Minecraft Is Getting Cross-Play On Multiple Platforms

With the upcoming release of the Better Together this summer, Mojang will unify the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One with mobile and Windows 10 PC versions of the game under the Bedrock Engine family. (excluding Java Minecraft which will continue to be supported as an independent version)
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New Attack Method Delivers Malware Via Mouse Hover

Mouseover’ technique relies on users hovering over hyperlinked text and images in Microsoft PowerPoint files to drop Trojan.

Researchers have found a new form of attack that abuses the action of hovering over hyperlinked text and images in a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation.

Trend Micro researchers discovered the “mouseover” technique, used by a Trojan downloader also found in a spam campaign hitting EMEA businesses in the manufacturing, education, pyrotechnics, logistics, and device fabrication industries. The downloader they analyzed delivers a version of the OTLARD banking Trojan, also known as GootKit.

“This is the first occurrence of malware using the ‘hover’ method to initiate a download that we know of,” says Mark Nunnikhoven, Trend Micro’s VP of cloud security.

“While GootKit is known malware, businesses should be more concerned about this latest technique as it shows none of the usual indicators of an infected document,” he explains. This is novel because it abuses the previously safe user practice of hovering over a link before clicking.
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Google Chrome – Your Preferences cannot be read

Logged into my Linux computer today and got this error as I tried to start Chrome. Tried the basics and it did not work, searched Google and saw many others having this same issue so I decided to document the process of fixing this issue here. I’ll start with the basic stuff first then will get into the more detailed steps.
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Monitoring an Outlook Web Access site with Nagios

This is actually a really old post that I had done on another site and wanted to share it here in case it would help anyone. We have the code on GitHub should you want to fork it or collaborate to keep it updated to more recent versions of Nagios and Exchange.

I was tasked at work to devise a way to make our Exchange OWA site be monitored by our Nagios-3 servers. After several days and some hours of research, hoping that someone had already done it in hopes of making my life easier; I ended up with one script that basically combined php and curl. Being new to scripting it was most confusing and I ended up taking on the task to introduce myself to it.

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Windows 10 power and display issue

I’ve been hearing people are having issues with their computers randomly powering on after a shutdown was issued and displays being dimmed and not being able to get the brightness back. Here are ways to fix those.

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Microsoft’s supposed forcing upgrading to Windows 10

Was stumbling on the webs earlier and came across an article saying that Microsoft is forcing people to upgrade to Windows 10. I am not a huge MS fan but I had to see for myself and it’s garbage.  I installed Windows7 on my laptop and got the familiar icon to upgrade but when I clicked on it I did not get the forced upgrade but instead got this:

Windows10 Upgrade Options
Windows 10 Upgrade Options

Notice it doesn’t say what others like InfoWorld are saying, which would insinuate a forced upgrade, according to the article in the link, the screen I have above has the following two options only:

Upgrade now or Upgrade tonight

Not sure exactly what these publishers are gunning for but it’s a bad game to play if they are not verifying this and only blindly repeating what others are saying.

Now, I’m not saying people are not getting that window. I’m saying that I did not get it and that publishers need to verify for themselves instead of just blindly regurgitating what they heard.

Got my Halo 5 Xbox One Bundle today

I won’t do the unboxing thing as that is old and tired. I will however tell you that it is one sexy beast. Microsoft really stepped it up with this one, yes there are other custom editions but I am a major halo geek and this made my day.I did not build the statue yet, but will post a picture once I do.

Here’s IGN’s unboxing:

 

Game Sharing on Xbox One

This only works for digital games, if you have disc based games, you are out of luck. This is one major benefit of digital games on the Xbox One, two people can play the same game at the same time through game sharing.

Warning:

  • To game share you will have to share your profile credentials and install your account on the Xbox of the person you are sharing with so ENSURE that you are sharing with a TRUSTED friend or family member.
  • Sharing your profile will give access to your password, credit card, PayPal card or any other payment information.
  • Once you are done sharing, we recommend you change your password ASAP.
  • You can ONLY share 3 times a year.
  • You can ONLY share on one other console at a time.

