The Serpent

// Cursing the Internet since 1998

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.

SIMPLE STEPS TO MAKING YOUR ONLINE LIFE A LITTLE LESS, SNOOPER-FRIENDLY

Posted Nov 29, 2016 Infosec

There’s a lot of talk in the UK about the new “Snoopers Charter” that’s threatening to destroy the very fabric of the Internet (again). As I get older, I find myself worrying less and less about things like this, for two reasons:

SETTING UP A CERTIFICATION AUTHORITY USING OPENSSL

Posted Jul 20, 2016 Crypto

Ever tried running your own Certification Authority (CA)? With OpenSSL – it’s not as complicated as you think, though thanks to the lack of decent documentation, there are a few pitfalls. This article walks you through the basics of setting up OpenSSL to run a CA that can sign other end entity certificates.

REVIVING THE OLD NES

Posted Jul 7, 2016 Gaming History

It turns out that attempting to revive old electronics from your childhood can be somewhat therapeutic. With that in mind, I decided to rescue the old NES that had been collecting dust in the garage for many years and see if it would still boot. Unfortunately… It did not.

INCREDIBLY SLOW WINDOWS UPDATES? YOU'LL WANT THIS...

Posted Jul 6, 2016 Windows

For some reason, Microsoft decided not to make the following patch critical, or even make it easy to find – it’s the very first patch you should install before attempting to update Windows 7\2008 after a clean install – KB3102810 resolves the stupid “Checking for updates” taking a whole day.