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Luca B

Engineer, passionate technologist, petrolhead and geek (not necessarily in this order at any given time). When hit by nonsense, I deliver championship grade ranting.

Publish0x Member Since August 2020

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Luca B

How Hackers Are Cracking Your Passwords

30 Sep 2020 4 minute read 0 comments Luca B

The previous article in this series has described why passwords which were fully compliant with the NIST recommendations from 2003 turned out to be insecure. This article, which is the third part of the series, will describe how computers are working...

15 Years of Mistakes: why everybody created insecure passwords

24 Sep 2020 4 minute read 0 comments Luca B

The previous article of this series has given an overview of the reasons why human-generated passwords are weak (they're already out there, they're predictable, and they're short) and what was the origin of all those bizarre password creation rules t...

Kraken is the first crypto company to receive a bank charter

20 Sep 2020 1 minute read 0 comments Luca B

As listed recently in the news, the cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has become the first crypto company to receive a bank charter. This is a first step that may lead to broader adoption of crypto by the general public. It is important to notice that w...

Defective by Design: the Failure History of Google Pixel phones (part 2)

18 Sep 2020 4 minute read 2 comments Luca B

The first part of this article has covered the issues that affected Google mobile phones, starting from the seminal Nexus 5X and 6P up to the catastrophic Pixel 3 and 3 XL. The second part is covering more recent models, starting with the Pixel 4 lau...

The legal case of Epic vs. Apple

16 Sep 2020 3 minute read 0 comments Luca B

A previous article has introduced the story of the ongoing disagreement between Apple and Epic Software. While that is under development and proceeding towards the scheduled court hearing on 28 September, some considerations can be made about the leg...

Defective By Design: the Failure History of Google Pixel phones

14 Sep 2020 4 minute read 0 comments Luca B

After dipping their toes in the smartphone market with the LG and Huawei-manufactured Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, in 2016 Google took a decidedly more hands-on approach launching their first in-home developed mobile device - the Google Pixel. Since then,...

Your Insecure Passwords and Where To Find Them

10 Sep 2020 4 minute read 0 comments Luca B

Passwords are one of the most common forms of authentication to confirm the identity of a user. As they provide the key to access accounts and services, it is fundamental to choose them carefully so that they cannot be easily guessed. In other words,...

Digital authentication: how passwords are safely stored online

7 Sep 2020 5 minute read 2 comments Luca B

Modern online services (websites and platforms) do not allow multiple unrestricted login attempts as that has been identified as a vulnerability: only a small number of wrong passwords (typically 3 to 5) can be tried before the account is locked down...

Microsoft conveniently extends support for yet another Windows 10 version

2 Sep 2020 2 minute read 0 comments Luca B

Microsoft has announced last week that the company has decided to delay the scheduled end-of-service date for the Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise editions of Windows 10 version 1803. In the announcement post published on the company blog on...

Explained: the Internet outage of 30 August 2020

30 Aug 2020 4 minute read 0 comments Luca B

In the early hours of 30 August 2020, internet users all over the US and Europe got a rude awakening as their connectivity stopped working: all of a sudden sites such as Discord, Hulu, Feedly, Xbox Live, and dozens of others appeared to be offline. E...

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Defective by Design: the Failure History of Google Pixel phones (part 2)

18 Sep 2020 Luca B

18 September 2020
Make no mistake, Pixels are awesome for photography, but... one has to come to terms with all of their quirks. It's excruciating to see how each generation had its gremlins. They are expensive too, so I would highly recommend considering the "a" models instead, as they tend to be much better value for the money (while sacrificing little on specs that matter). Pixel 3a and 4a are great all-round midrange phones with a killer camera that annhilates any other phone with a similar price tag.

Linux grandmaster switches to Windows.

