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AV-Test year-end report shows exponential growth of malware

Now, we don't need fancy graphs to tell us that malware is all over the place -- but it's certainly eye-opening to see just how bad the problem has gotten. Unique samples gathered by AV-Test Labs this year nearly doubled in 2010 -- to almost 20 million, up from 12 million in 2009. That's no doubt due to the ever-morphing horde of rogue applications, which now include bogus system tune-up software...

More than 40% Valve's Steam user base are also avid users of BitTorrent

I bring you news that won't shock but will surely delight! Just over 40% of Steam users have a BitTorrent client installed -- and 75% of those are using uTorrent. Mainline is second with about 10%, with Vuze and BitComet coming in third and fourth place respectively. These delicious statistics have emerged thanks to Steam's hardware and software survey which now includes a breakdown of...

CitySourced makes it easy to report danger from the web or your mobile device

CitySourced is a convenient app that lets you photograph and report issues like potholes, downed trees and broken signs and lights to your city government. It's an idea whose time has come -- phoning in a report or figuring out who to email is a hassle, and the person who receives your call or email probably has to type it into a database. CitySourced skips that step and lets you send a...

Facebook's American growth almost completely halts, primary demographic actually starts leaving

Now here's something to sink your teeth into: take a look at the graph above. It comes from a long series of demographic and growth reports by Inside Facebook. It illustrates that, in June 2010, only 320,000 Americans joined Facebook -- but more importantly, it shows that 250,000 of the primary 18-to-44-year-old demographic actually left Facebook. Inside Facebook says the figures could be the...

57% of Android apps are free -- iPhone apps: only 27%

In a report published last week it became painfully apparent just how different the iOS and Android ecosystems are. Not only does Android have significantly more free apps than either the iPhone or iPad, but paid apps also cost less on Android. 57% of all Android Market apps are free, compared to 28% of the iPhone App Store and just 23% for the iPad. Only the Windows Marketplace has less...

Microsoft confirms Security Essentials, Forefront not affected by Matousec exploit

When it first hit the blogosphere, Matousec's announcement about a failing in the way most Windows antivirus software operates sounded like a huge threat. "100% of the applications tested were compromised!" they reported. And yes, oh crap, that makes things sound pretty serious. Especially when you report this news on a post entitled "KHOBE: 8.0 earthquake for Windows desktop security...

Matousec report says your antivirus app is way too easy to exploit

Savvy Download Squad readers are already well aware of the fact that antivirus programs don't guarantee security. There's still one exploitable vector no program can do anything about: the end user. Regardless of how good a program is at protecting a system, a careless user can still wind up getting his or her machine infected. Regardless, it's generally regarded as a bad idea to use a...

SXSW Report - Start with content, not creativity

A quick look into why content strategy is a critical element in the design process.* Content Strategy What's in it for you? at SXSW View more presentations from Margot Bloomstein. With Web strategy, a nicely designed website can provide great navigation and a satisfying user experience. However, the number one reason people come to a site is content. Content strategy is a crucial step in...

60% of virtual servers are less secure than their physical counterparts

It's all the rage at the moment: drop your cumbersome, expensive and high-maintenance physical servers and get some virtual servers! Basically, instead of managing an entire physical server -- hard disk, processors, power, etc. -- you can now buy a share of a large server. They're called VPS or VDS -- virtual private/dedicated servers -- and it turns out the majority of these new servers are not...

Only seven percent of Americans would pay for online news

Released today, a new report from Pew Internet elucidates just how unwilling we are to pay for online news. In the State of the News Media 2010 report, Pew finds that while 71% of Internet users read their news online only 7% of all users would pay for the privilege. To put things into perspective, the report also notes that the total online advertising revenue dropped for the first time since...

Driven by Facebook and Twitter, time spent on social networks soars by 82%

Between December 2008 and 2009, the total time spent on social networks rose by a massive 82% -- from an average of three hours a month, to almost six! To nerds like you and I, six hours doesn't sound like a huge amount, but when you figure in the 'casuals' that bring the average down -- like your grandmother -- it's a little scary. And it's all because of darned Twitter and Facebook! Yes,...

Social Media and Young Adults report shows teen blogging on the decline

Pew Internet released a report yesterday called Social Media and Young Adults that shows teen blogging down by 50% over the past four years, even as blogging increased among those over 30 years old. The report also shows that teens are not very likely to be Twitter users (only 8% of internet users between the ages of 12 and 17 report using the service), even though they are heavy users of almost...

7 out of 10 Google users prefer Bing

A recent, independent report claims that out of 15 Google users forced to use Bing exclusively for a week, 10 stated that would continue to use Bing after the end of the experiment. These (shocking?) results come after Microsoft hired a research firm to look into how 'transient' we Internet searchers are. Do we stick to Google through loyalty, or purely because there's no adequate replacement?...

Which came first, our love of video games -- or ADD?

Here's a meaty issue -- a meaty, contemporary issue. Go back fifty years, before video games, before ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) was 'discovered', and such a story couldn't even exist. But here we are: modern day. Love it or hate it, we inhabit a world where vast and incredible leaps in the realms of technology and science occur on a daily basis. We're now, as a result, one very big...

BSA loves irony, disproves link between piracy and malware

I know, sometimes it's hard to believe that the "BS" in BSA stands for business software when they publish reports like the one Wired shared with us this week. Entitled Software Piracy on the Internet: A Threat to Your Security, the BSA's latest tour de force is fine example of propaganda gone wrong. Wired highlights this quote from the report: "Globally, there is a significant evidence to...