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Tech Tip: Using Flash in Google Chrome

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ChromeAdobe is planning on ending support for Flash by 2020. While this has been a long-time coming, Adobe finally has made it official. Many web sites and browsers have begun shifting away from Flash for years now (Chrome disabled is by default quite a while ago). It’s being phased out because of a history of compatibility, performance, and security issues.

The problem? Many older online tools and web sites still use this Flash technology. If you need to use Flash and want to enable it on a case-by-case basis, here’s how to do it.

Tagged in: Tips

NIST Updates Password Advice

Posted by on in Security

securityThe National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has updated its Digital Identity Guidelines (see NIST Special Publication 800-63B). The guide includes a variety of recommendations that can (and many times should) be implemented to improve the security on your network.

One of the things that this update covers is two-factor authentication, which we went over recently. We recommend using it whenever reasonably possible.

They suggest a minimum of 8 characters in your passwords, but they encourage much longer passwords of 64 characters (within reason) and that use of UNICODE, special characters, and spaces should be allowed in passwords. While spaces doesn’t necessarily add to password complexity, it does help folks begin using passphrases instead of passwords (there is a difference). Passphrases in general are much harder to break with brute-force automated techniques, but are easier to remember by users.

Long story short, make sure your password policies are kept up-to-date and that they are secure. Contact us for more information on running a network assessment on your environment to see how your policy is setup (among many other items that we look for). 

Happy Labor Day

Posted by on in Alerts

Weston's offices will be closed on Monday, September 4th, 2017, for the Labor Day holiday.

Emergency support for network down work stoppages is available for our CompleteCare clients by calling your local Weston office and following the telephone prompts to contact the after-hours consultant (emergency/holiday rates may apply):

  • Bend: (541) 383-2340
  • Anchorage: (907) 375-8324
  • Spokane: (509) 228-7718

Weston wishes all of you a safe, enjoyable, and memorable Labor Day Weekend!

Upcoming Eclipse May Cause On-Site Delays

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last year or so, you’re probably well aware that a total eclipse is hitting the US on August 21, 2017. Weston’s main office is in Bend, Oregon, which is very close to the path of totality. Central Oregon is expected to get a massive influx of visitors, possibly hundreds of thousands of folks or more (depending on which news story you read).

Weston’s offices will be open normal office hours throughout August. However, if your company is in Central Oregon and we need to make an on-site visit to your offices, there will likely be a delay on the days leading up to, during, and after the eclipse (August 17 through August 23) because of congestion on the roads. If it’s a regularly scheduled appointment, we may need to reschedule because of traffic delays (we will contact you to reschedule). Traffic is already starting to get busy within the city limits of Bend, likely to only get worse as we approach August 21.

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you already know that your office is going to be closed during the eclipse, please contact us at or giving us a call at (541) 383-2340.

Friday Fun: The History Of the IBM PC

Posted by on in Off Topic/Fun

Happy Friday! Today, we have a little tech history for you.

  • The IBM PC, which was the basis for all modern Windows PCs, has a fascinating history. Ars Technica goes into great detail on how the modern IBM-compatible PC came to be, with an in-depth two part article. 
  • And on the other side of the aisle, Macs have their own varied history. While for many years, they had proprietary innards, they now share many of the same internal components that PCs have. So how come you never see an Intel Inside sticker on a Mac like you do on most PCs with Intel processors, even though Macs have used Intel processors for years? That's a very interesting story as well.
Tagged in: Microsoft Windows