Download ‘Advanced Penetration Testing – Hacking the World’s Most Secure Networks’ eBook For Free

Build a better defense against motivated, organized, professional attacks with this free eBook.

From the publisher: “Penetration testing consists of low-level hackers attacking a system with a list of known vulnerabilities, and defenders preventing those hacks using an equally well-known list of defensive scans. The professional hackers and nation states on the forefront of today’s threats operate at a much more complex level – today’s threats are organized, professionally-run, and very much for-profit. Financial institutions, health care organizations, law enforcement, government agencies, and other high-value targets need to harden their IT infrastructure and human capital against targeted advanced attacks from motivated professionals.

Featuring techniques not taught in any certification prep or covered by common defensive scanners, this book integrates social engineering, programming, and vulnerability exploits into a multidisciplinary approach for targeting and compromising high security environments. From discovering and creating attack vectors, and moving unseen through a target enterprise, to establishing command and exfiltrating data—even from organizations without a direct Internet connection—this guide contains the crucial techniques that provide a more accurate picture of your system’s defense. Custom coding examples use VBA, Windows Scripting Host, C, Java, JavaScript, Flash, and more, with coverage of standard library applications and the use of scanning tools to bypass common defensive measures.”

Written by Wil Allsop and published by Wiley in March 2017, this 288 page ebook (a $26 value) is free to download through January 22, 2019. The book is offered by TradePub. If you don’t have an account there, the registration process to create an account is on the long side.

How To View YouTube Videos Frame by Frame

Whether you’re watching a how-to video, want to catch a particular detail, or missed something, knowing how to stop a video and watch frame by frame comes in handy.

These two methods are easy to use and work with videos on both YouTube and Vimeo. One approach uses keyboard shortcuts and the other works in your browser.
The keyboard shortcuts work as long as the creator encoded the video to be viewed frame by frame. Most creators encode videos that way, but if you come across one that hasn’t been encoded, give the online tool a try.

Using the keyboard to view videos frame by frame is simple. Once the YouTube or Vimeo video starts playing, pause the video using the space bar on the keyboard or the pause button. To move forward a frame, press the “>” (period) key. To move back a frame, press the “<” (comma) key.

To use the online tool, copy the URL (web address)of the video you want to view. Open the Watch Frame by Frame website in your browser and paste the URL (web address) into the box. You can push enter on the keyboard to start the video, or click or tap the “Watch Video” button.
The Watch Frame by Frame website offers more options for viewing than the keyboard method. You can watch frame by frame or in slow motion, change how many frames you want to see, adjust the speed, and decide how many frames per second to watch.

The Watch Frame by Frame website worked in all the Windows browsers I tested with no issues and no ads. Read More

Windows 10 Will Reserve 7GB of Storage, Here’s How To Disable It

Microsoft is hoping to make Windows 10 updates install smoothly by increasing the amount of storage it uses for delivering updates by reserving as much as 7GB on your device. Previous feature updates (semiannual channel releases) have failed if users didn’t have enough storage space, requiring users to manually free up enough storage to install the upgrade.

Microsoft said in an announcement that it will be introducing the Reserved Storage Feature in the next semiannual channel release (build 1903, codenamed 19H1) due out in the spring, though the Reserved Storage feature is available for testing now in the latest Windows Insider Program release.

In the announcement Microsoft explains:


“Starting with the next major update we’re making a few changes to how Windows 10 manages disk space. Through reserved storage, some disk space will be set aside to be used by updates, apps, temporary files, and system caches. Our goal is to improve the day-to-day function of your PC by ensuring critical OS functions always have access to disk space.

Without reserved storage, if a user almost fills up her or his storage, several Windows and application scenarios become unreliable. Windows and application scenarios may not work as expected if they need free space to function.
With reserved storage, updates, apps, temporary files, and caches are less likely to take away from valuable free space and should continue to operate as expected.

Reserved storage will be introduced automatically on devices that come with version 1903 pre-installed or those where 1903 was clean installed. You don’t need to set anything up — this process will automatically run in the background. The rest of this blog post will share additional details on how reserved storage can help optimize your device”.

The amount of storage used for a Windows 10 update varies from 2.5GB to over 7GB, depending on the individual system and the size of the update.

How much space Windows 10 will reserve can’t be changed, but it can be disabled now with a small edit to the Windows Registry. Not all devices running Windows have large amounts of available storage, and users may not want to use a USB flash drive to install an upgrade. Some users would prefer to control access to storage and how storage is used on their systems. This brief article explains the steps needed to disable the Reserved Storage Feature in the Windows Registry. It’s a good idea to back up the registry before making any changes so it can be restored if any issues arise.

Organize Your Thoughts, Manage Group Projects and Create Tasks With This Free Task Manager

Taskcade is a to-do list and task manager, simplified. The interface is clean and easy to use and there are several useful features that make it a good contender in a crowded field.

Some of the features that make this app worth a look are the ability to create deadlines and due dates, uploading and sharing attachments, video conferencing, chat, notifications, comments, assignment of tasks, and a variety of templates. Lists can easily be shared with friends, family and colleagues.

Text formatting is adequate and you can switch between list view, board view and action view. There’s a night mode, and the ability to change the background. Use a pastel solid color background, an image as a background, or choose the random setting.
Lists can be edited in real time and are synchronized across most platforms – web interface, browser extensions for Firefox and Google Chrome, downloads for Mac (64-bit) and Windows (64-bit) and apps for iOS and Android.

For now, all features are free with additional features to be added for a paid version in the future.

The Task List, Weekly Planner and Meeting Notes can be used with no registration and shared with others by sending the list address. The free templates (Bullet Journal, Brainstorming, Meeting Notes, Team Review, Project Overview, Project Roadmap and Reading List) need a free account to use. Sign up using a Google account or a valid email address, user name and password.

There are a few features that would be useful that are in development, like Calendar integration and import/export, though all in all Taskcade is easy to use with several useful features.  Read More

Plant a tree and stay focused

Time spent on mobile devices is on the rise and according to some surveys like Statista , it shows that daily time spent with mobile non-voice media in the United States has increased to 3 hours and 23 minutes per person in 2018.

Thanks to this mobile trend, some new terms appear in media around the world like “phubbing” (or phone snubbing), which refers to ignoring the persons around you in favor of a smartphone, or “nomophobia”, which stands for no-mobile-phone phobia.

As the new year kicks off, it is great to find a way to build better digital habits and break nomophobia by staying more focused on work or less phubbing people, even with help of this app called Forest that lets you “plant a tree and stay focused”.

This app encourages you to stay focused for a time duration you set. During which, a virtual tree you planted will grow so long as you keep it on the screen, otherwise it will wither.

Available on Android, iOS as well as a Chrome extension, the app is well worth trying out. It is a highly rated productivity tool gamified to let you earn virtual coins that can be used to sponsor Maryland nonprofit “Trees for the Future ” to plant real trees on Earth too.