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Using a YubiKey for Multi-Factor Authentication

I assume that we all know that multi-factor authentication (MFA) or 2-factor authentication (2FA) is a good thing. This concept has been trending from being really inconvenient, to not as bad, recently. This is the concept of you using “something

Posted in Computers and Internet, Infrastructure, Security

App Access Control in 2018 (OAuth2 + OpenID)

One thing I’ve struggled with for the past few years is how to properly do authentication and authorization for web applications – but specifically, ASP.NET Web API (and now, ASP.NET Core Web API). In my professional opinion, building “API first”

Posted in .NET Core, ASP.NET, Best-practices, Cloud Computing, Computers and Internet, General, Infrastructure, New Technology, Security

Setting up developer-specific configuration with .NET Core

I’m working on a project that I will likely make a public repo on GitHub. However, it has credentials for an SMTP server. I would like to set it up so that the code that is checked-in, is generic and

Posted in .NET Core, Best-practices, Computers and Internet, General, Security

Ansible Crash Course

In present-day, there are many great technologies for “automating stuff”. One newer concept is Infrastructure as Code (IaC), which is where you define how your infrastructure should look in “code” (a config file), and then various tools will go out

Posted in Ansible, Computers and Internet, General, Infrastructure, Linux, New Technology, Organization will set you free, Security

Polishing up your networking skills

I don’t know about you, but I learned about IPv4 back in the olden days and “pretty much” got the gist of the major concepts. You have: The classes (A, B, C, etc) and concepts around routing. This went away

Posted in Computers and Internet, General, Infrastructure, Professional Development, Security

webCA – A web-based certificate authority (Dockerized)

There are a couple of things I strongly disagree with in the computing industry. Probably the biggest, is how SSL certificates got started. The Problem: In my view, instead of making Public Key Infrastructure free, open, and smart (like what

Posted in .NET Core, Docker, General, Infrastructure, Linux, Open Source, Organization will set you free, Security, Uncategorized, Windows

Synology and the state of consumer NAS devices

In modern day, you likely have some disk storage needs. For example: Just regular, important files Family photos and videos Regular backups of everyone’s computer (optional) IP cameras, and a way to record them Network Attached Storage, or NAS is

Posted in Computers and Internet, General, Infrastructure, New Technology, Organization will set you free, Security, Uncategorized
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