Security consultancy advises enterprise clients to steer clear of adopting large numbers of Macs

An article in The Register states, “Beware of Macs in enterprise” due to the findings by iSec Partners who claim large numbers of Macs are “in many ways more vulnerable than recent versions of Windows.” The vulnerability they specifically mention is the DHX authentication scheme which is easy to compromise and apparently “trivial to force OS X server to resort …

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Advantages of equipment leasing and financing for your business IT needs

When we offer computers, servers, VoIP phone systems and other network equipment that reaches a certain amount, we always recommend clients consider leasing… According to our leasing partner, as one of the fastest growing methods for acquiring capital equipment and software, leasing might be a wise decision for your organization: Lease or finance new equipment and software with as little …

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Secure IT Alert: Microsoft to unleash a ration of updates in August Patch Tuesday….

Homeland Secure IT Alert for Friday, August 5th, 2011 Tired of boring Tuesdays? Feeling deprived by Microsoft? Well, coming this Patch Tuesday, something to make every Microsoft user smile!  Updates! You read that right, Microsoft has updates galore coming your way!  They cover every current version of the Microsoft Operating system including the almost forgotten Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, …

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Don’t forget – the 2011 South Carolina Sales Tax Holiday excludes items used in your business or trade…

It’s almost that time again!   Starting tomorrow, August 5th at 12:01am until August 7th at midnight, South Carolina’s Sales Tax Holiday will be in effect. During this time, you can save 6% state sales tax on purchases in many categories, including the one we are most interested in, electronics. A few examples from the www.sctax.org website of exempt products: …

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FCC – Measuring Broadband America Report Released #SamKnows #FCC #Broadband

I have been participating in the SamKnows / Test My ISP program that the FCC has undertaken in an effort to better understand what internet providers are offering, and what consumers are ultimately getting. The first report has been released and it sure doesn’t look good for DSL technology!  If you have DSL based internet (AT&T U-Verse included), then you …

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Android trojan records phone calls – It’s not paranoia if they really are watching you…

Here’s an ugly one… A piece of malware could be installed on your Android that records your phone conversations and saves it to your memory card. A blog post over on the CA community site states that you could have a trojan spying on your conversations. While the author goes into detail about the functionality of the trojan, little is …

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Some browser stats for www.HomelandSecureIT.com #Windows #Mac #IE #Firefox #Chrome #Android #iPad

A couple weeks ago I was watching a conversation about the popularity of certain devices for browsing and thought I would pull out some recent information about our own website, http://www.HomelandSecureIT.com… Here’s a look at our site for July 1st until August 1st broken down by browser and platform: Other than the super-high bounce rate, we see some important information… …

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Tampering with network equipment can be hazardous to your health…

  “Tampering with this network equipment may result in an ass whoopin’ you’ll never forget”…  Makes me laugh every time I see it!   I bet every IT professional would love to see this sticker on every server room door.  How much money would be saved on computer, network & server service, repair or support, especially if someone actually was …

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Remote temperature monitoring for your server room or wiring closet from AVTECH can protect you from a meltdown!

One issue we deal with in serving the small and medium sized business community is the placement of servers and network equipment in server rooms that equate to a wiring closet. In most of these situations, these closets were not originally designed to house electronics. They have been converted from broom closets, coat closets, and in one instance, a server shared …

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Is there an Apple Mac battery pack explosion risk from a possible exploit?

Could your Apple Mac Macbook, Macbook Pro or Macbook Air be a ticking timebomb? According to one researcher, yes. An interesting article over on PHYSORG.com states that a researcher with Accuvant Labs will be demonstrating an exploit on current Mac models that could result in a battery pack actually exploding if the vulnerability is leveraged by hackers. It seems that …

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