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2017-May-26 in IT Insights
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14.67 Trillion Centuries to Hack Our Passwords: The Surprisingly Simple and Secure Paessler Password Policy

I had been working at Paessler for about a year as a systems administrator when we decided to do a security audit. This consisted of many interviews with us systems administrators, and right at the beginning one of the first questions the auditor asked was, "So what is your password policy?"  All three of us chuckled a bit and said flatly, "We don't have one."  There were only around 60 employees at that point, so we had thought we could simply trust everyone to change their passwords every now and again.  Once we reviewed the age of our users' passwords, we found out that many of our employees hadn't changed their password since the company was founded!

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Learn, Workshop and Discuss: Why You Should Attend the Web Week at Paessler Next Year

Hands-on Workshops, Serverless Architecture and Webpack

For the second time in a row, we decided to participate in the Nuremberg Web Week and to share our knowledge about modern web applications with the local developer scene. This event is a meeting point for tech enthusiasts in the Nuremberg region. Each year it assembles a broad selection of conferences, presentations and workshops around digital topics.

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2017-May-23 in IT Insights
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PRTG Podcast: How to Clean Up after WannaCry

 

As a follow up to the first ever, recently released PRTG podcast (which, if you haven't listened to already, you may need to re-assess your life choices - click here immediately!), Rupert Collier, our resident UK sales manager and aspiring microphone addict, gets to work on another new project: The PRTG Interview, otherwise known as "Paessler Rupert's Thorough Grilling"!

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2017-May-22 in IT Insights
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How Automatic Inventory Can Make Your Life Easier (6 Hands-on Tips)

Companies need a complete overview of their own IT infrastructure. The rapid pace of change requires the inventory overview to be frequently updated. Using Excel spreadsheets to maintain the inventory overview is limiting: inflexible, error-prone, plus data is expensive to keep up-to-date. But now the solution for inventory overview management, and many other automation problems, is here.

The uniform assignment of inventory numbers, by which a device can be properly identified throughout the company, is crucial for automated processing. This includes not only the inventory label on the device itself, but also access to it via the network, the service desk ticket, the asset management data records, and the accounting software.

How does automatic inventory work?

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It’s Time for Your SysAdmin Day Resolution: Invest in Yourself and Your Career (Start Now!)

SysAdmin Day is coming up on Friday, July 28th. This year, how about celebrating the day (and the coming year) with a resolution to invest in yourself to boost your skills and advance your career? Making a commitment to professional development and learning could lead to new opportunities for you over the next twelve months.

How do you get started? Here are three things that you can do to help develop your skills and move your career forward as a SysAdmin. 

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Why You Should Enable HTTPS on Your Website (Yes, Really. Keep Reading!)

Hacking scandals affect the lives of millions of people. Now attitudes are changing, and internet users are wiser to the potential misuse and abuse of their personal information. Now, they question the safety and security of their data.

According to a survey published in 'Die Zeit', half of the German population believes that businesses are 'not honest in the way they notify people of how their confidential data will be used'.

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How to monitor server room temperature with PRTG on a budget

We want to monitor the temperature of our server room, and we want to do it on a budget. Maybe because we are, or maybe because we can! What do we need?

  • Raspberry Pi Zero W: ca. $10
  • Power supply for the Pi: ca. $10 (you can even use a Powerbank to make this thing mobile!)
  • Mirco SD Card for the Pi: ca. $8
  • Case for the Pi: ca $5
  • Enviro pHAT for the Pi: ca. $16
  • Obviously we need PRTG Network Monitor with its HTTP Push Data Advanced Sensor

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2017-May-11 in IT Insights
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PRTG Goes Podcast: Please Give our Pilot Episode a Very Warm Welcome

 

We are very happy to announce the official pilot episode of our PRTG Podcast! It's hosted by two of our very best: Rupert Collier (the eye candy), Senior Sales Manager UK and Simon Bell (the brains), Senior Presales Engineer here at Paessler. Feel free to subscribe if you fancy listening to their shenanigans on a (possibly) regular basis. Also they won't only talk about PRTG, promise! ;)

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2017-May-11 in All About PRTG
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PRTG Goes Cloud: Help Us Beta Test PRTG on Demand

Time and time again, we have asked ourselves the question: What's the easiest way to monitor your IT infrastructure? With PRTG Network Monitor we have established a solution, that's easy-to-use while being powerful and customizable. Now, the next logical step is to make monitoring even more accessible and provide further flexibility—enter PRTG on demand, our brand-new monitoring as a service solution, which combines the well-established monitoring technology of PRTG with the flexibility of a cloud service.

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2017-May- 9 in IT Insights
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Need to Choose a CDN Provider for Your Website?  Here Are the Most Important Criteria

Nowadays, there are a lot of Content Delivery Network (CDN) providers available to choose from. When you're testing the performance of CDN Providers as part of your selection process, there are certain factors to be considered. Some of these factors might be beyond the control of both the provider and the customer:

  • Generally, the network conditions vary according to the geographical areas and are beyond direct control.

  • The conditions might vary depending on the peering relationship maturity levels operating in that geographical scope.

  • The timing and type of the test also play a prominent role. Major traffic-generating events such as significant news announcements or headline sports events tend to affect all CDNs, regardless of the PoP architecture.

However, there are some generic guidelines that can be followed. The following post aims to highlight the comprehensive framework of the CDNs, to uncover certain untold facts and also to aid you in choosing the right CDN provider for your specific situation.

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