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May 30th, 2012:

Windows 8 – Creating the new Desktop experience

A detailed and historical recap detailing Microsoft’s vision for Windows 8

Building Windows 8 Blog – Creating the Windows 8 user experience

QUOTE (a few key excerpts): The Windows 8 user experience is forward-looking, yet respectful of the past. It reimagines what a PC is capable of, the scenarios for which it is optimized, and how you interact with it. It enables tablets and laptops that are incredibly light and thin, with excellent battery life, which you can use with touch and keyboard and mouse in any combination you prefer. It is also the most capable, lean, and usable OS ever to power desktop PCs and gaming rigs.

The new Windows 8 user experience is no less than a bet on the future of computing, and stakes a claim to Windows’ role in that future. We tried to break new ground in imagining how using a PC might become a fluid and enjoyable experience, how apps might work together to simplify the tasks you do every day, and how a single screen could bring together everything you love and care about into one always up-to-date place.

We believe in convergence—this has happened again and again in technology, and it will continue. We believe that you will want to carry around fewer, more capable devices. In addition to your phone, you want only one device that is equally at home on the couch and on the desk. You want a device that is light enough to hold for hours, but powerful enough to do real work with familiar and full-featured software—and which also allows a mouse or physical keyboard if you want. A device that is deeply personal, that natively understands the cloud, that roams your settings and content wherever you go.

Our vision for Windows 8 was to create a modern, fast and fluid user experience that defines the platform for the next decade of computing. One which upends the way conventional people think about tablets and laptops and the role of the devices they carry.

Facecrooks Security – Top 10 Facebook scams for May 2012

Please avoid all of the attacks currently in circulation:

Facecrooks Security – Top 10 scams for May 2012

QUOTE: We have created a top ten list of the most common and active Facebook scams to look out for

1. Profile Viewers and Profile Blockers
2. Free iPads & iPhones
3. Free Facebook Credits
4. Free Items, Gift Cards & Tickets
5. Breaking News Stories
6. Phishing Attempts to Steal Your Login Info
7. Bogus Chat Messages
8. Shocking & Sexy Headlines
9. Fake Celebrity Stories
10. “Help I’m Stranded and Need Money”

Facebook – Avoid new Account Verification scam

Facecrooks security warns of a new scam actively circulating. Please avoid clicking on all untrusted links and especially installing a special application under Facebook.

WARNING : Announcement From FACEB00K Verification Team. All Profiles Must Be Verified Before 1st June 2012 To Avoid Scams and Scams Under SOPA ACT.The Unverfied Accounts Will Be Terminated.

Scam Type: Rogue Application, Survey Scam

Trending: May 2012

Why it’s a Scam: Clicking the wall post link takes you to the following Facebook application installation screen

Windows 8 – New Family Security Controls are coming

Windows 8 will introduce some new features allowing parents to better monitor or filter website visitation by their children. Each child can be setup with a user account that parents can customize controls to help ensure greater safety.

Windows 8 – New Family Security Controls

QUOTE: One of the intrinsic capabilities of Windows 8 is the ability to use multiple accounts on any PC. This makes it much easier for parents to use tools that can help protect their children from content on the Internet as they see fit. It is also a great way for each family member to maintain their own unique online identity while still sharing a single PC. Microsoft has been a leader in creating tools to help maintain a safe computing environment for all users as well as for parents in particular. With Windows 8 we have substantially improved the family safety features and services available.

Facebook – Robbery occurs after posting photos of money online

This MSNBC article illustrates the principle of “loose lips sink ships” that I learned in an early security training class.  It is important to avoid posting vacation plans or any other details that might encourage attacks by criminals.

Family robbed after teen posts photo of money on Facebook

QUOTE: On Thursday, a teenage girl posted a photo of a “large sum of cash” on Facebook. About seven hours later, two robbers arrived at her family’s home. Unsurprisingly, this incident prompted local authorities to issue a warning about the dangers of posting photographs online.

According to BBC News, the 17-year-old girl was helping her 72-year-old grandmother count her cash savings when she decided to snap a photo of the money and post it on Facebook. A press release by the local police force explains that this social media activity occured in Sydney, Australia at about 4 p.m. on Thursday. At 11:30 p.m. on the same day, a house about 75 miles south-west was invaded by two armed men. The girl’s mother, a 58-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy were home at the time.

Brandishing a knife and a wooden club, the two men “allegedly entered the home demanding to speak with the girl about the cash” seen in the Facebook photo. After the girl’s mother explained that she no longer lives at that address, the men proceeded to search the house and “took a small amount of cash and other personal property before leaving.”