Monthly Archives: August 2016

Wire.app Our New Pick For Best Encrypted Communications

WIRE.APP OUR NEW PICK FOR BEST ENCRYPTED COMMUNICATIONS All our Practical Paranoia IT Security Essentials books are being updated, recommending Wire as our choice for the best encrypted communications application. Why? Cross-platform (Android, iOS, macOS, OS X, and Windows) compatible Web platform Encrypts instant messages Encrypts voice calls Encrypts video calls Instant messages may be…
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New Password Protocols from NIST

NEW PASSWORD PROTOCOLS FROM NIST The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has just released new guidelines for how best to deal with passwords. It is contained in their DRAFT NIST Special Publication 800-63-3 Digital Authentication Guideline <https://pages.nist.gov/800-63-3/sp800-63-3.html> Fundamentally, the draft provides best practices to the federal government on how passwords are to be created…
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Over 20% Discount on Practical Paranoia OS X 10.11 Security Essentials

OVER 20% DISCOUNT ON PRACTICAL PARANOIA OS X 10.11 SECURITY ESSENTIALS The best-selling, easiest, most comprehensive OS X security guide is now available for only $50. That's a 23% discount off of the Amazon price. To get your copy at a $15 savings, and DIY your Mac into better-than-NSA security, call Mintz InfoTech, Inc. at +1.888.479.0690, extension 1. NOTE: Offer valid…
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Microsoft leaks its Golden Key, unlocking Windows Secure Boot

MICROSOFT LEAKS ITS GOLDEN KEY, UNLOCKING WINDOWS SECURE BOOT The US government–dominantly the FBI and NSA–have been pushing as hard as possible to get their agenda for "backdoors" built into every operating system and encryption scheme available. The argument they put forth is that terrorists and criminals are able to easily communicate  their plans amongst…
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Bitdefender Anti-Virus Enterprise Version Available

BITDEFENDER ANTI-VIRUS ENTERPRISE VERSION AVAILABLE Bitdefender is our only recommended solution for macOS, OS X, and Windows anti-virus software. Mintz InfoTech, Inc. has partnered with Bitdefender to be able to offer you their Enterprise-grade, Gravity-Zone powered version of Bitdefender for only $10, plus 15 minutes labor per computer for installation. Throughout the month of August, 2016, Mintz InfoTech…
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Practical Paranoia: iOS 10 Security Essentials Release Date

PRACTICAL PARANOIA: IOS 10 SECURITY ESSENTIALS RELEASE DATE New edition, release date September 1, 2016. The best-selling, easiest, step-by-step, most comprehensive guide to securing your home or business iOS devices. Completely revised and updated for iOS 10. Official workbook for the Practical Paranoia: Security Essentials Workshop. Designed for both college course, workshop, and self-study. The entire…
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Cores, Caches, and Clocks

CORES, CACHES, AND CLOCKS Intel Processors Demystified Intel Inside: Its almost a household phrase now. Regardless of your level of tech knowledge, you’ve at least heard of the famed CPU manufacturer. Intel has become the staple processor brand for Laptops, Home All-in-Ones and Enterprise Servers alike. Their processors come in many varieties–from the lowly Atom to…
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How to Avoid Ransomware Attacks

HOW TO AVOID RANSOMWARE ATTACKS What is Ransomware There are many types of malware (the umbrella term for anything and everything that maliciously targets your computer, mobile device, your account, or the data that resides within.) Ransomware is the most recent, and nastiest, of the bunch. What makes ransomware so vicious is that it will…
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Practical Paranoia for Android Devices

Updated August, 2016! The best-selling, easiest, step-by-step, comprehensive guide to securing your home or business Android phone and tablet. Completely revised and updated for Android 4, 5, and 6. Official workbook for the Practical Paranoia: Security Essentials Workshop. Designed for both workshop use and self-study. The entire workshop is contained within the book. Includes all…
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Microsoft Account Login Allows Stealing Password

MICROSOFT ACCOUNT LOGIN ALLOWS STEALING PASSWORD As reported in ZDNet <http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-attack-can-steal-your-username-password-and-other-logins/?ftag=TRE17cfd61&bhid=23805892321125989763496453943110>, a 20-year-old vulnerability in Windows is still present in Windows 10. This vulnerability allows a malicious website to steal username and password of visitors using their Microsoft Account to log into their computers. This widely know vulnerability was first discovered by Aaron Spangler in…
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Strong Passwords Trump Password Expiration

STRONG PASSWORDS TRUMP PASSWORD EXPIRATION One of the IT Department mantras has been Change all of your passwords every <some ridiculously short time frame>. This "rule" has been repeated so often that almost nobody ever questions it. Well, except for yours truly, and a few very bright researchers at University of North Carolina. The original thinking that went…
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