16 Sep 2020 Alexandru-Balan

17 September 2020
I was about to suggest Chocolatey as a package manager (https://chocolatey.org/) but then I saw you are content with Scoop, and I am a strong supporter of "use the thing that works for you". I know that you know RAM usage doesn't mean much as there are buffers and caches and stuff, and in general unused RAM is possibly wasted. Assuming you are observing 3+GB at idle after boot, to me that looks bloated even by Windows 10 standards - but it really depends on multiple factors, as said above, and you don't have an integrated video card that would reserve a chunk for itself. German software house O&O has some handy dandy tools I have tried and can recommend, such as AppBuster (https://www.oo-software.com/en/ooappbuster) to nuke bloatware away, and ShutUp10 (https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10) to quell Windows telemetry. And finally, as you are clearly not afraid of firing up the POWERSHELLZ, tech blogger Chris Titus maintains a page with very interesting scripts to debloat a Windows 10 installation (https://christitus.com/ultimate-windows-setup-guide/) the right way - from the inside. It can be manually tuned to span from radical to mild. One more thing: running Windows 10 from a USB device will make it consume more resources, because that setup "kinda works" but was never really optimized by Microsoft. A proper HDD installation will work much better. Hope it helps!

ALERT: Your cryptocurrencies may be in danger with Windows!

3 Sep 2020 PhoenixDev

12 September 2020
Any news about a tool to detect and remove this threat?

Battle for technological domination

12 Sep 2020 The_Wanderer

12 September 2020
There definitely is a technological battle ongoing between China and USA, and it started some 25 years ago. Good article! Keep on the good writing.

O&O FileDirect - Privately transfer files without uploading them to cloud services

9 Sep 2020 felipejoys

12 September 2020
Looks like a useful tool for direct file transfer; the only downsides I see are an apparent lack of encryption (better provide your own by encrypting the file in advance, if security is a requirement) and the need for both parties to have this tool. Other than that, it's a cool piece of software (as usual from O&O).

What to do with your Publish0x earnings: Revised edition with tips you need to see!

9 Sep 2020 MadMaxx

11 September 2020
I wish I would make $10 a month on Publish0x - actually I'm closer to $1.40/month right now - but thanks for the tips! From a newcomer's point of view, it is confusing that trading methods keep changing over time, and obviously everyone should do his homework and find out. I guess just holding works better for me.

Using Blockchain for the Securities Industry – Custodian Part I

27 Feb 2020 beachbummer

08 September 2020
Well written, clear and straight to the point. This kind of articles are helpful for blockchain newcomers like me, and I really appreciate them.

Digital authentication: how passwords are safely stored online

7 Sep 2020 Luca B

08 September 2020
Thanks! As a content security expert I am dealing with these topics on a daily basis, and I thought it could be useful to share the knowledge for everyone's benefit, as this is usually not taught on computer classes.

The Unbelievable Story of the Cryptoqueen

2 Sep 2020 McAlex7

04 September 2020
Well written and interesting reading. One of the major issues with cryptocurrencies and ICOs, if not the biggest at all for newcomers, is the almost endless potential for scams. Even a superficial analysis of the One Coin proposition would have raised several red flags and revealed it being just another Ponzi scheme but, because it was presented as The New Big Thing In Cryptocurrencies, it immediately attracted droves of clueless enthusiasts. *It didn't even have a blockchain, for God's sake*. Too many people are still believing in the myth of "something crypto" becoming the next Bitcoin, and are eager to jump on it with the hope of getting rich quick. Such thing does not exist. As they say, if something looks too good to be true it is usually not true - and One Coin was just another cautionary tale.

Brave VPN + Firewall Released!

1 Sep 2020 Ben Wehrman

02 September 2020
That Brave introduced a VPN client directly in the browser is praiseworthy. That said, its price of $9.99/month is average for this type of service, and there are other good VPNs on iOS that are much cheaper than $99/year. What is the benefit of choosing Brave VPN against, for example, Guardian VPN on iOS?

Publish0x Dumping Atomic Wallet for MyCrypto?

