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January 21, 2009  5:10 PM

Microsoft guidelines for Turning off Windows AutoRun do NOT work properly!



Posted by: Troy Tate
anti-virus, antivirus, CERT, digital picture frame, information security, risks, Security, security notification, trojan, Windows

One of the information security lists I subscribe to is the US-CERT Technical Cyber Security Alerts. US-CERT is the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team. If you have information security responsibilities, I highly recommend that you...

January 21, 2009  4:36 PM

Security news – Videos from Hack In The Box 2008 Malaysia available for download



Posted by: Troy Tate
Apple, education, hacking, hardware, Microsoft, OSX, Password, Security, software, training, vulnerabilities, Windows


January 19, 2009  8:13 PM

Skype users – does anyone use this on ITKE? – or is it overhyped?



Posted by: Troy Tate
Firewalls, Security, Skype, support, VoIP

Recently I posted a question about using Skype in a corporate environment. Based on the lack of any feedback, it really makes me wonder if Skype is an overhyped solution for corporate environments. I also posted the same questions to another professional mailing list I subscribe to and received...


January 6, 2009  4:45 PM

Swiss-army knife for public network testing



Posted by: Troy Tate
connectivity testing, crypto, crypto testing, cryptography, dns, hash, icmp, ping, public network, ssh, SSL, tcp, testing, toolkit, tools, tracert, typosquatting, udp, website

Sometimes it is necessary to test connectivity outside of your private company network. There are several resources I use. I will share a couple of those with you in this posting. One of my favorite and most frequently used sites is

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January 6, 2009  4:23 PM

Is this program good or bad for my computer?



Posted by: Troy Tate
activex, bho, community, Database, information security, malware, research, Security, website

Have you ever wondered if an application or running process is good or bad? Google searches do a good job of helping you determine if a process is legitimate or not. I just came across another resource in the fight against malicious software. It is a search engine for files, CLSID's, and...


December 19, 2008  8:55 PM

Microsoft’s environmental campaign – XP goes green



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, awareness, DataCenter, design, environment, facility, facility management, hardware, Microsoft Windows, Monitoring, Performance, power management, tools, Vista, XP

Microsoft has a special section of their website dedicated to fostering environmental sustainability. To that end, they have released a product called Edison PC Power Management software. The application will...


December 10, 2008  1:33 PM

Did you see this? – Latest Laura Chappell Newsletter



Posted by: Troy Tate
analysis, education, howto, IT education, Metrics, Monitoring, network analysis, Networking, packet capture, performance monitoring, reporting, tools, troubleshooting, wireshark


December 10, 2008  1:19 PM

The larger world of free technical support – Craigslist computer forum



Posted by: Troy Tate
anti-virus, awareness, documentation, education, howto, IT education, malware, Networking, online identity, patching, professional, risk, tools, troubleshooting, web, website

I recently came across the computer forums on Craigslist. I had heard of Craigslist previously but was not aware of the significant scope of what it offers besides classified ads. I'm not suggesting that folks leave ITKE to the Craigslist computer forums for support - far from that. I have been...


December 3, 2008  3:50 PM

Holiday greeting cards, holiday shopping and computer security awareness



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, anti-virus, antivirus, awareness, Browsers, data loss, Data security, education, Firefox, Firewalls, homeland security, IT education, malware, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, online identity, phishing, risk, Security, spam, SSL, vulnerability


December 1, 2008  7:40 PM

Did you see this? – FREE TRAINING: Technet Virtual Lab: Managing Bandwidth Using Windows QOS



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, analysis, design, education, howto, IT education, Microsoft Windows, Monitoring, Networking, Performance, Policy, server, troubleshooting

For those of you considering using Microsoft Windows Server 2008, you might want to check out this TechNet Virtual Lab:...

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