Ironkey Fail: Time to change.

There is probably no good reason why I have four (4) military grade USB keys on my key ring with Windows To Go (WTG) configured on each one… but since 2015 I have written about four different devices, and I keep all of them.  Of course, they are not all always up to date… but … Continue reading Ironkey Fail: Time to change.

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KB4103723: DO NOT APPLY!

Hey folks, if you know what is good for you, do not apply this patch yet.  KB4103723 protects against a CredSSP vulnerability that has not yet been compromised.  However, it will break lots of things in your system, including RDP and Hyper-V connections.  Errors will include CredSSP errors when trying to connect via RDP (or … Continue reading KB4103723: DO NOT APPLY!

Windows 10 Support Extended

I know, I am a couple of months late on this... on February 1st, 2018 Microsoft announced that it would be extending support on Windows 10 Editions 1709, 1703, and 1607.  That means that instead of having 18 months of support, you will have 24. The bad news? This applies only to the Enterprise and … Continue reading Windows 10 Support Extended

Let’s Go: Creating a Windows to Go Hybrid Device

Recently I wrote a review of the Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 3z Flash Drive, a spectacular USB key with some great security features, including a unique keypad that requires you to unlock your device before connecting it to your computer.  The same day I received a comment.  Anthony asks: Would you be able to provide … Continue reading Let’s Go: Creating a Windows to Go Hybrid Device

USB and Windows to Go: Key in!

I have written in the past about several different Windows to Go (WTG) key options, and have leaned heavily toward the ones with Military Grade Security (MilSec).  They are all good, they all do just about the same thing.  Of course, there are differences with deployment methodology, as well as the tools that support them, … Continue reading USB and Windows to Go: Key in!

Dynamic Lock: Walk away securely.

One of my pet peeves when walking through organizations that I consult for is seeing unlocked and unattended workstations.  I hate seeing this, knowing that anyone can sit down at their desk and do... whatever.  I know people who would sit down at these unlocked workstations, and send an e-mail to the entire organization (in … Continue reading Dynamic Lock: Walk away securely.

Windows To Go Gotcha in Windows 10

So here’s an interesting fact about Windows To Go.  When Windows 10 first came out I was still running Windows 8.1 on my corporate desktop, and when I went to create my WTG image I couldn’t because the Windows 8.1 WTG engine did not support building Windows 10 WTG keys.  Ok, that is understandable. Windows … Continue reading Windows To Go Gotcha in Windows 10

Hello? Nice… but is it worth the money

Microsoft has, over the last few versions of the client, made it much easier to log on to Windows.  By introducing PINs, Picture Passwords, integrating logons with Microsoft Accounts they have given us a lot more freedom, while taking security quite seriously.  I honestly think it is harder to hack into someone’s personal computer today … Continue reading Hello? Nice… but is it worth the money

Panic at the Windows to Go Corral…

I really like my Ironkey Windows to Go (WTG) drives.  In fact, I like them so much I carry two of them – a W300 (software encrypted with BitLocker) that is domain-joined to one of my clients’ domains, which I use full-time since my corporate laptop went for a swim, and a W500 (hardware encrypted) … Continue reading Panic at the Windows to Go Corral…

Windows 10: Where are my files?

I have gotten three calls in the past month from friends asking for help.  They updated their computer to Windows 10, and all of their files are gone, just like that. It seems that there are a couple of questions that are either misleading, hard to read, or easy to overlook… One of them says … Continue reading Windows 10: Where are my files?

Using External Storage to Simplify Windows Installation

I have been searching for hours on how to use a SD card as a hard drive to install win10. The laptop I am trying to upgrade gives a message you need to add at least 9GB to continue.  Can I use the SD card to finish the install or will it not work? I … Continue reading Using External Storage to Simplify Windows Installation

Windows 10 have VD! No, it’s not what it sounds like…

When I first got into IT after the army my boss at the time was big into Linux… which didn’t bother me at all, because I wasn’t really ‘in to’ anything.  I certainly knew Windows better than I knew Linux, but I was just happy to be there.  There was one concept that I had … Continue reading Windows 10 have VD! No, it’s not what it sounds like…

Windows to Go: Ironkey gets it right

Back in 2012 I spent a lot of time talking (and writing) about Windows to Go (WTG).  This was Microsoft’s newest feature that allowed you to install Windows 8 on a USB key.  In theory I loved it, in practice… well, most of the USB keys that I tried it on (the certified ones, and … Continue reading Windows to Go: Ironkey gets it right