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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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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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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HostGator Problems – Avoid at all costs

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Originally posted 2017-11-09 16:40:28. This post is titled HostGator problems – avoid at all costs however in addition to addressing this, we can also discuss what makes a great host for web sites. Reasons why I am so over HostGator Biggest issue is the support these days is really poor. HostGator used to have a ticketing system but unfortunately these days all support is handled through live chat. It is still possible to ‘via the backdoor’ log a ticket however this is not advertised. Sending an email to feedback@hostgator.com will create a new ticket and they do actually respond although



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Review of Inmotion Hosting, HostGator and VentraIP

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Originally posted 2017-11-20 16:09:16. As I mentioned in my last blog post ‘How do I pick a great host for my website?’ I have finally decided to take the pain of remaining with HostGator and moving to a better host. I did a lot of research and settled on using Inmotion Hosting. Also as part of my last article, I nearly fell off the chair when I saw the new VentraIP plans so I’ll talk about that as well. If you signup to inmotion hosting via the link below I will get a small commission. Inmotion First Impressions Well firstly,



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