So…maybe not the Russians…

Encryption, General, Linux, Privacy
A really In-Depth analysis of the data provided by the Intelligence Comunity as far as the Russian Hacking of the last election - I love these Wordfence folks - we just switched to Paid because it is a WordPress-Hostile world out there!  But perhaps not the Russians this time... https://www.wordfence.com/blog/2016/12/russia-malware-ip-hack/
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Sometimes you REALLY make the right choice!

Asterisk, Linux, Telecom General
We started looking at Asterisk back in 2004 and had our first commercially installed system at the beginning of 2005 at a small church in Albuquerque. At the time we were selling primarily Samsung Digital systems and were trying (unsuccessfully) to sell Interactive Intelligence, a Microsoft-Based VoIP Call-Center solution. We sold quite a bit of Samsung between 2004 and 2007 but by 2007 Asterisk had gotten so good that we dropped Samsung and Interactive Intelligence completely. When we started selling Asterisk solutions, we usually had to spend 10-15 minutes explaining Open-Source software and that we weren't charging for the "Free" software and instead were only charging for our time to implement the software and hardware into a cohesive working PBX. We were rebels - we constantly came up against competitors…
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Patching – Why won’t people do this?

Microsoft, Security
Microsoft Servers are more reliable today than they ever have been - Anything Server 2008 R2 and above is reliable as the day is long - but ONLY if they are kept up to date with Security and System patches.  This is a No-Brainer for us and has allowed Barking Dog Communications LLC customers to avoid all of the various SQL Slammer/Melissa/I Love You/Heartbleed craziness that plagues the Fortune 500 - and now, yet another reason to pay attention to patching - it is an actual documented and fined HIPAA violation - Check this out: http://www.healthcareinfosecurity.com/150k-hipaa-fine-for-unpatched-software-a-7656 $150,000 for not patching their machines - how much would it have cost to patch them?  A tenth of that at most - more likely a hundredth!  That was a very expensive decision.
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Check Out The New Digs!

General
We finally have a sign up in front of the Office - in case you are looking for us, here is our address: 2703 Broadbent Parkway NE Suite A Albuquerque, NM  87107 (505) 343-0650 Here is what it looks like:
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Why we all need to use Strong Encryption

Encryption, General, Privacy
A Missive from Mark Surman, Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation: Hello, We can move more people from simply consuming the Web to becoming its active citizens, but we need your help. People like you and I know how fundamental privacy is to the open Web. There are many more who share our values and would join this movement. That’s why we made something to spotlight the importance of online privacy. We’re creating videos for you to watch and then share with friends, family, and colleagues. The videos are designed to be an introduction to the issues we care about — a way for each of us to start important conversations. This is where you come in: will you watch this first video and then share it? It’s a great…
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