Meltdown and Spectre

Last week, the technology world was shaken by the announcement of two flaws that reach deeply into modern computer architecture and affect just about every operating system and device in use now. The two flaws, named Meltdown and Spectre, are both caused by the way the hardware processor interacts with the operating system on every …

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Local Admin Blues

One of the most prevalent security risks we encounter is setting users to be local administrators on their workstations. This is usually set up because some important software application requires it, or users need the ability to make certain changes to their workstations – like changing wifi networks or adding printers. While setting a user …

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New Ransomware Strain

This week in Security News, a new ransomware called Bad Rabbit has been infecting networks in Russia, Asia, and Europe since yesterday. Some infections in the US have also been reported. So far it’s not spreading nearly as quickly as WannaCry and Petya, fortunately. Here are the important bits: It seems to be infecting computers …

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5 Best Security Practices

Smart Security Practices  Know you weaknesses The first step to good security on your computer is to know where your weaknesses are and hot to correct them or fix any of the damage they might have caused. There are many avenues that can cause weaknesses including unused services on your computer that can still connect …

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Creating Good Passwords

Protecting everything you lock with a good password is when you use length and complexity (mix of letters, numbers, symbols, and capitals). A six character password has been shown to be able to be cracked in under 13 minutes, but even a ten character password would  currently take 900 years to crack with our latest …

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Make a bootable USB flash drive to wipe an old hard drive

Make a bootable USB flash drive to wipe an old hard drive To use a USB to wipe an old hard drive on a Windows PC: Download the DBAN *.iso image from Insert a USB flash drive with 32MB+ available space. Download the Universal USB-Installer, which converts the *.iso image to USB flash …

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Shadow Copy

Shadow Copy The Shadow Copy feature is often one of the most overlooked tools built into Windows Servers. Utilizing shadow copies allows files to be recovered in real time, without having to turn to a traditional backup solution like tapes, or even online backups. This does not mean that Shadow Copies should take the place …

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