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Banned IP Addresses

I have created and debugged a bash script that detects and bans repeated failed attempts to hack into my main web server.  Normally I use Fail2ban, but it refuses to operate on this instance of my server.  Below are the … Continue reading

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June 2016 Ransomware Attacks against MS Office 365 Users

This June saw the first ever large scale ransomware attack against users of MS Office 365.  A ransomware attack is where the bad guys gain access to your computer, then use that access to encrypt your business data and program … Continue reading

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2015 12 14 Fix to Avoid Forced Upgrade to Windows 10

An unfortunate reality of today’s computing world is we must protect ourselves even from major, world-wide software vendors such as Microsoft, Sun, Adobe, etc. I’m picking on these three just now, but they only represent the overall problem. A problem … Continue reading

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Microsoft Office 365 Business Premium – How to Install to Your Mac

It’s very easy to install MS Office 365 Business Premium to your Mac computer.  This installs what Microsoft calls MS Office for Mac 2011; which reportedly will be updated a bit later this year. Click the images for the full-size screenshots. … Continue reading

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2015 03 26 Microsoft does not distribute security updates via email

Today I received the Microsoft Security Advisory Notification shown below in its entirety.   I felt this deserved some special attention.  Read the following excerpt from the advisory: “If you receive an email message that claims to be distributing a Microsoft … Continue reading

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From Antivirus to Threats

By Dennis Strain © March 2015  You might ask yourself “do I need antivirus?”  “I never had antivirus before and everything is ok,” you might say. Well, let’s talk about it. This is how Wikipedia defines a computer virus:  A computer … Continue reading

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2015 03 20 Videos of Fake Microsoft Calls

These videos and articles give good (if you can call it good) examples of these fake Microsoft calls. The National, Microsoft tech support scam. Gary Mc, an actual recorded scam call. CBC, scammers threaten to kill a man: – Dennis … Continue reading

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2015 03 20 Microsoft Scam Phone Calls Defeated

Today one of my clients received a cold call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft, that there was a problem with their computer, but they can connect to their computer from remote to fix the problem – for fee, … Continue reading

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2014 11 01 Pingdom Report for October

I somehow lost the emailed report and had to go directly to Pingdom for this data. DOWNTIME     1h 1m     (5 outages) UPTIME     99.86% FROM TO DURATION 20/10/2014 09:03:34PM 20/10/2014 09:08:34PM 5m 15/10/2014 02:28:34PM 15/10/2014 02:33:34PM 5m 07/10/2014 05:13:34PM 07/10/2014 05:58:34PM … Continue reading

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2015 01 01 Pingdom Uptime Report for December

I somehow mis-filed the emailed report and had to go directly to Pingdom to fetch the data. DOWNTIME 20m   (4 outages) UPTIME   99.96% FROM TO DURATION 30/12/2014 10:33:34AM 30/12/2014 10:38:34AM 5m 27/12/2014 10:03:34PM 27/12/2014 10:08:34PM 5m 12/12/2014 12:08:34AM 12/12/2014 12:13:34AM … Continue reading

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2015 02 01 Pingdom Uptime Report for January

  web1.bcenclave.ca Uptime Outages Response time 99.96% 4 1194 ms   Downtimes From To Downtime 2015-01-09 20:48:34 2015-01-09 20:53:34 0h 05m 00s 2015-01-14 18:48:34 2015-01-14 18:53:34 0h 05m 00s 2015-01-14 19:13:34 2015-01-14 19:18:34 0h 05m 00s 2015-01-28 20:28:34 2015-01-28 20:33:34 … Continue reading

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2014 12 01 Pingdom Uptime Report for November

web1.bcenclave.ca Uptime Outages Response time 99.97% 1 1458 ms   Downtimes From To Downtime 2014-11-12 12:33:34 2014-11-12 12:48:34 0h 15m 00s This is a scheduled report from Pingdom. If you wish to no longer receive this report you can unsubscribe … Continue reading

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2014 10 01 Pingdom Uptime Report for September

  web1.bcenclave.ca Uptime Outages Response time 99.94% 4 1487 ms   Downtimes From To Downtime 2014-09-01 23:03:34 2014-09-01 23:08:34 0h 05m 00s 2014-09-17 21:33:34 2014-09-17 21:43:34 0h 10m 00s 2014-09-24 21:33:34 2014-09-24 21:38:34 0h 05m 00s 2014-09-27 20:48:34 2014-09-27 20:53:34 … Continue reading

