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Comment Re: Like corporate SSO? (Score 1) 91

If you were doing SMS based two factor you'd be right. We don't however.It's has an app on your phone that generates a new 6 digit code every 30 seconds. Each phone is unique, so the provider couldn't do anything to help the attacker. Even reinstalling the app generates a new instance of the app that needs to be registered with us. Also in the above scenario, the thief still doesn't have the users password, so wouldn't get to the 2nd factor. User can call IT from another phone and we can lock down the account, and if phone still online, track, lock, or wipe it.

Comment Like corporate SSO? (Score 2) 91

So it's similar to the many different SSO products on the market for corporate use, but made for personal use. We implemented SSO at work earlier this year. Some of our apps are able to integrate directly into it (and it links back to Active Directory) like Google Apps and Salesforce. Other apps it just acts as a password manager and will paste in their login info for them once the user enters it once. Having the same concerns about having all this accessible if you break one account, we made it harder to break into that one account. We enforce 2 factor authentication, so you need a mobile device linked to your account that sends a confirmation in. All mobile devices connecting to our systems have to have PIN's on them and wipe after 10 bad tries. So for someone to break into a user account, even if they get the password, they still can't login online with it unless they physically also have the users phone, and have managed to unlock that as well. With the users password they could login to a workstation at the office, but they'd still get the 2FA prompt before they can get at e-mail or any other web based apps.

Comment Newer ISO was much nicer for Corporate (Score 1) 195

I got the 1511 ISO from or volume licensing site download. It's much nicer for us as we use PXE to install to clients. The old ISO wouldn't work for installing a clean install from PXE on a computer with Win 8 Pro licenses (in the BIOS). The new one it installs and activates fine, grabbing that Win8 Pro key from the BIOS. So no need to do an in place upgrade first. I'll keep using the 1511 ISO unless the block it somehow.

Comment Re:Rear-ending not always following driver's fault (Score 1) 549

Almost always, but not always. About 9 years ago I was on my motorcycle on a freeway. I was coming up to a split where you can exit onto another highway. Traffic was coming to a stop on the first highway, and as my house was about middle distance between the two highways, I decided to switch to the other one. So I did my lane change, and was happy approaching the split, at the posted 100kph for that ramp, when a car that was in the lane I had been in a moment earlier suddenly realized traffic was stopping in front of him. He slammed on his brakes, locked up the wheels, and swerved into my lane to avoid the car in front of him. I was going about 100Kph, he was likely down to 20kph. Having a transport beside me in the other exit lane, I grabbed the brakes so hard I almost got the back wheel off the ground but still hit the back of him. I went up over the bars, landed on his car, rolled off and onto the highway. I got up and ran to the shoulder before I could get run over by someone else. The driver came out to apologize, said he didn't see me. Then when the cops get there he changed his story and said I just hit the back of him. I pointed out the lockup streaks on the highway going from one lane into another and the cop agreed with me. I took a bunch of pictures, which turned out to be very helpful as insurance also tried to automatically say it was my fault. I sent them the pics from the highway along with some drawings of what happened that I made, and they also agreed and went after his insurance. Thankfully I had no major injures. I had been wearing my helmet, leather jacket, and gloves that day but only hkakis, not my riding pants. I had road rash on both legs but didn't go to the hospital. I had a sore ankle and shoulder for a few days but that was it.

Comment Re:Single shop most likely (Score 1) 323

Yep, I've automated this so I have a PXE installer on our network that install Win8.1 Pro using the Microsoft key, then on first boot it installs all our apps, drivers, and retrieves the key from BIOS and activates with that. We end up with a consistant image state for all machines even across manufacturers. No more making an image for each model. This is all necessary because if you just let it detect the BIOS key at install, and the BIOS key is for Win 8 Pro, but you're installing 8.1 Pro, it won't work. This only works on Win8 and up, and only works if the computer does have a valid Pro license, which is all we ever buy. I don't know if MS would give their blessing on this method or not, but the end result is a properly licensed method.

Comment Loved Descent (Score 1) 251

I played so much Descent 1/2/3 back in the day. My first LAN parties were all descent. We took over the school computer lab in the evenings and played there too. For Descent3, I participated in the Descent3 $50,000 contest, won a bunch of smaller prizes but not the big one (flew to San Jose from Canada). I'd love another official entry in the series. The fan made ones are OK but don't quite feel right. I'll have to bring my old Sidewinder 3dpro or Precision pro out of mothballs.

Comment My Oma did this too (Score 3, Interesting) 158

Several years back a new hotel opened in Niagara falls. Their phone number was 1 digit off my grand parents number. They started getting several calls a day, all hours of the day, looking to book rooms. They called the hotel several times and asked them to change their number but they refused and told my grandparents they should change theirs. My grandparents had that number for over 30 years so they refused. Eventually they got sick of being polite and telling people they had the wrong number, so they started "taking bookings". The situation was then quickly resolved when the hotel started having people showing up expecting a room. Hotel changed it's number and life went on. I know it sucked for the people who expected rooms, but they tried to be nice and polite for a few months.

Comment It does happen (Score 3, Interesting) 532

We have a user here who got a new laptop last summer, it had a LED backlit LCD. Within 20 minutes she was calling saying it was making her feel sick/headache. We tried adjusting refresh rate, brightness, no help. Put a CFL backlit LED laptop in front of her and she was fine. Tried LED standalone monitor, it also bugged her though not as much. So, we had to find a laptop that had a CFL backlit screen, wasn't junk,and met our other requirements (docking connector mostly). Ended up getting a previous year model Toshiba Tecra with a Core2Duo.All the rest of the laptops we bought had i5's in them by that point.

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