Are you using a DSL modem/router to connect to the internet? Mostly everyone I found haven’t changed the default user name and password which is used to login to the modems admin panel. Most modems comes with the default user/pass combination of admin/admin , admin/password. So what is the risk of not changing these logins?

Most of the older modems and around 20% of newer modems doesn’t have a firewall ( or disabled firewall option by default ) between the internet and the modem. So this means that anyone who knows your public IP can login to your routers admin panel and do potentially dangerous stuff. Including stealing your DSL services login names ( most common ) , opening up ports to give access to run malicious programs etc. [click to continue…]


Just another Paypal phishing attempt

by Ruchira on May 21, 2013

paypal-phishWhen I was browsing through my new email account, I have saw the above email from Paypal saying my account is limited because of an identity issue? This email account is new and I didn’t used it much at all, And surprisingly this email was on my inbox not on the spam folder. I thought my Paypal account is limited and to verify that I opened up paypal.com on a new tab and logged in. And there was no limitations or whatsoever like said on the email. It didn’t took me much time to recognize that, this is indeed a phishing attempt. So this is what I found,

Real sender of the email is hon@hon.com and he/she has masked the address to intel.service@paypal.com, And returning path is also hon@hon.com. I have opened up the attachment and its a html page which looks like this  [click to continue…]




See the link above? Yes its a direct link to a Facebook photo as most of you might have recognized at the first glance. You can see these links everywhere, or your friend might send you this type of direct link to a Facebook photo because He/She doesn’t want to know the profile of the person who posted the photo to the Facebook. So is there any way to find the profile of the person who owns the photo? [click to continue…]


huawei-antennaIf you are using a USB HSPA dongle to access the internet, one of common problem that you might face is the low signal strength on the place that you live.  Low signal levels translate in to low download/upload speeds and higher latency. The level of signal’s depend on various factors such as the distance between you and the nearest transmission tower of your service provider etc. But there are some ways that you can use to increase the signal levels that your modem receives,

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Google Penguin 2.0 is rolling out soon

by Ruchira on May 18, 2013


Do you remember the webmaster outrage happened after the Google Panda update which was rolled out April 24th last year? Until now Google has been rolling out lots of small incremental updates to the search algorithm, beating bad web sites to the ground and also affecting some percentage of genuine web sites too. If you have a spammy link profile you probably should be already affected by these updates. I have wrote earlier about how you can disavow spam links pointing at your web site. But that’s just a part of the equation.

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“Shield” is the Nvidia’s approach to the handheld gaming market. Few minutes ago Nvidia has announced the pre-order availability. Nvidia Shield is now available to pre-order from NewEgg , GameStop and Nvidia’s own web store for just $349.99. Release data is mentioned as 06/04/2013

Shiled concept is not ground braking at all, Its just an Android gaming device but the bright side is that it will attract many game developers than for the small Android game device manufacturers. Also Nvidia Shield is one of the first devices to use Nvidia’s latest  Tegra 4 processor and here are some specifications listed on Newegg, [click to continue…]


Nginx Auto Installer minor update

by Ruchira on May 17, 2013


You might know about the Nginx Auto install script listed on this blog . Its been almost 3 years since I have released my first modified version of it. Those days my version brought a lot of changes to the original version because my version came with the latest versions of Nginx , PHP.  But later on the original developer Incorporated most of my changes to the original version.

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Free Windows Server 2012 VPS

by Ruchira on May 16, 2013


Need to try out WIndows 2012 Server edition? Windows Azure, which is the cloud platform of Microsoft ( like Amazon AWS ) offers you free 90 days of trial for people who want to try out their service. This is just like Amazon AWS free trial but Microsoft is very generous except for bandwidth usage, because they enable you to create VM’s up to 14GB RAM and 8 cores with this free trial. Like I said only downside is that you will get only 20GB of outbound bandwidth and inbound is free.

You can signup here but you will need to provide credit card details to verify your account. But don’t worry, Microsoft is placing $0.01 spending limit for trial accounts so you won’t get charged for anything like if you choose the wrong option. [click to continue…]