The online world and IT communities have been rocked in the past weeks by the Heartbleed security flaw. A bug in the widely-used OpenSSL, an open source cryptography protocol used to secure sensitive online communications, Heartbleed has affected as much as 60% of all internet traffic. The bug has existed unexposed on the internet since the update that created it in December 2011 – raising questions as to how widely it may have been exploited before its discovery less than two weeks ago.
A brief overview of the decentralized cryptocurrency that enables secure peer-to-peer transactions over the internet, how to get your first wallet, and where to buy Bitcoins.
Today, the Fedora Project has finally made Fedora 20 (aka Heisenbug) publicly available, and pretty much gave to us in the form of a Christmas present, after a three week long delay.
A couple of months ago, I wrote a guide on how to setup phpList which has now been updated to a newer version. This guide is for phpList 3 and is intended to help people that are both, installing a fresh copy of phpList, as well as those looking to update from phpList 2 to 3.
Privacy has become my top concern as of right now, and Piwik web analytics offers just the privacy I need. I just ran it over a week and its been phenomenal! Now, I might sound like I’m being paid to promote Piwik; I’m not. Install and setup the software yourself and give it a try. You’ll be amazed. Overall, this is a great Google analytics alternative for anyone looking to drop Google.
Our online rights are being threatened by the law by people that don’t understand the internet. That is why wonderful programs like TOR exist. TOR is a program that helps protect your privacy. It defends you against network surveillance and traffic analysis. The TOR Browser Bundle is a self-contained, pre-configured web browser to protect your anonymity. It prevents somebody from watching your Internet connection, from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location. Depending on what country you are located in, it also helps you access sites which are blocked.
Setting up PHPlist requires some work/learning curve to get it going, but very manageable once set up. PHPlist is a free email marketing, mailing list system/newsletter manager, such as what is offered by aWeber. Most users usually average about 3000 subscribers, so PHPlist allows for easy management of a list this size. Users who anticipate much bigger lists than this should go with a paid solution. This guide will help you setup your PHPlist with a sequential autoresponder, to function more in the way you’d expect a newsletter manager should.
I have been reading a lot into encryption, security, and privacy lately, that it made me question how much I trust my current Instant Messaging client. I have been using Skype for a little over a year now, but not really knowing what goes on at server point makes me a little paranoid. Skype is a closed software package, and we really can’t say for sure what goes on behind the scenes. I know that hundreds upon thousands of people use it, but personally I like knowing my conversations with others are as private as they can be.