The danger of cloud to your IT infrastructure

Today, many organisations are finding it increasingly difficult to track and control which cloud services are being used within their business. In sectors such as finance and banking, especially, where highly sensitive data is handled on a daily basis, the potential risks can be extremely detrimental.


The Man Who Wrote Those Password Rules Has a New Tip: N3v$r M1^d! – WSJ

Unfortunately, you need to subscribe to The Wall Street Journal, but basically;

Bill Burr had advised users to change their password every 90 days and to muddle up words by adding capital letters, numbers and symbols – so, for example, “protected” might become “pr0t3cT3d4!”.

The problem, he believes, is that the theory came unstuck in practice.

Mr Burr now acknowledges that his 2003 manual was “barking up the wrong tree”.

Source: The Man Who Wrote Those Password Rules Has a New Tip: N3v$r M1^d! – WSJ

Do Your Customers Actually Want a “Smart” Version of Your Product?

Roughly two years after that decision to make connected technology standard, I can say with confidence that just because you can make something with IoT technology doesn’t mean people will want it. Judging from our customers’ response, the public simply isn’t yet clamoring for connectivity. Many of our customers just don’t use the technology available to them.

Source: Do Your Customers Actually Want a “Smart” Version of Your Product?

Why you should patch your systems

WannaCry ransomware has hit computers all over the world. This is my opinion about it.

I must admit that patching your computers especially if you have a lot of them and older internally developed tools can be time consuming and complicated.

There are tools to help you manage updates across the network but sometimes you miss how a change can impact something that your users depend on and you have a bad day.

However not patching and keeping your systems on the latest version will catch you out. I really wouldn’t like to be the person who has to explain to the CEO why much of his business critical data is now encrypted because I didn’t go through all the effort and pain of doing my job. Yes running computer systems and dealing with users who just want to keep everything the same is hard, but convincing people about the right way of doing things is part of our job. Whether you agree with upgrading and patching or not, the reality is that this is one of the best ways to protect against many attack vectors.

Click the link for more information about WannaCry ransomware used in widespread attacks all over the world – Securelist

Does Microsoft Slow Down Onedrive Performance on Linux?


The interesting point here is that when using a Windows PC on the exact same connection with the OneDrive app, everything runs smooth and fast.

And the plot gets thicker, as these Linux users have observed that changing the browser’s user-agent string (the text a browser sends to a site to identify itself) to either Microsoft’s Edge or IE speeds the OneDrive web experience up to a fluid level on a Linux (or Chrome OS) system.


Does your company allow you to work on side projects from home?

There are some work contracts that can mean that if you work on anything during (and sometimes after) you are contracted to them the company has ownership of your work. Even if that work is completely in your personal time using your own resources. GitHub wants to change that with a fairer contract that allows workers to contribute to personal or community projects to bring more balance to the IP relationship between employers and employees.

To read more visit their blog here



Save / Extract Outlook Attachments from emails and save them to a Folder

I have been meaning to post this for a while.
Some VBA code to extract attachments from a folder in Outlook and save them.

You can choose the Outlook folder but it is hard coded to save the attachments to C:\Email Attachments\
Sub AttachDetach()
‘ *******************************************************************************
‘ Name – AttachDetach
‘ Description – Removes Attachements from an Outlook Folder and saves them to C:\Email Attachments\
‘ Date Changed – 10/03/2011 <– Please keep this up to date
‘ Changed by – Dan Thomas  <– Please keep this up to date
‘ *******************************************************************************

Dim ns As NameSpace

Dim Inbox As MAPIFolder

Dim item As Object

Dim Atmt As attachment

Dim filename As String

Dim i As Integer

Set ns = GetNamespace(“MAPI”)

Set Inbox = ns.PickFolder

i = 0

If Inbox.Items.Count = 0 Then

MsgBox “There are no messages in the Inbox.”, vbInformation, _

“Nothing Found”

Exit Sub

End If

For Each item In Inbox.Items

For Each Atmt In item.Attachments

filename = “C:\Email Attachments\” & i & Atmt.filename

Atmt.SaveAsFile filename

i = i + 1

Next Atmt

Next item

If i > 0 Then

MsgBox “I found ” & i & ” attached files.” _

& vbCrLf & “I have saved them into the C:\Email Attachments folder.” _

& vbCrLf & vbCrLf & “Have a nice day.”, vbInformation, “Finished!”


MsgBox “I didn’t find any attached files in your mail.”, vbInformation, _


End If


Set Atmt = Nothing

Set item = Nothing

Set ns = Nothing

End Sub