Weekly update

A 264-post collection

Weekly Update 255

I'm back in the office this week and back to decent audio and video quality. There's loads of bits and pieces happening as evidence by almost an entire hour disappearing in this week's vid, ranging from problems with tradies (tradespeople), more lockdown, stats on some projects and then this week's blog post, 3D printing with my 9-year old daughter Elle. Enjoy 😊 ReferencesHere's that Harlem Shake script I used (the bigger picture here is that sites that allow this to run have no - or insufficient - content security policy)Pwned Passwords is up over 960M requests a month now (getting closer and closer to the 1B mark!)Finally got the Shellies Discovery script working in Home Assistant (all Shellies are...

Weekly Update 254

The plan this week was to do a super simple update whilst having some time out. In the back yard, sun shining, iPad, Air Pods, all good. Mostly all good - the sound quality on those Air Pods is absolute rubbish. I don't if that's a general truism or there's just something amiss with mine, but the constant fading out is extremely frustrating and I apologise for the sound quality not being up to expectations. Next week I'll be back in my office, I hope this week's video is still watchable and you find something useful in it 🙂 ReferencesSponsored by: Varonis. Reduce your SaaS blast radius with data-centric security for AWS, G Drive, Box, Salesforce, Slack and more....

Weekly Update 253

This week, by popular demand, it's Charlotte! Oh - and Scott. People had been asking for Charlotte for a while, so we finally decided to do a weekly update together on how she's been transitioning from Mac to PC. Plus, she has to put up with all my IoT shenanigans so that made for some fun conversation, along with how our respective homelands are dealing with the current pandemic (less fun, but very important). There's been a bunch of requests for us to do more of this so stay tuned and maybe we can make a more regular thing out of it 😊 ReferencesSponsored by: Guarantee peace of mind from credential stuffing attacks. Learn how at Arkose Labs’ webinar with Troy...

Weekly Update 252

Next week first: based on popular demand, at 18:00 on our end Friday 23 (that's 09:00 in London and terrible o'clock everywhere in the US), Charlotte is going to join me to talk about her transition from Mac to PC. Scott Helme will also be here (as in Zoom "here") so it'll be a bit of fun and inevitably go way off topic, but I thought it would be fun to fix it up a bit 🙂 This week is more of the usual with Chrome's push to HTTPS, another gov on HIBP and more travels in IoT land. ReferencesChrome is continuing the push towards defaulting to HTTPS and flagging HTTP as a security risk (I'm yet to hear...

Weekly Update 251

Between school holidays and a house full of tradies repairing things, there wasn't a lot a free time this week. That said, I've got another gov onto HIBP, snared by 11th MVP award, did a heap of other cyber-things and Charlotte and I even managed to slip in our first COVID shots amongst all that. Next week will start getting back to full steam as the winter holidays end (yeah, it's winter here, I know that's confusing for some people!) and I'm sure there'll be an all new stash of cyber-IoT-other things waiting for me at the end of it 🙂 ReferencesFinally got my first COVID shot! (that's a link to a thread which is mostly only relevant in my part...

Weekly Update 250

This week is a bit of everything again, although the main difference this time was an update on the COVID situation we're facing in Australia. We've been largely virus-free (relative speaking) but as a result, vaccine rollout has been really slow (as in about 5% of the country being covered) and following some outbreaks of the Delta strain this past couple of weeks, everyone is feeling a bit nervous. We'll get there, but it's a bit of on add time for us and it's certainly dominated headlines recently. Other than that, it's more breaches (and non-breaches), more IoT and more general cyber stuff. ReferencesIn response to popular demand, I'm going to do a weekly update vid with Charlotte about the...

Weekly Update 249

A bit of a shorter work week this one as we escaped to a little getaway for a few days. That said, it gave me some nice downtime to continue writing the book and speaking of which, after today's video we had a regular catch up with Rob Conery and I think we made a bit of a breakthrough with how I intro it so hopefully we're one step closer again to a finished product now (do sign up to be kept up to date with progress). That, and all the usual stuff this week (except for John McAfee's demise, that's something altogether different). ReferencesWe had some really nice downtime in a very tranquil environment (tweet thread of the holiday...

Weekly Update 248

Thought I'd do a bit of AMA this week given the rest of the content was a bit lighter. If you like this sort of content then I'll try and be a bit more organised next time, give some notice and make more of an event out of it. Other than that, I'm screwing around with more IoT things, dealing with more breaches, onboarding new governments so yeah, same same 🙂 ReferencesHere's the iFixit kit I bought, it's the "Pro Tech Toolkit" (this is a really nice piece of kit that's going to get a heap of use for many years to come)I've now got 2 Shelly Dimmers installed (I still need momentary switches to make them work then one...

Weekly Update 247

Lots of stuff going on this week, beginning with me losing my mind try to get local control of IoT devices. I'm writing up a much more extensive blog post on this, suffice to say it's a complete mess and all of the suggestions I've had have been well-intentioned, but infeasible for various reasons. But as I say in the video, it has all been worth it and I do get a lot of enjoyment from playing with it all 😊 That and many other cyber things in this week's update. ReferencesTrying to get local control of Tuya lights is an exercise in absolute futility (read the thread to feel my pain 😭)A scammer tried to use the W3C validator to...

Weekly Update 246

This week has been absolutely dominated by code contributions to Pwned Passwords. This is such an awesome, humbling experience that so many people have wanted to contribute their time to something that makes online life better for all of us. The challenge I have now is, as expected, managing the pull requests, reviewing code and ensuring the project heads in the right direction as support for ingesting the FBI -provided passwords is built out. I have an idea around that I'm working on at the moment and hope to be able to talk more about it soon. In the interim, keep the contributions coming and I look forward to seeing all this go out to production in the very near...