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Jun
26
Adobe Flash Player Cache Management
Posted by Reprinted Article on 26 June 2013 03:19 PM

It’s always been a bit strange that we need to go to a third party site in order to manage content on a local computer.

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Using that control panel we are able to see just what kind of things have been happening, at least to some degree, via the Adobe Flash plugin.

Besides that, there is Start –> Internet Options and DELETE to remove history.

Philip Elder
MPECS Inc.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen
Find out more at
www.thirdtier.net/enterprise-solutions-for-small-business/

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Jun
26
Adobe Flash Player Cache Management
Posted by Reprinted Article on 26 June 2013 03:19 PM

It’s always been a bit strange that we need to go to a third party site in order to manage content on a local computer.

image

Using that control panel we are able to see just what kind of things have been happening, at least to some degree, via the Adobe Flash plugin.

Besides that, there is Start –> Internet Options and DELETE to remove history.

Philip Elder
MPECS Inc.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen
Find out more at
www.thirdtier.net/enterprise-solutions-for-small-business/

Windows Live Writer


Read more »



Jun
11
Looking Cloudy: PRISM Reading
Posted by Reprinted Article on 11 June 2013 04:49 PM

As things move along PRISM is making great waves throughout our industry.

Susan Bradley linked through to another awesome article on PRISM penned by Erica Absetz (eabsetz).

Erica does an excellent job of summarizing some critical aspects of PRISM with some valuable questions about how the program actually works.

Her article also contains a number of links to further articles discussing the PRISM program.

From her article:

Both Facebook and Google denied any previous knowledge of the PRISM surveillance program after concerns they may have been part of the program. Many other technology companies thought be be part of PRISM issued similar statements saying that they did not allow the government “direct access” to their systems. However, the NY Times reports that Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, and Paltalk all negotiated with the government and were required to share information due to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The Guardian also states that Microsoft has been a part of this information sharing program since the beginning in December of 2007 and was joined by Yahoo in 2008, Google, Facebook and PalTalk in 2009, YouTube in 2010, Skype and AOL in 2011, and Apple in 2012. At this point, it is a game of "who do you trust?" The government who finds such data incredibly valuable, or the corporations that sometimes rely on such data for their business model (e.g. Facebook). [emphasis ours]

Indeed, who can we trust?

As far as we are concerned the two words “Internet” and “Privacy” do not belong anywhere near each other.

Our Rule of Thumb: Want something to be private? Never publish it a public network like the Internet or cell network in any way shape or form. No e-mail, no picture texting, no SkyDrive, and so on. None. Nadda. Zippo. Zilch.

We here have been of the opinion that there is no sacred data sanctuary anywhere on the Internet.

Remember this?

    • Former AT&T technician Mark Klein is the key witness in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's class-action lawsuit against the telecommunications company, which alleges that AT&T cooperated in an illegal National Security Agency domestic surveillance program.

So, while PRISM is bringing to light the fact that government agencies are spying on the general population today, we seem to have very limited memories since the timelines on the above article go back to 2004!

Like any news, it is up to us to keep that squeaky wheel consistently squeaky to the _general population_ or like any other news item, and perhaps hoped for by the corporations and powers-that-be, PRISM and its implications will slowly wink out of our mind’s eye until the next “big story” breaks.

Philip Elder
MPECS Inc.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen
Find out more at
www.thirdtier.net/enterprise-solutions-for-small-business/

Windows Live Writer


Read more »



Jun
11
Looking Cloudy: PRISM Reading
Posted by Reprinted Article on 11 June 2013 04:49 PM

As things move along PRISM is making great waves throughout our industry.

Susan Bradley linked through to another awesome article on PRISM penned by Erica Absetz (eabsetz).

Erica does an excellent job of summarizing some critical aspects of PRISM with some valuable questions about how the program actually works.

Her article also contains a number of links to further articles discussing the PRISM program.

From her article:

Both Facebook and Google denied any previous knowledge of the PRISM surveillance program after concerns they may have been part of the program. Many other technology companies thought be be part of PRISM issued similar statements saying that they did not allow the government “direct access” to their systems. However, the NY Times reports that Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, and Paltalk all negotiated with the government and were required to share information due to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The Guardian also states that Microsoft has been a part of this information sharing program since the beginning in December of 2007 and was joined by Yahoo in 2008, Google, Facebook and PalTalk in 2009, YouTube in 2010, Skype and AOL in 2011, and Apple in 2012. At this point, it is a game of "who do you trust?" The government who finds such data incredibly valuable, or the corporations that sometimes rely on such data for their business model (e.g. Facebook). [emphasis ours]

Indeed, who can we trust?

