IT Consultant

John Day is the head IT Consultant for Syncura. He has provided network maintenance and security for high level clearance enterprise systems as well as technical consulting for medium and small business. With almost a decade of experience in Information Systems, and a degree in Network Security, he casts a wide net of understanding over computer systems management and support.

Apple’s Response to Meltdown / Spectre Flaw

Jan
8
2018

Apple has released updates to address recent security flaws; Meltdown and Spectre.   From US-CERT: “Apple has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in multiple products. An attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to obtain access to sensitive information. NCCIC/US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Apple security pages for the following products and apply the […]

Meltdown and Spectre: 2018’s 1st Major Security Incident

Jan
4
2018

We are bringing in the new year with two of the most serious security flaws ever: Meltdown and Spectre. Google researchers discovered vulnerabilities in both Intel and AMD semiconductors. The root cause resides in the fundamental architecture of the chips. What are they? Meltdown allows for a program to access the Operating System’s central memory, […]

FortiClient SSL VPN & Antivirus Client Security Flaw

Dec
14
2017

Please update your FortiClient software. (Instructions Below) FortiClient SSL VPN software has a security flaw that allows other users to decrypt the login information. In the event of a stolen laptop’s drive could also be exploited allowing the access to your company’s’ Internal Network. Fortunately, FortiNet has provided an updated version of FortiClient and I […]

Microsoft Azure: Creating a Dev / Test Virtual Machine

Nov
3
2017

  Microsoft’s Azure isn’t just a cloud; it’s a platform that provides a wide array of tools, templates, and services which allow both IT professionals and web developers to improve productivity while still being cost effective. Things like creating the back-end of web applications, SQL database deployments, standing up testing / development environments, building mobile […]

21st Century Blackmail

Jul
2
2017
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With all the news about Cyberweapons and Cryptoware, all the attacks with Petya and Wannacry. It’s important to be educated and prepared for these types of attacks. Here are some quick tips.   1) What is Ransomware? Ransomware has one goal: make money. It’s the biggest technology crime in today’s world, and continues to grow […]

Software Updates: Why you should care.

Jun
22
2017

  Every piece of software has security holes. It’s a product of people wanting to break or “hack” into software. Be it financial gain, malicious intent, or even by accident; new security vulnerabilities are constantly being discovered. You can think of vulnerabilities as a “hole” in your software. Once found, these holes can be used […]

SharePoint Online (Office 365)

Jun
1
2017
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What is SharePoint Online? SharePoint is a Content Management System (CMS) which allows you to create “Intranet” websites for your users to access documents, calendars, announcements, and much more. An Intranet website provides a central location for your business users and potentially even customers that is not publicly accessible, meaning you must sign in to be able […]

Office 365 Quick Overview

May
19
2017
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Office 365 can be a bit overwhelming. Let’s break it down and simplify the core features and functionality. Let’s break down the three tiers of service offered before we dive deeper into the individual applications and services… Office 365 Business: At $8.25 user / month, this tier offers users the office Desktop apps we have all […]