How to Validate your Home Router is not Compromised

How to Validate your Home Router is not Compromised

In this day and age information security is becoming more and more vital. In a world where every week massive targeted hacks compromised an unprecedented amount of data, and ransomware can bring the largest of companies to their knees we must do everything we can to secure our personal home networks. I think in many cases people focus solely on securing their computers giving little to no thought about their router. This is an unfortunate oversight, securing your router the literal gateway connecting your personal network to the raw internet is every bit as essential as securing your personal computer. Home routers are often targeted in cyber-attacks because the majority of people never change the factory settings. It is amazing how many people leave the default device name and password, doing this amounts to inviting criminals into your network. Not only do people not change these credentials but generally the routers you get from your service provider are subpar and have well documented back doors. I know this sounds scary because in all honesty it is, however there are some very simple steps you can take to validate that your home router is not compromised. One of the most important and basic steps you can take in securing your router is to change the administrative credentials. How to do this varies slightly by manufacture and model but is generally an easy process involving logging into a website or sometimes connecting your computer to the router via ethernet. Once logged in its usually as easy as entering and saving more secure credentials. This is of the upmost importance when it...
Mobile Device Guide: How to Encrypt an Android Device

Mobile Device Guide: How to Encrypt an Android Device

This is a guide describing step by step directions on how to encrypt an Android device. There are several reasons to encrypt your smart phone. It keeps your data protected and secure from hackers, law enforcement and anyone else who has no business seeing it. When you think about what we all use our phones for the argument for encryption is amplified. I use my smart phone to do my banking, take all of my pictures, store medical files and important tax information. Beyond that your phone is constantly tracking you, it knows where you are every moment of your life, it knows where you live, where and when you work and go to school. Much like Santa even knows when your sleeping and awake. Every personal text conversation and email you receive is on your phone as well. Encryption is key to keeping all of this personal private data actually personal and private. I love the idea of encryption because strong encryption is mathematically impossible to break. There is not many things so full proof in life. Encryption has become so important all newer Android devices come with encryption on by default. To write this article I had to use that old nexus 5 I rooted because its running an old enough version of Android that it isn’t encrypted by default. As a side note if you are using a rooted device you must first unroot to encrypt. Encryption was not on be default on any version of Android earlier then Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Before you start the encryption process make sure your battery is fully charged and...

7 Best Personal Self Improvement Apps for Android

  Duolingo: Duolingo is a great way to improve yourself by learning a second language. This app is great because it makes learning a new language fun, and there are hundreds of languages to choose from. I have begun learning Spanish by playing Duolingo for 15 minutes a day. Duolingo slowly builds a complete knowledge by teaching you not only how to speak but also how to write the language.     Argus: Argus is a great self-improvement app designed with physical health in mind. What I love most about Argus is that it’s a complete multi-faceted health solution. Argus tracks your activity, your diet, water intake, sleep and offers a social media community for encouragement. Installing Argus allowed me to stop using four separate apps simplifying my day to day life. Argus has a honeycomb layout and every day slowly fills in different tiles so you can get a complete view of your habits over time.     Meetup: Meetup is my favorite hobby building and networking app. Meetup will ask for your interests and location. Then it will show you a list of local meetups matching your interests. There are two great benefits to using this app. First this is a great way to learn more about your favorite interests and grow your hobbies. Secondly Meetup will get you out of the house and networking with a group of like minded people. Not only can you join other meet ups but also you can create your own meet up if you so choose.     Headspace: Headspace is guided meditation app. I started using Headspace to try...
How to Build a Quality Self Service Guide for End Users

How to Build a Quality Self Service Guide for End Users

Today I will be sharing a few of my tips and tricks on creating a quality self-service guide for end users. Throughout my journey at MATC I have had to write several self-service guides almost every semester. I have learned a lot as I have slowly have gotten better and more confident at creating these step by step guides.  I have found the most important aspects of writing these self-service guides and will discuss them in detail in this article. My first and most important tip is to thoroughly research the topic matter of whatever your making the self-service guide about. Before you can begin the writing process you must have a complete understanding of your subject. I always want to know not only the steps of how to make something work but also why and how it works. Keep in mind you are writing this from a position of knowledge and should be able to speak at length about any aspect of the process. Having a better understanding of how and why things work the way they do will make you be able to write more confidently and better articulate the instructions in your guide. My next tip is before writing the guide you should actually and successfully do whatever you are writing about.  This is important for several reasons one being that it will help you work out any small kinks or bugs in your process that you may have missed if you are just writing from theory rather than practice. I think this also helps you to write the guide in a step by step fashion....
Most Important Tools for Smartphone Repair

Most Important Tools for Smartphone Repair

    This is an overview of the most common and useful tools needed for smartphone or mobile device repair. I will be giving a small summary of each tool needed and what purpose they serve. Having repaired mobile devices for years now I have never come across a project that needed any tools not listed in this article.   Screw drivers:  A good screwdriver set is probably the most important tool in all of mobile device repair. Smartphones and mobile devices usually require special security bits to dissemble. The good news is you can find some very reasonably priced screwdriver sets designed for mobile device repair. These come with all the special bits you need for the majority of repairs. Pry tools / Openers: These are small tools used to pry bezels away from frames, and batteries out of recesses. Usually plastic and coming in many variants these are nice tools to have because they will pry apart delicate components without damaging them. I prefer plastic spudgers over metal ones because you run no risk of shorting out components on the logic board. Suction Cup: Suction cups are needed in many repairs to lift the screen off of the device. Especially if you are considering repairing apple products suction cups are necessary. IPA: (Iso Propyl Alcohol) The recommended cleaning solutions for mobile phone’s printed circuit board (PCB). This is because the Alcohol will clean all the circuitry but immediately evaporate therefore not damaging the circuitry. Ultrasonic Cleaner Machine: Used to safely and deeply cleanse logic boards and chips. These are the same units used to clean jewelry because...