The Serpent

// Cursing the Internet since 1998

AZURE DNS BASICS

Posted Oct 26, 2021 Networking

I’m still stuck in cloud hell when it comes to hosting my own operating systems and other lab devices. The ageing on-premise equipment just doesn’t provide enough oomph I need these days. It’s also too expensive to host a brand new ESX environment in my home office. So ever since, my lab has been a mash of Azure and AWS hosted kit.

HOME AUTOMATION, ON THE CHEAP

Posted Sep 22, 2021 Home automation

Well hasn’t 2021 just flown by! Amongst changing jobs (again) and buying a house, there’s been very little time dedicated to my side projects such as The Serpent. That is until I recently discovered Home Assistant!

EXPLOIT ATTEMPTS - YEARLY ROUNDUP

Posted Jan 28, 2021 Infosec

It’s always interesting to look through The Serpent’s logs to see what unusual traffic makes its way to our doors. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that the names of exploits may change, but the methods have largely remained the same.

DIAGRAMS.NET - AN ESSENTIAL TOOL FOR TECHIES

Posted Jan 23, 2021 General

I’m going to gush a little about an application I’ve been using for a few years now. It’s been absolutely instrumental to my career as a network engineer, a cybersecurity consultant, and as a solution architect.

THE SPEED OF POWERLINE ADAPTERS – A COMMON MISTAKE

Posted Jan 2, 2021 Networking

Powerline adapters are great for spreading Ethernet throughout the house without running cables through walls or along floors. Yet there’s a commonly overlooked factor I’ve noticed when people select them. It’s do to with the advertised speeds the adapters are capable of.

THE STATE OF MOBILE SECURITY

Posted Dec 31, 2020 Mobile Infosec

It seems with every year that passes, more of our lives head onto our phones. When you think about the level of data they store, it typically matches, if not exceeds that of any other electrical device in our life. Not only does your phone contain pictures, contacts and messages; but also access tokens to other services like financial, utilities and insurance services. Having full access to someone’s phone would be enough to not only investigate their life, but also the lives their friends\family.

VIRGIN MEDIA AND MODEM ONLY MODE

Posted Jun 7, 2020 Networking

Recently I moved over to Virgin Media for Internet access, since I had reached the maximum speeds the old copper cabling from BT could offer me. Virgin, being built on the more modern Nynex network built in the south of England during the early 90’s allowed for much greater speeds. There’s just a couple of irregular checks I have to perform when it comes to switching ISP:

LOCKDOWN FUN – THE HOME BANDWIDTH MONITOR

Posted May 10, 2020 Networking

There’s never been a better time to catch up on all those household projects you’ve been putting off over the last X years. With lockdown firmly upon us in the UK, I decided to complete a project that’s been in the back of my mind ever since we subscribed to our third streaming service.

WINDOWS TERMINAL PREVIEW

Posted Apr 12, 2020 Windows

I’ve always been a fan of both Windows and Linux. Each have incredible strengths and weaknesses, and although enough time and effort could be spent consolidating on one platform – It would be very hard for any IT engineer today to not know the other.

SYNOLOGY NAS ENCRYPTION, THE BASICS

Posted Oct 21, 2019 Networking Crypto

This article originally started off as a “Why the hell can’t I enable Mount on Boot!?” query, but after solving that mystery, I decided to dig a little deeper into the operation of Synology NAS encryption. Hopefully this will help you make sense of a somewhat complex issue, especially if you’re not too familiar with encryption in general.

DNS OVER HTTPS OR DNS OVER TLS?

Posted Sep 23, 2019 Infosec Networking

As we roll on towards the year 2020, into a new decade of opportunity, excitement and hopefully reward, it seems like a good time to review your security and privacy practices within your digital life. After all, practicing good security is a process, requiring constant improvement.

DEBIAN 10 "BUSTER" RELEASED

Posted Jul 10, 2019 Linux

Saturday 6th July saw The Debian Project release version 10 of the Debian OS, codenamed “Buster”. I’ve long been a Debian fan, initially seduced by the vision of truly free software (not in the “free pie” sense!), and then over time, it’s simplistic approach to design and the fact it has grandfathered distro’s such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Kali.

ENTERPRISE MOBILE MANAGEMENT; MDM VS EMM VS UEM VS MTD VS MARS

Posted Jun 4, 2019 Mobile

Back when I was a network administrator, mobile phones were only just starting to spread throughout the corporate world. Blackberry ruled the industry with their Blackberry Enterprise Suite, and the privileged few employees were issued with phones. For the most part however, mobile devices remained very much personal and with minimal access to corporate resources.

PREDICTIONS ON BACKDOORING ENCRYPTION

Posted May 31, 2019 Infosec

The subject of gaining backdoor access to your private life isn’t a new one. In fact, before modern technology, authorities and organised criminals sought ways to listen in to places they shouldn’t – so what’s up with the latest attempt at gaining a peak into your private communications?

SHOPPING FOR WEBSITES

Posted May 6, 2019 General

It’s no coincidence I stopped updating The Serpent right around the time my first child was born, that was a wild few years! Fortunately, a long weekend appeared over the horizon and allowed me time to sit down and catch up on some things. One of them being The Serpent.