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  1. Creating HSTS and Pre-load with Cloudflare

    Most people are familiar with HTTPS and the concept of secure websites. Securing websites become more and more common, which is a really good thing. Not only do we know that the data sent and received from the website is secure, but we also get a sense of knowing we will be alright. We expect that we get confidentiality, authenticity and integrity from modern websites. After all, we see sites every day with this:This is becoming more and more common, and according to Scott Helme almost 31% of the...
  2. Securing your Exchange Online

    If your company its using Exchange Online services and you are responsible for email security, you have many options that you can implement to improve email security. By default every new Exchange Online tenant come with a defaults protections policy such as:Every default policy can be viewed, edited but not deleted. Its so recommended that you review all of this policies.As administrator, you can create additional malware or spam policies and applies it to specific users or groups.The malware filter...
  3. Custom user roles and role-based authorization in ASP.NET core

    I've recently been trying to contribute to the developer community, in more ways than I previously have. One of the areas I decided to delve into, is spending more time on tech forums and resources like StackOverflow.  Well not for asking questions or checking for answers, but more for answering as many questions as I possibly can. The aim is to provide answers primarily to questions budding developers are asking. so Let's hope I do a lot of that as time goes on. Hey, I might...
  4. Using response compression in ASP.NET Core 1.1

    Modern browsers support multiple compression schemes such as deflate and gzip. Using this nifty feature in your web application can contribute greatly to an improved overall user experience. In this article, we'll discuss response (gzip) compression, it's benefits and how to implement it in your ASP.NET core web application. Response compression is an effective way to improve the efficiency of any website. It helps reduce bandwidth use and dramatically speeds up your website's load time...
  5. Visual Studio: Creating and managing digital certificates in C#

    Digital Certificates are used for secure communication between two parties. In digital certification we ensure that the peoples who are using our apps or services are securely communicating with each other and those peoples can be individual consumers or businesses.In Digital Certification we use both Hashing and Asymmetric encryption for creating digital signatures.After encrypting the hash of data we obtain a digital signature later which is used for verification of data.As there are a lot more...
  6. An Introduction to R for Java Developers

    As a Software Engineer I'm always keeping up to date with technology and one of the things that helps me do that is book reviews. Right now, I'm reviewing The Book of R: A First Course in Programming and Statistics by Tilman M. Davies. R is a programming language used in statistical computing and has gained in popularity in the recent years due to the explosion of data and its applications like Machine Learning.
  7. Microsoft Professional Degree Program (MPD)

    Microsoft a annoncé le programme Microsoft Professional Degree Program (MPD), le premier programme du genre crée pour répondre à l'évolution des besoins de formation des clients et utilisateurs et pour aider à combler le déficit de compétences surtout dans le Business Intelligence BIMPD est une initiative dirigée par Microsoft qui fournit aux professionnels ayant une expérience de la connaissance et pratique du monde réel pour développer leurs compétences dans des domaines critiques comme le cloud...
  8. How to install pfSense onto a CheckPoint Firewall Appliance

    pfSense is an Open Source firewall platform that can also be used for site to site connectivity as well as mobile client connectivity.Having used pfSense in the past and knowing how robust and secure the platform is, I wanted to see if I could port or install pfSense onto a CheckPoint firewall appliance. I figured that the CheckPoint appliances should have more than enough power to run pfSense.I was able to test the installation of pfSense using a few older CheckPoint appliances that were decommissioned...
  9. Trying to demystify PowerShell conditional statements processing performance

    Recently, I was drafting some PowerShell codes and stumbled across which conditional statement should I use for a very simple task and decided to explore abit more on their performance differences.Below is a sample code that I have coded to display the result of the overall performance between some of the conditional statements method and it is purely for educational coding purposes.If anyone is interested to find out, copy the codes below, paste it on PowerShell ISE and run it.
  10. Https Redirect with Asp.Net Core RC2 And Kestrel on Windows

    June 1, 2016I've learned a lot about Asp.Net Core RC2, Kestrel and ports as I failed in various attempts to get a http to https redirect. I share this as a retrospective for myself and in hopes of helping you avoid the swamp and to stay on the narrow road.Update: This approach works with the 1.0 release of Asp.Net Core as well as RC2.Host Asp.Net with Kestrel without IIS for an internal app. I'd like to hit the machine at http://machine-name/ and get redirected to a login at https://machine-name...
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