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Windows PowerShell: Extracting Strings Using Regular Expressions

This post has been reviewed in 2018 and its information is still relevant. We also recently published another post with information about how to automate common admin tasks with PowerShell.  Windows PowerShell is a powerful (no pun intended!) command line scripting language built on top of the .NET framework. Version 2.0 of Windows PowerShell comes […]

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Email data leaks just got riskier

The GDPR brings some big changes to the way companies must handle data, and that includes data in email messages. Email may be the weak spot in your data security strategy, but it doesn’t have to be.

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Scanning Open Ports in Windows: A Quick Guide (Part 2)

This post has been reviewed and the information is still relevant as of June 2018. In early 2012, I wrote an article called Scanning Open Ports in Windows: A Quick Guide that covered how to use NetStat.exe, Tasklist.exe, TCPView.exe and PortQry.exe and Scanning Open Ports in Windows: Part 3 that covered how to use NMAP to […]

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Unintended Consequences: GDPR impacts you didn’t see coming

Enforcement officially began on May 25 and while it has created hassles and even havoc for companies scrambling to comply, it also brings some benefits for “data subjects” – that’s you, if any organization collects, processes or stores personal information about you – even those who don’t live in Europe.

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The 31 funniest SSIDs I’ve ever seen

Whenever I’m at a restaurant, airport or anywhere in town, I invariably look for free Wi-Fi access. Often, the SSID names used are standard fare. However, I occasionally come across some really witty and hilarious SSIDs. This article features some of the top SSIDs that my colleagues and I have come across on our travels. […]

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Copy and Paste is not working on my Remote Desktop Connection… what’s wrong?

How to troubleshoot copy and paste problems when connected to a remote machine. A very annoying occurrence that I sometimes suffer is when all of a sudden the copy and paste function stops working when I am connected to a remote machine.

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Scanning Open Ports in Windows: A Quick Guide

This post has been reviewed and the information is still relevant as of June 2018. When troubleshooting client or server side application network connectivity issues, it is often necessary to determine if access to a certain port that the application uses is being blocked. In this article we’ll take a quick look at how to […]

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GDPR deadline is here: Now what?

It’s May 25, 2018 and the GDPR enforcement date is upon us. After many months of scrambling to make the transition, thanks to the vagueness of some of the provisions, many organizations are still uncertain as to whether they’re fully in compliance.

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Win10 April Update: What’s new for IT pros? (Part 2)

In the Windows 10, version 1803 update there is a group of enhancements that probably aren’t of much interest to most consumers but are significant additions for IT pros. That’s what we’ll be discussing here in Part 2.

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Win10 April Update: Was it worth the wait? (Part 1)

Microsoft uses the term “Windows as a service” to describe Windows 10 but there has been some confusion within the IT community as to exactly what that means. In a nutshell, there will no longer be distinct versions of the operating system as we knew them in the past (Windows 3.1, Windows 95, 98, ME, XP, Vista, 7, 8, etc.  

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