Assuming security is required, the following results were found.

A Taxonomy of Loss
The widespread commercial use of the internet has led to an increasing focus on systems security. Media driven hype and a lack of independent information can make the true level of threat to an organization difficult to determine. Adopting a structured...
Network Security
External Network Scanning One of the core mechanisms for protecting networks is to install a firewall to mediate traffic between systems on the internal network, publicly accessible systems is a DMZ (from the military term d e m ilitarised z one) and...
Bad security is worse than no security
Poor security can lend a false sense of security, encouraging you to relax your guard and making it more likely that you will suffer loss or damage from bad guys.
Wireless network security - worry about the right things
Wireless networks are now common in both domestic and commercial installations. Although wireless networking offers benefits such as portability and connection simplicity, the rich selection of security options can present a challenge for the average...
Open Source
You shouldn't be using open source software because it's cheaper (although it is), you should be using it because of its features and flexibility and the fact that it doesn't lock you in to restrictive license agreements.
Making the move to Joomla
This site used to be static HTML pages but now uses the Joomla Content Management System (CMS); why the change? There are two different questions here: Why Content Management Systems? The short answer is that they makes life easier. Why Joomla? Because...
My cat is cloud-based
Cloud based computing is the latest in a long series of allegedly paradigm-shifting innovations in the computing industry. In common with most of its predecessors it is neither as good nor as bad as it looks. The increasing availability of high-speed,...
Reporting Bugs
In theory, the point of reporting a bug is to get it fixed, or at least to help. Too often I see (and receive) bug reports that are almost useless. Writing a good bug report isn't hard, it just takes a little discipline, which can be assisted by a good...
Planning for an Asterisk PABX installation
This article was written some time ago; some details may no longer be current but the general approach remains sound. Introduction VoIP offers opportunities for improved telephony functions and closer integration with other business systems and is seen...
Privacy at Dropbear Consulting
Dropbear Consulting understands the importance of your privacy and aims to deal with your personal information in a way that gives you confidence in all your dealings with us. This Privacy Policy explains how we collect, store and use your information....
Who, what, where - Information you give to sites you visit
Websites can collect a lot of information about you just from your browsing. Sometimes useful, sometimes unsettling, but it's interesting to know just how some of this works.
Comments as spam
Comments on web pages can be an interesting and valuable channel for communication with your customers, but they can also be a source of polluting spam. Recently I've been getting quite a few almost real looking comments that are actually bait for...
Adventures in synchronisation volume 3 - Files and Stuff
Having established an ownCloud synchronisation framework to share my contacts and calendar between devices, it makes sense to see what other things I can do with it.
Adventures in synchronisation volume 1 - Address book
Although my primary computer has a perfectly acceptable address book I regularly want this information on one of my other devices (tablet, phone other computer, etc). My case might be a bit extreme in terms of the number of devices I use, but the basic...
Moving out - changing web hosts
I've recently moved my web hosting to a different provider and found the migration surprisingly smooth. That doesn't mean you can ignore basic data security practices, but it's nice to know things can go well.
3D content for web pages
The technology options for displaying 3D content in web pages have evolved over the years with a number of different formats attaining at least temporary popularity but with variable levels of support and maintenance. Here I mean projecting 3D content...
Configurable or Customisable - which is better?
Off-the-shelf software packages are rarely a perfect fit for your requirements; this means you have to make some changes. Given a choice between a configurable package and a customisable one, which is preferable? As ever it depends on your specific...
Backup or move your Joomla site
Backups are a Good Thing, but making a usable backup of a database driven content (such as a Joomla site) is a bit tricky. You need a consistent copy of to both the source files and database tables - fortunately there are extensions that can help.

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