Scammers Using Microsoft’s Support Site

I just came across this video (posted yesterday), where scammers are leveraging Microsoft’s legitimate support site at https://support.microsoft.com/help. This was after I received a fake Microsoft support call. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a dummy VM ready to waste their time, but glad I found out about the use of Microsoft’s site. Because Microsoft uses LogMeIn, their support site seems to just forward the code to LogMeIn to start the session.

See the video below for how the site is used:

ANOTHER GOOD article about passwords

Very glad to see another post by a site, giving good information on handling passwords, security question answers, & the recommendation to use password managers. I last had a post about this in July, when Dreamhost also put out a good article about creating strong passwords for account security. The link to that article is below as well.

Lifehacker: Use Your Password Manager for Security Answers, Too

Dreamhost: How to Create Strong Passwords to Keep Your Website Safe

Linux on Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

I have picked ap a Galaxy TabPro S a year or two ago, but didn’t end up using it much since it was running Windows. I had always planned to try out Linux on it, but never got around to it until now. I installed Xubuntu, just to have a light OS, & the only issue is related to getting wireless working. It is however a quick fix:

GitHub: infernix/samsung_tabpro_s

Just need to clear the contents of /lib/firmware/ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/*, & then place the two files from the GitHub repo. After a reboot, wireless was working with no additional changes needed.

Xubuntu booting on my Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

De-google-ify Internet

Found this site on https://lobste.rs. Has so great, open alternatives to proprietary services: FramasoftDe-google-ify Internet.

The Framasoft web site also seems to have some great information on this topic as well.

A network dedicated to globally promoting “free” and particularly free software.
Many services and innovative projects freely put at the disposal of the general public.
A community of volunteers supported by a public interest association.
An invitation to build together a world of sharing and cooperation.

Setting Up Media Drive Sync

I have two external hard drives for my media, one to hold all of my downloads, & the second attached to an Nvidia Shield TV which I use as a Plex server. Since getting Plex setup there, I’ve been looking for a way to keep both drives up-to-date so that I don’t have to manually copy files to each drive when I download. I’ve been trying to get rsync running on the Shield, but then remembered Syncthing. Because of the amount of data, the initial check is going to take a few days, but I’m hoping this will be a good way to keep the drives updated.

I’ll have a follow up post to discuss how I actually got it setup (assuming it works) once the initial check is done.

Another 15 hours to go…