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  • What matters to you most when joining a community?

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    @DownPW agree. I think the warm and welcoming atmosphere is what makes people return. I like the idea that members feel free to come and go as they please, but even if they are away for a while, they come back to the same experience every time.

  • How to destroy a community before it's even built

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    @crazycells I guess the worst part for me was the trolling - made so much worse by the fact that the moderators allowed it to continue, insisting that the PeerLyst coming was seeing an example by allowing the community to “self moderate” - such a statement being completely ridiculous, and it wasn’t until someone else other than myself pointed out that all of this toxic activity could in fact be crawled by Google, that they decided to step in and start deleting posts.

    In fact, it reached a boiling point where the CEO herself had to step in and post an article stating their justification for “self moderation” which simply doesn’t work.

    The evidence here speaks for itself.

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  • Linux vs Windows - who wins ?

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  • Do you need a degree to succeed?

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    @qwinter very well put. Great points and I can certainly align with these. I personally don’t see no university as a barrier to progression. My old boss said that he’d take preference with anyone who had a degree because of their “ability to think logically” (I kid you not). I said “well, you hired me and I don’t have a degree…”.

    He paused for a moment realising that he’d literally dug himself a hole and fell in it. He then said “ah yes, but you’re an exception”.

    “Exception” or not - it’s still a bigoted reasoning mechanism, and elitist to put it mildly. Class distinction springs to mind here.

  • Effective usage of colours and gradients

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    @crazycells love this article. You’re absolutely right about people using colors that are either completely at odds with the scheme on their own site, or have no real concept of theming itself or swatches.

    There’s nothing worse than garish colour on a web site. Nothing more than back button fodder.

  • Experience vs Certification - who wins?

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    @downpw I’m inclined to agree with the self-development - and the point you make about the lack of certification being seen as a barrier to enter professions.

    @downpw said in Experience vs Certification - who wins?:

    Because even without experience, if you have an iron will, you can be better than someone who has certification. With more work and effort, certainly, but does it matter?

    This is an interesting statement because I knew of several people years ago whom obtained MCSE accreditation, but had never sat in front of a real-life scenario before where they had to fix something - hence, the term, “Paper MCSE”. Essentially, this involves reading a book, then going to do the exam. Some people have that capability where they can retain a bulk load of information, and use that to easily pass an exam - yet have no practical experience.

    To me, it’s easy to identify these people. They can give you a text-book answer, but have no ability to prove it physically.

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    @phenomlab said in Hardening WordPress - Reducing the attack vector:

    @jac Microsoft’s and Google’s Authenticator both support TOTP - essentially, a time based system that changes every 30 seconds. The main principle here is that the device itself carrying the One Time Passcode only needs to be in sync with the source server in terms of time, and can be completely offline with no internet access.

    Provided the time matches on both devices, the One Time Passcode will be accepted. Applications such as Microsoft Authenticator and Authy also support push notification meaning you just choose either yes or no on your device when prompted, and then that response is sent back to the origin which then determines if access is granted or not.

    One of the best looking password less authentication models was CLEF - sadly, this product died out due to a lack of funding (if I recall correctly) although some open source implementations of this have appeared quite recently.

    Essentially, both products will achieve the same goal. TOTP is an industry standard, and widely accepted across the board. Not all services offer push confirmation.

    Many thanks for the detailed reply mate.

    There’s some great advice in there that will help me secure my accounts.

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  • Dodgy PayPal emails and how to spot them

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  • Sextortion Email Analysis

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  • Securing your webserver against common attacks

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  • Hacked because you didn't listen ?

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  • Addressing vulnerability management

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  • The Multi-Billion Pound Catfishing Industry

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  • Never underestimate the importance of security

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  • Hackers aren't evil - separating fact and FUD

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  • Understanding how simple fraud techniques work

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  • What should an incident response exercise look like?

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