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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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development mistakes that will ruin your app
development mistakes that will ruin your app

When developing an app, whether for business or an entirely different purpose, there are a few mistakes that will ruin your app completely. Read on for some common mistakes that you should do your best to avoid:

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here's 5 reasons to handle business finances online
here's 5 reasons to handle business finances online

Handling the finances is an important part of any major company. You need to stay on top of your budget, ensure that your company is financially healthy and keep track of different outgoings. As well as this, you need to make sure that everyone working in or for your business is paid on time and let’s not even mention taxation just yet. Needless to say, if you get tax wrong then you could be in serious trouble. This is why it’s worth making sure that you are handling your business finances online. Here are a few reasons why this is the best option for you as a business owner.

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how virtual reality is changing the world
how virtual reality is changing the world
How Virtual Reality Is Changing The World

Have you ever wondered how technology has moved so quickly in the last few decades? We’ve gone from finally having a color TV to making a connection with the virtual world and creating our own AI systems. Technology is a wonderful thing to have in our lives, and here are some of the main things you will see changes in the world with the arrival of virtual reality.

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how becoming more it savvy is going to make you a better business owner
how becoming more it savvy is going to make you a better business owner

As a modern business owner, there are countless things you need to think about if you want to be a better entrepreneur. You have to make sure you improve the way you do things in order to make your business more of a success. One of the biggest factors in modern business is IT, and that’s because the digital landscape is one that plays such an influential role in the business world.

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everything is digital, including paralegals
everything is digital, including paralegals

Everything is digital. Files, photos, and jobs. Where once upon a time you had to wake up daily, face the commute work a flat 9-5, commute once more and get to bed nice and early because tomorrow it was going to happen all over – nowadays we are relishing in the digital age. Not only is it more accessible to study, then set up from home, it is easier and more cost-effective in most cases for larger companies to hire you. You’ve got fewer overheads, your work is more personalized, and you are keenly focused on the job at hand. And, smaller doesn’t mean ‘less good’ either. There are millions of highly qualified people at home, working the hours they like and providing out of this world work. A few you have probably already thought about careers like virtual assistant, content writer or perhaps an accountant. But, have you thought about a virtual paralegal as a career option? The first thing you should know is that a freelance contract virtual paralegal does need to be overseen by an attorney. VP’s can’t give legal advice or perform legal work for individuals. In most cases a VP will work with either a lawyer or a small legal firm, meaning they can oversee and sign off on work.

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ensuring that your startup gets the boost it needs
ensuring that your startup gets the boost it needs

When you’re running your own business, it’s always a busy and hectic time of year for consumers and shoppers alike. Small businesses and startups need a regular boost to ensure that they’re able to keep up and compete with the big guys out there. Therefore, you need to ensure that your company is performing as well as it can so that you continue to get a steady flow of traffic to your store or website. There is a lot of competition out there, and the market is heavily saturated with a mixture of fresh brands and major corporations all trying to get the attention of clients and consumers. Now is the time for you to look at each key area of your startup and make sure that it’s working hard to push your business towards success in the months and years ahead.

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Walter Guevara
Walter G.
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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