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Happy 8th Year Anniversary to Menardconnect.com!!!

Posted on December 6, 2016  in Blog Experiences

Menardconnect.com turned 8 last week!!! Yeah men 🙂

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image credits:
Wikimedia commons
www.icon-king.com, David Vignoni
wikimedia User:Kju

This is the traditional Blog Happy Anniversary post and here the links to the 1st post and the first full post 🙂

Blogposts like this are great opportunity to give thanks so here are some thank you notes:

First of all, I would like to thank God for all the blessings! Next I would like to thank my family and friends, you guys rock! Last but not the least, my thanks to the readers and supporters of menardconnect.com. I will do my best to make this blog better for all you readers. I love you all!!!

 

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Category: Blog Experiences

B Drivers of Manila: G Liner

Posted on March 11, 2016  in Blog Experiences, Personal Experiences

I recently bought a dash-cam and I’m playing with it whenever I have free time. With the dash cam I am also trying to learn a new skill this year (video editing hihihi 🙂 ) because I think its cool to learn a new skill that is different from my usual field of expertise. Mashing the dash-cam and video editing learning experience, an idea came to my mind: Why not do a blogging experiment? I will be posting some videos in social media and do accompanying blog post about the vids here in Menardconnect.com. Sounds interesting lah? Let’s get started…

First post for the B Drivers of Manila series will be G-Liner Bus in Manila. On why the series will be called “B Drivers of Manila” I will explain in a future post. But for now here is the video for G-Liner Bus (plate number ASA 4292) in Manila (and how they seem to lord over the streets of city of Manila every day).

Via YouTube

Via Facebook

G Liner Rules… the streets of Manila- March 1, 2016 B. Drivers of Manila: G Liner Bus in Manila

Posted by Menardconnect.com on Thursday, March 10, 2016

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Category: Blog Experiences

Open Letter To Newsgra.ph Team

Posted on March 2, 2016  in Blog Experiences, Personal Experiences

Hi Newsgra.ph Team,

First of all thank you for the link you have given my Manila Bankers SMS Spam  2013 post from your “Warning Manila Bankers Will Call You for Sensitive Data” article. It’s good to know that we have some common topics and advocacies for our websites.

I will go direct to the point. I am writing this open letter to let you know that upon reading your “Warning Manila Bankers Will Call You for Sensitive Data”

http://www.newsgra.ph/1725/warning-manila-bankers-will-call-you-for-sensitive-data/

Posted last February 17, 2016, I recognized one of the picture you used. It looks like my phone screengrab image that I captured and used in my 2013 post.
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My Image from a 2013 post

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Image from Newsgra.ph website. Take note the of NewsGra.ph watermark in the upper right part

So I would like to ask you some questions:

  • Is it the same picture as the one I have in my 2013 post?
  • If yes, how come it now has Newsgra.ph watermark?

I tried to reach out via twitter

But I got no reply, so I decided to try my luck here and write you this letter.

I’m not “madamot“. I’m not selfish. I’m really a nice guy (well… most of the time). I’m also one tweet or one email away if you want to use my image for your website. We are both Filipino blogger and as much as I can I support fellow Pinoys here in the blogosphere.

Actually if the image you posted got no watermark I will be cool.

Kung walang watermark yan image sa website mo wala tayong pag-uusapan. Mabait ako, madali ako kausap. Ni-link mo naman yung post ko sa blog post so OK lang ako e.

But watermarking an image that does not belong to you is kinda “unethical” don’t you think???

Again, I’m just one tweet or one email away (via my contact page). With that message I’m ending this post.

I made my move.

Your turn now.

 

All the best,

Menard

Update 2016.03.24
I have contacted Newsgra.ph folks via their Facebook page yesterday and raised my concern. They have addressed it and they have apologized for the inconvenience. All is good now!

