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Lets Encrypt vs Paid SSL Certificates

Lets Encrypt vs Paid SSL Certificates

In an age where internet security is more important than ever, it’s vital to let people know that your site is safe to use. A Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate is a type of website encryption key that encrypts data between the visitor's browser and the server. Fortunately, there are many different SSL options you can use. Let’s Encrypt is a free and open-source Certificate Authority (CA) that offers SSL certificates to anyone who has a domain name. Paid SSLs offer the...

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cURL error 60: SSL certificate problem: unable to get local issuer certificate

cURL error 60: SSL certificate problem: unable to get local issuer certificate

I have had this "cURL error 60: SSL certificate problem: unable to get local issuer certificate" error occur a few times now on my Windows server with my WHMCS installations. It primarily has affected payment gateways which are using curl to communicate, which in my case was Go Cardless. Not being a PHP developer, I always tend to forget the cause of the problem when it crops up, so hopefully, this will serve as a reminder to myself as well 🙂 The reason for this error is that curl needs a...

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How to Prevent Bypassing CloudFlare

How to Prevent Bypassing CloudFlare

Cloudflare is a free DNS proxy service and has become the ubiquitous solution for any small website/business (as well as hackers, warez, porn or any controversial blogger sites) that want to hide their IP address and by extension, their hosting provider by hiding behind a proxy server. In addition to the anonymising proxy service, it also has a bunch of neat caching, website performance and security features and DDOS protection too which can be a super-easy way to improve the performance and...

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40 Surprising Hacking Statistics

40 Surprising Hacking Statistics

Did you know that most electronic devices and the majority of the Internet-connected devices (IOT) can be hacked? In this article, we will look at some hacking statistics to illustrate the impact of hackers’ activities in modern society. Naturally, hacks are a great concern for website owners – but the truth is that all Web denizens are susceptible to hacking activity. In the text below you will find some fantastic stats which will help us to find out: Which is the biggest bank heist that was...

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Review: CleanBrowsing – DNS Content filtering

Review: CleanBrowsing – DNS Content filtering

Deploying an effective parental control solution is hard, in fact it seems to be getting harder as technology in this area does not seem to be progressing to cope with the ever-growing number of internet-connected devices we have in our home. In my house, we have over 25 internet-connected devices. Multiple Amazon fire devices, tablets, phones, games consoles, and PC's. All of which I have to make sure are kid-safe by default. In the case of my Fire TV/sticks, there is no simple solution, as...

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Password managers are not just for passwords

Password managers are not just for passwords

Securely store your password and personal data There’s no doubt that LastPass has saved me a lot of time and headaches – by remembering and filling passwords for me. But what many people do not realise is that password managers like LastPass or Dashlane can be used for a lot more than just passwords. There is lots of information besides passwords that most people need to access and use in their day-to-day life, online and offline. Whether you are booking your next family holiday,...

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Free content filtering for your kids and family

Free content filtering for your kids and family

I have been on a mission for quite a long time now to find a reliable parental control solution and content filtering solution and created a detailed post on the subject a few years ago. I have tried all kinds of software, most of which has been lacklustre or simply unreliable as it will randomly stop working (Microsoft Family Safety, Bitdefender Parental Controls) or simply doesn't do what it claims and gives you a false sense of security (Qustodio). Avoid iPhones Many parents cannot afford...

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Are you sharing sentitive data & passwords on freelancer websites?

Are you sharing sentitive data & passwords on freelancer websites?

As a freelancer/consultant I use freelancer sites like PeoplePerHour or upwork to get gigs. One of the issues evident in every job I have done is the disregard for security. Most IT or web related jobs done on PPH are going to involve the exchange of sensitive data, which is required in order to do the job. Clients will gladly share everything with multiple freelancers without a second thought, including their logins for control panels, hosting accounts, domain registrars, website and...

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Adult Website Blackmail Scam

Adult Website Blackmail Scam

This week I have started receiving a new blackmail/scam email which seems to be doing the rounds This scam works on the premise that the recipient of the email has been visiting porn websites such as xvideos or pornhub, which of course is most of the male population, and the blackmailer then tells you that he installed malware on your computer via the website and has recorded a video of you spanking your monkey, which he will share with all your contacts if you do not pay the ransom. Firstly,...

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Tech support scams on the rise

Tech support scams on the rise

A typical technical support scam works like this: 1. A user receives a phone call, claiming to come from Microsoft or your ISP, claiming that a security problem has been found on their network or computer. One trick fraudster may use to gain a less technically savvy user’s confidence by tricking them into looking for error messages in Windows Event Viewer’s logs. In fact, such entries are completely harmless and should not be considered evidence of a malware infection. 2. The scammer tricks...

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