Happy 11th Year Anniversary to Menardconnect.com!

Menardconnect.com turned 11 two weeks ago! Time really fly so fast 🙂


I would like to thank God for all the blessings this year!!! My gratitude goes to my family and friends for the love and support they are showering me. Lastly, my thanks to the readers of menardconnect.com. Salamat po! I promise to do my best to make this blog better and have more activities and posts in the coming months!

Pokemon GO Team GO Rocket Battle Text Clues, Cheats and Tips

I love playing Pokemon GO and I have not posted something about it here in menardconnect.com for a long time. In the Pokemon GO game we have this ongoing event called Team GO Rocket Battle, and I noticed that when the Team GO Rocket Grunts do their trash talk and taunt (ala Jessie and James in the anime), they give clue on what will be their pokemon so you can counter it with your pokemons

For example:

NORMAL does not mean weak means the Team Rocket Grunt will use Normal-type pokemon so it will be wise to battle with Fighting-type pokemons like Machamp and Makuhita.

Another example will be:

In “These WATERS are treacherous“, Water is the clue, so the best pokemon counter will be Electric or Grass-type pokemons.


Psychic is a giveway clue and Team Rocket dude will use psychic-type so best to battle with either Bug, Dark or Ghost pokemons.

And with:

Tangle is related to plants, vines and Grass, so this means Rocket will use Grass-type pokemon so the best counter will be Fire Pokemon.

Here are the complete Team GO Rocket Grunt Battle text taunt, what it means and how to counter them:

  • Normal doesn’t mean weak = Normal. See above
  • Dont tangle with us = Grass. See above
  • These waters are treacherous = Water. See above
  • Are you scared of psychics that use unseen power = Psychic. See above
  • ROAR … How’d that sound? = Dragon. Counter it with Ice, Fairy or Dragon
  • Coiled and ready to strike = Poison. Counter it with Ground and Psychic
  • My bird Pokemon wants to battle with you = Flying. Counter it with Electric or Rock
  • Do you know how hot Pokemon fire breath can get = Fire. Counter it with Water (or Ground or Rock)
  • Go, my super bug Pokemon = Bug. Counter with Fire, Rock or Flying
  • You’ll be defeated into the ground = Ground. Counter with Water or Grass
  • Get ready to be shocked = Electric. Counter with Ground
  • You’re gonna be frozen in your track = Ice. Counter with Fire, Fighting or Steel
  • This buff physique isn’t just for show = Fighting. Counter with Psychic, or Flying or Fairy
  • Let’s rock and roll = Rock. Counter with Water, Grass, or Fighting
  • Wherever there is light, there is also shadow = Dark. Counter with Fairy, Fighting or Bug
  • You’re no match for my iron will = Steel. Counter with Fire or Fighting
  • Check out my cute pokemon = Fairy. Counter with Poison or Steel.
  • Ke…ke…ke…ke…ke…= Ghost. Counter with Dark or Ghost too

Note: not sure if counters above are complete, but its the best counter/s I can remember.

There are other Team Go Rocket Grount Battle trash talk text but they have no direct equivalent because they seem to change pokemons from time to time. Like these 3 below:

  • Don’t bother, I’ve already won. No cheat here
  • Winning is for winners. Again no cheat for this
  • Get ready to be defeated. No idea here

I hope my fellow Pokemon GO Players will find these Team Go Rocket Grount Battle cheats helpful. if you have other Team GO Rocket grunt text that I may have missed feel free to leave a comment below.

Hope you like my Pokemon GO Cheats and Tips post here at menardconnect.com.

Free Harry Potter Wizards Unite Potion Speed Cheats and Tips

Its been a long time since I posted some gaming articles here and currently I am enjoying this new game from Niantic called Harry Potter Wizards Unite. I have stumbled upon some cool potion speed tricks and I have shared them in social media (twitter). The tips are very cool so I would like to share it here at menardconnect.com so that it may help other Harry Potter Wizards Unite players.

