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Month: November 2009

My Malware Blog Post: Spoofed Trend Micro Email Leads to Phishing Site

Posted on November 28, 2009  in Technology

Note: The article below was published in TrendLabs Malware Blog on November 23, 2009.

Spoofed Trend Micro Email Leads to Phishing Site
by Menard Osena (Solutions Product Manager)

Trend Micro threat analysts recently unearthed spammed messages that purported to have come from Trend Micro. Targeting trusted organizations is not an uncommon technique, used by cybercriminals when carrying out spam campaigns.  In this case, the malicious URL and domain are already inaccessible.

Spammers have found a way to mimic the recipient’s email domain and pepper the email with the said domain in order to look more convincing.

See samples below:

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In such an attack, traditional spam filtering using patterns alone will no longer prove effective. On the other hand, the cloud computing technology utilized in the Trend Micro Smart Protection Network, easily protects users as it detects and blocks spammed emails and malicious URLs using reputation-based ratings.  Readers are advised, as always, to pay close attention to the content of and URLs within emails.

Post from: TrendLabs | Malware Blog – by Trend Micro

Spoofed Trend Micro Email Leads to Malicious Site

I decided to post this in my personal blog so that I can add other personal insights to the article. I will gather my thoughts again and update this post over the weekend.

Special thanks to Det Caraig, Badette Irinco and Macky Cruz of TrendLabs Tech Marketing Team for the help with organizing my thoughts and polishing the article (Will link your blogsite/twitter page as soon as I confirmed the URL’s)

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Month: November 2009

Mafia Wars Cheats and Tips: 30% Discount on Reward Points

Posted on November 25, 2009  in Gaming

Last weekend while doing my usual mafia wars jobs routine, there was some pop-up reminder that Mafia Wars folks are offering some limited time Reward Points discount.

Mafia Wars 30% Discount

I thought its just some one time promotional activity but during the next couple of days the reminders went up again. I curiously check on if this mafia wars tip is true and Yes! it seems that folks from Zynga are really offering a limited time 30% discount on all Reward Point purchases from Visa, MasterCard and Paypal.

Going to the Godfather’s tab you will be welcomed with the message

The Godfather feels generous – purchase reward points below at a 30% discount!

Checking out the prices it seems its 30% less for all Reward Points denominations and this is a cool treat and tip for rich Mafia Wars players.

Mafia Wars 30-percent-discount

Hurry and avail of it now since this is limited time offer!!!

Hope you like my mafia wars cheats and tips post 🙂

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Month: November 2009

Facebook Farm Town Cheats and Tips Part 7: Free Farm Town Level Up

Posted on November 22, 2009  in Gaming

Here is one of the coolest Facebook Farm Town cheats today and all of you have to do is login to your Facebook account and open your Farm Town app and voila: Instant level up of your farmer. My farmer was previous level 30 but after applying the cheat I’m now level 34. My wife was level 32 before and now she leveled up to 39.

OK this is not a cheat. Farm Town is doing some readjustments to the leveling system.
Farm Town Free Level Up

The highest new level of my friend is 45. Cool huh?

They also announced this Facebook:

FarmTown Updates: New LEVELS Available! New crops, trees, bushes, fences, buildings, decorations and more. Click here to Play FarmTown

I haven’t checked all updates yet, but new crops and trees are worth posting here at menardconnect.com in the future.

So check out your Farm Town account and grab this opportunity to have free level up for Farm Town.
Hope you like my Farm Town Tips post

If you miss my other Farm Town Cheats and Tips post, kindly visit the following blog posts:

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Month: November 2009

Facebook Café World Cheats and Tips New Expansion: Bountiful Cafe and New Recipes

Posted on November 22, 2009  in Gaming

A new cafe world expansion was made available today. The Bountiful Cafe expansion allows you to transform your café into a 13×15 area, the biggest possible area in Facebook Café World as of writing. This expansion costs 400,000 coins and if you have been saving enough since the last expansion this amount of coins should be easy to get.

If you don’t have that many coins worry not, you can also purchase it with 35 Cafe Cash

Zynga also released some tasty new recipes. In celebration of the Thanksgiving is the Savory Stuffed Turkey that costs 700 coins and will serve 1,200 diners at 3 coins each serving. The turkey have a cook time of 22 hours and will be a good alternative for those recipes that needs a day to cook (Halibut and Peking Duck)

Next in line is the Atomic Buffalo Wings that cooks in 3 hours. This recipe is good for 320 servings and will give 3 coins per serving

Last but not the least is the Buttermilk Pancakes that cooks in 45 minutes and serves 80 diners at 5 coins per serving.

Hope you like my Cafe World Cheats and Tips updates.

