How NOT to do WiFi

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WiFi is everywhere these days, and most homes and small businesses have wireless as part of their network. Unfortunately, it seems many are putting themselves at risk for the convenience of wireless. One of the big things I’ve noticed is the tendency to use default router settings. For newer routers that’s probably ok but for [...]

Texting & Driving – Sender Can Get Sued Too! – Updated

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Your risk of getting sued just went up! According to this article: May 23, 2012 – CBSNews: Suing the Sender? Distracted driving blames both texters for crash a couple seriously injured (both lost a leg) by a man distracted by texting while driving is suing his girlfriend for damages too! They argue she contributed to [...]

DNSChanger and Your Internet Connection

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Some months ago the FBI shutdown a criminal ring that operated a network of rogue DNS servers. These servers intercepted communications from computers infected with malware known as DNSChanger. The malware exploited a weakness of the Microsoft Windows operating systems but can also affect the DNS settings in various home and small office routers. The [...]

External Hard Drives as Backup Solutions

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Background In the old days, the primary media for computer backup was magnetic tape. I still remember using cassette tapes to back up programs and data from a TRS-80 computer in the early 1980′s. It was so slow and unreliable that it drove me to spend the $500 on a single sided 5.25″ floppy disk [...]

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) = BAD IDEA!

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Introduction BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is a new trend (maybe the norm in some places by now?) where employees bring their personal computers, phones, USB flash drives, etc. to work and use them for work as well as personal needs. Companies are apparently encouraging BYOD based on the theory that it keeps employees happy [...]

Book Review: Cyber War by Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake

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The book Cyber War by Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake is a wakeup call targeting our elected representatives and military leaders.  It should also be a wakeup call to all those people and business owners who neglect security issues in their IT infrastructure. The book begins by providing background on how we have [...]

Transitioning to Xubuntu 12.04 – Updated!

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Introduction I’ve used Ubuntu Linux on my computers since 2007.  While no OS is perfect, Ubuntu has been a good fit for what I do and I can generally live with its shortcomings. After five years, I can say that switching to Ubuntu was a good deal for me and my business. I have better [...]