How To Fix MySQL Table mysql.plugin Doesn’t Exist

I recently had an issue on a MySQL Database Server where running apt-get upgrade to upgrade the MySQL package on the server would result in an error about the table 'mysql.plugin' doesn't exist. I believe the issue started on this server after I changed the datadir in my.cnf and I moved the database directory to [...]

By | January 20th, 2017|Categories: System Administration|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

How To Harden MongoDB Server

MongoDB is "a document database that provides high performance, high availability, and easy scalability". In this chapter of our InfoSec System Hardening series, we'll walk you through some of the steps you can take to harden your MongoDB database server. You can refer to the MongoDB Server Documentation for more details about the commands and [...]

By | January 17th, 2017|Categories: Security, Server Hardening, System Administration|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

How To Harden An NGINX Web Server

The next segment in our InfoSec System Hardening series is how to harden an NGINX Web Server. NGINX is an alternative to the popular Apache Web Server on Linux. In this article, we'll show you some of the basics you'll want to take to secure your NGINX Web Server. To get started, you can follow [...]

By | January 16th, 2017|Categories: Security, Server Hardening, System Administration|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Review: OLALA ID100 iDisk iPhone External Memory Stick

About a month ago, I reviewed the OLALA ID101N iDisk External Flash Drive and walked away impressed by it. This time around, I'm reviewing the OLALA ID100 iDisk External Memory Stick, which also features 64GB of external storage for your iPhone. This drive also requires the iDisk Me app to view the contents on the [...]

By | January 15th, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

How To Harden A MySQL Server

As with any server, whether it be a web server, file server, database server, etc, hardening is an important step in information security and protecting the data on your systems. This guide will show you some basics when it comes to hardening a MySQL Server. Most of these changes are simple lines to add into [...]

By | January 15th, 2017|Categories: Security, Server Hardening, System Administration|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Adobe’s Latest Security Patch Installs Chrome Extension to Collect Data

Earlier this week, Adobe released some updates to fix security issues and vulnerabilities identified in Adobe Acrobat Reader. Twitter's @SwiftOnSecurity noticed a new Google Chrome extension for Adobe Acrobat after the update. According to the post, there is no mention of the new extension anywhere in Adobe's changelog and instead is installed without your knowing. [...]

By | January 13th, 2017|Categories: Security|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

Review: dodocool Bluetooth Headphones Sports Earbuds

Over the past week I've had the opportunity to review this pair of dodocool Bluetooth Headphones Sports Earbuds. These headphones feature Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, noise cancellation, Adopt aptX HD audio encoding, all while being sweat resistant. During my use, I paired it with an iPhone 6S Plus, so I wasn't able to test the NFC [...]

By | January 11th, 2017|Categories: Reviews|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Fix Outlook 2016 Crashes At Startup Windows.UI.Xaml.dll or Mail (32-bit) Control Panel Doesn’t Work

I recently ran into an issue where Outlook 2016 would randomly crash either at startup or during normal operations. In my case, during the crash I could hover my mouse over the taskbar icon and see there was a hidden popup box asking for Windows Credentials, but I couldn't get the box to appear. While [...]

Add User or Group as Local Administrator on Domain Controller

As a Systems Administrator or Engineer, you might run into a situation where you need to add a user or service account as a Local Administrator on a Domain Controller. Unfortunately, Domain Controllers don't have the Local Users and Groups databases once they're promoted to a Domain Controller. Depending on what your needs are, you [...]

By | January 10th, 2017|Categories: Windows|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Fix: Rotation Lock Grayed out on Windows 10

If you own 2-in-1 Windows 10 device, like a Lenovo Yoga, rotation is one of the basic features that you’re going to use (or maybe you'll want to disable it). Unfortunately, users have reported the Rotation Lock option is grayed out and that rotation isn’t working on their devices. In my case, my Lenovo Yoga [...]

By | January 9th, 2017|Categories: Tech Tips, Windows|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments
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