Password 101: how to suck at security

Password 101: how to suck at security.

(Totally not a satire post…. Totally…)

1. Always Use a simple password.
2. Always write it down.
3. Always Use the same password for everything.
4. Never change your password. Continue reading

Do you know who’s using your WiFi? Or how to check?

This may sound like a stupid question, but in reality most people don’t. I work in IT support, the customers I support all work from home, or on the road. Many have no idea even what devices are connected to their network, let alone how to set encryption.

My goal for this post is to show you some easy ways to map your network, to ensure only devices you want are using your network. Rogue devices can negativity impact your network in a variety of ways. An attacker could steal your passwords or files, a poorly functioning device could cause internet speeds to drop to a crawl, or even disconnect your computers from the net.

That said, it is easy to monitor your network, and at a very minimum you should audit network usage twice a month (I do it almost daily, because it really only takes seconds to check).

The quickest way to get an idea of who or what is connected on your network is a ping scan, there is an app built specifically for network mapping and even some troubleshooting on android called ‘Fing’ it will report all live ip addresses, along with the manufacturer of the devices network card. Once you have the list of connected/live devices, Fing will let you troubleshoot each device. Some of the things I do with Fing are; port scanning, connecting to windows shared drives, ftp. here is a link to Fing in the play store.

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Here is a shot of Fing in action

Some of us that are hyper focused on the security of our networks, even go so far as building lightweight intrusion detection systems, but I would not expect that an average person would take the time to learn how to set one up, or even pay the huge prices charged by others to do it. Simply scanning your network is a great step in protecting your digital privacy, if you notice connected devices that shouldn’t be there, you can adjust settings within your routers configuration to block the device.

I will write a follow-up post, with some windows, and Linux tools that are user friendly, and give similar function to Fing on android. I would also like to note that Fing is also available on iOS, but it has been awhile since I used it as I avoid my iPad like the plague.

If you have concerns or questions, feel free to hit me up on Twitter @DarkLordZim or email DarkLordZim@gmail.com

Android app review: Swapps

Now that I’m using my nexus 7 significantly more than my laptop from day to day, I’m always looking for applications to make my life easier while adding functionality and usability to my tablet.

Enter “Swapps”. Swapps is an android application switcher that makes multitasking so much easier. The switcher runs in the background and is accessible via gesture by swiping from the side of the screen to access the drawer.

From the launcher drawer, you can set “starred” apps, that you use the most, it shows the most recent 5 apps, and still will give you access to all applications on the tablet. You can customize each section through the settings. You can set up to 15 starred apps. Turn recent apps on or off (recent only shows 5 apps), and you can turn all apps on or off.

You can also customize the swipe area, as wide or narrow, tall or short, right or left side of the screen. Out of all the productivity applications I’ve tried, this one so far is my favorite. It’s available for free in the play store, with a very small ad bar or you can donate through an in app purchase to remove the ads. (Though the ads don’t remotely subtract from the usefulness are functionality)

I’ve attached some screen shots of the switcher, and settings.

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Also, I would like to add that you can kill background processes by long pressing an app in the “recent” section.

Here is the Google play store link, this is one app I very much think you should try!