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Synology to Kill NPAPI Plugin, Release Surveillance Desktop App in 2016

by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on

The Synology Surveillance Station app has so much to love about it and is still probably the best available non-enterprise surveillance NVR software, but the few things with which it’s been failing the past couple of years fail spectacularly. Most Surveillance Station users know the pains of having to work around the NPAPI plugin, something one has to install on his or her machine before anything remotely related to video streaming will work in Surveillance Station, and even then it no longer works in Chrome and has problems in other browsers, not to mention that there is zero Linux support. Well, I’ve been in contact with Synology support regarding this glaring issue, and they’ve given me some good news.[Read further…]

Lisa’s Christmas Wish List 2015

by Lisa Kaye Cunningham on

I find that as I get older, Christmas Wish Lists are harder and harder to write.  Mostly I want immaterial things: happiness for my hubby, extra time in the day for a nap, financial blessings for my friends and family, comfort for those going through hard times…no more lives torn apart, then wars would never start, and time would heal our hearts, you know.  Maybe I should write a song.[Read further…]

The Batman Approach Part III: The Only Way Forward Against Malware

by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on

Batman's approach: illegal, yes-- but effective?Twenty years of the current defensive antivirus model described previously has proven to be insufficient in the battle against malware. Antivirus companies spend millions of dollars to lead the public to believe that this is the only way. The entire point of this series is to show that it is not the only way, and that we would be shooting ourselves in the foot, so to speak, to keep insisting that it is. Only relying on antivirus would be like only relying on only the body’s immune system for all types of diseases: without modern medicine, even the most mysophobic person would die by his or her sixties. It’s just not a smart idea, but many antivirus companies don’t want anyone believing that.[Read further…]

The Batman Approach Part II: Current Malware Defenses & Their Downfalls

by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on

Security ShieldWe in the digital world have not been left utterly desolate in our crusade in defending against the classlessness of the common virus maker. Countless tools exist that help the common user defend against the innumerable threats viruses present, mainly in the forms of antimalware suites (I only ever recommend Malwarebytes as nothing else I’ve seen works half as well) and firewalls.  These two types of tools are the main defenses of operating systems against viruses and hackers. Another important layer of defense is for operating system developers such as Microsoft, Apple, and the Linux communities to create rock-solid code and preemptively patch holes and bugs before they are discovered and subverted for malevolent purposes. The question, however, is are these defenses working, and are they enough?

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