Using Proxmox with Home Assistant and Chrome

proxmox and chrome self signed certificates

So with Home Assistant announcing their intention to depreciate the generic linux installation of Home Assistant (now on-hold due to an outcry) I am looking at migrating my setup to use Proxmox and then setup Home Assistant Supervised (formerly known as Hass.io) in a virtual machine. It really suited me having the generic linux install as then I could have other docker containers etc on the same host machine without causing problems. Anyway… that was fun while it lasted. I have been playing around with Proxmox for some time. I purchased a cheapie mini-pc from Alibaba (XCY) along with an



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Connecting to Linux using PuTTY & WinSCP

secure your system with caddy server

Originally posted 2018-02-13 11:37:17. The purpose of this post is to help you set up a Linux system, maybe a VPS or even just a humble Raspberry Pi so you can connect to it using PuTTY or WinSCP or even a terminal on a Mac PC in a secure way using a private key. There are a lot of how-to’s on the internet showing you how to do this however they often seem to miss that critical step or they assume a level of knowledge. So as much for my own benefit as anything else, here is my complete how-to



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Caddy Server and Home Assistant DNS Validation

Originally posted 2019-09-03 13:57:09. 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



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Wannacry

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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 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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