On Covid19 and ECQ

I’ve attended a webinar discussing ways on how to cope with challenges that can affect our mental health during this covid-19 pandemic times.

I am sharing some helpful info-images that was shared to us in the webinar:

Focus on the things that you can control
Learn to prioritize

Image Credits: Trend Micro Pilipinas

I hope you find the info-images helpful! 🙂

Until next blog post!!!

—Menard

#EngineeredToDoGood

ECQ Haircut Achievement Unlocked

Hello World!!! Hello May2020!!!

This is a good vibes post to update my friends and readers of Menardconnect.com that Menard is doing well during these pandemic covid19 times. Look I even unlocked the ECQ Haircut Achievement 🙂

Before and After Pic. ECQ Day 49 (May 2)

I’m juggling the work for home, projects, house chores, and other side activities during the past 60 days. But don’t worry I’m back blogging and I will post more (about our ECQ experience, blogging experience, gaming related stuff, and other mixed topics/ideas) here at menardconnect.com soon! 🙂

Watch out for it!

Stay safe guys & gals! !!

Free AV/Security Product: Trend Micro Work From Home Assistance Program

Hi friends and readers!!! I hope you are all-OK during this trying Covid-19 times. I am doing great and is currently working remotely because Manila and the rest of Luzon, Philippines is under the Enhanced Community Quarantine.

Long time no post here in menardconnect.com but today, I have some good news for those who are also working from home that I would like to share to all:

Our company Trend Micro is giving some FREE security products for those working remotely/work-from-home/teleworker. If you have employees/staff currently working from home using their personal computers, Trend Micro would like to provide your employees with 6-months free access to our consumer internet security product, Trend Micro™ Maximum Security.

How? how? how? Business Owners and/or IT Admins can go to https://resources.trendmicro.com/Work-From-Home-Assistance-Program.html

and fill up the form. It’s so easy ha!

More details below:

Let Us Help Secure Your Teleworkers The effects of COVID-19 have been far reaching. We want to help where we can.

If you have staff currently working from home using their personal computers, we would like to provide your employees with 6-months free access to our consumer internet security product, Trend Micro™ Maximum Security.

Trend Micro Maximum Security provides comprehensive protection against online threats. With Maximum Security, users can:

– Defend against web threats such as ransomware and other online dangers.
– Shield their privacy by blocking dangerous websites that can steal personal data.
– Avoid fraud and scams by guarding against phishing emails.

How it Works

Sign up to receive a product download URL that you can share with your employees.


Employees download and activate the Maximum Security product for either their personal Microsoft® Windows® or Mac computer (one device per download).

Your employees will be given 6-months free access. After the 6 months, their access will simply expire (unless the individual decides they would like to renew the product—no obligation).

Again just visit https://resources.trendmicro.com/Work-From-Home-Assistance-Program.html and fill up the form.

Hope this post help you and your company 🙂

Until next post!

—Menard, #EngineeredToDoGood

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:

xxx

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).

Important:
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?

xxx

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

follow/subscribe to my FB Page and send me your email address there.

 

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 🙂

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.

Call for Help: Merck Osena Hospitalization and Healing Fund

Our youngest brother Merck Osena suffered a stroke last August 24, 2017. We rushed him to the hospital at 2AM and have undergone 2 neurosurgical operations within his first 24 hours. The first operation was to remove the blood clot and the second one is to stop the bleeding and relieve pressure in his brain (craniectomy).

 

Currently he is recovering, but his right side is immobile/weak and some of his cognitive functions are affected. His doctors are very optimistic about his full recovery as he is relatively young (36 years old) and does not have any vices. The next step for his recovery is for him to undergo regular physical and occupational therapy sessions. Merck himself is very responsive and eager to get his strength back.

 

However, the hospitalization costs and procedures have all drained his and the family’s savings, mainly due to the 2 neurosurgical operations, our long stay in the ICU and the doctor’s professional fees. Even though he has a health card, it is not enough to cover his hospital bills. The whole family is helping each other with the hospital expenses but our pooled funds is still short to cover all.

 

Our family is knocking on your generous hearts to help us with Merck’s hospitalization, healing and recovery. Your kindness will make a lot of difference for the life of our dearest brother. Merck’s has a lot to live for, the love of his family, supportive friends, a great job, and a wonderful future.

 

Thank you and God bless!

 

For full details, please visit the gogetfunding.com link

Thanks!

On Bitcoin, the Philippines and Coins.PH

I love bitcoins and cryptocurrencies and I wrote some articles about bitcoin here at menardconnect.com and in our company security blog some years back.

I also delved into mining crypto-coins but my electricity costs and my alt-coin mining difficulty is at odds so I re-assessed the situation and concluded it was not cost effective anymore. So I stopped mining some years ago and I monitored the bitcoin  scene and its infosec connection from the sidelines of social media.

This year, I read that Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) issued some guidelines on virtual currencies  and for me this is some sort keeping up with the times of BSP (hehe acceptance of reality maybe)  and is a long awaited good news overall. So I decided that the time is ripe for Philippines and Bitcoin so I searched what my friend Dexter of TechAthand.net and BestofRiyadh.com mentioned in one of his posts that a PH-based company is offering an easy way to buy bitcoins and do purchases and remittances with cheaper costs. So I researched more about that company (Coins.PH) and find that it’s very promising 🙂 . Luckily, a friend IRL mentioned that he is using Coins.PH too so this sealed the deal.

I registered at the Coins.PH website and downloaded the iOS app and tried using the Coins.PH services. And I am very happy to say that Coins.PH is very easy to use and is really promising as lot of merchants are using it to sell e-loads, pay bills (for telco/utilities like meralco) and allow sending of remittances. Payment is very easy too (via G-cash, 7-11 stores, Cebuana Lhuillier or bank transaction (online or OTC (over-the-counter). These are my top choices of payment but you can see other options in the website or app and use what is convenient for you. From my personal checking, the app and the website is secure, but of course I will be constantly be vigilant about this and will check it from time to time. I know that good security practices with your mobile phone and computing machines (PC/Macs) is a must for the overall security and safety of bitcoins transaction and other online financial activities. Update: I also had some good experience dealing with the support folks on some issues so this is another plus for them 🙂

To show my appreciation and support to Coins.PH and the bitcoin community around the world and in the Philippines I am doing this awareness post on Bitcoins and Coins.PH. I strongly recommend that you, my readers, friends (online and IRL) and supporters try Coins.PH too by registering using my Coins.PH referral link . Registration is FREE, but the good thing with registering using my Coins.ph link, we both earn 50 pesos each (credited to our Coins.PH wallet) when you complete the verification process. To complete the verification process they will require Identification (ID) card upload as to prevent potential abuse (hehehe shoutout to our friends at BSP and AMLC 😀 ). If you are not comfortable about uploading your ID and complete the verification it’s A-OK too, the only drawback is that you will have some daily transaction limit (P2,000) but still, the basic account can be a good way to try and have a hands-on feel on how to do wallet and bitcoin transactions.

Again I invite you to try Coins.PH  its FREE and SAFE. And as the saying goes… there is no harm in trying 🙂

Hope you like my bitcoin and Coins.ph post. If you like bitcoin and coins.ph too please feel free to leave a comment at the end of this post or leave some comments at our facebook page.