Welcome to another edition of our Weekly Rewind – where we summarize all our posts from the last week. The top stories this week were 3) “Rock-Paper-Scissors for Security Pros”, 2) “Update…Err Not”, and 1) “NTPasswd Updated after 3 Year Hiatus”. If you missed anything or happened to be offline, we hope you find this summary post useful as a quick reference.
A la Schneier … you can also use this rewind post to talk about the security stories in the news that we haven’t covered remote-access.
NTPasswd Updated after 3 Year Hiatus: One of the topics we have a habit of covering here are older popular security tools that have been recently updated to better address today’s environment. The next tool in this series is the Offline NT Password & Registry Editor (a.k.a., ntpasswd or chntpw) with their first update in over three years. Released last month, the new version improves Windows discovery from boot drive, adds the ability to add or remove users from groups (think adding yourself to local admin), and incorporates new utilities that allow scripting. (continued here)
TeamViewer Recommended after LogMeIn Pulls Free Option: We have mentioned LogMeIn before as our pick for one of the best remote support applications for helping family and friends dealing with computer problems. The big pluses were ease-of-use and free for home use. Unfortunately, LogMeIn has decided to pull the plug on their free option. If you are still interested in using the service, get ready to pony up to their lowest tier of service. Else try the next best thing, TeamViewer. Unlike my original thoughts, it actually does support unassisted remote management. I won’t go into the exact setup steps but here is a 12-minute video from YouTube to get you started. (continued here)
Update … Errrr Not: I love XKCD but every once in a while he hits some of the issues we face in security dead on. As usual be sure to check out Explained XKCD for details and comments. (continued here)
Rock-Paper-Scissors for Security Pros: Thanks to @lennyzeltser for tweeting this security-focused rock-paper-scissors game out. Just placing this here as a reference for the next time I am at a security meetup and an controversy breaks out. (continued here)
Hope everyone had a wonderful week! Have a great weekend!