Workaround to the Android Web Browser Vulnerability on old devices

If you are one of those who has an older Android device, you are vulnerable to the Android Web Browser vulnerability, whose patch may have not been released by your handset manufacturer. There is still hope for you to keep yourself safe and secure by any of the following methods: Disable the internal default web … Continue reading Workaround to the Android Web Browser Vulnerability on old devices

How to upgrade packages in OpenWRT to apply updates, security patches and more

So you installed the OpenWRT firmware on your wireless router! It works like a charm. However, what would you need to do to upgrade the firmware periodically? A secure router is only as good as the last security patch applied. The best feature of OpenWRT over dd-wrt or even Android, is that you do not … Continue reading How to upgrade packages in OpenWRT to apply updates, security patches and more

How to install telegram pidgin plugin in Ubuntu Linux

Telegram is an application for Android phones just like WhatsApp. The key advantages of Telegram are that it assures users that their data is not used by any 3rd party, users have more control over it, with the ability to send secret messages, self-destruct messages and complete removal if a user exits the service. If … Continue reading How to install telegram pidgin plugin in Ubuntu Linux

How to export your private key to an ASCII / text file in GnuPG

Once you have generated your key pair, you need to make sure you back it up safely, to prevent the loss of the keys if the computer crashes or is re-installed. We normally export the private key to an ASCII / text file for safe-keeping off the computer on a USB drive. Basically, as a … Continue reading How to export your private key to an ASCII / text file in GnuPG

How to export your public key to an ASCII / text file in GnuPG

Once you have generated your key pair, you need to make sure you back it up safely, to prevent the loss of the keys if the computer crashes or is re-installed. The reasons the public key is exported to a text file: 1. To make sure the key is stored off the computer somewhere safely. … Continue reading How to export your public key to an ASCII / text file in GnuPG

How to create a GNU Privacy Guard (GPG) GnuPG key pair for yourself

Many of us would like to protect our data stored in files, emails, online and elsewhere. The point is, that with the kind of investigative eyes on user data worldwide, we need a robust mechanism that does not leak. One of those mechanisms is PGP - Pretty Good Privacy. Pretty Good Privacy or PGP as … Continue reading How to create a GNU Privacy Guard (GPG) GnuPG key pair for yourself

Xiaomi or Xperia type security issues and how to detect them on any Android device

Anything that is too good to be true and available at dirt-cheap prices like the Xiaomi phones sold in flash sales on http://www.flipkart.com, always has a catch. It is like the Trojan horse. The security issue with Xiaomi phones is that the phone allegedly transmits user sensitive data like IMEI, contacts, numbers etc to servers … Continue reading Xiaomi or Xperia type security issues and how to detect them on any Android device

Keepass Droid password manager on Android

Today, many services have gone online. The ease and convenience of accessing these services online has led to a major issue for all users - that of remembering passwords to all the web sites to log in to access those services. Many users use diaries or books to write down user IDs and passwords and … Continue reading Keepass Droid password manager on Android

Web sites track users with invisible canvas fingerprint rather than cookies or flash cookies

There are several websites world over that track users. Originally, tracking mechanisms included Cookies, Flash Cookies. Historically too, I have written about Firefox add-ons in the articles below: Firefox add-ons you should never surf without Watching you silently – Flash Cookies / LSOs As mitigation measures were developed to counter cookies and flash cookies, old … Continue reading Web sites track users with invisible canvas fingerprint rather than cookies or flash cookies

K-9 eMail client for Android and APG for GPG (PGP) encryption

Most folks using smart phones go with the default email application of Android. This is the default GMail application or the standard email application. The post encourages you to use K-9 Email Client on Android. It is to let you know how you can install a better application that supports more email services and features. … Continue reading K-9 eMail client for Android and APG for GPG (PGP) encryption