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Category: Blog Experiences

Club Balai Isabel, Talisay, Batangas, Philippines

Posted on January 31, 2016  in Blog Experiences, Personal Experiences, Travel

Here is another Post Picture Now Blog Details Later for this new year 🙂

We recently went to Batangas, and had a weekday visit Club Balai Isabel at Talisay, Batangas, Philippines.
I am sharing these six photos as a placeholder for a future blog post about our Club Balai Isabel adventure here at menardconnect.com 🙂

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Category: Blog Experiences

SMS Scam: Roaming Number Charges, Send 200 to 808 Scam

Posted on January 18, 2016  in Blog Experiences, Personal Experiences

Got this sms spam and scam

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Basically it says that my account was charged with 200 pesos because I called and texted a roaming number. And to cancel this 200 pesos “charged” to my account, I need to send message to 808 containing a specified number (09120009743 in my case) <space> 200, and reply to YES to all prompts/message confirmation from my telco. Let me just take this opportunity to tell Mr./Ms. 09120009743 and 09226908240 that I eat spam, scam and the entire clan for breakfast. We all know that that set of instructions will just transfer 200 pesos to the account of the scammer. In Filipino this is like doing “PASA LOAD200 pesos to the scammer’s number 😀

Its been a long time since I posted about SMS Scam, but I will dissect this incident (and related developments, including the reply from my telco) in another post in menardconnect.com soon. But today let me just do an awareness campaign against this Roaming Number Charges, Send 200 pesos to 808 Scam sms scam, and warn my friends and readers not to reply to that kind of sms messages.

Be vigilant and stay safe!

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Category: Blog Experiences

Happy New Year!!!

Posted on January 5, 2016  in Blog Experiences

Happy New Year to all the readers of Menardconnect.com!!!

I am not a fan of new year’s resolution post but I will admit I’ve got lots of backlog post for this blog and I promise to post more here (and in my other blogs too) this year!

I wish you all the best this 2016!!!

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Category: Blog Experiences

List of Official Holidays in the Philippines 2016

Posted on August 31, 2015  in Blog Experiences

Malacañang announced the list of Philippines Holiday 2016 last week. And as a public service to my readers who are searching for 2016 Philippine Holidays, I am posting the list here at menardconnect.com.

As per Proclamation No. 1105, s. 2015, here is the Official Holidays in the Philippines in 2016

January 1, 2016, Friday – New Year’s Day (Regular holiday)
January 2, 2016, Saturday – Additional special non-working day

February 8, 2016, Monday – Chinese New Year (Special non-working day)
February 25, 2016 – EDSA People Power Revolution (Special non-working day by virtue of Proclamation No. 1071, s. 2015)

March 24, 2016 – Maundy Thursday (Regular holiday)
March 25, 2016 – Good Friday (Regular holiday)
March 26, 2016 – Black Saturday (Special non-working day)

April 9, 2016, Saturday – Araw ng Kagitingan (Regular holiday)

May 1, 2016, Sunday – Labor Day (Regular holiday)

June 12, 2016, Sunday – Independence Day (Regular holiday)

August 21, 2016, Sunday – Ninoy Aquino Day (Special non-working day)
August 29, 2016, Monday – National Heroes Day (Regular holiday)

October 31, 2016, Monday – Additional special non-working day

November 1, 2016, Tuesday – All Saints Day (Special non-working day)
November 30, 2016, Wednesday – Bonifacio Day (Regular holiday)

December 24, 2016, Saturday – Additional special non-working day
December 25, 2016, Sunday – Christmas Day (Regular holiday)
December 30, 2016, Friday – Rizal Day (Regular holiday)
December 31, 2016, Saturday – Additional special non-working day

Other holiday proclamations will be issued by Malacanang Palace (e.g observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha) soon and I will update them here at menardconnect.com too.

Source:

http://www.gov.ph/2015/08/26/nationwide-holidays-2016/
http://www.gov.ph/2015/08/20/proclamation-no-1105-s-2015/

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Category: Blog Experiences

Sam Mendoza SMS Scam 2015… Still alive and kicking

Posted on May 25, 2015  in Blog Experiences, Personal Experiences

I receive several reports that a certain Sam is making some SMS Scam rounds again this year.

Background:
Several years ago I created a blog post awareness about an SMS Scam featuring one Sam Mendoza. She patterned it from a similar scam a year before (the Marie Velasco SMS Scam in 2009). That blog post got some 200+ replies from readers and the scam site kept on jumping and moving to several free domain (dot.tk domain redirects).

