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Home Internet Security Guidelines-How to protect yourself and your family

Given all the breaches, hacks, and DDoS attacks that have occurred lately, it reminded me of how vulnerable we truly are. Not only in the businesses we deal with but right here in our own homes. Add to this the onslaught of devices that we are connecting to our homes from companies who could care […]

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Blue Iris Video Security Software

I have used security cameras for years and for as long as I can remember, recording/monitoring software has been buggy, not user friendly, and suffered from various performance concerns. Add to that the variation in manufacturers of cameras, and you end up with a difficult situation. For the past few years I had settled on […]

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Sophos XG Firewall-Part 1–The Basics

Having been impacted by security issues in the past, I am always on the lookout for new and hopefully better network security products. For a while now I have hearing about the Sophos UTM and was intrigued by what it packed in for standard features. Recently they released a new product called the Sophos XG […]

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iSpy Connect–At last IP Camera Software that Works

If you are like me you have been highly frustrated at the native functionality of the bundled IP camera software that came with your camera, as well as the lack of availability of third party solutions.  If  this sounds like you than I will make your day as iSpy Connect is the most complete and functional solution […]

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ISY-994i-Home Automation at its Best

One of the biggest inhibitors to going to a VM environment (more in a later post) are USB devices.  The worst of these devices are the Insteon Controllers.  Whether using Hyper-V  with a USB to IP adapter, or ESXi, I was unable to “reliably” get the these USB devices to work correctly or consistently.  Add […]

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