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Improve Security by Updating Third-Party Apps

Posted in Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP by Steve Sinchak

Finding security vulnerabilities in Windows has become more difficult with each release.  The significant improvements Microsoft has implemented along with Windows Update has forced most hackers to attack third-party apps that are often considered easier targets.  Affecting just about every OS including OSX and Linux these third-party apps typically fall in two categories: browser plugins and file viewers.  Both suffer from poor updating mechanisms and often poor programming that results in a high probability an outdated and vulnerable version is installed on your computer. 

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Recover Deleted Photos, Pictures and Other Files

Posted in Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP by Steve Sinchak

Have you ever accidentally deleted a photo or other file from your computer or digital camera?  Even if you clear the recycle bin, there is still a chance your pictures can be recovered.

Even though a file was deleted there is a good chance the contents of the file are still around.  When a file is deleted the contents of the file are not removed. Only a pointer to the file in the file system table is deleted.  

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Change Remote Desktop RDP Port

Posted in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server by Steve Sinchak

Port 3389 is the home of the remote desktop protocol that powers Remote Desktop Services on all modern versions of Windows.  If your system has Remote Desktop enabled, it is listening for connections on port 3389.  Since this port is both well known and can be used to attack accounts, it is low hanging fruit for script kiddies and bots looking for an easy target.

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