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How to confirm your systems aren’t suffering a major Heartbleed

The Internet was rocked last week when a two-year-old bug in OpenSSL was revealed. Heartbleed, as the vulnerability is known, can result in massive information disclosure through simple requests that require no privileges, and leave no logs. Anything from command … Scan your systems with GFI LanGuard to make sure that the Heartbleed Open SSL […]

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April showers bring May flowers…And the end of an era

Upgrades necessary as key Microsoft products go end-of-life April 2014 is a significant month for many reasons. Spring weather finally returns to the Northern hemisphere. The Final Four NCAA tournament games will all be played. And three of the most widely deployed and impactful products from Microsoft all reach their end of life. In case […]

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13 tips to make your email work for you

Email is a double-edged sword. You cannot work without it, yet the daily, incessant flow of emails drives you up the wall. Well, if you can’t beat email, there’s still a lot you can do to make your email work for you. Here are a few tips to implement both on the client and server […]

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We’re one step closer to a world without wires

When Guglielmo Marconi was awarded a patent for the wireless telegraph in the 1800s, the dream of wireless communications became a reality. That led to the birth of radio over the last century, we’ve discovered how to put electromagnetic waves to work for us, doing everything from transmitting our voices across continents to cooking our […]

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Who’s afraid of the big bad hacker?

There’s been a great deal of discussion about the “digital divide” in regard to people who have access to affordable broadband and those who don’t. But there’s another, more fundamental divide – related but different – that has been developing over the years since computing went mainstream: the psychosocial division between those who understand how […]

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Five tips to boost your wireless network security

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of freedom that comes with using your Wi-Fi devices anywhere, at any time, to access anything (within reason, of course). The key to this experience, however, is connecting to your wireless local area network (WLAN). And as the use of Wi-Fi devices continues to grow, so does the need […]

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The 31 funniest SSIDs I’ve ever seen

Whenever I’m at a restaurant, airport or anywhere in town, I invariably look for free Wi-Fi access. Often, the SSID names used are standard fare. However, I occasionally come across some really witty and hilarious SSIDs. This article features some of the top SSIDs that my colleagues and I have come across on our travels. […]

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Techno rebels without a cause

Remember when being a nerd was a quiet act of rebellion, back before it became a fashion statement?  Many of us grew up in a time and place when being interested in computers marked you as a little odd – even more so if you were a girl.  Computers were either seen as fancy toys […]

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