The EPC Data Containment Unit has arrived at Homeland Secure IT

JohnMHoyt Apple, Business, Computer Sales, Computer Support, Linux, Mac, Microsoft, Partners, security, Windows, Windows Server Leave a Comment

This is our DCU, it is like many other DCUs, but this one is our own…. I bet you are wondering, “What the heck is a Data Containment Unit?” aren’t you?!! The trashcan-like device pictured above is a DCU or “Data Containment Unit”.  Its purpose in life is to hold old hard drives that are destined to be destroyed PHYSICALLY …

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Reveton Ransomware Removal – You have been violating copyright and related rights law FBI warning

JohnMHoyt Business, Computer Repair, Computer Security, Computer Service, Computer Support, Microsoft, Office, Secure IT Alert, security, Windows Leave a Comment

Here’s a few calls we have received in the last couple weeks: “My computer is locked and a screen is displaying a message from the FBI saying I have to pay a fine in order to use it again” “A window says I am in violation of the law for downloading media or port and says it is from the …

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Yahoo data breach exposes 400,000 user names and passwords

JohnMHoyt Apple, Business, Cloud Computing, Computer Security, Computer Support, Homeland Secure IT, Secure IT Alert, security Leave a Comment

Last month it was LinkedIn who was making the news due to a data breach that exposed millions of user names and passwords, and this month it is Yahoo. It seems as though 400,000 user accounts and passwords have been exposed in the recently discovered breach, though it may be a while before the severity is truly known. Our suggestion …

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Secure IT Alert: Adobe patches address Reader & Acrobat vulnerabilities

JohnMHoyt Apple, Business, Computer Repair, Computer Security, Computer Service, Computer Support, Homeland Secure IT, Mac, Microsoft, OS X Leave a Comment

Homeland Secure IT Alert for Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Yesterday was Adobe’s first patch day of the new year and the security bulletin describes a total of six vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader and Acrobat X 10.1.1 and older, on both Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac. The issues that are addressed are considered “critical” in nature and the solution is to …

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Who sends a letter to the RIAA informing them of their pirating activities?

JohnMHoyt Apple, broadband, Business, Computer Repair, Computer Security, Computer Service, Computer Support, Connectivity, Homeland Secure IT, Licensing, Mac, Microsoft, OS X, security, Windows Leave a Comment

I’ve written a number of blog posts about the RIAA, and how people have been wrongfully accused of stealing (pirating) by the RIAA, and law suits threatened. Well, it appears, that someone at the RIAA has been doing a little illegal downloading of their own, though the RIAA claims it was not them. Here’s more information: http://torrentfreak.com/riaa-someone-else-is-pirating-through-out-ip-addresses-111221/ So secure those …

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I wanted a secure password, so I just went with this one…

JohnMHoyt Cloud Computing, Computer Repair, Computer Security, Computer Service, Computer Support, Fun Stuff, Homeland Secure IT, John M. Hoyt's Personal Stuff, security, Technology, Video Link Leave a Comment

One of the newsletters I read regularly had a link to this video… So I figured it would be a great password to use…   Data from Star Trek TNG emulates Picard’s voice with a very long password. Share and Enjoy:

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Password for life? Yeah, maybe…

JohnMHoyt Apple, Business, Computer Repair, Computer Security, Computer Service, Connectivity, Fun Stuff, Homeland Secure IT, John M. Hoyt's Personal Stuff, Linux, Microsoft, security, Technology 2 Comments

I just read an interesting blog post over on http://www.baekdal.com/tips/password-security-usability which gives a good case for not using random letters, numbers, case and special characters… The writer claims the password of “this is fun” would take about 2500 years to hack. Most business security policies require passwords that are a minimum of 8 characters, with upper and lower case, numbers and …

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Safe Browsing from Public Wi-Fi Hotspots is possible with a VPN

JohnMHoyt Android, Apple, Business, Cisco, Cloud Computing, Computer Sales, Computer Security, Computer Service, Connectivity, Homeland Secure IT, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Mac, Microsoft, Mobile, OS X, security, Technology, Video Link, Windows 2 Comments

WSPA’s Amy Wood (@TVAmy) had a great segment on last night (2011-02-07) in which she had Doug Cone (@nullvariable) a local web/graphics “devsigner” discussing the dangers of using public Wi-Fi. You can find that story here. He demonstrated a tool which allows even the most novice of “hackers” to see a list of others who are using any given open …

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Protect your SIP VoIP system (Asterisk, Trixbox, Digium, etc) from intrusion and abuse

JohnMHoyt Business, Connectivity, Fun Stuff, Linux, Microsoft, security, Technology, VoIP (Voice over IP) 1 Comment

Do you have a SIP Voice over IP system in use at your business? Then you may want to take a couple minutes to read this… It seems that many of these systems are being setup without any consideration for security at all. Leaving the potential for a malicious person to do things such as attack your system by sending …

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Oh my, another #greenville computer user lost their data – Wish they had used our online backup service…

JohnMHoyt Apple, broadband, Business, Computer Security, Computer Service, Homeland Secure IT, Mac, Microsoft, Microsoft Exchange, Office, OS X, Windows, Windows Server Leave a Comment

Just saw where another computer user in Greenville could have avoided a nightmare. They posted their computer was toast. Bad hard drive according to some geeky type people that looked at it. The computer is back to running, but their data is GONE. Homeland Secure IT offers many backup solutions that can protect you from this scenario, but our favorite …

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