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Goodbye to Pingdom

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I have used the free Pingdom service for nearly 9 years to monitor the health of this site. Over the years it has been a helpful service and at times they would add even more useful features. Then came 2014 when SolarWinds, a public-then-private-then-public company catering to businesses with their analytics products and services, acquired — Continue reading Β»

Hey, It's Me on Google Maps

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I am a pretty regular user of Google Maps as well as the satellite and street view features of it. One wonders if the people walking around with their faces blurred in street view know that they are being featured on the Google service. Well, I don't have to wonder about that myself. A few — Continue reading Β»

The GDPR Mess

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With GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) being in full force since May 25, 2018, one must assume that the privacy and security of users are now fully protected. I think it’s an understatement to call that claim an over-exaggeration. GDPR is a European regulation designed to protect the privacy of European citizens, giving them full — Continue reading Β»

Google Finance Unusable Design

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Sometimes one wonders if giant companies like Google ever think about their end users when they redesign their properties. One such case is Google's recent redesign of their financial site, Google Finance. There are plenty of sites around for people to track their stock portfolios, real or imaginary. But if you are a Google user — Continue reading Β»

The WHOIS Data Block

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The WHOIS service is almost as old as the modern Internet. When you register a domain name, ICANN requires the domain registrar to collect the contact information of the domain holder and make that publicly available. There are a number of sites online that let users query the WHOIS database for various domain names. This — Continue reading Β»

A Simple Post-HTTP-to-HTTPS SEO Checklist

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With Chrome version 62 arriving next month Google will begin making good on the promise of warning users when they land on non-secure (non-SSL, non-TLS) sites. This will be subtle at first with a light gray warning on pages that contain any input forms. This warning message will get progressively prevalent and prominent with every — Continue reading Β»

WordPress Global Replace http to https

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If you are dealing with the pain of migrating your site from non-secure plain http to secure SSL/TLS https, then you are also dealing with the headache of making sure the elements on your pages such as images have https sources instead of http. The reason is that if your pages are accessed over https — Continue reading Β»

The Long, Hard and Possibly Foolish Path to SSL/TLS Security

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... or TLS 1.2 on Fedora Core 14/FC14 and other older Linux versions With the chorus of secure browsingΒ  getting louder and becoming more prevalent, Β HTTPS migration is becoming inevitable. Going secure is a pretty major undertaking, fraught with numerous pitfalls. It starts with the source files that produce the html pages and it could — Continue reading Β»

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