Learning how to Code (Programing)…with codeacademy.com)

There have been a few discussions that we have had regarding the additional skills that we all need as IT Professionals, and one of the areas I think is underrated as a tool in your IT toolbox is a basic understating of programing.

Codeacademy.com is one easy way to get your feet wet with the world of programing.  This site helps you wade into the waters of programing with clearly defined lessons that help you by breaking down tasks and concepts into manageable bites. The thing that makes a codeacademy great is that it exposes you to a number of programing languages and give you  help from the ground floor up to understand how to actually write code in different programing languages which for the purposes here is great… as you would just be looking for some more familiarity and maybe a working knowledge, and not a comprehensive understanding a particular language, where more formal training/study would be warranted.

 

Security Alert: Wifi Protected Setup Flaw

I just wanted to put this out there for everyone. bit of information out there regarding WPS being cracked and what it means for everyone. I first heard this on the Security Now Podcast Epistode 334,  but Episode 335 has a complete rundown of this wide spread vulnerably. The security Now Podcast does a great job of explaining in detail the entire scope of the problem and is an invaluable learning tool that I can not recommend enough to the full scope of the issue ( hence the links tot he Podcast itself)

This link shows the notification put out by the department of homeland security  regarding this rising threat.

This will link you to a running community compiled spreadsheet of the routers that  are verified to have the susceptible to this WPS attack.
I think the main take away from this as a IT Professional, specifically ones focused in and around networking technologies or in connected environment ( which is essentially everyone training at OSC to varying degrees) is  that security is one of the top if not the top level concern throughout your work cycle.

I suggest that you take your time and familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of your particular method of connecting to to the internet and take the time to secure it alongside any devicies you have on your home networks as well.