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Go Google Yourself By Leigh Goldie Raise your hand, how many of you have Googled yourselves recently? I knew it – you haven’t! I believe you should do it right now. Why, you ask? Because that’s what other people are doing to learn more about you. Shouldn’t you be the one who controls what anyone sees and discovers about you when searching online? Looking for a job, hiring a new employee, meeting new people, and finding classmates for a reunion are simply a few of the reasons people may be googling your name. What will they find? Type in your name and many things will come up: Your Facebook account, your Twitter account, and any other social networking accounts, all of your pictures and personal profiles full of your personal information that Internet Search Engines have collected about you. If you are job searching, employers will Google your name to discover what... (more)

IPS Updates, Splunk, Check Point and You

IPS Updates, Splunk, Check Point and You How I Learned to Stop Hating the Term “Zero-Day” but Not Really By: Bill Mathews Zero Day attacks – you know, the ones that almost EVERY signature in your IPS claim to protect you against? Yep those guys, nasty little things. Basically, if IPS vendors are to be believed, those are the things that don’t have a patch yet and have active exploits against them. You update your IPS signatures and BOOM protection from zero day! The problem we always run into, and this is with almost every IPS vendor so I’m not just picking on Check Point here, is... (more)

Slow Down and Make Yourself Faster

Slow Down and Make Yourself Faster – Tips for the Terminal By: Aaron Croyle I spend most of my day typing arcane things into black windows with green text, as such I spend some time looking for ways to eliminate keystrokes. I’ve been using bash and vim for more that 10 years and I continue to learn more features that I can use on a daily basis. I’ll give you some tips at the end, but the moral of the story is learn how to make better use of your tools. How to Get Better 1) Anytime you’re typing the same thing more than once, ask yourself if there’s a better way to do it. If you d... (more)

No Firewall, No Problem?

No Firewall, No Problem? By: Matt Yonchak In one of the more short-sighted, narrow-minded, and just downright inane articles that I’ve read in quite sometime Roger Grimes told us all about “Why you don’t need a firewall.“ His premise is that exploits and attacks are developing at a level as to surpass the capabilities of a conventional firewall and that firewalls aren’t used properly so why bother. We’ve all heard that before and I won’t even get into the muddled waters of the next-generation firewall concept, though I could. The worse part about the idea of the firewall being ... (more)

Mobile Security Apps – ESET

By: Bill Mathews - Anyone who listens to our podcast should know that I hate all anti-virus and anti-virus vendors. I really don’t have too many shades of grey when it comes to it, so it’s pretty hard to make me want to do anything regarding anti-virus technology that isn’t just recommending you get rid of the platform that is so susceptible to it. I’ve argued (and still argue) that even though there is clearly a malware issue with Android phones (unless lots of folks are lying), it is not as bad as the vendors make it out to be. They have a whole new platform to infect…err, get ... (more)