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Gaming

Cuisine Royale

A surprising treat.

Today, when I got home from work I quickly jumped on to PUBG (Player Unknown Battlegrounds) for an hour well waiting for the girlfriend to get home. PUBG has its issues but I can honestly say that I am thoroughly enjoying the new map, Karakin. Did Bluehole (the creators of PUBG) fix the stuttering, cheaters or slew of other issues? Nope!… But at least we got a map and some more cosmetic items to buy!

After a few duos and a chicken dinner (Battle Royale players will understand the reference), I headed out to grab some food. When I arrived back home and jumped back on I was greeted with this –

What the actual fuck… 4hours to do some bug fixes with the test server being down at the same time? What Online Gaming platform doesn’t have rolling updates in 2020?!?! Why push an update that just fixes some low priority bugs and not the slew of issues mentioned above?!

Cuisine Royale – Brutal multiplayer last-man-standing shooter with realistic weaponry and bloody mystic.

I raged… A lot. I was in the mood to play a battle royale style shooter and Fortnite just isn’t my type of game (I prefer shooting over the macro building). After a bit of web searching and friend suggestions, I stumbled across Cuisine Royale. I started off thinking the game was a joke and turns out I wasn’t fully wrong

I downloaded the game from Steam and fired it up with the lowest possible expectations. The game was free and looked hilarious but at least it could pass the time. Man, was I wrong! I loaded up the game and picked the female gunslinger which in turn brought me to the main menu.

I scanned through the different cosmetics and finally returned to the main menu and fired up my first game. It loaded me into a small city area and well waiting for other players to join (I thought), I proceeded to configure my video and mouse settings. Turns out unlike PUBG, there is no starting lobby and another player began firing a hail of bullets towards me, killing me. I chuckled, fixed my settings and loaded the game back up ready to try again.

After a few games, I can honestly say the game is a lot of fun and definitely my new ‘Patch Day’ game. Some things to note that will help you when playing are as follows:

Where’s the Loot?

Items can be scarce. Unlike other Battle Royale games plan to use a pistol or your starting knife during the first few minutes of a game.

Explosi-loot

Looting can be difficult sometimes. When someone dies each item is littered across the floor. Use Tab with a lot of items and F when dealing with single items. Make sure when grabbing ammo to grab each clip as multiple clips will not be picked up together.

I found this GIF that highlighted just how frantic the looting can be.

Armor for days.

Most Battle Royale games have a few pieces of armor or a shield to help bolster your health. In Cuisine Royale you have 10 armor slots and 3 utility item slots. These armor pieces are found all over the map so keep an eye out.

Coins Everywhere

Currently, an event is going on called ‘Path to Valhalla’. Keep an eye out for Aztec coins and collect them to unlock items at the slot machine.

I played for a few hours last night and even got a friend to join me in duos before the PUBG servers came back online. It was an incredibly enjoyable experience and I will definitely be playing again soon… Especially after getting back onto PUBG and seeing my frames plummet well on Cuisine Royale I stayed at a constant 4k, high FPS.

UPDATE – I was so close last night :(.

Categories
Cyber Security

PWK – NMAP

Bulk Scanning, Finding Victims

I am currently reading up on NMAP (Network Mapper) as I prepare for my Offensive Security Certified Professional (PWK OSCP). – I will definitely be writing further blog posts on this subject but I found this tidbit extremely useful.

Scan the entire subnet to find the DNS server. Once you have the DNS server, you can leverage it to get the hostnames on your scans as well:

nmap --top-ports 10 --open --dns-server 10.11.1.??? -oA nmap/top10_all_hosts  10.11.1.0/24

This will help you better understand some of the relationships between the machines. It’s also a great way of finding the hard boxes (the “big four”) right away in the OSCP exam.

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Technology

KRAKEN Z & X SERIES

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Technology Web Development

GoDaddy

The steaming pile of hosting that is GoDaddy.

Today I tried to investigate the expiration of my GoDaddy services which I was unable to do so through Firefox. This brought on this long-winded rant and the gripes I have with GoDaddy. I have currently used GoDaddy for the past three years, so this is not coming from a short-sighted opinion.

Inside Firefox… not loading. The new Edge Chromium browser worked though.

First, I think it would be beneficial to say that this wasn’t always the case. When I joined GoDaddy 3 years ago the platform was a decent mid-tier hosting platform that provided cheap hosting. Today, the GoDaddy platform is a jumbled mess with new features being brought on incomplete and features that are stock with other providers not being present.

Free SSL Certificates

With phishing, privacy and other online threats growing every day a valid SSL certificate should be a baseline of all websites. GoDaddy does not provide a free SSL service such as Let’s Encrypt making creating and renewing free certificates a pain.

Multi-factor Authentication

GoDaddy provides no multi-factor authentication (MFA) on cPanel for my package. MFA is a security system that verifies a user’s identity by requiring multiple credentials. Traditional usernames and passwords can be stolen, and they’ve become increasingly more vulnerable to brute force attacks. This should be a baseline security requirement for a hosting package.

My GoDaddy plan with MFA not available.
One of my clients GoDaddy package with MFA available.

Security Scanner

Another security-related issue GoDaddy struggles with a lack of free security tools. Patchman Security Scanner is a fully automatic tool that quarantines malware, identifies and fixes security vulnerabilities in over 40 CMS and web applications (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, WooCommerce, PrestaShop, etc.) and is included in other hosting providers for free. GoDaddy utilizes the same security solutions but to notify you that you have been exploited and try to get more money… not the location or how to fix it.

The issues don’t end here either… On client GoDaddy packages I have seen constant timeouts on cloud packages, servers being deprecated, support issues and more. Thankfully my contract with GoDaddy runs out June of this year and I could not be happier.

Closing Notes

So which host should you choose? Infomaniak is my top favorite and the reasoning is apparent:

  • Unlimited SQL Databases/Email Disk Space.
  • 100GB of file storage.
  • FREE SSL Certificates.
  • FREE Security Scanner.
  • 7.42 EURO monthly.

This is in no way a plug or advertisement, just believe people should know the services available to them. My current client base is using Infomaniak and as of June, so will I.

Additional Information:

https://www.infomaniak.com/en/hosting/web-and-mail/web-and-mail-hosting

https://www.patchman.co/

Categories
Technology

Welcome to the new Microsoft Edge

The Bleeding Edge

Last year Microsoft announced that its lackluster built-in Edge browser would be getting a shiny new coat of paint. This browser would have a Chromium base and a fresh new logo. Today I stumbled across its release when typing in Chrome into Bing.com search.

Curious to the improvements I downloaded the new browser and I was pleasantly surprised. From the familiar Chromium-based user interface, the immersive reader, built-in privacy functionality and dark theme (I love stock dark theme integration) this is truly a step in the right direction.

Additional Information:

https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2020/01/15/upgrading-new-microsoft-edge-79-chromium/

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge