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Defending Against Zero-Day Threats

Zero-day threats are attacks that use an unknown exploit/attack for which no patch or antivirus definition file exists as yet, and they are a major concern for administrators.  So what can an administrator do to prevent zero-day attacks from affecting systems under his/her control? There is no method of detection for zero-day exploits that is […]

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Understanding Website Categorization in GFI WebMonitor

GFI WebMonitor is robust web filtering, web monitoring and web security solution, that provides administrators with more than 70 categories of websites from which to choose and provide granular flexibility when applying policies. However, how many of us really understand what these categories mean, how they are used and which ones we should choose and […]

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57 Tips Every Admin Should Know

The longer a person serves as a network admin, the more tips and tricks they are likely to pick up along the way. Some could be shortcuts, others might seem like magic, but all are intended to save you time and help you solve problems. Assume that all of these Windows commands should be run […]

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The Perils of Public Wireless Networks

The widespread availability and convenience of public wireless networks allows us to be online as much as possible. Wi-Fi hotspots can be found almost anywhere – in airports, in restaurants, in coffee shops, bars – unless you’re in the middle of nowhere with not a soul in sight. While wireless public networks allow us to […]

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Hacking Motivations – Hacktivism

Hacktivism is a term which describes the use of hacking for political, non-violent activism. As with any other form of activism, people’s perceptions will differ; some see hacktivism as a necessary tool against oppression, while others see it as nothing more than cyber-terrorism. It is important to note that Hacktivism is not something new. In […]

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101 Free Admin Tools

We know administrators love tools that make life easier – especially when they’re free! So here are 101 of them! Any free tools you know of that are missing from this list? Leave us a comment! We know administrators love tools that make life easier – especially when they’re free! So here are 101 of […]

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How to limit Internet access on the network

There are several reasons why you need to limit Internet access on the network. Perhaps your company is experiencing a problem with individuals’ productivity. Or Human Resources has determined that there is an issue with certain employees’ web access. Maybe your coworkers are not doing anything wrong; but you want to block access to malicious […]

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SPAM e-Mails: Bringing You Excitement Since 1978

Spam is a pain to deal with. It clogs up your mailbox, brings down mail servers, and can harbor viruses and malware. As much of a hassle spam is to deal with, at least it brings the promise of excitement and adventure. How do I know this? Because most of the spam I get has […]

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Monitoring Internet Usage in the Workplace

Most employees require full Internet connectivity in order to work productively. Opening the Internet to employees can come at a large cost however – if Internet usage is not monitored, employees can make bad use of it to the detriment of the company. Monitoring Internet usage is an essential activity for small to medium-sized enterprises […]

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The Importance of Deploying a Patch Management Process

Patching systems is often seen as a simple task but there is more to the patch management process than meets the eye. You don’t just get the patches and deploy them but you need to start planning and testing before even going near a live environment – what can be defined as the ‘patch management […]

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