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Mon, May 16, 2005 (Vol. 10, #20 - Issue #525)
OK HERE IT IS: Redmond Antivirus On Steroids
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- It's 2005 Target Awards Time!
- New Xbox 360 Rawks
- No Privacy On The Net - Or Anywhere Else
- Hotbar Goes After Sunbelt
- ADMIN TOOLBOX
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- TECH BRIEFING
- Inside The Secret World Of Spammers
- Prevention Guide: Rootkits
- Jeremy Kadlec On SQL Performance Tuning
- Look Before You Leap Into Consolidation
- NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
- OK HERE IT IS: Redmond Antivirus On Steroids
- XP SP2 Update Enhances Wi-Fi Security
- Microsoft Simplifies Volume Licensing Documentation
- Redmond Unwraps Windows Mobile 5.0
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
- iHateSpam Gateway Edition V1.6 Released
- CounterSpy Enterprise With Real-Time Protection In Beta
- Employee Web Surfing More Addictive Than Coffee
- W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- Which Feature Would You Like To Add To LanHound?
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It's 2005 Target Awards Time!
Tell your colleagues which tool you like best for the job. The
W2Knews 2005 Target Awards are the ultimate shortlist of system
admins fave tools. We kept a close eye on the forums, market
and new versions last year and these tools are the leading ones
in each category. Saves a lot of time to check out this list.
While you are there, vote for your faves! Voting closes May 31st.
New Xbox 360 Rawks
Wow, Redmond has thrown some pretty cool hardware at it. A PC
with all this stuff in it would run close to 7-800 bucks at a
quick guess. It's another "Big Gates Gamble" as I'm sure they
are going to lose money on this again and hope to make it up
with game software sales. Street price for the Xbox 360 will
be somewhere between 300 and 400 bucks. Expect it in stores
in time for the 2005 December Holiday Season. Here are some
of the highlights I like best:
Watch out Sony. [grin]. Here's some more at a Fan Site:
- 20-gig, detachable, upgradeable hard drive. The original had
only an 8-gig nonremovable hard drive.
- Three dual-core processors running at 3.2 gigahertz each.
The original ran just one 733 megahertz Chip.
- Half a GIG of RAM! The original: 64MB.
- Three USB ports. The old Xbox had none and ditto with memory
cards, the new one has two ports for 64-meg cards that can be
used to save games, so you can be play on a friend's console.
- Built-in extender for Windows XP Media Center, this is big.
- Up to four wireless (!) controllers.
- Sleek design with removable faceplate (like cell phones)
- Plays DVD's, CD's and supports HighDef. Add a few speakers
and you have a basic but very serviceable audio/video system.
No Privacy On The Net - Or Anywhere Else
This was the title of an editorial in last week's WinXPnews,
(the sister publication of W2Knews). They showed a site where
you can type your name and see what is available about you.
I have never seen as many indignant letters to the editor
that this should be forbidden. We in the enterprise space are
a bit more jaded, but if you live in the USA, you should just
for your own education go this site and type your name. It
could be revealing in more than one way. Check out the instant
background check and drill down a bit. It's chilling.
Hotbar Goes After Sunbelt
Perhaps you are aware of the Blog that our Prez publishes.
And maybe you know that companies do not like to be listed
as spyware or adware. Well, since we are the "white hats"
that keep the "black hats" off your systems with CounterSpy,
some of these people send us cease and desist letters and
threaten with all they can throw at us. Just so that you know
we are defending you, and continue to work hard to have the
best antispyware threat database in the industry!
Quotes Of The Week:
"Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a
hell of a lot better." -- Robert Redford
"Imagination is more important than knowledge, the important
thing is to not stop questioning." -- Albert Einstein
(email me with feedback: [email protected])
Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
Inside The Secret World Of Spammers
Remember the book called 'Inside the Spam Cartel' I raved about a
while ago? Meet "Spammer-X" on Tuesday, May 17 at noon EDT, for
a live webcast, "Inside the secret world of spammers." The
anonymous ex-spammer presents real-world examples and techniques
used to send spam, including how e-mail addresses are obtained
and how spammers get by content filters. After his presentation,
Spammer-X will take questions from our audience in a live Q&A.
There will also be a random drawing, giving away a free copy of
Prevention Guide: Rootkits
Rootkits are stealthy tools used by hackers to remotely control
Windows systems. If you're attacked by one, chances are you'll
never detect it. This collection of six tips from Microsoft
security program manager Kurt Dillard explains how rootkits work,
how to detect them and how to remove them from Windows systems.
Over at the SearchWindowsSecurity.com site:
Jeremy Kadlec On SQL Performance Tuning
Tuning guru Jeremy Kadlec offers pointers for DBAs in search of
the magic bullet for optimizing SQL Server performance. Check out
Kadlec's tips and expert advice on load testing, OLTP vs. data
warehousing and increasing application speed, just to name a few.
Then send him your toughest tuning questions at SearchSQLServer.
Look Before You Leap Into Consolidation
What's not to love about server consolidation and virtualization?
Experts and data center managers say that while both are attractive
options, they're not for everybody. This is an interesting article
NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
OK HERE IT IS: Redmond Antivirus On Steroids
This is the project code named "A1" that I have been mentioning
before. They are actually positioning it in a new way: a new
übercategory called 'PC help'. It is geared to consumers, called
OneCare Live and is set up as a subscription service. What it
does? Anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall protection, maintains
PCs for optimal performance and backs up key data. Microsoft's
general manager of the Technology Care and Safety Group said:
"We're designing the service so it will continually update and
evolve over time".
