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Secure my Google+

So the new kid in the block, Google+, has made an impression on me so far. There are a few things still that need some polishing; however, I think I personally like Google’s new product. With that said, how can I secure by Google+ profile?
First, let’s start by editing your Google+ profile by clicking on the “Edit Profile” icon. Once you’re in “edit mode” now you can change many privacy settings in your  Google+ profile.
Up until now, the only profile setting that is public by default, and can’t be changed, is your gender option; all other profile setting can be modified to make them private. (Update: You can now privatize the “gender” field)

Let’s begin.

Who can contact you via email.
This option sits right below your profile picture. When in profile edit mode, you can change who can contact you via emails.
Step 1. Send Email 1 Step 2. Send Email 2

Protect who can view your circles.
This feature prevents other people from viewing who is in your circles or network. Where is this section that I’m talking about? This is the section that shows just about below your profile picture. When you click in this area, then you’ll be asked what you wish to display – people in your circles or people who have you in their circles. You can either select both, one or the other, or none. I like this flexibility.
Step 1.View Circles 1 Step 2. View Circles 2

Protect your – Introduction.
By default, this section is public for everyone to read.
Agan, once in “edit mode” click on the Introduction field, and this will give you the opportunity to choose who can read your Google+ profile introduction. As you type your Google+ introduction, for the world or just a few, to read, you are given the option to select who can view it. Those options are given to you by clicking on the drop down box that’s just below the introduction text box.
Step 1. Introduction 2 Step 2. Introduction 1

Protect your – Bragging rights
By default, this section is public for everyone to read.
To modify privacy settings for this section, you pretty much have to do the same as in the previous section (Protect your – Introduction); click on the section and then you’ll have the options to set your “bragging rights” in addition to set privacy settings.
Step 1. Bragging Rights 2 Step 2. Bragging Rights 1

I think you get the idea on how to protect your privacy in the new Google+ networking site. All the other profile sections can be protected the same way as the previous sections that I’ve mentioned so far, so please take the time to set the privacy settings to your liking.
As I find new, and improved, features in the new Google+ I will post them in this site.

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Introduction to ZABBIX 1.8.1

I’ve been a Cacti user for quite some time now; however, recently I was introduced to Zabbix by a visiting co-worker of mine.

Installation was pretty straight forward, as a matter of fact I have it now running in the same Linux virtual machine as my Cacti installation. I will not talk much about installing Zabbix on a Linux box as there are many documents that discuss this topic.

However, I will discuss the steps of how to monitor Windows servers with Zabbix. From a new Zabbix user perspective, this task was pretty challenging – especially having to gather information from the many threads in Zabbix’s forums.

So, here’s what must be done in order to monitor your Windows servers after Zabbix has been successfully installed.

I won’t go into details on how to setup a Windows hosts in Zabbix; however, the easiest way, in my opinion, to monitor Windows servers is by loading Zabbix 1.8.1 Windows’ agent (download the executable from here). Now, in Zabbix web console, go to Configuration, then Hosts, click on Create Host. At this point type the host name, select a group for this host, select a template, type in a dns name for this server (if there is one), type an ip address for this server, and choose whether Zabbix will communicate with the server’s agent either via ip or dns name. When you’re ready, click Save and you’re done. I’ve attached a screenshot to help you with this step.

The template you picked, during the host creating process, plays a big role in how Zabbix will monitor this host. The windows template will provide you with about 30 items, and these items are the objects that you will use to help you monitor your server. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the items page. Later on, these items are the objects you will use in your graphs.

One item that’s missing from the Windows template is the NIC’s bandwidth utilization. I will go in details on how to create this item. The template does provide items for CPU, memory, disk space, etc.

So, I’m going to give details on how to create the NIC’s bandwidth utilization item.

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