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General Discussion / Re: Email hacked?
« on: February 28, 2019, 08:19:12 pm »
Thanks Mark,

I only access my email account from my linux PC or via my android phone. I suspect android - and, in fact, everything google. My next phone will be an iphone.

The two outgoing emails I definitely did not send must represent some sort of breach though, whether a browser hack or a virus in an incoming email.

There doesn't seem to have been any other suspect activity since I changed my password though. I'm keeping a careful eye on it. I still haven't reconnected my phone to the account (the fact that it got disconnected in the first place also seems to suggest a problem)...

Thanks SeZo,

Sounds perfectly plausible. There lies the problem. Who do we trust? Would a non-web mail be more secure? Haven't had one of them for years..

General Discussion / Re: Email hacked?
« on: February 22, 2019, 11:00:37 pm »
Thanks Rich,

I've tried the site and it says I'm ok as far as data breaches are concerned, which is good. But it doesn't prove that neither I nor any of my contacts haven't been targeted by malware.

The real worry is that my account sent two emails to recipients I don't know, but with a subject line referring to a social group I do know, suggesting that some piece of malware is using address books to spread itself. More worrying is that those 2 emails were sent despite the fact that I'm running linux, so presumably it's a browser-hack. Hopefully any payload contained in an email is sitting on my computer looking in vain for Windows files, but I don't like to think that such payloads can be transmitted from my computer to my contacts, who probably ARE running Windows/playing russian roulette (delete as appropriate).


General Discussion / Re: Email hacked?
« on: February 21, 2019, 06:31:05 pm »
I can't be sure it wasn't my phone trying to sync, but I can't be sure it was.

But it baffles me why the IP lookup suggests three possible locations hundreds of miles apart, and why my phone suddenly stopped syncing with outlook. And Microsoft seems to think something suspect was happening...

I think outlook does offer two factor authentication. Will look into it, although I don't really like giving MS my phone number. Mind you, Google has it by default. How much worse could it get?

General Discussion / Re: Email hacked?
« on: February 21, 2019, 01:00:42 am »
Thanks Mark,

So what would you do in these circumstances? I changed my password, and have noticed no further suspect activity so far..

Also, any thoughts on what happened? Phone hack, computer hack, 3rd party computer hack, browser hack? I'd appreciate your opinion...


General Discussion / Re: Erasing the hard drive
« on: February 18, 2019, 11:32:31 pm »
Personally I always use Boot & Nuke.

And if the HDD in the laptop is the only drive, running SeZo's code twice is going to be difficult.

I love that video of drives being shredded though - but where can you find that service, and how do you know the stranger you hand over your drive to won't do a bit of data recovery instead? After all, you wouldn't want it destroyed if it was worthless, would you? I'd rather dismantle the drive myself, then smash the platters with a nice big hammer....

General Discussion / Email hacked?
« on: February 18, 2019, 09:35:36 pm »
Just been locked out of my account because of 'unusual activity'.

Having got back in, I found the following.

Time (GMT)                                  Session Type                                                Approximate location
 12/02/2019 19:58                        Automatic Sync                                             United Kingdom

ProtocolIMAP                              Time12/02/2019 19:58
IP:                        Approximate location: United Kingdom

Account alias:                              Type: Unusual activity detected

Trouble is, how do I tell whether it was my phone trying to sync with outlook, or someone else up to no good? An IP lookup suggests that  is in Brighton, Barking or Cardiff, whereas I'm in Norfolk and my ISP is in Scotland, so it looks suspect to my eagle eye.

Also, it appears I sent two messages both to recipients I don't know, but with a subject line referring to a social group I do know. That suggests to me that maybe one of that group got hacked and was used to send fake messages, including to me. Does that sound credible?

Finally, my phone stopped syncing with my outlook account. I haven't set it up again yet because I'm not confident about what's going on.

General Help & Advice / Re: Help needed with dual booting
« on: January 12, 2019, 10:58:40 pm »
Do budgies really like chocolate? Who knew?

Personally I've given up dual-booting. Too much trouble when one half goes wrong...

General Help & Advice / Re: Tumblerd preventing dismount in Truecrypt
« on: January 03, 2019, 11:22:40 pm »
OK. I got fed up and shut down the PC.

On restart I was able to access the encrypted drive...

Marking this solved now.

General Help & Advice / Tumblerd preventing dismount in Truecrypt [solved]
« on: December 30, 2018, 10:18:34 pm »
This is weird. I've just been accessing an encrypted drive, and now I want to unmount it.

However, Truecrypt says "the target is busy". If I try to unmount it in the File Manager I get "Volume is busy" and apparently /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/tumblr-1/tumblerd is the culprit.

The thing is, I wasn't using Tumblr. In fact I never do.

Truecrypt isn't offering to force a dismount, although the file manager does, but I'm worried about losing access to the encrypted drive, so I don't want to risk that.

