Hithawathi

Monthly Bulletin

Volume 01 Issue 06 – 20th October 2020

Parental Controls

 

What are Parental controls?

Parental controls are referred to a group of settings which enable parents to control the content their children can see. Plus making the privacy settings secure paves the way for parents to protect their kids from what they experience online.

Learn more on “why parental controls are needed” and “what are the guidelines”

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Wikipedia’s desktop site is getting a revamp for the first time in 10 years

Wikipedia is one of the most visited sites in the world. And for over a decade, its desktop site’s design has remained consistent. However, that’s going to change soon.
https://thenextweb.com/plugged/2020/09/24/wikipedias-desktop-site-is-getting-a-revamp-for-the-first-time-in-10-years/

Zerologon: instantly become domain admin by subverting Netlogon cryptography;

Microsoft patched a very interesting vulnerability that would allow an attacker with a foothold on your internal network to essentially become Domain Admin with one click. All that is required is for a connection to the Domain Controller to be possible from the attacker’s viewpoint.
https://www.secura.com/blog/zero-logon

  • wherever possible, activate two-factor authentication (2FA)
  • use strong passwords / passphrases and keep them safe
  • do not use the same passwords across multiple sites
  • use a password manager to keep stock of all your passwords and log-in details

 

Google Warns of Zero-Click Bluetooth Flaws in Linux-based Devices

Google security researchers are warning of a new set of zero-click vulnerabilities in the Linux Bluetooth software stack that can allow a nearby unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges on vulnerable devices.
https://thehackernews.com/2020/10/p2p-iot-botnet.html

Android 11 officially kills support for Google’s Daydream VR platform.

Over the last few years, Google’s Daydream VR has quietly receded from the spotlight, with the platform being quietly discontinued for new devices late last year.
https://www.xda-developers.com/android-11-kills-support-google-daydream-vr/

Fixing skimming ATM devices

(Some names and details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.)

When Chami was going to use an ATM, she noticed some guys wearing XYZ bank t-shirts and were doing something near the ATM. One of them saw her and said,

“Sorry, we are from the Maintenance division and you may go ahead. Insert your card.”
“I’ll check if it’s working properly for you”

  • Pretending to be bank staff, asking customers to insert the card watching pin numbers that enable the skimmer to forge the cards and get money later.
  • Ask the person to present the bank ID. In case the person fails to provide the bank ID, call and verify from the bank if such maintenance is happening there.
  • Show nobody the pin you enter.

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Hithawathi participated in the Award Ceremony of Nenasala competition on ‘Web Design using Joomla CMS’ on 20th August 2020 at Gampaha Nenasala.

There were about 75 participants, who were students and teachers from
Nenasala Centers of Ratnapura, Teldeniya and Gampaha.

e-Cyber Security Week 2020 – “Pandemic…
the new Cyber norm”

Free data will be provided for Dialog and SLT internet users! Register your participation via https://cert.gov.lk/csw2020/index.html

“The Social Dilemma,” a new Netflix documentary-drama on how technology companies have manipulated human psychology with dire consequences for our society, is unlikely to impact these businesses’ bottom lines.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11464826/

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Awareness Programmes

A Hithawathi awareness session was held on 29th, 30th September 2020 during the Joomla Training Programme, organized by Matara – Weligama Nenasala at Matara Denipitiya Maha Vidyalaya.