Mechanical keyboard key stopped working? Here’s a fix.

Mechanical keyboard key stopped working? Here’s a fix.

Cheap mechanical keyboards are all the rage these days. People will brag on Youtube or on forums about the cheap mechanical keyboard they found and how great it is. And for only $25! Or $22. Or $20. This weekend I even found one for $16. Read the reviews and most people are thrilled. But there’s always someone complaining that a key quit working. Here’s what you can do if a┬ámechanical keyboard key stopped working.

Mechanical keyboards went out of style because they were expensive. But now that good-enough mechanical key switches cost around 10 cents apiece rather than a dollar apiece, they’re making a comeback because many people find a mechanical keyboard nicer to type on

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Authenticated scan vs unauthenticated

Authenticated scan vs unauthenticated

In vulnerability scanning, there’s a big difference in an authenticated scan vs unauthenticated. Here’s why it matters, and why you should almost always go for an authenticated scan. Using authenticated scans is a vulnerability management best practice.

Lots of people misunderstand this. To quote myself about fifteen years ago: “Let me get this straight. I give you an admin account, and then you tell me you were able to log in?” It’s about logging in and assessing what’s wrong, not telling you we got in. Regardless of the tool you use, authenticated scans let the vulnerability scanner do its job better.

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Certificate of creditable coverage: Why you may need it

Certificate of creditable coverage: Why you may need it

What is a health insurance certificate of creditable coverage, and why does your new insurance plan want one? The certificate of creditable coverage was a way to prevent people from abusing health insurance. Changes to health care laws after the Affordable Care Act made certificates of creditable coverage less common. But here’s how to get one if your new insurer wants one.

If you’re trying to get health insurance in between jobs, you’re more likely to need the certificate.

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How to fix loose outlets

How to fix loose outlets

Loose electrical outlets are annoying. They make it hard to plug stuff in and unplug it again. They cause cover plates to break, and can even cause the outlets themselves to break. In some cases, they are even a safety issue. Here’s how to fix loose outlets.

Sometimes you get lucky and this is a five-minute fix with no supplies. Even when it isn’t, you can fix this in less than 30 minutes using less than $5 worth of supplies in most cases. Sometimes you can fix it with junk you have laying around.

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Vulnerability management best practices

Vulnerability management best practices

As a vulnerability management professional, I talk about vulnerability management best practices a lot. It comes up in sales presentations. I talk about it when my phone rings and a former colleague just needs to talk. But based on my experience, not many companies do vulnerability management well. If you’re not happy with your vulnerability management program, here are some best practices to help you get the results you want.

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