Python Screen Grab Code

The following code listing is for a cross platform method for grabbing the screen in Python. It uses PIL on Windows, and ImageMagick on other platforms.

import PIL
import os
import platform

def grab_screen(fname):
    if platform.system() == 'Windows':
        PIL.ImageGrab.grab().save(fname, "JPEG")
        cmd = "import -window root %s" % fname


Tightening Up EC2 Security

An EC2 instance is configured with very tight firewall rules out of the box, allowing access only to port 22 (SSH) and forcing you to log-in using your RSA private key. Nevertheless, I discovered that my instance was subject to a brute force attack from someone in the U.A.E.

They didn’t manage to log in, but it make me think of locking down my EC2 instance. The easiest thing to do is to install Fail2Ban

  1. sudo apt-get install fail2ban
  2. Edit /etc/fail2ban/jail.conf and modify the destemail line to point to your email address.
  3. Restart the fail2ban service. sudo service fail2ban restart

You could always tweak the parameters to your liking but I was satisfied with the default fail2ban parameters.