Yet another HP Keylogger

Previously, Hewlett Packard had a keylogger embedded in their audio driver and now there’s one found in their synaptics keyboard driver. This driver can be found on most modern HP laptops. Vulnerability Details Security researcher Michael Myung discovered the keylogging code in the keyboard driver while trying to control the keyboard back-light. The code looks for…

The true cost of keeping old computers

Small businesses continue to keep a focus on cost control and cashflow. We too often see business owners seeing only the short term costs and not the long term costs that can often be missed. Nothing is truer of this statement, than considering the purchase of a replacement workstation, laptop or server. If you’ve ever…

Two Free Flowchart Programs

All my staff can now create flowcharts and I didn’t spend thousands buying the gold standard Visio. We looked for alternatives and found two good ones: A great bit of free software called yED A great free cloud app Google Drawings Both of these will get the job done quicker than if you used word or paint.…

Do not install patch KB3159398

This week was patch Tuesday for Microsoft, the regular once a month release of all the security updates contains a patch you should NOT install if you want your group policies to run normally. Apparently this patch breaks any security filtering set in group policies, meaning mapped network drives, printers and a whole swag of other settings…

VPN issues with Telstra Mobile

Today I was unable to VPN into my office using my Android Mobile phone (Telstra Network). This usually works without problems but today it gave me a GRE error. After checking all the settings, testing and re-testing I eventually turned it on and off but that didn’t fix things 🙁 What did fix the problem was going into…

Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 die on Tuesday

Internet Explorer has long been the bane of my life, but here’s some news to brighten my day: Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 are reaching ‘end of life’ on Tuesday, meaning they’re no longer supported by Microsoft. On Tuesday your computer will install patch KB3123303, which nags you to update if you’re using an…

Patch your PC urgently!

A new bug has been found in Outlook. If you read an email you can be automatically infected, you don’t have to do anything except read or preview the email. There’s more details on this attack here but if you haven’t applied the Microsoft Patches released on December 8th 2015, you need to apply them ASAP. If you are a customer…