Mouselock – Helps nab your computer intruders

Win + L key combination on Windows or Ctrl + Shift + Eject on Mac help you to lock your computer and be safe from computer intruders. Mouselock is a web app that doesn’t lock your computer but helps you catch the victim. Mouselock uses your webcamera to take a snap of the intruder and mails you his/her photo. The app is really simple to use.

  • Head to Mouselock website (Link at the bottom of the post)
  • You’ll be asked to login with your Google account. You must link since the victim’s photo will be mailed to this account.
  • Once you sign in, you’ll be prompted to choose a number from 1 to 10. It acts as a Unlock-code.

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  • Next you’ll have to click on the Mouse slot shown there. A notification bar pops up at the top of your web browser asking permissions to access your web camera. It’s fairly safe and meaningful to Allow the app to use your webcamera.
  • You’re now in the Locked mode. When someone tried to move the mouse of that slot, a timer starts. He/she will be asked to choose the Unlock-code that you chose. If failed, a photo of that person will be mailed to you.

That’s it. Wasn’t that easy? Mouselock doesn’t actually lock your computer. The victim can access other files and doing anything on your computer. This web app just helps you find who the intruder to.

If you found this web app useful, make sure to share this with all your friends. Don’t forget to pen down your comments.

Link: Mouselock

Global Brute Force Attack on WordPress Installations

wordpresslogo2Almost all major web hosts are reporting a global brute force attack on WordPress installed websites. The attack is define as “well organized and very distributed with over 90,000 IP address involved in the attack according to HostGator.

The attack is not simply limited to WordPress but even Joomla installations have not been spared. Over all its seems WordPress centric mainly because of the sheer number of websites hosted by using WordPress.

This botnet with over 90,000 IPs is trying to loging multiple times with using different usernames and passwords. The simplest way to break-in would be a weak password.

What can you do for your website’s safety?

Make sure you have the latest updated WordPress version for your website. Also make sure all your plugins are updated regularly. Finally the importance of having a good password and changing your admin password regularly cannot be over-emphasized. Make sure the password is complex and a mix of alphabets, numbers and special characters.

You can also refer to WordPress security guide on WordPress.org Codex.

Related: Check how strong your password is with this Microsoft Tool

[Online Tool] Check if Your LinkedIn Password was Leaked!

LinkedIn had a security breach yesterday which led to more than 6 million passwords being leaked. LinkedIn’s response to be honest was initially quite slow and guarded.

At such times usually it is better for a company to over-communicate rather than stay quite. Finally they have confirmed that about 6.5 million passwords were leaked from their website. These were hashed passwords, meaning they were encrypted. (Read more about it here)

There is an online tool called LeakedIn which allows users to find out if their passwords is among the 6.5 million leaked ones.

Just type in your password and click on ‘Check’ button. If you password was among the unfortunate ones, it will display that your password was leaked and cracked.

Whatever the outcome, it still is a good idea to change your password of your LinkedIn account. Also if you are using the same password somewhere else, change it to be on the safe side.

Password Tips!

Internet users often under-estimate the necessity of creating strong passwords and also changing them frequently. Here are some related articles that could help keep your passwords safe.

If you have doubts about your LinkedIn password do try out LeakedIn tool and drop in your comments.

Link: LeakedIn Checker