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Free CEUs and Self Study Courses for Personal Development and Emergency Management

  Disclaimer - I am a homeland security researcher through Purdue Homeland Security Institute. This blog post is not in support of the federal Department of Homeland Security actions or behaviors. Homeland security is the field studying cyberphysical security, which is one of my specialty fields. I would suggest divorcing homeland security from the Department of Homeland Security – it’s a very valuable field of study. FEMA’s ISP courses are self-study courses that are free and available to anyone, and a great resource. FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute has Independent Study Courses which are free any available to anyone. These courses can provide CEUs which are used to keep up many IT and Security certifications, and are completely self-paced and free . There are many certs that can be applied to any industry such as IS-20.21: Diversity Awareness Course 2021 .    So if you’re looking for a quick, free resume boost I highly recommend you check these courses out. Many emp
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Wardriving Hot-take: WiGLE Audio Features

TL;DR – Use WiGLE’s built-in audio playback to improve your wardriving! Its handy information can be relayed over audio to improve strategies to collect the most networks. Go to WiGLE WiFi – Settings > Speech Configuration Screen then, from the Network List, enable audio by clicking the menu in the upper right and select ‘Play Audio’. When I started to use WiGLE, I noticed an audio feature. Still, I found it cumbersome, so I immediately muted it. I mean, who doesn’t like listening to music while they wardrive?  Let’s get to it- if you’re not using the audio feature in WiGLE, you absolutely must! I imagine this audio feature is beneficial for those who walk and run-on city streets. Maybe it is not popular around the Midwest because most of us are driving or using transportation modes to travel quickly? At least that’s what I thought until I used it to drive around some sparse cities in Indiana. Showing enabled and disabled WiGLE speech settings GPS Status Change: Alerts if G

Overwriting Deleted Files in Windows

 Once a file is deleted, most operating systems will still hold on to the file. The link between the operating system and the file is removed, but the data is still on the disk waiting to be overwritten or used for something else. A common utility seen in the wild is Eraser  but it's a bloated utility that takes a long time. It's a good utility if you really need to overwrite a Windows machine more than 3 times - but the use case for this is minimal.  pause: this article surrounds mostly HDD, as files are recoverable on these drives if not overwritten. For SSDs, this is just going to cause more wear to your drive! An underutilized tool is cipher . In Windows, it displays or alters the encryption of directories and files on NTFS volumes. But, with the option w  it overwrites deleted files and empty space of a drive. You can use it on the same drive the OS is located, external drives, and removable media. It's easy to use! If your OS is installed on C: and you want to remove

My 2021 New Year's Resolutions

  In 2019, I made my New Year's Resolution to not drink in 2020. I had no idea what 2020 had in store, and I made it until RBG died, September 18th 2020, before I drank again. Even after, I hadn't had more than a few drinks at a time since. I still plan on not drinking or getting drunk, but it inspired me to make a ton of New Year's Resolutions for 2021. Resolutions I'm not sure if I'll make any of these come true, but if I could have some success on the last resolution, maybe I can be successful with a few more. I'm not comfortable sharing every goal, but there are a few that I think maybe fun to reflect on later! Two traditional goals, and two wardriving goals!  1) Meatless Mondays 2) No Candy Wednesdays 3) Submit to Wigle every month 4) ....and the Grand Finale: Make an optimized trip half-way across the country in my truck! The first two goals are based on my consumption. I eat way too much candy and I don't have to explain why that's bad -  and I sh