Infectious Porn Video Back on Facebook

The new pretend-porn trojan was fast enough: it has infected over 110,000 Facebook users in a couple days. It works as follows: one of user’s Facebook friends shares a porn video and it appears in the user’s news feed. After it is clicked, it asks the user to install an update for the Flash software, instead installing malware.

The malware tags the infected user’s friends in a post containing porn video clip. The clip itself can’t be played, as it asks to download a (fake) flash player to run. Of course, instead it downloads the actual malware. Security experts revealed they have been monitoring the new malware for the last 2 days where it managed to infect over 110,00 users and remains on the rise.

Once the trojan infects someone’s account, it re-shares the video adding up to 20 tags of their friends. This helps it spread faster than previous malware, which was distributing itself through private messaging on Facebook. The experts dubbed the new malware “Magnet” and explained it was able to hijack victims’ keyboard and mouse movements.

Of course, this is not the first time porn videos have been used in Facebook-targeted malware scams. For example, last summer, there was a scam designed to look like a YouTube video of someone stripping in front of their webcam.

In response, Facebook said they were aware of the latest malware, and were doing what they could to stop it spreading further across the network. Facebook used several automated systems in order to identify potentially harmful links and stop them from spreading. The company also explained that these malware varieties are normally hosted as browser extensions and distributed via links on social networks. Facebook blocks links to the scams, offers cleanup options and extra measures to make sure its users are safe.


SSD, HDD, SSHD: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to performance, nothing beats a laptop storage drive upgrade. But, choosing a drive isn’t as simple as it once was. Today, there are three basic options to select from including SSD, SSHD, and HDD. What’s the difference? Here’s a comparison guide of all three types.

SSDs are considered the most durable drive type. Because these drives are solid state, they do not have any moving parts. The absence of moving parts means that you can drop, shake, and put SSDs to temperature tests without damaging the drive (within reasonable limits).

SSD designs are also the thinnest and lightest, making these drives great for lighter PCs. When it comes to multitasking, SSDs are also the best performing drives available, though they are not cheap. High capacity SSD options are often out of reach monetarily, which is why lower capacity drives are often chosen.

HDD Drives

Without argument, HDD drives can store more data and outperform SSD or SSHD drives. Typically, HDD drives are available in 7mm and 9.5mm formats, which makes them bigger than a SDD drive. HDDs do provide good performance marks for most PCs on the market, though they do have moving parts, and this makes the HDD option less durable than a SSD choice.

SSHD Drives

If you combined a SSD with a HDD drive, the outcome would be a SSHD drive. Literally, ‘SSHD’ stands for ‘Solid State Hybrid Drive,’ and that’s just what it happens to be. This hybrid drive combines both moveable and immovable parts, so it’s sturdier than a HDD drive and slightly less sturdy than a SSD drive – but much more affordable.

SSHD drives will ramp up your system’s performance (depending on which one you choose), and you will notice a difference where things like restart, sleep, and overall speed go. Next to SSD drives, SSHD drives are the most power-efficient option, so this is also something to keep in mind.

Overall Conclusions

When it comes to failure rates, all three drive types easily compare. Lately, many people prefer the SSHD option, though, because it does combine the best of both worlds (uses both HDD and SSD features, separately). In most cases, the thing to think about when choosing a drive type is cost-effectiveness.

You want to get as much “bang for your buck” as you can when buying a drive because drives aren’t cheap. In this reviewer’s opinion, the SSHD option is the best choice, since it is the most cost-effective option; combines both HDD and SSD options; and is slim enough to fit into your shirt pocket.

Right now, Seagate and Toshiba both offer SSHD options that are affordable and perform well. When choosing between the two, Seagate’s SSHD choices are more affordable, though they offer performance levels that are nearly the same as what Toshiba has come up with. There are other options on the market, though these two companies provide the best SSHD choices at the time of this writing. Questions? Comments? Just ask.