Always Remember: With Gusto Comes Data Loss.

How to Open “Unidentified” or “Damaged” Applications in MacOS Sierra

One change that has found its way into MacOS Sierra that has been impacting a number of people is the removal of the user’s ability to easy exempt applications from Gatekeeper’s scrutiny. This is an issue when a user tries to open application is not signed by an “approved” developer. They will be prompted with a warning similar to this one:iu

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Introduction to Regular Expressions (Regex)

This next subject might seem a bit obscure, but I promise you, this guide will benefit you significantly if you work in IT/Security long enough. I’m going to be discussing what is usually referred to as a regular expression, or regex. Regex is a very powerful way to search through massive text files for exactly what you need. The problem is, it looks like gibberish until you know exactly how it works.

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Fixing Slow SMB Speeds in OSX

After recently upgrading to OS X 10.12, I noticed some SMB file transfers were taking a lot longer than usual. Instead of the normal 100MB/sec transfer speeds I typically see between my Mac Mini and my Synology NAS on a gigabit (wired) network, I was seeing something closer to 30MB/sec.

Turns out I’m not the only one with this issue. Searching Google for “10.12 slow smb” returns pages full of results of people reporting the same issue. Most of them say “switch to AFP and the problem goes away.” That’s nice but I specifically use SMB because I have a share that’s accessed by Linux, Mac, and Windows – and so SMB is the right solution to keep file naming consistent.

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The Basics of Cryptography

With the nearly constant flood of data breaches that we read about almost every day, I thought I would take some time to cover the basic cryptographic techniques out there. I have avoided this so far because it is a rather difficult subject to explain without immediately going over many people’s heads. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that everyone, not just those using it on a daily basis, needs to understand just how encryption works. Continue reading

Synology RT 1900ac Firewall Problems

I recently made the decision to ditch my old Sonicwall TZ 205 in favor of the new Synology RT 1900ac. As a security guy, this seems like an odd decision, but since I was not paying for any of the advanced Sonicwall services, it really just came down to convenience and support. I run a Synology 1815+ at home and love everything about it, so I wanted to give their brand new router/firewall a shot. Unfortunately, I’ve run into some very strange firewall behavior that I’ve been trying to work through with their support team.
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