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VPN – What does it really do?

Current Events, Entertainment, Friends-Romans-Countrymen, Security, Technology No Comment

If you’re like a lot of people, you’ve probably noticed that Netflix in Canada is kind of sucky relative to Netflix in the USA.  Or perhaps you’ve hit a video link on some web site only to be told that the content is not available in your country.  Geography-based content rules are *REALLY* annoying… doubly […]

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Blackberry… I told you so

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Anyone who knows me knows that I have been apprehensive about Blackberry “security” since day 1. While I recognized the potential strengths, I was 90% confident of significant weaknesses, the primary of which was that the allegedly secure messaging system of Blackberry might be able to be read by a third party without the knowledge […]

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How to use a computer

Crime, Friends-Romans-Countrymen, Security, Technology

This is a primer for anyone searching the web looking for tips on how to use a computer.  The language is direct, and intended to be clear and unequivocal. 1. A computer is a dangerous power tool, treat it accordingly As computers become ever more a part of everything we do, there is a tendency […]

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Force Apache to use strong cryptography

Crime, Friends-Romans-Countrymen, Security, Technology

I’ve been poking at this for a while, but with some testing via Qualys SSL Labs, I’ve finally been able to devise the incantation that makes Apache only use strong cryptography.  Before pointing it out, some background is probably necessary. As anyone, users or webmasters, is probably aware, “https” uses encryption, and that encryption has […]

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