This is not like my ‘usual’ posts, but something that I think is very important and not overly obvious to your usual computer user. I issued similar guidelines like these to all staff at at my employer today, feel free to use this for yours if you are in a similar boat.
As part of the NCA efforts to combat some pretty nasty ransomware being distributed I have some quick things you can do to help secure your computer(s).
Anti-Cryptoware programs – CryptoPrevent has been recommended to be my a colleague as a very good tool, and was also written up in the Telegraph. a
3) Change your website passwords
Following all the OpenSSL (Heartbleed) exploits and recent data breaches, it would be advisable to change your password for your any accounts you have online, if you have not done to in the last month. Your bank passwords are ones you should change regularly. LastPass has had good reviews from colleagues.
4) Update your Operating System / Phone Software
Ensure all latest Windows/Mac OS/Linux Distro updates are installed as soon as possible after release. This also applies to your smartphone operating system.
5) Backup your data
“To go forward, you must first backup”. Tacky quotes aside, the viruses going around these days do some nasty things, Cryptolocker et al. encrypt your data with a random key and ask you to pay to ‘release’ your files. This usually just takes your money and leaves the files encrypted and useless.
As always vigilance is key, if you see an attachment you don’t recognise or weren’t expecting (usually a .zip file) just delete it. Common sense can be the best Anti-Virus on the market.
Please feel free to add to this in the comments. There are always tools and different ways of doing this.
When starting Multiplayer, the game downloaded the Multiplayer Update 4, installed itself and played. Then lagged, crashed mid game, and finally started locking up the entire console mid session losing all progress.
Raging, I took to Google and after a while finally resolved my issue. You need to MANUALLY INSTALL UPDATES 1,2 AND 3!
Well thats 2013 nearly wrapped up. In the last 6 months I have been working on some pretty large projects and have come away with a full set of hosted applications that I am using to manage my day-to-day workload. I had planned to get a post written sooner for all the apps I am using with decent free tiers, that will now come in the new year!
One service I do want to get a blog out about now is Digital Ocean. Digital Ocean is the fastest growing VPS provider in the world right now, and every experience I have had with them in the 4ish months I have been using them has been excellent. Before using them, I was 100% shared cPanel hosting. Now I am migrating everything over to self-managed VPS’s at Digital Ocean. Why?? $5/mo, 20GB disk space, enough memory and CPU speed to run NGINX and mySQL very comfortably.
Keep reading for a a bit more info and my first list of free applications that have made my life easier! This list is no where near exhaustive, and over the next month or so I will be writing about a few of the key services I think you should start using if you don’t already!
I have a bookmark folder called ‘To Implement / Research’ that takes about 5 seconds to scroll through, so watch this space!
ownCloud is a very good self hosted solution to host all your contacts, photos, documents etc. Now, ownCloud does provide its own file sync application, but I believe using BitTorrent Sync is much better solution to keep your files in sync between your local machine and your ownCloud installation.
BitTorrent Sync was released last month and I’ve been playing around with it for the last couple of days. I currently have it syncing data between OwnCloud and my personal machine, effectively creating my own fully fledged DropBox replacement (more on that in another post!).
Today I am going to cover installing BitTorrent Sync into your copy of Debian (I am using Raspbian on my RasPi), so that when you restart the machine, it starts up with you. Hit the jump for the detailed instructions!
If you are a regular user of a public Wi-Fi access point and have a Raspberry Pi being used as a web server, you can secure your connection in these areas using SSH.
First of all, you need to have your Raspberry Pi (or any server with SSH installed) running and accessible from the outside world (I’m not going to guide this, there is plenty of help on google if you want to get this running). A basic installation will have this.
Next, go to http://chetansurpur.com/projects/sidestep/ and download the application (and check out the rest of Chetan Surpur’s website, its pretty good!). When this is installed, follow the steps and your away.
When ever you are on a public wifi, click connect!
On the debian based OS’s (Raspbmc / Raspbian), if you run the device headless most of the time you can ensure the HDMI port is powered off by editing /etc/rc.local and adding the below line above exit 0:
I use my RPi for XBMC and as a web server (yet to reinstall after switching to Raspbmc). I do not always want XBMC running, as I am not always home and also not always watching films! So in the interests of saving system resources I wanted to stop XBMC and shut off the HDMI to stop any TV interference. There are two commands to do this, but they are quite long and not easy to remember! I needed something to shorten this process. Preferably xbmc start/stop.