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Smartphone Users Under Attack From Malware

While many smartphone users take extreme care to protect their computers from malware and viruses, the same can’t be said for their smartphones. Many users think of their phones as a mini computer, but still fail to take the proper precautions for protection. With the latest round of malware affecting Android smartphones, it’s plain to see that something needs to be done. Let’s take a closer look at the latest threats as well as how to protect your smartphone.

 The Latest Malware Scams

Two malware scams have recently came to the forefront and it seems the attacks are being targeted at Android smartphones. Named Loozfon and FinFisher, these threats can not only affect your phone, but may affect the phones of your contacts as well. The first piece of malware in question, Loozfon, uses the promise of online work from home jobs to lure smartphone users to the website, where the malware is loaded onto the phone. The malware then accesses the information of the user’s contacts and the user.

FinFisher is a bit different in that the spyware is installed onto the phone in order for the attacker to be able to remotely control the phone. The malware may be placed on the phone after visiting a certain website or the user may receive a text message with a link that leads to a supposedly important update. Of course, both of these scams are just two of the newest malware scams to affect smartphone users. There are many more out there waiting for the opportunity to infect your phone.

How to Keep Your Smartphone Safe Continue reading Smartphone Users Under Attack From Malware

Don’t be scared by scareware

Have you ever used your computer only to find a pop-up on your screen telling you that your computer is in urgent need of repair, or that you have a virus? If so you have been the target of something called scareware. Scareware cases are increasing, and more and more people are falling victim to the fake warnings. Let’s take a look at what scareware really is, and how you can avoid a costly mistake.

What is scareware?

Scareware is becoming a huge problem and many people have fallen for the scam. Scareware is nothing more than a pop-up that will appear on your computer screen. The pop-up will tell you that you have registry problems that need to be fixed, or that you have dozens of viruses that need to be taken care of immediately. The pop-up will include a link to a piece of software that will look like and will act like a virus killer.

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Microsoft on Hackers: If you can’t beat them hire them

In the past several weeks there have been many high profile websites which have been hacked. Sony, Sega, and Citigroup have all had their security breached and because of their lack of security, and possible lack of knowledge on how to secure their sites, some 140 million people around the world have had their personal information stolen.

Microsoft can now be added the list of high profile companies who have been hacked. Microsofts Xbox Live service recently came under attack, but instead of taking legal action against the culprit like the other companies listed have done, Microsoft done something quite different.

Age is nothing but a number

Xbox Live is one of the largest gaming networks in the world. Millions of people play their games online over the service and the potential for loss is staggering. If someone hacked into Microsoft servers they would have access to tens of millions of user accounts.

In May of this year, someone did the unthinkable and they gained access to the largest online gaming network in the world. The hacker gained access to Xbox servers through a fault found in the popular Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 game, and while the hacker had access to millions of accounts, they decided to do nothing with that information. It seems as though the hacker was just playing around to see if it could be done. Obviously Microsoft did not see the funny side of things, especially as a similar attack rendered the Sony Playstation Network useless for 6 weeks.

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What is Spotmau Powersuite?

Get at least 10% off SpotMau using this coupon code link.

For this write-up of SpotMau Powersuite, we’ve pretty much just copied and pasted the text from the Spotmau Powersuite web site to this post.

It’s a bit difficult to get an idea of what Spotmau Powersuite is and what it does on the site, so we thought by putting the text here and clarifying it a little bit, you’d have a better chance and knowing whether or not this is the right software for your PC. Continue reading What is Spotmau Powersuite?

TurboCAD 18 is here

Get TurboCAD 18 Professional

Get 2D/3D design options (unlimited) with TurboCAD Deluxe (in Version 18)

Get TurboCAD MacPro V5

We talked a lot in our review in April (and our review of IMSI/Design earlier in May) about TurboCAD and all the amazing features of TurboCAD software.

Well, we just received an email from a visitor to IdentityTheftSecrets to let us know that TurboCAD 18 is now available.

