OPSWAT Gears – Manage your devices’ security remotely

Have mobile devices, servers and need to monitor these devices remotely?  OPSWAT Gears allows you to monitor your computers remotely – update antivirus software, discover compromised devices, manage threats and more.

MySQL Wworkbench – manage your MySQL installation

If you are a beginner or an expert, MySQL Workbench is a must have if you have installed MySQL.  The community edition allows you to Start/Stop your MySQL instance, write queries, monitor performance and has dozens of other features.

With MySQL, the my.conf file normally found in Linux installs is the my.ini file.  This configuration file can be found under the ProgramData folder (you have to show hidden files in Windows Explorer to see it).   This file can be configured using MySQL Workbench.   If you get an error connecting to it, go to the server instance and navigate to the my.ini file.   This is a common error when reading the configuration file.

WorkBench Status

Other features -

SQL Editor – SQL Code Completion, SQL Code Formatter, SQL Syntax Highlighting, SQL Code Generation, SQL History, SQL Snippets, Server-Stop/Start, Server Status, Performance and more.

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Network Access Protection

Windows 2008 Server has Network Access Protection which is also known as NAP or NPS. This tool serves an administrative purpose to help organizations compare the security level in a computer on the network to the Server 2008′s policies. This comparison helps to determine if the computer is safe enough to join and use the Server. This is another way to help find if the computer’s ‘health’ is adequate as far as policy and the NAP can also analyze both the anti-virus program and if the firewall is installed. In an upcoming series, Windows 2008 Server will be reviewed.

Information on NAP from TechNet

Microsoft’s Deployment Guide

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Cannot switch users in Windows 8

If you cannot change accounts in Windows 8, 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Update there are several things you can try -

First try editing the registry

In the search box, type regedit
Navigate to the following:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

Modify the registry value of HideFastUserSwitching from 1 to 0

Log off and restart the machine

Did it work?  If not, try editing the group policy

In the search box, type gpedit.msc
Navigate to -
Local Computer Policy/Computer Configuration/AdministrativeTemplates/System/Logon
Double click Hide Entry Points for Fast User Switching to bring up a dialog box to change Fast User Switching policy setting.
Choose Enabled
Close the group policy editor
Open a command prompt and type gpupdate /force

If the above did not work, try a refresh pc

Go to a “Command Prompt” as an Administrator
Next enter
shutdown.exe /r /o /f /t  00
The computer will restart
Select Troubleshoot
Select Refresh PC

Wireless security risks and defenses – Help Net Security

An interview with Kent Lawson, CEO of Private WiFi – Help Net Security

Do you think it is time to think of an alternative to WPA encryption?

Yes, it’s long past time. Unfortunately, many people and businesses are still using WPA and sometimes even WEP encryption. With WPA, you’re vulnerable to sharing your network with strangers, using common passwords that are easy to hack, or switching your WiFi to public…

more - Wireless security risks and defenses - Help Net Security