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    On the Microsoft Virtual Academy site which is free, there is a bunch of training on PowerShell. since I been talk about this for a while her a blog about this.

    Getting Started with PowerShell 3.0 Jump Start

    This Jump Start is designed to teach the busy IT professionals, admins, and help desk persons about how to use PowerShell to improve management capabilities, automate redundant tasks, and manage the environment in scale. Learn how PowerShell works and how to make PowerShell work for you from the experts Jeffrey Snover, the inventor of PowerShell, and Jason Helmick, Senior Technologist at Concentrated Technology.

    Instructors | Jeffrey Snover -  Distinguished Engineer and Lead Architect; Consultant; Jason Helmick -  Senior Technologist

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    Link is Here


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    Instructors | Jeffrey Snover -  Distinguished Engineer and Lead Architect; Consultant; Jason Helmick -  Senior Technologist

    Associated Course(s) | 20412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services; 20411: Administering Windows Server 2012; 20410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 

    Link is Here

  • Free Training on Basic Security training

    On the Microsoft MVA there a a great basic course on security, This course you can prepare for MTA Exam 98-367. Build an understanding of security layers, operating system security, network security, and security software. The course leverages Microsoft Official Academic Course (MOAC) material for this exam.

    Topics include

    Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting

    Understanding Security Policies

    Understanding Network Security

    Protecting the Server and Client


    The link is here for taking training

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    This is a Post copied from Eric Ligman at Microsoft

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  • MVP Award in Enterprise Security


  • Another Major site hacked

    In the last few months we see a uptick in Big Web sites being hacked – We saw  last month AOL compromised. AOL Inc urged its tens of millions of email account holders to change their passwords and security questions, saying a cyber attack compromised about 2 percent of its accounts

    Yesterday EBAY announced that attack carried months had compromised customer data. and EBAY  urged 145 million users of its online commerce platform to change their passwords.

    You should NOT use the same password for all you sites, you need to use different password for your web sites. However when I say this to user, they say it to hard to do.

    I have been a user of some technology for years that helps user accomplish this task. There are Password Manager application that will save all your password in an encrypted system and you just need to remember the master password.

    While Password Manager applications will not stop web sited from being hacked they will limit the possibility of a user name/ password that you use on 1 site being used on another site.

    You can have each site with very strong password that are unique to each application.

    For the purpose of this Blog i will show you a product call Roboform.

    to use Roboform you do the following steps

    Step 1 Install software

    Step 2 Create a Master Password -  Your Master Password is the one password you’ll need to remember. This password will encrypt and secure all of your RoboForm data and do not forget it.

    Choose your master password screenshot.

    Step 3  Go to a web site and add you login info RoboForm automatically offers to save your Login information. It’s that simple.

    Click on the RoboForm icon to remember an existing password.

    Step 4 Now when you go to the site again Roboform will enter the login and password automatically.

    Choose your master password screenshot.


    Some other features for you include

    • RoboForm Identities feature to securely store your name, address, email, credit cards, and all your other information. Just click on your RoboForm Identity to fill entire web forms automatically.

    • Generate really Strong Passwords that you can use 1 per site and not have to remember

    Access your passwords using RoboForm Everywhere.

    You can find out more about Roboform Here

    FYI I have nothing to do with Roboform, I do not sell it, i just use it


  • Have you Jailbreak your Iphone or Ipad If so Warning !

    Active malware campaign Security researchers have uncovered an active malware campaign in the wild that steals the Apple ID credentials from jailbroken iPhones and iPads..

    On the SophosLabs site there is an article about this new attack “Unflod Baby Panda”

    This malware will do the following :

    Hooks the SSLWrite function

    When loaded and initialised, the Unflod library hooks the SSLWrite function, used when sending encrpyted data over a secure connection.

    That means the malware gets to peek at confidential data before it is encryption for transmission.

    then it  Watches out for the presence of AppleID credential data.

    Uploads credential data it finds to one of two hardcoded IP addresses

    What to do?

    If you haven't jailbroken your iOS device, you don't need to worry.

    If you are a jailbreaker and you have been circumspect in what you choose to install, you probably don't need to worry.

    Nevertheless, just in case, Sophos products detect this malware as iPh/PWS-CFX.

    Of course, because a proper anti-virus isn't possible on an unjailbroken iOS device (though, by the same token, malware is in general very unlikely on such devices), there isn't such a thing as Sophos Anti-Virus for iOS.

    So, if you want to scan your iPhone or iPad, you'll need to install software that lets you access the files on iDevice remotely so you can scan them with an anti-virus on your desktop or laptop computer.

    And to do that you'll need to jailbreak your iDevice...

    PS. If you allow remote access to your iDevice by installing the SSH daemon, don't forget that Apple gives the accounts root and mobile the same password on all iDevices (it's "alpine", and yes, hard-wired passwords are a terrible idea). So if you enable sshd, you must change the password on those accounts, as explained here.

