Caddy Server and Home Assistant DNS Validation

One of the really great things about using the Caddy addon for home assistant has been that it provides a more secure system as it provides automatic SSL certificates and a reverse proxy and manages renewing the certificates before expiry. I had always been unhappy however that since LetsEncrypt dropped support for https certificate validation that it required port 80 to be opened and forwarded on the router in order to renew certificates. This isn’t a huge risk as long as you are using a properly configured firewall. Even most consumer level routers include a SPI (stateful-packet-inspection) firewall and will



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SSL and Secure Communications

SSL Secure

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

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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

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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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How to setup Home Assistant on a Raspberry Pi

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Originally posted 2018-02-12 11:06:20. What can you do with Home Automation and Why should I be interested? I’m assuming upfront that if you have found this article by searching then you are probably interested in home automation of at least have an open mind and would like to know how to setup Home Assistant on a Raspberry Pi. I’ll say that my wife is not a fan at all of Home Automation and probably regrets the day that she was given a Google Home device as a work gift to all employees as it opened up a world of possibilities



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