July 8, 2019

Recently technical guidance was released for CIOs and CISOs on how to prepare for a ransomware attack.  This guide was a joint effort of multiple Federal agencies to address the growing concern of ransomware. In, “How to protect your Networks from Ransomware,” they pro...

August 7, 2018

A popular attack or threat vector for cybercriminals is to send an email pretending to be from a top-level executive or in the case of local governments the City Manager.  The email is designed to manipulate an employee to disclose information, transfer money, or click...

October 28, 2017

Far from perfect this was my attempt to combine domains of knowledge or common body of knowledge (CBK) to cover all thing in security.  I do have some sub-points that are out of date like the common criteria etc… But the overall structure I think would still fit all su...

December 1, 2016

Here is what I normally keep in my tool bag. I should note, I've been IT for about 4 years now. It was only  in the last year or so that I really started building my tool kit. At the moment, my job requires me to be ready for anything from tearing open a computer to in...

November 21, 2016

Regular maintenance is a must for Active Directory.  Over time “barnacles” buildup and ghosts are left in the NTDS database.  Sometimes these ghosts come back to haunt you by creating errors.  I had an old lost DC still referenced in Active Directory that was causing p...

November 16, 2016

This video covers the basics of Ethernet cables. Knowing how the cables work allows you to learn some tricks you can use to get the most out of the cables.  Things you would not have guessed.

October 31, 2016

Ransomware is becoming the largest threat to home and work computers.  Ransomware basically encrypts your files and presents you, the user, with the option of playing to decrypt your files.  Basically, your files are held hostage until you pay.  What can you do?...

October 27, 2016

There are a number of projects people can build utilizing Raspberry Pi.  Windows 10 IoT can be installed on Raspberry Pi, check out some projects on https://www.adafruit.com

Matrix Creator is a Raspberry shield that has some sensors that can be programmed for various th...

October 20, 2016

In a previous article I showed you how to install Windows 7 without a product key for evaluation and testing purposes.   However, with Windows 8 things are a bit different.  The standard packages of Windows 8 require users to put in a product key before they install....

October 14, 2016

There are a number of ways to install Android OS onto a PC.  Normally Android is installed on tablets and smart phones, however if you are a developer, or just super cool geek, you may want to install it on your PC. 

The most popular is to use BlueStacks, however s...

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