Current Motivation - 5 P's

June 29, 2020 |  Categories:  Meditations  

I made the purchase for my certification exam out of my own pocket. It was a good chunk of change. And while I am nervous about the money going to waste, I have a lot of say in the outcome. If you haven't listened to Kendrick Lamar's "Section 80" album, please give it a listen. There's a song in there titled "Poe Man's Dreams" that I have been playing in my head. It is giving me the motivation and drive I need. In it the artist GLC says: We out …

EC-Council iLabs

June 28, 2020 |  Categories:  Tech  

For those wanting an environment to try pen testing, I suggest you build your own. A few months ago I gave EC-Council's iLabs a try. They have virtual environments already built for a user to test tools and techniques. The cost for their CEH iLabs is $199.00. While convenient, I advise against paying for it. Instead download trial versions of your operating systems and go nuts. Or if you're struggling for local space, use a service like AWS for your testing. Create images…

Traceroute

June 26, 2020 |  Categories:  Tech  

I'm ashamed to say that I never really understood the inner workings of the traceroute utility. But now that I understand it, I'll use this post to document what I've learned. First, let's touch on Time to Live (TTL). It is a way to see the route a packet of data takes when traversing through a network. If you send an email, that gets wrapped up and traverses the internet and has a TTL. TTLs have a starting number (specific to an operating system) that decrements when goi…

IoT Device Types

June 26, 2020 |  Categories:  Tech  

Did some studying last night where I learned the different communication methods of IoT (Information of Things) devices. 1) Device to Device - These are two or more devices that directly communicate with each other and send small amounts of information between each other. Think of door locks, light bulbs and thermostats. 2) Device to Cloud - Think of devices that connect to the cloud so that you can access it. Home Cameras are one, and tracker tags are another that come to mind. 3) De…

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