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Ransomware: Protection and Recovery

Ransomware, the breed a malicious software that takes your computer hostage by encrypting files and demanding a ransom payment to unlock them, continues to be the scourge of computer networks everywhere. In the past month, ransomware attacks were carried out on a massive scale, including attacks on the Colorado Department of Transportation and the City […]

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 as […]

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 by […]

Serious Wifi Flaw Discovered

A new and serious flaw with wireless networking was announced this morning. We are waiting for companies to provide patches to fix the security risk, and will update the wifi system as soon as they are available. Once the network has been patched, we will send out an email to let everyone know.

What is it? […]

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 http://www.dban.org/download.
Insert a USB flash drive with 32MB+ available space.
Download the Universal USB-Installer, which converts the *.iso image to USB flash http://www.pendrivelinux.com/downloads/Universal-USB-Installer/Universal-USB-Installer-1.9.6.6.exe
Run […]

How to take a screenshot on your Mac

How to take a screenshot on your Mac
To take a screenshot of your whole screen:

Press Command (⌘)-Shift-3.

Find the screenshot as a .png file on your desktop.

You can take screenshots of your whole screen or just part of it. Screenshots are saved automatically as .png files on your desktop.

To take a screenshot of part of your […]

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 of […]

Importance of Keeping your firewall up to date

Importance of Keeping your firewall up to date
Keeping your firewall up to date is the easiest way to protect your network and data. Aging firewalls present a security risk for your environment. A firewall that is 5 years old is typically 50% less effective at blocking attacks than a unit that is only 3 years […]

Easy external-monitor or projector setup for laptops

Easy external-monitor or projector setup for laptops
If you’re running Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 on a laptop, use this shortcut: Windows key + P.

Tap it with a monitor or projector attached to the laptop’s video output, and you’ll get a new selector box that helps you configure the external display device.

Use Windows 7’s Compatibility mode to run a troublesome older app

Use Windows 7’s Compatibility mode to run a troublesome older app
To activate Compatibility mode, right-click on the affected program’s icon, then click on the Properties item in the menu that pops up. In the Properties window, you will see a set of tabs across the top; choose Compatibility. In the resulting dialog box, you will want to check […]