Has Your Information Been Part Of A Breach???

With all the breaches that have occurred like Adobe, Target, Home Depot, Linkedin, and Dropbox for example as of late how do you know if your information has been part of them? There is a site called Have I Been Pwned that looks at the leaked data and helps you to identify if your info may have been included. You just enter your email address and it will tell you if it was and in what breach. As always if you shop or deal with a company that you find out was breached change your password and not via an email that tells you to do so. Stay safe on the web.

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Email Privacy Tester

While I was checking out a new email client I wanted to see how it behaved in handling mail. I came across this fantastic site that allows you to run a test on your email client and see how it is REALLY handling your email.


From the site:

Some email clients perform operations when reading an email which give away information about the reader, to the sender of the message. If you enter your email address below, this application will send you a specially crafted email which uses a variety of techniques, to attempt to send information back to this server when read. It will then display the results for you.

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Install Windows 7 with Upgrade Media

I was recently trying to upgrade to Windows 10 and was using my copy of Windows 7 upgrade media to do it. I have a license for XP full and wanted to just use 7 and go straight to 10. I of course had difficulty because Microsoft makes it hard to use upgrade media for a full install. I found the article below and using method #2 I was able to make it work. I am just passing along the helpful information should someone else run into the same issue. I found the information at the following link.


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Mounting a NAS volume on your Apple Mac OS X

When I first bought my Mac notebook I had no trouble connecting it to my NAS via Connect to server in finder. I could also launch the connection on startup via my user startup login setup. The problem came in when I went away from my network or the system was asleep for a long time. I would lose the connection and manually had to get it back. Another issue was I could drag the NAS folder into finder favorites but they would after a while to longer work or disappear altogether. I found the following instructions at blog.netnerds.net that works like a charm. Now when I restart, come back from sleep, or even go away from my network I have no issues with my mappings and all works as expected. I can even have the mounts be in finder favorites and they work as expected. This was the holy grail for me. It was my only issue with switching from Windows to Mac so now I am a happy camper. If you have a similar issue give this a try but be careful and warned. You will need to access terminal and will be making changes to underlying system settings. Enjoy! [Read the rest of this entry…]

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Fastest way to delete a folder with a large amount of files

The quickest way is a two line batch file with a first pass to delete files and outputs to nul to avoid the overhead of writing to screen for every singe file. A second pass then cleans up the remaining directory structure:
del /f/s/q foldername > nul
rmdir /s/q foldername

As always be careful but this works fast and easy.

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True facts about the Mantis Shrimp

Here is an informational and funny as hell video about the Mantis Shrimp.

Link to the video

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MX, DNS, Blacklist, and SMTP troubleshooting

All of your MX record, DNS, blacklist and SMTP diagnostics in one integrated tool.  Input a domain name or IP Address or Host Name.Links in the results will guide you to other relevant tools and information.  And you’ll have a chronological history of your results. This is a nice little tool.



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Warriors of the Net

Here is a great video to explain the path a packet travels to bring you information on the Internet.

Warriors of the Net


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Microsoft Attack Surface Analyzer 1.0 Released

The purpose of this tool is to help software developers, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and IT Professionals better understand changes in Windows systems’ attack surface resulting from the installation of new applications.

You can download it here.

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Solo Flight

I finally soloed on July 30th, 2012. It was the most amazing feeling ever. It’s hard to describe but I can say it was the best day of my life.


Video file is here

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