The site Information is Beautiful gives a visualization of data breaches and other information about hacking over the past several years.
As this year comes to a close, take a look at Rick’s Bookmarks4Techs site. A comprehensive list of nearly 500 blogs. This list is a valuable resource for anyone in today’s world who enjoys technology.
Just a few of the blogs -
Bill Mullins Tech Thoughts Daily News – A great site that has the latest news, terminology and freeware along with how-to articles, reviews and other great information.
Whats On My PC – Reviews, articles, portable-cloud-software apps and tons more.
Here’s a great site that guides newbies through step by step on using Ubuntu. Ubuntu Genius guides newbies through the how-tos needed to start using this OS. This website also offers great tips on using the popular Linux flavor. Visit Ubuntu Genius.
Zone-h.org has an excellent site to see defacements and what is going on across the internet. Reviewing the archives and live defacements, Linux is defaced (hacked) more times than Windows. What exactly does this mean? Is Linux unsafe? Not at all. It truly falls on the administrator who configured Linux. There is a false sense of security when you install Linux based on all of the sites and forums that support Linux’s ability to be safe and reliable. Truly it can be the safest if the following holds true -
- Proper configuration
- Reading materials
- Frequent penetration tests
- Monitoring and logging
- Experience with advanced configurations
All operating systems have vulnerabilities. And yes Apple, Microsoft and Linux is only as safe as the end user.
“Apache Killer” tool spotted in the wild…The developers behind the open source Apache Foundation issued a warning for all users of the Apache HTTPD Web Server, as an attack tool it has been made available on the Internet and has already been spotted being actively used.
Want to have your own device manager in Ubuntu?
Gufw – easy to install firewall and easy to use GUI
Firestarter is an easy to use firewall for Linux
BackupPC is an easy to use backup utility
Gimp is an excellent photo editing program
CD Ripping, CD/DVD Burning and Music Player
Sound Juicer rips your CDs into MP3s
Brasero burns your CD/DVDs
Amarok organizes and plays your music
VLC is an excellent multimedia player for Linux
Open Office is an open source productivity suite
If you have installed Ubuntu in VirtualBox and 800 x 600 is the max resolution, Start Ubuntu (VirtualBox). Click on add Guest Additions. The CD ROM on the Ubuntu desktop will say Guest Additions. Right click and open. Double click on autorun.sh. Click on Run. Wait for the process to finish. Restart. Adjust your resolution.
After running the additions, right click and unmount the icon on the desktop. Then use the virtualbox menu to mount the CD as your drive letter.
Depending on your computer you may have to modify the file -xorg.conf if the above solution does not work.
Editing this file could cause issues with your computer!
Open Terminal and type-
gksudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Add the following information Replacing any Section with Screen…(do not copy and past this…make sure you type it)
Identifier “Default Screen”
Device “Generic Video Card”
Monitor “Generic Monitor”
Modes “1280×800″ “1024×768″ “800×600″
Save the file under the /etc/x11 folders as xorg.conf
If Ubuntu fails to start and a terminal interface (No GUI) request a login, login using your username and password.
type sudo nano /etc/x11/xorg.conf
Enter the information above (Section Information). Use the Ctrl-X to exit. Save the file in the etc/x11 folder as xorg.conf. Reboot.
Want to Benchmark your hard drive with Ubuntu? Click on Administration, Disk Utility, select your hard disk and click on Benchmark. Select Read or Read/Write.
There is an excellent article on Ubuntu Genius on how to clean Ubuntu’s Unused Linux Kernel Headers, Images and Modules. While I have been using Linux, Unix and every operating system you can imagine for years, I had no idea this command could do this for Ubuntu- then again, who would - excellent article -
(Run in a terminal window) – Be sure to read the article and paste the recommended code from his article.
Ubuntu Tweak also offers many other cleaning options