“I’m really excited about this new TurboCAD release.
The features are fantastic. Still by far the best value in CAD.”
– Brad Easterday, dean3 Design

Here’s the official message from TurboCAD:

IMSI/Design is happy to announce that TurboCAD 18 is now available.
New TurboCAD 18 offers significant improvements to just about every area in the application… including 2D and 3D performance.

TurboCAD 18 improves productivity with new automated tools that allow for design, modification, presentation, and documentation in an integrated fashion.

TurboCAD 18 provides improved tools that speed design.
At the same time, TurboCAD takes advantage of the latest in hardware technologies so that it is up to 60x FASTER!

TurboCAD 18 is designed to provide excellent workflow to and from other applications, including AutoCAD 2011 and Google SketchUp. This means that working with others on the same projects, even though you’re using different CAD programs, can be made simpler.

TurboCAD 18 continues to provide tremendous power at an always affordable price compared to many other CAD brands.

Three Versions
TurboCAD 18 is currently available in three different versions (TurboCAD Designer 2D to come).  Depending on your needs, as well as what you can afford, there is absolutely a version of TurboCAD 18 that is right for you.

As an example, at just $129.99, TurboCAD Deluxe is the #1 CAD software in retail, and comes with more professional features per dollar than any other CAD product.

TurboCAD Pro and Pro Platinum offer more advanced tools for design, drafting, detailing, and modeling.


  • GPU-Accelerated Drawing Performance up to 60x faster in Hidden Line & Draft Render modes
  • Multi-Threading Support
  • Assembly by Axis Modes
  • Dynamic Dimensions for Doors and Windows
  • Block Attachment Doors & Windows (TurboCAD Platinum only)
  • House Wizard
  • Multi-Add Tool (TurboCAD Platinum only)
  • ‘On Polyline’ Pattern Tool (TurboCAD Platinum only)
  • PDF Underlay
  • Database Options
  • LightWorks 8.3 Engine
  • Ruby Scripting
  • Network License Support

To get TurboCAD 18 (either new or as an upgrade), click the link below which fits best which version of TurboCAD you’re looking for.

Get TurboCAD 18 Professional

Get 2D/3D design options (unlimited) with TurboCAD Deluxe (in Version 18)

Get TurboCAD MacPro V5

Parallels Desktop Coupon

Parallels Desktop Coupon and trial download page

Open disclaimer: We’re pretty sold on how cool Parallels Desktop actually is. We’ve already written on this site highlighting all the things the company’s software allows you to do.

So, we won’t be going into that too much today. The purpose of this short post is just to let you know that through the link below, you can get a Parallels Desktop coupon (and/or free trial download).

In case you missed our write-ups from the past month or so, here’s a brief overview.

Parallels is a company which works in the virtualization space.

Virtualization basically means creating virtual environments in which multiple operating systems and technologies can work simultaneously, and interact with one another.

Parallels was founded at the end of 1999, and is currently serving more than 10 Million Users in 125 Countries.

Parallels is at the top in the virtualization space with Parallels Desktop for Mac, Parallels Virtuozzo Containers (server level controls), and Parallels Plesk Panel (again, control at the server level).

Parallels has over 55 patents either issued or pending and has developed partnerships with many of the world’s largest companies including AMD, Dell, Microsoft, Apple, and IBM.

Some of the reviews of Parallels Desktop for Mac talk about how users really like the Convergence view.

In the Convergence view, you can see Windows apps in the Mac toolbar, and then the applications (which are Windows based) just show as would any program in the Mac User Interface. People generally are pleased with he performance of the virtual machine especially when only using it for basic functions like presentations and Word Processing. Some people who are using it for intensive video rendering have reported some slowdown, but overall people seem quite pleased with the Parallels performance.

As with almost all software, the area for improvement with Parallels is (apparently) with customer service. While most people agree that Parallels support is polite and helpful in extending things like free trials, some people have complained that the support people couldn’t answer some rather complex challenges they were facing (usually dealing with graphics rendering issues or challenges with Windows 64 bit versions).

Overall, while not ecstatic about the support, people seem pretty satisfied with the overall helpfulness of Parallels’ support staff.

