Archive for the Security Category

Comodo Firewall now compatible with Windows 10!

Posted in Announcement, Free, Security, Software on October 19, 2016 by Sirusdark

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Good news everyone!

Comodo Firewall is now, again, fully compatible with Windows 10! It used to be impossible to install it properly on a fresh install of Windows 10, but now everything got fixed!

Reclaim your privacy and secure your OS today! Make sure you customize the installation (to opt-out of the promo junk) and you’ll lend-up with a free high-end firewall! As usual, should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me!

Enjoy!

Sirus

Reference
-https://www.comodo.com/home/internet-security/firewall.php
-https://forums.comodo.com/install-setup-configuration-help-cis/windows-10-aniversary-build-doesnt-allow-comodo-drivers-to-be-installedsolved-t116322.0.html
-Hidden quote from Futurama… :D

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Posted in Announcement, Security with tags , , , , on May 13, 2016 by Sirusdark

Hello readers!

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Quick security announcement: those of you who uses 7-Zip, one of the best free file archiver/compressing tool out there, should make sure it’s up-to-date (just like every single software installed on your system) as some security flaws were discovered. At the time of writing, the latest version is v16.00 (2016-05-10) and that’s the version you should be using.

If you love to see brain splatter on your wall, I invite you to read the security article explaining the details. For others, just install the latest version from 7-Zip’s website. :D

Stay safe!

Sirus

References
-http://blog.talosintel.com/2016/05/multiple-7-zip-vulnerabilities.html

How to filter Internet content easily under 30 seconds

Posted in Browser, Free, Internet, Knowledge, Security with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 7, 2016 by Sirusdark

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Hello dear readers & visitors!

A friend of mine recently asked me if there was a way to easily filter web content so his kids and family wouldn’t stumble on adult content or other unwanted content.

Among the most simple solutions, one really stood out. It’s FREE, takes 30 seconds to implement, can be customized and in some case, can even increase your browsing speed!

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OpenDNS offer such a service and it’s free! In case you don’t know what OpenDNS is, it’s one of the biggest DNS service provider out there. Also, it’s now part of Cisco. So it’s not some obscure service I’m writing about.

How can you use it? Simply edit your DNS settings in your device or router! There are 2 ways to do it: with or without an account.

Keep-it-simple method

No account, configure and forget. Add these 2 FamilyShield nameservers (DNS resolvers) in your network settings and you’re good to go! It uses a set of presets and does the job well.

208.67.222.123
208.67.220.123

Power users & granular control

Want more POWAH? Create a free OpenDNS account, add your network, customize your categories, create whitelists, etc. and even help tag websites to improve the service!

If you don’t wanna do it for your whole network (via the router), make sure you install the little IP Updater app to update your IP address to your OpenDNS account. It’s available for Linux, Mac and Windows.

208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220

Here you can find the screenshots showing you how to edit your DNS settings in every Windows versions. It’s very straightforward. If you have any questions, ask!

https://support.opendns.com/entries/36904770-Configuration-for-Windows

Now remember, no amount of security and control mechanisms will replace good teaching and being a role model to others.

Be the example to follow.

Enjoy!

Sirus

References
-https://www.opendns.com/home-internet-security/
-https://store.opendns.com/setup/#/familyshield
-https://store.opendns.com/get/home-free
-https://support.opendns.com/entries/23282614
-https://support.opendns.com/entries/36904770-Configuration-for-Windows-computers
-https://www.cisco.com/web/about/ac49/ac0/ac1/ac259/opendns.html
-https://blog.opendns.com/2010/06/23/introducing-familyshield-parental-controls/

Are you YouTube HD Verified?

Posted in Browser, Computer, Internet, Security with tags , , , , , , , on December 17, 2015 by Sirusdark

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Hello!

While waiting for video stuff to render in Blender, I thought I’d share some cool resources!

Here you go!

YouTube HD Verified Network

Wanna know if you’re on a YouTube HD Verified Network? Yes?

Check it now! > https://www.google.com/get/videoqualityreport/

Blender Reference Manual

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Latest Blender docs > https://www.blender.org/manual/

HTTPS Everywhere!

