Computer Security – FBI charges 250 criminals with elderly fraud

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The work by FBI in this area is truly a beneficial endeavor. I have personally helped in the aftermath of online crimes against elderly in past & most lost money with no hope of recovery. Many have only used computers late in life & often with very limited training. And there are many tech savvy […]

Internet Security – Corporate DNS blocking rules best practices

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Akamai shares 2 in-depth & excellent articles on corporate DNS blocking rules https://blogs.akamai.com/2017/08/what-makes-a-good-dns-blacklist.html https://blogs.akamai.com/2017/08/what-makes-a-good-dns-blacklist-part-2.html DNS Threat Policies are more than a DNS Blacklist.  The term “DNS threat policy” refers to a combination of three factors: the reputation of the FQDNs or IP, the reference to the threat vector (C&C, downloader, etc),  and the action (NXDOMAIN, […]

Internet Service Providers – Net neutrality law ends on April 23 2018

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Internet Service Providers – Net neutrality law ends on April 23 2018 The net neutrality law ends on April 23 2018, which prohibited ISPs from blocking or throttling content.  Congress or individual states can still provide legislation within next 60 days to keep the terminated executive order in place.    Net neutrality ends on April 23, […]

Physical Security – Lighthouse advanced home webcam

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Lighthouse has released an advanced home webcam with sophisticated software to differentiate and document pets or family member activities as documented below: https://www.fastcompany.com/40534482/lighthouse-is-the-perfect-security-camera-for-surveilling-your-own-family https://www.light.house/ Place it in a highly trafficked part of your house, and you can use a smartphone to receive activity alerts and view live camera footage from anywhere. It even has a […]

Mobile World Congress 2018 – FEB 26th to MAR 1st in Barcelona

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Some possible previews of Smart Phone developments are expected to be announced next week & this is an important conference to watch for developments: https://www.pcmag.com/article/358620/phones-to-expect-at-mobile-world-congress-2018 Mobile World Congress is the biggest mobile industry trade show in the world.  It attracts more than 100,000 people to Barcelona to hear about the latest in phones and networks.  This year, […]

Office 2016 and Office 365 – Security Baseline Best Practices

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Microsoft issued it’s latest security best practices for Office 2016 and Office 365 as follows: https://redmondmag.com/articles/2018/02/15/office-security-baseline-announced.aspx Microsoft has published its final security baseline materials for organizations that manage Office 2016 and Office 365 ProPlus productivity suites. The baseline is collection of scripts, administrative templates (ADMX) and importable Group Policy Objects (GPOs), along with an Excel document containing recommended settings […]

Leadership – Mentoring improves employee development and retention

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The John Maxwell leadership training center shares an excellent article on how mentoring team members improves employee development & retention: http://johnmaxwellcompany.com/blog/how-mentoring-supports-employee-development The difference between retaining your company’s good employees and losing them to the competition can be as simple as the difference between equipping them to do a good job and developing them into great […]

Solid State Disks – Samsung produces 32TB high-end version

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These “world’s largest” SSD units are for very expensive & targeted for very high end corporate uses.  As the article notes SSD technology is continuing to improve over time. http://www.eweek.com/storage/samsung-now-mass-producing-32tb-solid-state-disks The previous SSD record for data capacity was held by Samsung’s 15.36TB lineup introduced in March 2016. This new 32TB SSD will find a lot of use […]

Security – Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection coming to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ADT) is coming to Windows 7 and 8.1 around mid-year 2018.  This protective security facility is currently only available to WIN10 clients. https://redmondmag.com/articles/2018/02/12/windows-defender-atp-windows-7-and-8.aspx https://blogs.windows.com/business/2018/02/12/announcing-windows-defender-atp-support-for-windows-7-and-windows-8-1/ Microsoft on Monday indicated that its Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) security service soon will be coming to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 clients. The service will […]

Privacy – 2018 VPN products review for home users

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PC Magazine shares an informative article.  VPN security is a “must” for those who travel or frequent access the internet in public networks.  It can also make activity via ISP more private & secure.  There are minor additional costs, performance impacts, and even a few compatibility issues.  Still, this is a valuable tool to be […]


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