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December 18, 2011
by meandean
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How to block spambots by user agent using .htaccess

Spambots and spiders that ignore robots exclusion file can kill your site both in bandwidth and by potentially exposing information you don’t want ‘harvested.’ With that in mind, here is a quick-n-dirty guide to blocking spambots and rogue search engine spiders by using .htaccess. First the essential example codeblock, followed by a working example: Continue reading

October 10, 2011
by meandean
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What to do when your Twitter Account gets Compromised

Despite employing strong passwords that I change regularly, despite deleting unsolicited Direct Messages (DM) and mentions with links to unknown destinations, a simple “fat finger faux pas” event lead to me granting a 3rd party Twitter application permission to spam … Continue reading

December 15, 2009
by meandean
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12 Days of Jesus Junk – Day 2 – Think Globally!

As once again the TSA reminds us that Christmas Snow Globes a threat to National Security, I thought it might be a good time to talk about the wide-World of bad-guys and some simple things you can do to guard your site from a potentially explosive situation. Continue reading

November 27, 2008
by meandean
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5 things we can learn from my 7:40 AM Thanksgiving wake-up call

I believe it was the slam of a large piece of plywood falling 2 some-odd stories onto other lumber that rudely awoke me at 7:40 AM this Thanksgiving morning.  An no, I couldn’t go back to sleep as the hum … Continue reading

September 18, 2008
by meandean
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5 things we can learn about password recovery questions from Sarah Palin

Imagine waking up one day to this news flash: “Your pastor’s private e-mail hacked, family photos raided; cesspool blog gloats; feds investigate!” The hack of Sarah Palin’s email account via Yahoo’s password recovery system serves as a wake-up call that screams that no matter how strong a password you use – if you have weak password recovery questions – you’re open for an attack. Continue reading

July 21, 2008
by meandean
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How to make ‘find -perm 777’ your first ssh security stop

Want to get hacked? It’s easy, just ‘chmod 777’ everything the next time you install a bbs or photo gallery application. Don’t want to get hacked? Read on and ‘find’ how hackers see, and exploit the unsecured areas of your system.

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April 2, 2008
by meandean
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How to quickly check your error logs for oddities

With more church webmasters taking advantage of free, one-click installs provided by inexpensive web hosting solutions, I figure it is time to provide a quick tutorial on how to harvest useful operational, user and security information the error logs using a variety of commands already at your disposal – free. Continue reading