Lookout Secures Deal to Be Installed on AT&T Android Devices

AT&T will offer Lookout’s basic service for free, with customers billed $2.99 a month for premium features.

Security Vendor AVG Tries to Bring Its Free-First Model to Mobile

However, making money in mobile may mean doing more than just upselling to a paid subscription service.

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Facebook Working With Antivirus Vendors to Ward Off Spam, Malware

Facebook has partnered with a handful of antivirus software vendors to add their security services to its URL blacklist system, meant to protect users against spam and malware. Six-month antivirus software licenses from Microsoft, McAfee, TrendMicro, Sophos and Symantec will also be available to Facebook’s 900 million users for free.

How to Find Out if Your Mac Is in the Infected 1 Percent

Kasperky Labs launches a Web-based tool to detect and remove the infamous Flashfake malware. Still no sign of the long-predicted security apocalypse on the Mac.

Converting Songs From AAC to MP3 in ITunes

Walt answers readers’ questions on iTunes and Norton Antivirus.


Microsoft a Winner in China Internet Gang War?

The public battle between Chinese Internet giant Tencent and antivirus software company Qihoo 360, referred to by some as “small gang” (Qihoo 360) vs. “mafia” (Tencent), has led to a spike in new users for other firms, including one of Tencent’s chief rivals, Microsoft.

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Microsoft Wants Isolation Ward for Infected PCs

Microsoft security chief Scott Charney wants to protect your computer from botnet-infected PCs on the Internet. In a paper published yesterday, Charney proposed issuing “health certificates” to malware-free machines, requiring antivirus updates for those with vulnerabilities, and quarantining PCs infected by botnets. In a post to a company blog, he argued, “Just as when an individual who is not vaccinated puts others’ health at risk, computers that are not protected or have been compromised with a bot put others at risk and pose a greater threat to society.”

Intel Intent on Ingesting Infineon Unit

Intel’s in an acquisitive mood these days. A week after buying antivirus software maker McAfee for $7.68 billion, the company is reportedly finalizing a deal to acquire Infineon Technologies’ wireless business.

Intel Gets into Protection Racket, Buys McAfee for $7.7 Billion

Intel announced its largest acquisition to date this morning, and it has little to do with the chipset market it has dominated for decades. The chipmaker said it has agreed to buy antivirus software company McAfee in a $7.7 billion acquisition that will expand its security offerings.

Time Capsule Alternatives, Windows 7 and Using Droid in Europe

Questions about iMacs and the Apple Time Capsule, Windows 7.

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