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I don't have any formal education on programming. I guess it is the passion that gets me started and keeps me going. Thanks everybody for sharing your knowledge. Don't worry, I am no critic. I see no wrong answer, only good and not so good answers. All are welcome to learn and to share.


Apr
11
comment How can I confirm that my server is protected against HeartBleed?
Thanks for giving me a plausible method. By the way is it at all possible to test by just grepping for the offending line in the downloaded patch? Just wondering.
Apr
11
accepted How can I confirm that my server is protected against HeartBleed?
Apr
11
asked How can I confirm that my server is protected against HeartBleed?
Feb
17
accepted Is encryption less resistant to brute-forcing compared to hashing?
Feb
16
asked Is encryption less resistant to brute-forcing compared to hashing?
Feb
7
asked How to secure data in a stolen raid disk?
Feb
5
comment What are spambots doing with unintelligible login attempts?
Why aren't those passwords hashed in the first place?
Jan
28
comment How does one decide whether to block malicious scanning activities?
Yes, having the latest patch is definitely important. If I am always up to date with the patches, I am not sure what is the value-add of analysing those scans when a) it is time consuming, b) I wouldn't be able to tell if it is a vulnerability unless I am always keeping a lookout.
Jan
28
comment How does one decide whether to block malicious scanning activities?
Can I clarify that you do not block those malicious traffic that you have determined as noise (as long as they are not consuming too much of your server resource), or in any case, whatever traffic that you have yet to analyse?
Jan
27
awarded  Yearling
Jan
21
asked How does one decide whether to block malicious scanning activities?
Jan
21
accepted Is my service provider hacked and what can I do to protect myself?
Jan
21
accepted Why is it dangerous to stay logged in as root for an extended period of time?
Jan
21
comment Why is it dangerous to stay logged in as root for an extended period of time?
@kiBytes, I think Thomas brought up a valid point regarding the security context. If the server is not operating in the old mainframe model but the contemporary client-server model, then the premise of such TTY hijacking does not really exist.
Jan
21
comment Why is it dangerous to stay logged in as root for an extended period of time?
@Shadur, if a system admin is that careless, then what could prevent him from wiping out the whole system while using sudo?
Jan
21
awarded  Commentator
Jan
21
comment Why is it dangerous to stay logged in as root for an extended period of time?
I think the analogy does not really fit the situation. I would liken the role of a system administrator as someone holding a rifle in a battlefield. Every now and then, an enemy would pop up. Do you put to safe after killing each enemy and switch back to fire when you are just about to fire the next round or would you keep the weapon ready to fire at all times?
Jan
20
asked Why is it dangerous to stay logged in as root for an extended period of time?
Dec
21
comment Is my service provider hacked and what can I do to protect myself?
Thanks for your help. It is actually a DNS issue with Firefox browser. See my answer below.
Dec
21
answered Is my service provider hacked and what can I do to protect myself?