Sunday, April 28, 2013

Need to Access Google Drive but internet is down? Google Chrome's offline access

Google Drive users may experience internet outages or may be in a place where there are no internet access, now with Google Drive offline access it will let you view your files even with no internet.

Set up offline access so that the next time you're offline you'll still be able to view Google documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and drawings, shuffle folders around, and edit files stored in your Google Drive folder.

"If you've set up Google Drive offline, you can now create and edit drawings offline. In addition, all of your Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides will now be automatically available offline (space permitting), so you won't have to worry about remembering that specific file before catching your flight!

It may take a few days to see these changes as we complete the roll-out. If you haven’t used offline yet, give it a try today:" it said in a google+ post.

However, only one Google account per Chrome profile can set up offline access to Drive.

"If you are unable to set up offline access because another user has already done so, you can create a new Chrome profile and then follow the above steps to add offline access for your account," it said.

The user must enable offline access for this feature to work.

With this new feature you can also view files tons of files such as PDFs, Microsoft Office files, and images, from your Google Drive folder even when you're disconnected from the Internet. Any changes you've made to synced files while offline will sync to all devices with a time stamp when you reconnect to the Internet.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Beware of phishing malware on Twitter

A new malware was discovered that steals Twitter user's credentials, allowing the attacker to tweet on the victim's behalf.

Trusteer researcher Tanya Shafir said that "The malware launches a Man-in-the-Browser (MitB) attack through the browser of infected PCs, gaining access to the victim’s Twitter account to create malicious tweets. The malware, which has been used as a financial malware to gain access to user credentials and target their financial transactions, now has a new goal: to spread malware using the online social networking service. At this time the attack is targeting the Dutch market. However, because Twitter is used by millions of users around the world, this type of attack can be used to target any market and any industry."

The attack is done by injecting Javascript code into the victim’s Twitter account page then the malware collects the user’s authentication data. It enables it to make authorized calls to Twitter's APIs, and then posts new, malicious tweets on behalf of the victim.

Here is an excerpt from the injected Javascript code:

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Protection against an attack like this is difficult because the attack "uses a new sophisticated approach to spear-phishing."

The disturbing thing about it is since tweets support shortened URLs, victims might think the link is safe and click it and be taken to malicious websites without suspecting anything is wrong.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Bugatti Veyron ‘Fastest Car’ Again

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Oops, Guinness World Records has reinstated the title of “World’s Fastest Production Car” to Bugatti Veyron Super Sport after taking it back earlier this week due to a suspected rule violation.

Guiness invalidated the 267.8 mph record when Hennessey Performance claimed that the only reason the Veyron could go so fast was that it had deactivated a 258 mph speed limiter that all of the production versions of the cars are equipped with.

But Bugatti maintained that not only was Guinness aware of the limiter at the time it set the record in 2010, but that any of the owners of the 30 or so cars it has sold can have it deactivated during events held at the automaker’s test track in Germany, allowing them to reach the 267.8 mph top speed.

Having put the matter under thorough review, Guinness has now decided that it is “satisfied that a change to the speed limiter does not alter the fundamental design of the car or its engine.”

Monday, April 8, 2013

Windows XP Support Ends April 8, 2014

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Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014. Microsoft Business and Developer products, including Windows and Office products, receive a minimum of 10 years of support (5 years Mainstream Support and 5 years Extended Support), at the supported service pack level.

After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.

Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your company to potential risks, such as Security & Compliance Risks and Lack of Independent Software Vendor.

The usage share of Windows XP in Desktop Operating System statistics on Net Applications is still huge at 38.73% as of March 2013.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Google April Fool's Day Hoaxes

Google has lined up a series of April Fool's Day hoaxes on April 1. Google released a YouTube clip declaring that the world's most popular video website will shut down till 2023 and also announced Google Nose Smell search engine.

The Gmail Blue announcement is another April Fool's prank from Google. The video says, the compose button will turn blue while you click on it to create a new message.

Also, Google sent invitations on Monday to try out a new feature, called "Google Nose."

"Google Search is incredibly powerful... But we'd realized that there's an important part of the search experience we'd overlooked," said Google Nose product manager, Jon Wooley.

Google Nose Beta touts that "Smelling is believing," claiming an "aromabase" of over 15 million "scentibytes."

The service seeks to "go beyond type, talk, and touch for a new notation of sensation," due to "expertly curated Knowledge Panels (that) pair images, descriptions, and aromas."