So fast forward to 2015, I checked the supposedly “Plea for help” website and behold… its the same old scam of Sam Mendoza in 2009. Same picture. Same old set of credentials and Transcript of Records. Oh wait,  there have been some updates on the year of birth and some changes and twists in the words describing her supposedly need for help in return of doing special favors (hehehe) to those who would help her. But overall still the same pathetic “Angel crying for help” epic fail scam.

Read for yourself below and compare it to my Sam Mendoza 2010 scam post.

An angel crying for help…

I don’t know if what I’m doing is right but I just need guidance and little chance in life…

I’m a girl from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. Orphaned since high school but still surviving. I’m a College graduate / DOST Scholar. Dito po ako lumaki but my family is really from Surigao. I can’t trace back my relatives there anymore… Ngayon, naka-boarding house lang po ako because before, nangungupahan lang din kami ng kwarto nung buhay pa parents ko..

Nag-apply po ako ng work sa San Miguel Bacolod plant and they told me na walang masyadong computer job vacancy ang plant nila because beer factory lang daw po sila. Though i-foforward daw po nila sa main office sa ortigas ung application ko and after a few weeks, I was asked for a final briefing interview sa Ortigas. I-hihire na daw po ako dahil ok naman daw ang interview ko dito sa plant nila sa Bacolod…

… The problem is di ko po kayang pumunta… Di ko na po alam ang gagawin at this point. I don’t have the basic means to go to Manila. I don’t have any relatives na malalapitan dito. Ito siguro ung something for me na “so close, yet still so far..”. Kung may makabasa man pong tao dito sa ginawa kong blog, I’m asking for a little help lang po sana. Mabigyan lang po sana ako ng chance na makapunta ng Manila and to get the job na inapplayan ko po sana..

May matutuluyan naman po ako (pero pansamantala nga lang) sa Novaliches kung sakali. Siguro po, if dumating man sa point na kailangan kong ibaba at ipagpalit ung sarili ko… gagawin ko., makapunta lang po ng Maynila.

Hindi ko na rin naman po sana gagawin tong magmakaawa at humingi ng tulong sa ibang tao kung binigyan lang sana ako ng Diyos ng magandang buhay at hindi katulad ng sitwasyon gaya nito… Desperate na po ako…

Wow she did not run out of tears after 5 long years of crying (and scamming), and I believe we have a new Guiness record here 😀

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New URLs/domains include the ff:

provincegirldream.blogspot.com
www.agirlsdream.tk

So again: Hello there Sam the Scam! better luck next time!

To all my friends and readers: this Sam Mendoza is a scam so please do not entertain any solicitation from her. And please do spread this awareness campaign against this Sam Mendoza scam.

Read the following post from my archives:

If you have received the same scam, or have a new site hosting/containing her scam, please feel free to leave some comments below. Thanks!

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Category: Blog Experiences

List of Official Holidays in the Philippines 2015

Posted on February 18, 2015  in Blog Experiences

Malacañang announced the official list of Philippines Holiday 2015 last year (around July 2014). And to help you out my readers who are searching for 2015 Philippines Holidays, I am posting this here at menardconnect.com.

Here are the Official Holidays in the Philippines for 2015, as per Proclamation No. 831, s. 2014

January
January 1, 2015, Thursday – New Year’s Day (Regular holiday)
January 2, 2015, Friday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)

February
February 19, 2015, Thursday – Chinese New Year (Special non-working day)
February 25, 2015, Wednesday – EDSA Revolution anniversary (Special holiday for Schools)

April
April 2, 2015, Thursday – Maundy Thursday (Regular holiday)
April 3, 2015, Friday – Good Friday (Regular holiday)
April 4, 2015, Saturday – Black Saturday (Special non-working day)
April 9, 2015, Thursday – Araw ng Kagitingan (Regular holiday)

May
May 1, 2015, Friday – Labor Day (Regular holiday)

June
June 12, 2015, Friday – Independence Day (Regular holiday)

August
August 21, 2015, Friday – Ninoy Aquino Day (Special non-working day)
August 31, 2015, last Monday of August – National Heroes Day (Regular holiday)

November
November 1, 2015, Sunday – All Saints Day (Special non-working day)
November 30, 2015, Monday – Bonifacio Day (Regular holiday)

December
December 24, 2015, Thursday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)
December 25, 2015, Friday – Christmas Day (Regular holiday)
December 30, 2015, Wednesday – Rizal Day (Regular holiday)
December 31, 2015, Thursday – Last day of the year (Special non-working day)

Other proclamations will be issued by Malacanang Palace for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha when dates of these holidays are finalized.

