Newsletter Archives

  • Hardening for privacy

    PRIVACY

    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    Privacy means different things to different people.

    At the office, we want to keep our information private from certain individuals and certain departments, but not from ultimate business needs.

    In fact, we will often “spy” on our own employees. Want to know exactly what your users in the office do? Consider an analytics app such as ActivTrak to monitor the productivity of employees.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.48.0, 2023-11-27).

  • Freeware Spotlight — eToolz

    BEST UTILITIES

    By Deanna McElveen

    If you’re a relatively young computer tech or system administrator, you’re living in wonderful times.

    The ability to show up at a worksite with all your tools on a flash drive was the stuff of dreams for us floppy-totin’ grayhairs.

    To your many portable tools, I suggest adding Austrian developer Werner Rumpeltesz’s eToolz. It’s your go-to app for everything network-related.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.7.0 (2020-02-17).

  • The Internet: How to find and change DNS settings

    What’s a DNS and why should you change it? Third-party DNS servers offer speed and security that may be missing on your machine.

    Lance Whitney takes you through the pros, the cons, and helpful how-tos.

    Details in this week’s AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.11.0, out this morning to AskWoody Plus Members.

  • Patch Lady Podcast – changing your DNS

    Woody recently had a post talking about changing the DNS settings on your network adapter, but I think there’s an easier way – in your router.  So here’s a visual how to of how I do it on my router at home:

    (if you want to download the mp4 – the link is here)

     

  • Patch Lady – DNS anyone?

    For anyone  who remembers my benchmark things to do on a Windows system to make it more secure that I used to do (hey I need to do that over here don’t I?) I was (and still am) a big fan of alternative DNS providers other than the ones you are given by your ISP.  While DNS purests will lament about openDNS, but I’m still a fan especially in consumer world of something that helps to filter out the bad stuff before it gets to your systems.

    New on the block is one up from Cloudflare and a post I just spotted tonight talks about how …

    CloudFlare was the fastest DNS for 72% of all the locations. It had an amazing low average of 4.98 ms across the globe.

    If you want to try it out the easiest way to do so it to go into the settings of your router and enter 1.1.1.1 as the DNS settings.  In my house I have an “inner router” and the ISP provided Xfinity gateway device.  I place the DNS settings I want on my “inner” router.  It also means that I’m masking my devices a bit from Xfinity’s gateway.  I can’t use the advertised “pause” feature per device, but I do get more control over my DNS settings inside my home network as well as a stronger wifi broadcasting from my internal router rather than relying on my ISP’s device.  I do also go into the setting of the Comcast gateway and turn off the open wifi that the gateway/router ships with that allows anyone that has a username and password on the Comcast network to “hang” off the advertised wifi coming from your router. You can do this setting inside the web admin portal page, or from inside your Comcast account app.  I have a Netgear device that I set to pick up the Internet from my Comcast gateway – it’s set to have a static IP of 10.0.0.3 and then it hands out IP addresses inside my home using the normal local address range of 192,168.1.x.

    In the settings of the internal modem I have placed the DNS settings I want:

    Needless to say I might check out the new settings.  All I need to do is enter in the values of 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1 and hit apply.  If you have a internal router that handles IPv6 DNS entries enter in 2606:4700:4700::1111 and 2606:4700:4700::1001

    By the way, if you’ve ever wondered what IP address your computer is, open up a command prompt and type in ipconfig /all  and hit enter.  Next to the active network connection will be the information about that computer’s IP address.