Configure Win7 Corporate VPN to Secure Public WiFi Browsing

The following are instructions on setting up a VPN connection to a corporate office specific to Windows 7.  In addition, the end of the article includes usage information on securing your web browsing when using public WiFi hotspots.  Using a VPN can encrypt passwords, web browsing, email, banking, etc, when connected and checked “use default gateway on remote network”.  This added security comes at the expense of increased network overhead and possibly slower browsing / download speeds.  The following instructions can be used by any of my offices running Windows server with modification to the line Internet Address:  If you do not know this information, contact me. If you do not have access to a corporate VPN, you can use any number of for pay services (and some free). Check out LifeHacker’s Top 5 VPN Services or just skip to the voter favorite WiTopia.
Click – StartControl PanelNetwork and InternetNetwork and Sharing Center –
choose “Set up a new Connection or network”
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Cannon Image Runner 5065 and Device ID Management

How to use device ID management on the Cannon ImageRunner 5065 for copy accounting:

  1. Hit the Log In / Log Out (ID) key on the keypad
  2. Enter your 7 digit matter number as the Dept. ID with password blank
  3. Make copies
  4. Hit the Log In / Log Out (ID) key to log out the matter number (Dept. ID).

Adding matter numbers (referred to as Dept. ID).
All copies not to be accounted are to be entered under the System Management account “1234” using password “1234”.
This should be the first screen you see when you begin copying.  If not, hit the ID “Log In / Log Out” Button to get to this screen. Continue reading “Cannon Image Runner 5065 and Device ID Management”

Safer Web Browsing with Adblock Plus and WOT

Often, when I am tasked with cleaning up a malware infected computer, I am asked “how did this happen?”   The quick answer is: the malware most likely made its way onto your computer through the web browser.  I recommend using Firefox with Adblock Plus and WOT (Web of Trust) for ‘safer’ web browsing.  Google Chrome browser also has these extensions available.
First, make sure your version of Firefox is the latest version.  Click FirefoxHelpAbout Firefox.  If you are already running version 4, it will automatically check for updates and may give you an option to Apply Update.  If you are not running Firefox 4, you need to be.  Click the link to download here:
Click Apply Update – Firefox 4.0.1 is the latest at the time of this post.
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Only on the iPad + Win7 + XP

What you are looking at here is the culmination of technology in the modern age. iPad connected via 2xClient to Windows7 connected via RDP to WinXP!

2XClient – Best Free Remote Desktop for iPad (iOS 3.1.3+)

While everyone seems to be using and loving LogMeIn or Go To My PC with their iPad, I wanted to find the definitive FREE (as in beer) solution to using my iPad as a laptop replacement. I downloaded every free RDP and VNC connection client for iPad in the App store and my finding is that 2xClient beats them all hands down for one simple reason. The on screen mouse pointer.


On screen mouse allows for “mouse over” and dead simple Right Click

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"Automatic update is turned off" message from XP Windows Security Center

After a successful malware removal on a client’s XP workstation, Windows Security center had a message “automatic updates is turned off”.  When I opened Automatic Updates from Control Panel, it showed it was on but never downloaded updates and using Internet Explorer to access returned an error code (didn’t write it down).
Answer was to re-register the windows update libraries.  Open Start > Run > cmd > OK to get into a command prompt. Type the following and wait for “DllRegisterServer in wuapil.dll succedded” message after each line.  After that, Windows Automatic Updates worked fine as did using the IE web site  Tested with XP SP3, should work with Vista SP2 and Win7 SP1.
regsvr32 wuapi.dll
regsvr32 wuaueng.dll
regsvr32 atl.dll
regsvr32 wucltui.dll
regsvr32 wups.dll