Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Backup Tools

I talked to some folk lately about the need to do frequent backups.  Here are some tools you might want to consider.  http://goo.gl/LHXUe

I've been using SyncBackFree (http://goo.gl/wxuXk).  It might be more to your liking.

Cloud Storage Services

A current review of the top 10 cloud storage services. http://goo.gl/iu2rF

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

GizMag

gizmag.com is a great place to learn about stuff.  Read about the Darpa camera probably used on drones.

uPnP Security Flaw

I'm not sure it has hit the main stream media yet, but I expect it soon.  It has been known for some time, that the uPnP feature of networked devices provides an easy way for a hacker to take control of your home network.  This concept is difficult to follow - the following links will help in the understanding of this protocol and the resulting security flaw.  Good luck.

This recent article in ITBusinessEdge provides a basic description of the problem.

This wikipedia entry goes into much more detail and it's only provided here for additional information.

My favorite techie is Leo Laporte.  I've been watching his podcasts for many years.  I find that he provides understandable information on a variety of technology-related subjects.  His latest issue of The Tech Guy once again mentions this uPnP problem.  He talks to Steve Gibson about 2:20 into the show.

A much more detailed discussion of this flaw can be found in this episode of Security Now, also a Leo Laporte production.  Steve Gibson does a good job describing what and how uPnP works and how hackers can take advantage of it.  I think the first 35 minutes should give you the necessary information.

Lastly, Steve Gibson has a web site called GRC.com wherein he provides much information regarding the security issues surrounding the pc and networking.  His page called "ShieldsUP!" provides a test to determine if your router is vulnerable to the uPnP exploit.  Click on the "proceed" button to begin, then click on the orange exposure test button to determine if your router has uPnP turned on.  A results page is then shown.  If your test resulted in -

THE EQUIPMENT AT THE TARGET IP ADDRESS
DID NOT RESPOND TO OUR UPnP PROBES!

then you passed!  There are many links on this results page; you might want to visit some of them.

Have fun!

Monday, February 11, 2013

10 Chrome Tricks

I use Chrome most of the time.  Rarely do I have to use IE, but a few sites will only work with IE.

TechRepublic has a site entitled "10 Chrome tricks to improve your browsing experience".  If you're a Chrome user, then these tricks are for you.


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Techie Tip

Another tech tip from Lifehacker.  Well, sort of.

http://goo.gl/76To3

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Pivos = Not so good

My greatly anticipated Pivos arrived on Saturday.  I spent a lot of the weekend trying to get XBMC to work on the little box.  But, it failed.  Way too much buffering; unable to watch networked movies.  I returned it yesterday.  Maybe my Dell Zino is still the best, small HTPC.  I'm upgrading the memory to 8gb and will try replacing the dvd drive with a bd.

Wow!

The bad guys just keep getting better.  All you Android users, please note - http://goo.gl/XA2jM