Security by McAfee

There is McAfee Endpoint Security running on my work computer. Yesterday I lost few hours with having it blocked by my computer. I turned the computer on in the morning but Endpoint Security (ES) did not accept my password with following message: Error EE0F0001: Token authentication parameters are incorrect. I was more carefull typing the password, I had to wait for a minute  but it failed again. The third attempt failed again (and pause doubled). Then I had to call to a service desk to unlock it via passphrase exchange. I was curios, if the error disappeared so I rebooted my computer,  typed carefully the password and the same problem occured again, but the wait time increased to 5 minutes.

So I called helpdesk again, we went through the same procedure and he told me to change my windows password. I did and I printed neccessary materials, then I rebooted the computer and tried again – 15 minutes wait time and passwors was not still accepted. Fourth unlock procedure and guy from helpdesk told me that I need to wait at least half an hour after password change before rebooting computer to let McAfee Endpoint security sync new password. Fine, I did it again, finished some important work, verified in ES that authentical token was synced recently and rebooted notebook again. I typed my password and it told me that it is blocked for 30 minutes now! I called the helpdesk again and he told me that I had to switch off the computer to reset this pause counter. When I did, I could login in immediatelly.

Well, friday was not very productive day. But i realized that to spoof McAfee’s security increasing pause you just need to turn the computer off.

Linking external directories to Google drive

I recently started to use Google Drive desktop client on Windows. It created Disk Google in my home directory. Test was OK, but I realized one thing: there is no possibility to add a directory outside of this default directory. I was used to SugarSync where I had total control, which directory will be synchronized and I lacked this feature in Google Drive. Having strong Unix background I immediatelly had an idea to use symlinks. I knew there was such functionality in NFTS and after while I found junction command.

The first attempt was unsuccessful. When I created symlink in my Google Drive directory pointing to the requested location, nothing happened. Google Drive completely ignored such directory. When I reversed the direction, it worked. So I had to move existing directory (AppData\Roaming\.purple\logs\ to synchronize IM conversations across multiple computers) to Google Drive and then create symlink on original location. That’s it.

c:\Users\Leoš\AppData\Roaming\.purple>c:\bin\junction.exe logs "c:\Users\Leoš\Disk Google\pidgin\"

Junction v1.06 - Windows junction creator and reparse point viewer
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Created: c:\Users\Leo?\AppData\Roaming\.purple\logs
Targetted at: c:\Users\Leo?\Disk Google\pidgin"