Ransomware is one of the most damaging threats to our data. And while it used to be about attacks on single devices, we saw the threat evolve this year with the WannaCry and Petya/Not Petya attacks where threat actors found new ways to weaponise other vulnerabilities to deliver ransomware payloads that cost businesses hundreds of millions of dollars. And cloud services are fuelling both the attackers and defenders in their strategies.
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Mac OS X (Leopard) only: Virtual desktop enhancement utility SpaceSuit assigns separate wallpaper images for each Spaces virtual desktop so you can distinguish between desktops at a glance. Once installed, using the application is as simple as switching to a virtual desktop and dragging a wallpaper image onto the SpaceSuit icon in the dock, repeating again for each virtual desktop. The application doesn't replace your current wallpaper, but adds a new layer over top—meaning that SpaceSuit needs to be running and added to your startup items if you want multiple wallpapers. SpaceSuit is a free download for OS X Leopard users only. Hit the link for the download or take a look at the Switching to Mac tutorial for the full walkthrough.
Windows only: Free, open source application SmartCam turns your Symbian Series 60 smartphone into a wireless Bluetooth webcam. Just install the program in Windows (works in XP and Vista) and install the client to your smartphone (be sure to follow the readme in the \win\installer directory). When it's all set up, your SmartCam works with Skype and most other video chat services, meaning that if your computer doesn't have a webcam but you've got Bluetooth and a Symbian smartphone, you're in luck. SmartCam is a free download, Windows only.
Comcast subscribers: If you feel your bandwidth capping toward the end of the month, it may be because Comcast is limiting your account to 90GB/month. Have any readers felt this sting?
Webapp TwitterNotes separates notes to yourself from all the other chatter on Twitter. Simply log on to Twitter and type a note to yourself prefixed by the + sign, and check TwitterNotes to retrieve it later. Organise your TwitterNotes with tags by surrounding tag words in the tweet with asterisks, or listing tags at the end of the tweet. For people who love and live on Twitter, this a great way to separate notes to self from other status messages and conversation. If you're looking for a scheduled solution or a way to get consistent reminders, you can try the Twitter timer or Remember the Milk. Otherwise, TwitterNotes should do wonders for those who might be, ahem, tweeting during class or a business meeting.
If you've been having trouble getting your fix of productivity pr0n today, our apologies. A router in Baltimore and a hungry Gizmo after midnight are probably at fault, but we've been assured (if you can call it assurance) that the problem is out of our hands, but should be fixed as soon as we open the shades on Spike.
AU - we run on our own servers here in AU, so we weren't really troubled by the US outage. So instead all we've got is the Sydney APEC public holiday slowing us down. :)