You get to the level that Parallels is at by creating good solutions that people enjoy using. Such is the case with the Parallels applications we’ve seen.

If you would like a coupon for Parallels Desktop for Mac, Windows, or Linux, check out the link below.

Parallels Desktop Coupon and trial download page

VMware Training for vSphere: Manage v4

Hey Guys,
I have seen your write-ups about VMWare Workstation. Do you know if there is online VMWare training or if there are other classes I can get for VMWare Sphere? Specifically, I’m looking for a training for VMWare Sphere V4, and would like to learn how to manage the various aspects of V4.
Ankit Prawan

Hey Ankit,

The link below here will take you directly to the VMWare Sphere Training.


I’m assuming from your name that you are located in India. One of the nice things about the training we know of for VMWare Sphere is that it is available online from anywhere in the world. While the training is a bit expensive, it will cover pretty much everything you could want to know about VMWare, including installation and configuration, as well as ongoing management of VMWare tools.

If you’re job seeking in IT, this training gives you a great leg up on those without it, and if you’re already in a job using VMWare, this gives you a great way to make sure you know what you’re doing with your company’s IT Environment.

If you’re asking about Sphere, you probably are already familiar with it’s features, so we’ll just stick to telling you about the training.

It’s called “Install, Configure, Manage v4” Sphere

It is an in-depth training course which talks about and lets you work through the steps of installing, configuring, and managing VMware Sphere.

Sphere includes VMware vCenter Server and VMware ESXi/ESX.

If you are a sysadmin, engineer, or if you are responsible for ESXi, ESX, and/or vCenter Server, the four day training will be great for you.

One of the best parts about this training is that it can be taken online live. (You can also take the course in person in the classroom setting if you are interested.)

It is also possible, once you have gone through the training, to take the VMWare Certified Professional test, which gives you the additional credentialing and proof of your knowledge base whether you are working as an employee or contractor.

Again, here is the link to go directly to the training on the VMWare site. If you’re in the IT field and wanting to work in virtualized environments, this is a training you should have.


iVPN Discount and Review

Need a great VPN?
Check out the iVPN discount before/after the review below.

A VPN is a way for you to connect to the Internet in a secure, non-trackable way. And there are lots of potential uses for a VPN beyond security.

However, there are many parties who have an interest in watching what you do online. Blocking their access can be accomplished through a VPN Service quite easily.

If you are a privacy minded person, you likely are already aware of all the ways in which your Internet activity is monitored. And if you are looking to have a good level of control over what’s happening with the information you’re sharing while you’re on the Internet, you should look into a VPN.

Outside of privacy issues, why else might someone want a VPN? Continue reading iVPN Discount and Review

VMWare Coupon: Workstation Coupon Codes

VMWare Coupon Code 1: Workstation coupon for Everyone
(This coupon gives everyone 20% off VMware Workstation 7)

VMWare Coupon Code 2: Workstation Coupon Code for students
(This coupon is an offer to students:get Workstation 7 for $113. Upgrade for just $59!)

Not that long ago, we posted about the incredible features of VMWare and how Workstation is serving developers and students alike. Today, we’re just reminding you of the Workstation coupon codes VMWare has made available.

There are many benefits to using VMWare Workstation, which is why millions of people all over the world use the software.

For one, the unity mode within VMWare integrates applications. This lets you pull in applications from virtual machines (Linux and Windows), and has them running as if they are part of your computer. Cutting and pasting, dragging and dropping, and using printers without installing drivers make the virtualization of your system a reality, while having the environment feel as though you’re working on just one machine. Continue reading VMWare Coupon: Workstation Coupon Codes

Spotmau Coupon Code

Use the coupon code below to
Save 10% off SpotMau Powersuite

As mentioned last week when we talked about misspellings of SpotMau, we are working on a review which will be coming shortly.

However, we did want to let you know about this coupon code which will let you save 10% off of SpotMau Powersuite Golden Edition.

SpotMau is known as being a great set of tools for maintaining the health of your PC and also for dealing with repairing your computer after boot record mistakes or file corruption occurs. Continue reading Spotmau Coupon Code