First is  the DAWDLE DRAUGHT speed trick

Second will be my favorite BARUFFIO’s BRAIN ELIXIR speed tip. This Baruffios brain elixir is a must have one for power-leveling 🙂

Next is the EXSTIMULO POTION speed cheat

Here goes the STRONG EXSTIMULO POTION speed cheat

And now I present to you the  POTENT EXSTIMULO POTION speed cheat

Next in line is the  HEALING POTION speed tip. This potion is very helpful in Fortresses.

Here is INVIGORATION DRAUGHT speed trick

Next is the STRONG EXSTIMULO POTION speed trick

Last but not the least is the POTENT EXSTIMULO POTION cheat

I will post other #WizardsUnite tips and tricks soon so watch out for it 🙂

Hope you like this gaming post here at menardconnect.com

Beware: Bitcoin Extortion Scam Part 01

This is a public awareness on a Bitcoin Extortion Scam that I encountered here in my blog. Below is the content of the email they sent me:


From: *redacted*@menardconnect.com
To: *redacted*@menardconnect.com
Date: 7 Mar 2019 hh:mm:ss +0x00

Subject: Security Alert. Your accounts was hacked by criminal group.

Hi, your account has been infected! Renew the password this time!

You do not know anything about me and you may be probably surprised for what reason you’re reading this particular letter, proper?

I’m hacker who exploitedyour emailand all devicesnot so long ago.
Never try out to msg me or alternatively seek for me, it’s impossible,
because I forwarded you this message using YOUR hacked account.

I’ve installed special program on the adult videos (porno) site
and guess that you visited this site to have fun (you understand what I mean).

While you have been keeping an eye on video clips,
your internet browser started out to act like a RDP (Remote Control)
having a keylogger that provided me access to your screen and network camera.

Then, my softobtainedall information.
You have typed passcodes on the online resources you visited, I caught them.
Surely, you are able change each of them, or have already modified them.
However it doesn’t matter, my program renews needed data regularly.

What actually I have done?
I generated a reserve copy of every your system. Of all the files and each contact.
I formed a dual-screen videofile.
The first part displays the film that you were watching (you have got an interesting preferences, ahahhh…),
and the second screen displays the recording from your own camera.

What exactly should you do?
Clearly, I think, $761(USD) will be a fair price for our small riddle.
You will make the deposit by bitcoins
(if you do not understand this, go searching “how to purchase bitcoin” in any search engine).

My bitcoin wallet address: 1PAcoXVyzBDRryyg3MAmBQhDuofNYu55Uo
(It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it).

You will have 2 days in order to make the payment.
(I have an unique pixel in this letter, and at the moment I understand that you’ve read through this email).

To tracethe reading of a messageand the actionsin it, I utilizea Facebook pixel.

Thanks to them. (That whichis usedfor the authorities may helpus.)

In case I fail to get bitcoins,
I shall undoubtedly send your video files to each of your contacts, along with relatives, co-workers, etc?


Nice try Mr. Hax0r! But sorry no BTC now, so next time try asking for some XMR and the blogger may reconsider 🙂 .

Will have part 2 article soon because this Mr. Hax0r here seems to have victimized some website owner so this one need some follow up soon.

Again: beware of this Bitcoin Extortion Scam!

Password Manager: Free 1 Year Subscription for 1Password

1Password is giving away Free 1 Year Subscription. Current 1password subscribers (like yours truly) can send out invites, we just need our friends email address

OK some basic intro. 1Password is a Password Manager across windows PCs, mobile phones (Android and iOS), apps, browsers (Chromie, Firefox, and Safari) and I love their #security features and neat integration across platforms so I am a proud 1password user subscriber 🙂 I might post my 1password experience here as a Thank you post for 1password soon so watch out for it too 🙂


Want more info on 1password, visit their website https://1password.com/ and
watch their video.

if you are interested with the Free 1 Year Subscription for 1Password, please send me your email via contact form OR

follow me in Twitter (@menardconnect) and send me your email address via DM (Direct Message) OR

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TrendLabs Security Intelligence Blog: Cryptocurrency-Mining Malware: 2018’s New Menace?

