobile handsets, including Windows Mobile devices. A full list of compatible devices can be found at Android and Palm support should show up later this year.

The accompanying software that runs on your phone can manage up to 5 nio tags, so you can buy additional tags and place them in spots like your briefcase, handbag, etc. Here’s a video explaining how the nio system works:

The nio tags are a bit pricey, but hopefully, other competitors will spring up to drive down the cost on such a necessary service.

Buy now!
More info from the manufacturer
Price: $77.95
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)


As suggested in the article the device will work with most mobile phone suppliers like blackberry pearl available from

7 Free Software Apps to Protect your Laptop

One of our great readers sent in this set of 7 pieces of free software that you can, and in most cases should, use to protect your PC laptop. Most of these also apply to your desktop as well.

I happen to use most of these and recommend them as well. At a minimum, you should be using antivirus, a firewall and backups.

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