Learning Cyber Security Part 2


Picking up where I left off here about computer’s and Cyber Security. Starting out in the class I did not know many of the terms that were talked about at the beginning. Now, with a little over a year of working in the class and learning the different concepts and how they all coincide with everything pertaining to computer’s.  It has been interesting to do the lab simulations to show myself how much I did not know about how to configure my own computer. For years, I have bought computer’s and did not know anything but the basics. Now I can do many things with the knowledge that I have learned on how to keep my family, finances, and computer safe. It seems like the more I learn the harder it is to stay protected with all the new threats out in the world today.

If someone had come up to me a year ago and asked me about Cyber Security I would not have been able to tell them one thing about it. For example, RIPEMD is a suite of cryptographic hash functions developed that is based upon MD4. I would have never know what that was or even heard of it along with other items that I will discuss throughout this journey. There is tons of information about everything that I am learning throughout this course. I have never been overwhelmed at the wealth of information right in front of us and also wonder why people do not safe guard themselves from the bad people in the world.

So in building my computer I have went with Linux because I love it! However, I did not know much about it especially when it came to the commands that you have to use in order to do things as an administrator. It is funny because I could use some commands when it comes to windows because some of them were self explanatory. For example, NetCat in the command line is used to perform a port scan on your computer. It will give you a list of ports that are on your computer. Nmap is used for discovering hosts and services on your network. So many different varieties of commands that you can use in the command prompt to see who is watching you or connecting to your computer. Some of the other commands that you can use to configure your computer can become quite useful when it comes to configuring your adapters, viewing the TCP/IP configuration settings, and seeing the MAC addresses.

All of these commands may seem a lot to take in and remember especially if you are not using them on a daily basis. Right now I have to look in the books to figure out which one to use to complete a lab that is because I do not use these codes enough in the field that I am currently in at this moment. Hopefully, with the knowledge that I am gaining in class along with the expertise I will be able to use this information later on when and if I find that job that I am looking for to further my career.  There are many other command prompts that you can use in Linux.  Another example would be tracert which displays the route taken by the IP  packet on its way to another host. In reading the text I also found that using Netstat can be used for displaying the active TCP/IP connections that are on your computer.

Alright, round two is done for tonight. More to come as I embark on this wonderful exciting journey.

 

 

 

Learning about Cyber Security


Last October,  I decided to go back to school to get a certificate in Cyber Security. It has turned out to be an interesting class to say the least. I thought that I knew enough about computer’s turns out I did not know a whole lot of anything. There was tons of information at the beginning of the class that I personally have never even thought about when it comes to computer’s and how vulnerable they can be especially around the wrong people. If you do not protect your computer, cellphone, laptop, tablet  anything else that you use to connect to the internet the hacker’s can get in with no problems.  Although, I have passed the Microsoft Technology Associate part of the class I am currently working on CompTIA and it has taken me a little longer than I would have hoped to pass. I have been using Testout for studying however, we have learned that it is only 1/3 of the material that is covered compared to the test that I have taken.

In a week or so I will be competing in the SkillsUSA competition with another student and am exited to have this experience in the regionals. A little nervous as I have never competed with anyone except when it comes to work. Studying the materials and making sure that I am comfortable with the concepts is what I am focusing on right now. Working 60 plus hours a week along with going to night classes is stressful. However, the achievement at the end of the tunnel is something that I am looking forward to when it finally comes together.

Throughout, this course I have built my own computer mind you I have never put one together in my whole entire life. I ordered the parts with help of my instructor and took the computer apart. When all the parts came in I put it all back together with help from some of the other students. Of course, I could have never done that if I did not go to this class to learn more about computers. I have had many people ask me why I have gone back to school. I tell them because I don’t want to settle for nothing less that what I want out of life. I want to have options and maybe make some money on the side for something that I enjoy doing. In life you have to have trades and hobbies that make you feel good inside ones that make everything throughout the day just disappear for just a little while by doing something you love to do.

I just recently started the forensics side of security and let me tell you that is some interesting stuff right there and how it shows you how to dig deep down into someone’s computer to find the hidden files that they may or may not have hiding. It is quite interesting to me how people use the hashing algorithms to hide things or find things out about the other person on the other side of the computer. My instructor says he sees me working for the FBI someday. I do not think that I am ready for that right now however, it is nice thought to be in the forensics side of computer’s.

More details to come as I continue on this journey in learning more about Cyber Security and the ways you can protect yourself on the internet. I will have to break out my notes and make some more posts on Cyber Security

Life in the Fast Lane


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Hello reader’s, she knows that it has been quite some time since posting anything on this blog. It is funny how life gets in the way of the things that you love to do. However, life is something that you have to take with a grain of salt. Throughout, our life things happen to where you cannot get things that you would like to do done. When you finally get to that point in your life where you have the things that you want out of life you can only try and reach for better things that will make your life better. It is hard to sit down and make time for writing when you have a busy schedule. Although, it is mostly procrastination that keeps you from doing the things that you should be doing to keep your audience interested in what you are writing about and keeping them coming back to read something else that you have written.

