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Folders, Folders, always folders

Two of my employers' largest clients are law firms, and being law firms they regularly receive instructions from insurance firms for claims to be processed. This is where I come in, over the years I have created (or incremented) many instruction feeds.…

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Be a password ninja!

Our dog, Daisy the West Highland White Terrier, decided she desperately needed a pee at 5:50 am on Saturday; and the weekend makes it my turn to get up with her! After dealing with her needs and turning on the coffee machine I didn't fancy picking up the project I have been working on and decided to try something new. I needed a link for the password reset and password change pages of the project I am working on. I wanted to present the user with some simple to understand advice on how to pick a good password; don't…

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IT Support Scammers

No matter how strong your technical security is (antivirus, firewalls, security headers, well-written applications, etc) there is always one sure route to failure, social engineering. If a privileged user can be convinced to perform nefarious acts on a system that system is compromised. That being said most professionals are not going to fall for that (although I know one who did fall for a variant the old Nigerian finance scam to the tune of several thousand pounds); the less initiated are a different story and we as IT professionals have a duty to help them! IT Support scams appear to…

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Microsoft Surface Book fan noise and overheating

My work laptop is a first-generation Microsoft Surface Book (the 8GB model); it is by far the best laptop that I have worked with (both personal and professional). Granted there are better devices out there (a few Lenovo models come to mind) but I can't afford them and my employer is unlikely to authorise them (getting the surface book required a guilt trip!). Other than the first SB that I had suffering death within a few months (horrid grating fan noises, followed by a replacement) I have not had a single problem that wasn't related to configuration or an old…

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Content Security Policies

The easiest way to explain a Content Security Policy (CSP) is with the idea of a whitelist; whitelists act as an allowed set of values for a system. You may have heard of a blacklist before; a list of things which are not allowed, you employer/school will...…

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