March 14, 2019 Are you prepared for the EOL Shockwave? - WST Often, we take software that seems to have ‘always been there’ for granted, until suddenly it’s not supported. At other times, ‘must have’ software fades into obscurity as it’s gradually replaced by alternatives. Either way, you should be prepared for an End of Life (EOL) announcement just as much as you should for important software update announcements. This week it’s an announcement by Adobe. They have announced the EOL for Adobe Shockwave, on April 9th, with extended support only for Enterprise customers. This also means anyone who [...]
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Windows Update Management Tips Windows Updates… Believe it or not, they’ve been around since the days of Windows 98. They are often despised by end users and IT support staff because they may interrupt the workday, delay leaving at the end of the day, or they may break functionality. Along the way, Microsoft has improved the deployment and installation process with functions such as Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). Despite usually minor inconveniences, Windows Updates are vital to the security of your computer, your network, and your data, and should not be ignored. How does an admin know what updates [...]
NetBIOS (Network Basic Input/Output System) was created in the early 1980's, but is surprisingly still alive and well on many networks today. Microsoft Windows still uses it for its name resolution function (often by default), when DNS is not available. Network resiliency and access to resources is a good thing, but keeping NetBIOS enabled for that reason, is not. There are many security concerns with NetBIOS; and disabling its support on your network and devices is strongly recommended. Disabling the use and support of NetBIOS can help to mitigate an attacker's ability to: poison and spoof responses, obtain a user's [...]