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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

networkzombie Re:No Carriers (149 comments)

Port 465 is for encrypted SMTP, and port 587 is for message submission. Port 25 is for server communications. No consumer grade line should allow outgoing port 25 unless you request to be white-listed and pass a technical competence test, you know, like knowing that non-business customers should not be using SMTP over port 25.

about a week ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

networkzombie Re:No Carriers (149 comments)

Uh, why not just block outgoing port 25? Do you have a reason for leaving it open to non-business customers?

about a week ago
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Kmart Says Its Payment System Was Hacked

networkzombie Re:My shopping is becoming limited (101 comments)

As an IT security guy, I don't used my credit card at Target, Sears, Kmart, Walmart, Home Depot, or any of the large targets (no pun intended). I use cash at those places (and gas stations) because it is obvious they were employing on the cheap. Low paid employees+massive transactions=easy target. They are the low hanging fruit. I use my credit card at Newegg and my favorite small restaurant where I know the owner. At least if they get hacked I will get an apology. When I setup my customers/clients to accept credit cards, I fill out the mandatory PCI compliance form for them. What a joke! Half the time the never follow up, like they say they have to, and the form basically asks if you have antivirus on the computer. Can I get an audit please? Where does the tax money go?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Designing a Telecom Configuration Center?

networkzombie Easy (52 comments)

Use fiber for everything, setup a pfsense box, set the switches to unmanaged, and use one collision domain. I suggest 10.0.0.0/8.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

networkzombie Re:edit host file (226 comments)

Not good enough. There are many:
0.0.0.0 ad.doubleclick.net
0.0.0.0 ad.uk.doubleclick.net
0.0.0.0 ad.n2434.doubleclick.net
0.0.0.0 doubleclick.net
0.0.0.0 a.doubleclick.net
0.0.0.0 b.doubleclick.net
0.0.0.0 c.doubleclick.net
0.0.0.0 d.doubleclick.net
0.0.0.0 e.doubleclick.net
0.0.0.0 h.doubleclick.net
0.0.0.0 i.doubleclick.net
0.0.0.0 j.doubleclick.net
0.0.0.0 k.doubleclick.net
0.0.0.0 l.doubleclick.net
0.0.0.0 m.doubleclick.net
0.0.0.0 n.doubleclick.net
0.0.0.0 o.doubleclick.net
0.0.0.0 p.doubleclick.net
0.0.0.0 q.doubleclick.net
0.0.0.0 r.doubleclick.net
0.0.0.0 s.doubleclick.net
0.0.0.0 ad.ar.doubleclick.net
etc...

about a month ago
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Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

networkzombie No surprise (226 comments)

I have been blocking doubleclick on the corporate firewall for years, and in every hosts file I come in contact with. No one ever complained, but now if they do, I have ammunition. If you serve up a web site, you should personally vouch for not only the product you are advertising, but the source of the advert as well. I blame Google for placing advertising dollars above their users (I know, they don't have users, they have sheep for fleecing).

about a month ago
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Tinba Trojan Targets Major US Banks

networkzombie Adobe prophylactic? (61 comments)

Does EMET stop Tinba?

about a month ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

networkzombie Overdue (495 comments)

Why is anyone surprised about this? I've been reading articles for over a year about No-IP and the abuse that they seemingly allow. They say they are working hard to stop the malicious software plowing through their service, but obviously they are not working hard enough. No one contacted No-IP to tell them that their service was being used to spread malware?

Bullshit.

April 2013: http://labs.opendns.com/2013/0...

Sept 2013: No-IP is a preferred choice for other similar attacks for command and control infrastructure: http://threatpost.com/njw0rm-a...

Feb 2014: Even Cisco said their domains were being abusive and they posted to complain that Cisco didn't contact them. http://www.noip.com/blog/2014/...

Looks to me like they should have contacted Microsoft and asked them for help. I guess they waited too long.

about 4 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Finally Passes Windows 8 In Market Share

networkzombie Under the hood (187 comments)

For a site where I imagine everyone uses Bash to complain about a start menu missing is comical. I hated the start menu and I'm glad it's gone. I've replaced all my systems with Windows 8 ever since they added boot to desktop so I could run appliance systems. The improvements they made under the hood make my systems fly. Same with 2012. I suffer at work with multiple monitors on Windows 7 and lack of PowerShell options on Server 2008 R2. I guess I'm the only one who notices the improvements.

about 5 months ago
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IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

networkzombie Re:Duh... (265 comments)

The police will find you guilty of something. It is their job to find you guilty of something. Do you really think anything you "DON''T" say would help a criminal get away? Again, the police will find you guilty of something.

