Process Explorer Updated

21 Feb 2014
February 21, 2014

Have you checked out the latest version of Sysinternals Process Explorer? This remains one of my favorite tools to use when trying to get a grip of what’s really going on in a Windows machine.

Ever wondered which program has a particular file or directory open? Now you can find out. Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.

Now there’s one more really handy feature: it will submit the running processes to VirusTotal.com for further analysis. Don’t panic! It isn’t sending the actual files; it is sending hashes of them and it does it all very quickly. VirusTotal submits each process to up to 50 AV scanners and sends back the results of the scan. Just click the link in the right-most column to see the scan results.

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Left Dropbox / Came back to Dropbox

17 Feb 2014
February 17, 2014

Dropbox logoI know I’m not alone when it comes to concerns about Dropbox and privacy/security. Last year there were a few “issues” in the press. Then the Dropbox app on my phone updated and wanted access to my contacts? “Pfft, nuts to that – time to check options!” said I. I have a large amount of free storage thanks to years of their referral program so I had to keep storage in mind. A free 2 GB account wasn’t going to cut it.

(and yes, let’s not forget that when you’re getting a product for free you are most likely the real product in that equation)

https://www.microsoft.com/global/en-us/news/PublishingImages/HomePage/hero/logo_onedrive2014_hero.jpgSkyDrive (soon to be OneDrive) is online storage that I’m already using. I have a personal account with a bunch of free “early adopter” storage but I also have a work account that I have on all my machines for key work stuff. That includes shared OneNote notebooks and such. Works great and I have never had an issue with it.

But. I once looked into running multiple SkyDrive clients on the same machine and it sure didn’t look like it would be worth the hassle. (has that changed?).

imageFinally,I recalled Box. When I bought my tablet last fall it came with a 50 GB subscription to Box storage. Well there you go – a nice storage upgrade and the price is right. I went looking for a Windows client.

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Facelift!

First real facelift for this site in many years. First time I purchased a theme too. So far I rather dig it — and it looks nice on my phone as well. Building up a list of future articles. Could this be the revival?

Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365

12 Feb 2014
February 12, 2014

Today we’re adding Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365 to Office 365 Midsize Business, Enterprise plans, Academic plans, Nonprofit plans, and standalone Office 365 plans, including Exchange Online and SharePoint Online. This will allow organizations with these subscriptions to enable multi-factor authentication for their Office 365 users without requiring any additional purchase or subscription.

(This is a “link post” — the title links to the original article)