Credit Freeze | What to Expect – My Personal Experience

Posted by Greg Edwards on Sep 9, 2017 5:14:00 PM
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There are three credit bureaus to contact to freeze your credit.  Freezing your credit is the simplest way to prevent or severely minimize the effects of identity theft.  If the cybercriminal cannot take out credit in your name, then they will move on to an easier target.  With your credit reports frozen it makes it very difficult for anyone to take out a loan in your name.  When you need a new credit card or loan, simply contact the credit bureaus and have a temporary lift put on your file.

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Using Group Policy to Disable Show Hidden Files

Posted by Chris Hartwig on Oct 25, 2016 1:29:20 PM
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There are thousands of hidden files on your workstation that were installed with your applications and operating system that you probably are not aware exist. Deleting these hidden files could be catastrophic, so keeping these files safe and hidden is important. If you discover certain hidden files and attempt to delete or alter them, there could be a number of unforeseen consequences for the operating system and applications, including data loss and completely crashing the system.

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WatchPoint - Tip of the Week - Password Expiry Email Notification

Posted by Nathan Studebaker on Aug 18, 2016 6:28:26 PM
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Overview

Imagine it’s Monday morning, it’s 8:00 a.m., the work week isn’t even a full minute old, and the CEO is calling the support line, frantic because his password expired and now he can’t login to give a presentation. Talk about a nightmare way to start the week.

Thankfully this can all be avoided with a simple PowerShell script. Our tip of the week will show you how to notify your employees that their password is going to expire, and avoid this kind of painful support call.

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RDP Brute Force Attack Detection and Blacklisting with Powershell

Posted by Nathan Studebaker on Aug 11, 2016 5:45:32 PM
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Overview

Monitoring systems provide great value because they alert us to unusual events. They allow us to check a box on our audit sheet, but really a monitoring system is just half of the equation. The other half of the equation requires an action in response to the event.

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Last week’s Tip-of-the-Week provided a simple detection to notification bridge for locked out accounts. This week’s tip takes things a step further, by arming our systems with an automated action in response to brute force attempts. Using Powershell, we’ll create a brute force detection script that automatically defends our network, by blocking the source IP address of the attack.

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WatchPoint - Tip of the Week - Account Lockout Detection and Notification

Posted by Nathan Studebaker on Aug 3, 2016 3:09:36 PM
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Overview

Network security has several moving parts. Of those parts, detection and notification are arguably the most important. Detection/notification are usually the first steps in any security strategy, and obviously, you cannot be notified of something you didn’t detect. Today’s Tip-of-the-Week is one article in a series that will help to bridge the gap between detection and notification.

This article focuses on active directory account lockout events and a detection-notification bridge. Lockout events can occur organically through users who have mistyped or forgotten a password, but they can also occur through brute force attacks and targeted attacks.

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Employee Emergency Notifications

Posted by Nathan Studebaker on Jul 27, 2016 10:50:14 AM
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Use PowerShell and Exchange to Notify All Employees through Text Message

Do you worry about the safety of your friends, family, and coworkers? It seems like every day there is a report of an active shooter or a natural disaster that is affecting people, businesses, and entire communities. In the interest of emergency preparedness at work, here is a way to communicate quickly to your co-workers should such an event take place.

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Reset Windows Server 2012 Domain Administrator Password

Posted by Chris Hartwig on Jun 17, 2016 2:11:11 PM
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Forgetting a Windows password can be frustrating especially if it is your domain administrator password for your server. With a few simple steps, you can easily reset the domain admin password and regain access to your machine. This method should work on several other Windows versions as well. I’m going to cover all issues you will encounter to make this the only resource you need to complete the entire process. 

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The Life of IT: CryptoWall

Posted by Mark Warner on Mar 21, 2016 9:56:57 AM
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From one IT professional to another, I understand your frustrations all too well. I’ve been there, for 16 years now. One day you walk into work, and everything is blissful. And on the next, some foreigner who can barely write English decides to blast an email out to your company with the title “Fedex Packege – Open File to Detales”. One email gets through your filter, and it only takes one person to open the attachment (even though you’ve told them countless times not to open attachments) and just like that, your week has gone from blissful to stressful. People start calling one by one. Your instincts kick in, and you know immediately that you have a problem; your network has been compromised. Of the 500 systems you support, where should you start first?

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What is the Darknet?

Posted by Greg Edwards on Nov 19, 2015 2:30:00 PM
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The Darknet is the part of the Internet used for anonymous communications.  It is used for both good and evil.  The Deep Web and Darknet are often confused, especially by the media.  The Deep Web refers to anything that is not Google searchable.  Estimates say that 96% of the data on the Internet is in the Deep Web.

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