Archive for October 27th, 2013

Twitter and Instagram grow in popularity during 2013

Recent surveys note that usage of these two specialized social networking sites are growing.  Both are popular resources for younger users.

http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/all-cool-kids-their-money-prefer-twitter-facebook-another-study-8C11465794

QUOTE: We’re almost 10 years old so we’re definitely not a niche thing any more so that kind of angle for coolness is done for us,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said just last month at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Facebook, in its July report to stockholders, noted that losing younger Facebook members to competing social networks is a known problem.  Now there’s even more statistics to support what you and Zuck already know in your heart: Twitter toppled Facebook as “most important” social site among teens, making the former long-standing champion No. 2. That’s according to the semi-annual teen market report from investment management firm Piper Jaffray.

With 26 percent of the teens surveyed choosing Twitter, and 23 percent going with Facebook, the difference doesn’t seem like a big one, until you notice how far Facebook’s fallen since its all time high of 42 percent teen preference, way way back in 2012. (About 200 years in Internet time.) If this all seems freakishly familiar, it’s because Pew Research offered up similar stats in its May report on teens and social media, noting a “waning enthusiasm” for Facebook among U.S. teens. Instagram — that’s the third most important social media site for teens, according Piper Jaffray. With 23 percent of teens surveyed choosing Instagram as No. 1, the photo-sharing social service is up from 17 percent in Spring, neck-and-neck with its new owner and growing fast

Kaspersky AV – Oct 2013 False positive detection resolution

Kaspersky AV users should update the AV signature files if they encounter this false detection message:

https://isc.sans.edu/diary/Kaspersky+flags+TCPIP.SYS+as+Malware/16904

QUOTE: One of our readers has alerted us to the fact that Kaspersky AV has identified tcpip.sys as malware on his Windows 7 32bit hosts – the file is flagged as “HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic“.  Microsoft’s Windows File Protection feature prevented it from quarantining this critical file, but his end users were all treated to the error message. Kaspersky has verified that this is resolved in their latest update.  If you’re seeing this issue, get your AV to “phone home” for the fix!