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February 23, 2017
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OpenVAS: Checking for Holes Before the Hackers Do It for You

I have a friend who believes that his site is too small for crackers to ever bother with. Need I tell you his site was recently cracked open like an egg? You’ve got to take security seriously.

One of the most powerful tools you can use to protect yourself is the Open Vulnerability Assessment System, better known as OpenVAS.

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February 22, 2017
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What’s up with Windows patching, Microsoft?

Well, here’s something different. Microsoft, for the first time since it started its monthly Patch Tuesdays in October 2003, has completely blown a deadline. There will be no major patch release in February. Instead, the patch package will be released on March 14.

Why? We don’t know and Microsoft isn’t saying.

Color me concerned.

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February 22, 2017
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New OpenStack Ocata stabilizes popular open-source cloud

Usually, it would be another couple of months before the open-source OpenStack Foundation cloud released a new version of its cloud software. This time around the OpenStack community released the latest version, Ocata, on a one-time, shorter cycle. This release is focused on improving stability, scalability, and performance of the core compute and networking services.

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February 21, 2017
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Draft law to require warrants for border device searches

If you, an American citizen who can trace his or her ancestry to the Mayflower, return home from a trip abroad, US border agents can take your phone, tablet, or tablet — and demand you open its data to them.

The government says this is completely legal. And yet others say it’s a violation of the Fourth Amendment, which guarantees your right against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) isn’t taking the government’s word, and is seeking answers.

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February 17, 2017
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What’s Windows 7’s fastest web browser?

Windows 7 is still a sight more popular than Windows 10. By Federal Digital Analytics Program (DAP)‘s count, Windows 7 has a serious lead over Windows 10 — 25.2 percent to 17.4 percent. So, Windows 7’s web browser speeds matter a lot. Here’s what the benchmarks tell us.

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February 15, 2017
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Linux Foundation releases business open-source basics ebook

Developers know that open source is great. Even Microsoft is now on the open-source bandwagon. But, outside of the IT department, many companies don’t understand why and how open source can help their businesses. The Linux Foundation has the answers you need in its new free Open Source Software Basics ebook.

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February 15, 2017
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The Basics: Explaining Kubernetes, Mesosphere, and Docker Swarm

Containers, a lightweight way to virtualize applications, are an important element of any DevOps plan. But how are you going to manage all of those containers? Container orchestration programs—Kubernetes, Mesosphere Marathon, and Docker Swarm—make it possible to manage containers without tearing your hair out.

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