Kev Quirk

Nextcloud On A Raspberry Pi 3+

I recently bought myself the new Raspberry Pi 3+ with the intention of setting up a Nextcloud server on it, for all my personal cloud needs. Let’s take a look at how things went…

My Setup

I have only owned one Raspberry Pi in the past, which is the original version, which now sits in a drawe...

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Why HTTPS Is Important

You may have heard of Let’s Encrypt, the free certificate authority who are hell-bent on getting HTTPS everywhere. But why is that little green padlock in your browser so important? Let’s take a look…

What Is HTTPS?

I suppose a good place to start would be telling you guys what HTTPS actually...

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Bitwarden – An Open Source Alternative to LastPass

We all know that password managers are worth their weight in gold, and the most popular of these by a large margin, is LastPass. LastPass is great, I used it myself for a number of years, but it is fairly expensive since doubling their prices in 2017. So are there any decent, open source alter...

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Why Your Password Is Probably Crap

You’re a technical person. You don’t need to use a password manager, because you have mastered the art of obfuscating your password so it can never be cracked, right? Wrong! Let’s have a chat about why your password is probably crap…

First of all, if you’re not running a password manager, why not?...

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Are Password Managers Really Worth It?

I recently got chatting to someone on Fosstodon about password security and in particular, password managers. But I thought I’d share my thoughts here also, as I have much more than 500 characters to play with. 🙂

What Is A Password Manager?

Let’s start with the basics – what is a password man...

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Why You Should Own Your Own Domain

Unless you have been living in a bubble for the last 20 years, the Internet is probably a very large part of your life. From establishing an online identity, to having a personally branded email address that’s easy to share. Owning your own domain name has a lot of advantages.

What is a domain?

C...

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LeakerLocker: Mobile Ransom/Doxware

Today, I learned about a relatively new type of Android Malware, dubbed LeakerLocker. It is spread via malicious software within the Google Play Store, but the unique thing about LeakerLocker is that it doesn’t need to encrypt your device to hold you to ransom. In fact, it doesn’t need to do anythin...

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How To Delete Files With A Long File Name In Windows

I’m fastidious when it comes to keeping things like my hard drive and emails in order. I hate clutter, both in the real and virtual world.

So imagine my disbelief when I was tidying up some old files on my hard drive recently, only to find that I couldn’t delete them because the file names were to...

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How To Insert A Time Stamp With Time Zone In Excel

Whilst working on a side-project with work, I needed to create a form that could easily allow people to add the current time, date and time zone to a spreadsheet.

Date and time is easy to add within Excel using the NOW() function and a little bit of VBA scripting. However, I also needed the timezo...

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Things To Consider When Starting A Blog

Back in 2010 I started a blog on Google’s free blogging platform, Blogger. Fast forward a few years and my blog was self-hosted and gaining over 2.5 million unique visits every month.

Along the way, I made a lot of mistakes. Some were nothing more than a learning curve, but others had the pote...

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