Extending the life of a SSD

If you’re like me and you worry about the SSD in your PC and you want to extend the life of your SSD, here are a few things you can do, and as usual they’re easy to do. These tricks only work if you have at least 2 drives on your system. I have 2 x 4TB HDD’s, a 500GB SSD, 120GB SSD, and a 256GB M.2 SSD

  1. Move your swap file (system page file)

The Page file is a hidden system file on C: drive, it’s there for when your PC runs out of RAM, it also swaps background items to it to stop using system RAM. To move it right click on my computer and left click properties.

Now click on Advanced System Settings, click the Advanced Tab, click performance, click settings, click Advanced again, click manage next to Virtual Memory, disable Automatically manage paging file size for all drives, now change the drive and click apply.

Restart and you’re done.

 

Now if you have steam installed for gaming, you’ll need to move your game files to another drive. This is simple, when you try installing a game Steam will ask for a location, just create another folder on another drive and Steam will default to that drive. Or you could go into steam settings, downloads and then Steam Library Folders and add a new folder/drive.

Finally and this requires Firefox and Thunderbird, though these can be done in Chrome too.

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Thunderbird_:_FAQs_:_Changing_Profile_Folder_Location

 

 

 

 

Tories Want to have unencrypted traffic to the Web

The Tories will use the latest terrorist bomb attack in Manchester to force through legislation that will make Facebook, Google, WhatsApp and the like to leave their traffic unencrypted, or at the very least, to give UK security services access to our data.

I can immediately think of a couple of reasons why that shouldn’t happen.

  1. World War 1 & 2 were fought to prevent dystopian future where no one is safe or secure.
  2. North Korea and China jail dissidents all the time, just for speaking out against the government.
  3. It’s crazy to think it’s going to make even a tiny difference. They’ll just move to other sites that the SS can’t access.
  4. I could setup a chat room in HTML, PHP, JS, or Python on this site and secure it with SSL, it can be done on almost ANY webserver on the planet.

So while the plan might initially make sense, long term it’s useless.

Source: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/05/25/uk_to_push_antiencryption_laws_after_election/

Just another typical knee-jerk reaction.

This is what the Security Services missed:

* Suddenly wearing different clothing, associated with this form of terrorism.

* Chanting prayers loudly in the streets

* Changed social behavior massively

* Trips back and forth to Libya

* and the obscure clue…. he had an ISIS flag on his fucking roof!

If they can’t see that, I fail to see how cracking WhatsApp is going to help them.

In the Wake of WannaCry, how to be secure?

If you have a small office or home office, then security and data backup must be right at the forefront of your concerns in today’s connected world, especially in the wake of WannaCry.

In most cases you’re probably using some sort of cloud based backup, and while for the most part cloud storage is great, it’s still not as safe as you’d imagine. For one you have no idea who’s looking at your data, it maybe some nosey git in a data centre, or it could be security services from a number of different countries. Most people think they have nothing to hide and therefore nothing to fear, me personally I err on the side of paranoia. I also think no one has a right to inspect or collate your data for you but you.

So if you’re dependent on cloud systems to store your data, you’re probably also paying a hefty fee to keep it there, but what if I told you you could host your own cloud system at home or in the office for far less than an annual fee, and what’s more, only you and the people you allow can access it?

My system of choice here is NextCloud, it’s a free open-source and fully functional cloud based data storage. I have mine running on a Raspberry Pi 3, and it handles everything just fine. I also have a SSL connection, complex passwords and 2 PC’s, this makes 3 on-site backups for me, one on my desktop, one on my laptop and one on the Raspberry Pi. I also use it to save my photos from my iPad and iPhone through the iOS app. Android is also available too.

If you allow more users, and this is easy to do, then you’d have more backups, but you can also create users with their own accounts and own storage completely separate from one another. What’s more it only takes around 30 minutes to setup and secure.

You’ll need 3 tutorials, all listed here, all will help create a small cloud based server and help keep it secure.

Setup a hard drive or SSD on a Raspberry Pi: https://the-bionic-cyclist.co.uk/2017/03/22/run-a-raspberry-pi-on-a-ssd/

How to install NextCloud: https://the-bionic-cyclist.co.uk/2017/03/22/install-nextcloud-cloud-server-on-a-raspberry-pi/

How to setup SSL in 2 minutes: https://the-bionic-cyclist.co.uk/2017/03/22/setup-ssl-on-a-raspberry-pi-in-2-minutes/

I also use http://freeddns.noip.com/ to make my Pi accessible from anywhere in the world.

If you want to, you could even setup Pi-Hole and stop internet adverts too 🙂 and it’s brilliant.

 

The entry fee for this small project is around £55 for a Raspberry Pi 3, MicroSD card and power supply. The hard drive depends entirely on your space requirements.

You can buy a 4TB desktop hard drive for around £90-£100 but then you’ll need a caddy to store it and connect it to your Raspberry Pi via USB. Something like this: https://www.cclonline.com/product/227503/MR35TU3/External-HDD-Enclosure/CiT-USB-3-0-SATA-Hard-Drive-Enclosure-for-3-5-inch-Drives/HDD2869/

You know how important your data is, and if you do something like this, I’d recommend you test it for a week or two first to make sure it’s suitable and stable. If you have a lot of users (more than 5) I would only recommend doing this with something bigger like a desktop PC. The Raspberry Pi is an awesome little PC, but it will struggle with multiple simultaneous users. So spend a bit more money and get a dedicated PC