CompTIA Security+ ce Certification

Earners of the CompTIA Security+ certification have the knowledge and skills necessary to perform core security functions required of any cybersecurity role. CompTIA Security+ professionals know how to identify and address potential threats, attacks and vulnerabilities and they have established techniques in risk management, risk mitigation, threat management and intrusion detection.

This badge was issued to Nicholas Shertzer on 19 December 2019.

Expires on 19 December 2022

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CompTIA A+ ce Certification

Earners of the CompTIA A+ certification are proven problem solvers who are able to perform critical IT support tasks including device configuration, data backup and recovery, and operating system configuration. CompTIA A+ certified professionals have demonstrated baseline security skills for IT support roles and are able to detect and remove malware, address privacy concerns, and troubleshoot core service challenges.

This badge was issued to Nicholas Shertzer on 15 May 2020.

Expires on 15 May 2023

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ubuntu 16.04 certbot acme v2

Ran into an issue with my old Apache server SSL certificate.  Here is how I manually renewed my SSL cert.  Time to start migrating WordPress to my new Ubuntu VM server.

certbot renew –apache –agree-tos –force-renewal –server https://acme-v02.api.letsencrypt.org/directory –email EMAILADDRESS

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PrintNightmare CVE-2021-34527

Update Now & Reboot Windows 10

There is a new active exploit ruining the Internet for everyone using Windows.  These instructions are for Windows 10 Pro, but similar enough to all versions of MS Windows.
The short read:  Install Windows Updates and Restart Now
The rest:

 

What is it?

A remote code execution vulnerability exists when the Windows Print Spooler service improperly performs privileged file operations. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could run arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Microsoft

Why should I care?

This exploit can easily be used as a point of entry for lateral network movement causing  unchecked privilege elevation on business domains.

What should I do?

Install all Windows updates.  Then Restart your PC.

1. Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update

2 Click “Install” & “Restart Now”
3 Continue to open Settings > Windows Update until you Click the “Check for Updates” button and install everything until it says “You’re Up to Date”

4 If there is a “Feature Update”, click “Download and Install Now”  Restart when complete

 

Microsoft patched CVE-2021-34527 on 7/1/21 and updated KB5004945 for Windows 10 on 7/8/21.

Also, you may check Installed Updates for KB5004945 listed to fix PrintNightmare.

1 Start > search “Control Panel”

2 Programs > Uninstall a Program

3 View Installed Updates

4 Search Installed Updates for KB5004945

To read more information about PrintNightmare and Exploitation of Remote Services:

https://attack.mitre.org/techniques/T1210/

https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-fix-print-nightmare-on-windows-right-now/

 

 

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Zoom + Logitech Rally

Turn TV on to HDMI 1

HDMI to USB C and USB 3

1. Connect USB Type A plug from Logitech Rally lead from table to your Surface Pro 7
2. Connect HDMI1 to USB C Adapter (Surface Pro 5 uses MiniDP)
3. Zoom Audio Settings
a. Select a Microphone: Echo Cancelling Speakerphone (Logi Rally Audio)
b. Select a Speaker: Echo Cancelling Speakerphone (Logi Rally Audio)
4. Zoom Video Settings
a. Select a Camera: Logi Rally Camera
b. Select a Virtual Background: QR code Mallor | Grodner
5. Microsoft Teams
a. Start an empty meeting (optional after 1st time)
b. Settings > Computer Audio > Device Settings
i. Audio Devices: Logi Rally Audio
ii. Speaker: Echo Cancelling Speakerphone (Logi Rally Audio)
iii. Microphone: Echo Cancelling Speakerphone (Logi Rally Audio)
iv. Camera: Logi Rally Camera

Rally Remote

Logi Rally Remote

MAKE RALLY THE DEFAULT DEVICE

Ensure that Logi Rally Camera is chosen as the camera, speaker and microphone in your video conferencing applications. Please consult the application documentation for further instructions on how to do this.

STARTING A VIDEO CALL

After installing Logi Rally and ensuring it is the default device in your video conferencing application, simply start the application in the normal manner and enjoy the benefits of improved audio and video.

PAIRING RALLY TO A BLUETOOTH DEVICE

You can use Logi Rally for audio calls when paired to a Bluetooth device
To pair your Bluetooth device to “Logitech Rally”, follow these simple
steps:
1. Press and hold the Bluetooth button on the remote control until you see a flashing blue light on the camera and microphones
2. Place your mobile device in Bluetooth pairing mode and select “Logitech Rally”
3. You are now ready to use “Logitech Rally” for audio calls

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Share Files and Folders in Google Drive with View Only Temporary Access

Google Drive allows the setting a time limit for temporary access to shared files.  Creating a share in Google Drive defaults to EDITOR access with no time limit.  We must manually change the EDITOR permissions to VIEWER, SEND the share invitation, and then go into the “SHARE” menu a second time to “GIVE TEMPORARY ACCESS”.

  • Open Google Drive web site https://drive.google.com
  • Navigate to the file or folder to be shared
  • Right click the file or folder and choose “Share”

RightClick-Share

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Working remotely using a Windows Server VPN and Remote Desktop Connection

Step 1: Enable Remote Desktop on the Office PC
 
Set power-options high performance mode
  • Start > Control Panel > search “Power”
  • “Choose a Power Plan”  > Show additional > choose “High Performance”
  • Control Panel Home
Turn on Remote Desktop – allow connections
  • Control Panel home > search “Remote”
  • choose “Allow remote access to your computer”
  • System Properties “Remote” tab opens > choose “Allow Remote Access to this Computer” leaving recommended option for NLA checked
  • Apply > OK > OK
  • Control Panel Home

 
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How to Remove Metadata from Word – Office

Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, use an XML format to store various bits of information not readily seen when viewing the document as intended. This information is called metadata and it is hidden data that can contain personal information, original author usernames, tracked changes, file properties, and more. Thankfully, Microsoft includes an option to “Inspect Document” that can automatically remove this metadata before sharing the file.

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How to Export SMS/MMS Text Messages for Legal Discovery

Presenting text messages to your legal counsel can be a difficult task.  Often, these messages are tied to your phone and seem impossible to save in a sharable format.  Screenshots only capture what is on the phone screen at that time.  This can be very time consuming when dealing with a long conversation and instructions vary from device to device.  Also, a screenshot does not always give clear information needed for court such as the parties cell numbers (relying instead on contact names) or the date and time of each message. Continue reading “How to Export SMS/MMS Text Messages for Legal Discovery”

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