If you missed my other Cafe World Tips posts kindly visit:

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Month: November 2009

WordPress wins Overall Best Open Source CMS Award

Posted on November 21, 2009  in Blog Experiences

Congratulations to WordPress for winning the Overall Best Open Source CMS Award in the 2009 Open Source CMS Awards. I first heard of the new from a twit from Beau Lebens which I RT’d and then read about it in the WordPress blog post by Matt.

WordPress is popularly known as a blog platform but it can be a powerful CMS tool. This is one of the things I learned at WordCamp Philippines 2009, wherein we had some great presentations on the CMS features of WordPress. I will definitely consider using WordPress if I will have a future CMS project (other than blog). Again, congrats to the whole WordPress Team!

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Month: November 2009

Free Six Info: Fishville Cheats and Tips

Posted on November 18, 2009  in Gaming

Fishville is a newest addition to the wonderful collection of Facebook games from Zynga. Most probably you are searching for some Fishville cheats or tips, and I will not keep you waiting. In the in the tradition of my six Cafe World Cheats, my six Mafia Wars Cheats,  my six social city cheats, my six Farm Town Cheats, my six Mybrute Cheats, my six Philippine Lotto tips, and my Free Six Video posts I am sharing some six info, tips and cheats for Facebook Fishville.

#1. What is Fishville? It is a virtual aquarium game in Facebook. It was quite controversial on the first launch since there were advertising violations, which resulted to Facebook taking it offline while Zynga fix the ads issue, but now all is ok now. Look at my fish tank now

menard-fishville

How do you play fishville? There is a tutorial in the game and it discusses the basic functions. The important concept is to feed your fish timely so that they will not die.  The Now lets move on to the Fishville tips.

#2. What fish to grow in your fish tank? In the early pace of the game, I suggest going for the fast growing fish. Mini Dart Gobies and Red Spot Cardinals are good choices and later on the Sardines too. OK, the trick here is to understand how much time the fish grows. Lets take the Mini Dart Goby that grows in 5 minutes.
mini-dart-goby
This means that they will grow to the next stage/age of fish in 5 minutes and your have to feed them again within twice the grow time, so in the case of the Goby in the next 10 minutes, else the fish dies (which means lost coins and experience points)

Lets take the Hawaiian Hogfish that grows in 12 hours.
hawaiian-hogfish
So this means that if you are growing Hawaiian Hog fish you have to login to Fishville in Facebook once every 24 hours to feed it properly.

I have observed that fish grows in stages and the experience points gained from selling a fish is at maximum at Age 4, so this is the best time to sell your fish.
I will discuss my Fish Choices for power leveling on the later part of this post.

#3. Another Fishville Tip is to Add Neighbors. Neighbors will be important as the game progresses because you need to have some number of neighbors when buying next fish tank (starts at level 10) without spending Fishville Sand Dollars (the paid monetary currency in Fishville)

#4. Next Fishville Tip is to use the Give Fish Love when it is available. Give Fish Love is like a free coins that they gave in Fishville on a daily basis.
fishville-givefishlove

Just click on the Give Fish Love (with the heart background) at the lower left side of your fish tank

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#5. OK here is my Fishville Cheats on which fish to grow to level up faster. I have found an excel sheet courtesy of JustH8in and modified it with my other data calculation.
fishville-fish-exp-table
The important column here is to look for the EXP (experience points) per minute (or hour or day) per fish. As you can see here, fast growing fishes (those that grows in 3 minutes to 1 hour) give so many experience points. But the drawback here is that you have to be online in Facebook and Fishville every time (e.g. every 3 minutes for the sardine). I have color coded the sheet with
– Grey for Grow Time less than 1 hour (Fast)
– Green for Grow Time 2 hours to 8 hours (Medium)
– Red for Grow time greater than 8 hours (Slow)

So what is my Fishville cheat here? Just check the table above and calculate on your login and online time in Facebook. If you are a Facebook addict and log very much often then go for the fast fish (grey). If you are a casual Facebook user (once a day login) I suggest go for the slow growing fishes (in red)

#6. And lastly the ultimate one for the Fishville tips: Do not cheat! Why? Similar to what I advised on my Cafe World Cheats, Mafia Wars Cheats, Farm Town Cheats and Mybrute Cheats posts: Cheaters never win! Fishville is a social and fun filled game so what’s the need to cheat. Also again I recommend that you DO NOT run executable programs that supposedly will do some cheat and tricks for you and your fish tank. Many sites are offering these cheat engines and for your own safety: stay on the safe side. If you cannot determine if the file is good or bad (by knowing exactly what the file is doing on the file, system and registry level via reverse engineering, system monitoring, etc.) then DO NOT RUN or Install it in your personal computer. There are a lot of malware, keyloggers, and trojan downloaders out there that are veiled as cheat engines. Always be safe. OK?