What you need

  • Xbox Console
  • A trusted friend or family member
  • Xbox Live account

Setting up the second profile

Once you have the account credentials do the following:

  • On the home screen click the drop-down box next to your Avatar (top left corner)
  • Click Add New
  • Log in as the person that will be sharing the game
  • Sign in with the newly added account
  • Click SettingsMy XboxMy Home Xbox
  • Click Make this my Home Xbox
  • Log out of the second account and sign into your account
  • Click My GamesGames
  • Scroll to the far right and you will see a list of games under the Ready to Install column
  • Select the game(s) you want to install and let it do it’s thing.

Let us know how this works for you.

Games with Gold October

Xbox One

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

A survivor is born…

Free with Gold 9/16-10/15

Valiant Hearts

The story of 4 crossed destinies and a broken love in a world torn apart.

Free with Gold 10/01-10/31

The Walking Dead: Complete First Season

All five episodes in one game.

Free with Gold 10/16-11/15

Xbox 360

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

Solid Snake returns.

Free with Gold 10/01-10/15

Arcade

The Walking Dead: Season 1

All five episodes in one game.

Free with Gold 10/16-10/31

Using Google Public DNS

Most people connect to the internet via their ISP’s DNS servers which more than likely are not the best and more than likely is slowing down your browsing. Using a 3rd party service not only speeds up your experience online. A while ago we wrote about OpenDNS, today we’re going over Google’s DNS service.

Important:
Make sure to write down your ISP’s DNS servers.

Google Public DNS IP addresses

IPv4 addresses are as follows:

  • 8.8.8.8
  • 8.8.4.4

IPv6 addresses are as follows:

  • 2001:4860:4860::8888
  • 2001:4860:4860::8844

Making the changes

Windows

  • Start the Network and Sharing Center (this process varies by windows version)
  • Click Change adadpter settings
  • Right-click Local Area Connection or Wireless Network Connection slelect Properties
  • Type in your administrator password if you are promted for it.
  • Click the Networking tab
  • Under the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and click Properties
  • Click Advanced and select the DNS tab, write down any IP’s that are listed here for future reference in case you want to revert later on.
  • Select Use the following DNS server addresses
  • Enter the IP’s from above
  • Restart your computer

Mac OS

  • Click the Apple menu ()
  • Click System Preferences and click the Network logo.
  • Select the connection you want to configure (Thunderbolt Ethernet or Wi-Fi or Display Ethernet) then click Advanced
  • Select the DNS tab
  • Click the + icon to enter the IP Addresses (repeat for each address)
  • Click Apply then click OK

Linux

I will go over doing this in Ubuntu since that is one of the more common flavors.

  • Start System Preferences and click Network Connections
  • Select the connection you want to configure Wired or Wireless tab, then select the appropriate network.
  • Click Edit, and in the window that appears, select the IPv4 Settings or IPv6 Settings tab.
  • If the selected method is Automatic (DHCP), open the dropdown and select Automatic (STATIC) addresses only instead.
  • If the method is set to something else, do not change it.
  • In the DNS servers field, enter the IP addresses, separated by a space:
  • Click Apply
  • If you are prompted for a password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

If your distribution doesn’t use Network Manager, your DNS settings are specified in /etc/resolv.conf.

Edit resolv.conf:

sudo vi /etc/resolv.conf

If any nameserver lines appear, write down the IP addresses for future reference. Replace or add, the following lines:

nameserver 8.8.8.8
nameserver 8.8.4.4
nameserver 2001:4860:4860::8888
nameserver 2001:4860:4860::8844

Save and exit

:wq

Restart any Internet clients you are using.

sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart

Routers

Every router uses a different user interface for configuring DNS server settings; we provide only a generic procedure below. For more information, please consult your router documentation.

Note:
Some ISPs hard-code their DNS servers into the equipment they provide; if you are using such a device, you will not be able to configure it. Instead, you can configure each of the computers connected to the router, as described above.
  • In your browser, enter the IP address to access the router’s administration console.
  • When prompted, enter the password to access network settings.
  • Find the screen in which DNS server settings are specified.
  • If there are IP addresses specified in the fields for the primary and seconday DNS servers, write them down for future reference.
  • Replace those addresses with the IP addresses from above
  • Save and exit.
  • Restart your browser.