geeky stuff

2018 the year of SSL

2018 is the year of SSL and website security. If your website doesn’t have an SSL certificate then Google will flag it as potentially harmful and insecure. This could be disastrous for your web traffic, your reach and your brand.

What is SSL?
We use SSL to keep information encrypted over the internet so that only you and intended recipient can understand it. This is important because your information gets passed between computers, things like your Credit Card information, telephone numbers or personal messages. Privacy is key! When we use an SSL certificate, the information becomes unreadable to everyone except for the server you are sending the information to. This protects the information from evil hackers and identity thieves.

SSL provides trust. That little green lock icon in the address bar above. That means a website has an SSL certificate and the information you pass to it will be secure. Eventually, Chrome will show a Not Secure warning for all pages served over HTTP, regardless of whether or not the page contains sensitive input fields. You should plan to migrate your site to use HTTPS for all pages before October this year.

Where can I get an SSL certificate for my website?
There are hundreds of sources for certificates, some free, some paid. It depends on your needs and of course your budget. If you want a free SSL head over to Let’s Encrypt dot org. SSL certificates here are valid for 3 months and you can renew them for free too. It’s just a bit of a pain for website owners to do this regularly, so you may prefer a paid option which can issue certificates for 1 to 3 years. Do you want to register just your main website? Or your main website and your sub domains?.. Then you may need a WILDCARD certificate which will secure all your sites under your domain.

 

My site isn’t HTTPS – what do I do?
I recently added SSL to this site. I only needed one for my blog and was pleased to find out that my domain registrar and host NameCheap has super awesome deals on SSLs and make is really easy to implement on your website.

Here is my affiliated link to their $9 SSL Certificate. Please check them out they are a super host and their support is second to none.
SSL certificate for just $9.00/year. Security for blog & personal sites

How to watch the Olympic games online for (almost) free

So this weekend I’ve been trying to find a way to watch the 2018 Winter Olympic Games online for free.
Unless you live in the UK where the BBC’s iPlayer service should be available to you, how for the rest of us is it possible?

So here we go, How to watch the Olympic games online for (almost) free.
Good old Canada (via CBC channel) allows their citizens to watch the Winter Olympics Online.. so all you need to do is pretend you’re from Canada.
How is this possible without wearing a Mountie costume or looking like a grizzly bear you ask?

The magic of VPN!

VPN has many benefits, one of them is that it will allow you pretend your internet connection is actually in a different country, there-by fooling their location access restrictions.

I use a VPN service from the company VPNTunnel. Its a very cheap, safe and useful service to use, not just for location restrictions, but for online anonymity for torrents, security and privacy.

So, purchase a VPN connection
Connect to Canada
go to https://olympics.cbc.ca
Profit!

Please note my links are referrals.

scanning loyalty cards

Anyone using their phone to store all their loyalty cards?
I know scanners work on old non-touch screens (ala KLM E-Check In) but I have not tried with my existing HTC Desire.
Reason?…
<rant> My wallet is so full of these goddamn cards
I have 2 for petrol, 1 for the DIY store, the Supermarket, Breakdown Service, Hospital, Video shop, Museum Card, Makro, Camping Card, Health insurance, Driving Licience, NL ID)

Anyone using their phone to store all their loyalty cards?I know scanners work on old non-touch screens (ala KLM E-Check) but not tried with my existing HTC. My wallet is so full of these cards (2 for petrol, 1 for  the DIY store, the Supermarket, Breakdown Service, Hospital, Video shop, Museum Card, Makro, Camping Card, Health insurance, Driving Licience, NL ID)

I’d much rather just have my wallet back thank-you very much instead of lugging round a suitcase in my pocket full of plastic </rant>

Someone tell me this is possible before I make a fool of myself at the checkout, .. also do screen protector make a difference (I’m not using a mirror type before you ask!)

thanks!

photo: CC Attributed Anne Helmond

y-cam baby monitor

Got us a IP-Cam at the weekend. It’s a Y-Cam Knight . We can now view the kids room over the internet, from a PC and from our phones.
It has sound /colour / night vision there’s a bucket of options for saving video to your local storage device or NAS and motion sensor email alerts etc etc.

We’ve not had a baby monitor since the old video one died a sorry death a few months ago. Basically we’ve been waiting for affordable technology and this ip-cam seems to be doing the trick. You need some knowledge of your router settings, port forwarding etc. But the tech support guys are extreemly nice and heelpful.

The kids get a new bedroom next week, we’re moving them to the attic, so they are even further out of ear shot, hence the need to install such a device, just now we can see it when (if) we go out aswell.

uploading to google storage

So after a few weeks of trial and error I can happily report back on a couple of useful apps for uploading/downloading to and from your google storage account/s.

Basically if you have a gmail address you have 7GB of  email storage, which you can fill with files/email attachments of upto 25MB in size. For something larger you may consider upgrading your gmail account with google storage , This allows you to store files of up to 1GB and you utilize your storage over all your google accounts such as Gmail, GoogleDocs and Picassa.

1. store files with a Windows Shell Extension for gmail (not an entirely useful way of storing your files, but it does the job and you get an email with the download link)

2. Upload/download files to and from your google DOCs account (yes this is the fabled GDrive) with Gladinet Starter edition (free if you don’t need sync capabilities)

Now go and back something up!

how updating changed

so about 6 years ago (see archived post here) I was trying to get this thing called a ‘moblog’ working using some 3rd party round about technique with 2 mailboxes a bucket of PHP and a lot of soap.

After todays play with URL shortening I have now the set up as follows:

  • post to blog using ‘WordPress for Android’ (HTC Desire phone) or from any web app.
  • blog automatically generates a short URL for the new post (using the scripts on the http://at.mrmule.com subdomain)
  • the post title and short URL are tweeted to mrmu1e
  • a post excerpt is posted to facebook

wo0t!