about 5 months ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

networkzombie Re:That sounds like great news (626 comments)

Average Annual Pension For Cops: $58,563. They retire after 20 years.

about 5 months ago
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Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

networkzombie Re:Small vs Big (409 comments)

You are oversimplifying it just a bit. It's not just small vs. big. I stopped hosting my personal web site years ago simply because it wasn't critical. That's why most companies have also done so. Providers are getting better as the market expands, but businesses will move to hosted services accordingly, not because some VP of cloud operations says so. Hell, the salesman at the BMW dealership thinks I should drive nothing else, and that I need a new one every six months! You have to consider ROI. Trading a capital expenditure for reoccurring costs can end up costing you more than you bargained for. You also have to consider that moving to the cloud while everyone else is doing it is mob mentality. If you put your ERP in the cloud and it goes down for one single day, how much do you have to pay in overtime for those employees to record everything in Excel only to have to enter it into the ERP system after hours? How does that affect moral? What if they have a VDI. Will they even have Excel? How much does the extra bandwidth cost? Did you go over the SLA with a lawyer? What if your payment is delivered 20 minutes late? Even the electric company doesn't shut you out right away. Will they raise prices? If you crunch the numbers and it works for you, great. I actually get work from companies moving from the cloud because they had no idea it would suck so bad, mostly due to bandwidth costs.

about 5 months ago
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US and UK Governments Advise Avoiding Internet Explorer Until Bug Fixed

networkzombie Re:Recommended browser for old XP machines? (153 comments)

You, sir (Ol Olseoc), are what makes forums suck, as not only did you not answer the question, but you inserted you own perverted solution. That said, on an XP system you should install EMET 4.1 (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41138) for Windows XP. It will mitigate this and many other issues. You should not be running Windows XP without it, now that XP is EOL. Also, use a third party Antivirus solution like Kaspersky or NO32. And for the love of Dog, do not use Java, flash, or Adobe %products%.

about 6 months ago
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Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

networkzombie Re:You say tomato? (236 comments)

That is all fine and I did purchase my Asus router (third one, among others) with Tomato or DD-WRT in mind, but free DDNS providers drop like flies and Asus' DDNS is free and reliable as long as I am using their firmware. My last DD-WRT lasted many years, but a worry-free DDNS is nice also.

about 6 months ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

networkzombie Thank you captain obvious (353 comments)

Who visits this site and doesn't already know this? I've been salvaging laptops (for a fee) by putting in SSDs for years. As long as it has SATA, slap one in (sure, they made PATA SSDs but why?). And no, a RAM drive is not the same unless you have external power for the RAM or you never turn you PC off. Disks have been a bottleneck since the invention of the PC. Only now can you have an average PC where the CPU is (sometimes) the largest bottleneck. Next up, you can speed up your computer by removing HPs bloated all-in-one software suite. No shit.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

networkzombie Re:Estimation (473 comments)

I use IT Time. Begin with your best estimate of how long the project will take and double it. Add two, and then double it again. That is how long it will take. I cannot remember what colleague I learned this from (an Assembly programmer I think), but is has been fairly accurate (for me) for almost 20 years.

1 year,3 days
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How DirecTV Overhauled Its 800-Person IT Group With a Game

networkzombie I call (85 comments)

Bullshit. I've seen plenty of articles like this, and I've worked at many companies that have made the same claims. All of them were bullshit. It is a condescending attempt to re-train employees. There is a Forbes article about this that is more detailed. It shows how they want employees ideas without paying them for those ideas or giving them any credit. My favorite is the quote "It is no longer enough for IT organizations to deliver and operate systems on time and on budget. Now, we must deliver competitive advantages". Well, you could knock me over with a feather. I didn't know that I should be delivering competitive advantages. I thought you were lucky if I got your email working. How about if a few Direct TV employees chime in and comment on what was in these videos that became the awesome F12 game that stirred competition between employees and increased productivity, or to quote, how management addressed your "fear of failure." I'm sure all that showed an increase in productivity earned a raise in salary.

1 year,13 days
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SSHDs Debut On the Desktop With Mixed Results

networkzombie SSD+SSHD (154 comments)

I have my OS on a Plextor SSD and most everything else on the new Seagate 2TB SSHD. It works pretty well. If I need something to start up very quickly I put it on the SSD which still has 100GeeBees free. Boot time is about 4 seconds, but I sleep or hibernate, which is a 1 second startup. Why not use this as a secondary disk? It was like $15 more.

1 year,18 days

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