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Why We Moved Away From Network Solutions

TweetA long time ago and far far away… At the dawn of the Internet there was InterNic The godfather of domain name registration When I first began coding websites in 1995, InterNic was the only domain name registrar on the planet.  They were competent.  You could reach someone who knew their job and they were Continue Reading

Windoze Ten Update From Hell – Redux

TweetTales 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

Tweet 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 Continue Reading

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

TweetI 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

TweetJust 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

TweetThere’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

Yahoo Email Porn Ransom Spam

TweetUnless 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

TweetTales 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

TweetWiFi 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

VPNFilter May Already Infect Your Router

TweetReboot Your Router – Now! In recent days the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI have both released statements regarding the worldwide infestation of a malware product infesting hundreds of thousands of residential and small business routers. VPNFilter is using your router to create a botnet capable of targeting government, military, security organizations, and Continue Reading