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Finally, a free little Firefox extension you should use to increase your security on da web > https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/https-everywhere/

Enjoy!

Sirus

P.S.: Star Wars world premiere is tomorrow. But you knew that… right?

Impossibility – Great and fun cyber-security presentation!

Posted in Knowledge, Learning, Security with tags , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2015 by Sirusdark

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Hello!

I love learning! I really do. What I hate about learning though are bad teachers/communicators. Today I’d like to share with you a nice example of what good knowledge transmission looks like!

I invite you to watch this valuable entertaining and eye opening presentation on cyber-security:

James Lyne, Sophos: Anatomy of an Attack

Presentation by James Lyne of Sophos at the 2011 e-Crime Wales Summit.

Do NOT let the date fool you: everything that’s talked about in this presentation is valid, STILL (unfortunately) current and happening everyday.

Do yourself and your friends a favor, watch it, share it and have a laugh too!

BONUS
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Handbrake
– Your video editing companion. Resize, compress convert and much more!

Enjoy!

Sirus

How-to Fix Mac’s Safari browser malware/ransomware pop-up

Posted in Apple, Browser, How to, Security with tags , , , , , , on April 16, 2015 by Sirusdark

Hello dear readers and visitors!

Less than a few days apart I had to fix several Macbook malware infections. I say “infections”, but technically, it’s more of a Safari feature abuse. Still, it qualifies as malware or even as a virus.

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The message usually shows a phone number to call to “fix” your problem.
DON’T CALL

Sick Safari

What this malware does is create a pop-up message. This in itself could be annoying at most, but the problem is when closing the pop-up message window, another comes up immediately and because of  Safari’s default pop-up behavior, menus become unavailable as long as the message is present. Which means you’re effectively locked away from your browser. It’s like a ransomware virus, but for your MAC’s Internet Browser. Cool huh?

Solution

This solution is simple, yet not easy to find: simply Shift-click your Safari icon to start Safari and by-pass the default page(s). Once you’re back and in control of your browser, you should do 2 things:

1. Check your history and try to find which website could’ve infected your browser. Then, take a mental note and STOP visiting such websites. If you can’t find it, it means you’ve most likely stumbled on an infected website. Lucky you.

2. Delete all history, cookies, empty the cache (you’ll need to enable the developer menu to access this option), remove any unwanted extensions and change your homepage.

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

Extra read and picture source
-http://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove-ib-adnxs-com-mac-os-x/

Truecrypt – Still safe and NOT DEAD

Posted in Computer, Free, Privacy, Security, Software Tools, Windows with tags on June 3, 2014 by Sirusdark

Truecrypt LogoSome of you may have read some alarming news that Truecrypt, a free encryption software, was now “unsafe”.

NO

No, Truecrypt is not completely dead, though the initial authors apparently cancelled further development.

No, Truecrypt is still safe to use. How safe depends on how you use it and in which context.

No, Truecrypt is still a valid encryption solution.

 

According to Gibson Research Corporation (GRC), Truecrypt is still safe to use. GRC’s website also offers many useful tools, check it it out!

YES

Yes, Truecrypt won’t be supported anymore.

Yes, Truecrypt is still not 100% open source (for now).

Yes, the security audit is still ongoing and soon will be completed. This will allow the community to focus on solving the issues that will be uncovered.

The new project

For the very first time in its history, the source code will most likely be maintained by the community and contributors won’t be anonymous anymore. This means Truecrypt will continue to evolve, improve and become a better encryption solution.

For legal purposes, yes, Truecrypt’s name may change in the near future, but the features shouldn’t.

So keep using Truecrypt for now, and stay tuned for upcoming news! Also, check out the references for more good reads.

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

References
-http://www.truecrypt.ch/
-http://opencryptoaudit.org/
-https://www.grc.com/misc/truecrypt/truecrypt.htm
-http://truecrypt.org // -http://truecrypt.sourceforge.net
-http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2347200/truecrypt-encryption-is-no-longer-secure-due-to-windows-xp-end-of-life
-http://istruecryptauditedyet.com/