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Beginner’s Mind

Shoshin is a word from Zen Buddhism meaning “beginner’s mind.” It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and a lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level. As IT people we aren’t always known for our attitude of openness, eagerness and lack of preconceptions. Its an easy field to get...

Secure File Deletion

Today I received an email inviting me to buy a Easy File Shredder product for a special price of $15 instead of the usual price of $50. Securely deleting sensitive data is really important. But is buying a product really needed? This type of thing has generally been needed because when you delete a file, you are essentially marking the...

Its the most wonderful time of the year – Patching

does that say patching plaster or patch faster? Remember back when Summer and Christmas break was a high time of concern.  The kids were out of college and ready to try out their skills.  Christmas was worse because so many people were out of the office, no one would notice.  Or if they did the response would be limited.   Now that’s what we call...

Kanye’s Password

Everyone and his brother, inside of infosec and outside has been chortling at Kanye’s iPhone password.   Its 00000. Not everyone is in on the joke. Some express OUTRAGE.  “how dare you share that man’s password” (it was on CNN, its out there now). Some (and these remind me of the 4D Chess MAGA people) theorize that Kanye is thinking 12 steps ahead. ...

Airplay Annoyance

I’ve never used Apple Airplay before.   I have an AppleTV that was free for paying  for a 3 month subscription with DirecTV Now.  But I hadn’t intentionally fired it up since cancelling that subscription. This week I bought a new TV.   While watching The Dark Knight on Netflix, suddenly the TV changes inputs to the AppleTV and Katherines Ipad is requesting...

Link – What happens when you reply to spam email (Veitch)

There are people who enjoy messing with scammers by replying to scam, or implementing the Jolly Roger Telephone company. While its a few years old, I just watched a couple of James Veitch Ted Talks on what happens when you reply to spam email. Its hilarious. Watch this video on YouTube. The post Link – What happens when you reply to spam email (Veitch)...

Tuning up my WordPress Install

Dreamhost was sending me cryptic emails about my site using too many resources then dieing as a result. Then Jetpack site monitoring was finding the site down, presumably due to running out of resources. And the homepage loaded too slowly. So a technical problem was at hand. There aren’t a lot of resources out there for troubleshooting this sort...

Testing

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Deploying a new security product

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SMBv1 isn’t safe

Long before WannaCry used a recently patched Microsoft vulnerability to exploit machines, the recommendation was to disable SMBv1. Disabling old protocols isn’t sexy.   You’re breaking things, and not introducing new features.  You’re fixing theoretical future attacks.   Perhaps the willingness to take on this challenge is a good measure of the maturity...

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