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Windoze Ten Update From Hell – Redux

Tales From The Trenches March 16, 2019 Windoze Update Does It Again The latest Windoze 10 update (version 1809) has been wreaking havoc all week. I’ve had 3 machines in as many days that went casters up after the latest update. No Boot Scenarios. Different for each machine but clearly the result of an update. Continue Reading

Animoto Data Breach Alert

Dark Web Data Exposure Alert   If anyone here is using – or has been using an Animoto product (video editing tools) you need to check what password you are using for that account.   If it is the same as ANY OTHER ACCOUNTS you have… CHANGE THEM ALL TODAY!   There has been a Continue Reading

If You Thought You Were Safe – Odds Are You’re Not

I subscribe to a service that lets me know when my personal info is compromised. And I have some bad news for you. If you thought you were safe – odds are you’re not. The latest data breach was epic. The data compromised could trigger an identity theft problem for you and everyone else you Continue Reading

Windows Server DDOS IP Addresses

Just as a PSA I am publishing a more or less complete list of IP addresses I found attempting a Terminal Services access to one of my client’s servers. This is a remotely hosted Windows 2008 R2 server It was being slammed by remote access failed logins (one day I documented 40,000 failed logins in Continue Reading

New Smishing and Phishing Scams on the Rise

There’s a new scam every fifteen seconds Or at least that’s the way it seems. I have recently become far more proactive about blacklisting IP addresses that overload my inbox with scams.  You know the ones: From: <your email address> Subject:  Security Notice.  Someone have access to your system Body: Hi! As you may have Continue Reading

Your Network Should NOT Look Like a Rat’s Nest

Network Installations Should be CLEAN – and NEAT I’ve been doing large scale wiring projects for almost 50 years. My first introduction to precision wiring was in my first year college Electronics Fabrication classes. Our instructor was a stickler for precision. If your project didn’t look like the inside of a Tektronix Oscilloscope it didn’t Continue Reading

The Tax Evasion Email Scam

Today’s scam comes in the form of a threat to rat you out to the authorities for tax evasion. The perpetrator wants a bitcoin for not ratting you out to the “state’s department of taxation and finance”.  Actually they want 1.4573 Bitcoins.  In today’s market that’s $5,858.00. As with every other current phishing scam, it’s Continue Reading

Yahoo Email Porn Ransom Spam

Unless you live in a cave deep in the center of the Sahara (in which case you can’t get this post) you know by now that Yahoo had a data breach about 5 years ago and all the user account information was harvested. Well in the last year or so, all that information was released Continue Reading

Today’s Windoze Ten Trainwreck

Tales from the Trenches # 1803 Windoze Ten Strikes Again As anyone who has every read any of my posts knows by now, I consider Windoze Ten to be right up there with Millennium and Vista in terms of absolutely horrible OSes. So it should come to no one as a surprise that I have Continue Reading

WiFi Coverage in Your Home or Office

WiFi is a funny thing. Not funny HaHa More like funny What the Hell! Remember these two important rules when dealing with Wifi Your mileage may vary Everything interferes with WiFi On the Everything list: Walls Windows Doors Microwave ovens Cordless phones Big Screen TVs Other WiFi networks (your neighbors) The phase of the moon Continue Reading