An Android Tip on USB storage

Is your USB storage of your smartphone working fine with windows operating system? If your answer is not always, probably this post can help you. Not a straightforward method though, but one of the faster methods to copy files between devices.

 

All you have to do is, connect your Android device to your Virtual Machine, Turn on USB storage by enabling the button on your android device’s screen. Now, your SD card will be removed from the device and mounted to the Virtual Machine, Access the files and folder, copy or paste files to and from the device to the virtual machine and move it to the host network folder(windows workgroup folder).

The slideshow will guide you through the above steps:

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Note that, it is recommended to connect to either Android device or the host network at a time.

Don’t tell me, I do not have VM network or how to use a virtual machine 🙂

Happy hacking!

 

Virtual Box Networking and Accessing the Shared Drives of the Host

Hi Folks! This time,the post is about Virtual Machine Networking. Though it is a problem bugging my heads for a long time, the solution is quiet simple than I thought. I have shared the steps in the screenshots below.

1) Select the folder in your host machine and enable access to the network by following the steps shown below. Here, My host machine is Windows7 . I am enabling the sharing from Properties window of the folder.

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2) Then, access the Vitual Machines Network Adapter settings and making the changes as shown below.

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3) Once after modifying the Network adapter settings, Go and browse through the Network folder of your Virtual Machine. For the first time, it will ask for the authentication to log in to your host, you can set your VM to remember the host authentication password, so that you need not give it again and again. Note that,  Authentication and access rights are required to access the shared drives with limited access.  But for the host folders with full access, it will not ask for further authentications.

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Hope it helps! Happy Learning Folks!!!

Tethering : Have you tried it on your Android handset?

The mobile phones are the fastest evolving species of the technology world since their invention. Today’s hand-phones (apart from telecommunication) can Play you music, capture your best moments as high quality pictures, edit and share them instantly, make video calls, share your thoughts to your community and the rest of the world, make your office truly distributed and portable and a lot more things in affordable prices. They have truly shrunken the size of the world, aren’t they?

In this blog, I would like to write about one of the really useful but ignored feature by most of us on your Android devices,Tethering.

Tethering is a technique of sharing the data connection of your mobile with the other devices. This can be done  in two ways:

  1. USB Tethering
  2. Portable Wi-Fi hotspot

They are more like using your handset as a router or a wireless modem.

In this post, let us see how to do this on your Android handsets:

  • Navigate to the settings icon of your Android set.
  • go to the WiFi and network settings.

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  • navigate to tethering and portable hotspot as shown below

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  • It gives you two choices to choose from :  USB tethering and Portable Wi-Fi hotspot.
  • USB tethering requires your mobile phone to be connected with the pairing device using a USB cable, otherwise the option will be disabled.
  • Check the check-box next to the USB tethering menu once after connecting your device with another device using USB cable. Now you can connect to your Mobile phones’ Internet connection from the other device directly. The status bar will notify the USB symbol once the tethering is successful(as shown in the image below).
  • Now comes, portable Wi-Fi hotspot. The USB tethering can connect only two devices with the help of  a USB cord. But in case of portable Wi-Fi tethering, many devices can share your data connection simultaneously(Unless your connection is too slow).
  • Check the check-box adjacent to the Portable Wi-Fi hotspot as shown in the figure below:

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  • You can edit the security settings for your Wi-Fi hot spot from the  Portable Wi-Fi hotspot settings.

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  • If you choose a Open connection, it will be visible and accessible to all without any authentication.
  • If you want your connection to be secured, choose the WAP2 SPK instead of open. That can help you to choose password to connect with the Wi-Fi hotspot.
  • You can configure the connection timeout, if you want to disable the availability of the network in desired time.

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Its pretty easy, right? The one big drawback is, your mobile phones’ battery will run out very soon by enabling this service.

Happy Hacking!

What colour hat do i wear?

People are always curious about learning stuffs and so I am. As long as we are curious and as long as we have the zeal to learn, we can visualize something new! Now, sharing with you a security issue, “Password hacking”.
We might have come across several browsers asking you, whether you want to save your password for future logins. It is safe, if you say no to it. Because it is super easy to view stored passwords from the machine, though it looks encrypted.

Now, let me show you how to view the saved passwords! Go to your browser(not actually IE) and open a login page of any site(except banking sites). Type into the username and password boxes. Now, your password field is encrypted, right?

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Right click the password field and you will be able to spot the inspect-element menu. Click on it.
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Now, you view the html source of the site in which the input type is given as “password”. Change it to “text”. If you are a Firefox user, find out the steps shown in the snapshots. You will be able to view the password text.
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Internet explorer does not give you an inspect element menu on the right-click of password field. It is actually bit secure than the other browsers. So beware, saving password in the computers is actually vulnerable!

Note : you can edit anything on the page as long as you reload it.