To be the writer you have to actually set time aside from your life to write about things that interest you and your reader’s. That is the main thing right there setting aside time from work, homeschooling, and life to write about what is on your mind. A few years ago she did not have any problems sitting down at her desk and writing about what was on her mind. However, the more recent years have become more wrapped up in work, and homeschooling her children to get them ready for the outside world. Keeping in mind that her main reason for writing was to give advice of things that have worked for her that could possibly help other’s in the world.

She has always loved to write and spent long hours working on a book that she has not even looked at since things in her life turned around for the better. She needs to realize that she can never publish a book without putting in the effort to getting it finsished and edited. Putting aside all the times that she laid around the house on her day’s off from work to enjoy the day. She could spend that time to write about things that maybe could help other’s in the world. You know when you work six days straight and homeschool in the afternoon grading papers, and making sure that they have done the required work that they were supposed to do you find that most of your time is spent doing the things that you have to do.  Sometimes that does not leave time for anything else like the things that you would love to be doing.

She spends most of her time working and spending quality time with her family. Taking on of her day’s off to just be lazy and not think about the things that she needs to be doing. It is making up excuses why she is not writing the things that she should because she just does not want to take the time to sit down at her desk and spend the time writing. So now, she needs to make the decision on whether or not she wants to keep the work going and spend the time each day to make sure that she sits down and writes. All it takes is actually sitting down at the computer and spending a little time writing about what has happened in her life to get her where she is today.

It is time to make that change in her life to keep her interested in the things that she loves to do and spend that little extra time in compiling some articles to publish throughout the week. She is excited about keeping her reader’s interested in continuing to come to her blog to read what she writes about and she will set time out of her day to accomplish what she started so many years ago.

New partnership could produce a 3D printer that prints objects 500 times faster and 10 times larger


Technology at it’s finest! It is truly amazing that the technology is moving faster than anything else.

Gigaom

3D printing is slow; so slow that printing an object several feet long is an arduous task that can take days. As a result, most 3D printers are tailored to printing small objects that take a few hours at most.

That could change for industrial-sized printers after the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and machine tool manufacturer Cincinnati Incorporated signed an agreement this month, 3Dprint.com reported today. The partnership will focus on creating a 3D printer capable of printing objects at 200-500 times the speed and 10 times the size of most current printers.

ORNL and Cincinnati Inc. will build the printer by adapting an existing Cincinati Inc. laser cutting machine to include 3D printing hardware. Instead of relying on spools of string-like plastic, it will rely on pellets of an unnamed polymer.

Pellets are both a cheaper and more flexible source of “ink” for a 3D…

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Snowden Running Out Of Options For Asylum


I do not like the fact that the government is listening or reading things that I put on the internet. However, I have nothing to hide I still think that our freedom to do anything in this country are being taken away. People do not realize what is happening to our country. I do not understand why people are just sitting around letting all these things happen right before our eyes. Pretty soon they will take over everything and we will be taking numbers to get gas, food, and anything else they can ration.

Google Glass gains more listening skills thanks to new software update


I would love to have these. I think that it would be cool and interesting.

Gigaom

Google Glass(s goog) owners will be able to get more use from their smart specs just by speaking to them after this month’s software update is installed. Google announced the new features on Monday with the software rolling out to devices over the next few days. Each month, Google improves Google Glass software, with last month’s focus being on camera improvements.

According to the official Project Glass account on Google Plus, voice activity takes center stage this month:

“Now with Glass you can get things done without having to lift a finger. Let’s say your friend texts you. You can now say “ok glass, read aloud” to hear it and answer with “ok glass, reply.” Mom calling? Just say “ok glass, answer call.” Boyfriend away on business? Send that selfie straight away with “ok glass, share with Felix.”

Also included is better contact integration with the glasses. Choosing the “Send…

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Strategic Plan


As with any company or business a strategic plan is always being used and updated throughout the life of the business. Keeping in mind the strategic goals that the company or business is trying to achieve. In writing a business plan shows if the business plan is viable enough to keep the business afloat or put in place. Sometimes when you think and write out a business plan you find that it is not a feasible business to start up but by using some strategic planning there may be another way to do things. By implementing a SWOT analysis the owners of the business are able to see whether their business is meeting the changes within the environment, and looking at the opportunities or threats that may surround their business. This also allows the business owner to see the capabilities of the business which in turn will bring strengths that allow the business to grow and maintain their business. This will allow them to focus on the areas that may be weak for the business to increase the strength of those areas by upgrading the strategic plans for those specific areas. Every business has to keep their strategic plan updated to keep up with the changes in technology, and customer’s interests.