USB flash drive protection

Ever lost a USB “Thumb” drive? Did you worry if strangers found it what they could find?

As an IT professional, I use USB drives every day. I have lost two in the last 3 years. Fortunately, I don’t keep any customer or dangerous data on them. Basically I keep my logos, some security software and maybe a file or two. The biggest thing that sucks for me is getting my notes back. Normally they are notes on a project I am working on such as “Why WHS backup keeps failing” and in it, shortcuts to web sites with a few notes.

Continue reading

Preventing Cryptolocker and Ransomware in 4 steps

I have sent emails, tweets, posted links and articles on Facebook and so much more, all to warn you about the different crypto locker schemes out there. Apparently I failed to write a specific article on how to prevent it.

Hey you Linux and Apple people, you need to be alert for this too!

Here are the Four major things to do in order to prevent crypto locker with two additional options.

CryptoLocker Continue reading

Attachments or new Windows opening behind current one

Lately I have had a couple of customers call letting me know that when they open an attachment in an email or when their program opens a new window it is appearing behind all other windows on the monitor, not on top as usual. When a new windows is opening behind an existing window it is normally because there is a delay in the system.

Since this was happening on different programs and at different businesses, specifically Windows Live Mail 2012 and Dentrix, I would not presume they were related, however they were. Continue reading

Mesh Central the Good the Bad and the Ugly

In my previous article I wrote about my search for a remote control program replacement and my requirements. Here I want to expand on the one I chose, Mesh Central, and what I have learned after almost 18 months of using it.

First, let’s get to the nitty gritty, don’t use them! Now on to why.

When I first started using Mesh it, the only email address was on the tutorial page. He responded, then for the first few months, and then there has NEVER been a reply from it.ylian.saint-hilaire@intel.com was and is the only email on the site. When contacting my Intel representatives they claim no knowledge of the project. Continue reading