How to Prevent Ransomware: 18 Best Practices for 2021

Date Published: Mon, 20 Sep 2021 16:55:44 +0200

A ransomware attack can shut down a business for weeks, damage reputation with customers and employees, and open the door for further data breaches. As an attack can be devastating, knowing how to prevent ransomware is an essential skill of any cybersecurity team. This has now become a serious reality for governments as well as corporates. Gone are the days of just planning for fire, theft or disasters. The game has totally changed and planning for ransomware attacks is now a fundamental part of vulnerability and risk assessments.

There are a number of best practices to employ but very obvious vulnerabilities are e-mail systems and patch management. Too many e-mail systems are out of date and not scanning for obvious problems. The easiest way for attackers to get in, is to use known vulnerabilities and exploit them via scripts. So the obvious thing is to have proper patch management in place, and test and apply them quickly. Attackers are pouncing the moment patches are released, as they know most organisations take weeks to apply the patches. This also means monitoring the patch status of all servers, computers, network OS's, etc.

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Learn how to prevent ransomware with a mix of safety precautions, company-wide culture of awareness, and a robust disaster recovery plan.

Why smartwatch-measured blood pressure still isn't ‘ready for primetime’ - Cardiologists are looking forward to the future of blood pressure tech — but the field still needs to catch up

Date Published: Sun, 19 Sep 2021 20:37:36 +0200

It’s been over two years since Samsung first announced that its Galaxy Watch would be able to measure people’s blood pressure. The feature is available in a number of countries, including South Korea, but not in the United States — the company is still awaiting Food and Drug Administration clearance. In the meantime, other smartwatch companies have started experimenting with blood pressure tech in a bid for monitors on their devices. Fitbit announced a study trialling a blood pressure monitor in April, and Apple is reportedly working on its own version, as well.

The analysis, published in July, found that the blood pressures calculated by the Samsung device had “moderate to strong agreement” with pressures measured by an FDA-approved cuff. The results were about as close together as the results from two different FDA-approved cuffs were each other, Mendes says. The results held for people of varying skin tones and ages.

It’s important to get right — maybe more important than something like heart rate, Cohen says. “High blood pressure is such a major risk factor for stroke, major cardiac events, and kidney disease,” she says. “It’s so, so important that we get it right, because if devices are giving you an inaccurate reading, you can get very false reassurance that your blood pressure is normal.”

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The future of blood pressure tech still needs to prove itself.

Shredder (rmlint) is a Linux utility that finds space waste and other broken things on your filesystem and offers to remove it

Date Published: Sun, 19 Sep 2021 14:33:36 +0200

Yes many already know and use BleachBit, with BleachBit you can free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn't know was there. Shredder goes a step further in identifying:
* Duplicate Files and duplicate directories.
* Nonstripped binaries (i.e. binaries with debug symbols)
* Broken symbolic links.
* Empty files and directories.
* Files with broken user or/and group ID.

Shredder displays search results in a hierarchical list and a visual pie chart of the selected folder. For search, you can use various filters (file size, name, modification time, etc.), except when comparing files checksum mode supported byte-a-byte mapping, a mode check only new files and much more.

It can also generate a script file which you can automatically run using rmlint from the command line. It will work with btrfs file systems too. Always good to backup your files before you do deep cleaning.

See Graphical user interface — rmlint (2.8.0 Maidenly Moose) documentation

#technology #opensource #linux #shredder #duplicatefiles

As of rmlint (\geq 2.4.0) a GUI frontend called Shredder is shipped alongside of rmlint. It is written in Python and uses no external dependencies beside gtk+ (\geq 3.14) and PyGObject. The user interface is still in development. Use at your own risk! There is a safety net though: Every file will be re-checked before its deletion. If you...


9 Best Shaving Soaps for Men [All Skin Types] – 2021 Review

Date Published: Sat, 18 Sep 2021 19:25:19 +0200

This article takes an in-depth look at the best shaving soap for men that are easily available on the market.

Many things that had gone out of style are slowly coming back. These pertain to music, cars, clothes and now, shaving. Yes, there is nothing wrong with wanting to shave like your grandfather or great-grandfather used to.

One of the tools that were handy to our forefathers in their clean shaving endeavours is the shaving soap. Yes, sure, most people today probably think of a shave cream when they are looking to boost their daily shave. However, there is also the option of shaving soaps. And believe it or not, unlike cream, shaving soap has been around for centuries.

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The best shaving soaps can make the difference between a great or a bad experience. Learn how to find a shave soap that fits your preferences now.

Why the Crawford County Federated Library System chooses Linux and open source - An organisation needs to make a conscious decision on their software choices

Date Published: Sat, 18 Sep 2021 12:38:07 +0200

They have been using Linux and open source software in its IT operations since 1999. It goes to show, though, that despite what many think, an organisation does in fact have a choice as to what licensing models they want to embrace. There is no legal requirement to have to use Microsoft, Oracle, etc.