Any suggestions gratefully received.


General Help & Advice / Re: TrueCrypt.Is it safe?
« on: December 13, 2018, 11:01:03 pm »
Thanks Wishbone,

I've found a copy of Truecrypt 7.1 and installed it so I'll stick with that for now.

Thanks for your input.


General Help & Advice / Truecrypt.Is it safe? [solved]
« on: December 06, 2018, 09:03:47 pm »
I've used TrueCrypt for years on Windows machines and, more recently, in Linux.

Now I'm trying to install it in Xubuntu, but I can't find the installation file, and everywhere I look on the web is either offering version 7.2 which may be unstable, asking me to use a PPA, or getting blocked by Chrome as a potentially dangerous site.

I know TC isn't officially supported since 2014, but all I'm trying to do is protect my data from anyone who might steal, or otherwise access my PC. I figure those people would probably not be able to crack the last stable version of TC, and probably wouldn't even bother trying, since this is just someone's personal computer and unlikely to contain anything particularly valuable to a casual thief.

Any views, anyone?

General Help & Advice / Re: Problems installing virtualbox
« on: November 26, 2018, 09:09:09 pm »
Ok. I got vb to recognise one of my vms, so I'm marking this solved now.

Thanks again, SeZo.

General Help & Advice / Re: Problems installing virtualbox
« on: November 16, 2018, 09:33:58 pm »
Thanks SeZo,

I followed the link, downloaded the Ubuntu 16.04 files, accepted the option to open with the package installer and bingo! I can now open virtualbox 5.2.22.

My next task will be to get it to recognize one or two VMs I created before reinstalling Xubuntu and upgrading to 5.2.22. I'll leave this thread open for the moment since it's the obvious place for any questions I might have on that score.

General Help & Advice / Problems installing virtualbox [solved]
« on: November 16, 2018, 09:00:43 pm »
I'm trying to install virtualbox in a new installation of Xubuntu, by following Mark's advice in a different thread, which I've quoted below (because I don't know how to reference the other thread here).

OK,let's remove any verions of virtualbox that might be installed or partially installed:
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sudo apt purge virtualbox*
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sudo apt clean

Make sure you have build-essential, linux-headers-generic, and dkms installed:
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sudo apt install build-essential linux-headers-generic dkms

add the public key for the oracle virtualbox repo with:
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wget -q [url][/url] -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Now backup your sources.list:
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sudo cp -v /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.bak

Now open sources.list for editing:
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sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

and add these 2 NEW LINES at the bottom:
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###### Oracle VirtualBox repo
deb [url][/url] trusty contrib
SAVE the file and exit gedit.

Back in the terminal update the package cache:
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sudo apt update

and install virtualbox-4.3 with
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sudo apt install virtualbox-4.3

Check you're a member of the vboxusers group and add yourself if necessary.

One finished installing (and adding yourself to the vboxusers group if necessary) ..REBOOT.

Download the extensions pack for the correct version of virtualbox from here:
here's a direct download llink for the current version (4.3.14):
and double click it to to install it .. virtualbox will start and offer to install it, click the "Install" button, then scroll to the bottom of the license and click the "I Agree" button, and enter your password when prompted.



Everthing works until sudo apt install virtualbox-4.3, which gives the following errors

mike@xubuntu:~$ sudo apt install virtualbox-4.3
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies.
 virtualbox-4.3 : Depends: libvpx1 (>= 1.0.0) but it is not installable
                  Recommends: libsdl-ttf2.0-0 but it is not going to be installed
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

I tried the following, but no luck..
mike@xubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install libvpx1
[sudo] password for mike:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Package libvpx1 is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source

E: Package 'libvpx1' has no installation candidate

Where do I go from here, folks?  This worked in Ubuntu 14.04.


General Help & Advice / Re: Locked out of my xubuntu install(s)
« on: October 26, 2018, 11:13:45 pm »
Hello Mark,

You've cracked it again! I'm back into the original installation, having set up the administrator account as you suggested. It worked like a charm. Then I reset the password for my own account and am now able to access that too.

I'd already copied off my data via the command line, which I managed to get to grips with this morning. I'm enjoying the command line. Reminds me of my old DoS days (once an old DoS-er, always an old DoS-er).

When I tried the thunar thing, I still got a 'permission denied' message. That may be something to do with the fact that I used a Lubuntu livecd, so I had to use PCManFS instead of thunar? Seems unlikely, but I can't think of any other reason - except that the whole episode is a bit of a mystery considering it began with me installing Xubuntu on a new SSD with the old hdd disconnected..

Anyway, at least I'm now back to square one, with data intact. And I thought the SSD would save me time, not cost me hours of banging my head on the desk!

The next challenge will be to try to clone the Xubuntu half of a dual-boot onto the SSD... I expect I'll be back quite soon!

Thanks again for your help. Greatly appreciated.


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