• Android: Protecting your network data from local snooping

    There's been a lot of news of late about the likes of NSA and GCHQ passively listening to Internet traffic. The steps in this post won't protect you from such a well resourced attacker, but will prevent others on open wifi networks and your mobile data provider from looking at the content of your phone's network traffic.

    A good example of the data that can easily be collected can be seen in this recent Ars Technica post.

    In this post, we'll be configuring an Android phone to conditionally connect to an OpenVPN server, dependant on whether it's associated with a specific WLAN

  • Howto root the Samsung Galaxy S2 from Linux

    One of the first things I do when I receive an Android phone is to root it, primarily so that I can use OpenVPN but it does carry some other benefits (including getting rid of the rubbish the carrier installs on your behalf!). This documentation has been sitting in my to-do pile for a little while, but for any looking to root a Samsung Galaxy S2 from a Linux machine, I hope it's of help (I know my article on rooting the Sony Xperia has been well visited!). 

  • Howto root the Sony Erricson Xperia X8 (Android 2.1) from Linux

    I recently bought a new X8, and unlocked it from Three. Unfortunately, when branding the phone they decided to install all manner of crud that the user won't necessarily need. Apps such as Spotify load whether you want them to or not, and there's nothing you can do about it!

    Well, nearly, you can root the phone and then uninstall the problem apps.

    There's plenty of guides out there on how to root the X8 from Windows, but information regarding Linux and Mac systems is much harder to find! Let's begin;

  • Using the LG (Cookie) KP500/501 as a dial-up adaptor in Linux

     

    This document details how to configure and install a LG KP500/KP501 (AKA Cookie) for use as a dial-up adaptor in Linux

     

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