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Security 101: Introductions and vocabulary

With security being such an important part of every task a sysadmin undertakes, and with the stakes so high, we are starting a new series on the GFI Blog that deals with Security 101. The last week of every month, we will cover something along the lines of a “Security 101” topic to help those who need security, but don’t have the background, to improve their skills.

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iOS 8 fixes 53 security flaws in iPhone and iPad

On September 17, Apple released seven updates, which might not sound like a lot until you dig down and realize that the patches address 55 different CVEs.

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In search of the perfect form factor

I’ve been looking – for what seems like forever – for a computing device that doesn’t seem to exist. All I want is a machine that’s as compact, thin and light as my Galaxy Note, has a built-in screen that’s as gorgeous as that on my Tab S, has a fantastic keyboard that weighs almost nothing like my Surface Pro, and has processor and memory power equivalent to my desktop tower. Is that really too much to ask?

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The 24 funniest server naming conventions you’ve ever seen

Some sysadmins do like to have a bit of fun even when naming servers so we’ve put together some very cool and funny server naming conventions that we’ve come across. It’s just a server name, but why be boring when you can be witty (or weird).

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Better late than untested: delayed Adobe patches released

This month, Adobe missed the September 9 date with two of its patches, delaying the release of new versions of Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat, which are updated to fix eight vulnerabilities.

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‘Because [they’re] happy’… or, maybe not. How can you tell?

With stress costing the US industry an estimated $300 billion a year in sick days, accidents and associated costs, it might be time to measure your employee happiness. Impossible! No, it isn’t. Watch this short video and discover how you can monitor your company’s mood.

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25 tricks every IT support pro should know

If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with shortcuts and tricks!

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Talking tech to… My devices

I know talking to my tech gadgets is the future, so let’s look at where that technology has been, where it is today, and where it’s headed.

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Here we go again: Microsoft pulls another problematic patch

Microsoft’s August Patch Tuesday turned into chaos and confusion when a small but significant number of users reported serious problems, including blue screens, after installing the monthly security updates.

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Cyberstranger danger: Traveling safely on the info highway

Just as there are “bad parts of town” populated by drug pushers and other criminals, there are bad web sites, full of pornography, hateful propaganda, and lies that can seduce young, naïve minds. In the U.S., the federal government recognized the potential for abuse back in 2000 and passed the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), amidst a good bit of controversy from civil libertarians over the censorship aspect. More in this post.

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