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Managed IT and ETC Maryland

ETC Maryland has not jumped into the “managed IT” for quite a while now.  My main concerns were anything cloud based.  While ETC Maryland sees the market demand for network monitoring I was unable to find a solution that met my security standards. One of the things I wanted to find is a remote monitoring agent WITHOUT remote access built in. I do not want to route remote access through a third party. Every single […]


How does ETC Maryland’s Hosting Stack up Against Bigger Companies?

I am a Brunswick based webhost and I wanted to let you all know you do not have to overpay the bigger boys for many things that can be provided at a much more reasonable cost..or even for no additional cost. If you look at only the bottom line you will miss out on some features that really matter to small business websites: I am not going to match $3/month against Bluehost(A company I actually […]



My Local Backup Strategy

I have not been at my computer as much and I missed the fact that March 31st was world backup day.  This article on extremetech details some of the author’s backup plans. I wanted to have ransomware resistant backups at all levels so my system is a bit more elaborate: Backups are handled by Windows server backup for local backups and CrashplanPro for cloud backups of the entire R610. Windows server backup will not do […]


The Upcoming SSL Deadline. ETC Maryland Has Been Ready.

ETC Maryland has been offering free SSL certificates for nearly two years now.  Working with Curley Marketing, I saw quickly the need to moving to SSL as Google was already informing SEO partners of their intentions to add SSL as a major ranking signal.  ETC Maryland is determined to offer industry standard features, along with competitive cost with a focus on data security for all web hosting clients.  SSL means all traffic between your computer […]



If You Pay The Ransom Do You Get Your Data ...

Ransomware is now making it into mainstream television.  Chicago Med(Season 2 Episode 19) has an episode where they get hit with ransomware.  Unlike Hollywood though most folks who pay loose not only their money but also their data.  I have never been an advocate of having pay the ransom as any line of defense.  Being ransomware resistant is not as difficult or as expensive as trying to recover your data from ransomware criminals.  The big […]


Comcast Business Fiber Fiobles..Temporarily Stymied

November, 2017: I received an e-mail saying that Comcast has pulled fiber into this area and that their gigabit pro service was available to me as a business class customer.  This is a pure fiber to the premises service that would net me 2 gigabits both up and down.  it comes with an IPV4 /30 and an IPV6 /48(Holy crap!).  While this is some super powerful stuff what was even more ridiculous was the price.  […]



Spectre and Meltdown. How Susceptible Are you?

There’s a ton of crap running around about these vulnerabilities.  This video talks about the vulnerabilities on a user level and gives some background on exactly where the problem lies and much you should worry.  A technical paper on this is upcoming.  This is only a basic overview so the non-techies out there can truly understand what is going on.


Incoming Weirdness Across The Net Today

We are going to see a bunch of weirdness today as all major software vendors are patching their infrastructure against some serious hardware flaws in all CPU chips today. Your machine may say it cannot activate..certain Internet based things may be slow or not work at all…there could be simply strange slowdowns or malfunctions. This is due to massive patching and subsequent rebooting on things all over the net. For folks on-premises stuff patches will […]



Damage Control Begins RE: Intel Hardware Bug

Intel is in full damage control mode about their hardware flaw….unfortunately they are trying to drag AMD down with them….however AMD is vulnerable only in its older CPU products.  Their latest product, XEN(or Ryzen) is not affected as of right now. This is an issue Intel created on its own…and the software development community went along for the ride for the sake of performance. Tomorrow…the full details should come out tomorrow..three CVE’s have already been […]


Is The Cloud About to Become Fog?

It very well could be. right now I am seeing signs about an embargoed(aka being kept secret) serious HARDWARE security problem RE: virtualization(aka the cloud) that affects Intel processors. The amount of software patching going on is massive and even open source software maintainers are keeping a lid on things. Eventually something will either leak or it will get disclosed. Get ready because it appears this could be something really big….I hope this is speculation […]