Feb 22, 2018

Google is literally tracking your every move

Not long after we posted about what kind of dirt Google has on you, Fox News released the above report showing that Google tracks your every move, even in airplane mode. Google doesn't have a camera in every home, but it does have a phone - and tracking mechanism - in millions of pockets.

If you want to know how to clear all of Google's data on you, be sure to read our post about it.

Feb 21, 2018

The Complete Guide To Maximum Security Online and Becoming Anonymous

Video tutorial showing how to become anonymous, hide you internet traffic and identity, and browse the web freely without any fear of privacy invasion or any security concerns from your Government, school, or organization (NSA, CIA, FBI). Going off the grid and becoming fully anonymous (hiding your online identity) is not 100% possible, because of how the internet works, but we can do everything we possibly can to get as close as possible to anonymous. In this video guide, I will show you how to secure all of your devices--such as computers, phones (iPhone vs Android), tablets, and anything else, by securing your passwords, using two factor authentication, securing your web browsers (Mozilla Firefox & Tor), using a VPN (NordVPN or AirVPN), securing social media (Facebook, Snapchat), your communication like texting and email (Signal and Protonmail encrypted messengers), your operating system (Linux), and much much more! I will also cover deleting a majority of your online identity/fingerprint to hide as much information about you as possible, in addition to give you tips on how to prevent social engineering attacks.

Now, some of you may ask why? Well, at a basic level, your privacy is constantly invaded by the websites you visit, your ISP, your government, your school/employer, and even services you use like Google or Facebook. Everything you do is being tracked and we aren't quite sure what consequences may result out of all of this data being created out of us. Some people also fear certain things like doxing, and other forms of leaks of your personal information. It is also common for corporations to sell your data for a profit, which is a complete violation of your privacy.

Via Techlore

Feb 20, 2018

Has the NSA broken Tor, I2P and VPN's?

Many folks, including myself, use privacy tools to protect our anonymyity online. For me, I like to use a VPN service, while others use Tor or I2P.

Now, we've recently written about how the FBI has troubles breaking encryption, but apparently the NSA has had some success. Back in 2013, we reported that the NSA hadn't broken Tor yet... That may have changed. In fact, not only may have broken Tor, it looks like they've had success breaking I2P and private VPN's as well!

Via Bitcoin News:
A photograph posted on imageboard 4chan appears to show a leaked 21 August 2017 memorandum from the US Army Cyber Protection Brigade. The document alludes to the US Army teaming with the National Security Administration (NSA) in ongoing successful investigations against “Tor, I2P, and VPN,” with a request for additional funding for further projects against cryptocurrencies. 
“The success we have had with Tor, I2P, and VPN,” begins a reportedly leaked picture of a memorandum on imageboard 4chan, complete with Department of Defense letterhead, appearing to be from the United States Army’s Cyber Protection Brigade “cannot be replicated with those currencies that do not rely on nodes. There is a growing trend in the employment of Stealth address and ring signatures that will require additional R&D.” 
It has been long assumed government military and law enforcement infiltrated and compromised aspects of The Onion Router (Tor), Invisible Internet Project (I2P), Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), and other ways of masking online activity, but confirmations were hard to come by.
As you can see above, they apparently have been able to crack privacy services, and they are now actively trying to crack privacy cryptocurrencies like Monero as well. Here is a screenshot of the memo:

The authenticity of the note has not been confirmed or necessarily denied at this point. If it is true, one thing this memo does not discuss is how exactly the NSA has had success breaking Tor, I2P and VPN. Have they actually been able to break the cryptography, or somehow circumvent it using some other exploits? I mean, in 2013 Tor learned that the NSA was using an exploit in Firefox to snoop on Tor traffic, but they hadn't actually broken the encryption.

Has that changed? The answer to this question may never be truly known.

What do you think about this? Does it make you worried a little? Do you think the document is legit? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Feb 19, 2018

Free Open Source EHR/EMR System That Runs on Ubuntu Linux

My smoking hot girlfriend, whom I mention every once in a while, is the IT Director at two medical practices near my house. Since we are both in IT, we often talk shop and something that she complains about is the Electronic Health Records (EHR) system that both practices she manages use. Another name for this type of system is Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system.

Her two big complaints are the outrageous cost, and their shitty service. If you haven't guessed the company by that description, I'll just be up front with you and tell you she uses Allscripts.

Another thing to note about Allscripts is they recently had a huge security breach!

