MX Guarddog – Unparalleled Free Spam Filtering

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Nov 112018
 
MX Guarddog - Unparalleled Free Spam Filtering

According to the  IBM Threat Intelligence Index Spam email volume continues to rise every year as does the threat from sophisticated phishing emails or seemingly innocuous messages with malicious attachments. You may never have heard of MX Guarddog but they have been providing “best in class” email security solutions since 2006. In my opinion the […]

Using Asp.net to Remove Spam And Keep Good Mail

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Nov 142017
 
Using Asp.net to Remove Spam And Keep Good Mail

Recently I was cleaning up a personal mailbox I’ve kept over the years for use when a 3rd party asks for an email address and I don’t want to provide my primary one. In these situations I prefer to give an address that I don’t frequently use because I know eventually I’ll start getting targeted […]

Securing SmarterMail with SSL / TLS

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Jul 152017
 
Securing SmarterMail with SSL / TLS

SmarterMail from Smatertools.com is a fantastic enterprise class Windows based mail server. One of the most compelling reasons to try Smatermail is that they offer a full featured version free for one domain. Leveraging SSL/TLS protocols with SmarterMail allows mail communication to be encrypted increasing privacy and security. Export SSL Certificate to PFX File Before […]

Filtering IP Ranges From SmarterStats Reports

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Dec 162016
 
Filtering IP Ranges From SmarterStats Reports

Recently while looking through my site’s traffic report from the past few months I noticed an unusual spike.  I use SmarterStats by SmarterTools which is a web based enterprise analytics tool and is free for one domain. After looking through a few other reports I came to realize that the spike I was seeing was […]

Using aspnet_regiis.exe to Encrypt Connection Strings

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Feb 062016
 
Using aspnet_regiis.exe to Encrypt Connection Strings

When it comes to securing IIS web applications on Windows Server 20008 R2 or Windows Server 2012 R2 one typically thinks of firewalls, access control lists (ACL), and using an application pool identity. These security measures will protect a site from external threats . However, .Net configuration files which typically store username and password data […]

PhpMyAdmin makes MySQL Backups and Restores Easy

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Dec 292015
 
PhpMyAdmin makes MySQL Backups and Restores Easy

The Microsoft Web Platform Installer (WPI) has made installing WordPress and MySQL on your Windows servers incredibly easy. With just a few clicks one can deploy a new WordPress site in minutes.  When it comes to managing a MySQL database you may first think of MySQL Workbench which is a great tool however depending on […]

Automate MySQL Backups on Windows Server 2012

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Nov 082015
 
Automate MySQL Backups on Windows Server 2012

Hosting MySQL and WordPress on your Windows Server 20008 R2 or Windows Server 2012 R2  has never been easier thanks to Microsoft Web Platform Installer (WPI).  However, backing up the MySQL databases is another story. Running mysqldump is certainly easy enough but manually taking a backup once in a while won’t be useful for disaster […]

Blocking SQL Injection with IIS Request Filtering

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Feb 062015
 
Blocking SQL Injection with IIS Request Filtering

SQL Injection became a favorite hacking technique in 2007. Despite being widely documented for so many years it continues to evolve and be utilized.  Because SQL Injection is such a well known attack vector, I am always surprised when as sysadmin I come across someone’s site that has been compromised by it. In most instances […]

Troubleshoot Windows Server 2012 Performance with a Data Collector

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Dec 142014
 
Troubleshoot Windows Server 2012 Performance with a Data Collector

Regardless of whether you are running Windows Server 2012 on virtual server or physical server, the success of your business depends on having the server run at optimal capacity. To ensure the server delivers uninterrupted service, you have be aware of potential performance issues before they arise.\r\n\r\nOne of the best methods to analyze the performance […]

How To Quickly Analyze Windows Server Disk Space Utilization

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Nov 292014
 
How To Quickly Analyze Windows Server Disk Space Utilization

When your Windows server is low on space or runs out of space entirely you need to quickly identify where the disk space is being utilized and free up space. Low disk space or worse yet no disk space can have a negative impact on your server’s performance.  Knowing the paths to a few folders […]