What is Phishing And How Can you Avoid it?

I wrote a post earlier this year and I want to share more information about this particular topic. I received some help from Techwarn πŸ”₯

Scams have existed since humanity took its first steps on Earth. Money is the motive for some, and this translates well into the Digital Age, where scams have become so frequent that your spam folder is the equivalent to a plague-ridden town.

One type of scam that reigns as the go-to scam for many is the phishing scam. Ever since the AOL days, emails have been sent trying to convince you that you’re the offspring of royalty, or that you need to hold on to some money for an extremely rich person. They’ll pay you back, they swear!

In these scams, you may notice the need for your bank info or card info. This is how the scam works. They tempt you with a story of grandeur, promise a significant reward, and then run away with your bank info once you reluctantly give it to them.

However, there are multiple types of phishing that you need to be on the lookout for and the best solution for avoiding certain phishing attacks.

Spearhead Phishing

When a fisherman uses a spear to fish, they’re emphasizing a quality > quantity approach. The same goes for spearhead phishing, where an attacker uses personalized information to trick their target.

For example, this attacker may find your social media account, take note of your personality type/interests, then send an email that seems authentic and enticing to you. Take care in clicking links or opening any attachments in an email, as it could be a product of spearhead phishing.

Solution

While spearhead phishing usually aims to get you to click a link and login to a website, using a password manager can be beneficial, as a password manager won’t autofill your credentials on websites it doesn’t recognize.

Mass-Appeal Phishing

Many forms of phishing take place by sending one email in bulk to thousands, even millions of people. These are the most common, usually talking about how a Nigerian prince needs your help or a random citizen needing your help storing a large sum of money.

Just check your spam folder and you’re destined to find a few of these. Mass-appeal phishing can even take place over the phone, such as those robocalls you get about your mortgage. This is the most common type and is easily the most avoidable.

Solution

Common sense works best when going through your emails or when receiving a random phone call. IF you have a bad feeling or it seems too go to be true, listen to your gut.

Download Phishing

Download phishing is a bit different from the rest, as instead of aiming for your bank info or personal information outright, the attacker attempts to make you download a malware-laden attachment. Usually, this involves spoofing an email that you know and trust then linking a .doc or .exe file.

Once you open the attachment, the malware/virus can settle onto your device, stealing whatever info it’s designed to and even destroying your device if that’s what the attacker set out to do.

Solution

Don’t click on any attachment linked in an email unless you are sure about the sender, AKA only friends, family, and close acquaintances.

The phishing scams I listed out are only 3 of the many types that take place, but these 3 are the most common. And as you may have noticed, my solution to 2/3 was being careful and using a bit of common sense (anything that is too good to be true).

You can use every antivirus and password manager on the planet, and while they may help, you are the only one who can 100% prevent phishing from affecting you. Next time you get a call from β€œHeather” about your car insurance, hang up immediately. If someone offers you $50,000 through email, don’t bother responding.

Well, unless you want to have a bit of fun with the attacker like a certain TED talker.

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Best Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals

Hey guys, Mitchel here.

So today is the Amazon Prime Day and ends soon! Only 20 hours to go
Here are the best products I’ve found on Amazon.

Don’t worry, I’ll try to update the list as soon as I find another great deal!😏

I’ve been watching these products for a long time, waiting for the right moment to buy them.

Update

Razer Phone 2 (New): Unlocked Gaming Smartphone – 120Hz QHD Display – Snapdragon 845 – Wireless Charging – Chroma – 8GB RAM – 64GB – Mirror Black Finish
Original: $799.99
With Deal: $399.99 ($400 off) πŸ€‘

LG V35 ThinQ with Alexa Hands-Free – Prime Exclusive Phone – Unlocked – 64 GB – Aurora Black
Original: $899.99
With Deal: $399.99 ($500 off) πŸ€‘

Deals πŸ€‘

LG 34GL750-B 34 Inch 21:9 Ultragear Curved WFHD (2560 x 1080) IPS 144Hz G-SYNC Compatible Gaming Monitor
Original: $549.99
With Deal: $379.99 ($170 off)

