How to lock your Mac like you did on your PC

“Hey Vonnie, can you come here for a sec?  I need you to help me with something”

As I get up to leave my Windows 8.1 PC, I instinctively press Windows Key + L which automatically flips the lock screen on. Windows Key + L is burned into my memory. Read more ›

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Welcome to Kali Linux (Part 3 of 3)

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In the first guide, I gave you an overview of Kali Linux.  Then in the previous guide I showed you how to setup Kali Linux in VirtualBox.  In this guide, we’re going to log in Kali Linux, update the packages and I’ll show you how to get help for the hundreds of commands that live in this massive toolkit.

I’ll also show you how to boot the transmit power on your USB Wi-Fi adapter, configure SSH for remote access and configure a static IP address so your computer doesn’t keep assigning a new address on each reboot.

Let’s get it!

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Welcome to Kali Linux (Part 2 of 3)

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In the last guide, I gave you a sweeping overview of the powerful digital forensic toolset known as Kali Linux.  In this guide, I’m going to show you how to install Kali Linux in VirtualBox so you can have a test computer to stage your attacks.

Let’s dive in.

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Welcome to Kali Linux (Part 1 of 3)

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What’s your favorite hacker movie?

Is it Iain Softley’s 1995 classic Hackers?  Or what about War Games or maybe you couldn’t get enough of Bruce Willis in Live Free or Die Hard?

All these movies are great right?  They all tell the story of some hapless organization that’s succumbed to the cunning computer concoctions of a malicious hacker.  They shine the spotlight on savant software gurus who live, eat and breath binary.  They underscore so called “Super Geeks” who are venerated by mortals and idolized by sycophants who wish they could kill networks with a few deft keystrokes.

Would you agree that there’s something about hackers that amazes us and strokes our curiosity?

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3 hidden features in Word 2011 for Mac

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Microsoft Word 2011 for the Mac doesn’t really compare to Word 2013 on my Windows 8.1 PC.

And I get it.  I mean, if you were Microsoft would you really want to develop software for your nemesis?

But Word 2011 has been around for a while, and not to mention – in desperate need of an update, but if you use Word a lot I want to share three time saving tricks.

The beauty of these tricks is that they aren’t flamboyant.  These are small, little things that you can use that won’t change the world but it’ll make it using Word slightly more enjoyable.

Let me show you my top three hidden features for Word 2011.

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