Facebook App Center: Sneaky?

Originally posted on Paul's Internet Security Blog:

finger clicks the yes buttonAccording to a recent NakedSecurity.sophos.com article; the new Facebook App Center is up to Facebook.com’s old tricks of trying to influence users to ignore the meager privacy protection tools available and allow them to give your personal information to third-party applications without your permission. They do this, in my opinion, deliberately, by designing their pages so as to “fool” the user into allowing personal information to be shared.

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A Huge List of FREE Computer Security Products and Services

Originally posted on What's On My PC:

One of my favorite tech sites is Gizmo’s – The Best Freeware…  Today, during a visit I came across a huge list of FREE computer security products and services that is maintained on their site. The list is not a list of specific recommendations, but is a “comprehensive documentation of the security products available”…

I can tell you a lot of work went into compiling this list.  So, if you are looking at a solution for virus or malware protection, encryption, backup, to name a few; hit this list first. It will definitely save you a considerable amount of time and I can tell you, being familiar with software, the selections they have made have been tried, true and tested.  Great job Gizmos’s…

Gizmo's - Huge List of Security Products

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SoftPerfect Network Scanner – Free Network Scanner

SoftPerfect’s Network Scanner is a free multi-threaded scanner that scans multiple protocols at once and offers dozens of configuration options to find detailed information.   This portable program comes in 32 and 64 bit and can be ran from a flashdrive.   This tiny little program finds shares, hidden shares and more.   The best feature is it is free!

 

 

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From SoftPerfect’s description of their Network Scanner software-

  • Pings computers and displays those alive.
  • Detects hardware MAC-addresses, even across routers.
  • Detects hidden shared folders and writable ones.
  • Detects your internal and external IP addresses.
  • Scans for listening TCP ports, some UDP and SNMP services.
  • Retrieves currently logged-on users, configured user accounts, uptime, etc.
  • You can mount and explore network resources.
  • Can launch external third party applications.
  • Exports results to HTML, XML, CSV and TXT
  • Supports Wake-On-LAN, remote shutdown and sending network messages.
  • Retrieves potentially any information via WMI.
  • Retrieves information from remote registry, file system and service manager.
  • It is absolutely free, requires no installation, and does not contain any adware/spyware/malware.

So how do you find Nic card vendors to help you troubleshoot your inventory and find even more information about the devices on your network?   Save this file (oui.txt)  from ieee into the folder where your exe is.  When you load the program, select lookup NIC vendor and then scan your network.

SoftPerfect also has other excellent software that is 100% free and some Enterprise software.

Best Wireless Access Point for classrooms and events

We were looking for a solution to several classrooms that are completely wireless and needed an access point that could handle the traffic and any interference.   With the growing trend of BYOD, classrooms easily double and triple in their infrastructure demands.

Also knowing that professional access points cost money as compared to home access points and routers;  the Ruckus ZoneFlex 7300 Series wireless access point ranked number one in a majority of tests and was our pick.  Retailing a little over $500, this access point handles dozens of computers and BYOD devices with no problems.

With computers loaded with iTunes, BYOD devices (netbooks, laptops, smartphones, smart TVs, iPads and Android devices),  our IT team could see the need to upgrade to devices that allowed multiple connections to our internal network.

Here’s the access points tested in a test over at TomsHardware   (TomsHardware with Ruckus 7363 – PDF Download)

Apple AirPort Extreme: Dual-band 802.11n, standalone, version 7.5.1
Aruba AP125: Dual-band 802.11n ,with Aruba 3200 controller running ArubaOS (ver. 6.0.0.1)
Cisco Aeronet 3502i: Dual-band 802.11n  with Cisco 4402 controller (ver. 7.0.98.0)
HP E-MSM460: Dual-band 802.11n  standalone running version 5.5.0.0-01-9514
Meraki MR24: Dual-band 802.11n  running Meraki Enterprise Cloud Controller
Ruckus ZoneFlex 7363: Dual-band 802.11n  with Ruckus ZoneDirector 1106 (version 9.1.0.0.38)

Ruckus Wireless Youtube Channel – includes real scenarios, reviews from companies such as Oracle and more

Sirefef infections explode due to new infection technique

The Sirefef/Zaccess family of Trojans – designed to download other malware, disable the machine’s security features, and often make lasting changes to the computer – is usually distributed to unsuspecting victims via email spam campaigns.

But its peddlers have lately changed tack, and have begun bundling the malware with codecs, game installers and crack/keygen applications, Trend Micro warns.

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Originally posted on TCAT Shelbyville - Technical Blog:

Have you ever noticed the administrator account doesn’t show up during logon with Vista or 7?  Well here’s what you can do.

Go to a command prompt as the administrator.

  • type cmd in the search box and then right click when it is found and select Run as Administrator
  • Type Net User Administrator  /active:yes

The Administrator Account should now appear as an option on the Welcome Screen.    Log in at the next reboot and set a complex password.  (Don’t forget it!)

or you can enable the Administrator Account by right clicking on Computer, select manage, navigate to users and uncheck the disabled box next to the Administrator.

If you want to disable it later… same command but add the switch with /active:no

See our review of Windows 8 and see how you can run 90% of your programs, virtualize other operating systems, use your network and more.

 

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