LG 27GL650F-B 27 Inch Full HD Ultragear Gaming Monitor with 144Hz Refresh Rate and HDR 10
Original: $349.99
With Deal: $249.00 ($100.99 off)

LG 34UM69G-B 34-Inch 21:9 UltraWide IPS Monitor with 1ms Motion Blur Reduction and FreeSync
Original: $379.99
With Deal: $279.99 ($100 off)

Acer Predator XB271HK bmiprz 27-inch IPS UHD (3840 x 2160) NVIDIA G-Sync Widescreen Display (2 x 2w speakers, 4- USB 3.0 Ports, HDMI & Display Port)
Original: $699.99
With Deal: $625.00 ($74.99 off)

Logitech G602 Lag-Free Wireless Gaming Mouse – 11 Programmable Buttons, Up to 2500 DPI
Original: $79.99
With Deal: $24.99 ($55.00 off)

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S Ultra Slim Gaming PC Laptop, 15.6” 144Hz IPS Type, Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, GeForce GTX 1070, 16GB DDR4, 512GB PCIe SSD, Military-Grade Metal Chassis, Win 10 Home – GX531GS-AH76
Original: $1,799.00
With Deal: $1,249.99 ($549.01 off)

Bose SoundLink around-ear wireless headphones II, Black
Original: $229.00
With Deal: $159.00 ($70.00 off)

Logitech MX Sound 2.0 Multi Device Stereo Speakers with premium digital audio for desktop computers, laptops, and Bluetooth-enabled
Original: $99.99
With deal: $49.99 ($50 off)

SteelSeries Arctis 7 (2019 Edition) Lossless Wireless Gaming Headset with DTS Headphone:X v2.0 Surround for PC and PlayStation 4 – White
Original: $149.99
With deal: $99.99 ($50 off)

Samsung 128GB 100MB/s (U3) MicroSDXC Evo Select Memory Card with Adapter (MB-ME128GA/AM)
Original: $24.99
With Deal: $19.49 ($5.50 off)

Kindle Paperwhite – Now Waterproof with 2x the Storage – Includes Special Offers
Original: $129.99
With Deal: $84.99 ($45 off)

LG 29″ 29WK500-P LED IPS LCD Monitor Dual HDMI UltraWide 21:9 AMD FreeSync Screen Split 2.0 – Black
Original: $159.99


Batch image resizing with Imagemagick

Automate resizing images on Linux

This tutorial shows you how to list your images in a csv file and resize every image in that list automatically.
WHOOO! AUTOMATION! πŸŽ‰

Imagemagick

ImageMagick is a free and open-source software suite for displaying, converting, and editing raster image and vector image files. 

Prepare the scripts

  • Log in your Linux system
  • Run the following command in your bash console to list every JPG in the specified folder recursively and save it into a csv file
find /home/project/ -name "*.jpg" -print| while read LINE; do echo "$LINE" ; done > list_with_images.csv
  • Create a file named “resize_with_imagemagic.sh”
# define the settings
export MAGICK_THREAD_LIMIT=1;
export MAGICK_THROTTLE_LIMIT=100;
export MAGICK_MEMORY_LIMIT=500mb;

start=0;
end=$(cat $1 | wc -l)
# loop through every line of the given file
while read file; do
    echo "[x] Optimizing $file"
    echo $(($end-$((++start)))) elements remaining of $end
    replace="_optimized.jpg"
    targetFile="${file/.jpg/_optimized.jpg}"
    echo "Optimizing $file to $targetFile"
    convert "$file" -resize 1920 "$targetFile"
    # let the CPU rest for 10 sec
    sleep 10
done < $1

You can edit the script to your liking. it doesn’t replace the original image, but creates a new one with a postfix of “_optimized”.
Original: test_image.jpg
Optimized: test_image_optimized.jpg

Run the script

sh resize_with_imagemagic.sh list_with_images.csv

Learn more about Linux bash tricks

Keep your information safe from phishing attempts

Stay safe, keep it to yourself πŸ˜‰

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Not fishing πŸ˜‚

What does Phishing mean?

Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details, often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

Hackers try to manipulate their targets to gain information about them or to steal credentials of specific systems by sending emails, sms or even by calling and disguising themselves.

What can the hackers achieve?

  • Personal Information
  • Credit card details πŸ€”
  • Login information

How can the data be used?

Your data has value on the black market. It can be sold to criminals to identify patterns. They’ll be able to know where you live, what your financial status is, etc.
AND buy things on behalf of your name 😀

How can you recognise these emails? πŸ‘€

  1. The email is send globally, not just you. You’re sometimes put in the BCC
  2. The email has a lot of spelling mistakes
  3. You will be threatened with consequences if you do not take any action
  4. A lot of attachments
  5. The sender is from a unknown source ([email protected])

How to prevent these phishing attempts?

  1. Be aware of the different strategies of Phishing attacks
  2. Use spam filters. Google and Microsoft have already implemented build-in filters in your mail. Most of these emails will be flagged as “unsafe”
  3. Never fill in your personal information on a website that isn’t trusted
  4. Always check the email links, hover over them and inspect the link carefully

Examples from my inbox 😝

Anyone can receive these emails. It’s up to us to know how the hackers are doing it, what kind of strategies they are using to create and deploy these attacks and to always stay up-to-date.

Some other examples can be found here

A handy cheat sheet can be found here

Conclusion

Always keep an eye out for these attacks. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Stay up-to-date with the latest news on this particular topic, because your information is too valuable.
Keep doing those security awareness sessions.

Thank you for reading, there’ll be more coming soon.

What happened in January 2019

January was a great month for me! πŸŽ‰
I’m so hyped up for the upcoming months. What does Februari has the offer?
Yeah, I know. February is almost over πŸ˜….

What made Januari so special? πŸ‘€

  • Finally started blogging about my journey. I actually started blogging 6 years ago, but it was done privately πŸ˜‚. I was so scared back then.
  • Created a Facebook page specifically for my blog posts
  • I’ve finally found my true passion πŸ”₯
  • Bought a Kindle E-Reader and I LOVE IT! (Review coming soon)
  • Coaching Bits-Please is so much fun! 😎

Time flies when you’re having fun, huh?

How was your January? I hope it was a productive month.
Or still lazy as ever? 😝

Start with the end in mind

Shape your future πŸ’ͺ

Have you ever taken the time to think about your future. To ask yourself what it’ll be like when you’re 40-50-60 years old? What you’ve achieved in life? How will your character look like?

Will you be the same person you are today? Or a better version of yourself?

How can you determine and shape yourself to become that person? How can you control the outcome of your character? There is a way to do this, but it’s not easy.

Picture yourself at your own funeral.

There will be 5 types of people there:

  1. Family
  2. Coworkers
  3. Friends
  4. Your partner
  5. Your children

You need to define the words you want them to say to you. You need to shape their words by shaping yourself.

Family

What will your family say to you? How did they experience your presence? Did they experience kindness, helpfulness, love? What do you want your family to say? Define that and shape yourself.

Coworkers

What will your coworkers say to you? Were you a hard working employee? Did you have a special bond with some of them? Did they like you? What do you want them to say? Shape yourself to your answers.

Friends

Friends, ah yes ☺️. What will your childhood friends say? What will your new friends say? Did you share your secrets with them? How special or close were you with them? Did you really care about them? Were you helpful? Shape yourself.

Your partner ❀️

Your partner, oh no πŸ’”. He or she will be devastated!!! To lose the happiness and laughter you’ve brought into the world. How was his or her experience? How did you treat your partner? Were you loving, caring, a great mom or dad, supportive, motivational? How do you want your partner to experience you as a person?