Hope you like my Fishville Cheats and Tips post 🙂

If you like to view other Fishville Tips, feel free to visit:

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Month: November 2009

Jaypeeonline.net: $1500 Thanksgiving Giveaway

Posted on November 16, 2009  in Blog Experiences

JP of Jaypeeonline.net is giving away some cool prizes for the Thanksgiving 2009. I mentioned in a previous post, I will do my best to interact more with the blogging community and this post is my little way of helping him out spread the word about his contest. JP writes about blogging, WordPress, tech and gadgets and I suggest you go visit his blog at Jaypeeonline.net.

thanksgiving_giveaway

PRIZES AT STAKE:
1st Prize
Pro Plus All-Theme Package from StudioPress ($199.95)
Single Theme License from Pro Theme Design ($79)
Single Theme License from Press75 ($75)
Single Theme License from WP Zoom ($49)
1 Year Theme Club Membership from Elegant Themes ($19.95)
1 Year Hosting w/ Free Domain from DreamHost courtesy of Jehzeel Laurente
$50 Cash via PayPal from Jehzeel Laurente

2nd Prize
Single Theme License from Pro Theme Design ($79)
Single Theme License from Press75 ($75)
Single Theme Package from StudioPress ($59.95)
Single Theme License from WP Zoom ($49)
1 Year Freedom Plan Hosting from WP Web Host ($80)
$25 Cash via PayPal from JaypeeOnline

3rd Prize
Single Theme License from Pro Theme Design ($79)
Single Theme Package from StudioPress ($59.95)
Single Theme License from WP Zoom ($49)
Single Theme Licenses from WP Now ($29)
1 Year Freedom Plan Hosting from WP Web Host ($80)
$10 Cash via PayPal from JaypeeOnline

Consolation Prizes
Single Theme Package from StudioPress ($59.95)
Single Theme Licenses from WP Now ($29)

You can read more information about the contest on his Thanksgiving Contest post.

This contest is sponsored by:

  • StudioPress
  • Pro Theme Design
  • Press75
  • WP Zoom
  • WP Now
  • Elegant Themes
  • WP WebHost
  • Jehzeel Laurente
  • Batang Yagit

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Month: November 2009

Congrats Pacman

Posted on November 15, 2009  in Blog Experiences

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao won over Miguel Cotto today. Pacman knocked out Cotto twice in the early rounds and the later rounds shifted from a boxing match to a cycling/running game. The referee stopped the contest on the 12th round (it can be heard in the Cotto corner that they have been contemplating about throwing the towel as early as the 9th round).

I’ve tried tweeting while watching the game but I guess its not informative (its full of excitement and emotion too). I’m smirking now re-reading my tweets, especially my favorite one. I have updated this blog’s Pacquiao vs Cotto live post as soon as the fight ended!

Congrats to the Pacman and Congrats to Team Pacquiao (Freddy Roach,  Buboy, trainers and other bodyguards 🙂 )

Mabuhay ka Manny Pacquiao!!!

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Month: November 2009

TrendLabs Blogcon Event Winner

Posted on November 14, 2009  in Blog Experiences

I would like to congratulate Jeffrey Zapanta for winning the TrendLabs Blogcon Blog This Event contest!!! His blogcon post at http://mapanuri.blog.com/ won the hearts of the speakers/judges. Keep on blogging dude!

The organizers want to convey their thanks to those who joined the contest! See their tweet here.

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Month: November 2009

Pacquiao vs Cotto Live

Posted on November 12, 2009

Update 2009.11.15

Pacquiao Wins!!! Referee stopped the fight at round 12

Pacman KO’d Cotto twice in the early rounds!

Time to forget about the “Sometimes when we tats” song! It’s the real Firepower fight night on Saturday, November 14, 2009  (November 15, Sunday in Manila). Like what I did for the Pacquiao Dela Hoya and Pacquiao Hatton matches, I am rooting for a win for Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao over Miguel Cotto and this is my first post on the Pacquiao vs Cotto live series.

But unlike the Pacman versus Hitman match where lucky me is in the Bay Area, California with some good old friends and enjoyed it via pay per view HBO, this time I will be in Manila, Philippines so I might be trying my luck with this PLDT myDSL Watchpad thing so that I can experience the Pacquiao vs Cotto Live. If this will not work out I am always “madiskarte” and may even shell out some dough for PPV 🙂

I heard the odds is 3:1 or 4:1 in favor of Pacquiao but I’m not a gambler so no betting for me and I’ll just watch and enjoy the game.

Some videos courtesy of Youtube and HBO. This one is the promotional video for the 24/7:

and the HBO 24/7 Episode 1:

Goodluck to Pacman and to Team Pacquiao!!!

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