Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader warns of “Sony Issues Penultimate Update for Sony Readers“. With Sony’s bowing out of the North American market for its Sony Reader Store and transferring customers to Kobo, they have issued a firmware update for Sony Readers. Sounds good, right? That depends. This latest update (intended for the North American market): Removes the link to the Sony Reader store Doesn’t let owners buy ebooks from Kobo — said to be coming in a firmware update in late May 2014 Removes the sharing options Removes the option for syncing bookmarks and annotations If you want to access the Sony Reader Store in the rest of the world, do not install this update. If you’re cool with “tying your Sony Reader to Kobo, then … consider the update. But even then I would suggest that you wait for the later update before installing anything.” Hoffelder includes links to the three different (North American only) firmware updates in his post.
Kristen Lamb talks about staying safe on the Internet when using social media security.
Per the Department of Homeland Security, there appears to be a nasty virus going around using the Java plugin to access your computer through your browers. How miserable is that there’s a virus that affects Macs, too!? Anyway, read more about it at Reuters’ post on it, “Experts Urge PC Users to Disable Java, Cite Security Flaw”. Trust me, fellow Mac users, if you read the article, it does say we need to disable as well! NPR also has a post on it with slightly more/different information. Oracle has a page explaining how to disable Java in various browsers (be warned, Oracle skipped telling us the initial opening tab for Firefox and Chrome so you’ll have to hunt a bit) while Firefox (using Noscript) and Chrome (using Notscripts) both provide information on selectively disabling Java. The NPR article promises to post updates as they occur. Even if this does turn out to be a fake-out, it can’t hurt to play it safe.