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 …

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 …

Considering Storage, IP Surveillance, Security, Wireless or Switching for your business? Thought about D-Link?

Everyone is familiar with Cisco products, but not everyone may realize there are alternatives which can affect your bottom line drastically while providing an identical feature set and experience. D-Link is a leader in the field and their products can often times go head-to-head with Cisco. D-Link offers: Wireless network equipment, like access points, managed wireless switches for large scale …

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Apple Mac hardware failures… (hard drive, power supply, video card) Why so high?

Here’s a question for you all… Why is the apparent rate of hardware failure higher with Apple Mac products than with Microsoft Windows based products? Homeland Secure IT’s typical client is a Windows based small or medium business, and a little less than 5% of those businesses and individuals have Apple Mac products that we support as well. A larger …

Atlanta Georgia to get centralized monitoring of public and private surveillance cameras

Privacy advocates are fired up over the multi-million dollar video integration center planned for Atlanta Georgia. This system will monitor up to 500 cameras simultaneously, some owned by the city and some private, at a centralized data center. At that center, software will be in place that can identify “suspicious” behavior and allow monitoring employees to deploy emergency personnel rapidly. …

Secure IT Alert: CERT Issues Security Recommendations to Prevent Cyber Intrusions

Homeland Secure IT Alert for Wednesday, July 21st, 2011 The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team has issued their recommendations for protection against network intrusions. ¬†I have included the entire document below, but the most current version of the document can be found here. ¬†Please keep in mind that these recommendations are not related to any one platform. These are …

Computer theft can be reduced dramatically with simple & inexpensive devices #SRMC

Last week I wrote about¬†hard drive encryption which could protect your data in the event your notebook, desktop or even a server were to be stolen… ¬†Odd that I mentioned one particular organization, Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, which had suffered two computer losses as of the date of that posting, because yesterday found SRMC back in the news with the …

Did you secure your Wi-Fi acess point yet?

Last week I was discussing RIAA letters to people who had supposedly downloaded music illegally and it turned out it was neighbors using their wifi connection. I wonder if anyone was paying attention? ¬†If you did not secure your wireless access point after that, then maybe THIS will encourage you to do so… A dispute with neighbors turned ugly back …