How secure is your data on Bushel? Your data on anything is only ever as secure as your password. At Bushel, we take a lot of precautions to protect your data, including from ourselves. We time out your session, we encrypt your session on a per-transaction basis, and we encrypt your data while at rest on our servers (although consider it like the secure enclave in iOS, where we encrypt the data that needs to be encrypted – such as FileVault keys and activation lock bypass information). These basic precautions keep your communication with Bushel secure and prevent people from doing things like hijacking your session.
krypted August 19th, 2015
The Apple Watch is just another wearable with a limited feature set. In much the same way that the iPhone is just another phone. But they’re not. They have apps. And the apps are what make these devices so powerful. Installing apps on an Apple Watch is pretty straight forward. But before we do, it’s worth mentioning that there are two types. the first is a glance. This is just another view for an app that is on your iPhone that the Apple Watch talks to. The second is an actual app. These have more functionality and more options. There are also built-in apps that can be shown or hidden.
Apps are managed from the phone. To install either type of app, simply open the Apple Watch app on your phone. From there, you will see any apps that have either an app or a glance available on a device.
Tap on an entry and you’ll see whatever is available for that app. New apps aren’t displayed on your Apple Watch. Use the slider to control whether it is displayed or not.
Some apps have more options. If so, tap on the app and enable those options if needed. When you enable these apps, you’ll see the icon start loading on the watch, in much the same way that an icon starts to load on a phone when you purchase the app from the App Store.
Also, some apps, when you download an update to the app, will even prompt you to install a glance for the app on your phone.
The apps show up on right side of the default apps on the watch.
Here’s the Nike app. This app only works properly when you open the app on the phone. It sits at a loading screen and only opens when the app on the phone opens. When it shows up, you can then do whatever the app is built to do. In this case, start and stop runs.
That’s it. Straight forward. Just be patient. Takes awhile for Apple Watches to communicate with phones and to move data back and forth between them.
krypted May 14th, 2015
Posted In: Apple Watch
When I started to write this, I had this idea that I’d write an article that looked at the features and the usability of the Pebble and those of the Apple Watch. Both have the ability to load custom apps, both have app stores, both do many of the same other tasks, etc.
The problem with that premise for this article is that they simply aren’t even remotely comparable. Let’s look at why:
Overall, the Pebble is inexpensive. At 4 times the cost is the Apple Watch, which has less battery power but way more features. So it’s not Apples to Apples (no pun intended) to compare these. If you’re interested in a really inexpensive wearable and not worried about all the crazy features that come on them, check out the Pebble. But, the Apple Watch, as with many an Apple product, is very much worth the price tag. Unless you’re getting a gold one…
krypted May 11th, 2015
Posted In: Apple Watch
Remember this comic:
Regrettably, password policies don’t allow for a few random words at most organization, so a special character, a capital letter and a number are basically required in most passwords these days. However, if you need a quick and dirty generator that includes a phrase and those additional characters, consider MyPhrase from Björn Albers. It’s simple to use, fast and easy. Good luck out there!
krypted October 27th, 2014
Posted In: Mac Security
Mavericks Server comes with a few new alerting options previously unavailable in versions of OS X. The alerts are sent to administrators via servermgrd and configured in the Server app (Server 3). To configure alerts in Mavericks Server, open the Server app and then click on Alerts in the Server app sidebar. Next, click on the Delivery tab.
At the Delivery screen, click on the Edit button for Email Addresses and enter every email address that should receive alerts sent from the server. Then click on the Edit button for Push Notifications. Here, check the box for each administrator of the server. The email address on file for the user then receives push notifications of events from the server.
Click on OK when you’ve configured all of the appropriate administrators for alerting. Click on the Edit… button for Push and if Push notifications are not already enabled you will run through the Push Notification configuration wizard.
Then, check the boxes for Email and Push for each of the alerts you want to receive (you don’t have to check both for each entry). Alerts have changed in OS X Server, they are no longer based on the SMART status of drives or capacity; instead Delivery is now based on service settings.
Finally, as with previous versions of OS X Server, Mavericks Server has snmp built in. The configuration file for which is located in the /private/etc/snmp/snmpd.conf and the built-in LaunchDaemon is org.net-snmp.snmpd, where the actual binary being called is /usr/sbin/snmpd (and by default it’s called with a -f option). Once started, the default community name should be COMMUNITY (easily changed in the conf file) and to test, use the following command from a client (the client is 192.168.210.99 in the following example):
snmpwalk -On -v 1 -c COMMUNITY 192.168.210.99
krypted October 23rd, 2013
Posted In: Mac OS X Server
I’ve mentioned the codesign tool in previous articles, but today let’s look at a specific use. I recently needed to generate a report of the executable for around 2000 app bundles. Luckily, codesign displays the executable for an app when run with the –display option:
codesign --display /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app
The output looks as follows:
Another tool that I haven’t written much about is productsign (also in /usr/sbin of Mac OS X 10.8). I’ll look at that one next, as a means of signing packages.
krypted August 27th, 2012
Posted In: Mac OS X
Cryptix is a nice little app available on the App Store that allows you to encrypt and decrypt files using a variety of algorithms. However, while an easy to use encryption tool, it’s actually an even better learning tool for figuring out how various types of encryption techniques actually work.
When you first open Cryptix, you’ll see a list of supported algorithms for encrypting files and passphrases. That part is simple enough, but click on the Tools icon in the toolbar.
Here, you’ll see a number of features along the sidebar, including Checksum, which performs a quick checksum of files dragged on top of the green arrow and tracks hashes, based on the algorithm you choose. Below that can be found more detailed information about interfaces, man page access and a few other things that show the developer was learning how to do a few neat things while writing the tool (such as using DNS from the tool).
Overall, the encryption and decryption aspects of this tool alone are worth the price on the App Store. The checksums are super fast. The other features are interesting as well. I don’t do a lot of app reviews, but this one unexpectedly caught me off guard as something I’d recommend.
krypted July 9th, 2012
Posted In: Mac Security
I have been added as a speaker at MacTech InDepth in New York. If you haven’t signed up yet, and you work with Mac OS X Server then you should really check out the sessions that have been planned:
Overall, this represents a nice, fast way to update your skills to allow for managing Lion Server and to get up to speed with those new to the platform. One thing I like about the session list is that it goes beyond the stock server implementation and looks at DeployStudio, MDM and other important topics not purely server oriented. I hope to see you all there!
These vagabond shoes, are longing to stray
Right through the very heart of it – New York, New York
krypted April 5th, 2012
Posted In: public speaking
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Ever since upgrading to Lion I’ve been making a few slight changes in workflow. One such change, which I’m still on the fence about, is to switch from reading man pages in a tiled Terminal screen, to reading them in a browser window.
It seems like a small thing, but I spend a lot of time switching between terminal screens or using screen to switch between sessions. Bwana allows you to read a man page from within a browser.
Simply load download the Bwana app into your /Applications directory and wait a few seconds. Then open a browser window and look for a man page. For example:
Now, you may notice that you can’t actually click on the link above and have the link open as it would if you typed the information into the browser manually. You could also use man://dsconfigad to access a man page, but you still cannot refer to those from other sites. You can open those urls using terminal:
To see an index of all pages, enter the following in Safari:
krypted July 31st, 2011