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2014 09 01 Pingdom Uptime Report for August

  web1.bcenclave.ca Uptime Outages Response time 99.97% 3 1441 ms   Downtimes From To Downtime 2014-08-08 22:08:34 2014-08-08 22:13:34 0h 05m 00s 2014-08-23 08:53:34 2014-08-23 08:58:34 0h 05m 00s 2014-08-29 13:33:34 2014-08-29 13:38:34 0h 05m 00s This is a scheduled … Continue reading

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2014 08 01 Pingdom Uptime Report for July

  web1.bcenclave.ca Uptime Outages Response time 99.78% 6 1365 ms   Downtimes From To Downtime 2014-07-06 21:08:34 2014-07-06 21:13:34 0h 05m 00s 2014-07-11 01:23:34 2014-07-11 02:38:34 1h 15m 00s 2014-07-11 02:58:34 2014-07-11 03:03:34 0h 05m 00s 2014-07-14 10:13:34 2014-07-14 10:18:34 … Continue reading

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2014 07 01 Pingdom Uptime Report for June

  web1.bcenclave.ca Uptime Outages Response time 99.94% 5 1643 ms   Downtimes From To Downtime 2014-06-12 20:18:34 2014-06-12 20:23:34 0h 05m 00s 2014-06-21 16:18:34 2014-06-21 16:23:34 0h 05m 00s 2014-06-23 09:58:34 2014-06-23 10:03:34 0h 05m 00s 2014-06-23 10:33:34 2014-06-23 10:38:34 … Continue reading

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2014 06 01 Pingdom Uptime Report for May

  web1.bcenclave.ca Uptime Outages Response time 99.93% 6 1461 ms   Downtimes From To Downtime 2014-05-05 16:03:34 2014-05-05 16:08:34 0h 05m 00s 2014-05-09 11:38:34 2014-05-09 11:43:34 0h 05m 00s 2014-05-10 21:23:34 2014-05-10 21:28:34 0h 05m 00s 2014-05-11 22:08:34 2014-05-11 22:13:34 … Continue reading

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2014 05 01 Pingdom Uptime Report for April

web1.bcenclave.ca Uptime Outages Response time 99.91% 2 1551 ms   Downtimes From To Downtime 2014-04-09 12:33:35 2014-04-09 13:08:34 0h 34m 59s 2014-04-12 07:28:34 2014-04-12 07:33:34 0h 05m 00s This is a scheduled report from Pingdom. If you wish to no … Continue reading

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Microsoft Windows 8.1 – How to Quickly Set File Associations & Extensions – Level: Intermediate

I sometimes get a call from clients who suddenly cannot open PDF files. This is usually due to Windows losing the file association for PDF files, often due to a program update when two or more PDF readers are installed; … Continue reading

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Microsoft Windows 7 – How to Quickly Set File Associations & Extensions – Level: Intermediate

I sometimes get a call from clients who suddenly cannot open PDF files. This is usually due to Windows losing the file association for PDF files, often due to a program update when two or more PDF readers are installed; … Continue reading

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Microsoft Word 2013 – Save Documents in Different File Formats – Level: Beginner

One of the most common trouble calls I have received is from people who are trying to share a Microsoft Word document with others, and the recipients can’t open the document because they don’t have the same version of MS … Continue reading

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Microsoft Excel 2013 – View Version Information – Level: Beginner

You can view Excel 2013 version information using the following steps: #1 Open Excel 2013. Either start a new or open an existing document. #2 On the menu bar, click File\Account. #3 In the right-hand pane, click the “About Excel” … Continue reading

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Microsoft Powerpoint 2013 – View Version Information – Level: Beginner

You can view Powerpoint 2013 version information using the following steps: #1 Open Powerpoint 2013. Either start a new or open an existing document. #2 On the menu bar, click File\Account. #3 In the right-hand pane, click the “About Powerpoint” … Continue reading

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Microsoft Word 2013 – View Version Information – Level: Beginner

You can view Word 2013 version information using the following steps: #1 Open Word 2013. Either start a new or open an existing document. #2 On the menu bar, click File\Account. #3 In the right-hand pane, click the “About Word” … Continue reading

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Microsoft Outlook 2013 – Hide Multiple Email Recipients – Level: Beginner

Recently I created a Contract Group within Outlook 2013 and immediately wanted to send out an email to the members of that group. I suddenly realized all the members of the group would be able to see the names and … Continue reading

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2014 12 04 Enclave Now Offers Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus/Antimalware Subscriptions!

