WUDON’T

A few weeks ago, as part of a GAP analysis for an upcoming PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance audit, I was examining all of the network traffic passing between the client’s PCI network (in scope), and the regular corporate network (not in scope).  This gets a little wonky, but let me take a moment to … Read more

Spread the Microsoft Word

You have probably never heard of the organization called FIN7.  Although estimates vary, FIN7, a very organized and successful Ukrainian based hacking group, has probably earned well over a billion dollars (with a B) from businesses all over the world.  It appears that stolen credit cards were their primary revenue generator, but the full scope … Read more

OneDrive Off A Cliff

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In my last blog, I posted about the value of implementing two-factor authentication (2FA) as a significant enhancement to the security of the traditional username/password authentication method.  The availability of free authentication applications like Google Authenticator, Authy, and FreeOTP (there are many more), and the ever growing list of public websites that now support these … Read more

Internet Explorer 8 Zero-Day Vulnerability Found, but Not Patched

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With the world still on edge about the recent vulnerability found in most versions of Internet Explorer, another one has been discovered, this time in Internet Explorer 8. This bug allows a hacker to execute malicious code when a user opens an infected email or webpage. However, this vulnerability is different than the one previously … Read more

It’s Time to Retire Windows XP

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If you haven’t yet upgraded from Windows XP, then you (and 500 million users) must have strong reasons for hanging on to a twelve-year-old product. Unfortunately, everybody’s strong reasons won’t hold water come April 8th, 2014 when Microsoft stops supporting XP with new security patches. Essentially, April 8th is equivalent to an expiration date as far as … Read more

What to do about Windows XP

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There are three good mature IT solutions for the replacement of Windows XP workstations. The first, and probably the most obvious, is the wholesale replacement of all workstations running Windows XP with newer workstations running Windows 7 or 8. Although some existing Windows XP workstations might have processor speed and RAM memory above the minimums … Read more

Say Goodbye to your First Car

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For the majority of PC users, Windows XP was a lot like a first car. It wasn’t perfect, but it got us around reliably, and lasted a lot longer than any of us expected. Microsoft released Windows XP on October 25th, 2001, which means Windows XP will be 12 years old next month. In dog years, that … Read more

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