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Security & Privacy

Internet security & privacy articles and tutorials on how to protect yourself from viruses, phishing emails and other scams, the latest security threats and new developments in online security,


Living Online Without Javascript
Javascript used to be a tool for enhancing a webpage through the actions of client side scripting (running in your browser, not on the server). In recent years, Javascript has become more of an annoyance than an enhancement and is increasingly used to bypass privacy and security settings, tracking you actions and analysing you every movement online.
Introduction to Hacking
10/07/2013Security & Privacy
An essential guide on how websites get hacked through software exploits and bad programming practices. The guide shows you the tools hackers use, what they look for and how to protect your code from vulnerabilities, exploits and eavesdropping.
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.Albert Einstein
Supercookies in the Wild
11/12/2012Security & Privacy
Previously in 2011 I had written an article about a new web technology called supercookies. Now, a year later, what has changed in the tracking department?
WordPress Security 101
Out the box, WordPress is a pretty secure platform, but there are several things you can do to harden WordPress security and protect your website.
Supercookies: What You Need to Know About the Web’s Latest Tracking Device
18/09/2011Security & Privacy
You deleted your cookies? Think again as new research has discovered that major websites such as MSN.com have been using a new kind of supercookie to track your online activities.
Introduction to Cryptography
17/04/2011Security & Privacy
Derived from two Greek words, krypto meaning "hidden" and grafo "to write", cryptography is a mechanism to hide information from unauthorised viewing.
How Internet Security and SSL Works
11/10/2009Security & Privacy
In this tutorial we will look at how cryptography, encryption and SSL certificates actually work to secure the internet and how the public/private key exchange system works.
Tips for Online Protection
20/04/2009Security & Privacy
Ten top tips for protecting yourself whilst online, browsing safer and avoiding viruses and spyware.
Blocking Website Access by Country with PHP
20/04/2009PHP Security & Privacy
A while back one of my websites came under a massive attack receiving an additional 1000+ hits per day, all malicious construction and all from one particular country. Since I was fast approaching my allocated bandwidth limit I had to take action to stop them accessing the site, and fast!
Thunderbird Letting in too much Junk Email?
20/04/2009Security & Privacy
Each and every day I have to clear out well over 200 junk emails from my inboxes. It is theoretically just a case of selecting the junk emails, right clicking on them and marking them as junk - but it doesn't always work!