Cryptocurrency-Mining Malware: 2018’s New Menace?
By Menard Osena

Will cryptocurrency-mining malware be the new ransomware? The popularity and increasing real-world significance of cryptocurrencies are also drawing cybercriminal attention — so much so that it appears to keep pace with ransomware’s infamy in the threat landscape. In fact, cryptocurrency mining was the most detected network event in devices connected to home routers in 2017.

Full post -> TrendLabs Security Intelligence Blog: Cryptocurrency-Mining Malware: 2018’s New Menace?

It’s been 4 years na pala since my last blog post at TrendLabs Security Intelligence Blog, and I really feel great that I’m writing again there. I am still not decided if my other follow up insights will be for menardconnect.com or for AVSecurityProductManager.com but definitely there will be some follow up posts at #TrendLabs #Security Intel Blog and my blogs… Soon!

But for now just let me do a repost and some shoutouts and mentions 🙂

Special thanks to John, JR, Dianne, Bri, Caloy, Kerr and Gelo. You guys rock!
And some waves and hugs to my TrendLabs CoreTech XRS Ops Team 🙂 I love you all!

Watch out for the follow up posts soon 🙂

On Bitcoin, Crypto and the other Blog

In my last post I mentioned that I will write more about bitcoin and cryptocurrency here at menardconnect.com.

But I also want to write on my Tech and infosec focused blog more often so I placed all my thoughts on the plan of Salon.com to offer cryptomining instead of the usual subscription model and freemium/Google AdSense model.

Post is available at AVSecurityProductManager.com.

If there will be PH focused insights related to that post, I will add it here in Menardconnect.com. But for now just a link/connected post.

On Bitcoin, Hacking and the Philippines

I am seeing lots of social media activity from my online Pinoy friends about Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, and hacking and oh boy I’m really amazed that we’ve got lots of pinoy experts on BTC and crypto and hacking now  na ha! Hehehe!

Honestly I think this is good and bad! Good, that there is an increasing interest in this topic and therefore more meaningful conversations can follow. Bad, because I see a lot of FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) out there about bitcoin and crypto (re: Bitcoin is EVIL), and I believe that FUD = misinformation and will not be helpful for all if it is not properly put into its place.

Disclaimer: I do not claim to be an expert on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. I am just fortunate that in my line of work I am exposed to the good and bad of Bitcoin and cryptos. And as GI Joe series taught me “…Now you know… and knowing is half the battle” so I’m posting my thoughts here at  menardconnect.com.

So first, before we spread FUD about bitcoin,cryptocurrencies and hacking, please do read about Mt. Gox and Bitfinex. I was looking for related materials on this topic and found the following links below can give a pretty good start…

from The Verge:
Mt. Gox crumbles: all the news on Bitcoin’s biggest bankruptcy scandal

and from Ars:
A brief history of Bitcoin hacks and frauds

If you want to read a more recent hax then read about bitthumb

Then compute the fiat values, know the risks, research more, learn and decide. And please don’t be GOXED!


To end this post, remember GI Joe “Now you know… And knowing is half the battle…”

Will try to post more about bitcoin and cryptocurrency (maybe my thoughts on ETH, XMR, Calata, ICOs, and the worx) here at menardconnect soon (maybe this can be a multi-part post).

Bloggers for Freedom

I just signed the Bloggers for Freedom statement.

Statement: Bloggers for Freedom

We concerned Filipino bloggers stand for the rights to free expression and to free speech. And our first responsibility is to protect these rights.

We thus stand with Rappler, its right to exist, the rights of its working journalists and contributors, and the rights of its community of readers.

We stand against moves to silence and scare journalists, bloggers and media practitioners just because the President and his ardent supporters dislike their news and views.

Now is a time for making choices amid battles between truth and lies, debate and dissonance, democracy and dictatorship.

We sign our names here to tell everyone we have made a choice. We are bloggers for freedom.

As a blogger I stand for the rights to free expression and to free speech.

As I mentioned in my post last year, I really missed the good ol’ days when blogging was so simple 🙁 but as they say past is past na talaga and we need to live in this changing and challenging times, so laban lang!

Will post more thoughts on this topic and other bloggers link here soon.