Troy Hunt

Hi, I'm Troy Hunt, I write this blog, run "Have I Been Pwned" and am a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP who travels the world speaking at events and training technology professionals

A Password Manager Isn't Just for Christmas, It's for Life (So Here's 50% Off!)

I was having a coffee with a good mate the other day. He's not a techie (he runs a pizza restaurant), but somehow, we ended up talking about passwords. Because he's a normal person, he has the same 1 or 2 or 3 he uses everywhere and even without telling me what they were, I knew they were terrible. Actually, I'll rephrase that: because he was a normal guy; he's not normal anymore because yesterday I carved out some time to give him an early Christmas present: Today I spent an hour getting a mate into @1Password. I bought him a year's worth at $4.99 per month for him, his wife and 3 kids and within an...

Weekly Update 272

Check out that lighting! The Elgato Key Lights have made a massive difference and they're easily controlled via their Stream Deck or the Home Assistant integration. I'm just super, super happy with these and after posting this video, I've fixed them directly to the wall using their Multi Mount System so it's now clean desk and clean line of sight between that and the screens. More tweaking to be done and more work to be done on the office, but it's all coming together very nicely now 😎 ReferencesMy new Elgato Key Lights are now up and running (beautifully made product and a massive improvement on before)I may have underestimated how much it costs to ship books around the world...

Weekly Update 271

It's been a busy week with lots of little bits and pieces demanding my attention. Coding, IoT'ing, 3D printing and a milestone academic event for Ari: Primary school - done! pic.twitter.com/IvUt6lBJRr — Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) November 24, 2021 No major things in this weeks update, but plenty of things on all the above topics and more. Next week we're taking a short holiday then I'll be back in time to talk about that and more next Friday. For now, here's edition 271 (crikey, that's a lot), enjoy! ReferencesStill powering ahead with my 3D printed map of Oslo (I'll keep updating that thread until it's done)I got 3D scanned by a VECTRA M3 (it sounds more exciting...

Weekly Update 270

I'm outdoors! I've really wanted to get my mobile recording setup slick for some time now and after a bunch of mucking around with various mics (and a bit of "debugging in production" during this video), I'm finally really happy with it. I've just watched this back and other than mucking around with the gain in the first part of the video, I reckon it's great. The one thing I'll change in the future (and I don't know when I'll next do this outdoors, TBH) is to plug the RØDE lapel mic into the wireless unit. So, enjoy the absolutely amazing Gold Coast weather and hear some cyber things while you're at it 😎 ReferencesI've given up; the RØDE  VideoMic Me-L...

Merry #pwnedmas!

Like most of my good ideas, this one came completely by accident. The other day I was packaging up some swag to send to the winner of my impromptu best "Anonymous" meme competition and I decided to share the following tweet: Time to ramp up the 3D @haveibeenpwned printing too, been giving away a heap of these! pic.twitter.com/ffZpM5aZtx — Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) November 14, 2021 And I was promptly hit by many, many requests for 3D printed HIBP logos. That was kinda the point of buying the 3D printer in the first place (to print cool swag), and I really love that people are excited by my handiwork. However, I can't just give this stuff to everyone...

Weekly Update 269

Where does the time go? The video is an hour and 35 mins today, I suspect in part because I've done it on a Saturday morning with a bit more time to spare and, well, there was just a lot of stuff happening. I did make up for working on a Saturday by then heading straight down to the beach and it was perfect! Everything here is perfect 😎 🌴 🐋 https://t.co/0FqfSFanns — Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) November 12, 2021 The water looked so perfect that true to my word, we then had to go jet skiing 😎 Epic jet ski ride! Offshore winds, so flat and calm by the beach. Crystal clear water, heaps of dolphins and a nice steak sandwich...

Beg Bounties

When someone passed me hundreds of thousands of records on kids taken from CloudPets a few years ago, I had a nightmare of a time getting in touch with the company. They'd left a MongoDB instance exposed to the public without a password and someone had snagged all their data. Within the data were references that granted access to voice recordings made by children, stored in an S3 bucket that also had no auth. So, why didn't CloudPets respond to attempts to contact them? Their CEO later explained it very succinctly: "We did have a reporter, try to contact us multiple times last week, you don't respond to some random person about a data breach. — Michael...

Weekly Update 268

Where does the time go? Feels like not a lot happening then three quarters of an hour later... But there are so many cool, interesting angles to this industry that there's always something or other happening. This week, it's new (still broken) tech courtesy of RØDE, the old Coinhive site still not dying, a super nasty data breach in Israel and Pwned Passwords absolutely powering along in both volume and the open source initiative with the FBI. Enjoy 😊 ReferencesThat RØDE mic - I just have no idea what's going on (it's only bad on my phone, why?!)I'm levelling up my anti-Coinhive efforts (if a site embeds Coinhive, it's now essentially unavailable)The CyberServe breach and ransomware in Israel is...

Weekly Update 267

Now this office is starting to look good! New wallpaper is in and brackets for the shelf are ready, just waiting for it to be made and fitted now. Oh - I mentioned a sound absorbing material that'll go up the wall in front of me and the ceiling - here's what'll it'll look like: During yesterday's weekly update vid I mentioned some sound absorbing material was going into my office. This is what it'll look like on the wall in front of me and ceiling. I reckon it looks pretty awesome 😎 pic.twitter.com/ag8WuTZ6eA — Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) October 30, 2021 Awesome 😎 I'm going to share a heap more photos later on as things...

Weekly Update 266

Well this is a totally different office view! I'm properly getting into working more on the acoustics and aesthetics to make this the most productive environment possible which means this week things are in a bit of disarray due to ongoing works. Speaking of disarray, I've not been able to raise this week's sponsor in time so as I say in the video, their appearance on my blog this week is a bit... unusual. But hey, all that aside I'm really happy to have the preview of my long-awaited book out this week which is now available for anyone to go and grab for free. I also talk about how cool some of the shots with my new iPhone 13...