How do I pick a great host for my website?

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Originally posted 2017-11-16 15:03:16. So after my ‘rant’ about HostGator and the trials and tribulations I have experienced with them, it begs the question “What should I consider when selecting a hosting company?” Well I’m glad you asked! I have finally bitten the bullet and signed up for a new hosting company myself. The pain of staying with HostGator finally became greater than the pain of throwing away 3 years of pre-paid hosting. If you signup to inmotion hosting by clicking the link I will get a small commission. First, you need to consider what type of hosting you require.



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Setting Home Assistant up for Secure access over the Internet

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Originally posted 2018-06-05 15:35:04. Lets have a conversation about security when your Home Assistant is opened up so you can access it over the Internet. If you take a look over on the Home Assistant Community forums here there are threads about user’s home assistant instances being hacked with ‘friendly’ hackers who have just changed a few things and left some warnings about their insecure home assistant setups. Traditionally or ‘normally’ external access to your system over the internet means that you would open up some ports on your router so that you can connect over the internet. This would



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Connecting to Linux using PuTTY & WinSCP

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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

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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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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