Your children ☺️❀️

Your children 😭. What will your kids say to you? Were you a loving parent? Did you help them achieve their goals? Did you show support? How much did you care for them? Was there an unconditional love between you and your kids? Did you make enough time for them? What do you want your kids to say? πŸ’”

I know, it’s hard. Especially the last ones πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ’”. I got so emotional writing this post. We don’t have much time, so be loving, caring, humble, supportive to everyone. Show the true you! ☺️

Take control of your life and begin to shape the person you want to become right now!

If you know where you want to go, the road will be crystal clear to follow. If not, it’ll be dark and you’ll get stuck. You’ll begin to walk circles. You’ll get confused and angry because you can’t see where you’re going.

I highly recommend you to read the book called “The 7 habits of highly effective people“. It can help you shape your character.

Take care of yourself and especially your loved ones. Shape yourself. ❀️

What’s your definition of success?

What’s your definition of success?

So, what is it?
To become rich? To be wealthy? A lot of women? To have traveled the world? A lot of kids? To have become an astronaut?

Everyone has a different opinion about this topic. Everyone is unique. It would be boring if everyone was the same πŸ˜…

DREAM BIG! It doesn’t hurt to dream.
Close your eyes and think about your future. What do you see?
Can you see your future self? Can you see yourself in that fancy car you’ve always wanted?

Use your dreams to motivate yourself on a daily basis.
Don’t give up on your dreams. Just do it!

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What’s my definition?

I WANT TO BE FREE! Whooo!! πŸ˜ŽπŸ€‘
Free to travel to anywhere I want to at any moment.
To travel with my beautiful wife and children. To be wealthy enough to not worry about money, because money works for me 😁

To be able to spend quality time with my loved ones. To have successful business ( Soon 😌 )

I can go on and on. I know what I want and how to get there. That’s why I’m full of energy and enthusiasm. I can’t wait to experience my future self.

Success is achieved by those who try and keep trying.

W. Clement Stone
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Image compression with Squoosh

Squoosh is a tool made by the Google Chrome Community.
I personally recommend this tool. Everything is handled locally, so no additional data is sent to the server

Squoosh is an image compression web app that allows you to dive into the advanced options provided by various image compressors.

Squoosh Github Repository

Here’s a quick tutorial for you πŸ€“

  • Select an image or multiple images you want to compress
  • Drag and drop it into the application
  • Modify the settings
  • Click the blue icon in the bottom right corner to download the compressed image

Give it a try! πŸ‘

How to control your cash flow

Control your cash flow πŸ€‘

It’s not about how much money you make, but it’s about how much you’re spending each month. It’s crucial to know where your money is going.
Get to know your monthly income and expenses. Learn to budget.

If you want to save money for financial freedom or to create a emergency fund, you have to know what your monthly expenses are (I’ll cover this topic in different post)

Here’s a simple strategy I’m using to control my money flow.
You can easily modify it to your taste, but keep in mind that Long term savings and Financial Freedom are 2 key points of the flow.

Cash Flow

Necessities

These are expenses like rent, car payment, insurance, etc. The expenses you can’t avoid. (Well, maybe health insurance πŸ˜‚)

Long term savings

This will be your retirement savings. There’s an extra flow connected to this flow and that’s the Emergency savings.
DON’T TOUCH IT WHEN IT’S NOT NEEDED!

Financial Freedom

You need capital when you want to invest, right? Here’s the solution to build that sucker.

Things you can invest in

  • Forex (Foreign Exchange)
  • Stocks
  • Real Estate
  • E-commerce

Education

Education is also very important, because you are your biggest investment. When you invest in yourself by buying courses, attending seminars and buying books, you are growing as a person.
It’s crucial to invest in yourself. Don’t stop learning, be greedy for information.

Recommended books

Fun

This is your fun budget. Blow this baby up! I don’t care πŸ€‘

Giving

The secret to living is giving ❀️
This is your way of offering help to those who need it.
Helping a friend in need, donating to charity or any other ways of helping other people financially, gives a certain feeling of fulfillment that can’t be achieved in other ways.