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Comment Yep... (Score 1) 140

It had to be in the last update to the iOS app on June 24th. I was very recently traveling with a group of people who all carried smartphones, but we never shared any information, photos or tagged each other. Basically, all communications were off the grid between us.

When I returned from my trip, several of the people from the group were in the "People you may know" section.

Comment Re:Fileless? (Score 1) 39

The actual file itself is not malicious. You can open it on any OS with any MS Office-compatible product and be fine. If is if and when the macro is executed that it goes out to web to pull down a downloader Trojan. Lately, the downloaders have been pulling in copies of CryptoWall and banking Trojans such as Dridex.

Comment You can typically get *some* data back... (Score 3, Informative) 148

CryptoWall/CTB-Locker/Cryptolocker (or whatever the variant's name is this month) seems to have difficulty with or is rather slow at getting to data stored in the container for the Volume Snapshot Service. For businesses that do not allow their users to run as administrators (or have them elevate from a privileged account), they can typically restore a reasonably recent snapshot of data folder by folder using the Previous Versions option.

If the user is an admin, I've found that the window for recovery using VSS is smaller, but certainly better than nothing. Network shares should be restored from backups or VSS from the server (if Windows). I haven't figured out what to do with flash drives quite yet....even most data recovery software doesn't find much since the files are never really erased, just overwritten with encrypted copies.

Comment Re:OK (Score 4, Informative) 66

...right out of the AirPort Extreme manual?

To set up your AirPort Extreme using a Mac, you need the following:
A Mac computer with an AirPort or AirPort Extreme Card installed to set it up wirelessly, or a Mac computer connected to an AirPort Extreme Base Station with an Ethernet cable to set it up using Ethernet

To set up your AirPort Extreme using a Windows PC, you need the following:
A Windows PC with 300 MHz or higher processor speed and a compatible 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n wireless card to set it up wirelessly, or a Windows computer connected to an AirPort Extreme Base Station with an Ethernet cable to set it up using Ethernet

I own several AirPort Extreme/Express devices...range and performance are just as good as other premium consumer-brand routers and access points. I have several Extremes sitting in an 802.1x environment...rock solid reliability and performance. If I had one complaint, it would be that the radio is a bit noisy...in a quiet room, you can often hear a tinny squeal when under load.

Comment Hooked one good... (Score 1) 246

I had one of these guys playing around in a Windows XP VM for about 45 minutes. They're clueless and can't deviate from what appears to be a line-by-line script. He never noticed the VMware Tools task tray icon, never noticed the VM services, didn't notice that it was pretty much a box clean of all typical user data.

They want to almost always connect to your PC via Ammyy Admin (which has/had a pretty nasty vuln that allowed YOU to take over THEIR PC).

Comment MXM...meh (Score 1) 359

Apple had used MXM II and MXM III slots/cards for several years in the iMac. Like with the MacBook/MacBook Pro line, they've moved the iMac to a soldered GPU solution as well.

With the way Apple crams components into notebooks less than an inch thick, I can't really see an MXM slot being possible. The thickness of the logic board, MXM card and thermal plate for the GPU die on my iMac is thicker than my 2011 MacBook Pro.

I completely agree that Apple should explore replaceable GPU options, but they're not gonna be able to get it done with the current MXM standard.

Comment Re:pfsense (Score 1) 193

I've been using pfSense for the last 3 years or so and really love it. pfSense just by itself isn't the best solution for Wi-Fi, but combined with APs or routers in bridged mode loaded with Tomato, DD-WRT, OpenWRT, etc, you can do a lot with it. Include managed switches with VLAN support, multiple NICs and you can nearly run an entire infrastructure off of it.

The captive portal has been improved since 2.0 and received a lot more features with the recent 2.1 release. There is also support for plugins that greatly expand the capabilities of your pfSense box.

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