While researching solutions to the many daily problems we face I came across an interesting and useful SQL tool. There are many conventional ways to backup and restore a Mysql database using a multitude of methods that are equally effective. The mysqldump command is a very effective tool for use in the safe backup, storage, and retrieval of Mysql data as well as the structure of the individual tables. You will first need to gain SSH or RDP access to …

Spam and Scam mail is much like telemarketing of the last twenty years in the fact that they are equally annoying, frustrating, and disruptive. The precision of automated and impersonal marketing that makes telemarketers such a pain has drifted into the electronic realm in the form of chain email, Bank transfer schemes, and other spam related messages. Most often these seemingly harmless nuisances can hide an even more devastating threat such as viruses and Trojans which can be used by …

I know it might seem like I may be a little paranoid when it comes to practically everything on the internet but let me assure you that it is for a very good reason. In 2005 Dutch officials discovered a major crime ring whose goal was to gain control a large network of hijacked computers through a number of viruses embedded in web sites or sent by email. Original speculation brought the hacked computer count to 100,000 infected systems but …

My past few posts have been largely about email systems and spam filters which for the most part can provide you with fast and reliable message delivery system. However there are still many things that can impede the healthy operation of your mail server. Nearly all abusive email messages now come from a forged or fake address which can be done easily by hackers in order to misdirect the receiving mail server. This misdirection allows them to continue to send …

While searching for various server security methods during one of my many journeys through cyberspace I stumbled upon a very interesting document titled LAME  or “Linux Administration Made Easy.” The function of this document is to provide you with an easy guide that describes the day-to-day administration tasks and common maintenance issues facing a system administrator. Chapter 12 in particular caught my attention because not only does it have very practical advice for Linux security but it can also be …

Tired of bounce back messages saying “Server refused connection”? Does it seem that some if not most of your email messages are not being delivered to their recipients? If any of these apply to your current situation your email server may have been placed on an Blacklist or improper server configuration may be losing your precious email. In order to diagnose these issues you need a tool that can perform multiple system tests to help you gain better understanding of …

The internet can be teeming with many threats to the security and integrity of your web server. It is essential that you protect your vital data and web pages from malicious hackers bent on using your page to fish for customer information as well as send out countless spam email. There are multiple methods of securing your web page against unwanted intrusions such as creating a login page in PHP that queries a SQL database to check for a login …

Email is an essential service especially in today’s world of convenience and quick communication between clients and businesses. However with email come viruses, phishing schemes, and spam that can be a major drawback to hosting your own email system. Although these malicious messages can never be completely avoided, there are many different services and tools that when implemented correctly can reduce the number of spam to controllable amounts. Despite the ability of these excellent programs to prevent you from seeing …

During this age of great data security risks and constant attempts by organizations to gain access to valuable restricted data it is essential to have a solid password to protect this information. In my personal experiences I have found that the average user tends to gravitate towards simple and easy to remember passwords. This is understandable since I have often found myself locked out from some essential software even protected with a simple password that I could not remember. However …

On the rarest of occasions when I find myself between a rock and a hard place it often helps to have an effective tool which you can use to find your way out. Since I use the windows Remote Desktop Connection tool often while performing my duties it pains me when I come on to a stumbling block such as the error “Terminal Service connections exceeded”. This error comes as a result of too many users connecting via the remote …

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