It's a choice, but how many organisations actually consider those choices properly?

The article below is an interview with the library's IT director, Cindy Murdock Ames.

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The Crawford County Federated Library System has been using Linux and open source software in its IT operations since 1999. They realized early on the potential of open source and integrated it into their enterprise. They were a part of my own Linux journey as I built a content filtering system for our school district. Twenty years ago, there were few models for the use of open source in libraries and education. Meadville Public Library and the Crawford County Federated Library System were the leaders then and now.

Conduit is an efficient lightweight Matrix server implementation for home use and will even run on a Raspberry Pi

Date Published: Fri, 17 Sep 2021 15:01:18 +0200

Matrix has a reputation for good chat features as well as security, but the consensus has been that it is quite heavy on resources, especially if you want to just host it from home for friends and family.

Conduit is still in early beta release and also does not have all the Matrix bells and whistles, but it has been engineered to be very easy to set up, and is efficient and lightweight. You can install it on a mini-computer like the Raspberry Pi to host Matrix for your family, friends or company.

As of 2021-09-01, Conduit is Beta, meaning you can join and participate in most Matrix rooms, but not all features are supported, and you might run into bugs from time to time. For example, E2EE verification over federation is not yet implemented.

See Famedly / Conduit

#technology #opensource #conduit #matrix #privacy


Conduit is a simple, fast and reliable chat server powered by Matrix #^

Kerbal Space Program creator's new game launches onto Steam Early Access - Balsa Model Flight Simulator is a much smaller-scale game than Kerbal, but carries the same spirit

Date Published: Fri, 17 Sep 2021 14:18:48 +0200

Just a few weeks after taking off into open beta, Balsa Model Flight Simulator, the new game from Kerbal Space Program creator Felipe "HarvesteR" Falanghe, is now available on Steam Early Access.

Balsa Model Flight Simulator is obviously a different take on flight than KSP, but it's still very much in the same tradition: Players design, build, and fly highly-detailed virtual model planes, and even engage in "paintball dogfights" against other online model-makers. A built-in scenario editor enables the creation of new mission and game mods, and designs, missions, and mods can all be shared through the Steam Workshop.

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Balsa Model Flight Simulator is a much smaller-scale game than Kerbal, but carries the same spirit.

The German Government funds The Prototype Fund which funds software development of innovative public interest technologies under an open source license

Date Published: Fri, 17 Sep 2021 14:04:35 +0200

The Prototype Fund supports ideas in civic tech, data literacy, data security and software infrastructure. We want to provide software developers, hackers, and creatives with the opportunity to code and develop innovative public interest technologies. The results must be made publicly available under an open source license.

As individual developers or small interdisciplinary project teams, you will receive up to €47,500 over six months from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. With this funding, you can write code and develop a first prototype of your software. In addition, we will connect you with tech and other relevant communities, support you with coaching, and advise you on project implementation and communication.

See Prototypefund - We fund open source projects

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The Prototype Fund supports ideas in civic tech, data literacy, data security, and software infrastructure.

FreeTube is a standalone YouTube client (without any tracking) for Linux, Mac, and Windows

Date Published: Fri, 17 Sep 2021 13:45:17 +0200

FreeTube is a YouTube client for Windows, Mac, and Linux built around using YouTube more privately. You can enjoy your favourite content and creators without your habits being tracked. All of your user data is stored locally and never sent or published to the internet. FreeTube grabs data by scraping the information it needs (with either local methods or by optionally utilizing the Invidious API). With many features similar to YouTube, FreeTube has become one of the best methods to watch YouTube privately on desktop.

The guide below shows specifically how to install it on Linux.

See How to watch YouTube on the Linux desktop with FreeTube

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FreeTube is a standalone YouTube client for Linux, Mac, and Windows. The concept of FreeTube is to deliver users the YouTube content that they love, but

Open source matters, and it's about more than just free software - Countries can leverage to achieve independence from the growing monopoly of foreign tech giants

Date Published: Fri, 17 Sep 2021 10:56:15 +0200

Digital independence, autonomy or technological sovereignty: the concept has taken on many names, but always refers to a long-standing goal of EU leaders. It consists of developing technology in line with standards defined by European institutions themselves – and often comes with imperatives such as transparency, trustworthiness or the protection of privacy.

"Open source has the potential to change the balance of power," says Muto. "It's not necessarily saying that the big companies are bad, but it's about taking back control. The user should have control regardless of where the company comes from."

One example is cloud services, which are dominated by Amazon's AWS, Microsoft's Azure and Google Cloud. The EU's near-total reliance on the trio has been problematic for a number of years: for example, an EU privacy watchdog recently launched an investigation to examine whether the bloc's top institutions and agencies were able to effectively protect citizens' personal information when using AWS and Azure.

See Open source matters, and it's about more than just free software | ZDNet

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