Your IoT ( Internet of Things) device is going to be hacked. Beware!

The Internet of Things (IoT)  is the internetworking of physical devices, vehicles, buildings and other items which are rooted with electronics, software, sensors, actuators and network connectivity. According to Gartner, Inc., there will be nearly 20.8 billion devices on the Internet of things by 2020. Now IoT devices are the latest target for hackers. “Hackers can use the IoT device to jump right into the network,” said Chris Coleman, senior engineering manager at VeeDog. He said that wireless Internet routers in small businesses are particularly liable to attack if they’re not well protected. “A lot of devices out there have intelligent connections to the Internet that represent a real and persistent danger to your business,” said Coleman. IoT devices can be easily hacked from as far as 229 feet and might be so simple it takes few minutes to do so. If an internet connected device gets hacked, the malware could easily spread to other devices in the network. The Internet of things requires huge scalability in the network space to handle the surge of devices. IETF 6LoWPAN would be used to connect devices to IP networks. IPv6 will play a major role in handling the network layer scalability. The U.S. National Intelligence Council in an unclassified report maintains that it would be hard to deny “access to networks of sensors and remotely controlled objects by enemies of the United States, criminals, and mischief makers. An open market for aggregated sensor data could serve the interests of commerce and security no less than it helps criminals and spies identify vulnerable targets. Thus, massively parallel sensor fusion may undermine social cohesion,...

Solution to website defacement

Today morning news paper has an article by Mr Chethan Kumar,talking about defacement of Indian websites by Pakistani origin hackers. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/7000-Indian-sites-hacked-claim-Pak-rookies/articleshow/54686941.cms This tempted me to write this blog post as I have been contemplating this solution for a while. The solution is available below for reader’s comment: A novel approach to alert website owners for defacement Background: News like the website defacement of an Indian university, government organization or a private company is becoming common place. In the recent keynote of Mr. Muktesh Chander which was shared on youtube. It was mentioned that last year more than 25,000 websites were defaced. Website defacement is similar in terms to computer virus industry by looking for a website that can be exploited for a vulnerability and instead of a virus, the payload is a harmless webpage that is inserted. However, the action is more politically motivated. So, while bigger companies like Google were able to enhance their browsers by identifying and preventing innocent users from opening malware-distributing websites. They are probably not looking at the website defacement as an area where they can make impact. Google as an alert mechanism: We all know the bots of Google are crawling the web and indexing them to give us search results all the time. For example a query like: “ site:*.in r00t.html” returns the following results:   As a small explanation to the above query. It is searching for websites that are with .in domain and have a mention of ‘r00t.html’ (our intention is to look for this webpage in sitemap, we found r00t.html in the defacement done by a particular pakistani hacker...
How to host a Google Hangouts Webinar

How to host a Google Hangouts Webinar

For those who are new to hangouts, Google Hangouts is a part of the Google+ portfolio where people can have video based conversations with each other in real time. It can be of good use for a variety of use cases like business meetings with co-workers, clients, customers, etc. You must be familiar with Skype, it does the same thing, however the free version of Skype limits you to just two people to share their webcams with one another. Google Hangouts is an alternative where up to 9 people can simultaneously share screens, webcams at a single moment, making it a pretty good alternative. Hangouts On Air Google Hangouts has another feature, called ‘Hangouts On Air’. The main difference here is that you can publicly broadcast your live stream webinar across multiple Google Services like YouTube, Google+ and Hangouts simultaneously. After the webinar is over, the recorded  video session is automatically stored in your YouTube account for public to see it in future, which removes the hassles of uploading to YouTube afterwards. From YouTube, you can access the available video to do further editing from the YouTube video manager too. To get viewers, you just need to share the YouTube URL. How To Host Hangouts On Air N Make sure you have a Google+ account and a YouTube channel, preferably the channel should be from the same account as your Google+ account . If YouTube account is separate from Google+ account, please check this link on how to link these two services together. N Visit Hangouts On Air page and click on Create a Hangout on Air button, as...