As far as we are concerned the two words “Internet” and “Privacy” do not belong anywhere near each other.

Our Rule of Thumb: Want something to be private? Never publish it a public network like the Internet or cell network in any way shape or form. No e-mail, no picture texting, no SkyDrive, and so on. None. Nadda. Zippo. Zilch.

We here have been of the opinion that there is no sacred data sanctuary anywhere on the Internet.

Remember this?

    • Former AT&T technician Mark Klein is the key witness in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's class-action lawsuit against the telecommunications company, which alleges that AT&T cooperated in an illegal National Security Agency domestic surveillance program.

So, while PRISM is bringing to light the fact that government agencies are spying on the general population today, we seem to have very limited memories since the timelines on the above article go back to 2004!

Like any news, it is up to us to keep that squeaky wheel consistently squeaky to the _general population_ or like any other news item, and perhaps hoped for by the corporations and powers-that-be, PRISM and its implications will slowly wink out of our mind’s eye until the next “big story” breaks.

Philip Elder
MPECS Inc.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen
Find out more at
www.thirdtier.net/enterprise-solutions-for-small-business/

Windows Live Writer


Read more »



Jun
10
Monday Morning Monitor Cloth Reading: PRISM and it’s Cloud Implications
Posted by Reprinted Article on 10 June 2013 12:32 PM

Yeah, the coffee may end up out there and not because we have a great moment to laugh about.

Most of us have seen bits and pieces of the news about the United States Government’s program called PRISM.

This article on Computer World is an excellent read on PRISM and the big Cloud vendor’s statements that they were oblivious.

Jonny Evans is bang on with his assessment on the big Cloud vendor’s denials place them in a very awkward position. Perhaps a better response would have been to wait things out a bit and then come clean with customers about government’s access to customer data.

We’ve all known about the possibility of governments accessing data with Cloud vendors being able to remain silent with their customers about that access.

The news about PRISM puts this reality in our faces and gives everyone a moment to have Cause for Pause.

For flat file data storage this situation presents an excellent opportunity for vendors of flat file encryption services that work on that data before it gets pushed up to the Cloud.

However, for things like hosted e-mail where raw content is sitting on the Cloud Vendor’s systems we know of no way to protect that data at all short of keeping in on-premises.

EDIT 2013-06-10: My fellow SMBKitchen author Susan Bradley has called me on my exclusion of the possibility of encrypted data hosted in Cloud based Exchange servers.

I do apologise for missing the fact that there _are_ vendors out there that can do just that.

CipherCloud is one such vendor that Susan mentioned.

So, off to their site we go and start a chat session to find out how much this service would cost us:

image

Holy Sugar Smacks!

Okay, so there are vendors out there that do this but at this time they are not very SMB friendly. :)

Philip Elder
MPECS Inc.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen
Find out more at
www.thirdtier.net/enterprise-solutions-for-small-business/

Windows Live Writer


Read more »



Jun
10
Monday Morning Monitor Cloth Reading: PRISM and it’s Cloud Implications
Posted by Reprinted Article on 10 June 2013 12:32 PM

Yeah, the coffee may end up out there and not because we have a great moment to laugh about.

Most of us have seen bits and pieces of the news about the United States Government’s program called PRISM.

This article on Computer World is an excellent read on PRISM and the big Cloud vendor’s statements that they were oblivious.

Jonny Evans is bang on with his assessment on the big Cloud vendor’s denials place them in a very awkward position. Perhaps a better response would have been to wait things out a bit and then come clean with customers about government’s access to customer data.

We’ve all known about the possibility of governments accessing data with Cloud vendors being able to remain silent with their customers about that access.

The news about PRISM puts this reality in our faces and gives everyone a moment to have Cause for Pause.

For flat file data storage this situation presents an excellent opportunity for vendors of flat file encryption services that work on that data before it gets pushed up to the Cloud.

However, for things like hosted e-mail where raw content is sitting on the Cloud Vendor’s systems we know of no way to protect that data at all short of keeping in on-premises.

EDIT 2013-06-10: My fellow SMBKitchen author Susan Bradley has called me on my exclusion of the possibility of encrypted data hosted in Cloud based Exchange servers.

I do apologise for missing the fact that there _are_ vendors out there that can do just that.

CipherCloud is one such vendor that Susan mentioned.

So, off to their site we go and start a chat session to find out how much this service would cost us:

image

Holy Sugar Smacks!

Okay, so there are vendors out there that do this but at this time they are not very SMB friendly. :)

Philip Elder
MPECS Inc.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen
Find out more at
www.thirdtier.net/enterprise-solutions-for-small-business/

Windows Live Writer


Read more »




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