Buyer Beware – Saving money buying refurbished servers can be expensive

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As we get closer and closer to the end of life (demise) of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, we're seeing more and more people looking for ways to replace their old gear as inexpensively as possible. As a small business myself, I certainly understand that (and do it myself) but shady dealers seem to be coming out of the wood works with deals that are "too good to be true". I apologize for the stream of consciousness type post but here are a few things to consider when replacing that Server 2008 server. A lot of people were in the same boat that you're in. They had Windows Server 2008 Servers in place and, earlier in the year, they replaced it and sold it off (often times by weight)…
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If you have Google Chrome, patch it now

If you have Google Chrome, patch it now

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According to this article from BleepingComputer.com, researchers found two vulnerabilities in Google Chrome that could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code (e.g., run malware) on an affected machine. Google has confirmed that at least one of the vulnerabilities is already being exploited in the wild. Google has released an update to address these vulnerabilities that should be installed as soon as possible. Clients taking advantage of the Cyber Tech Cafe MyIT program should already have the update but should restart Google Chrome to ensure that it has been installed.
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New Critical Vulnerability in Google Chrome Browser (Patch Now)

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A new zero day vulnerability has been discovered in the Google Chrome browser that could allow arbitrary code execution on vulnerable systems. Details are scarce at this time (details below) but the short story is that users running Google Chrome versions prior to 76.0.3809.132 should patch now. Cyber Tech Cafe MyIT clients should already have the updates but are encouraged to restart Google Chrome (or reboot) to ensure that the updates are applied. Additional information on our MyIT program is available here. The issue is being tracked under CVE-2019-5869Additional details are available here
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May 2019 Updates

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Executive Summary The Cyber Tech Cafe Managed Services (MyIT) continue to be an overwhelming success.  It's exciting to see organizations taking a proactive approach when it comes to their IT Infrastructure and it's incredibly rewarding to hear those organizations comment about how "things just seem to work".  A new version of our website / blogging software brings a new format to these posts, all the same content you know and love with a fresh coat of paint to hopefully make consumption more enjoyable and pleasing. As always, we welcome comments, feedback, concerns, etc. News DC770 - Cyber Tech Cafe is a proud supporter and co-sponsor of the DC770 DEF CON group that meets monthly at 7:00pm ET at Jefferson's restaurant in Cartersville on the first Tuesday of each month. More information is available…
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March 2019 Updates

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Executive Summary The Cyber Tech Cafe Managed Services (MyIT) continue to be an overwhelming success.  It's exciting to see organizations taking a proactive approach when it comes to their IT Infrastructure and it's incredibly rewarding to hear those organizations comment about how "things just seem to work".  A new version of our website / blogging software brings a new format to these posts, all the same content you know and love with a fresh coat of paint to hopefully make consumption more enjoyable and pleasing. As always, we welcome comments, feedback, concerns, etc. News DC770 - Cyber Tech Cafe is a proud supporter and co-sponsor of the DC770 DEF CON group that meets monthly at 7:00pm ET at Jefferson's restaurant in Cartersville on the first Tuesday of each month. More information is available…
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Mail Flow Issues at AppRiver

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AppRiver is aware of and currently working to resolve issues with mail flow resulting in, in some cases, significant delays in mail delivery The issue was initially reported on 13 February 2019 and was believed to have been resolved at that time. Unfortuately, that was not the case and delays have persisted for some clients. The AppRiver team is working on a resolution now and believe that they have identified the cause and a fix that is being tested now. Below is a link to the AppRiver status page with an option to subscribe to updates on the issue. http://status.appriver.com/
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Problems reported with Office365

Problems reported with Office365

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We have had a number of reports this morning of performance and connection issues with Office365 applications, specifically Outlook. In most cases, the reported issues have been slower than normal performance and outgoing emails getting 'stuck' in the Outbox for an extended period of time. Although the Office365 Status page doesn't record any issues, we confirmed via DownDetector.com that a number of users are reporting issues and they appear to have started around 10:32am ET.
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Is your network safe while you’re gone for the holidays?

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I just saw this article about the ordeal a Network / Systems Administrator went through as the result of a ransomware attack. If you're a business owner or Network / Systems Administrator for your organization, here are some quick lessons learned to consider before leaving for the holidays. Lessons Learned Do not expose RDP to the Internet - Remote desktop is a tool that's built into Windows to connect to other Windows computers remotely. It's incredibly convenient way to get remote access to a computer for legitimate users as well as the bad guys. A good rule of thumb, do not expose RDP to the Internet. FortiGate firewalls include both an SSL VPN and a web-based portal that makes accessing RDP over the Internet securely trivial. All of the backups…
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A $100 box that can help you see (and control) what you’re sharing on the Internet

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We're connecting voice activated tablets, nanny-cams, security cameras, home assistants and even home security systems to our home Internet connection and inviting anyone with access to those devices into our homes with them. In an ideal world, the number of folks coming in would be very small and our trusted devices would be, well, trustworthy. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. Making matters worse, we're creating very soft targets for even low skilled attackers. At home, our defenses are down, the gear is typically ad-hoc and there's no logging or oversight on what's going on on the network. New devices can be added at will (yours or, when the neighbors kid guesses your wifi password, theirs) and devices on your network have the freedom to do pretty much anything that…
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