    The full article is posted here


  • Think before you click

    This is a new campaign from Microsoft that i think we need to remind people to THINK FIRST before you CLICK



  • Think before you click.
  • Only download software from websites you trust. For more information, see How do I know if I can trust a website?
  • Turn on automatic updating so that you’re always using the latest, most secure versions of the software installed on your computer.
  • Make sure you’re using antivirus software and keeping it up to date.
  • Use newer software whenever possible.
  • You can prevent most computer issues if you THINK FIRST


    Source Microsoft 

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    This book is about writing Windows Store apps using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Our primary focus will be on applying these web technologies within the Windows platform, where there are unique considerations, and not on exploring the details of those web technologies themselves.


  • Passwords gone Wrong -

    Creating a Password


    Sorry the password must be more that 8 characters

    bird house

    Sorry the password must contain 1 numerical space

    1 bird house

    Sorry the password cannot have blank spaces


    Sorry the password must contain at least one upper case character


    Sorry the password can not use more that one upper case character consecutively


    Sorry the password can not use more that 2 numbers consecutively


    Sorry the password cannot contain punctuation


    Sorry the password can not use words in the Dictionary


    Sorry that  password is already in use and now you need to wait 24 hour to change your password

  • – HeartBleed bug security leak

    Officials are telling that the  website account holders to reset their passwords, following revelations of a bug that could allow hackers to steal data.

    Officials earlier said the site, were safe from the risks surrounding Heartbleed -- faulty code recently found in a widely-used encryption tool. 

    But, this weekend, the homepage directs users to change their login information.  

    "While there’s no indication that any personal information has ever been at risk, we have taken steps to address Heartbleed issues and reset consumers’ passwords out of an abundance of caution," states. 

    This is  what the Site says to do

    Recently, you may have heard about a new internet security weakness, known as Heartbleed, which is impacting some websites. uses many layers of protections to secure your information. While there’s no indication that any personal information has ever been at risk, we have taken steps to address Heartbleed issues and reset consumers’ passwords out of an abundance of caution. This means the next time you visit the website, you’ll need to create a new password. We strongly recommend you create a unique password – not one that you’ve already used on other websites.

    How to reset your password

    1. Use the online Forgot Password feature
    2. Enter your username and click "Send email"
    3. Wait for the "Forgot Marketplace Password" email we’ll send you to create a new password for your account
    4. Follow the link in the email and answer the 3 security questions you chose when you first created your account
    5. Create and confirm your new password
    6. Click "Reset Password"
    7. Wait for the message that your password was successfully reset
    8. Log in with your new password

    If you get a message that we couldn’t process your password reset request, you’ll need to try again. Click on "Return to log in page" and select the "Forgot your password?" link to get a new email with a new link to try again. If this doesn’t work, call the Marketplace call center at 1-800-318-2596 for help.

    Is my information at risk?

    There’s no indication that Heartbleed has been used against or that any personal information has ever been at risk. However, we’re resetting current passwords out of an abundance of caution, to ensure the protection of your information.

    Additional password tips and information about managing your account is located at

  • DHS ALERT OpenSSL 'Heartbleed' vulnerability (CVE-2014-0160)


    Original release date: April 08, 2014


    Systems Affected
    • OpenSSL 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f
    • OpenSSL 1.0.2-beta


    A vulnerability in OpenSSL could allow a remote attacker to expose sensitive data, possibly including user authentication credentials and secret keys, through incorrect memory handling in the TLS heartbeat extension.


    OpenSSL versions 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f contain a flaw in its implementation of the TLS/DTLS heartbeat functionality. This flaw allows an attacker to retrieve private memory of an application that uses the vulnerable OpenSSL library in chunks of 64k at a time. Note that an attacker can repeatedly leverage the vulnerability to retrieve as many 64k chunks of memory as are necessary to retrieve the intended secrets. The sensitive information that may be retrieved using this vulnerability include:

    • Primary key material (secret keys)
    • Secondary key material (user names and passwords used by vulnerable services)
    • Protected content (sensitive data used by vulnerable services)
    • Collateral (memory addresses and content that can be leveraged to bypass exploit mitigations)

    Exploit code is publicly available for this vulnerability.  Additional details may be found in CERT/CC Vulnerability Note VU#720951.


    This flaw allows a remote attacker to retrieve private memory of an application that uses the vulnerable OpenSSL library in chunks of 64k at a time.


    OpenSSL 1.0.1g has been released to address this vulnerability.  Any keys generated with a vulnerable version of OpenSSL should be considered compromised and regenerated and deployed after the patch has been applied.

    US-CERT recommends system administrators consider implementing Perfect Forward Secrecy to mitigate the damage that may be caused by future private key disclosures.


    • Initial Publication

    This is copied from the DHS Site as a public service

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