Sonoff Switches with Tasmota and new MQTT Addon Home Assistant

Sonoff Switches with Tasmota and new MQTT Addon Home Assistant

I know I have done a few articles now about Sonoff switches and MQTT in Home Assistant. However a lot has changed – also my understanding has changed and so it’s time for another post about this. I’m also going to take a crack at making a video showing how to flash a sonoff switch with Tasmota. For reference, my previous posts can be found here: Home Assistant Updates May 2018 and Sonoff-Tasmota update How to use a Sonoff Switch with Home Assistant So lets look at the changes in MQTT introduced with the new MQTT Setting up to use



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Wannacry

Wannacry

Originally posted 2017-05-23 17:44:38. Yes it’s enough to make a grown man cry. Through the magic of the CIA, they managed to have a leak of the ‘tools’ they use to crack into your computer some months ago. Wikileaks got hold of this and now we have a nasty piece of malware called Wannacry. This is ransomeware that demands payment to unencrypt your files and give you your data back. Essentially, your only option is to pay and hope they give you the unlock key. Going forward, you would not have been infected or vulnerable to this malware if you



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SSL and Secure Communications

SSL and Secure Communications

Originally posted 2017-06-19 14:21:58. So it was with some dismay that I recently read an article from Wordfence regarding requirements this year for WordPress sites to be secure and have SSL enabled. I’m sure you’ve all seen the green padlock and indication in your browser that a site is secure. Chrome shows a secure site as shown in the graphic. Additionally, it has been reported for a few years that Google will favour SSL sites when it ranks search results in google. I had heard some ‘horror’ stories about upgrading sites to SSL and how difficult it is so I



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Best WordPress Themes & Plugins

Best WordPress Themes & Plugins

Originally posted 2018-02-12 16:20:54. If you were to do a Google search for WordPress Themes, you would get a lot of results for your search. So what things should you use to help you decide on a theme for your business or blog? There really is no absolute answer to this question however perhaps we can tell you what we do and why and that might help you with your decision. Responsive Design Probably one of the first things to think about. Responsive themes are made so that the give a great user experience to users viewing your site on



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Migrating to NBN

Migrating to NBN

Originally posted 2018-05-21 17:00:20. In Kariong we were originally scheduled to be connected to the NBN in November 2013. That was around the time the Liberal Government under Tony Abbot came to power and I think the NBN had been slow walking everything anyway expecting the change of government. Rudd budgeted $48 BILLION AUD (if memory serves) and I think at this point, the cost to date has been more than $90 billion and for the most part for an inferior FTTN type connection. It’s easy to blame Abbott & Turnbull for this debacle but in my opinion it goes



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