Posts tagged security tools

VPNs: Setting up your own SSL VPN

“All I want for Christmas is my own VPN…my own VPN, my own VPN” – Dustin

I’ve been wanting to have access to my own secure VPN for quite some time so that when I’m away from home and only have access to insecure networks, I don’t have to use work’s VPN for personal use or worry about someone intercepting my traffic. I looked into a couple paid VPN solutions but none of them seem to guarantee your privacy as far as I’m concerned. I figured my best option was to setup and manage my own.

Change MAC Address on Mac OS X

Changing your MAC address can be useful in main situations. If you’re reading this page, you’re already likely aware of why it’s useful so let me get straight to the details.

Disassociate from an Access Point (AP) without turning off AirPort

nobody@nobody:~$ sudo ln -s /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/Versions/Current/Resources/airport /usr/sbin/airport
nobody@nobody:~$ sudo airport -z

Change the MAC address

nobody@nobody:~$ sudo ifconfig en1 ether 00:11:22:33:44:55


Disable VirtualBox Menu Bar OSX

I frequently use Linux in VirtualBox as a testing and hacking environment. It got really annoying when I would go to the Gnome menu bar and the OSX Menu bar would pop up overtop of the Gnome menu bar!

Luckily, the guys (or gals) over at Eternal Storms Software have an awesome app called PresentYourApps. Once you’ve installed it, set VirtualBox VM to “Remove Menu Bar and Dock”

Then, restart VirtualBox — no more Menu Bar!

Quickly Use BC to Convert Hex to Dec

This post is mainly for my own benefit because I’ll forget this if I don’t put it down somewhere. A lot of the times I need to convert hex to dec when I’m on the command line and it’s a pain to open up the calculator so here is the command line equivalent

echo "ibase=16; FFFF" | bc
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