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My Health Record - Do the Risks Outweigh the Advantages?

My Health Record - Do the Risks Outweigh the Advantages?

July 24th, 2018

A new health record management system is going live in Australia soon. It's called My Health Record. It will affect every Australian (and potentially temporary and permanent residents as well) as it will store some of their most intimate information — their health records! But do the risks of such a system outweigh the advantages?

Use these Five Security Headers To Create More Secure Applications

Use these Five Security Headers To Create More Secure Applications

June 26th, 2018

There are so many things that we have to get right to creating secure applications. From input validation to output escaping, secure applications take time, effort, and dedication. However, there one thing that doesn't take much effort, but offers a quick win. Response headers!

Are We Too Trusting With Our Online Privacy?

Are We Too Trusting With Our Online Privacy?

May 1st, 2018

Have you ever stopped to wonder about just how trusting you are with your online privacy, and how much information you freely give away? Have you ever thought how savvy you are in the modern era, but how naive your parents and grandparents were? I believe we could be living in a much more naive time now. Here’s why.

Can You Still Trust Facebook With Your Online Privacy and Data?

Can You Still Trust Facebook With Your Online Privacy and Data?

April 25th, 2018

In light of the recent Cambridge Analytica / Facebook scandal Mark Zuckerberg testified before the US Congress. Did you tune in to hear what he said about what they knew? Were you keen to know more and about how they might be planning to protect your privacy in the future?

Avoid Being Tracked Online? Ditch Google For DuckDuckGo

Avoid Being Tracked Online? Ditch Google For DuckDuckGo

December 30th, 2017

Do you ever wonder just how much information Google is storing and sharing about you, all so that they can give you those search results? Ever felt like you were being tracked online, all so that you could do some simple searches? Well, it's time to consider alternatives to Google, ones that give you great search results, but that don't invade your privacy.

First Experiences with Symfony 4 & the Symfony Community

First Experiences with Symfony 4 & the Symfony Community

December 30th, 2017

Recently, I decided to learn the basics of the Symfony (4) framework, so that I could better understand one of my client's applications, and provide better support to it. I never expected to use such a well-rounded framework. Nor did I expect to encounter such an engaged and supportive community. Here's the story.

How to Clean Up Your Vocals in Audacity

How to Clean Up Your Vocals in Audacity

December 30th, 2017

If you want to create a great quality podcast, then you need to have great audio. And to have great audio, you need to remove all those little things that distract your listener; those things that make your audio sound less than professional, such as breaths and lip smacking. One of the easiest ways to do that, is to use a noise gate. Come learn what it is and how to use it.

Where Did My Day Go? Or How To Stop Wasting Time and Get Work Done!

Where Did My Day Go? Or How To Stop Wasting Time and Get Work Done!

December 30th, 2017

I've worked in many roles in my career to date, but whenever I was in a position of management, whether as a project manager or team lead, being distracted (or interrupted) was the norm. There was always a steady stream of people inside the company coming to me with questions or seeking guidance.

How To Protect Against Brute Force Logins With Fail2Ban

How To Protect Against Brute Force Logins With Fail2Ban

December 6th, 2017

One of the most common attack vectors against servers is bruteforce login attempts. This is where attackers attempt to access your server, by trying endless combinations of usernames and passwords. So how do you defend yourself against this kind of attack?

How to Configure Pagination in Sculpin

How to Configure Pagination in Sculpin

December 6th, 2017

If you use Sculpin, the excellent PHP-based static site generator, it may not be obvious as to how to configure pagination. In this article, I'll step through how.