Source:
http://www.gov.ph/2014/07/23/infographic-list-of-2015-nationwide-holidays/


Image Credits: www.gov.ph

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Category: Blog Experiences

WAUA: WordPress WP-ADMIN Bruteforce Attack

Posted on February 9, 2015  in Blog Experiences, Technology

We Are Under Attack!!!”

That is what the orcs will shout (in their very unique husky and grunty voice) when the enemies attack their orc base in Warcraft 3.

That is also my topic of this post:

“WAUA!!!”

No I’m now screaming about the attack on my blog. I have this good mindset about threats and attacks: I don’t panic. I am also not feeling kawawa or wawa (poor victim in loose filipino translation) in this situation. I think I survived the onslaught of the attack and to spread some good vibes why not share some useful tips here at menardconnect.com 🙂  OK enough of the intro. Let’s get it on:

Late last month, this blog experienced some form of attack from malicious actors who-must-not-be-named. We all know I’m using WordPress, and some dudes out there are trying to login to this blog’s WordPress administration panel and do some brute force attack on  guessing my password. Simply put, this means some bad guys (I will collectively call it hax0r) are trying to pretend to be me (me, the website blog admin) and try to get into the wordpress admin console so that they can control the website and blog. More basic info on brute force attacks here.
I will not delve into the technical details of the attack , but in tradition of my good old free six video and free six series, here are six easy to-do tips and tricks that users/admins can do to prevent or better prepare themselves (blog owners) against these WordPress WP-ADMIN Bruteforce attacks.

1. Update your WordPress core files as soon as possible
Just like any software, WordPress have its own security flaws and it needs to get updated from time to time. Admins are advised that they should always update WordPress to the latest version, for more info on this go here. When a new version of WordPress is available admins will receive an update message in your WordPress Admin consoles.

2. Update your WordPress plugins too
Just like the wordpress core files, plugins needs to get updated too. If your blog relies on many plugins, do not worry because when a new version of WordPress plugins are available you will also receive message in the WordPress Admin console that its time to update. There are also automated update settings if you want to try it out.

3. Do not use Admin as the username of the administrator account.

Yes the hax0rs are trying to login via the “admin” username, but as a basic security practice, I disabled it every time create a wordpress blog. I suggest the you be creative. Use NIMDA instead!

4. Do not use your name as the blog admin username account
This piece is quite a revealing one, the hax0rs are trying to get in via the username menard. My name is public info in this blog, so they are clever and they tried it too. But luckily I did not use that name so I avoided that loophole in this admin account issue.

5. Discard unused wordpress themes and plugins
If you are not using the wordpress themes and plugins, do not keep it.  Delete it asap. This one caused me some issues several years ago, but my advise here is if you are not using any theme or plugin that theme or plugin should be deleted ASAP because these are like low hanging fruits for attackers.

6. Have good WordPress security plugins installed
Just like security softwares (antivirus, antimalware, anti-threat) for your PC, Macs, iPads, smartphones and other devices, wordpress blogs needs some security tools too. There are some good free wordpress security plugins that works well but I will try to share two: Login Lockdown and Sucuri .

Login lockdown locks the admin console after several failed attempts, a good old trusted plugin. A recent good addition to my security plugin arsenal is Sucuri Security- Auditing, Malware Scanner and Hardening, a free plugin and it has helped me detect this attack. How? See this…

email alert by sucuri

 

So I’m giving the good folks at Sucuri some love link here in my blog. Kindly go visit them at Sucuri

That’s all for now, i will try to share other tips in the future. Hope you liked my free six tips and tricks to combat WordPress Admin Brute-force Attack

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