Sunday, May 18, 2014

Remote Desktop feature with Google Chrome

Google Chrome has an extension that allows remote desktop connectivity.  The first step is the install the Remote Desktop extension for Chrome.  The current URL for the Chrome store is  Perform a search for Remote Desktop.  During the installation, you will be asked to log into your Google account.



Once installed, the feature should appear as a separate icon.  The link of chrome://apps/ should display any local installed applications for Chrome.


The computer in question must be authorized initially.


The various security parameters must be set for your Google account.


Once all of the parameters are in place, two main options should be available:  remote assistance or accessing another computer.



If you access the Remote Computer option, the feature to allow remote connections must first be enabled.


A PIN value must be entered to control access.



An error may be returned if the portable version of Chrome is being used (currently a local update service must be running for the extension to work) or if the user account in question does not have local administrative authority in Windows.


The PIN number will need to be entered again.



Once all components are in place and working, the primary or first machine should appear on a secondary computer.


The PIN value will need to be entered that was configured on the host machine.


On the remote machine, a small dialog box should be present near the bottom of the screen once connected.


The Remote Assistance feature can be used to request access to a particular individual.  Select the Share button.


An access code will automatically be generated and displayed.


On the remote machine, access the Access button.


Enter the access code that was generated.


At this point, the primary desktop should be displayed with the same dialog box at the bottom of the page as described above.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

How to control which sites will use Flash with Internet Explorer

Other web browsers such as Google Chrome off a “click-to-play” option to offer control of when plug-ins such as Flash are used.  A similar configuration can be used with Internet Explorer.  Access the “Manage Add-ons” dialog box within Internet Explorer.  Right-click on the Flash entry and select the “More Information” menu selection.


Click on the “Remote all sites” button and then click on the Close button.


When accessing a site that uses Flash, a dialog box should now appear asking for permission.


Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) is a Microsoft-supported, stand-alone solution to convert virtual machines and disks from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts and Windows Azure.

Web site to test browsers for the revoked digital certificate parameter

Most web browsers have the option to check for a revoked digital certificate for a particular URL.  The following web site was created as a test:

Below are some examples of different web browsers.  The first image is from Chrome, the second Firefox, and the third Internet Explorer.  The last image is an example of a browser that did not display a warning.  More details on the topic can be found at





How to upgrade the Kali Linux Distro

To update the components of the Kali Linux distro, launch a root terminal dialog box and use the following command:

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade


A prompt may appear asking if you wish for the updates to be installed.


Horizon View Event Notifier

The Horizon View Event Notifier is a tool that connects to one or more existing Horizon View Event Database(s) and allows the user to customize which types of alerts to be notified on.

Friday, May 2, 2014


BlindElephant is a web application fingerprinter; it attempts to discover the version of a (known) web application by comparing static files at known locations against precomputed hashes for versions of those files in all all available releases.


LDWin is Network Link Discovery application for Windows.  The utility supports CDP (Cisco Discovery Protocol) and LLDP (Link Layer Discovery Protocol.)



Polipo is a free multi-platform lightweight forwarding and caching web proxy server. Polipo is HTTP 1.1-compliant, supports IPv4, IPv6, traffic filtering and privacy-enhancement.

VMware View client with Ubuntu

Ubuntu is currently the only Linux distribution that is officially supported by VMware for the VMware View client usage.  To obtain the software package, access the Software and Updates option under System Settings.  Access the Other Software tab and enable the option for Canonical Partners.


Allow the local package list to be updated.


Access the Software Center and search for VMware.  The View client should now be available.  Even though Ubuntu is the currently only official supported Linux version for the client, the same procedure can be used with other versions of Ubuntu such as XUbuntu and LUbuntu to install the application.