Following the tried and true Microsoft tradition ('eat your own
dogfood') it's going into beta among its own employees this week
and will offer a public beta later this year. No data yet on
the price for this. I'm expecting it will be competitive to
Norton, meaning the initial price would be 60-80 bucks and 50%
of that per year. This new subscription service will put Redmond
in direct competition with security software giants Symantec,
McAfee and Computer Associates. A deafening silence from MS
regarding an enterprise version though.
Recent surveys show that two thirds of consumers are not running
any basic anti-virus or anti-spyware protection. In the mean time,
spyware and online fraud continue to increase. From my perspective,
a large part of why OneCare was created is to deter defections
to Linux or Apple. Here is the Redmond beta announcement and
a link to nominate yourself:
XP SP2 Update Enhances Wi-Fi Security
This week, Redmond released an update at no cost for XP SP2. It
brings support for Wi-Fi Protected Access 2. The acronym is WPA2
and it is the highest level of standards-based wireless security
currently available. Anyone using wireless should look into this
to thwart hacking attempts. Download is here:
Microsoft Simplifies Volume Licensing Documentation
In an effort to reduce the pain users face in combing through
Licensing 6.0 documentation, Microsoft this week previewed a
change coming in July to its massive Product Use Rights
document. Scott Bekker at ENTMag has the story:
Redmond Unwraps Windows Mobile 5.0
Microsoft unveiled Windows Mobile 5.0, a new version of its
operating system for mobile devices that it says is more reliable,
offers improved hardware support and new productivity and
entertainment features. Not too many people have understood
this yet, but it's a direct attack on the iPod as this version
supports hard disks. Cell phones will soon have iPod features
built-in from day one. There is way more about it at the
MS site, we simply do not have space for it all here:
THIRD PARTY NEWS
iHateSpam Gateway Edition V1.6 Released
Sunbelt has released iHateSpam for Exchange 1.6 Gateway Edition.
This update brings "GE" to the same level as Server Edition. The
change includes using the Cloudmark Engine for spam detection.
The major difference between version 1.5 and 1.6 is the move to
the Cloudmark engine. This new engine has been evaluated thoroughly,
and about 80% have found it to be better for their environments
while 20% have found that they prefer the older engine's results.
For those people we have good news. The next release will have
both engines and you can choose if you want either one or both
at the same time.
Other Exchange related news is that in a few weeks we will go into
beta with our brand new V2.0 of iHateSpam for Exchange, which will
be given a different name as it does way more than just filter
spam. Sunbelt's Messaging Ninja will be antispam, antivirus, and
has a plugin architecture that will allows modules for disclaimers,
content filtering ( in-, out- AND internal !) and a host of other
things. We'll invite you when we need beta testers. Here is the
link for the most recent V1.6 version:
CounterSpy Enterprise With Real-Time Protection In Beta
Many of you have said you'd deploy CounterSpy Enterprise in a
heartbeat if it would only have the real-time protection that
the consumer version already had. Well we have good news. The
new CSE V1.5 beta that was released last week has real-time
protection and the beta test is humming along quite nicely.
As you all know by now, an Internet connected PC can be infected
with spyware in minutes. And how many workstations do you have
in your network? Right. Spyware is a productivity killer. It
costs you time, compromises security, and has employees sitting
on their hands during repair but what is worse, spyware infections
slow a PC down long before you start getting complaints.
The new CounterSpy Enterprise V1.5 will help you
- Spyware is a drag on your systems and network: it creates both
instability and slows workstation performance.
- Spyware might expose corporate privileged data and/or customer
Both Windows IT Pro and eWEEK called CounterSpy Enterprise their
Editor's Choice. And that was even when it did not have active
protection! If you want to test the beta, ask your reseller or
rep how to get one. Want a look at the current version? Check:
- Manage anti-spyware from one central location
- Detect and delete spyware both real-time and in scheduled scans
- Protect user workstations, preventing downtime
- Prevent "illegal" network utilization
- Prevent unnecessary helpdesk calls
Employee Web Surfing More Addictive Than Coffee
Harris Interactive is a large survey company that recently did
some work for Websense, one of the large players in the internet
filtering industry. I thought the results were revealing and
show that you need something in place to prevent trouble.
Companies like Websense, St. Bernard's Prism, and SurfControl
come to mind for solutions that would prevent some of this abuse.
And there is a lot!
Listening to or watching streaming media (18%) and using instant
messaging (16%) are still the most popular computer-based apps
used at work at least once a week by those employees surveyed
with internet access at work. Playing games at work has gone
down. Only 6% said they play computer games at work, down from
14% in 2004. But 23% of men surveyed who access the Internet at
work said they had visited a porn site on company time, while
only 12% of their female counterparts had done so.
- 93% of all respondents said they spend at least some time
"Net-surfing" at work. This is up from 86 per cent in 2004.
- 50% of employees surveyed who access the Internet at work
do so for both work and personal tasks. Among those employees
surveyed who use the Web during the workday for personal reasons,
the most popular non work-related Web sites accessed are news
(81%), personal e-mail (61%), online banking (58%), travel (56%)
and shopping (52%).
You need a thoroughly planned and implemented layered defense
to protect your networks. Each website visited is a potential
hazard. A device at the edge is a good idea to stop some of it,
but you also need to scan for spyware at the workstation level.
This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
Which Feature Would You Like To Add To LanHound?
Many of you have downloaded our award winning "sniffer" LanHound
in the past. We're doing a survey for the new version that is
being planned now. Could you please tell us which features you'd
like to see? This is a web-based, one minute survey. Thanks in
advance! If you want to refresh your memory, here is the product
page with all the specs:
And here is the link to the survey. As you know, Sunbelt tools
are "by admins, for admins" so let us know what you'd like and
we'll build if for you!