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Avoid Common Passwords and Improve Your Security

One of my favorite things “found on the web” is the list of 10,000 Most Common Passwords compiled by Mark Burnett at Xato.net That list is six years old as I write this and since then, Mark has complied a new list of 10 million passwords.  He did not actually publish them on his site, or provide […]

Spectre / Meltdown Processor Flaw

A flaw in Intel processors, and at least some AMD processors, results in a giant security hole. The name “Spectre” comes from the processor’s speculative execution feature. This is what is exploited. “Meltdown” is the method of exploiting the flaw. If your computer has a processor, you are affected. The fix is to update your operating […]

Computer Security Seminar – Protect Yourself and Your Business!

I’m proud to be presenting at the Wisconsin Business Owners Lunch & Learn, Friday, May 26th, at the Best Western Midway in Brookfield.  Details below.  I’ve been an Organizer of Wisconsin Business Owners for some years now, and heartily recommend the group.  Great people, a fine venue, awesome food and drink and excellent topics and […]

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Business Continuity Beats Data Backup For Manufacturing Client

Good business continuity includes real-time data backup. On a recent Sunday night, I was home with my wife, watching a show, when a client texted me and said “Hey, I think our e-mail is down”.  I checked my remote monitoring tools and sure enough, their in-house Exchange server was down. I was unable to reach the […]

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Business Continuity vs. Backup – Datto Comes Through

Planning for Business Continuity For the sake of business continuity, we often plan for a disaster that never comes. In the case of your server backups, you should be doing a test-restore periodically to make sure your backup procedures actually work.  Though, like an insurance policy, you hope you never need it. One of my larger clients […]

Facebook Privacy Settings

The classic Facebook privacy hoax made a comeback recently.  While posting some “declaration of  privacy” doesn’t do diddly, there are some steps you should take to be relatively safe.  If you really want to keep your information private, DON’T join Facebook!  In fact, don’t use e-mail either, but that’s another story. Facebook Privacy Settings in detail: […]

Clever Crooks Attempt Email Fraud

Email Fraud Recently, an employee at one of my clients received an e-mail from one of the company’s owners.  It said a wire transfer needs to be made and details would follow. It was signed with just a first name. This attempted email fraud looked very legitimate – luckily, the recipient noticed a dash in the […]