Aztech WIPC411FHD IP Camera Review

Aztech launched the WIPC411FHD IP Camera in the middle of last year. This is a Full-HD video Wi-Fi camera with pan and tilt capabilities, and pretty much most of the features anyone would need to remotely monitor a home or workplace. The WIPC411FHD has quite a comprehensive feature set. It supports Full-HD 1920×1080 video resolution. You can use either Ethernet or Wi-Fi. The…

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D-Link DCS-936L HD Wi-Fi Camera

D-Link added to their line-up of IP security camera with the launch of the DCS-936L HD Wi-Fi Camera earlier this year. This is a fixed lens wide-angle camera with 720p video resolution packed into a smallish palm-sized unit. It’s budget-friendly price tag makes it an attractive option for home owners wanting to keep a watchful eye on their home. I’ve used many D-Link…

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pfSense 2.3.3 Update

Sharing a quick post while waiting for pfSense 2.3.3 to update on my router. This update was released just two weeks ago. I hadn’t had the opportunity to upgrade earlier, having been terribly busy of late. There wasn’t any particularly relevant security fixes that needed to be applied anyway. This is mostly a maintenance release. From pfSense’s release notes, this update brings numerous stability and bug…

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MINDEF Fights War Online

Cybersecurity is really hot in Singapore these days. The news is flooded with all sorts of things that Singapore is doing, including what the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) is doing or will be doing. The latest exciting development is the formation of a new Defence Cyber Organisation where national servicemen could be selected for cyber defence vocations. Yes that’s right. This should have…

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Igloohome Smart Deadbolt Lock 02

Igloohome has an updated smart lock. The new model, Igloohome Smart Deadbolt Lock 02, launched earlier this year with a couple of important improvements, particularly with the use of a new electronic chip with better Bluetooth communications. I had the first generation Igloohome installed on my main door last year, and Igloohome offered to update it to the new 02 model. I’ll have…

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MINDEF Got Hacked

As a security practitioner, we’ll say that such breaches are not a matter of “if”, but only about “when”. However secure, your system will be breached, if not now, then later. For MINDEF, that time has come now. Their network has been breached, and they’ve lost data. Now is the time they deal with the aftermath, and do some PR. This…

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ASUS Transformer 3 Pro Review

I was pretty impressed with the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 which Microsoft unveiled in November 2015. This seemed like a 2-in-1 notebook cum tablet that might actually work for me. I think I’ve finally found a worthy challenger: the ASUS Transformer 3 Pro. It has a kickstand, and a keyboard cover, just like the Microsoft’s convertible it’s positioned against. While other manufacturers…

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SHA1 Is Shattered

We have heard about it, that the popular SHA1 hashing function used in a lot of security software, is weak and should be deprecated and officially obsoleted. Certificate authorities had stopped issuing certificates with SHA1 from 1 Jan 2016, and web browsers such as Chrome begun to show errors for SH1 certificates from Jan 2017. Just in time, because SHA1 is now…

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Transcend 480 GB SSD Review

The Transcend SSD I snagged during Amazon’s Gold Box deal last year finally arrived after the Lunar New Year.  It was a long wait. But perhaps it might be worth the wait. The 480 GB capacity TLC SATA III 2.50-inch SSD was selling at a really low price. This isn’t the fastest SSD around, or even anywhere near, but if you’re replacing…

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A Simpler CMS With DokuWiki

I have, for some time, been searching for a suitable Content Management System (CMS) to replace a very aging one I have at work. I surveyed a lot of potential open source ones, and finding one that met my requirements was really tough. I was ready to crowdsource suggestions. Then, I found something simple: DokuWiki. Before I talk about DokuWiki, let me just share…

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