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My blog has a new look!

You can see the difference from how it was for the last three years.

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Around a week ago I set out to update my blog’s theme and I was able to find a quality theme and customize it to my liking without much trouble. This speaks to the big advantage of using WordPress to power your blog. It has matured so much and has an enormous user base now that if you have a need for your blog, then chances are there is a plugin or article on ways to customize it to your liking.

However popularity doesn’t come without some risk. When a product becomes as big as WordPress, your likeliness of being hit with an attack increases dramatically. The automatic background update feature has been around since WordPress 3.7 and automates the process of patching your blog with the latest security fixes and then sends you an email confirmation when it has completed. Now I have the peace of mind that my blog is staying reasonably secure.

Automation is a beautiful thing.

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Think your WiFi is secure? Think again.

Upon digging into a network issue that happened the other day I came across some interesting facts about wireless security. Namely one which criticizes WEP (wired equivalent privacy) security which actually originated with the first generation of wireless networking equipment. The flaw is the result of the static nature of WEP keys which makes them easy to decipher. Its been reported that German researchers were able to compromise a network that used a 104-bit key in under a minute with no more than a 1.7GHz Pentium M computer. Because of these concerns it is recommended to use the newer, more robust WPA (WiFi protected access) encryption as this technology was developed because of the shortcomings of WEP.

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