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Q&A Monday: Network Design

Q&A Monday: Network Design

Question: Hello Jim, I have only been a network administrator for only a short period of time, and recently I’ve been asked by a friend to design a network for his new business.  I’ve only managed a network that was already in place when I accepted the job, and haven't had much experience designing a network from the ground up.  I know [...]

Best Practices for Password Policy

Best Practices for Password Policy

I’ve seen a lot of different companies send out a secure password when a user starts out, but when the user changes their password, they may make it something less secure.  That’s why I thought I’d go over some of the configurable Group Policy Settings with some of the best practices for password settings.  I feel like I need to mention [...]

Windows 7 FTP Server

Windows 7 FTP Server

There are many reasons you might want to set up your own FTP server, you want access to files when you are not in the office or home.  But what many people don't know is that winthin Windows 7 has a built in FTP server to it, and to activate and confgure it is easier than you might think. 1. Go to Start ->Control Panel -> Programs. Then [...]

Apple Launches iTunes 9.2

Apple Launches iTunes 9.2

     I’ve been waiting since last week for iTunes to be updated to support the new iPhone, but along with making the software ready for the iPhone, there are some security issues that this new version of iTunes fixes. Apple has released iTunes 9.2 for Windows systems to address multiple vulnerabilities affecting the [...]

Top 5: Chrome Extensions you should have!

Top 5: Chrome Extensions you should have!

Very recently, I’ve been sucked into using Google’s browser Chrome.  I remember trying it out when it was first launched and wasn’t really impressed with it then.  Like so many things, with experience comes knowledge and I’ve now come to love the browser, though it’s not exclusive at this point, and have heard similar stories [...]

Adobe Flash Update

Adobe Flash Update

Adobe has finally dealt with part of the security issues that it addressed earlier in the week. Adobe has finally updated their Flash Player with the release of version 10.1 (download here).  It is recommended that as soon as possible you update all your computer and servers. Note that this update does not fix the security issues that we also [...]

Google Release New Chrome 5.0.375.70

Google Release New Chrome 5.0.375.70

Google has released Chrome 5.0.375.70 for Linux, Mac, and Windows to address multiple vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code, conduct cross-site scripting attacks, bypass security restrictions, or obtain sensitive information. I shouldn’t have to tell you, but I will anyway, if you are using an [...]

Microsoft Security Updates: June 8th 2010

Microsoft Security Updates: June 8th 2010

Security Updates Update: MS10-032/KB979559 Type: Important Affected Systems: 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7, 2008, 2008 R2 What it does: A trio of bugs in the Windows kernel can allow the use of malformed fonts to allow escalation of privileges attacks. It would be a bit hard to sneak a font onto the system without some sort of install privileges [...]

Adobe Security Issue

Adobe Security Issue

    Apparently there is a big security hole in the Adobe Products affecting the following Products: Systems Affected Adobe Flash Player 10.0.45.2 and earlier 10.x versions Adobe Flash Player 9.0.262 and earlier 9.x versions Adobe Reader 9.3.2 and earlier 9.x versions Adobe Acrobat 9.3.2 and earlier 9.x versions Other Adobe [...]

Q&A Monday: Disable Taskbar Preview

Q&A Monday: Disable Taskbar Preview

Question: Hi Jim, I am a big fan of you blog, and found your site a while back while looking for blue screen problems I was having on my XP machine.  I just bought another computer with Windows 7 on it, and I hate the task bar preview, is there a way to get rid of it? Patricia Mackey Minneapolis, MN Answer: As many people have [...]

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