18Apr, 2011

NTFS on Apple OS X

Apple Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard has the capability of native NTFS support. In other words, you do not need NTFS-3G or any other third party application to be able to write to your NTFS storage media. However, you do have to enable it. Here is how: In Terminal, type diskutil info /Volumes/volume_name, where volume_name is […]

17Mar, 2011

Cross Platform Password Management

Every information security professional will tell you to use different passwords for every site. This is because if one site gets compromised and your password is cracked then the attacker can log into every site you use. The biggest complaint consumers have with using different passwords is remembering them all; now you don’t have to. […]

16Mar, 2011

Internet Explorer 9 Released

I hope no one is still running Internet Explorer 6; if you are Microsoft has a countdown and awareness campaign to get you and your grandmother to upgrade. For those that are fairly up to date, be informed you are not because Microsoft released Internet Explorer 9 today. If you are feeling risky and are […]

12Mar, 2011

Facebook – Download your Information

I was going through my Facebook Account a settings as everyone should be doing and found a few new settings and options I did not know about. Facebook Account settings may be accessed through the top right of any Facebook page once you are logged in. Some changes I made today: Password – you should […]

01Mar, 2011

Windows 7 & Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

Microsoft was doing so well cleaning up their reputation post-Vista era until they released Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Even SANS Internet Storm Center has an article dedicated to identified issues with the service pack. Here is my advice: Unless you have not installed the recent patches via Windows […]

27Oct, 2010

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (Release Candidate)

Microsoft announced today the Release Candidate (RC) of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to the public. For those unaware of how these software rollouts “work,” the RC release generally signals that a final build is almost ready. The only new features added to the SP1 are the Windows Server […]

26Sep, 2010

Running ESXi 4.1 on VMware Workstation 7.0 and above

VMware is ditching ESX for ESXi which is smaller and, best of all, free. I have been running ESX 4.0 as a virtual machine in Windows using VMware Workstation for some time now but was never able to get ESXi to run as a virtual machine. One of the students in the SANS Security 577: […]

23Aug, 2010

I’m Back!

After a long break from blogging mostly due to the fact that I finally published Microsoft Windows 7 Administrator’s Reference, finished a Master’s of Science in Management Information Systems, and was hired by a Fortune 20 financial institution to perform vulnerability assessment/ethical hacking/penetration testing, I am officially back to blogging! Many things coming soon: SANS […]