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Securing your codez from the wily exploit injectors

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Remember the good old days, when Melissa and ILOVEYOU were the major virus threats, spreading via e-mail and causing all sorts of embarrassing conversations at work? Or maybe even earlier than that, when the only way you could get a virus was by engaging in risky sex? (I mean Software EXchange, of course… get your mind out of the gutter) These days, anti-virus protection for e-mail is fairly thorough, and nobody’s really swapping floppies full of 16 colour games at recess. Malware authors have moved on to new and more fertile ground — embedding their junk in web pages, and relying on browser exploits to gain access to computers. Of course, with this method, you can only get infected if you actually visit a page that has an infestation, so…

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Click Here, You Idiot

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At Anchor we’re mostly systems administrators, not web developers, so the content of the sites we host isn’t usually any of our concern. Occasionally, though, a particular site design happens to catch someone’s eye and provides a chuckle for everyone in the office. As a sort of counterpoint to our previous post about good design, there’s a certain popular… style… of website design that will probably be quite familiar to some of our readers. It’s really best described by providing a (very entertaining) example: http://www.clickhereyouidiot.com/

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Advanced web application monitoring

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We’ve been using Nagios to monitor an ever-increasing number of services on all of the servers that we own at Anchor for a number of years. For the most part the things we monitor have a focus on those that a systems administrator (us in other words) has to deal with. This includes things like CPU load, memory usage, disc space availability, swap usage, server load, availability of core applications such as web servers, data base servers, mail servers. On a given server we typically monitor anywhere from 5 to 25 different attributes. The end goal of all this monitoring is to ensure that the services on the servers we run are always working. We can take this a step further though, rather than just monitor the components of the…

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The 800lb Gorilla Knows Where Your Website Lives

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If you run a website for commercial purposes, you know that the only way it’s going to provide you with benefit is if people actually visit it. Regardless of what sort of site it is (brochure, company promotion, online store, etc), if nobody’s actually loading the pages, your site may as well not exist. One way or another, you need to drive people to your site. There are many different ways to get people to visit your site, and different strategies work for different sites. TV advertising, for example, has become popular in the last couple of years, to entice people to just visit the site. Other traditional forms of advertising, as well as online banner or text ads, are also popular. Putting your website name on your stationary and…

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