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Old Windows Server machines can still fend off hacks. Here's how

Today, 07:01 AM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

If you're running a Windows Server 2003 machine, you have a problem.Your already-vulnerable computer is now at severe risk of being hacked.

That's due to the internet release earlier this month of a batch of updates thatpaint a bull's-eyeon computers running Windows Server 2003, according to security researchers.

“I can teach my mom how to use some of these exploits,” said Jake Williams, founder of Rendition Infosec, a security provider. “They are not very complicated at all.”

Experts are urging affected businesses to upgrade to the latest Windows OSes, which offer security patches that can address the threat.

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Why we love doing tech support for 'friends'

Today, 06:00 AM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

IT pilot fish comes in to work one day to find a co-worker who's brought in a PC from home -- with an invitation to see "the world's worst memory upgrade."

"Barney opened the case," fish says. "In one of the memory expansion slots was a small memory board that clearly didn't match the size of the slot. Plus, it was sitting at a funny angle.

"Barney told us one of his friends wanted to increase the amount of memory in his computer, and asked how much it would cost. Because this was a friend, Barney gave him a lowball estimate that included only the actual cost of parts. But the friend accused Barney of overcharging him, and said he knew a guy who could do it for a fraction of that price."

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