Category Archives: Security

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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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 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 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 10 29 Caution Running Old Software

Here is an excellent description regarding security problems running old software; Windows XP in this case: http://bit.ly/17VheA3 Don’t get me wrong,  I like Windows XP.  In my opinion it was the first truly good desktop version of Windows, at least after service … Continue reading

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Security Advise – External Drives

Many people habitually leave their thumb drives, external USB drives and other external drives attached to their computer all the time.  This is not a good idea.  Here’s why… Bad guys of all kinds attempt to access remote computers – … Continue reading

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