Palante Tech Blog

Update on January 4, 2022: Due to the overwhelming surge of Covid-19 cases in NYC as a result of the Omicron variant, our tech support team will not be scheduling site visits before January 25, 2022. Should conditions be safe enough when we re-asses on January 25, we will resume scheduling with clients that need on-site work as long as they can meet our Covid-19 guidelines for worker safety. Until then, we will continue to provide remote support for all of our tech support clients. 
Hello everyone!  Palante Technology is elated to introduce and recommend a wonderful publication from the LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic at Harvard Law School entitled PROTECT YOUR PEOPLE: A digital toolkit for organizations and employers to combat anti-LGBTQ+ harassment targeting their members.  Palante, being digital security professionals who work with LGBTQ+ frontline activist organizations and individuals, is proud to have contributed to the above as consultants.
On December 6th a suite of Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) were presented by the Binarly REsearch team during the European Black Hat 2023 conference.  Dubbed “LogoFAIL”, the researchers demonstrated how computers with customizable boot logos can be compromised through specially crafted images designed to exploit vulnerabilities.  Many vendors use custom boot images but, in most circumstances, these are hard coded and not replaceable.  Some vendors (Lenovo, Acer, and Intel) do not lock this feature down and allow users to upload their own custom image.  This is the route
With the recent change in weather, we would like to take a moment to remind everyone to be careful with your computers around water. Unlike most smartphones manufactured in the last several years, most computers are not water resistant and even small amounts of water can cause a lot of damage to the internal components.   
Dear Palante Community,  Drupal 7 was released to production and usage in the year 2011, and since then has helped so many communities, nonprofits, and human beings manage a digital presence. It’s with a heavy broken heart that I announce on this Valentines Day that Drupal 7 end of life is set for November 1st 2023. 
Update March 24, 2023 Palante is dismayed to announce that it will no longer be recommending LastPass to new clients, and recommends all current clients begin making plans to migrate to another password manager.