Joel Hans

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The Equifax Fiasco: Here's What Devs Need to Learn

Posted by Joel Hans on September 12, 2017

It's almost impossible to have not heard of the massive Equifax data breach that was announced last week, but in short: the credit reporting agency was breached by hackers, who walked away with as many as 143 million Social Security numbers, names, and addresses. For Americans, this is nothing short of catastrophic.

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Tutorial: A More Secure Ansible Playbook, Part 2

Posted by Joel Hans on September 07, 2017

Last week, we started building out a more sophisticated Ansible provision playbook. We made it as far as hardening SSH with a few simple-but-logical edits to /etc/ssh/sshd_config, but there's still plenty more that we can do to improve the playbook's immediate functionality.

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September 2017: RamNode vs. OVH vs. HostUS vs. Dediserve vs. SSD Nodes

Posted by Joel Hans on September 05, 2017

In our last VPS comparison post, we looked at some of the biggest companies in the virtual private server (VPS) space—Vultr, Digital Ocean, and Linode—and toss in our own specifications for good measure.

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Ultimate Guide: Self-Hosted Alternatives to Cloud Apps

Posted by Joel Hans on August 31, 2017

Latest change: 2017.08.31

These are all applications that can be run using your SSD Nodes VPS for full control of your data, more customization, and reduced cost—great for startups, or anyone looking to keep costs low!

All of these options are open source and free to use.

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Tutorial: A More Secure Ansible Playbook, Part 1

Posted by Joel Hans on August 31, 2017

In our last Ansible tutorial, we covered the basics in Ansible's method of configuration management, which can help you get new servers set up faster and with more reliability. The Ansible playbook that we created there was rather basic, so I thought it was about time to build a more complex playbook that supports more security out of the box while not sacrificing in being able to access the server in the usual ways.

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10 Flat-File Content Managers to Help You Ditch Wordpress

Posted by Joel Hans on August 29, 2017

Wordpress might be the most popular way to host a website—blog or not—but it's not the only way. Because Wordpress depends on a MySQL database to store information about posts, pages, users, and comments, the technical overhead to keep things running smoothly is a little more complex than plain 'ol HTML and CSS. Having a database is another opportunity for failure, another potential attack vector, and constantly pinging a database can slow down popular websites, forcing administrators to rely on caching.

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Tutorial: Using Two-Factor Authentication to Protect SSH Logins​

Posted by Joel Hans on August 24, 2017

Sometimes, you want to be doubly sure that no one can get access to your VPS but you. If two-factor authentication (2FA) can work for our dashboards, why not for logging into a VPS?

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Hacking the Youth: Why Every Kid Should Have a VPS

Posted by Joel Hans on August 22, 2017

With my first kid on the way in November, I can't help but start to plan. It's in my nature—the more I feel like I have a handle on the future, the happier I am in the present.

One of my first thoughts, when trying to plan this kid's life out by first picking their name, is that I would need to register their domain straightaway. I'm lucky to have a relatively uncommon last name, but I'd hate to bring a kid into this world who can't have the classic firstnamelastname.com domain, no matter what it is they end up doing.

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The Road to KVM

Posted by Joel Hans on August 17, 2017

The road to KVM (kernel-based virtual machines) hasn't been an easy one, but as of today, we've officially launched the public preview for our KVM offering. If you're interested in trying it out, check out our KVM public preview page.

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Things No One Tells You About Servers and Hosting

Posted by Joel Hans on August 15, 2017

Hosting isn't easy. There's a multitude of options to pick from, dozens upon dozens of different hosts, and it's impossible to know how much capacity you need—unless you know what you're doing or you're willing to wait and see what happens when you go live.

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