Comcast trialing service to alert customers of potential computer infections

Comcast just launched a trial of an automated service that would alert its customers if they have possible virus or malware infections on their home computers. Great, but… it works as a browser toolbar. Granted the average customer probably uses their Internet connection mainly to surf the Web, but what happens if they switch browsers… Continue reading Comcast trialing service to alert customers of potential computer infections

Microsoft Security Essentials, free anti-virus security software released

As promised, Microsoft just released its free security program for Windows XP/Vista/7 this week. This is anti-virus/anti-malware/anti-spyware/anti-trojan/anti-rookit software. It replaces Microsoft Defender. The big question here is whether or not Microsoft will run products made by Symantec, McAfee, et al out of business. You can download Security Essentials from Microsoft.

GfG’s Article Recap for Week Ending May 29, 2009

This week saw us yearning after some ‘appliance 2.0’ technology including ‘connected’ washers/dryers and a freezer failure sensor kit. We reviewed a poster printing service which we thought was pretty good. The Easy iPod Media Sharer‘s name says it all – useful family gadget. We do love our Gmail; their new lab is cool –… Continue reading GfG’s Article Recap for Week Ending May 29, 2009

Article Recap for the Week Ending Apr 10, 2009

Here’s some of the notable articles and gadgets from this past week: A few weeks ago we reported on Legacy Locker asset access scheme in case of death, well now it’s live. Residents in Broughton, UK, decided that they didn’t like Google’s StreetView intrusion, and got a bit angry with the StreetView driver. In some… Continue reading Article Recap for the Week Ending Apr 10, 2009

Conficker Worm wakes up; Check your AV and patches

AV researchers noticed that the Conficker worm ‘woke up’ and has started replicating a piece of data among infected computers. It is still unknown what this mystery payload is, but it could be something as dangerous as a keylogger. Bottom line is that you should check your Windows systems again for up to date virus… Continue reading Conficker Worm wakes up; Check your AV and patches

Trustware’s BufferZone separates files and applications

As a follow-up to our piece on the Conficker C worm, a vendor called Trustware sent us news about their product (BufferZone) which can arguably be classified as an Anti-Virus app, but doesn’t quite work like the typical AV program. BufferZone claims to prevent malicious code from installing on your system by placing it into… Continue reading Trustware’s BufferZone separates files and applications

Article Recap from the Week of Mar 27, 2009

Here’s our weekly summary of featured items from Gizmos For Geeks: There’s a new feature from Google Labs that allows you to ‘unsend’ an email just after sending. Why oh why is the Sci Fi Channel renaming themselves to SyFy? For noisy environments, you’ll be able to get a ‘throat microphone’ from Sanwa. Home improvement… Continue reading Article Recap from the Week of Mar 27, 2009

Update your Virus Scanner & Patch your system

If you’re running Windows, then you should get your system patched ASAP and check that your virus scanner definitions are up to date. Not that you shouldn’t be doing this all the time, but there is a worm called Conficker C that has already infected millions of computers and will allow the author to control… Continue reading Update your Virus Scanner & Patch your system