Swine Flu, Prevention and Cure

H1N1 or Swine flu is on the rise these days. Hospitals are flooded with many numbers of such cases in the city. So, here I am giving you an idea what else you can do to keep swine flue at bay. Other than staying away from the contaminated co-worker or relative, there are many other measures you can take up to keep healthy this spring. The winter is going and leaving behind a painful cold and flu, infection prone atmosphere. Thereare many ways you can keep up with your stronger immunity. Prevention is ALWAYS better than cure! Wash your hands Swine flu is the most contaminated disease ever seen. It is passed from one affected person to the other in no time. Direct contact with the person having cold and flu makes the contamination even faster. People generally sneeze with hands around mouth. When they touch the telephone, door handle or kitchen knife etc; the virus stays there alive till some one else touches it. Once a healthy person touches the infected object, the virus passes and infects the person. So, wash your hands every time after you sneeze. An alcohol based hand sanitizer can be a good buy. Do not muffle sneeze to your hand Do not sneeze in your hand. When you get sneeze, use tissue and immediately dispose the used tissue to avoid infection. If tissue is not available, you can sneeze at the inside part of your elbow. Parents, keep away from your kids Yes, sounds weird. But true. Cold and flu passes by touching eyes, mouth, and nose. If you are a victim, stay...

5 Universities that uses Facebook as their mode of communication

We at MixORG, wanted to study some of the universities who actively uses Facebook as their official mode of communication. We analysed the QS ranking report of Top universities in the world and picked out the Tops 5 of them as per their ranking.   Here is some information about them:- SNO University Facebook   Page Country   Total number of Fans          Engagement   Rate Quality            Regularity 1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) US 613,508 4  Very Good Yes 2   University of Cambridge UK 1149158 4 Very Good Yes 3 Imperial College London UK 87448 3 Good Yes 4 Harvard University US 4052673 3 Good Yes 5 UCL (University College London) UK 10743 3 Good Yes   After this study our favorite school in terms of users, engagement, and quality – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and University of Cambridge are the ones who are more active and attract students on their media pages. They don’t use and quality creative but use language is interesting. Let us know in the comments,  your views on what do you think about and how important it is for universities to connect with students and the community via social...

Indian Institutes with BRICS 2014 Rankings

Among top 200 universities in the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). 3 Indian Universities stand out which are ranked top performers in these key emerging economies, We have further analyzed them for their social media presence on Facebook. Below is our analysis: Sno University Facebook  Page Total number of Fans Engagement  Rate Quality Regularity 1. Manipal University 62,744    5 Very good Yes 2. Amity University 1,734,958    3 Good No 3. BITS Pilani 8570    3 Good No *5 – excellent, 4 – very good, 3 – good, 2 – average, 1 – below average   Manipal University:- Manipal university is one of the leading universities with a good fan following and presence in south of India.  They cover every detail of their university on the Facebook page and have very good quality in the posting creative and content.  Overall rating to the university page is ‘Very Good’. Amity University:- Amity is one of the largest player in North of India, on Facebook it has a huge fan following. The university does not post regularly but each post seems to be supported by Ads and has good number of posts reach. The overall rating of the page is ‘Good’. BITS Pilani:- BITS is one of the India known names in the sector, on Facebook they are not so socially active. Simple and crisp updates of campus news and event are posted with less frequency. The overall rating of the college page is ‘Good’.   Do you think it’s important for universities to connect with students and the community via social media? Let us know through your...

Digital chronicles of a Noob…

The ‘Pink Army’ or as it is called in India ‘Swasthya Samvedana Sena’ project continues to teach me more about the hidden tools that exist in this vast world of digital spectrum. So, the task at hand was pure repetitive work of rearranging 26 GB of media rich content in a structure suitable for our Pink Army mobile application which we have launched in District of Sabarkantha in Gujarat in the Public Health Segment. The healthcare content was a combination of powerpoint presentations and videos. The first step was to convert these presentations into images of PNG format. The method suggested was that I open each presentation and then saving it as a PNG image which then automatically converts the file into a set of images in one folder. This is impressive! But, this can be an arduous task when you have more than 200 presentations to convert. I had one look at the number of presentations on a Saturday night and thought I was doomed. I cursed my luck and hoped that there must be a solution for this on the web. And guess what, the web never seems to fail the ones in need! I found this tool where a user can upload their files and it automatically converts the presentations into images in batches and gives it the same names as the folder which makes identification and rearrangement into respective folders easier. Immediately, I got cracking on this, loaded each folder onto it and went on to continue to eat my awesome dinner with movie while my files converted automatically .   Conversion done, now back to manual work. It took about two hours putting all the converted content into theirrespective folders. Job half done. Next task was to rename those PNG images in a sequential order. More Curses!!...

