Need an SSH client on Windows? Don’t use Putty or CygWin…use Git

Ok, maybe not…but its very likely that if you are reading this and find yourself needing to SSH here and there, you also use GIT. Well many are unaware that git for windows bundles several Linux familiar tools. Many might use these in the git bash shell.

Source: Need an SSH client on Windows? Don’t use Putty or CygWin…use Git — Hurry Up and Wait!

Spybot Anti-Beacon for Windows

Anti-Beacon is small, simple to use, and is provided free of charge. It was created to address the privacy concerns of users of Windows 10 who do not wish to have information about their PC usage sent to Microsoft. Simply clicking “Immunize” on the main screen of Anti-Beacon will immediately disable any known tracking features included by Microsoft in the operating system.

Source: Spybot Anti-Beacon for Windows

The History of SQL Injection, the Hack That Will Never Go Away

“When you go to a webpage, and you make a request, that parses part of the data in the request back to a server,” Hunt said. “For example, you read a news article, and the news article, in the address bar it has, “id=1”, and that gives you news article number 1, and then you get another one with ID 2.”

But, “with a SQLi attack, an attacker changes that ID in the address bar to something that forces the database to do something it’s not meant to do,” Hunt said, such as returning a piece of private data.

Source: The History of SQL Injection, the Hack That Will Never Go Away | Motherboard

Another commonly used piece of software is sqlmap. “It crawls the pages on the website, similar to how a search engine crawler might, looks for input forms on the website, and submits the forms with inputs that might cause a MySQL syntax error,” Al-Bassam added.

Why I Hate Frameworks

“Well, the problem with hammers is that there are so many different kinds. Sledge hammers, claw hammers, ball-peen hammers. What if you bought one kind of hammer and then realized that you needed a different kind of hammer later? You’d have to buy a separate hammer for your next task. As it turns out, most people really want a single hammer that can handle all of the different kinds of hammering tasks you might encounter in your life.”

Source: The Joel on Software Discussion Group (CLOSED) – Why I Hate Frameworks

Point-and-shoot weapon stops drones without destroying them

The tool is a point-and-shoot system, and has a range of some 400 meters. It gains control of the drone, immobilizing it so no remote action can occur. It does so by either disrupting remote control or GPS navigation.

The drone then either lands in the vicinity or flies back to its starting point, and effectively suffers no damage.

Source: Point-and-shoot weapon stops drones without destroying them

ExifTool by Phil Harvey

ExifTool is a platform-independent Perl library plus a command-line application for reading, writing and editing meta information in a wide variety of files. ExifTool supports many different metadata formats including EXIF, GPS, IPTC, XMP, JFIF, GeoTIFF, ICC Profile, Photoshop IRB, FlashPix, AFCP and ID3, as well as the maker notes of many digital cameras by Canon, Casio, FLIR, FujiFilm, GE, HP, JVC/Victor, Kodak, Leaf, Minolta/Konica-Minolta, Nikon, Nintendo, Olympus/Epson, Panasonic/Leica, Pentax/Asahi, Phase One, Reconyx, Ricoh, Samsung, Sanyo, Sigma/Foveon and Sony.

Source: ExifTool by Phil Harvey

Cool, but obscure unix tools

Just a list of 20 (now 28) tools for the command line. Some are little-known, some are just too useful to miss, some are pure obscure — I hope you find something useful that you weren’t aware of yet! Use your operating system’s package manager to install most of them. (Thanks for the tips, everybody!)

via Cool, but obscure unix tools :: Software architect Kristof Kovacs.

Introducing WinSCP

WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client, FTP client, WebDAV client and SCP client for Windows. Its main function is file transfer between a local and a remote computer. Beyond this, WinSCP offers scripting and basic file manager functionality.

via Introducing WinSCP :: WinSCP.

This is a very useful program to get files off a PC and onto a Linux server which supports these services out of the box.  I find Samba to be too clunky, unreliable, and very noisy on an open network by broadcasting packets to everyone.  Only now did I have a need for something like this and SCP solves my problem and is more secure and easier to use than standard ftp.   I still map drives using Samba on my closed network but I may try out the windows version of sshfs sometime in the future.   The user interface on this tool is very intuitive and works well.

Tools for a Safer PC

EMET, short for the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit, is a free tool from Microsoft that can help Windows users beef up the security of commonly used applications, whether they are made by a third-party vendor or by Microsoft. EMET allows users to force applications to use one or both of two key security defenses built into Windows Vista and Windows 7 — Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) and Data Execution Prevention (DEP).

Put very simply, DEP is designed to make it harder to exploit security vulnerabilities on Windows, and ASLR makes it more difficult for exploits and malware to find the specific places in a system’s memory that they need to do their dirty work.

via Tools for a Safer PC — Krebs on Security.

By creating a free account at OpenDNS.com, changing the DNS settings on your machine, and registering your Internet address with OpenDNS, the company will block your computer from communicating with known malware and phishing sites. OpenDNS also offers a fairly effective adult content filtering service that can be used to block porn sites on an entire household’s network.