Google ramps up Android security, scans all apps now

Google is quick to replace the 2013 “Verify Apps” security feature with mandatory app scan for all apps. The flaw in Verify Apps is that it provides the user the ability to scan third-party apps using Google’s security engine after it has been installed on to the local device. Instead, Google is taking a more proactive approach with its Verify Apps security feature. It will now host a dual-layer security system. First, the Verify Apps will scan apps locally on Android devices to look for malicious activities such as SMS abuse. There will also be a server side scan on Google Play store to scan all apps in the Play Store.

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List of Direct IPs in the Event of a DNS Takedown

IPs to Websites

Here is a list of IPs to use in the event of a DNS takedown. We will be adding more as time rolls by. If you have others to share, please leave a comment.



  • Here’s a tip for the do-it-yourself crowd: Go to your computer’s Start menu, and either go to “run” or just search for “cmd.” Open it up, and type in “ping [website address],”
  • Once you have the IP for a website, all you really need to do is enter it like you would a normal URL and hit enter/press go. Typing in “” should bring you to the front page of AO3, for example, just as typing “” should bring you straight to your Tumblr dashboard. Since we’re obviously bracing for the worst case scenario which would involve you not being able to access the internet regularly, you should, save this list.

Customizing Firefox

What are Extensions?

Extensions or plug-ins add extra functionality to Firefox. Simply put, they are extra apps that give Firefox some extra bells and whistles to make it yours. You can get add-ons that do just about anything like check the weather, listen to music, update your social accounts.

There are three types of extensions:


Extensions add new features to Firefox or modify existing ones. There are extensions that allow you to block advertisements, download videos from websites, integrate Firefox with websites like Facebook or Twitter, and even add features from other browsers.


There are two types of appearance add-ons:

  1. complete themes, which changes the look of buttons & menus,
  2. background themes, which decorate the menu bar and tab strip with a background image.


Plug-ins let you add support for all kinds of Internet content. These usually include patented formats like Flash, QuickTime, and Silverlight that are used for video, audio, on-line games, presentations, and more. Plug-ins are created and distributed by other companies. Continue reading Customizing Firefox

ZorinOS – For those migrating from WindowsXP

While discussing the Edn-of-Life of WindowsXP and how best to move forward, I was made aware of ZorinOS. I have downloaded it and am currently testing it out. I will post up a report on it once I have enough time into it.

Here is a screenshot to tease you…


Heartbleed Found in Cisco, Juniper Networking Products

The Heartbleed Web-security flaw has been found in the hardware connecting homes and businesses to the Internet, underscoring the amount of time and effort that will be needed to defuse the threat.

Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) and Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR) said some of their networking products are susceptible to the encryption bug, which was recently discovered by researchers at Google Inc. (GOOG) and prompted companies and government agencies to seek fixes to block hackers from gaining access to user names, passwords and other sensitive information.

The Heartbleed warnings come at a time of mounting concern about the security of information following consumer-data breaches at Target Corp. and Neiman Marcus Group Ltd. and the spying scandal involving the National Security Agency. While security experts urged consumers to change their Web passwords as soon as possible, it will take longer to fix networking equipment and software as Cisco and Juniper will have to rely on customers applying the patches they push out, according to Jaime Blasco, director of AlienVault Labs, part of AlienVault LLC.

“It’s more painful to update these kinds of devices,” Blasco said. “You have to go one by one.”

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WordPress 3.8.x Users Receive Automatic Security Updates for Pingback

WordPress blogs around the world began to receive an automatic security update late on April 8 to fix security vulnerabilities. The WordPress 3.8.2 and 3.7.2 updates each provide five security fixes, as well as multiple non-security bug updates.

The open-source WordPress content management system is widely deployed around the world and is used to power many of the world’s leading technology media sites. In October 2013, the company released WordPress 3.7, which provided users with an automatic update capability for important security and bug fixes. WordPress 3.8 was first released in December 2013 and received an automatic update to version 3.8.1 in January for 31 bug fixes.

The WordPress 3.8.2 and 3.7.2 updates include a fix for CVE-2014-0165, which is a privilege-escalation vulnerability that could have potentially enabled unauthorized contributors to publish posts.

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How to restore the Panels in Ubuntu to their default settings

We’ve been there before… You delete something from one of your panels or a panel itself. Sure, you could create a new blank panel and rebuild it from scratch; but why waste your time when you can simply restore them?   Open an terminal by either of the following:

  • Click Applications Accessories Terminal
  • Press Alt+F2 and in the run dialog box, type gnome-terminal then click on Run.

In the Terminal type the following commands:

gconftool –recursive-unset /apps/panel
rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel
kill gnome-panel

Your panels will appear with their default settings.