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Microsoft Advance Notification – July 2014

This month, I’m writing this blog post at 1:00 a.m. on U.S. Independence Day – the 4th of July – on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean in route to beautiful Skagway, Alaska. Holiday or not, IT pros are looking for a sneak preview of what we’re facing on Patch Tuesday, and […]

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On the beat: Facebook feels the heat

There’s mad. And then there’s burning-hotter-than-a-Fourth-of-July-firecracker furious. Facebook infuriated a few folks with news it conducted a secret experiment that assessed the emotional effects of manipulating peoples’ news feeds. For one week in January 2012, the online social network deliberately altered the amount of positive or negative content that appeared in 689,003 user feeds.

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A single part of GFI Cloud saves a “One Man IT Team” 10 hours per week!

Kevin Downham is the IT manager at MacDermid, a UK-based speciality chemical services firm. The infrastructure Kevin presides over is an accurate reflection of a modern SME IT department. He single-handedly manages around 80 PCs spread primarily across two locations, with a selection of mobile remote users spread across the world.

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12 email tips to share with your users

Unsolicited email or spam may be a mere nuisance for most emails users, but for an IT administrator spam is a headache and a major security threat. More than 3% of all spam includes a malware payload, but that doesn’t mean that the remainder is safe. Far from it. You can still be directed to […]

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Datanapping Alert: Ransomware holds your most critical files hostage

Cyber attackers have grown much more sophisticated – and a great deal more mercenary – over the years. Once upon a time, most malware was written with the objective of having a perverted type of amusement. Malicious code authors enjoyed wreaking havoc and destroying others’ data and operating systems in the same way vandals enjoy […]

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The sys admins’ compendium of cheat sheets, quick reference cards and one-pagers

There is so much information out there that it is impossible to remember everything you have read or came across. That’s why bookmarking is so important; hundreds of them in the form of cheat sheets, quick reference cards, one-pagers, pensieves, or anything you want to call them. There are some really smart people out there […]

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Third party patch and vulnerability roundup – June 2014

  We’re well into summer and the longest day of the year has come and gone. But for IT pros, the longest days are often patch days, which involve testing, roll-out, and – if you’re unlucky – troubleshooting problems caused by the patches.  This month’s Patch Tuesday appeared to go fairly smoothly at first, until […]

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On the beat: In US, World Cup reaches fever ‘pitch’

Ronal-d’OH! US Soccer fans: Does that describe your (G-rated) reaction to the heartbreaking conclusion of Sunday’s World Cup match against Portugal? A spectacular crossing pass from perhaps the planet’s top player, Cristiano Ronaldo, led to Portugal’s equalizing goal and a deflating 2-2 draw for the US, mere seconds from a history-making comeback win.

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The top 24 free tools for data encryption

The NSA, Edward Snowden, corporate espionage, corporate snooping, hackers and crackers, the cloud, mind control rays… there is a lot in the news these days that makes you want to take a much more serious look at encryption to protect your privacy and your data. Whether you are coming up with the next big thing […]

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World Cup priorities: morale over productivity?

The United States and Germany, each with a proverbial foot in the door to the World Cup’s Round of 16, only need a draw in their head-to-head Group G match today to reach the knockout round. It’s a reality reportedly doubling as a nightmare scenario for FIFA, which dealt with a similar situation in 1982.

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