Category Archives: Internet

‘Hey Microsoft just called me’

Uhmm.. no they didn’t.  First off Microsoft isn’t going to call you, or really any other software company (try phoning their tech support and see how long it takes, imagine them actually phoning people proactively to solve problems). The solution:  Don’t … Continue reading

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Randsomware – the ‘new’ virus type

Locky encrypts your data using AES encryption and then demands .5 bitcoins to decrypt your files.  Though the ransomware sounds like one named by my kids, there is nothing childish about it.  It targets a large number of file extensions and … Continue reading

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HeartBleed & Microsoft

The Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL has received a significant amount of attention, worry naught it won’t get you unless you have Apache on your Windows server. Microsoft services were not impacted by the OpenSSL vulnerability and the Windows implementation of SSL/TLS … Continue reading

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Vitualization vs. Cloud Computing

People often get the terms “virtualization” and “cloud computing” confused, believing that they can be used interchangeably when, in fact, they are diametrically opposed. Virtualization tricks your software into believing that it’s running on a real server, network or storage … Continue reading

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DNS Happens

DNS (Domain Name Service) has been around since the first time someone tried a name instead of an IP to get somewhere on the Internet.  Which translates to only a few years younger than the first network. What happens when you … Continue reading

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Microsoft rolls out Skype?

On June 27th 2012 Microsoft accidentally put Skype into thier ‘Important’ updates for the WSUS.  What happened was that millions of users got Skype installed on thier desktop without consent and let’s face.. not really needing it. The update was … Continue reading

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SSL encryption compromised

You know that little HTTPS: we all love to trust when we do online transactions.. well the old versions (TLS v1.0 and earlier) have been compromised.  This means a serious weakness in virtually all websites protected by the secure sockets … Continue reading

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You had WHO call you?

In Canada we don’t get the FBI, NSA, CIA, Homeland Security, State Police, Local Cops or a myriad of odd agencies with dubious jurisdictions wanting to know much of anything regarding your computer server.  In Canada you get one of two … Continue reading

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Anonymous – Good, Bad or What?

 There’s a good chance if you’ve been reading or listening to the news you’ve heard tell of a mysterious group called ‘Anonymous’.  They have no leader, answer to no one and for the most part are a complete enigma when … Continue reading

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“Hi, this is you computer company”

“Hello, this is your computer company and we are making this free call because you have a computer virus spamming the net.” Oddly enough you don’t recognize the voice, and they don’t seem to know anything about your computer or … Continue reading

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