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AVG Mobilation for Android tablets is a full-featured security suite

AVG has been offering a pair of Android security applications for a while, and both the free and paid versions of its app have proved to be extremely popular with Android users. Now the company has launched a tablet-specific version as well. Called AVG Mobilation for Android, the new app offers protection from malware, and a handful of other useful functions. Mobilation also provides a...

Microsoft shuts down spam behemoth Rustock, reduces worldwide spam by 39%

Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit, working with federal law enforcement agents, has brought down the world's largest spam network, Rustock. Rustock, at its peak, was a botnet of around 2 million spam-sending zombies capable of sending out 30 billion spam email per day. Microsoft's wholesale slaughter of Rustock could reduce worldwide spam output by up to 39%. Rustock was taken down, piece...

Charlie Sheen death hoax spreads malware on Facebook and Twitter

No, despite what you may have heard on Facebook and Twitter, Charlie Sheen is not yet dead. With the eye-catching title of "RIP! Charlie Sheen found Dead at his House," a massive clickjacking hoax is doing the rounds on Facebook and Twitter. Clicking the link will take you to a fake YouTube page -- and if you click anywhere on the page, the hoax will infect your Facebook profile and begin...

Google updates search to massively bias original content

Google has just made a change to its search engine that noticeably impacts 12% of all queries. Yet again, it is aimed at reducing the prevalence of non-original content farm content in search results. It also heavily biases sites with "original content and information such as research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis," increasing their chance of being at the top. This only affects google.com...

Google introduces Chrome extension to block search spam

Google has made it clear that it wants to clean up its search results -- eliminating worthless cruft like the content farms which spam searchers with low-value (and often plagiarized) content. Now, the company has announced a new Google Chrome extension which they hope will aid in the fight. Called Personal Blocklist, the extension allows Google Chrome users to blacklist certain domains when...

Hotmail now offers disposable email via aliases

Though it's still playing catch-up in terms of geek cred, Hotmail has grown into a much more modern, powerful webmail app in the past year. The latest update by Microsoft introduces support for email aliases -- a handy option which Gmail users have enjoyed for quite a long time which are like the privacy-protecting disposable email accounts we've told you about before. Using an alias is handy...

Facebook enables one-click identity theft option for rogue application developers

In a rather odd and haphazard move, Facebook has now made it possible for apps to read your home address and mobile telephone number. In the "Request for Permission" window -- the one you have to accept before using an app on the Facebook platform -- look out for "Access my contact information", with the subtitle "Current Address and Mobile Phone Number" (see image above). You'd think that...

Spam Clock illustrates the problem of link relevancy for Google, Bing, and other search engines

If you've wondered about the recent slow droop in search result relevancy, take a look at Spam Clock; watch the counter tick up, be amazed, or be appalled. Believe it or not, over 220 million spam Web pages have been created since January 1. That's one million spam pages per hour, or about 270 new spam websites every second. Spam Clock just scratches the surface of the problem, though. The real...

Google Apps adds DKIM email signing to help fight spam

That battle against spam is a never ending one for sysadmins, and Google has announced that they're giving Apps admins a brand new weapon: DKIM, or Domain Keys Identified Mail. DKIM allows administrators to validate outgoing email messages with a digital signature, and Google is making it available to all Apps customers at no cost. Enabling DKIM on your domain is as simple as a few mouse clicks...

McDonalds hacked, customer database stolen, your burger preference now in the wild

Don't worry, this one isn't quite as bad as the Gawker hack: McDonalds -- and over 100 other firms -- have had their marketing databases compromised, and summarily stolen. An email marketing company called Silverpop is to blame for the breach -- and fortunately, 'only' real names, interests and email addresses were breached; no passwords, and no Social Security or credit card numbers were stolen....

Season's Warnings helps you avoid being scammed online during the holidays

It's a bit more intense reading than Google's Teach Parents Tech series, but Season's Warnings from Trend Micro is definitely something your less-techy friends and family members should read. Trend's guide covers several important topics, like phishing, giveaway scams, and wireless security. While it's only a dozen pages long, there's still plenty of good information inside that will help your...

Gawker hack leads to Twitter acai spam

It's bad enough that a database of 1.3 million user passwords from Gawker Media sites was hacked and posted online over the weekend, but it gets worse. It turns out that many of those users didn't set unique passwords for all their online accounts. Now, a large number of Twitter accounts have been compromised and used to spam bogus links about acai berries. The acai spam attack was so large...

Spammers use 'fake hyphen' to hide malicious URLs

Using the little-used and relatively unknown soft hyphen, spammers are pumping out malicious sites with domain names that bypass normal URL filtering methods. Some browsers -- and it's not clear from Symantec's post which Web browsers are affected, other than Firefox 2 -- simply ignore soft hyphens (HTML entity ­) found in URLs. A spammer can then create a link that looks like the real...

Google's URL shortener, Goo.gl, gets a website, real-time analytics, API coming soon

Goo.gl, Google's URL shortener, has finally been given a website -- once there, you can shorten links and view real-time analytics of every short link you've ever created. The site itself is plain, like most of Google's offerings, but the real-time analytics page is nothing short of fantastic. You can break traffic down by hours, days, weeks, months and all time, and see the total number of...

Gmail learns to prioritize your inbox -- automatically!

Before I get into this too far, let's start with the usual disclaimer. Yes, Google is rolling out a new feature to Gmail users. No, you might not have it yet -- in which case, you'll have to wait just like always. Now, on to the good stuff! Google has apparently been hard at work teaching an old dog (the Gmail spam filter) some new tricks. Well, one new trick: learning how to automatically...