US State Department Reveals $10,000,000 Bounty After Costa Rica Ransomware Attack

In the wake of a massive ransomware attack on the Costa Rican government in April, the United States federal government issued a notice recently declaring a bounty worth countless dollars on individuals included with the Conti ransomware utilized in the hack. Rodrigo Chaves Robles, Costa Rica’s just recently sworn-in president, stated a nationwide emergency due… Continue reading US State Department Reveals $10,000,000 Bounty After Costa Rica Ransomware Attack

Starlink’s Brand-New Portability Function Brings Web to Vanlifers

Starlink’s Internet-from-SpaceX service has gone mobile with a brand-new Portability feature. For an additional monthly charge, Starlink subscribers can now take their ‘dishy’ anywhere on their house continent that provides active Internet coverage. That opens-up connection to remote locations that will never ever be covered by 5G — a potential boon to the increasing numbers… Continue reading Starlink’s Brand-New Portability Function Brings Web to Vanlifers

Microsoft Is Including a Free Integrated VPN to Its Edge Web Browser

Microsoft is adding a free integrated virtual private network (VPN) service to its Edge Web browser in a bid to enhance security and privacy, a Microsoft assistance page exposed. Called “Edge Secure Network,” Microsoft is currently evaluating the Cloudflare-powered VPN service and says it will roll it out to the public as a part of… Continue reading Microsoft Is Including a Free Integrated VPN to Its Edge Web Browser

TELUS Stream+

If you happened to miss the featured image for this post, I don’t particularly think much of crApple. I’ve managed to never use any of their devices or services my whole life, until now, that is. While I’d gotten my daughter a MacBook Pro on my credit plan, I’ve neither owned nor used anything from… Continue reading TELUS Stream+

Redis Object Caching for WordPress

We were using Memcached for some time but had disabled it a little while ago though. We’ve now enabled Redis for our back-end object cache. While there’s a free version (Redis Object Cache) available, we’ve opted for their paid Object Cache Pro. Both are compatible with Cloudflare’s APO. While we may be tuning and adjusting… Continue reading Redis Object Caching for WordPress

Cloudflare » Automatically Enable/Disable a Waiting Room Based on CPU Load

I’ve been using a modified version of the Cloudflare Under Attack Mode Automation script for some time now. In addition to using that to automate UAM, I’d forked the script and adapted it to enable/disable a queue-all Waiting Room. While I could’ve added the Cloudflare API calls specific to the Waiting Room into the aforementioned… Continue reading Cloudflare » Automatically Enable/Disable a Waiting Room Based on CPU Load

WordPress » Connect to MySQL via a Unix Domain Socket

TCP/IP is a networking communications procedure. A three-way handshake needs to first happen to develop a TCP/IP network connection prior to any data being sent out. Any data sent is first broken into smaller sized packets (this is essential for reliable network bandwidth sharing). The source and destination are included to an envelope around each… Continue reading WordPress » Connect to MySQL via a Unix Domain Socket

How To Install PHP 8.1 on Debian 11

Update the OS and Packages It’s good practice to update what you’ve already got installed before installing something new. If the kernel is updated, reboot the system before proceeding. Add the DEB.SURY.ORG Repository This is a home for packaging various software into Debian and Ubuntu. Most notable package under DEB.SURY.ORG is the PHP packaging. Install… Continue reading How To Install PHP 8.1 on Debian 11

Cloudflare » Automatic Platform Optimization for WordPress

We’ve had some enquiries as to what Cloudflare services we make use of. For security reasons, I won’t go into detail about everything we use or how it’s all setup. However, I will say that one of their many services we’re using is Automatic Platform Optimization (APO) for WordPress. For WordPress sites, this is one… Continue reading Cloudflare » Automatic Platform Optimization for WordPress

systemd-resolved » DNSSEC validation failed … incompatible-server

We use NextDNS as our DNS resolver. While this hasn’t been an issue, recently, we decided to change the server so that it utilizes DoT and validates DNSSec (i.e. DNSSEC=yes). This change started causing significant and recurring problems with the server. The problem wasn’t with NextDNS though. Their service has been working flawlessly for us.… Continue reading systemd-resolved » DNSSEC validation failed … incompatible-server

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