Setup your own VPN with OpenVPN

Using the excellent Digital Ocean tutorial as my base I decided to setup an OpenVPN server on a Linux Mint 18 computer running on my home network so that I can have an extra layer of protection when connecting to those less than reputable WiFi hotspots at airports and hotels. While this post is not meant…

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The “war” over PGP

Recently there have been two very good, and opposing, articles written on the state of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) and whether or not it is worth using in 2016/2017 and beyond. You can find the original article, I’m throwing in the towel on PGP, and I work in security, at Ars Technica here but I’ve reproduced…

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Neat security & privacy add-ons for Firefox

HTTPS Everywhere Created in collaboration with the Electronic Frontier Foundation this add-on automatically attempts to increase the security of your connection to websites by switching over to HTTPS if the web site supports it (even if it uses HTTP by default). Privacy Badger Another add-on created by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, this add-on attempts to…

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Now with SSL/TLS!

I’ve finally gotten around to enabling SSL/TLS on this website. For now I’ve simply used a StartSSL free certificate which will expire in one year. I’m still testing things out for now but the goal is to keep the site 100% secure from now on…

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Test your PGP key for potential problems

As advances in cryptography and technology move forward there is a chance that your once secure system may suddenly be relying on outdated (and perhaps now broken) algorithms or implementations. Some good examples of this in recent memory are the breaking of the MD5 hash algorithm and the constant problems plaguing the RC4 encryption cipher…

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