Weekly update

A 207-post collection

Weekly Update 208

The highlight of my week was absolutely getting the Shelly 1 units behind a couple of my light switches working as I'd always dreamed. It just opens up so many automation possibilities that I'm really excited about what I might do in the future with them now. When I get the place to a standard I'm happy with, I'll definitely do a good walkthrough and show how it all works. Until then, this week's update has some general infosec stuff but chief amongst that is the Giggle app situation. So many layers on this one, so many layers... ReferencesGot the Shelly 1 working absolutely perfectly! (this is precisely what I always envisaged)Don't say your app is "highly secure" while...

Weekly Update 207

I kicked off a little bit earlier on this one in order to wrap up before the Burning Minds keynote, and it's interesting to see just how much difference that little sliver of sunlight makes to the video quality. Check the very start of the video versus the very end; this is the sunset slipping through the crack in the fully drawn blinds, make a massive difference. In other news, I'm talking about how I prepare my talks and deliver them timed down to the minute (I had 20 seconds spare on this one), the dramas I'm having with the Shelly units and putting another dozen neon lights in the house, how encryption and hashing are fundamentally different and we...

Weekly Update 206

Since I recorded this morning, I've had an absolute breakthrough - I CAN OPEN MY GARAGE DOOR WITH MY WATCH! I know, I know, it shouldn't be this hard and that's a lot of the point I'm making in this week's video. Having said that, some parts have been hard because I've made simple mistakes, but the nature of the IoT ecosystem as it stands today predisposes you to mistakes because there's so freakin' many moving parts that all need to be aligned. More on that in the video, plus some actual infosec content too! More on all of that next week 😊 ReferencesThe BBC is now using Pwned Passwords (hitting the k-anonymity API too, plus wrote a great description of...

Weekly Update 205

Between still feeling a little groggy after hitting the water hard on an early wake boarding session then my camera overheating and shutting down towards the end of the live stream, this wasn't the smoothest of weekly updates, I still got across everything I needed to. I'm especially excited about those Shelly 1 units for cheaply IoT'ing existing lights and I'm hoping to have some of that up and running next week. Until then, here's episode 205: ReferencesI got an award! (2020 (ISC)² Global Achievement Awards: Celebrating achievements in cybersecurity)I'm going to put a bunch of Shelly 1 units behind light switches (this is a really neat way of IoT'ing your house)New lighting systems in Aus tend to...

Weekly Update 204

It's an extra early one this week and on review, I do look a bit... dishevelled! I run through a whole bunch of things from this week's Twitter timeline and there's some great audience questions this week too so thanks very much everyone for the engagement. Next we'll do it at the other end of the day again and I'm sure there'll be a heap of new stuff to cover before then. ReferencesThe feedback on open-sourcing HIBP has been 99.99% positive (that's about as good as you can ever hope for on the internet!)I reckon 10TB Western Digital Red drives are the sweet spot for storing data at volume these days (not everyone agrees, of course)Amazing how...

Weekly Update 203

What. A. Week. I've been absolutely non-stop publishing data breaches to HIBP whilst simultaneously putting in place the framework to start advising NordVPN on their cybers and open sourcing the HIBP code base at the same time (and a bunch of other more boring stuff that didn't make the cut). That's all explained in this week's update so I won't drill further into it here, there's obviously a couple of big announcements so if you have any questions, drop them in the comments below and I'll either answer them there or take them up in next week's update. ReferencesOur state border to the south is now in a "hard" lockdown (that link is for the stats state by state)Breaches,...

Weekly Update 202

Unfortunately, our run of good luck here down in Aus has taken a bit of a turn COVID wise. Not so much in my home state, but the southern states have been copping it so this week, I pulled the pin on snowboarding. For folks overseas, that might sound like it would have been a risky proposition anyway, but only two and a half weeks ago the entire state of New South Wales had 5 active cases out of 8.1M people. Today it's 209. It's neighbouring southern state of Victoria had 40 cases in the middle of last month. Today they hit 5,385. It was just too risky for something that ultimately, is a luxury so I'm staying...

Weekly Update 201

I love this setup! A huge amount of research went into this but the PC, screens, cameras lights and all the other bits are working really well together. I did my first interview with this setup today and I think I'm actually going to be sticking with the mood lighting for most on-video events now: Fun @InfosecWhiskey interview this morning. I’m running with this lighting setup, just a couple of Hue Go lights and the screens, a beautiful pic from the camera setup. More: https://t.co/Yb9FQvIGMj pic.twitter.com/4gNa4ltOEY — Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) July 25, 2020 That dominates this week's update, but there's a bunch of other content too rounding out what must be my longest...

Weekly Update 200

I made it to 200! And look at that picture quality too 😎 I'm streaming in 1080p rather than 4K and that's absolutely fine for content like this. I've finally gotten on top of the camera setup and the Elgato HDMI dongle to allow the camera to be seen as a webcam over HDMI. I really want to write this up in detail for next week's update because with the new PC as well, I'm super happy with how this all works together. I'll try and put aside a day early next week to get on top of that one but for now, here's this week's: ReferencesChoosing what products to endorse is a thoughtful process (enough so that I wrote an...

Weekly Update 199

Wow! Loving that 4K camera 😎 Or perhaps more specifically, just loving that camera and lens and I reckon it'll still be awesome in 1080p. But this week, I decided to go all out in super hi-def just to see how it looked. The captured video was 13.1GB but rendered down at 2.3GB out of Premiere so it's obviously applied some compression, but still looks amazing IMHO. Next week I'll do a full run through of the new setup which I'll finally be able to do because just as I finished recording today, this turned up: Oh yeah 😎 pic.twitter.com/8e87k5YJBG — Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) July 10, 2020 More on that next week but for now, here's episode...