Monday, August 29, 2011

Minor Monitor | Protect your children on Facebook

Minor Monitor Protect your children on Facebook

How Hackers Perpetrate Click-Fraud

In 2009, security company Symantec noticed a particularly complex malware code infecting users' computers. At first the company did not think much of it outside of the fact that is was unusually complicated. The company wrote detection and repair codes for it. Once detected, malware usually shrivels and dies. Yet, the malicious code, known as W32.Xpaj.B, did not go away. It morphed and evolved, allowing one group of cyber criminals to use it for years to perpetrate a search engine click-fraud scheme that netted the hackers an easy $62,000 from unwitting advertisers. Read more

6 computer labs that gave birth to the digital world - Slideshow | ExtremeTech

6 computer labs that gave birth to the digital world - Slideshow ExtremeTech

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Bug Bounties: Why Paying Hackers Makes You Safer | PCWorld

Would you pay a burglar to break into your own house? Most smart people would probably say no, but smart tech companies are increasingly saying yes. Companies like Google are offering serious rewards to hackers who can find ways to break into their software. Read more

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Maximum PC | The Power User's Guide to Google Apps

Remember that old maxim that says we use only about 10 percent of our brain’s capacity? It’s been proven as hokum by modern neuroscience, but we think we can safely apply the same basic analogy to Google: The vast, vast, vast majority of computer users—even those practiced in hardcore nerdery—are almost certainly using a pitiful fraction of all the applications and features intrinsic to Google’s ever-expanding matrix of software code. Read more

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

How to Benchmark Your PC | PCWorld

Whenever you read a PC review or a component review, benchmark results typically accompany it. Such results are most often in the form of numbers, such as a score or a frames-per-second total. Sometimes they're relative, in that the result is posted as a multiple of some reference system or number.

Because benchmark scores mostly appear in product reviews, that's how people frequently view them--simply as a way of comparing products. But benchmarking is useful for more than just figuring out what graphics card to buy. Read more