Need to Hack a BIOS Password?

Have you ever had the need to hack the BIOS password on a computer you are working on?  If so, this site will help you break through on that problem for free.

BIOS Password screen

The site is bios-pw.org.  All you have to do is enter the serial number and the site returns a number of possible passwords for the system BIOS.  I found that on a 2010 Dell D630 that the Service Tag number had 4 additional characters listed in the system BIOS security page.  That entry (case sensitive) returned an exact match for the password I needed.

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Changing URL for a WordPress Site in the Database

The instructions below are for changing URL for a WordPress site in the sites database.  The process is simpler than it looks.

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If you know how to access phpMyAdmin on your host, then you can edit these values directly to get you up and running again.

  1. Backup your database and save the copy off-site.
  2. Login to phpMyAdmin.
  3. Click the link to your Databases.
  4. A list of your databases will appear. Choose the one that is your WordPress database.
  5. All the tables in your database will appear on the screen.
  6. From the list, look for wp_optionsNote: The table prefix of wp_ may be different if you changed it when installing.
  7. Click on the small icon indicated as Browse.
  8. A screen will open with a list of the fields within the wp_options table.
  9. Under the field option_name, scroll down and look for siteurl.
  10. Click the Edit Field icon which usually is found at the far left at the beginning of the row.
  11. The Edit Field window will appear.
  12. In the input box for option_value, carefully change the URL information to the new address.
  13. Verify this is correct and click Go to save the information.
  14. You should be returned to your wp_options table.
  15. Look for the home field in the table and click Edit FieldNote There are several pages of tables inside wp_options. Look for the > symbol to page through them.
  16. In the input box for option_value, carefully change the URL information to the new address.
  17. Verify this is correct and click Go to save the information.

 

Microsoft’s Fall Creators Update Takes Big Leap Toward Accessibility

Yesterday, Microsoft announced the launch of it Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.  With this release Microsoft will move much closer to making their products accessible to people with disabilities.

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This release makes good on its announcement of what to expect from Microsoft with regard to accessibility in 2017. Continue reading “Microsoft’s Fall Creators Update Takes Big Leap Toward Accessibility”

CERT: Mozilla Releases Security Updates

Mozilla has released security updates to address multiple vulnerabilities in Firefox ESR 52.4 and Firefox 56. A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

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US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Mozilla Security Advisories for Firefox ESR 52.4 and Firefox 56 and apply the necessary updates.

CERT Release:

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DroneDeploy Software’s Workflow Simplifies Merging Maps to Aerial Images

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DroneDeploy’s new service simplifies the workflow of merging site maps to aerial images.  See full article at Campus Technology:

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eCampus: The Top 4 Bandwidth Hogs In Higher Education

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eCmapus New has a piece about the new study by the Association for College and University Technology Advancement (ACUTA).  The study indicates the 4 largest categories of devices that use up bandwidth in higher education. The four culprits are not really surprising:

  1. Laptops
  2. Tablets
  3. Video Systems
  4. Smartphones

Obviously video cuts across all 4 of these items, so it is not surprising that one estimate is that 87.7 percent of bandwidth usage in the realm of TV and video content.

New Word Zero-Day Vulnerability Is Being Exploited

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Campus Technology is reporting that hackers are exploiting a vulnerability in Microsoft Word that allows malware to be downloaded.  The vulnerability is not associated with macros, as many in the past have been.   The new exploit allows a the download of malicious HTML applications from a server which is disguised as a Rich Text document.  A malicious script then is used to install malware.

McAfee was the first to report the discovery on Friday, April 7th.  The cybersecurity company FireEye agreed with McAfee on the cause of the vulnerability.

For more information see:

Campus Technology: Hackers are Attacking Word Users with Microsoft Office Zero-Day Vulnerability

ZD Net: Hackers are attacking Word users with new Microsoft Office zero-day vulnerability

EducationDive: Microsoft Word is the latest frontier for hackers