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May 26, 2009  8:41 PM

Microsoft releases SharePoint Designer 2007 for FREE!



Posted by: Troy Tate
design, Microsoft, SharePoint, tools, website, website admin, website administration

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 15, 2008  9:05 PM

Improving yourself in 2009



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, Performance, planning, professional, tools, website

It is going to be another year end here in a few weeks and the new year begins. We all struggle to meet deadlines, track what we do and where our time goes. I have found a few tools that I will be sharing with you in the next couple of blog entries. Maybe one of these will help you in 2009 and make...


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...


October 9, 2008  3:00 PM

Alternatives to e-mail attachments – SharePoint is risky!



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, Data security, DataManagement, design, email, Exchange, Firewalls, intellectual property, Networking, Policy, policy enforcement, risk, Security, SharePoint, Storage, vulnerability, website

I'm looking for some help on this topic and have posted a question to the ITKE community. Hopefully someone out there has had some experience with this service for your...


October 1, 2008  8:03 PM

Financial Crisis & Technology Accelerators



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, analysis, awareness, blog, financial analysis, government, homeland security, Metrics, risk, threshold, Wall Street, website

We all know that things in the US economy are bad right now. Looking back we wonder if anyone was thinking ahead and thinking "what-if" and managing the risk. Apparently no one was doing that and here we are today with the government working on a $700 billion bailout for some critical financial...


September 19, 2008  12:53 PM

Did you see this? – Encyclopedia of internal network security threats



Posted by: Troy Tate
antivirus, awareness, botnet, Browsers, Data security, design, Firefox, forensics, homeland security, honeypot, malware, man-in-the-middle, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, Monitoring, Networking, Policy, reporting, research, risk, Security, tools, troubleshooting, vulnerability, web, website, WWW

Promisec has released an online encyclopedia of internal network security threats. This is available online for free. There is a lot of information to look through and decide how the risks affect your organization. Take...


September 8, 2008  4:49 PM

Did you see this? – 2007 Web Application Security Statistics Project



Posted by: Troy Tate
awareness, data loss, Data security, Database, DataManagement, Development, internet, malware, Metrics, Monitoring, Policy, research, risk, Security, tools, vulnerability, web, website, WWW


August 22, 2008  8:02 PM

Poor Spelling = Identity Lost



Posted by: Troy Tate
administration, awareness, blog, Browsers, CA, certificate authority, design, forensics, howto, intellectual property, malware, man-in-the-middle, MITM, network analysis, Networking, online identity, reporting, risk, Security, SSL, vulnerability, web, website, WWW

Well, I am not the best speller and I know that is true for most people. I have recently discovered how this human weakness can get you into trouble and cause identity loss as well as potential financial loss. This issue has recently come to light with some of the Black Hat presentations. The...


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