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Q&A Monday: Security Question Safety?

Q&A Monday:  Security Question Safety?

Question: With all the talk about making a password secure, I noticed that someone with enough knowledge of me would be able to reset my password using the security questions. These questions are similar across almost every site that I visit and a friend or determined enough hacker could easily guess the answers, any idea on a way to help keep [...]

Q&A Monday: How to create a Windows Defender right click context menu

Q&A Monday: How to create a Windows Defender right click context menu

Question: How can I make a right click option to scan a file with windows defender? David A. Morrison Bellerose, NY Answers: Just as a reminder, that Windows Defender in Windows 8 is always running, but if you still wanted to scan individual files you can do it with the steps below: Press the Windows key to access the Start screen, type [...]

Simple Tips to a Secure Password

Simple Tips to a Secure Password

For many of us out there creating a secure password isn't always easy, it's hard to memorize one of those complex passwords (i.e. @<6v')T[~5).   I want to give you some good tips (and things to avoid) in order to make your password more secure.  The most common thing people do, and I was once guilty of that myself, is make the password for [...]

How to elevate RSAT shortcuts

How to elevate RSAT shortcuts

Companies out there, should not have their IT staff account with Administrator access for everyday work.  Yet IT staff generally will complain (I'm guilty of it) when they need do some administrative work.  Now to make an administrators work easier (while following best practices) you give the IT staff user accounts and use another account to [...]

Importance of Security Awareness

Importance of Security Awareness

Whether you know it or not, companies spends millions of dollars trying to make their network safe from hackers.  Billions of dollars and a lot of lost time are the cost that companies have to share when their systems are breached.  The problem becomes that most companies only address half of the solution, you can pour all the money you have [...]

Q&A Monday: How often should I update my Linux Servers?

Q&A Monday:  How often should I update my Linux Servers?

Question: I have recently become responsible for more servers at my current job, some of these servers are of the  RedHat and Debian flavor of linux, and I was wondering what is the recommended period of time between checking for updates on these servers? Catina P. Martin Mira Loma, CA   Answer: To be honest, it all [...]

5 ways to limit your DNS Issues

5 ways to limit your DNS Issues

  One of the things most overlook on a network when things are going well, but when they aren't, are one of the most pain in the butt things imaginable is DNS for a network.  When you start messing with DNS, you'll find there are many ways things can go wrong or become endlessly complicated.  I've find there are 5 rules that can help you keep [...]

Q&A Monday: IIS 7.5 Error 401.3

Q&A Monday:  IIS 7.5 Error 401.3

Question: I'm trying to test my ASP.Net website and I keep getting this error: HTTP Error 401.3 - Unauthorized You do not have permission to view this directory or page because of the access control list (ACL) configuration or encryption settings for this resource on the Web server. I tested the site both from the IP address, as I [...]

Upgrade BackTrack 5 R1 to the new R2

Upgrade BackTrack 5 R1 to the new R2

If you are anything like me, you hate to wait for things and here's a time you can get the information before the release.  BackTrack R2 will be released on March 1st 2012, but there are directions to make all the upgrades today, all you need to do is follow the directions below, and you'll get the newest kernel, security updates and tools [...]

Security Update: Mozilla Firefox 6 and 3.6.20

Security Update:  Mozilla Firefox 6 and 3.6.20

    Mozilla identified and fixed several memory safety bugs in its browser engine used in Firefox 3.6, Firefox 5 and other Mozilla-based products. Some of these bugs showed evidence of memory corruption under certain circumstances, and that they fear that someone with enough effort could be exploited to run arbitrary code.  This update is [...]

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