Via CSO:
Allscripts, the billion-dollar electronic health record (EHR) company headquartered in Chicago, IL said they were still working to recover from a ransomware attack that left several applications offline after data centers in Raleigh and Charlotte, NC were infected on Thursday. 
In a conference call for customers on Saturday, which Salted Hash listened-in on, Allscripts’ Jeremy Maxwell, director of information security, said their PRO EHR and Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances (EPCS) services were the hardest hit by the ransomware attack. 
Other services had availability issues as well, but those have since been restored, such as direct messaging and some CCDA functionality.
During one of our conversations, I asked her if she had thought about standing up an open source alternative to Allscripts, to which she didn't think any really existed. Well, I found one!

Introducing OpenEMR!

From their page:
OpenEMR is the most popular open source electronic health records and medical practice management solution. ONC certified with international usage, OpenEMR's goal is a superior alternative to its proprietary counterparts. With passionate volunteers and contributors dedicated to guarding OpenEMR's status as a free, open source software solution for medical practices with a commitment to openness, kindness and cooperation.
Here are some features:
  • Free
  • ONC Certified
  • Track Patient Demographics
  • Patient Scheduling
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Prescriptions
  • Medical Billing
  • Clinical Decision Rules
  • Reports
  • Multilanguage Support
  • Security
  • Community
An even larger list of their features can be found on their Wiki here.

Here are some screenshots:

It's like I always say, if there is a really good open source option available, forget paying outrageous licensing fees, and spend that money on hardware instead.

If you are running a medical practice, you might consider using OpenEMR instead of something that is over priced that provides really shitty service like Allscripts... Just an idea anyway, it's your money.

Feb 16, 2018

Simplify your travel expenses with Expensify

Let me start out by saying this is definitely not a paid endorsement. My company recently made available a tool to make expense reporting more simple, and also make it easier for managers to approve expenses.

You see, I work remotely from my home in Colorado, but my company is headquartered in San Diego. It's a pretty sweet gig, and has proven to be very flexible. Occasionally though, I have to fly back for one reason or another. Most of the time it's pretty nice, but the thing I dread about it is keeping track of all of my expenses!

Up until recently, every expensable purchase I made (Meals, gas, plane tickets, rental car, hotel, etc) I had to keep the receipt with me until I got back home. I would then spend about an hour separating the receipts by date, scanning them to PDF on my scanner, then filling out an Excel spreadsheet to submit as my report. What a pain in the ass!

Enter Expensify! From their page:
Whether you're a road warrior with pockets full of receipts or a busy accountant buried in paperwork, Expensify automates the entire receipt and expense management process.
Here are their features:

  • One-Click Receipt Scanning - Expense reports are finished with one click. Take a picture of your receipt and Expensify automatically fills out and submits an expense report for you!
  • Next-Day Reimbursement - As soon as reports are approved, rapid reimbursement delivers the money right into the employee's bank account within 24 hours via ACH direct deposit.
  • Automatic Approval Workflows - Admins can customize expense policy rules for their organization and configure Expensify to flag any expenses that actually need a manager’s review. The rest — like that $3 coffee receipt — are automatically approved.
  • Automatic Accounting Sync - Any changes made in your accounting system are automatically synced with Expensify in realtime for constant visibility into your organization’s finances, making audits and tax season a breeze.

To see it in action, check out this video:

It was so easy. Every time I purchased something that I could expense, I would snap a picture of the receipt using my Android app, and boom! Done! When I flew back, my report was pretty much ready to go already. I just had to submit it for approval. My company already had the workflow setup so my boss could approve it. So easy!

If you are going to use it as an individual, it's free! You get 10 free SmartScans per month (You can also manually enter information for anything over 10), you get the free mobile app, unlimited receipt storage and email and chat support!

If you are going to use it for your team, you get additional features for only $5 per user per month, and corporate users can get even more features for only $9 per user per month. With the time it saves though, it will easily pay for itself when your employees don't have to take an hour out of their day to fill out their reports!

Do you use Expensify? Do you use something else to manage travel expenses? Let us know in the comments!

Feb 15, 2018

This major central bank signed a deal with #Ripple

Saudi Arabia’s central bank has signed a deal with U.S.-based Ripple to help banks in the kingdom settle payments using blockchain software, as Gulf regulators begin to explore new forms of financial technology.

The pilot program is the first of its kind to be launched by a central bank, allowing banks in Saudi Arabia to use Ripple’s software to instantly settle payments sent into and out of the country, the company said late on Wednesday.

This will allow Saudi banks to make faster, cheaper and more transparent cross-border transactions, Ripple said, adding that the central bank would provide training to Saudi banks interested in the program.

A Preview of Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic Beaver"

In this video, Ronald Wallpapersfree gives us a simple preview of original stable version of Ubuntu 18.04, aka Bionic Beaver that is coming on 26th April. This will be a long term support (LTS) version of the popular Linux operating system.

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