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Authentication Mechanisms – How Secure are They?

Authentication Mechanisms – How Secure are They?

Hello everyone! Recently, I’ve been reading about the Digest Authentication mechanism (RFC 2617) after reading the Account Password Policy section of the Windows Local Computer and Group Policy Object (GPO) editors piqued my interest. RFC 2617 describes two primary authentication methods: Basic and Digest. Basic Authentication Basic is as simple as it is insecure. Basic transfers the specified username and password in PLAINTEXT unless of course surrounded by a layer of encryption such as SSL/TLS. Which I’d STRONGLY recommended you…

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Increased Demand for Biometrics

Increased Demand for Biometrics

Hello again my kind readers! I’ve recently found out that Biometrics are rapidly becoming the world’s favorite method of authentication in a digital world. I for one am not for this form of authentication as I’ve made clear once before. While Biometric technology may technically be more secure and easier and in some cases (such as logging onto a public computer – especially from the Windows lock screen). I do have a couple of problems with it (primarily regrading security…

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The Cost of Cyber Attacks

The Cost of Cyber Attacks

This week I read an article on SecurityMagazine.com that claimed that the average cost of a cyber attack has now exceeded $1 million dollars. While this an extraordinary amount of money (which could be VERY detrimental or even fatal to many businesses, with only the possible exception to only some of the largest companies out there). While this once again stresses the importance of cybersecurity. And shows us how once again, the threat has grown. I also find it very…

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NoScript For Firefox

NoScript For Firefox

Hello everyone,   This week I’d like to talk about the NoScript addon which is available for Mozilla Firefox. I’ve been using NoScript for a few weeks and while I find it annoying sometimes. I do find it really nice that I am able to block things like Google Analytics and other similar scripts like that. If I don’t want a script to run on my computer. I don’t run it. Scripts only run if I tell them to run….

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Ethical Hacking and the US Power Grid

Ethical Hacking and the US Power Grid

This morning I did what many early-20-year-old-men do: I watched YouTube videos on my phone before getting out of bed this morning. However, unlike many early-20-year-old-men I watch a lot of educational programming as well (although I have been known to watch the occasional stupid video from time to time). This morning I noticed a video that caught my eye: Watch hackers break into the US power grid at first I was skeptical, I figured that it couldn’t possibly be…

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All About OpenVAS

All About OpenVAS

Hello again everyone, Now you may not like the idea of using vulnerability scanners or other hack tools. However, OpenVAS is VERY powerful tool to anyone who is running nearly any type of server and wants to make sure that it is protected. Now you might be thinking that as long as you keep your machines up-to-date you should be fine. But that is not entirely true. While updates are an important part of protecting your systems misconfiguration is another…

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Is My OpenVPN Traffic Being Decrypted?

Is My OpenVPN Traffic Being Decrypted?

Hello everyone,   As per my previous post about OpenVPN on pfSense I would like to tell you all a problem that I’ve been having recently since I’ve started trying to use it to protect myself on my school’s public WiFi network. You see, I like all college students have a smart phone and I can create my own private wireless hotspot with it. To which I connect my laptop to it while I’m in class so I don’t have…

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pfSense can Protect You Even on the Go

pfSense can Protect You Even on the Go

Hello everyone,   Once again I would like to talk about using pfSense to setup an OpenVPN server which you can use to protect yourself on open and public WiFi networks. You see the problem that I often encounter while on the go is that there are no WiFi networks that I trust. I barely trust my own home WiFi network and I set it up to be very secure and I monitor it constantly! We are told never to…

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pfSense for Learning Computer Networking & Cybersecurity

pfSense for Learning Computer Networking & Cybersecurity

Hello everyone!   This week I want to continue talking about pfSense and why I think it is one of the best pieces of software especially for anyone who is looking into (or is already in) a career network administration or cybersecurity. I recently started taking a cybersecurity class and as part of our first lesson we reviewed the basics of how computer networks work and that got me thinking about pfSense and the journey that I’ve taken on my…

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