Author: David Shelley

Microsoft Released Nine Security Updates | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

windows-security-patchesMicrosoft released nine security updates on Tuesday, 2 critical and seven regular updates to correct security flaws. On the second Tuesday of every month they release updates they call “Update Tuesday”, instead of waiting months and releasing a bundle of security updates they found the frequent updates more helpful to their customers. MS14-051 and MS14-043 are labeled as critical updates and should be updated immediately. Both updates protect the user from RCE (remote code execution). For more information on the rest of the updates please click on this link.

6 Essential Web Application Securities| BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Follow these six steps to ensure you are protecting your business’ websites. The First step is create an active sponsorship by having teams within the IT department collaborate to ensure the best security. The second step is enforcing and defining the security application process. The third step is developer training, to ensure secure coding is being put into place. The fourth step is to be one step ahead of potential attacks by understanding who would want to corrupt your site and steal your information. The fifth step is to make sure you are doing consistent security tests to ensure your site is tough enough to thwart a hacker. Lastly step six blocks attacks by using WAFs (Web Application Firewalls) that block incoming attacks such as cross-site scripting. If you enforce these six steps you will successfully avoid web application breaches.

OpenSSL-Software Fixes | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

According to an article on, OpenSSL received nine updates to fix flawed software. These updates are after news broke in April that a “heartbleed” had been detected. The “heartbleed” was a very critical concern because hackers could get access to passwords as well as private SSL/TLS keys. These security updates are said to prevent SSL from crashing, leaking information and loss of large amounts of memory. This discovery has been a huge wake up call to be more alert of security flaws and start open-source projects. For more information on this article click on this link.

Routers Are Safer Than Network Attached Storage Devices | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Research done by Jacob Holcomb, a security analyst at Baltimore-based Independent Security Evaluators, on NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices. He found that fifty percent of these devices could be compromised without authentication. He was able to take over every devise, which tells me that the security features on these NAS devices are not very strong. If you are concerned about security breaches then you are better off using a home router. For More information on this article click on this link

Internet Explorer Will Start Blocking Outdated Java Plug-Ins | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

IE Blocks Out dated JavascriptsOn August 7th Microsoft announced that IE (Internet Explorer) will no longer be allowing out of date ActiveX plugins to update on your computer, as of next week once the updates have been made on Windows 7 & 8. According to the browser will show a notification when an old out of date ActiveX control tries to update your computer. This new modification to IE 7 & 8 is to catch up on security flaw to prevent your computer from malicious or compromised software. To learn more click on this link.

AirParrot – AirPlay mirror your Mac or PC’s Screen to your Apple TV wirelessly | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

airparrotFor those of you with an AppleTV, one of the key features of the device is to stream a MacBook screen to the TV, wirelessly.  Natively the newer MacBooks do this with built in airplay, however some of the older MacBooks lack this feature and of course Windows PC does not have the feature at all.  However with AirParrot installed both the old MacBooks and Windows machine can use AirPlay.  You can also stream audio using this software as well.  AirParrot makes presentations easy and simple.  To get this to work you need an AppleTV (2nd or 3rd generation), Mac or PC, and using wifi or Ethernet for the connection. 

Cisco RV220W Wireless Network Security Firewall | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

RV220W-systemstatusWhen talking about Business Class wireless routers most businesses are looking for security, remote access and scalability.  Many business routers don’t come with built in wireless capabilities, however you can simply add wireless access points.   Business class routers generally feature: VPN, support SSL portal and SSL tunnel VPNs, virtual networks, DMZ port, content filtering, and wireless distribution.  For a small business consider the Cisco RV220W Wireless Network Security Firewall.  This devices has a gigabit connection, including 4-port switch, built in high speed dual band wireless N access point, SSL VPN for remote access, and a browser based device manager.

Lansweeper | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Lansweeper-logoNeed help with inventory and asset management.  Lansweeper can proactive alert you of non-compliance issues, keep track of warranty for software and hardware.  This application installs on your network and then does a scan for network inventory, software inventory and then helps with IT Asset Management.  No agent is needed to scan your network for hardware.  Also aids in software compliance and reporting.  Application also has active directory integration.  You can also install an agent to help scan offsite computers.  This is a fantastic tool if you need assistance in keeping track of your IT infrastructure.

Ad-Aware-Free Antivirus+ | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

ad-aware_freeSpyware, adware, malware and viruses are the plague of the IT world and computer users around the world.  As a IT professional I have spent hours upon hours removing these bugs off of pc’s.  I always have users asking me “how did this happen”, “what did I do”, in the end the fact is users need to be aware of their actions, the websites, the visits, the links, the click and emails they open.  One of the best tools I have found to remove these vicious attacks is Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +.  This tool is free and you can just download it from the internet.  There are a lot of tools out there, Malwarebytes is usually one of the first ones I run.  One thing you will learn is that sometimes you will find yourself running two or three applications to remove these infections, nothing is full proof unless you re-format and re-install the Operation system.  The next time you find yourself having issues, try Ad-Aware.

The iPhone 5s vs Samsung 5 | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

iPhone5svs.Samsung5The two top smartphones are the iPhone 5s and the Samsung 5. You’ll find there are hard core Apple users and hard core Android users. When pinned head to head here are the facts:

1 – Screen size: iPhone 5s 4inches vs Samsung 5 at 5.1 inches
2 – Camera: iPhone 8megs vs Samsung 5 at 16megs
3 – Operating System: iPhone has the iOS7 and the Samsun has the Android 4.4 Kit Kat
4 – Battery: both get about a day for data and talk time
5 – Connectivity: both have LTE

Going head to head the end result is what the user likes the most as far as ease of use and application. I am a long time iPhone user. I like the ease of use. I like when there is an update things are still generally the same. I like that even though things get faster and better the overall use is the same. I have touched the Samsung and it’s a robust piece of hardware with A LOT to offer. The tools and the gadgets that come with the Samsung are very impressive. If you are technical then going with a Samsung is a good way to go, I always tell users if they aren’t technical stick to the iPhone for its ease of use, doesn’t mean it’s lacking as there is A LOT you can do with an iPhone, but it’s amazing for both the non-technical and the technical.