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 🙂

 

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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 🙂

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.

The Farm Organics Nuvali

I missed doing foodie blog post here in menardconnect.com. I also want to give some commendation to the The Farm Organics Nuvali crew because we really enjoyed our recent dinner there.

So let me do the a short Post Pictures Now Blog Details Later for The Farm Organics Nuvali.

Here is a Terrific Trio pics from our The Farm Organics Nuvali visit

(Terrific Trio because *hint* see the connection hehehe 🙂 )

Will post the blog details part of this post this May 2017.

 

A Tribute to Raimund Genes, Trend Micro CTO

When your father dies, people say many things to you, much of it the same thing. Sorry for your loss. Condolences. May he rest in peace. You will not remember words. You will remember kindness.
Mary Schmich, Chicago Tribune

I had a privilege of being under one of Raimund Genes teams as he led the Core Technology group in Trend Micro. He was a lively speaker, a vibrant storyteller and a true visionary.

I remember my happy moments with Raimund; when he caught me wearing a controversial shirt in the office (and his reaction was precious), when one time he complimented me on a blog article I did for the TrendLabs Security Intelligence Blog :), while attending his training on presentation skills, he asked me why I have that kinda evil smile on my face while he was presenting one slide and I awkwardly have to explain the reason why. And who would forget all his hilariously catchy costumes at our TrendLabs Christmas Parties. Fun times indeed!!!

I will greatly miss his presentations, his cute way of saying “The malware, the threats, the cybercriminals”, his unique accent, his explanations on European laws (he usually discussed it together with the US ones) and his thoughts on how it may impact my projects and modules plus a lot of other technical and geeky discussions. I will forever cherish the learning and insights from Raimund.

I’m sharing our CEO’s Tribute to Raimund.


<video courtesy of Youtube and TrendMicro.com>

Words cannot express my sadness so let me share some lines from an old article I’ve read.

When your father dies, it doesn’t matter that other people’s fathers have died, that fathers have been dying since human time was born. What matters in the moment of his death is that he was your father. Your one and only. Your loss is unique, profound, yours alone.

When your father dies, people say many things to you, much of it the same thing. Sorry for your loss. Condolences. May he rest in peace. You will not remember words. You will remember kindness.

When your father dies, the small particulars of his life, the kind you barely noticed when he was alive, grow into revelations.

When your father dies, you will become more intrigued by the life he built from the childhood he was given.

When your father dies, you start to know him better. “Oh,” you think, a long time later, “now I get it.”

But every now and then, when the sky is a particular shade of blue, or you spot a man with a familiar build on the street, or you hear the chatter of a ballgame on the radio, you will feel a knot in your chest, and to no one in particular, you’ll say, “Dad.”
🙁

More of that touching article here courtesy of Chicago Tribune and Mary Schmich.

My thoughts are with Raimund’s family, his wife Martina, and his two sons.

And I am offering a short prayer for Raimund to end this post.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,
And let Your perpetual light shine upon him,
May he rest in peace, Amen!

Amen!

Some Blogging Thoughts

“It is a fool who repeats the same actions expecting a different outcome”
-Grom Hellscream, Lord of the Clans by Christie Golden

I was reading my friends article entitled Filipinos actually love their bloggers via Manila Bulletin  and I did some reflection on why there are very few posts here in menardconnect.com recently. So many reasons here and there 🙁 . But reading the names of blogs, bloggers and hashtags in Tonyo‘s article really made me “senti” and inspired me to do a more serious reflection on my blog and blogging in general. So I also revisited my old post back in 2009 (yup this blog was self-hosted wordpress blog since 2008). The scenario was we (my high school batchmates and I was discussing what blogs was then. I am pasting some snippet of the discussion.

“What is a blog?
wikipedia definition:
A blog (a contraction of the term “Web log”) is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order.

“Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog

blogger.com definition:
A blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos to the world. Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, and there are no real rules.

In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what’s new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or not.

My say? Blogger.com describes it well, it can be a diary, a rant/rave site, a political movement site, an e-store to sell your stuffs… anything goes… “There are no real rules”. I’ll put it in filipino to express myself better: Blog is “a website tungkol sa mga kanya-kanyang trip”. That’s the menardconnect definition.

Blogging was so simple back then. Kanyang kanyang trip lang! Walang basagan ng trip 🙂

Fast forward to 2016 (and 2017). I admit I was affected by this toxic environment in politics and social media the last few months and this affected the frequency of my posting here. And its good to read that Tonyo made a strong point on accountability (of bloggers)

I’m sure many bloggers would share my view that we cannot stop these bloggers from blogging, and that they are ultimately accountable to themselves and to their readers. But for either administration or opposition to claim that their competing blogs and websites represent the blogosphere — that’s different. That’s misrepresentation.

Bloggers, be responsible and accountable. Period.

Quo vadis?

For me and my blog.

There is a saying in Filipino that “Pag gusto may paraan, pag ayaw me dahilan“. I choose action and positivity in blogging. For the action, I will continue to post more about interesting topics, maybe discuss my passions. But I will do something different just like what the opening quote is (I got it from an old Warcraft book, btw). NO! I don’t plan to post about politics (that’s too toxic hehehe and read some old post on why I avoid it) but if there is really a good mix of other with political tidbit (e.g pol+infosec or malware or games or others) why not?

Seriously, let me work with the action and positivity first. I really miss posting about games and practical internet security tips so that will be top on the list. Also some shout-out post to some new bloggers in the block in in the work so watch out for it OK?

To all readers out there: Thank you for your continued support!
And to all bloggers out there: Have fun and keep on blogging! Stop the hate! Spread love!

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year 2017!!!

Jyväskylä New Year 2017

And since its already the end of the month and will be Lunar New Year soon let me greet you all too Gong Xi Fa Cai!!!

Brussels - Chinese New Year 2017 02

I am wishing you, all my friends and readers to have a Prosperous New Year in 2017, the year of the Fiery Rooster.

Watch out for more posts here I will be blogging more in menardconnect.com this year 🙂

Image Credits: Tiia Monto, Vanvelthem Cédric, Wikimedia Commons