Professional News and Stuff

e835b30e2ff0033ecd0b470de7444e90fe76e6d319b8104796f5c2_150_hackerI found out today that I get to speak at WordCamp Asheville in June. I’ll be presenting on WordPress security. I had to miss WordCamp last year, so I’m excited about being able to attend, and even more so about speaking. I hope to see you all there!

A little more than a week ago, I completed my Certified Ethical Hacker training and am now, certifiably, an ethical hacker.

I also passed the written half of the Certified Penetration Tester exam at that time, and am working on the second half over the next couple of weeks. I hope to get it wrapped up and be able to add that to my credentials.

Enough horn tooting. What’s up in your world?

Random Links

No links are better than random links, so I have culled my Bookmarks to find some things that have piqued my interest lately, and I am presenting them here for your perusal. I supposed that the act of coagulating these links into a blog post no longer makes them “random” in some sense of the word, but nevertheless, here they are. Enjoy.

 

Always Something Interesting

Shorpy.com is an historic picture archive “featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.”

That sounds pretty neat, and it is. The site is choc-full of very high resolution, pre-Scalia imagery (too soon?) for you to look at. Who doesn’t like a hi-res picture of ‘newsies’ smoking cigarettes?

 

Gone Phishing

GoPhish is an open source phishing framework that allows you to create fake emails, add them to phishing campaigns, then track their success. Perfect for the Inter security professional in your house to do some social engineering in order to find out which family member is most likely to give up the login information for your Netflix account.

Being open source, it’s free to use as you wish.

 

Facebook Safety

FaceCrooks.com keeps an eye on all things Facebook related, with security tips, account setting recommendations, scam alerts, and more. Keep this one in your back pocket if you are a Facebook user.

 

Credit Card Fees

Don’t you hate being charged more to use your credit card when you get that cup of coffee? It’s an understandable position that many small shops try to recoup some of the processing fee for small transactions, but there are restrictions shop owners may be unaware of. This site keep you, the consumer and/or business owner, up to date about what you can and can’t expect related to charing fees for card use.

Finding the Original Starbucks Coffee Cake

coffee-cake-slice-smlWhen Starbucks rebranded their food selections under the La Boulange name, they did away with the original coffee cake recipe that so many people had come to love. My wife, Rachael, was one of the sorely disappointed patrons. Unable to suppress the yearnings, she went on the quest to find a recipe that emulated the original. After tinkering with several concoctions, she managed to recreate something very, very close to the original recipe, and it is good!

Check out her blog post about it all at her website, NerdyAndHip.com: Starbucks Classic Coffe Cake: You Are Missed