Do I really need SSL?

Absolutely. SSL ensures authenticity SSL sites are locked to domain names and so verify the ownership of the website.  Without SSL, it would be trivial to make a website that pretends to be your site. Data Integrity Traffic between the web server and the browser is protected from tampering. Encryption Encryption means that the traffic […]

Macro enabled office documents will now be blocked

Macro-enabled Office documents are now being blocked for domains protected by our premium spam filtering service. What are macro enabled office documents? Microsoft Office documents may have macros embedded with them.  The design allowed for simple programs to be embedded with an MS Office document to provide additional functions.  Office documents that are macro enabled […]

New network, new firewall, oh my!

We’ve been busy updating our infrastructure for the typically busy third quarter of the year.  We are making substantial improvements in security, networking, and virtual machine storage. New firewalls Our largest purchase this summer has been on a pair of new next-generation firewalls.  Adding these new firewalls has increased our awareness of our network traffic […]

Call the Cable Guy: Wireless just won’t cut it

The Register published a nice explanation of why offices still require cabled network connections.  I think it’s readable by those without a lot of technical knowledge. Check it out here:  http://m.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/01/cabling_is_good/ When a client is looking at a major change to their office space such as an expansion or a move the issue about network […]

FAQ: Veeam Cloud Connect – Offsite Backup for VMs

If you haven’t heard about Veeam Backup and Replication then you should definately check it out.  Veeam B&R backs up virtual machines and provides useful restore tasks such as recovering individual Exchange objects (such as email, contacts, calendar events), Sharepoint files for a document library, as well as full VMs.  About a month after we […]

ERA6 for our Managed Antivirus platform

We’ve almost completed our move of client computers to our new ERA v6 server.  ERA6 is dramatically different than previous versions as it now uses a client agent.  Previously, the AV program would check in at a configured interval to receive new ‘instructions’.  Instructions would be things like scan your computer now or set this […]

More ransomware?

Crypto was just the beginning.  We’re seeing a recent resurgence in ransomware.  Ransomware will encrypt files and demand payment in order to provide the key to decrypt them.  The latest iterations browse for network shares and encrypt a wider range of files.  The encryption strength is quite strong and breaking it isn’t an option with […]

The 3-2-1 Rule of Backups

At least 3 copies stored on 2 different media with at least 1 copy stored offsite 3 copies: Because there’s Murphy’s Law.  Because when you have that sinking feeling accompanying that accidental erase, the last thing you need is to find that your backup is corrupt.  Because backup archives can be complicated and their validation […]

Managed servers – Maintain an offsite DFS

Distributed File System – another great application for a virtual private server DFS is remarkable technology that distributes files and folders over multiple replica servers.  File servers that are part of a DFS replication group will maintain their own copy of every file including permissions, ownership, and modified times.  Whenever a file is added or […]