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Linux for my son – How to install xRDP on CentOS

I remember the time when I received my first computer in the 1980’s. It was an IBM 30/286 computer with a 20 MB HDD, and a 3.5” Floppy drive. The OS was DOS, and my first game was Space Quest. It was a beginning of an incredible journey, and I still remember the learning process I went through using the command line. I believe learning from a CLI first helped me greatly in my computer skills and not being afraid to dig deeper. My...

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A new hosting provider

This blog for some time was run from the hosting services provided by Hostgator.  While the services are inexpensive, the customer service was very slow to respond, and when they would many times the issues were not resolved.  The issue that finally pushed me to make the change to a new provider was when I was noticing my site would be down number times a day for various lengths of time.  I reached out to their technical support services...

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Password Security – Is rotating passwords helpful?

Many companies require that you change your password a number of times per year.  It usually ranges between 30 to 90 days.  However, does this provide any actual benefits to the overall user account security?  I do understand the logic behind it, your network will be more secure if all your users account passwords are changed frequently.  There are a few issues with this however.  The first issue is people tend to have issues remembering...

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The Economics of Security

At the RSA Conference in San Francisco I was able to listen to many interesting topics on security during the week I was there. This one covered the economics of security, and the five laws of security. Law 1: Most attackers aren’t evil or insane; they just want something. At first you might wonder why the distinction. The reason is, if a truly evil or insane person was attacking your system, or property you will not prevail. We simply do...

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The 5 top reported cyber scams

Internet scams, phishing attacks, email spam, we all deal with these numerous times a day.  If we stay on our toes, and remain alert chances are you will never fall victim to one of these attacks. With National Cyber Security Awareness month reaching the half way mark I thought I would share an infographic from Stay Safe Online.  Feel free to download the infographic and share it with friends and family and spread the word on Information...

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