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The Internet of Insecure Things?

We are used to devices communicating with each other. Digital devices and assistants turn on the radio on command, we turn on our lights with our smartphone, and the printer orders new toner on its own. All this makes security solutions for data traffic in IoT all the more important.

Rhino Monitoring - LPWAN for Animal Welfare in Africa

A keynote highlight of this year's Sigfox Connect was the presentation of the work of the Sigfox Foundation and its rhino tracking system. Free-living rhinos in Africa have been equipped with GPS trackers and Sigfox's low-power sensors for over a year now. The project's findings should help to better protect these endangered animal species in the future.

How to Securely Monitor a FortiGate Firewall with PRTG Network Monitor

We love it when our users compile information that might be of use to other PRTG users, or even just IT Administrators in general. And in today's post, we highlight a how-to guide written by a PRTG user. Florian Thiele is an IT Security Architect. He has worked with FortiGate firewalls and PRTG Network Monitor for 10 years. He's written for us before (check out Using a Fortinet FortiGate as Reverse Proxy for PRTG). Now he has put together a document about how to monitor FortiGate firewalls with PRTG (download below). In it, he not only provides some information specifically related to PRTG, but also provides some general information about FortiGate firewalls that might also be useful on its own.

Why We Love to Use Microsoft OneDrive for Business at Paessler

Nowadays there are countless providers who offer you either a lot or manageable storage space for more or less money respectively. Where lower costs tempt regarding higher storage capacity, however, the data protection is often questionable. In recent years, the big names have been successful with their offers. No matter whether Google, Microsoft, Amazon or Dropbox, all providers attract with free storage space, which can be extended by the booking of a paid option almost to an unlimited extent.

Paessler AG at Sigfox Connect

On the 24th and 25th of October, Sigfox Connect opened its doors at the Arena Berlin in Berlin Alt-Treptow - and of course Paessler AG was also there. 150 exhibitors and a full day lecture program with numerous keynotes of leading industrial enterprises were offered.

PRTG Release 18.4.45 Offers More Tasteful Donuts, Various Improvements and No Halloween Surprise

We are posting this on the 31st of October, so one could generously call the PRTG release 18.4.45 a Halloween special. Of course, that's not quite right, because when we do a blog about a stable release, it's already been available for download for a few days. Only when we see that there are no more complications out there, do we tell you more about the release on our blog.

From the Doctor to the Radiology Department and Back: Monitoring Your Healthcare Workflows

In a previous post, we took a look at the DICOM and HL7 sensors you get out-of-the-box with PRTG. These sensors can be used to monitor various aspects of a typical hospital's infrastructure, such as the Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) or the interfaces for transferring patient details between departments. But interfaces and systems don't run in isolation. What you really want is the big picture: what is the status of entire workflows?  PRTG Network Monitor provides a Business Process Sensor to help with this, but how exactly does it work?

5 Helpful Scripts For PRTG You Should Know

PRTG Network Monitor provides you with a lot of different sensors to monitor your IT environment out-of-the-box. But just like in real life, the awesome parties are going down backstage. For sysadmins, this means that as soon as you start to automate things via scripts, you can do the real fancy-pancy things.

Some Thoughts About eHealth

With our new IoT World site, we inform you about - among other things - the digitalization in hospitals and in the health sector in general. In this article we describe the innovative potential of IoT and new digital processes in the healthcare market.

PRTG Made For Sharing: Some Cool Dashboard Ideas

Top 10 lists? WAN diagrams? Sunburst views (or as one of my customers with a poorly behaving network calls it, “The Donut of Doom”)?  For most users, their favorite PRTG maps will depend on their job function – a network engineer will have different requirements to a storage admin, who in turn, will have different needs to a service desk technician. But one of the great features of PRTG is that it can meet ALL these differing needs, and more besides…

Let’s Talk about REST, Baby!

Do you know exactly what REST is, what a RESTful API does, and how it all differs from SOAP (and other messaging protocols)? Yes? Excellent, then you don't need to read any further and you can go enjoy our brand-new PRTG Desktop. If not, lean back and read on. The topic is very abstract, but I want to try to describe everything as understandably as possible. Let's go...

Alarming Test Results Regarding Cameras, and What We Can Learn from Them

Many of us get this queasy feeling when we see the small surveillance cameras in a smart home (these devices that super-cautious homeowners install not only outside, but as private CCTVs within their own four walls). And as it turns out, not without reason.

5 Common IT User Types, and How to Deal with Them

You are a system administrator. You have all the biological functions and needs of a normal human, but you have the added superpower of understanding technology. This sets you apart. It makes you special. It would make your parents proud if only they understood what the heck you did for a living. But because of this superpower, you have to deal with users. And they can be a frustrating bunch.

Betty's IT Bits - What Has Been Going On?

Hello again! So much has happened since the last summary of Betty's IT Bits.

Maker Monday: Smart Mailbox

Despite all the advancements in technology, we still get old-fashioned mail delivered to our (physical) mailboxes by a mailman. It's a process that is completely analog, and it has its drawbacks. For example: what if you can't see your mailbox from your favorite living room sofa? Imagine you have to get up, put on a robe, go outside, and walk a few hundred feet, only to discover the mailman hasn't yet been? Nightmare scenario! We don't like the idea of you standing disappointed beside an empty mailbox in your robe! No one wants that (least of all your neighbors). So, in the latest episode of Maker Monday, Björn shows us how to digitize an analog mailbox to notify you when you get mail.