My constant search for more and better services has turned up another great antivirus/antimalware subscription service: Webroot SecureAnywhere Business! Enclave now offers yearly subscriptions to SecureAnywhere Business Endpoint Protection and Mobile Protection.  Both are professionally managed by Enclave and available to business and … Continue reading

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2014 11 29 Failed Hard Drive

A hard drive died in my main server today. I was able to swap in a new drive in with no downtime for the server or its services. I really enjoy working with server class hardware:) – Dennis Strain Enclave … Continue reading

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2014 11 20 Region-wide Scheduled Power Out Results

BC Hydro scheduled a power out for 2PM to 3PM, November 20, from Telkwa to Kitwanga to repair some vandalism. They kept to that schedule almost to the minute. Great job, BC Hydro! I fired up my generator at 1 … Continue reading

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Australia and Mexico Must Overhaul Data Retention Mandates

By Katitza Rodriguez Today, Mexico’s newest data retention law entered into force. The law compels Mexican telecom providers to retain, for two years, the details of who communicates …read more Source: EFF Upates

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2014 04 14 Pingdom Report for March

web1.bcenclave.ca Uptime Outages Response time 99.80% 9 1670 ms   Downtimes From To Downtime 2014-03-03     18:48:34 2014-03-03     18:53:34 0h     05m 00s 2014-03-07     23:53:34 2014-03-07     23:58:34 0h     05m 00s 2014-03-14     23:33:34 2014-03-14     23:38:34 … Continue reading

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Tell President Obama To End Mass Spying at His Upcoming Press Conference

By Mark Jaycox and Mark M. Jaycox In the next week or two, President Obama will give a press briefing where he plans to announce his plans to reform the NSA’s spying activities—which include the collection …read more Source: EFF … Continue reading

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Google Removes Vital Privacy Feature From Android, Claiming Its Release Was Accidental

By Peter Eckersley and Peter Eckersley Yesterday, we published a blog post lauding an extremely important app privacy feature that was added in Android 4.3. That feature allows users to install apps while …read more Source: EFF Upates

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2013 09 23 Nutrition & Physical and Mental Health

I conceived this blog regarding nutrition and mental health with the idea of helping my children and grandchildren.  It is my great hope they benefit from my study and personal experience.  So much the better if it helps others as … Continue reading

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2013 05 16 Web Service Down Briefly

There was a 40 minute web service outage after a 7AM server restart. The cause was a line entry in an SSL configuration that pointed to a CA file that no longer existed. The problem has been corrected and will … Continue reading

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Pingdom Report for April 2013

web1.bcenclave.ca Uptime Outages Response time 97.67% 16 1501 ms Downtimes From To Downtime 2013-04-02 05:03:34 2013-04-02 06:03:34 1h 00m 00s 2013-04-03 11:28:34 2013-04-03 11:38:34 0h 10m 00s 2013-04-04 01:23:34 2013-04-04 01:28:34 0h 05m 00s 2013-04-11 04:38:34 2013-04-11 04:43:34 0h 05m … Continue reading

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Service Outage – 2013 05 12

We have been working to resolve an issue that causes automated server restarts to wait at the grub prompt rather than completing the boot process. This describes the scheduled reboot this morning.  The server restarted at 5 AM and waited … Continue reading

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Details of Recent Power Outage – April 25, 2013

The power out last night was due to a tree down across a BC Hydro power line.  It took out power to a wide swath of Smithers from Slack Road to Tatlow Road; mostly on the railway side of Hiway … Continue reading

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Details of Recent Service Outages – April 19, 2013

We’ve experienced two service outages this week. The first was approximately 11 hours beginning Wednesday morning and was caused by a Uniserve equipment failure. The second was today from about 3:20 PM to 3:55 PM.   This was caused by … Continue reading

