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Detecting and Defending Against Pass the Hash Attacks

A pass the hash attack is a common attack vector utilized by many adversaries. In this attack, a Windows username is paired with the hashed value of a Windows account password. Let's take a deeper look. … [Read more...]

Browser push notifications: a feature asking to be abused

“I’m seeing a lot of ads popping up in the corner of my screen, and the Malwarebytes scan does not show there is anything wrong. It says my computer is clean. So what’s happening?” Our support team runs into questions like this regularly, but the volume seems to be increasing lately. In most of these cases, it helps to look at the “Notification permissions” of the browser displaying this … [Read more...]

Is Running A Virtual Machine (VM) Worth The Effort?

In the computing world, virtualization by way of virtual machines is used to describe a method of avoiding the purchase of multiple physical computers or servers, one for each operating system. … [Read more...]

The Future of Remoting in Windows – OpenSSH

With OpenSSH, you can remote into any operating system from any operating system. This is a wonderful thing! … [Read more...]

Fileless malware: getting the lowdown on this insidious threat

Traditionally, malware attacks as we have always known them are files written to disk in one form or another that require execution in order to carry out their malicious scope. Fileless malware, on the other hand, is intended to be memory resident only, ideally leaving no trace after its execution. The malicious payload exists dynamically and purely in RAM, which means nothing is ever written … [Read more...]

Can You Run a VM from an External Drive?

At a recent conference for Mac® IT admins, I was asked, “Can you run a VM from an external drive?” Short answer: “Yes, absolutely. I do this all the time.” Longer answer: You have always been able to run a Parallels Desktop® for Mac virtual machine from an external drive. In Parallels Desktop 13, this [...] The post Can You Run a VM from an External Drive? appeared first on Parallels Blog. … [Read more...]

Free tools: Internet traffic monitoring

Are you an amateur analyst or security enthusiast looking for free tools to do some basic Internet traffic monitoring? You’ve come to the right place. Not everyone is versed in the use of robust tools like Wireshark (even though it is worth the trouble of learning if you have to do network traffic analysis on a regular basis). So let’s take a look at some free, simple tools to get … [Read more...]

Did the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update “Balloon” Your VM? Here’s How to Fix That!

Microsoft released the long-anticipated Window 10 Fall Creators Update on October 17. With new features like the People Bar (as well as Cortana and Edge improvements), many Windows 10 users were looking forward to this update and installed it right away. I was one of those who did so. The features and stability improvements were [...] The post Did the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update “Balloon” Your … [Read more...]

Technical Trainer Leverages Parallels Toolbox to Optimize Presentations

Parallels® Toolbox is helping users find new ways to increase productivity – especially if you need to optimize presentations! Recently released, Parallels Toolbox empowers users with more than 30 easy-to-use, one-click tools, all packaged within a simple interface for both Mac® and PC. This must-have, all-in-one application has helped Sean Bugler, a technical trainer, simplify [...] The … [Read more...]

DirectX and Parallels Desktop 13 Support

For a Windows application that does lots of complex or 3D graphics, there are two popular Windows APIs used by the developers of these applications: DirectX or OpenGL. Together with the graphics card in your Mac, these APIs determine the performance of these applications in a Windows VM running in Parallels Desktop® for Mac. Since [...] The post DirectX and Parallels Desktop 13 Support appeared … [Read more...]