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Signals of PC Failure and Contingency Plans

September 21, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Has your computer refused to turn on? Or turned on, but only to display a blue screen? The worst is when you’ve been working on a document and your hard drive crashes. If this has yet to happen to you, you’re likely overdue. The following are signs your computer may be close to death...

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RAID and Disk Size - Search for Performance

August 30, 2011 Added by:Bozidar Spirovski

Centralizing your storage is always a very good idea - you can manage storage requirements of most servers through a central storage system, without the hassle of juggling local disks within servers. But centralizing a storage opens a whole new world of hassles...

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The Urban Legend of Multipass Hard Disk Overwrite

August 28, 2011 Added by:Brian Smithson

Multipass disk overwrite and the “DoD 5220-22-M standard 3-pass wipe” are, at best, urban legends. At worst, they are a waste of time. A single pass overwrite with any arbitrary value (randomly chosen or not) is sufficient to render the original HDD data effectively irretrievable...

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The Dangers of Second Hand Hard Drives

August 24, 2011 Added by:Emmett Jorgensen

Whether you are planning on selling, recycling or throwing away your old hard drives, you should always consider using one of these solutions: destruction, degaussing, or secure data erasure. Otherwise, there's no telling whose hands you data may end up in...

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Preparing a Mobile or PC for Resale or Donation

July 29, 2011 Added by:Robert Siciliano

You may have read my last post where I talked about “Clean the Clutter” out of your life and sell all the stuff you don’t absolutely need. Prior to selling my electronics I wiped all the data off of each device. Cleaning all the data off your salable electronics is absolutely essential...

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Why Your Router is the Weak Point of Your Home Security

June 05, 2011 Added by:Lee Munson

When it comes to the home router while the device is very useful, it is also riddled with many security problems. This is a real weakness in the home network. Most people do not know how the router works, so they also have no idea that they must make security adjustments to the device...

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SSD’s and the Importance of Encryption

May 12, 2011 Added by:Emmett Jorgensen

With data privacy issues becoming increasingly important, regulations have tightened on information security. Regulators often impose sanctions for data breaches as outlined in state laws. New regulations bring added importance to the need to securely erase data from an SSD...

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Eleven Questions to Ask When Buying a Secure Flash Drive

May 03, 2011 Added by:Emmett Jorgensen

USB flash drives are far too beneficial to be banned outright and avoided. Used with the correct combination of security features, they are a major asset to most organizations, providing a portable platform for storage and applications needed in today's corporate IT environments...

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Intel Technology Will Eliminate Zero-Day Threats

January 26, 2011 Added by:Headlines

"The best security is a combination of hardware and software. Hardware security can be stronger and faster in some situations, but isn't as flexible as software-only mechanisms. The big change here is that it sounds like Intel is pulling security functions into the chip or the chipset..."

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Avoid Security Issues When Servicing Desktop Equipment

January 21, 2011 Added by:Bozidar Spirovski

Contrary to the rules that everyone repeats about laptops, desktop computers do not have encrypted disk drives. So, an IT technician may pick up the computer with the functional hard drive full of information and send it off to an external vendor - thus creating a security incident...

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EMC Engineer Stole Nearly $1 Million in Hardware

January 10, 2011 Added by:Headlines

Kevin Kelly, a former test engineer with EMC, has plead guilty to making off with almost one million dollars worth of equipment. Kelly concealed the hardware in a duffel bag and then he sold it on the internet. Most of the stolen goods were sold to BL Trading, a Massachusetts-based reseller...

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USB Attack Vectors Move Beyond Flash Drives

January 05, 2011 Added by:Dan Dieterle

The computer does not see the Teensy device as a USB drive or another accessory, but as a human interface device. With the Teensy programmable keystroke device, we are really looking at a new generation of intelligent malicious hardware that will be limited only by the imagination of the attacker...

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USB Device Containing Military Secrets Missing

January 05, 2011 Added by:Headlines

A removable USB storage device, alleged to contain classified level-two U.S. military secrets, is missing in South Korea. The unit was first reported missing in July, but the Army officer responsible for the hardware falsely reported that he had located and then discarded the device...

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NASA Selling PCs Without Erasing Classified Data

December 09, 2010 Added by:Headlines

An audit of used hardware being sold by NASA found that the majority of the hard drives had not been wiped clean of sensitive data. Pallets of PCs were were found in a recycling center with NASA IP addresses on the processor cases, presenting a serious security problem according to the report...

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Where's Your Data and Can You Get To It?

September 16, 2010 Added by:Christopher Burgess

My inspection to revealed that the motherboard was toast. My initial reaction was one relief it wasn't the hard drive, and I glowed knowing that I had a multi-drive data backup regime. Then I realized that while I had thought through the protection of data, I couldn't get to it. I was offline...

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