Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook, my thoughts on this subject.

Facebook Privacy

To get you caught up on the story between Congress, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and Cambridge Analytica For those of you who aren’t caught up yet on what’s going on with Facebook’s recent woopsie-daisy, here’s the TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read): An independent app developer by the name of Kogan created a Facebook app This app allowed the developer to collect a shit load of information on users and their friends. Kogan sold the data he collected from millions of Facebook users and their friends to a research company called Cambridge Analytica. Cambridge Analytica dispersed the data it bought from Kogan Facebook told…

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Cloudflare’s 1.1.1.1 – Privacy for your DNS Lookups with the Performance of the Cloudflare Network

Cloudflare Public DNS Header

1.1.1.1 Launched on April 1st.  4/1 or four 1’s.  Pretty clever. On April 1st, 2018, Cloudflare launched it’s own public DNS (Domain Name System). With a very memorable and easy to remember IP address to add to your computer or router of 1.1.1.1, similar to Google’s 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4, this isn’t a public DNS system to be easily forgotten.  I’ve went ahead and set this up on my laptop to see if I can notice a difference from a human aspect (without doing any kind of technical evaluation).  So far, I haven’t noticed too much of a performance difference from Google’s, but we’re no…

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How to change the login page for WordPress

WordPress-Login-Page

Who wants to look at the default, boring login page for your WordPress blog when you can completely customize it to your brand?  Ok, probably not as many as I think there are, but for those of us that want a completely personalized WordPress admin page login, there’s a good answer. I’ve tried out a few, and while they all mostly perform and achieve the basic end result, there’s one that I’ve come to like very much and one that I’ve added to my WordPress favorites for plugins. The plugin is called LoginPress and customizing your login page is as easy…

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Force naked domain to www redirect

Force naked domain to www redirect

Edit the .htaccess file

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WordPress Setup Guide v1 (Vultr Ubuntu 14.04 VPS)

WordPress Setup Guide v1 (Vultr Ubuntu 14.04 VPS)

Disclaimer: There are much easier and better ways of doing this so feel free to use this as a guide in general.  Though, for the most part this can probably still be used in a wide range of uses. Getting Passwords Ready https://xkpasswd.net/s/ Document different passwords for each: Root MySQL Root MySQL User Create Vultr Instance Log into Vultr Create server based on your needs Setup Web Host Setting the Hostname Install Packages Add PHP7 PPA and get things up to date. Change the first HTML to PHP Change the second PHP to HTML Some of the needed modules are…

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Find Ubuntu user password with new Lightsail WordPress install

Find Ubuntu user password with new Lightsail WordPress install

There is one simple command you need to run to find your default Ubuntu user password. Since Lightsail doesn’t easily provide that for you: Your password will then be revealed where you can highlight it, press enter. It’s now in your clipboard and you can past it into your brand new install of WordPress powered by Bitnami from Amazon Lightsail. 🙂

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Disable Bitnami Default Banner (On Ubuntu 14.04)

Disable Bitnami Default Banner

Log into your Ubuntu machine Restart Apache ~ or ~

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LetsEncrypt Installation for WordPress with Bitnami on Amazon Lightsail

Disable Bitnami Default Banner (On Ubuntu 14.04)

Install Letsencrypt scripts -w is where your webroot is located and the multiple -d flags are for the domains that you want to secure. The cert files are written to /etc/letsencypt/live Update Apache to use the new certificates Comment out the default SSL Certificate lines so that you are left with the following 3 lines: Restart the LAMP stack. ~ or ~

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