US Starts Effort to End Use of Kaspersky Software in Federal Agencies


According to a report from the Washington Post, the United States Department of Homeland Security has issued an order to all civilian agencies in the federal government to identify any software from Kaspersky Lab on their networks. This is in preparation for a potential outright ban on the use of Kaspersky software in those agencies […]

HP DesignJet T520 Installation


Last week’s most notable job was the installation of a new HP DesignJet T520 36″ for Prolann. It wasn’t the biggest, most complex, or most challenging job for the week, but it was a throwback to my previous employment where I used to install earlier model HP DesignJets all the time. Most of those were in […]

Remembering Passwords


Next to hardware unreliability, passwords are probably the biggest headache to everyone involved with computers. End users have trouble coming up with secure ones and remembering them. System administrators are constantly having to reset them and trying to come up with policies that walk the tightrope between security and ease of use. Programmers have to […]

Android Ransomware

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Recently, a type of malware called ransomware has begun to appear more frequently. Its purpose is to effectively take data hostage and demand a ransom in exchange for returning it. CryptoLocker, for example, does this by encrypting all document files on a computer and mapped network drives, then requiring a payment of roughly $300. Upon confirmation […]

Busting IT Support Scams


IT support scams seem to be all the rage with offshore con artists lately. These fraudsters cold call or simply aggressively advertise to pull victims in and make them believe they are dealing with large, reputable companies like Microsoft or HP. Once they have made contact, they persuade users to give them remote access to […]

Fake AntiVirus in Mobile App Stores


The first well-known fake mobile antivirus software was called Virus Shield, and it was placed in the Google Play Store. Since then, the malware has become progressively more sophisticated. Now, it seems to be using the names of legitimate antivirus software companies. Kaspersky posted an article five days ago about a couple of these malware packages […]

US, UK Governments Say Avoid Internet Explorer

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A number of news outlets are reporting that the US and UK governments have issued a warning advising users of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser to stop using it for now due to a major vulnerability. There are a number of alternative web browsers available, including Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Both of them have mobile versions […]

Change Your Passwords Post-Heartbleed

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The much-covered Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL, has been detected, exploited, patched, and fixed on every major website by now, so it’s the perfect time to change your passwords. Heartbleed is a security bug that created a vulnerability in OpenSSL’s Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol implementation, specifically that of its heartbeat extension. The defect permitted up to 64 kilobytes […]

Windows XP End of Support


Many of you have heard by now that Windows XP is approaching its “End of Support” date, April 8. A few of you have asked how this will affect your current Windows XP installations and how quickly you need to plan upgrades. First, don’t panic. The End of Support means only that new security updates […]

LogMeIn Free to be Discontinued


The popular remote access software LogMeIn Free will be discontinued in favour of LogMeIn’s paid options, according to a release on the company blog. Existing users are already being migrated to paid services, but a number of alternatives do exist. TeamViewer is very popular, as is VNC (which comes in several flavours, such as RealVNC, […]