ssh is just about the most secure way you can provide access to a system. But even ssh is subject to attacks. You can reduce the likelihood of a breach even further with a few fairly simple steps. The specifics below are for Ubuntu 16.04, but the principles are the same for any modern Unix.
After using my electric toothbrush I always rinse the whole detachable head, dry the bristles, remove the head and tap out any water. Yesterday when I tapped out the water (from the open end that sockets onto the handle) a tiny black speck appeared on the white porcelain of the basin. Hm, I thought.
Recently a client decided to set up an AWS Hardware VPN to their site. The simplest way to research this seemed to be to set up a test VPN to my own router – a MikroTik 951G-2HnD running RouterOS 6.30.2. Here’s how I did it.
Someone asked on the Ubuntu users mailing list how they could set up a keypress that would resize the currently active window to 75% of its present width. It took a little thought, but eventually the tools were found…
My old Dell Vostro 1720 is on the way out, after giving sterling service for over six years. The replacement is a Lenovo E560. I just spent a day trying to get it to dual boot the installed Windows 7 and Ubuntu.
As the proud owner of a Synology DS415+ NAS (network attached storage) device, I thought I had better protect the large amount of data accumulating on it by also becoming the proud owner of a suitable UPS (uninterruptible power supply). That way, when the power fluctuates or goes off unexpectedly (as is quite common in rural Australia, where I live) the NAS is protected and will have time to shut itself down in an orderly fashion. So I purchased a Schneider (APC) BR900GI UPS. This article is about how I set things up.
A colleague teaches ethics in IT. He said in a recent email regarding cyberwarfare, that he would be happy if his students thought about whether it was ethical to be involved in planning a cyber-attack. Continue reading
In a recent email conversation, the relative virtues of Hyper-V and VMWare were being discussed. I stuck my hand up to suggest going with both. Why? Because heterogeneity is a good thing. In this post the topic is two competing hypervisors, but the arguments are the same for almost any technology. And they mostly apply to open technologies as well as to closed, proprietary technologies. Continue reading
A few people in the Ubuntu forums have of late been complaining about things they don’t like. Harsh words have been used. When someone referred to GRUB2 as “crap”, I found myself inspired to write a rant, reminding people that they don’t know how lucky they are. It is reproduced, lightly edited, below…