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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 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 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 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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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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2014 03 06 End of Windows XP Support: What Enclave Can Do For You!

Microsoft is ending its support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. With this deadline looming, it’s important to plan the migration of your business to Windows 8.1 (if you haven’t done so already), so you can enjoy all the benefits of a modern platform to help your business run more smoothly. Here’s what’s in it for you: A modern touch interface for tablets, … Continue reading

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2014 03 04 Pingdom Report for February

  web1.bcenclave.ca Uptime Outages Response time 99.99% 1 1325 ms   Downtimes From To Downtime 2014-02-27     11:33:34 2014-02-27     11:38:34 0h     05m 00s This is a scheduled report from Pingdom. Copyright © 2014 Pingdom AB

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2014 02 04 Pingdom Uptime Report for January

web1.bcenclave.ca Uptime Outages Response time 99.84% 5 1352 ms   Downtimes From To Downtime 2014-01-03     20:48:34 2014-01-03     20:53:34 0h     05m 00s 2014-01-14     00:23:34 2014-01-14     00:28:34 0h     05m 00s 2014-01-15     21:53:34 2014-01-15     21:58:34 … Continue reading

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2014 01 14 CryptoPrevent: A New AntiMalware Tool

CryptoPrevent was created by an experienced I.T. man named Nick Shaw, who saw a need for a small utility to apply Windows GPO (Group Policy Object) settings that lock out, for the most part, this creepy and creeping bit of ransomware … Continue reading

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2013 11 22 Another Great Antivirus Tool: virustotal.com

We need all the help we can get in our efforts to keep viruses and malware away from our computers.  One great and free tool is an online scanning service named VirusTotal. Upload a suspect file to VirusTotal and it … Continue reading

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2013 11 18 Internet Explorer – A Website Suddenly Doesn’t Work!

This blog post is a bit long.  It would be best to print it off, then mark each step as you perform it. Let me be clear, I like all the mainstream web browsers.  They each have their special features. … Continue reading

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2013 11 05 Basic Defense Against Viruses & Malware

This blog post is not meant to be an exhaustive list of security practices, but a simple, bare introduction to some things you can do to help secure your computer remain uninfected by viruses and other malware. I urge you … Continue reading

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2013 06 19 Server Downtime – Power Out

Today there was 1 hour downtime due to a power outage.  BC Hydro has yet to release the cause of the power out, but there has been a lot of rain and some thunderstorms lately. – Dennis Strain Enclave Managed … Continue reading

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2013 05 28 Hard Disk Recovery

One of the services I provide is data recovery from failing hard drives. Today I completed the recovery of the hard drive from my own main Windows workstation. I kept receiving alerts that indicated problems with my Windows 7 ntfs … Continue reading

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2013 05 26 – Thunder Storms in the Bulkley Valley

This evening some minor thunderstorms are moving through the Bulkley Valley. Not too bad so far, but for more serious storms I will shutdown and unplug the servers. That’s probably what happened, if the servers disappear on you suddenly over … 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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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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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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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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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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