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Let's talk about data privacy
Let's talk about data privacy

Since Google became a verb, it has been no secret that they rely heavily on capturing user data, both to serve you better content and to serve their clients better. The clients that purchase ad space, and thus want their ads to go to the appropriate people online. So in order to do this, they have to capture non-personal (sometimes personal) behavioral data and geological data. And most of the time, the people are okay with it, because we get to use cool things like global Maps, real time navigation and a database of content so large that it would take lifetimes to sort out.

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Keeping Your Websites More Secure In 2018
Keeping Your Websites More Secure In 2018

This year we didn't hear too much in the news about security breaches or stolen data, although undoubtedly those incidents continued to happen and will continue to happen for various reasons. Learning how potential intruders will try to break into your system to steal data, or just for fun, is a part of life for most software engineers, although at a much smaller scale than the big tech companies. So today I'll be going over a few ways in which to keep your websites more secure in the new year.

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How To Set Up an SSL Certificate With GoDaddy
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How To Set Up an SSL Certificate With GoDaddy

While in the past it seemed like you could do just fine without the hassle of setting up an SSL certificate, it seems that as of late that might come at a cost to your search ranking. Search engines began taking security status into account a few years ago, and if things continue on that trend, which they most likely will, then you're best bet is to get yourself an SSL certificate.

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Implementing Google's Invisible ReCaptcha In .NET
Implementing Google's Invisible ReCaptcha In .NET

If keeping bots away is your thing, then using Google's reCAPTCHA is a must. And while it can be tedious to click on 20 images of cars in order to verify that I'm human, it will keep your database clean from spam. Thanks to the new Invisible reCAPTCHA users won't know that there is a security measure in place until after they perform some action on your website. Which is good from a UX standpoint as seeing a reCAPTCHA field might deter some users from signing up. Sounds weird, but it's true.

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Battle of the Bots
Battle of the Bots

And not at all in a cool way unfortunately. But in a more "that's kind of annoying..." way. For the most part, bots roam the interwebs hourly, daily, yearly without anyone noticing and they will continue to do so until the end of machine time without anyone's consent and knowledge. Think of SkyNet, but without any really useful powers. Some are good and some are bad. Some are smart, and some just eat until they fill up their logs. Much like the human does.

But they're a problem, and depending on how you see things, it could be kind of a big problem. As an example, just recently I began looking at several of my websites internal logs. And was somewhat curious as to what I saw. T

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Why Tracking Website Visitors Is Important
Why Tracking Website Visitors Is Important

If you've just finished watching Snowden, then please don't spoil it for me. Although I think I know how it ends. Security is a hot topic right now, with daily hacks and email leaks and "private email servers", which I'm sure no one that's said those words in the past month has any clue about. But it's mysterious, because it's private, and a server. So today I thought I'd go over an overlooked, but important, element in this online privacy and security world.

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Increase Security With Two Factor Authentication And U2F
Increase Security With Two Factor Authentication And U2F

Security is getting more difficult to attain nowadays on the old interwebs, and for good reason. It's not about hackers getting more clever, like we see in Mr. Robot, but more about companies getting a bit lazier. It's about not having the correct standards in place, and mainly the fact that humans work at the companies where your password is stored. If we want total security, we'd need companies like LinkedIn to be solely run by autonomous beings, which is a post for another time. But, things are looking up, and there are newer security measures being developed that can a

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Taking A Look At Security In Shared Hosting
Taking A Look At Security In Shared Hosting

I've always been a proponent of having just the most secure site that you can possibly make. And as such, I always take precautions to make sure of that and also, because I am just one man, things are going to happen. I track as many anomalies as I can, I ensure that all passwords are hashed, and if need be I block traffic coming from suspicious nodes, things that I think everyone should be doing to better secure their sites. But just recently, none of that mattered. No amount of secure code or configuration can fully protect your digital environment on a shared hosting server. Let me correct that phrase, on a Windows Shared Hosting environment.

