Silicon Valley (TV SHOW)

I watched the first seasons of Silicon Valley after not wanting to for awhile and I actually liked them. They were pretty good an all about an incubator in Silicon Valley who all try to come up with apps/start up companies and make it to the big time. The main story is one of the roommates design’s a compression algorithm and he gets it stolen from a top tech company competitor and he is trying to beat them. Rushing to make it public and hit the market is where the story goes an ends up.. who’s going to get the investors or the faster score for their compression. If you haven’t seen it go download it and check it out. It’s pretty funny and tech savvy coolness.

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Secure Blackphone 2 Out Now

If you need maximum smartphone security and are willing to pay for it, the Blackphone 2 is now on sale. The latest handset from Silent Circle has privacy features like the Android-based PrivatOS operating system, encrypted calling and texts, and “spaces” that let you keep business separate from pleasure. But unlike the original Blackphone, the latest model is actually a decent smartphone, with a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, Qualcomm 8-core CPU, 3GB RAM, a 13-megapixel back-side illuminated camera and quick-charging 3,060 mAh battery.blackphone_2

Given the numerous privacy dangers lurking out there, what price would you pay for both security and a solid smartphone? Silent Cirlce thinks it’s $799, more than a 64GB iPhone 6s costs. However, if you need it, you need it, so assuming you’re in North America, you can grab a Blackphone 2 at Silent Circle’s website. In the UK and the rest of the world, it’s set to arrive “soon.”

 

article by: engadget

Use a VPN? You could be leaking your real IP with WebRTC

I had this fixed awhile back but since I installed a new computer/os I forgot to change my settings. If you use firefox or chrome you can be affected by the WebRTC function, i’ll post the details below but basically any web master can craft script to show him your real ip, local ip, and vpn ip. Be sure to make sure you get this fixed, otherwise using a VPN is useless.

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article from: https://thehackernews.com/2015/02/webrtc-leaks-vpn-ip-address.html

An extremely critical vulnerability has recently been discovered in WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication), an open-source standard that enables the browsers to make voice or video calls without needing any plug-ins.

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Top 40 Useful Sites To Learn New Skills

cool page I found by: marcandangel.com
be sure to check out their site as well, they post hella dope stuff.

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The web is a powerful resource that can easily help you learn new skills.  You just have to know where to look.  Sure, you can use Google, Yahoo, or Bing to search for sites where you can learn new skills, but I figured I’d save you some time.

Here are the top 40 sites I have personally used over the last few years when I want to learn something new.

 

  1. Hack a Day – Hack a Day serves up fresh hacks (short tutorials) every day from around the web and one in-depth ‘How-To hack’ guide each week.
  2. eHow – eHow is an online community dedicated to providing visitors the ability to research, share, and discuss solutions and tips for completing day-to-day tasks and projects.

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Understanding Encryption

awesome article by: spinatomic 

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In an era where security breaches seem to be regularly making the news, encryption is a very important topic to understand.  It helps protect your data, your interactions, and your access even when attackers make end-runs around software defenses.  It’s critical to use properly because, in a public network, there are still opportunities for data to leak out, even if your software is standing guard effectively.

But it’s not necessarily an easy topic; there is no magic wand you can wave to encrypt your data and effortlessly realize gains.  Some recent high-profile stories have shown that even software developers don’t necessarily understand this topic well enough to make good decisions on how to best use encryption to protect their users.

In this post, I’ll walk you through the three most important types of encryption that protect users today, tell you why we need each one, and show you how each one addresses specific aspects of keeping systems secure.

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Citizenfour (Movie)

So I watched this movie after putting it off for awhile since I usually hate docu movies on bullshit like this since most of it is faked or off putting, however this movie was okay. I don’t support the bullshit Snowden pulled since he acted like he was doing the world a mother Theresa favor. I mean the government created the internet and If I was in charge I’d spy on everything too. If your family member got killed in an attack you might think differently as well if it could have prevented it, oh your chat logs might be seen OOOOH NOOOO your so important to give a shit. However this movie sucked on the side of technical show, it didn’t explain any of the methods used, and just showed some nerd in his hotel releasing information over a weeks period. What a let down, still none the less some revealing facts about certain things cool, but sorry Snowden, that was not a cool move. I also think he was a double agent for Russia anyhow.

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Hack the Flag Game

Cool new hacking game to test your elite skills on. I did the first few no problem but some of the other one’s I had to use the answer key a user wrote up. It’s pretty fun to try and decode the messages and to do some SQL injections. Try it out!

Game:
http://hackthecause.info/

Answers:
http://www.anthonyferrillo.net/blog/hack-the-cause/

Also from Hack10 site, here is a link to the top hack-simulated games like this one which has a bunch of others that are a lot more intense:
http://www.hacker10.com/other-computing/best-online-hacking-wargames/

Best apps to encrypt mobile phone calls

Cool article I read by Hacker10
http://www.hacker10.com/mobile-phone/best-apps-to-encrypt-mobile-phone-calls/

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The following apps allow you to make free worldwide calls to other people that have the same app installed. Security wise, not only are your calls encrypted,  additionally, VoIP apps bypass data retention laws, calls made with a calling app are not recorded by your network provider.

The best apps to make a secure call are those that are open source, available for Android and iPhone and encrypt your call with keys you only hold, you should also try to go with a company that does not have servers or offices in a country where mass surveillance is known to take place.

Click read more to see the list.

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45 Free Useful Thumb Drive Applications

2007-10-21-104231-portable-appsCool link I’ve checked out and used for my personal thumb drive collection. The best one is Portable Apps platform, just check it out for yourself. You can setup all kind of programs, games, software to use with a simple plugin of the USB. Very useful when diagnosing a program or just wanting to run your encrypted email-client or messaging apps and then wipe your drive.

 

Check it out here:

http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/45-free-useful-thumb-drive-applications/

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