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Using Free Wireless and VPNs

May 31st, 2008 at 11:23 pm » Comments (5)

I read Tony Dye’s post on Wireless Safety: The VPN Question and wanted to share a comment. It turned into a post of its own, so I’ve moved it into one :-) Read his post first so this makes sense. If a laptop user establishes a VPN connection to your corporate VPN server, and doesn’t […]

Security Breach by ID Theft Hits Close to Home

April 18th, 2008 at 9:25 pm » Comments (1)

A server was stolen from a debt-collection agency in Indianapolis last month, which meant 700,000 names, addresses, phone numbers, and of course, social security numbers are out there. It’s supposedly the largest computer security breach in Indiana history. Given the fact that it’s a debt-collection agency that lost the records (which were supposedly “protected by […]

Is SonicWALL the Answer?

April 12th, 2008 at 8:03 am » Comments (1)

MinistryTECH and the Church IT Roundtable gave me a lot of great opportunities to gain interest in and discuss SonicWALL solutions with Mark Moreno, consultant and reseller, and SonicWALL poster children Jason Lee and Jeremie Kilgore. I must admit to being more than a little impressed with the combination of flexibility, power, and price that […]

New TrueCrypt 5.1 Does Hibernation, Kind Of

March 11th, 2008 at 12:02 pm » Comments (0)

TrueCrypt just released version 5.1, adding support for hibernation (see prior post) to an encrypted system partition (thanks to Joel for letting me know). They’ve also increased AES encryption speed by 30-90% and a few other nice tweaks and fixes. I went ahead and upgraded last night and started encrypting my drive before I went […]

TrueCrypt Whole-Disk Encryption: Why I Turned It Off

February 18th, 2008 at 12:28 pm » Comments (19)

Last night, I decrypted my laptop. Eleven days ago, I posted about TrueCrypt’s new whole-disk encryption. I encrypted my laptop and started using it. Speed didn’t seem to be an issue (or much of one, maybe it was a little bit slower overall, but that’s just my perception). But it also disabled Hibernation, forcing me […]

TrueCrypt 5: Whole Disk Encryption and OS X Support (updated)

February 7th, 2008 at 1:33 am » Comments (5)

Version 5.0 of the TrueCrypt encryption software was released on Feb. 5th. I ran into this news on Hackzine where they mentioned Mac OS X support as a new TrueCrypt feature. That’s cool, but I don’t use Mac, so what? I’ll upgrade soon, since I’ve been using TrueCrypt for over a year and love it, […]

iTunes Store breaks, ISA 2004 SP3 to blame

January 10th, 2008 at 12:39 pm » Comments (3)

This past Tuesday, I installed ISA 2004 Service Pack 3. I’ve got a recent configuration backup from the last time I had some SSL certificate issues (that was fun enough I think I’ve blocked it out too much to blog about it!), so I figured trying it out couldn’t hurt, and it had a lot […]

Pictures of SteadyState Internet Cafe Computers

October 28th, 2007 at 11:47 pm » Comments (4)

I’ve been promising pictures of the Youth Internet Cafe running Firefox and Microsoft SteadyState but first I forgot, then I took the pictures and didn’t upload them, then I uploaded them recently but haven’t posted yet. Oh well. They’re here now! I uploaded nine photos to Flickr, you can see them all in the Lakeview’s […]

Firefox Updates and Windows SteadyState

August 15th, 2007 at 1:08 pm » Comments (0)

Firefox Upgrades Interfere with Kiosks I ran into a small issue with the SteadyState/Firefox setup that was a relatively easy fix: Firefox tried to update itself and the theme when new versions came out. Why it does this as a limited user when it can’t run the upgrade (for the program itself; the theme should […]

PassPack Your Passwords: Get Them Anywhere, Securely and Freely

August 13th, 2007 at 1:08 am » Comments (4)

I discovered a service called PassPack. The basic premise is this: Create an account, store all your passwords in it, log back in as-needed to retrieve them. “But wait!” you might say, “that’s stupid, why trust a random website to secure your passwords, just run one of the countless free Windows apps to store your info, and a lot of them will even automatically log you in via your web browser to websites.” Normally, I’d agree with you. But PassPack is doing things a bit differently…