Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality on a Digital Tech Background

A quick & easy way to support Net Neutrality!
1. Go to gofccyourself.com (the shortcut John Oliver made to the hard-to-find FCC comment page)
2. Click on “express filings” from the drop-down menu (top right corner)
3. In “proceedings” select “17-108”
4. Hit “enter” after you put in your name so it registers
5. In the comment section write, “I strongly support net neutrality backed by Title 2 oversight of ISPs.”
5. Make sure you hit submit at the end!

Should I Purchase .porn domain?

CNN Money Website
CNN Money Website

Big in the news today is people like Taylor Swift purchasing .porn, .suck  and .adult domain names. (Source CNN Money) The reason being the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)  has decided to expand the top-level domain (example .net, .com, .gov) which will include the .porn and .adult.

While this makes it easier for the adult and porn industries to help people to find their products, it also puts businesses and celebrities in a bit of a bind. For example, you may want to look for some information on Microsoft Office. Normally you would get various websites such ending in .com or .net either selling the product or having other information about Microsoft Office.

However, come June 1, you could also get websites ending in .adult or .porn. The information you would find would be not so much related to Microsoft Office, but in the realm of adult or pornographic entertainment.

In an effort to prevent this, companies such as Microsoft and celebrities are buying these domains so such incidents to not occur. Hence, Taylor Swift now owns the domain TaylorSwift.porn.

So does this mean I should run out and buy the domains for CatholicTechnoGeek.porn and CatholicTechnoGeek.adult? On the damage control side, it would seem to make sense. Why risk having someone create a site that could be potentially damaging to my site?

At the time of this posting, I could not buy these domains, but I could buy 207 other domains.  The prices ranged from $6.99 to $69.99 per domain per year. Anyone one of these domains could be used to damage my this website. So I could pay somewhere between $1,389.00 and $13,998 for damage prevention for any of these 207 domains.  If I try to protect myself from just the two (.porn and .adult) domains, I most likely would $140 (or more) per year. Since my income from this site is, $0.00, I have to pay for these domains out-of-pocket. So, financially it isn’t the most prudent decision.

If I was a celebrity or a business where image affected my bottom line, I definitely would do it. If I had a huge volume of web traffic, I would consider doing it because I could be a target for someone making a duplicate site. However, a small website like mine, it is unlikely someone is going to try making a CatholicTechnoGeek.porn site.

 

Computer Security Myths

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Photo From Lifehacker Article – 5 Computer Myths…

There is a commercial out there, I forget which company it is for at this time, that uses the premise that they can’t lie on the internet, aka, everything you read on the internet is true. Well, hopefully we know that the premise is false. The can lie on the internet.

However, the same type of thought is out there regard computer security. Many people are saying if you don’t do A, B, or C your computer is safe. Or the thought I ain’t worth the time because there isn’t anything important on my computer. Well, you might be SAFER if you don’t do A,B or C on your computer, but you are still can be attacked. Also, many hackers love small targets (people with very little to none information to steal) because they usually are poorly protected. Even a simple email address can be turned into a tool for a hacker.

Take a moment to read this Lifehacker article – Five Computer Security Myths, Debunked by Experts (http://lifehacker.com/five-computer-security-myths-debunked-by-experts-1602290081)  to learn more.

Passwords & Rea_MeM_8Ereeng Them

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If you are like me, you can create wonderfully secure passwords that you think you will never forget. However, when it comes time to enter them, your mind draws a blank. Earlier I wrote about using a password vault such as Keypass.

I came across this article by Kevan Lee on Lifehacker entitled, “Four Methods to Create a Secure Password You’ll Actually Remember.” Kevan covers what makes up a good password, common passwords that are now part of every hacker’s arsenal, as well as 4 different methods of creating passwords. Also covered is a few ways to check if how secure is your password as well as password management.

I encourage you to check the article out at – http://lifehacker.com/four-methods-to-create-a-secure-password-youll-actually-1601854240

Wordfence – Slowed Site to a Crawl?

I recently found one downside to Wordfence recently. On a website I manage, it used up enough resources that slowed down my website to a crawl even with cache option enabled. I was using a high-speed connection and yet it took about 2-3 minutes for the site to display.

The way this website is constructed is more to blame than Wordfence. In an effort to compartmentalize various aspects of the website, is made up of seven WordPress installs under the same domain. So in this case the site was using 7 times the resources a normal website might use. Wordfence simply pushed it over the limit.

The moral of the story most likely Wordfence won’t usually crash your website, but it may slow it down depending on the limits of your web sever.