31 Aug 2020 Ben Wehrman

31 August 2020
I have installed and configured Atomic mostly because Publish0x recommended it so prominently. Then I have found the promised airdrop was "suspended until further notice" due to extended abuse, which was quite a bummer. Now I find myself in an interesting position, as being I newcomer I haven't put *anything* in Atomic just yet. Should I reconsider, given it would be a zero-effort change? Is it a bad wallet? Recommendations?

Is Brave Browser still worth it?

28 Aug 2020 Luca B

29 August 2020
Thank you for your feedback. There's no doubt Brave is a good browser with lots of useful features even if the whole BAT program was wiped out, but then it wouldn't be much different from, say, Microsoft Edge. It's sad to see good ideas not working out.

Is Brave Browser still worth it?

28 Aug 2020 Luca B

29 August 2020
The Brave Creators program was one of the key differentiators, as the concept of "I block nasty ads but creators are rewarded through BAT earned by users accepting notifications" was a win-win. As a user I feel bad knowing that my uBlock Origin hurts creators, but advertising has become so aggressive that surfing the web today is unbearable without a serious adblocker. Brave Ads was intended to fix that.

Is Brave Browser still worth it?

28 Aug 2020 Luca B

29 August 2020
Under Brave Rewards, in the Auto-Contribute settings, a drop-down menu allows to choose the monthly payment amount to contributors. Ranges from Up to 5 BAT all the way to Up to 100 BAT. Contributions can hardly be done unvoluntarily but, once they're set, they will keep going (and defaults is enabled).

Is Brave Browser still worth it?

28 Aug 2020 Luca B

29 August 2020
Due to the scarcity of campaigns and the diminished return per impression, users oftentimes don't even accrue enough to cover the 5 BAT minimum monthly contribution for publishers. Change my mind.

Is Brave Browser still worth it?

28 Aug 2020 Luca B

28 August 2020
It "would be" free crypto that adds up month on month but, due to the inconsistencies of the Ads program, many users - including yours truly - used to accrue way less that 5 BAT a month, which is the minimum contribution towards publishers. This is even worse now that each ad provides 0.01 BAT (and there are definitely not 5x the ads). So the total in the wallet is zero. Where is the value then?

Road to 100K BAT (#3): Backpacker Friends Join the Fun!

28 Aug 2020 Ben Wehrman

28 August 2020
Love the article. I'm a Brave user myself and about to write about the browser's peculiar rewards system. Stay tuned.

My Crypto Portfolio Revealed!

27 Aug 2020 Ben Wehrman

27 August 2020
I started (literally) last week: ask me again in two years ;)

My Crypto Portfolio Revealed!

27 Aug 2020 Ben Wehrman

27 August 2020
Great post as usual. Keep up the good work.

Is posting on Hive the easiest way to earn cryptocurrency?

18 May 2020 belemo

26 August 2020
Let me express my appreciation for this post: reading it helped me understand how blogging can translate to PoS in a blockchain, and helped me move forward. Thank you for this article.

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Linux grandmaster switches to Windows.

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Intel patches 9 vulnerabilities in their management platform

13 Sep 2020 1 minute read comments Matthew Rosenquist

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Life update. Why have I been missing and going forward.

9 Sep 2020 7 minute read comments Alexandru-Balan

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O&O FileDirect - Privately transfer files without uploading them to cloud services

9 Sep 2020 1 minute read comments felipejoys

  O&O FileDirect is the perfect solution to those who are tired of having to deal with size limit restrictions through upload websites, emails or message apps. O&O FileDirect This software allows you to transfer data privately and securely from one...

Proud of my son's videogame

7 Sep 2020 1 minute read comments PhoenixDev

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ALERT: Your cryptocurrencies may be in danger with Windows!

3 Sep 2020 1 minute read comments PhoenixDev

According to a study conducted by security experts from ESET, a well-known computer security company, on the "KryptoCibule" malware, Windows users can face three different types of attack: It hides itself on the infected computer (without being dete...

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