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How to Secure a new Linux WordPress Server

Welcome by Daniel Brinneman (Daniel Brinneman) The first line of defense in all of hosting and following sections I’ll write about, this being a subtle ‘zero’ or the least thought about topic of consideration, is your choice of usernames and passwords. I’ve had way too many clients always default to these two habits. The first is choosing a username that the whole of WordPress new sites used to have on install, ‘admin’ (no longer the case) and second, choosing a…

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Setting Up an Open Source Security Lab with Ubuntu

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[exif id="36254"] Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash It's been a while since I had dedicated Linux server in my home. In the early days of my career, I maintained a small "data centre" in my basement. It included BSD based network storage via FreeNAS, a LAMP installation, a Linux-based firewall and directory server, and a Windows domain controller. I spent a lot of time trying testing my ideas and messing around with open source software. Over time I replaced…

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Open Source Softare has to be better

The thing about open source by Bijan Sabet (bijansabet.com) I think we need to aim even higher with open source movement. It’s not just about an open source version of Photoshop or Windows or MS Office. It has to be bigger and more ambitious than free and open. It has to be better. I’m a proponent and critic of man Open Source Projects. Some projects like PHP, Perl, Apache, Linux, MySQL, are very successful and provide very capable solutions to…

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Why I chose OS-X over Linux and Windows

My switch to OS X was not done lightly. In the summer of 2005, Apple released the mac mini. At that time they had not yet made the switch to Intel processors and were not as much in the spotlight. I had always wanted to try OS X, especially after hearing about it UNIX roots (FreeBSD). The Mac mini was lightweight compared to Apple's other offerings (512MB RAM, 40GB disk, 1.42GHz PowerPC G4, Bluetooth, 802.11g, keyboard and mouse required) but…

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