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

on April 15, 2014

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 …


IT admins: Ready to give an Olympic effort?

on February 5, 2014

The “Miracle on Ice” at the 1980 Winter Olympics is widely considered the greatest U.S. sports moment of all-time – and with excellent reason. Nearly 34 years ago, a group of unheralded men’s college hockey players from Massachusetts and Minnesota …


15 gift ideas for your Valentine

on February 4, 2014

Valentine’s Day is round the corner – have you bought your sweetheart a gift yet? Don’t worry if not; we’re here to help! Here at TalkTechToMe, we’ve often focused on ideal gifts for sys admins. This time, we’ve decided to …


Report: Most vulnerable operating systems and applications in 2013

on February 3, 2014

The number of reported security vulnerabilities in 2013 continued to increase compared to 2012. In this post, I provide an overview of the statistics for 2013 related to software security vulnerabilities. These are compiled from data from the National Vulnerability …


Heart to heart – the way forward for businesses

on January 31, 2014

A meme currently doing the rounds says, “It’s no more B2B or B2C. It’s H2H: Human to Human.”


Monitoring logons in Windows environments

on January 30, 2014

The Windows logging system was never designed for ease of use. Depending on the audit settings, the information that is logged is rich and can meet the needs of any forensic investigation, but at the same time is cryptic and …


Real time network information: An IT admin essential

on January 29, 2014

So much can potentially go wrong on even the smallest of IT infrastructures. So it’s crucial that IT admins have up-to-the-minute information on the laptops, PCs and servers they are responsible for.


Ouch: Is my TV watching me?

on January 28, 2014

I was shopping for a smart HDTV a couple of weeks ago and did so in the old-fashioned way – by going to stores in my area. I have a vivid imagination but not when it comes to hardware specs. …


And the winner is… 123456

on January 27, 2014

Fans of Star Wars or Star Trek will surely remember the excellent 1987 spoof, ‘Spaceballs’. Hilarious, witty and featuring a star-studded cast, Spaceballs was more than just a spoof… it also generated a massive cult following.


The decline and fall of the Facebook empire?

on January 24, 2014

Princeton University academics have predicted the demise (or at least, the rapid decline) of Facebook in a couple of years’ time.  While I have not read the full study upon which they are basing their opinion, various news reports provide …


If you’re going to do video content, do it right!

on January 24, 2014

I’ve been noticing a trend lately – content that was originally text and image-based, such as tutorials, tech support reference material and so on, is now showing up as video content.  Not all content can or should be text-based, that’s …