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Workaround Firefox Blocking Weak DHE Cipher Suites

If you have Firefox version 39 or newer, then you may have run into the error message below: "SSL received a weak ephemeral Diffie-Hellman key in Server Key Exchange handshake message. (Error code: ssl_error_weak_server_ephemeral_dh_key) The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because the authenticity of the received data could not be verified. [...]

NMap Script to Test SSL Versions and Cipher Suites

A few months ago, I wrote an article on how to configure IIS for SSL/TLS protocol cipher best practices. To test your configuration, you can use a handy tool called NMap (nmap.org) or the ZenMap GUI. Included in NMap is a script called ssl-enum-ciphers, which will let you scan a target and list all SSL [...]

By | June 16th, 2016|Categories: Security|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Windows 7 Stuck At Checking For Updates

I was recently working on an older computer that needed a fresh installation of Windows 7. I downloaded a fresh image of Windows 7 with SP1 and ran through the installation. As any IT person would, the next step I do is to download and install Windows Updates. This has never been an issue in [...]

By | May 23rd, 2016|Categories: OS|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How To Setup Fitbit MobileTrack

If you've used a Fitbit in the past, then you probably are familiar with the Fitbit app and the social aspect of fitness. You can create challenges with your friends and view a 7-day leaderboard. I've had my share of issues with Fitbit and last year my wife and I switched to the Apple Watch [...]

By | May 18th, 2016|Categories: Gadgets|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

How To Remove Internet Explorer (IE) From Windows Server

If you run any Windows Servers, you may run into a scenario where you want to remove access to Internet Explorer. Usually, any administrators that log into servers won't have a need for it anyway, plus it can be a security concern. Sometimes, you might have a server that refuses to update to the latest [...]

By | May 18th, 2016|Categories: Apps, Internet, Tech Tips|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Tweaks to Speed Up Google Chrome For 2016

A few years ago, I wrote a Tech Tip for Speeding Up Google Chrome. As with any technology, Chrome has released a number of updates since that 2013 article. Most of the advanced settings I mentioned then are now either the defaults, or they're not available anymore. Out with the old and in with the [...]

By | March 22nd, 2016|Categories: Internet, Tech Tips|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Configure IIS for SSL/TLS Protocol Cipher Best Practices

As the need for internet security rises, it is important that server administrators keep up with security protocols and disable obsolete and insecure protocols. If you're running a website on IIS, then you'll want to read this article and check your servers. Basically, you'll want to disable the older protocols and ciphers through your registry. [...]

By | March 21st, 2016|Categories: Internet, System Administration|0 Comments

Find Cisco Serial Numbers With The IOS Command Line

"How do I find a Cisco serial number remotely through the command line?" This is one of those frequently asked questions that I see over and over. So, here's the quick answer: You can find Cisco serial numbers from the IOS command line by using the show inventory command. This is good news for all [...]

Solution For Adobe CS6 on Mac OS X El Capitan

If you've upgraded to OS X El Capitan 10.11 and you're a user of any Adobe CS6 applications (Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, etc), you'll probably run into some issues. Most notably, users have reported problems with Adobe Illustrator not opening at all, and text from text boxes in Adobe InDesign disappearing. There have also been [...]

By | March 7th, 2016|Categories: Apps, Tech Tips|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

How-To Write SQL Server Audit Events To Windows Security Log

There are a few options you have if you want to enable audit logging on Microsoft SQL Server. You can write the logs to a .sqlaudit file, but you cannot open these in a simple text editor like Notepad. You would have to use the SQL Log Viewer. In my case, I needed a way [...]

How To Change A Mac’s Computer Name With Terminal

If you're a Mac user, you probably know that you can go to System Preferences from the Apple menu in OS X, then go to Sharing and change your computer name from there. What happens when that option is greyed out and you can't change it? In my case, I could click on Edit and [...]

By | January 14th, 2016|Categories: OS|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

How to See Which Group Policies are Applied to Your PC and User Account

If you're running a Professional (or higher) version of Windows, then you may have run into the Group Policy Editor before. Basically, it is a hidden control panel that lets you set computer-level or user-level settings. If you're a Systems Administrator, then you can set group policies at your domain level, then push them out [...]

Password Protect OneNote Notes

If you're a heavy OneNote user, there's a possibility you might have some information saved that you don't want anyone to access. Whether you have it stored locally or in the cloud like OneDrive, you might also want to password protect your notebook with a different password. Unfortunately, there's not a way to password protect [...]

By | January 11th, 2016|Categories: Apps|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

How To Fix OneDrive Error: This Office File Needs Your Attention

If you use Microsoft's OneDrive to sync your files across multiple computers or devices, then you might have ran into this issue before. I have Windows 10, OneDrive, and Office 2016. Recently, my OneDrive has been showing me an error, saying "This office file needs your attention" and wants me to open it in Microsoft [...]

By | January 9th, 2016|Categories: Tech Tips|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment