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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. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. Why starting as a freelance software dev isn't always a good idea? Or is it?

    So you are young and energetic wannabe developer. Your head is full of ideas, stackoverflow is your bible and you are ready to face the struggles of software developement for money. Cool! Let me tell you something.You learn at the university or other school, you feel better in coding every month and the truth is you'd like to start with your career as soon as possible, but going to work everyday doesn't feel tempting for now, despite your lack of experience. But hey! You got some friends and friends...
  8. One Weird Trick To Improve Web Performance

    The web is chock full of web performance advice. There are books on the subject, I've written articles about them, and there are countless case studies proving just how critical web performance is. All of these tips, patterns and "best practices" are important to understand and apply when appropriate, but the current state of the art, science and technology that drives the web (not to mention the politics!) has created a climate in which one simple web performance trick will likely provide...
  9. Get to know your tools

    Tools give you power, but power needs to be used wisely. And by wisely I mean understanding the power you have in your hands. You can use a hammer both with screws and nails, but it is better for the later than for the former.Now, talking about programmers, this is quite more important. I’m not suggesting that you need to memorize all the options and shortcuts that your development environment has, but I’ve seen many cases when people start using an IDE, a framework or even a language based just...
  10. Essentials for software developers or any computer job

    I have been talking about the following on many occasions during the last years already. Actually, it is always part of my consulting services when companies ask for advice on what they should do to improve the overall satisfaction of their software developers. But in general, it's pretty simple: The following are my essentials for any software developer or craftsman that is taking her or his profession seriously. Originally, I started my list with the first four topics only but experience taught...
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