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Vol. 16, #33 - August 22, 2011 - Issue #842

Tech Support For My Car?

  1. Editor's Corner    
    • Tech Support For My Car?
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without:
  3. Webinars & Seminars
    • GFI MailEssentials Complete Online Product Demonstration - Aug 23
    • When Free Antivirus Tools Aren't Enough - Aug 25
    • Free Desktop Virtualization Seminar
  4. Tech Briefing
    • "Botnets + Google Dorks = A New Recipe For Hacking
    • The Collar Bomber's Explosive Tech Gaffe 
    • LinkedIn Launches HTML5 Site, Revamps Apps
    • Internet Security Alliance Chief Attacks White House Cybersecurity Plan
  5. Windows Server News
    • Why Using A Bare Metal Client Hypervisor On A Mac Makes No Sense
    • Cloud Storage Grows Up
    • How To Maximize Hyper-V Virtualization For Better Cloud Integration
    • Virtualization Pioneering: Hyper-V Licensing For VMware Admins
  6. Third Party News
    • VIPRE Enterprise on GFI Idea Factory
  7. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Introducing Total Network Inventory 2, PC audit and software inventory solution.   

Introducing Total Network Inventory 2, PC audit and software inventory solution!

Network scanning: Windows, Mac OS X and Linux-based computers can be scanned without preinstalled agents. Inventory: each asset takes several dozen of kilobytes in the storage of TNI 2. Total Network Inventory 2 will show your network in all its beauty! Reports: create flexible reports on different data categories. Build table reports with hundreds of fields of TNI 2 data model. Software accounting: just in a few clicks you will see the number of software copies and get the list of assets it is installed on.

Hardware & Software inventory in a minute!

Editor's Corner

Tech Support For My Car?

Well, I just traded in my Toyota Camry for a new Audi A7, partly because I liked all the high tech features it came with. Check this out:

  • Voice-activated Google Earth?
  • Google? Voice Local Search
  • SiriusXM Traffic? overlaid onto Google Earth
  • Real-time Information including:
    • Gas prices (detailing local gas station brands and proximity)
    • Localized weather information with forecasts and radar map
    • News feeds from varied sources
    • Travel destinations information
    • Audi website where you can send Google Maps trip destinations to the car
    • And, yup, a Mobile Wi-Fi® hotspot feature

I can say things like: "I need gas" and it will find the closest station. "I am hungry" will dig up the closest restaurant, and yes, "coffee" will present the closest Starbucks on the pop-up screen with voice directions on how to get there fastest. Pretty cool! But it took the dealer 90 minutes to explain the whole thing, and that is average. Some people take longer.

T-Mobile provides the connectivity, and we tried to hack into the system just for fun. The mobile hotspot is protected with WEP, WPA, and WPA2 with the last being the default. But the hotspot reached about 40 feet around the car, and when we looked at the logs, we could see the IP address that we tracked down to a fleet management company. Hm.

But you can see where this goes, right? Cars are loaded with high-tech features and consumers are going to need tech support for all this, and of course all this stuff can be hacked into. Think for a moment about all the code that this requires, and the industry standard of one bug per 1000 lines of code. I can already see it, Patch Tuesday for my car, where they plug in the patch and pray all systems will come back up after the reboot. Hey, it starts! LOL.

You might soon be asked to provide support for another platform, a rolling one! Here is a 17 sec YouTube clip of the new Audi A7 model: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1313847611140

Quotes of the Week

"He travels safest in the dark night who travels lightest." - Hernando Cortez

"Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen." - Benjamin Disraeli

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Stu Sjouwerman
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Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Need to inventory all computers in your network and run various reports? Total Network Inventory 2 will lend you a helping hand!  
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Simplify your life with mPowerTools - 100+ Reports - tackle AD chores in bulk - a search & replace tool - you'll never script again AND NO third party databases!  
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1314007748488

Subscribe to the latest hot e-zine: CyberheistNews: 'Arming you with the facts'. Gets you ammo twice a month to defend your network against cybercrime:
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Frustrated with gullible end-users causing malware infections? Find out who the culprits are in 10 minutes. Do the Free Phishing Security Test on your users!:
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Webinars & Seminars

GFI MailEssentials Complete Online Product Demonstration - Aug 23

Reduce your junk mail volume upwards of 98 percent, free up network bandwidth and ease mail server load with MailEssentials Complete Online. Our hosted email security and continuity service deploys in minutes, stopping spam and other malware-borne threats before they reach your network.

Join us at 2:00 pm ET as we demonstrate the many features of MailEssentials Complete Online -- Register Today!

Date: Tue, Aug 23, 2011

Register/More Info
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1313847808750

When Free Antivirus Tools Aren't Enough - Aug 25

You get what you pay for is good advice anywhere, and particularly with the software solutions you use to protect your business assets. Free antivirus tools might indeed scan for viruses, but today's landscape of dangerous malware spans further and impacts harder than any free ? and even some not-free ? anti-virus solutions. Truly protecting your assets requires a layered approach, spanning kernel-level protection, execution prevention, strategic firewalling, access protection, and proactive behavior analysis and remediation.

Join Greg Shields, to learn more about the many layers that comprise today's most-effective endpoint security solutions for business. Register today!

