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CoNetrix is a full service computer networking, security and compliance firm built on the principles of integrity, innovation, and initiative. We specifically serve financial institutions as well as enterprises requiring a high level of security in their operations.

NEWS

CoNetrix announces Boost Consulting Services

1/12/2018

A new boost for the financial industry’s information security culture. CoNetrix Security has provided information security consulting and compliance services for more than fifteen years. Now, those services have been revised and expanded under the new name of Boost Consulting Services. These services continue to focus on the needs of financial institutions.

NEWS

CoNetrix Renews Microsoft Gold Partner

1/10/2018

CoNetrix, a leader in information security and technology, is pleased to announce it has attained the Gold Application Development and Silver Datacenter competencies from Microsoft. This signifies the 12th straight year for CoNetrix to attained the Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Status. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners represent the highest level of competence and expertise with Microsoft technologies and have the closest working relationship with Microsoft. At this level, CoNetrix has access to the resources and support needed to provide its customers with the highest level of services for Microsoft products and solutions.

BLOG

Two Security Vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre

1/9/2018

A report of two new vulnerabilities named Meltdown and Spectre was published last Wednesday, January 3, 2018. It is a big deal because they are hardware vulnerabilities affecting pretty much everything with a silicon chip. Yes, this means microprocessors on workstations and servers, mobile phones, tablets, cloud services, and other platforms.

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Adobe Reader DC not supported by QuickBooks

1/8/2018

I was working with a customer who uses QuickBooks, and they stopped being able to view PDFs saved in QuickBooks. I tried a few things and even got QuickBooks support on the line to help troubleshoot. They were unable to resolve the issue, but the rep did give me a link to a KB. The link stated that Adobe Reader DC was not supported by QuickBooks and recommended going to Adobe Reader 11.

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Windows updates consistently failing after 15 minutes

1/8/2018

I was investigating a problem with Windows Updates on a laptop with a lot of software on it from a previous user. The updates having problems were the Windows 7 Monthly Cumulative Security patches. Windows Update would download the patch, install the patch, and then ask to reboot Windows to complete the install.  Once the PC rebooted, the screen would show that Windows was installing updates and sit there at 32%.  The system would eventually reboot itself and change the status to "Failure Configuring Windows Updates. Reverting Changes. Do Not Turn Off Your Computer."  This whole process would take anywhere between 60 - 90 minutes before changes were reverted and I could get back into the system.

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Outlook searches not returning all results

1/8/2018

I was working with a customer who reported that his Outlook searches for emails from only user only went back about a month. We did some testing and found that when he searched for emails from another person, they only went back one week. In both searches, I noticed that the number of items found was 250.

ARTICLE

Tips for Simplifying the Scope of Financial Statement Reviews

12/19/2017

The thought of reviewing a financial statement can be scary. While financial statements have similar elements, they are far from standardized and can be complicated to understand. Here are six tips to help simplify the scope of financial statement reviews. Obtain Financial Statements

ARTICLE

Safely Surfing

12/18/2017

From our desktops to our phones, we are a connected society. We check email, social networking sites, news sites, message boards, and a large variety of other websites on a daily basis without thinking about the security implications of having billions of devices connected to countless interconnected servers that are run by people we have never met through an Internet infrastructure that was created without security in mind. While this is scary enough to think of from a personal standpoint, it has even larger implications for businesses that store and transmit confidential company and customer data. There are, however, actions that can be taken to help mitigate some of the security concerns that go hand-in-hand with Internet browsing.

ARTICLE

Kittens and Yetis and Bears, Oh My! - Incident Response in a Bad Bad World

12/5/2017

It seems that every week a news story appears detailing new hacking activity originating from organized groups with interesting names such as Energetic Bear, Rocket Kitten, Crouching Yeti, Night Dragon and Sad Panda. While these names are colorful, the groups they are associated with are deadly serious. One might think that these groups are interested only in government or military secrets. However, businesses from all sectors are subject to attack. Successful compromises have been detected in areas such as power and water utilities, communications, and in businesses holding personally identifying information. The motivations behind these attack groups are tied to political, commercial, and security needs. When considering this, it becomes obvious that all businesses and many individuals have information that would be valuable to the groups. Making the problem more complex, many organizations do not realize they are compromised until they are notified by an external source, usually law enforcement.

BLOG

HP Audio software flagged as keylogger

11/22/2017

Was working with a customer in which SEP flagged malware located on this week-old PC. Upon investigation, I found that the malware was named MicTray64. A quick bit of research showed this to be a key logger. So we took care of it and changed her passwords. The customer inquired where the malware had come from.

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HP Multifunction Printer SMTP error

11/22/2017

There were intermittent scanning to e-mail issues occurring with an HP Color LaserJet CM4540 MFP.  Initially, scan jobs of all sizes were having trouble going through.  There was an article found that suggested updating the firmware on the device.  After the firmware was updated, it seemed to correct issues with smaller scan jobs, but larger ones were still having issues.

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64-bit Java applets on Windows 10 Build 1703

11/22/2017

On Windows 10 Build 1703, 64-bit Java web applets (*.jnlp) fail to launch from IE11 if the 64-bit Java JRE is installed (or both 64 and 32-bit). The workaround is to uninstall the 64-bit JRE and leave the 32-bit (or install it). https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8185661

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