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Daily Archives: February 27, 2021

  • Tasks for the weekend – February 27, 2021 Check your DNS

    Posted on February 27th, 2021 at 22:36 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Youtube video here

    There is one command that I have used for many years. It’s the command ipconfig /all. With that command I can see what network I’m on by reviewing the Internet protocol address that the system has.

    It’s also a quick and dirty way of determining what DNS provider I’m using. Often with ISP provided routers you don’t have the ability to adjust your DNS settings. DNS or domain name service settings are how your computer system knows where to  connect to web sites. DNS settings can also better protect your system. Often using something like OpenDNS can automatically protect your system while surfing.

    Some of the key DNS settings that you can choose are

    Google DNS 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4

    Cloudflare 1.1.1.1

    OpenDNS 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220

    Quad9 9.9.9.9

    You can follow the instructions here to manually change the DNS settings on your local machine – or you can make a change up on your router – assuming it allows you to.

    So what DNS settings do you use?

  • MS-DEFCON 4: Install the February updates, skip that Secure boot

    Posted on February 27th, 2021 at 22:12 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    More details will be in tomorrow’s newsletter along with a Plus membership only video that discusses my patching recommendations for the month.

    I always use the weekend for maintenance tasks, so for those of you that were waiting for the Defcon 4 green light I just flipped the beacon so you can do so anytime this weekend.

    As a reminder I am not recommending installing KB4535680 and recommend you to use Wushowhide (or your favorite patching hiding tool).

    If you aren’t a plus member, you can sign up now and you’ll get not only the private video but all of the other great newsletter articles coming out tomorrow.  Hope to see you on the Plus side!