2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT / 18:00 GMT
Date: Wed, Aug 24, 2011

Register/More Info
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1313847907468

Free Desktop Virtualization Seminar

Coming to 11 cities throughout the remainder of the year, independent expert and desktop virtualization guru Brian Madden will update you on where the desktop virtualization market is in 2011, focusing on what?s real and what?s not. Spend just a few hours out of the office to take advantage of a live Q&A, peer networking opportunities and tons of valuable information.

Register today!
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1313847967875 

Tech Briefing

"Botnets + Google Dorks = A New Recipe For Hacking

Tim Wilson at Dark Reading wrote: "Google, hackers have discovered, is very good at finding Web-facing security vulnerabilities. But searching for one vulnerability at a time can be slow -- so it's time to automate. Attackers are now using botnets and Google "dorks" -- clearly defined search parameters -- to speed the process of finding exploitable flaws on the Internet, according to a new report issued today by researchers at Imperva.

"What the hackers are doing is building an army of zombies to perform automated cyber-reconnaissance," says Noa Bar Yosef, senior security strategist at Imperva. "This makes the Google search much more efficient, and it also makes it harder to detect, because each zombie only issues two to four queries per minute, which is not enough to raise a red flag." http://www.wservernews.com/go/1313848053328

The Collar Bomber's Explosive Tech Gaffe

The man who claimed to have attached a bomb collar to an Australian high school student two weeks ago thought it would be a good idea to leave a ransom note on a USB stick looped around her neck. What he probably didn't realize is that he also left his name, hidden deep in the device's memory. Read More:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1313848105171

LinkedIn Launches HTML5 Site, Revamps Apps

The HTML5-optimized version, along with updated iPhone and Android apps, are getting entirely new user experiences that are touted to be faster, simpler, and better overall than previous versions. Specifically, that means:

  • Mobile apps will be between two and ten times faster across all features
  • Apps are organized around four primary areas: Inbox,Updates, Groups & More (i.e. People You May Know feature), and You (i.e. user profile, connections, etc.)
  • The Updates news stream is at the front of the app so that users can stay up-to-date more easily with connections. Read more, and see the demo at the CNET website:
    http://www.wservernews.com/go/1313848226437

Internet Security Alliance Chief Attacks White House Cybersecurity Plan

The head of the Internet Security Alliance (ISA), a coalition of Internet companies and researchers, is blasting the Obama administration?s cybersecurity proposal for focusing too much on regulating and punishing companies rather than on improving cybersecurity.

Larry Clinton, ISA president and chief executive officer, said the proposal fails to take into account how cybersecurity threats have evolved over the past few years. "They are fighting the last war. The model they are using for dealing with the private sector is largely antiquated", Clinton said on a yet-to-be-aired episode of C-SPAN's "The Communicators", according to a report by The Hill newspaper. More:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1313848278343

Windows Server News

Why Using A Bare Metal Client Hypervisor On A Mac Makes No Sense

Apple supports running Mac OS X 10.7 Lion in a client hypervisor VM on Mac hardware, but is there any value in virtualizing the Mac OS with Type-1 products such as XenClient? Find out what desktop virtualization guru Brian Madden has to say in this popular tip:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1313848341015

Cloud Storage Grows Up

Cloud storage is beginning to move to the forefront of the IT market, and it's extending beyond small- and medium-sized businesses to enterprises as well. Discover why cloud storage is making another surge in the market, why the cloud is a more economical storage choice for IT pros and how enterprises are beginning to use cloud storage in expert video: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1313848386562

How To Maximize Hyper-V Virtualization For Better Cloud Integration

Deploying Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization is a good first step in cloud integration, but IT administrators still have a few options to consider. Discover key ways to maximize your integration in this exclusive tip: http://www.wservernews.com/go/1313848425406

Virtualization Pioneering: Hyper-V Licensing For VMware Admins

Even though they?re competitors, VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V can go hand in hand. There are several beneficial reasons to add Microsoft?s virtualization platform to your vSphere virtual infrastructure ? gain insight into a few of them with this featured content:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1313848467703

Third Party News

VIPRE Enterprise on GFI Idea Factory

GFI is very excited to announce the debut of VIPRE Business (VIPRE Enterprise) on the GFI Idea Factory website! What is the GFI Idea Factory? It?s a community where you can submit an idea, vote on existing ideas or add your comments. Here?s how it works:

  1. Users submit their ideas
  2. Our community (you) discusses and votes for ideas
  3. The best ideas bubble-up to the top

You will find this site to be quite intuitive. Through understanding the needs of our customers and listening to your ideas, we will be able to continually deliver better technology through a delightful user experience. We welcome you to visit the GFI Idea Factory via http://www.wservernews.com/go/1313848593468 and start sharing your VIPRE Business ideas today!

WServerNews FAVE Links

This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff

WServerNews - Product of the Week

Introducing Total Network Inventory 2, PC audit and software inventory solution!

Network scanning: Windows, Mac OS X and Linux-based computers can be scanned without preinstalled agents. Inventory: each asset takes several dozen of kilobytes in the storage of TNI 2. Total Network Inventory 2 will show your network in all its beauty! Reports: create flexible reports on different data categories. Build table reports with hundreds of fields of TNI 2 data model. Software accounting: just in a few clicks you will see the number of software copies and get the list of assets it is installed on.

Hardware & Software inventory in a minute!