2014 Web Predictions Update: Kickstarter Hacked

One of my 2014 web predictions was for continuing security problems, especially at newer websites, web services and apps that have scaled up without proper security expertise in place. We can now add Kickstarter to that list1. The good news: Kickstarter did save passwords encrypted. Here is the text of…

How many Facebook accounts are fake?

According to Facebook's fourth quarter earnings report, the social media giant had 1.23 billion active monthly users in December 2013 - a 16% increase from a year ago. Facebook also reported having 945 million monthly active mobile users, a 39% increase from a year ago. And in its 10-K…

RapGenius ranks #1 in Google for the #1 rap song

It looks like it didn't take long for RapGenius to recover their Google rankings after having been nearly banned from the search engine in late December after their questionable SEO tactics were exposed by a poster to Hacker News. So here it is, a #1 organic search result for lyrics…

Speed Test: GoDaddy versus Digital Ocean

Everybody knows that GoDaddy's dedicated servers are on the slow side. But I've had this feeling for the past few months that they've been getting even slower. This is backed up by the data I've been collecting from Pingdom and other sources when testing for various page speeds for the…

Setting up a CentOS 6.5 web server part one: Securing a new installation

Ok, the new CentOS box is up and running, and everything is brand new. The goal of this tutorial is to get a basic, secure setup with a user that can log in and do sudo actions and reaching a point where we can make an image of the server…

15 January Reading List

I'm not necessarily saying I agree with or endorse any of these links, ideas or writers, but here are some stories that have remained open in my various browsers long enough that I should just turn them into a collection of links. Punisher - tweeting alarm Wow. You would seriously…