Sending an Email when a User Logs in

This is short and sweet. Say you want to get an email message anytime someone logs in to a user account on your server. Simply install the mailx package (yum install mailx), and then edit the user’s .bash_profile file in their home directory, adding the following line: mailx -r $SOURCE_ADDRESS -s “$SUBJECT” $DESTINATION_ADDRESS < .email.msg […]

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Backing up WordPress to a FTPS Server

Are you looking to backup your WordPress installation to a remote host via FTPS? This script may help. I recently got a bit of storage that can most easily be accessed via FTPS. Normally I’d just use RSYNC, but unfortunately it does not have any FTPS (FTP over SSL) support. After a bit of googling, […]

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2012 Rock Eagle Computing Conference Presentation: Leveraging Active Directory Group Policy to Patch Common Windows Applications

As promised, here’s the link to my presentation at the 2012 Rock Eagle Computing Conference: Leveraging Active Directory Group Policy to Patch Common Windows Applications If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to post a comment on this page. One person had asked about doing reporting via GPO. I’m not sure of what (if any) […]

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Review: Noctura DH-14

After several weeks of random blue screen crashes, I finally broke down and examined the event logs to see why my OS kept borking out. With a short google of the stop error, I found that my computer was overheating, causing it to randomly shut down in an effort to keep my CPU from melting. […]

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Watch Out for “Scareware” Viruses (Even on Macs!)

I’ve been seeing more and more people fall victim to the fake anti-virus viruses that have exploded in popularity in the last few years. With a blending of social engineering tactics, in addition to traditional technical exploits, “scareware” viruses have seen an exceptional level of success.  Preying on users who are perhaps unaware of what […]

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Easily Make and Remember Good Passwords

I have over 100 passwords that I have to keep track of between work and everything else. If you’re as forgetful as I am, this can be a daunting list! After trying many different password management strategies, I’ve finally landed on one that’s easy for me to work with, and allows for a strong unique […]

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