Learn Ethical Hacking

Ankit Fadia is an internationally renowned independent computer security consultant who has authored several internationally best-selling books on Computer Security. Want to become an Ankit Fadia Certified Ethical Hacker?

The BBC says at 14 years of age, Ankit Fadia defaced the front page of an Indian magazine and sent an e-mail to the editor confessing to the hack and suggesting counter measures. He wrote a book on “ethical hacking” at the age of 15, becoming the youngest ever author to be published by Macmillan India.

Ankit Fadia Certified Ethical Hacker

Now you can be trained and certified by computer security guru Ankit Fadia himself. AFCEH or “Ankit Fadia Certified Ethical Hacker” course is a certification program on computer security. It is a computer security course that helps IT security professionals protect internet enabled computer security systems against cyber security threats and hacking. It helps people become more aware about cyber crime and IT security measures to counter it.

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Hacking VoIP

An expert has released a proof-of-concept program to show how easy it would be for criminals to eavesdrop on the VoIP-based phone calls of any company using the technology.

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Called SIPtap, the software is able to monitor multiple Voice-over-IP (VoIP) call streams, listening in and recording them for remote inspection as .wav files. All that the criminal would need would be to infect a single PC inside the network with a Trojan incorporating these functions, although the hack would work at ISP level as well.

The program can index ‘IP-tapped’ calls by caller – using SIP identity information – and by recipient, and even by date. Running from August this year until the most recent tap on 21 November, SIPtap had no problems in extracting enough information on the test network to prove that call recording of any and every VoIP call at a hypothetical company was now a trivial exercise.

SIPtap demonstrates that the worst-case nightmares of VoIP vulnerability are now well within the capabilities of organised crime, which could use such a program to steal confidential data from companies, governments and even the police.

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How to have automatic backups of your mySQL database

The following guide provides a walk-through for setting up automatic backups of your mySQL databases using the AutoMySQLBackup file bash script. After reading the guide, it should be quick and easy to implement. This is an indispensable tool for webmasters. Once the backup system is in place you’ll have daily, weekly and monthly backups of your mySQL databases neatly organized in a private folder on your web server. They are automatically rotated so that they don’t eat up your storage space. Anytime you download a backup of your home directory all of the database backups will be included. This is much better than creating manual backups and can be a huge time saver if you have multiple databases.

Prologue

If you already know why you should be backing up your databases and want to skip ahead to the actual tutorial. Websites based on any type of content management system are pretty much guaranteed to be database driven. It is assumed that most people running their websites on virtual or dedicated servers already have a backup system in place and know how to set this up. If you are reading this tutorial, chances are you are using a shared hosting provider with a LAMP configuration (Linux Apache MySQL PHP). It is also likely that you have CPanel for site administration.

Reasons why automatic database backup is a good idea

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How to install AutoMySQLBackup

  1. Get the script: AutoMySQLBackup is a wonderful tool that can be downloaded for free. The first thing you need to do is get yourself a copy. Download AutoMySQLBackup.
  2. Configure the script: The next step is configuring AutoMySQLBackup before uploading it to your server. You can edit the script using any text editor. Take note – Windows Notepad has terrible formatting for these kinds of files. It is better to use a dedicated text editor. If you don’t have a decent text editor, check out the freeware program PSPad, which also has some really cool tools for working with other files such as CSS, XTHML, PHP etc.
    Once you have the AutoMySQLBackup script open for editing, you’ll need to set the parameters. There are a lot of configuration options, but I am just going to focus on the important settings that will be applicable to most users.

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