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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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Category: Blog Experiences

Happy New Year!!!

Posted on January 5, 2015  in Blog Experiences

I just want to greet all my friends online and IRL and all the readers of this blog a Happy New Year!

I am not really good at writing blog New Years resolution posts, but I will do my best to post more here at menardconnect.com (and launch all the other blogs here as promised in my anniv post)

May we all have a fruitful and blessed year this 2015!!!

Will post more soon…

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Category: Blog Experiences

All your website are belong to us

Posted on December 4, 2014  in Blog Experiences


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p@wned. all your websites are belong to us

[email protected] all your websites are belong to us

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Category: Blog Experiences

New Look: Hello Gamepress! Thank you Easel!

Posted on September 16, 2014  in Blog Experiences

Its been ages since I updated the WordPress theme of my blog. So I tinkered around and liked this new theme from WebTuts called Gamepress. I love the gaming and techie feel of this theme so I am trying it out for the next couple of days.

 

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I’m not yet 100% decided but as of today I am comfortable with the theme.

For now my dear friends and readers, feel free to let me know if you like the new menardconnect.com-look too or you like the old theme, and give the reason why. You can leave comments at the end of this post or ping me via twitter or leave a via my contact page.

If you find something missing or some old feature broken please feel free contact me too and I will try my best to look into it.

Lastly, my thanks to Philip M. Hofer  of Frumph.net for the wonderful Easel Theme.

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Category: Blog Experiences

Twitter Analytics Online

Posted on September 1, 2014  in Blog Experiences, Technology

Twitter launched some cool features last week.

Going to analytics.twitter.com will give you great metrics about your tweets and your followers.
For followers stats, it shows data about your followers interests (Top Interests and Most Unique Interests), location, gender and list tweeps your followers also follow.

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For the tweets metrics, it highlights your tweets impressions and engagement data. Good visualization given the data is free.

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For the followers stats, I believe it’s already there as you check it out, but for the tweets metrics, you need to somewhat enable it (or login once into the analytics page) to start the population of data.

We might argue that these are geeky data points, but my personal take here is that in this interconnected world of social media this is good and interesting data (and quite possibly profitable too *hint* *hint*) .

No security issues so far but I will try to update this post (and my soon to be re-launched tech blog) if I find something new.

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Category: Blog Experiences

On FIFA and World Cup Part 2

Posted on June 13, 2014  in Blog Experiences

Google and Twitter got some football surprises for all…

Today Google have a cool doodle for the FIFA World Cup 2014. So sharing with you guys some screencaps.

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There’s some animation when you click the doodle:

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Twitter said you can personalize your profile

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To know more about the twitter world cup settings kindly visit

https://twitter.com/i/start/choose_team

and

https://support.twitter.com/articles/20171715-experience-the-world-cup-on-twitter#profile-WC

And as promised on my previous FIFA and World Cup post, I will post some other articles related about the World Cup. Here is some FIFA World Cup and security mashup topic courtesy of Trend Micro Security Intelligence blog.

Watch Out For Fake Versions of World Cup 2014 Apps

and Phishing Sites Intensify World Cup Campaigns

BTW, I just heard Brazil won over Croatia

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Grats to #BRA, Neymar Jr and the whole team.

Well that’s all for now… Will try to post more soon 🙂

 

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Category: Blog Experiences

On FIFA and World Cup

Posted on June 11, 2014  in Blog Experiences

I am not an avid fan of football. But I support this wonderful sporting event so I am posting this cool video. So to have some World Cup and FIFA fever here at menardconnect.com here is Nike Football’s Winner Stay video courtesy of Youtube.

Winner Stays feature football greats Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr., Wayne Rooney, Wayne Rooney, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eden Hazard, Gonzalo Higuain, Gerard Pique, Andrés Iniesta, Mario Götze, Thiago Silva, Thibaut Courtois, Tim Howard, David Luiz and others.

The video also features other Nike Stars outside the football realm (NBA and MMA) as Kobe Bryant, Jon Jones, Anderson Silva also appeared. And even Ronaldo’s GF IRL, Irina Shayk appeared in the video too, with Marvel’s Incredible Hulk making a goalie appearance too.

I believe this is one of the most expensive video advertisement ever created!!!

Grats Nike!

Will try to post some Football smash up with other favorite topics here soon.

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Category: Blog Experiences

List of Official Holidays in the Philippines 2014

Posted on January 9, 2014  in Blog Experiences

Malacanang announced the official list of Philippines Holiday 2014 last year. And to help out my readers who are searching for 2014 Philippines Holidays, I am posting this update

Here are the Official Holidays in the Philippines for 2014 (As per Proclamation No. 655, s. 2013):

January 1, 2014, Wednesday – New Year’s Day (Regular Holiday)
January 31, 2014, Friday – Chinese New Year (Special Non-working day)
April 9, 2014, Wednesday – Araw ng Kagitingan (Regular Holiday)
April 17, 2014Maundy Thursday (Regular Holiday)
April 18, 2014Good Friday (Regular Holiday)
April 19, 2014Black Saturday (Special Non-working day)
May 1, 2014, Thursday – Labor Day (Regular Holiday)
June 12, 2014, Thursday – Independence Day (Regular Holiday)
August 21, 2014, Thursday – Ninoy Aquino Day (Special Non-working day)
August 25, 2014, Monday – National Heroes Day (Regular Holiday)
November 1, 2014, Saturday – All Saints Day (Special Non-working day)
November 30, 2014, Sunday – Bonifacio Day (Regular Holiday)
December 24, 2014, Wednesday – Additional special Non-working day (Special Non-working day)
December 25, 2014, Thursday – Christmas Day (Regular Holiday)
December 26, 2014, Friday – Additional special Non-working day (Special Non-working day)
December 30, 2014, Tuesday – Rizal Day (Regular Holiday)
December 31, 2014, Wednesday – Last day of the year (Special Non-working day)

Additional Official Holiday For SCHOOLS in the Philippines
February 25, 2014, Tuesday – EDSA Revolution Anniversary

As per Official Gazette, other proclamations will be issued by Malacanang Palace for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha (and other extra holidays too 🙂 ) and this blog post will be updated accordingly.

Hope this Philippines Holidays 2014 List post helped you.

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Category: Blog Experiences

Happy New Year 2014!!!

Posted on January 6, 2014  in Blog Experiences

Happy New Year to all my friends and readers!!!

First, I would like give thanks to God for all the blessings me and my family received in 2013. Last year was really a tough year but with God’s help I was able hurdle the challenges I faced.

For 2014, I am praying for good health for my family, my friends and their families, and I am extending that prayer for you my readers. May we all have more blessings this year and the years ahead.

No new new years resolution post for me or for the blog. I’m really “weak” at those resolutions as I usually track my progress when I am about to create the next year’s post update.

Watch out for more post in the coming days and weeks here at menardconnect.com 🙂

Again Happy New Year!!!

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