Buffer Compromised – Here's What You Need to Do

Popular social media management system Buffer has confirmed that they’ve been compromised, with weight-loss SPAM being sent from customer Twitter and Facebook accounts. Here’s what you need to do to keep your accounts (and potentially your customer accounts) safe.

Failing Well: Managing Risk in Web Applications

When I talk about risk as it relates to web applications, people usually assume I’m talking about hardening applications from hackers, spammers and other ne’er-do-wells. While malicious attacks are absolutely a non-trivial part of risk management, there’s a lot more to it that’s just as important.

Asian Spammers Ate My Bandwidth

Because I’m a giant loser who thinks that analyzing apache logs is an awesome way to spend a Friday night, I’ve noticed a huge upswing in the amount of traffic coming from IP addresses in China – to the degree that it’s actually eating up huge amounts of bandwidth.

Better Passwords with 1Password

There’s no excuse for crappy passwords anymore, thanks to apps like 1Password. Creating good, hard-to-crack passwords is clumsy and the harder a password is to crack, the harder it is to remember. So what if you didn’t have to remember them?

Detecting Fraud in Facebook Contests

Whatever your feelings on Facebook, it’s pretty clear that it’s here to stay. If your company or organization has considered running a promotional Facebook contest, this is crash course in detecting fraud because if your prize is worth anything to anyone, you will encounter fraud, without exception.

Locking Down Your Linux Server with APF + BFD

If you allow SSH access to your server, there are some simple steps you can take to restrict access and protect yourself from brute force attacks. Two of my favorite scripts to do this are Advanced Policy Firewall coupled with Brute Force Detection, both by R-FX Networks.

Rogue Antivirus Attacks Tailored to Mac and PC

Rogue antivirus is a term used to describe a trojan (called such because it is a malware file disguised as a file the user has been convinced they want to open) that uses social engineering to trick a user into thinking their computer has been infected, and offers a free antivirus download to “clean” their…

New Facebook Page Admin Scam

A new scam has come to our attention, one that’s a new take on an old trick in Facebook. Scammers are adding users as page administrators on a page that’s got a poisoned IFRAME set as the default tab.

iPhone/iPad Apps for Coders and Sysadmins

It wasn’t that long ago that I scoffed at the idea of the iPad, or at least thought it would never have any place in my tech toolkit. I finally broke down and got one, and it’s changed the way I work, largely because of the number of fantastic apps out there.