10 Fastest Moving EHEF Universities on Facebook

European Union Delegation India organized European Higher Education Fair 2014 in India, where European Union Universities attended the fair to educate the Indian students about their offerings. MixORG researched these universities and figured out the top 10 schools basing their presence on Facebook. Our research focused on studying the page and its posts for engagement rate (Talking about of the page), frequency of posting, and quality (professional design & branding) of the posts. Ranking University Facebook Page Country Total number of Fans Talking about (%) Engagement Rate (scale 1-5)* Quality (scale 1-4)* Regularity 1 Aalto University School of Science Finland 52464 0.8 Good Excellent Yes 2 TU Delft Netherlands 32394 10.5 Excellent Good Yes 3 Leeds Beckett University UK 31796 3.5 Very Good Very good Yes 4 Università Cattolica del Sacro Italy 69419 2.9 Good Good Yes 5 Politecnico di Milano Italy 63464 2.2 Good Good Yes 6 Universidad Autónoma de Madrid Spain 46245 1.6 Good Good Yes 7 University of Granada Spain 46171 1.6 Good Good Yes 8 SKEMA Business School France 25761 1 Good Good Yes 9 Le Cordon Bleu France 153935 0.5 Average Good Yes 10 Global College Malta Malta 105916 0 Below Average Good Yes   * 5-Excellent, 4 -Very Good, 3- Good, 2- Average, 1- Below Average The above table shows the analysis of top ten universities (by fan base) analyzed and rated by MixORG on the basis of engagement and quality. MixORG has given a score from 1-5 on engagement (based on Facebook talking about) and 1-5 on quality (our own assessment). For top spot, we had a tie among Aalto Sci, Leeds-Beckett...

Facebook’s Website Custom Audience Tool: A wonder wand

Facebook’s Custom Audience focused ads, one great way to get the audience who once visited your website to on Facebook . Its one intelligent way to reach well beyond core. This not only opens doors to the new way of product promotion, where we are hitting bull’s eye all due to the customised audience we pitch in that ad. If we know that they need it and we have not way to target them, then we are making a step closer to let them get it. One can use Custom Audiences to invite people to come back to your store, website or app. This tool gives more relevant the connections thus building amazing ROI. With website custom audience, one can generate ads that target recent visitors to my site and entice to like my Facebook page or sign up for my events and let them traverse through my site and products. If you think the USP of this powerful tool restricts to this only, then my friends movie is yet over.  Apart from just building the website audience you can also target by specific pages or sections of your website which you think people most visit or you think should be relevant for the campaign. The process remains same whichever way you create Website Custom Audience; from Power Editor or Ads . So let’s start with creating WCA using AD MANAGER. From the Ads Manager, click on Audiences in the left column, then click the “green Create Audience” button. Create WCA using POWER EDITOR. Using Power Editor, click Audiences tab on the left side (old design) or click the...

gZip for a faster website

gZip for a faster Website gzip  is a file format and a software application used for file compression and decompression. The Purpose As the name signifies, gzip actually compresses the pages from the server before transmitting to our browsers. Obviously, making a website faster is one of the top most priority for website developers. In this fast paced world, no one has spare time to wait. People want what they want, faster than anyone else can ! Page Speed is a critical component in the digital user experience, and it is hugely important in our content-driven world. There’s a reason why Google Analytics includes statistics like Page Load Time, Lookup, and Page Size. Webpage speed is also an important ranking factor in the complex ranking algorithm from Google. How everything works When you open a webpage , say mixorg.com, what happens is that your browser talks to the web server running behind the the URL. The conversation goes like a standard Request-Response format. Browser: Hey, GET me mixorg.com/index.html Server: Ok, let me see if there is a file named index.html Server: Found! Here is your response code (200 OK) sending the file Browser: 2048KB !! waiting..downloading..downloading… ok its loaded Obviously,the machines don’t interact like this but its a very simplified version. As you can see, the file got loaded. Ok, so what’s the problem ? Well, the problem is simple. 2048 KB of data is too much for a slow internet to download. Okay you’ve got a very fast internet connection at home, but lets not forget that most of the time we waste every day on the internet is to...