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Pingdom Monthly Report – March 2013

  web1.bcenclave.ca Uptime Outages Response time 98.98% 2 1331 ms Downtimes From To Downtime 2013-03-05 03:38:34 2013-03-05 03:53:34 0h 15m 00s 2013-03-22 02:03:37 2013-03-22 09:23:34 7h 19m 57s This is a scheduled report from Pingdom. If you wish to no … Continue reading

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Pingdom Monthly Report – February 2013

Pingdom Monthly Report 2013-02-01 to 2013-02-28 web1.bcenclave.ca Uptime Outages Response time 100.00% 0 1657 ms Downtimes From To Downtime This is a scheduled report from Pingdom. If you wish to no longer receive this report you can unsubscribe by logging … Continue reading

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Server Move Completed!

We’ve completed the move from our old Atum.com hosted server.  All our virtual servers and services are now hosted on our own in-house hardware. Please report as soon as possible to me (dstrain@bcenclave.ca) any issues you may experience. I am … Continue reading

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BCEnclave Server Moved

The servers for telkwamail.ca and bcenclave.ca were moved from Toronto to Smithers February 14, 2013.  The other servers will be moved this weekend. This move was done to allow BCEnclave & Quiethost.ca to use our own servers, a move that … Continue reading

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Pingdom Report December 2012

QuietHost.ca Uptime Outages Response time 100.00% 0 76 ms   Downtimes From To Downtime This is a scheduled report from Pingdom. If you wish to no longer receive this report you can unsubscribe by logging in to My Pingdom and … Continue reading

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Pingdom Report for November 2012

QuietHost.ca Uptime Outages Response time 99.98% 2 75 ms   Downtimes From To Downtime 2012-11-03 10:48:53 2012-11-03 10:53:53 0h 05m 00s 2012-11-03 12:53:53 2012-11-03 12:58:53 0h 05m 00s This is a scheduled report from Pingdom. If you wish to no … Continue reading

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Pingdom Monthly Report for July 2012

Pingdom Monthly Report 2012-07-01 – 2012-07-31 Overview: Average of all checks Uptime Outages Response time 99.66% 1 75 ms Checks with downtime Check name Uptime Downtime Outages Response time QuietHost.ca 99.66% 2h 30m 00s 1 75 ms Checks without downtime … Continue reading

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DNSCrypt for Windows & Mac (and it’s free!)

DNSCrypt is one of those handy utilities that most people should be running on their desktop & laptop computers.  It helps with both security and privacy. When you type in a URL such as www.google.ca into your web browser, your … Continue reading

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Pingdom Report for June 2012

Pingdom Monthly Report 2012-06-01 – 2012-06-30 Overview: Average of all checks Uptime Outages Response time 98.69% 5 72 ms Checks with downtime Check name Uptime Downtime Outages Response time QuietHost.ca 98.69% 9h 32m 39s 5 72 ms Checks without downtime … Continue reading

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Why Canadian Owned & Operated is Important

The main reason to deal with Canadian owned and operated companies is that if your data is stored by a US company, regardless of where in the world they operate, the US government has the legal right to your data. … Continue reading

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Announcement: BCEnclave Bulletins & Blogs is now online!

Bulletins & Blogs are now available to the general public.   Keep an eye on this site for news and information of interest to customers of Enclave Managed Networks. To comment or blog you must signup & signin. This site … Continue reading

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Test the ATR2100 USB Mic

By leolaporte New post by leolaporte …read more Source: Leo Laporte

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Testing yet another mic

By leolaporte New boo by leolaporte …read more Source: Leo Laporte

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Health and Human Services IG to Examine Networked Medical Device Security (February 10, 2014)

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) plans to take a close look at the security of certain medical devices……. …read more Source: SANS Institute News

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Proposed Cybersecurity Legislation Focuses on Critical Infrastructure (December 12, 2013)

Legislation introduced in the US House of Representatives would establish measures to better protect elements of the country’s critical infrastructure from cyberattacks……. …read more Source: SANS Institute News

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Gmail to Display Images Via Proxy Servers (December 12, 2013)

Gmail now shows users embedded images in their email messages by default……. …read more Source: SANS Institute News

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Malware Infects Files and Steals FTP Credentials (July 15, 2013)

File-infection malware that spreads through drive-by downloads also has the capacity to steal file transfer protocol (FTP) credentials from the FileZilla FTC client……. …read more Source: SANS Institute News

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