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Secure Alternatives

Here I explore some alternatives to Insecure social media. Social media makes their money from selling your browsing history and brand preferences. Some counties have restrictions that personal data needs to stay in the country. Friendica distributed, federated social ActivityPub,Disporia,OStatus compatible Social and Microblogging Mastadon.social distributed, federated social ActivityPub,OStatus compatible Microblogging focus RocketChat like Slack …

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Product Recommendations

I am not paid by any of these manufacturers. Firewall; Paid: Fortinet; industry leader. uses ASICs to offload tasks while still being energy efficient and inexpensive. Free: PfSense/OpnSense; based on BSD. Free failover / backup firewall. Installs on Intel based hardware so re-use and old desktop or buy a NetGate appliance. Switching; Use managed switches …

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Simple Security Tests

Some Simple Security Tests to get Small Businesses started Thycotic Weak Password finder; tests for LanMan, Weak hashes etc. and shows which of those accounts have Administrator privilege. https://thycotic.com/solutions/free-it-tools/weak-password-finder/ Wireshark LLMNR udp.port == 5355 (display filter) udp port 5355 (capture filter) Leave running for 1 hour + clients that send requests have “Netbios over TCP” …

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Wifi Optimization

Why is my Wifi so slow?? If you have teenagers this is a recurring song. Today we look at easy ways to combat interference and speed up wireless. Foundational Knowledge (skip this if you don’t care why) Unlicenced Wireless is limited by law to 2 watts of power and a few hundred Megahertz of frequency …

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Security Via DNS

Article DNS security filtering Quad9 is a free offering from an IBM led group of security organizations. OpenDNS made this type of service popular and Quad9 builds on that by making the service faster using AnyCast and a fleet of world-wide distributed DNS servers. This method makes it easy to protect your entire Home/Enterprise from …

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Outbound Filtering

Outbound Port filtering is a simple method to prevent users from accidentally giving away their credentials. Scenario: BadGuy sends a phishing email including a link to an internet server owned by BadGuy. User in your network is fooled into clicking on the link which is in the format \\server.LooksLikeMyDomain.NotReally\ShareName the users computer gladly reaches outside …

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Browser Safety

Browser Safety The security benefits of a good firewall have been universally accepted, the Red teams have focused attention on the next path of least resistance, which is the user. Gone are the days when we had a separate application for Mail, messaging etc. The Browser is the user’s 1 window into the internet. Get …

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Security; Where to Start

We don’t have budget for that!    Today with the rise of Ransom-ware small businesses are not likely to get a second chance, the cost of a single breach may be overwhelming.We will investigate cost effective ways to increase security without breaking the bank.   Path of least resistance:People, your staff is BY FAR the …

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Useful Websites

Virustotal.com test a single file against many virus scannersssllabs.com test your browser or protocol supportHaveIBeenPwned.com has your email been in a breach? If you administer a domain you can search for any user in your domain under DomainSearchHaveIBeenEmotet.com similar to abovemailinator.com disposable emailifttt.com if this then that, automationsend.firefox.com / plover.io browser based large file transfer …

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