Fascinating technical materials from Microsoft on the latest SQL Server.
“SQL Server 2016 will deliver breakthrough, mission-critical capabilities with improved performance, security, scale, and operational analytics. The new and improved features in SQL Server 2016 will enable Microsoft IT and the ESBI team to create BI solutions that support advanced analytics directly within databases and help users gain deeper insights into their data. “
- In-Memory OLTP helps ESBI meet their users’ business requirements for increased agility.
- Columnstore Indexes reduce the amount of time it takes to run and render SRSS reporting data.
- Temporal data reduces the amount of support tickets received from the field due to inaccurate data.
- Row-Level Security provides a more reliable and standardized method to easily control which users can access data.
- Dynamic Data Masking helps limit exposure of sensitive data, preventing users who should not have access to the data from viewing it.
- Query Store provides better insight into the performance differences caused by changes in query plans.
- Active Query Statistics allows a view of active query execution plans and helps identify and fix blocking issues while queries are running.
- SQL Stretch Database helps improve performance to frequently used data while preserving access to archived data.
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This is a wonderful overview of the “Darknet” and the Thor browser.
Darknet 101: Your guide to the badlands of the internet
“Hacked login details. Cybersecurity exploits for hire. Drugs, guns and ammo. If there’s something shady going on online, chances are it’s happening on the darknet.”
Read it Here
At first, I thought this was a new beer, ha ha. But it’s just a ‘light’ version of Twitter. It is designed for users tweeting off slower networks or small data plans. Great idea!
I really like this way of thinking outside the box! Some of the old, and current, concepts on password complexity, length, history etc. are being revised. There is some new thinking on the matter, based mainly on trends and analytics Microsoft has done via millions of hack attempts on Azure based resources.
New Microsoft recommendations:
- “Maintain an 8-character minimum length requirement (and longer is not necessarily better).
- Eliminate character-composition requirements.
- Eliminate mandatory periodic password resets for user accounts.
- Ban common passwords, to keep the most vulnerable passwords out of your system.
- Educate your users not to re-use their password for non-work-related purposes.
- Enforce registration for multi-factor authentication.
- Enable risk based multi-factor authentication challenges.”
Read it here
Thousands of Hacked Home Routers are Attacking WordPress Sites
Fascinating blog from WordFence, one of the best WordPress firewall out there. They uncovered attacks coming from various countries and regions. The target is home networks. There is a router vulnerability called “Misfortune Cookie” [really] that is being exploited. It appears many home routers are hacked with this vulnerability and they in turn launch attacks. The tricky part here is that the launched attacks are actually small per home router, so detection is difficult.
The really weird thing is that the IPS are coming from all over the place, but attacks from Algeria [!] are increasing dramatically.
Read the WordFence Blog here
Now that the Microsoft ‘LinkedIn’ purchase is completed, Microsoft is aggressively pursuing more relevant and very forward-thinking usage of all its applications in the SaaS [Office 365] world.
Nutshell: lots of resume / job searching /social profile types of integration between ‘LinkedIn’ and Office applications.
“With its $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn getting the thumbs up from EU regulators, Microsoft is wasting no time in integrating the social platform with its productivity software.
The goal — as described by the tech giant’s CEO Satya Nadella — is to utilize LinkedIn’s networking and learning resources to help people “develop new skills online, find new jobs, and easily connect and collaborate.” “
Read it here
I had a chance to set up, install, and look around in/at Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Technical preview 5. Wow, it is exciting and seemingly sleek and fast so far.
See my page for more.
Yeah, I see no reason for people to stay with VMware. You get free virtualization with the latest Windows Server 2012 and [soon to be released] 2016, especially if you purchase the Datacenter version.
‘Microsoft offers free Windows Server 2016 licenses to VMware switchers’
Read it here
Yikes – Multi-vector and SPEED: ‘a DDoS attack against an unnamed European media organization that peaked at 363G bps (bits per second)’. That ‘G’ is not a typo.
‘Attackers launch multi-vector DDoS attacks that use DNSSEC amplification’
I actually thought they were already gone, but I guess there has been a bit of a resurgence [?]. Whatever it was, it is now mostly over. This is a great idea – pay phones are generally spread out pretty nicely.
‘Good riddance payphones: NYC’s free gigabit Wi-Fi kiosks go live’
I just finished a simple Exchange Shell page. Exchange 2010 / 2013 Management Shell type commands can be very useful and highly effective. If the task at hand can be done easily by the Console, then I usually just stick with that.
But sometimes it is best to go straight to the Shell!
There are hundreds and hundreds of these WordFence Firewall entries on Riguy.Com. I blocked some IPs here and there; that will work for a while. I wonder what these nice people from Ukraine would ever want with my most humble of web sites? Regardless, thanks WordFence [awesome security plugin]!
Memo to self: be sure to double check updated WordPress plugins immediately after doing the update!
It is like stating the obvious, but nonetheless very important to remember the above. I just updated the Captcha and WordFence plugins. I saw an error, but remembered to check the Plugins section to verify they are running. Once activated the plugins are fine. Some seem to need this, while others activate ‘automagically’.
WordFence Security hard at work, on my humble website ;>
I love this Plugin [although I use the free version for my personal website, our work pays for it because it is worth every penny].
You don’t see this humility enough on the modern web >>
“My previous insight was totally wrong. I’ll fix this issue in near future.”
The honesty is very refreshing. I may just check that product [a plugin] out! ;>