Bleeping Computer: Terdot Banking Trojan Grows Into a Sophisticated Threat. “A banking trojan first observed in October 2016 has grown into a sophisticated hacking tool that works primarily as a banking trojan, but could also be used as an infostealer or backdoor. Named Terdot, this new malware is not a widespread threat, just yet. For now, the banking trojan has been seen targeting the customers of Canadian banks, distributed via the Sundown exploit kit and through spam email.”
CNET: Windows Movie Maker scam tops Google search results. “If you’re looking to download the amateur video editor that Microsoft had provided for years, you won’t find it from the company. But one of the top search results on Google for ‘Windows Movie Maker’ leads to a scam version of the video editor that aims to steal your money.”
TechCrunch: Atlas Informatics calls it quits after less than a year. “Atlas Informatics, whose Atlas Recall promised an intuitive and powerful way to index all your information across many services, is shutting down less than a year after launch. There will be no long sunset period: all user data will be deleted next Friday, the 27th.” The company had raised $20.7 million last November. I guess that’s a regular burn rate in high techsville, but wow.
PC World: The best free Microsoft Office alternatives of 2017. “Microsoft Office is the king of office productivity suites, but it doesn’t inspire warm, fuzzy feelings in all users. Parsing the ever-expanding list of features—many of which you’ll never use—can feel like stepping into a cockpit without a pilot’s license. The ribbon interface, introduced a decade ago, has many fans, but others pine for the static menus of the early aughts. And then there’s Office’s hefty price tag. Fortunately, alternatives abound, ranging from web apps to freemium and open source desktop installations, many of which are compatible with Microsoft Office docs.”
Techradar: The best free alternatives to CCleaner 2017. “CCleaner has long been one of the web’s most popular PC cleanup tools, but after it was acquired by Avast and suffered a serious malware attack, many people have begun seeking alternatives. Running out of hard drive space is less of an issue these days thanks to the plummeting price of storage, but there are still many reasons to use a tool like CCleaner to purge unwanted files.”
MakeUseOf: Is a Free OCR Scanner Good Enough? Microsoft OneNote vs. Nuance OmniPage. “The internet has blessed us with tons of free OCR options, but paid options exist a well. So here’s what I want to know: Is paying for an OCR tool worth it, when you could just use a free one In this post, I’ll put one of the best free OCR tools to the test against one of the best paid OCR options. Get ready for Microsoft’s OneNote (Free) versus Nuance’s OmniPage 18 ($60).”
Victoria and Albert Museum: How We Collected WeChat. “The V&A has added WeChat, China’s largest social media platform, to its permanent collection. If you’re visiting the museum, you’ll be able to see a small display of the application in Gallery 76 during the London Design Festival and in the ensuing months. To say ‘we’ve collected an app’ elicits a range of puzzled reactions. How do you collect an app? What is the thing you’re actually collecting? And what for? The fact is, collecting digital is a new frontier for design museums. What you collect, how you do it, and why, are very much still open questions. But as more and more of our designed world either becomes digital or is experienced digitally, there’s an express urgency to find ways of collecting and preserving the important aspects of our digital culture. With that in mind, we thought it useful to share the experience of our two-and-a-half year process behind collecting WeChat, and the challenges were presented along the way.”