Posted by Kevin Metcalf

Hello! My name is Kevin Metcalf; I'm a freelance security advisor and system administrator with decades of experience as a system administrator and technology trainer. On this site you will find my security blog, along with a list of services I offer to clients. I am based in the San Francisco bay area, but I don't mind a bit of travel if the contract makes sense. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to use the contact link above and let me know how I can help you!

The most common request I receive these days is for on-site technology training. I specialize in training for the Perl programming language as well as using Linux/Unix. For addtional areas of training, please see the On-site Training section under the Services menu to the right. It is also possible to create customized training specific to your organization's needs. As a part-time faculty in the CIS department at De Anza College, I have experience creating customized training for a wide variety of skills.

If any of the services I offer sound like something you need, please feel free to contact me via the contact page or the email/phone information at the bottom of the site.

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A Few Recent Security Blog Entries

Adobe, Apple, Microsoft, Firefox, Google and Oracle updates!

Posted by kevin on 2014-10-19 06:58:24

This has been a very busy week for those of us who monitor security patches. Both Apple and Microsoft have updated their OS offerings. Be sure you check for and apply this security patches. Several major browser manufactures have also updated their applications. Be sure you check for and install updates from Firefox, Google Chrome, etc. In addition, Java and Flash have been updated, so if you still use either of these technologies, be sure you update them as well.

Apple Security Patches

Posted by kevin on 2014-04-24 08:27:16

If you use an Apple Macintosh computer or an Apple mobile device such as an iPhone or iPad, be sure you check for and apply the latest security patches released on April 23, 2014. These patches cover a variety of security problems which should be fixed as soon as possible.

Microsoft Windows XP - Final update; Windows and Flash updates for April

Posted by kevin on 2014-04-09 09:01:50

On Tuesday, April 8, Microsoft and Adobe released patches for Windows and Flash respectively. In the event you are still running Windows XP, it is imperative that you consider upgrading to at least Windows 7 at this time.

Be sure you have run the Windows update program and ensured flash is up to date, if you are using it.


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