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iPhone Jailbreaking: Security Concern or Not?

For those who are not familiar with the term jailbreak, it is freeing a device from the constraints imposed by the vendor. It normally requires the installation of software on a computer that will allow it to be installed on the device thus breaking it wide open for access and full modification as well as access to third party non-approved software.

85% of All Crimes Leaves a Digital Fingerprint

It has been stated that 85% of all crime leaves a digital fingerprint in electronic devices. This may occur from an Internet intrusion, identity theft and traditional crime like murder. Computer forensics has aided in the investigation of these crimes. Computer Forensics is the use of specialized techniques for recovery, authentication, and analysis of electronic data when a case involves issues relating to reconstruction of computer usage, examination of residual data, authentication of data by technical analysis or explanation of technical features of data and computer usage.

VMWare Fusion on Mac OS X: How to shutdown Windows when it is hung

I have been running VMWare Fusion with Windows XP as my guest OS for some time on my MacBook Pro. The other day, Windows XP while shutting, just hung as it seems to do from time to time on regular PC-based installed. I spent 2-days, waiting for it to complete. I even used the:

VMware Fusion menu bar > Virtual Machine > select Power Off

But it seem by using:

VMware Fusion menu bar > Virtual Machine > press the option key and select Power Off

It is the equivalent of pulling the plug out of the wall and it worked. Hope this will help someone out as it did me.


Crimeware Defined and Explained

Crimeware is malicious software used to initiate a crime that is typically Internet-based. During the past two years, crimeware attacks have increased at a far greater rate than the normal virus. International gangs of virus writers, hackers and spammers are joining forces to steal information and collect huge profits illegally.

Apple iPhone 4 Signal Issues

The reports were about the iPhone 4 suffering from a severe drop in signal reception. Even Consumer Report, which publishes reviews and comparisons of consumer products and services based on reporting and results from its in-house testing laboratory with approximately 7.3 million subscribers stated, “we can not recommend the iPhone 4 due to the antenna/signal issues that are obviously and apparent.”

Spyware: The New Annoying Threat

So what is this spyware? Spyware is software that collects personal information from your computer without your knowledge of the occurring event. Information gathered from spyware ranges from the collection of all web-browsing activities to collecting sensitive information like usernames, passwords, address and even your social security number. Spyware has the ability, when installed, to modify system settings, which perform undesirable tasks on your computer system. Furthermore, spyware has been known to redirect user’s web browsers, cause computers to dial services for which they are billed and install DLLs and other executables files to send your personal data to another computer. This is done by using the computer’s memory resources and also by utilizing bandwidth, as it sends information back to the spyware’s home server via the user’s Internet connection. Because the spyware program is using memory and system resources, the applications running in the background can lead to system crashes or general system instability.

Personal Security on Social Networking Sites

Visits to social networking sites account for more than 10% of the total time people spend on the Internet, according Nielsen Online. A social network site focuses on building online communities of people who share common interests and activities, such as Linkedin.com and Facebook.com. Facebook is now the most visited social networking site on the Internet, with nearly 1.2 billion visits in January 2009 alone, while Twitter and Linkedin are steadily gaining ground.