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A Closer Look At How And Why Websites Track You
A Closer Look At How And Why Websites Track You

It is no surprise that websites nowadays track your every move. Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, etc etc. The list goes on and on and for the most part people hate it, which is normal. People want to sign up for a website and have no data stored anywhere. Which unfortunately isn't possible in our day and age. Ten years ago it was more possible I think. The web was a static place and you grabbed your content and then made your way out. And then people discovered user authentication and voila, our digital life began to form. But in order for that to work, your name and email need to be stored somewhere. Your birthday needs to captured, sometimes to prove that you're 13+ years old. And some

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Implementing Google's No Captcha reCaptcha In ASP.NET
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Implementing Google's No Captcha reCaptcha In ASP.NET

Captchas and reCaptchas are great inventions. They help keep spam out and help to verify that humans are on the interwebs and not mischievous bots buying up all of our concert tickets. Captchas were annoying for the most part and they always took 3-4 attempts to get right. reCaptchas were less annoying, and at the same time they also did an amazing thing. They helped to digitize text in books that was illegible for machines. But in the end they still kind of sucked a bit. There was always that 'a' that might of been a '9' or the 'i' that could of been a '1', 'l', '|' etc.

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creating your own it crowd
creating your own it crowd

“Have you tried turning it off and on again?” Thus goes the punchline of one of Britain’s most entertaining and often surreal sitcoms of the 21st century, The IT Crowd. But while the zany antics of Moss, Roy and Jen may belong squarely in the realm of fiction (and rarely have much, if anything at all to do with IT) they do capture what it’s like to work in IT support in broad terms every now and then. There’s a whole lot more to IT support than asking people if they’ve tried rebooting their thin client (although you will likely do it at least once). If you have entrepreneurial ambitions you may come straight out the gate wanting to start your own IT crowd, delivering bespoke IT and communications systems to small businesses and making the world a better place one query at a time.

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3 ways to start a freelance career with programming
3 ways to start a freelance career with programming
3 Ways To Start A Freelance Career With Programming

Want to make money with your programming skills but don’t want to work for someone else? There are many ways in which you can go freelance as a programmer and be your own boss. Here are just three options to consider.

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minigame: adding interactivity to a new website
minigame: adding interactivity to a new website
Minigame: Adding Interactivity To A New Website

Being able to keep your users hooked on your site for as long as possible is very important in modern business. The more they shop around your website, the more likely they will be to spend money, but achieve this goal can feel impossible. One of the best ways to do it is through interactivity. By providing a user with a game to play on your website, you will keep their attention for a long time. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring the process of building your own web-based game.

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tips on making your work set-up more ergonomic
tips on making your work set-up more ergonomic
Tips On Making Your Work Set-Up More Ergonomic

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, you will have heard about the term ‘ergonomics’ in regards to our work and office set-ups. This is all about designing a workspace so that it suits you and the tasks you are carrying out, benefiting your health in the process. With that being said, read on to discover some useful tips on making your work set-up more ergonomic.

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the art of becoming a self-taught financial guru
the art of becoming a self-taught financial guru

If there is one thing that is worth understanding in more detail which is going to help you out in a big way in the future, it is finances. Unfortunately, many people simply don’t put in the required amount of effort to understand issues like investing, debt, savings etc.

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break a leg: how to get started in the healthcare sector
break a leg: how to get started in the healthcare sector
Break A Leg: How To Get Started In The Healthcare Sector

Year after year, thousands of students graduate medical school one goal: become a doctor. Grad school is one element of the role, and the rest is yet to come. Are you ready for blood, guts and tears? You better be or else your career is going to circle the drain quite quickly.

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Walter Guevara
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Walter G. is a software engineer with over 10 years of professional experience. When he isn't blogging or being a CTO he enjoys coding randomly complex things that he hopes many people will get a chance to use one day.
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