Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Secunia Launches Cloud Based Patch Management For SMB

For all my Small Business friends:

Secunia, one of the big names in Patch Management (software that makes sure your computer is up to date) has just launched a cloud based service for small businesses with fewer than 50 PCs.

Secuina Personal Software Inspector (PSI) has always been free, but only for personal use. (and I highly recommend everyone install it as one of those must have bits of free software)
Corporate Software Inspector (CSI), thier main product line, has always been just out of reach for a lot of small businesses both from a price point and because it requires you to install and maintain a server for it. They recognized this limitation and put together this new Small Business solution.

Read about it here: http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=14476
Sign up for the free trial here: http://secunia.com/products/smb/smallbusiness/

After the beta ends the first 5 machines will still be free and additional machines less than $5/month each.

I have been a user of PSI on my home computers for years and couldn't be happier. Now with this I have something to recommend that can protect small business machines as well.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Blackberry Z10 is a nice phone that runs the new Blackberry 10 OS.

I have had one for a few days, and there are 2 downsides I see with it. #1 terrible battery life compared to older blackberries. (the best I have achieved so far is 17 hours with Wifi and Bluetooth both on)

#2 is the lack of Apps. My old BlackBerry had Kindle, RSA SecurID, and Google Authenticator. None of these are available for my new BB10 phone.

They are available on Android though, and Blackberry 10 kind of, sort of supports Android software. What you need to do to load android software is somehow get your hands on a .bar file of it and sideload from your PC.

You would use DDPB on your PC to sideload apps.
Sideloading can only put the app in the personal side of the BB10 device.

Instructions on how to do that are here in this video from GoodEReader.com:

Once you have that program installed on your PC you can download already tested .bar files from GoodEReader.com

If you can't find the files you want you can get the .apk from any android device by installing airdroid on the android phone/tablet and connecting to it's webpage from a PC This will let you download the apps that are installed on the android device.
Once you have the .apk file you can convert it to a .bar file here.

I have converted the Google Authenticator for Gmail 2 factor authentication. The converted .bar version does not scan the QR code like it does on Android, but that's OK with me, I had to type the key code into the one on the old blackberry too.