• Miscellaneous

    Getting Started With Piano

    I have always had a love and appreciation for Piano, I’ve been wanting to play for quite some time now and I was finally able to take the plunge and start. I’ve messed around before, and often just learned some songs by ear, but I’m severely lacking in my ability to play with two hands, especially at different speeds. I can’t wait to learn proper technique and some theory, and maybe at some point be good enough to record a full song and share it on this blog. The only thing I’d like is to eventually have a semi-decent digital piano (that is all that will fit in my condo),…

  • Miscellaneous

    Camera Gear

    I'm going to start posting some of my photography on this site as well, I know I don't post on here very much but this will help add some more content and also break up the IT-related posts. This post is going to serve as a living document of the camera gear I use for Photography/Video work. I recently made a platform change, switching from my trusty Canon 60D which I had for just about 6 years, to a Sony a7ii. Because of this change I don't have quite the same amount of gear I once had, but that will be changing gradually as time goes on (hell, I had…

  • InfoSec

    Two-Factor Authentication

    Two-factor Authentication (2FA) or Multi-Factor Authentication is the ability to use at least two forms of authentication for a login. This adds an extra layer of security to your accounts for very little effort applied. This post will cover some of the methods available for client-side 2FA, as well as the pros and cons of each method. Implementing server-side 2FA will come in a later post, and will provide a more in depth look at setting up things like TOTP, SMS, and Email on the server-side. The most common method as a second form of authentication is SMS, where a code is sent to a phone number that was specified…

  • Group Policy

    Secure Your Clients by Disabling SSL

    At this point SSLv3 is somewhat old news, but there are still businesses that have SSLv3 (and worse, sometimes SSLv2) accepted on their client machines, this can lead to a multitude of security vulnerabilities that can be easily exploited (i.e. POODLE). The purpose of this post is to show you how to disable the insecure protocols on standalone workstations or via Group Policy if you are on a corporate network with a domain controller.

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  • Group Policy

    Disabling AutoPlay and Autorun

    In very recent news you have likely heard of someone putting infected USB drives into mailboxes, although¬†this is happening in Australia it is still incredibly relevant no matter where in the world you may be. It is always in good practice to never, and I mean never, plug in a random USB thumb drive you might have found out in the wild. This is one of the tried and true methods that gets malware installed on your computer because of a built-in “feature” of Windows called AutoPlay in addition to AutoRun, and also because most people will think one of two things: Oh, free thumb drive! Oh, someone might have…