GitHub provides alerts for vulnerabilities in your code

Last Updated on November 23, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

GitHub will provide an alert if it finds vulnerabilities in your repository. 

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Upgrading Ruby on Rails to Rails 5.2 created a train wreck

Last Updated on November 12, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I have a Ruby on Rails site that I use as an online portfolio. GitHub released a warning that there were vulnerabilities in Rails and associated gems. I started incrementally upgrading Rails. However, when I tried to push the Rails 5.2 update to production, the site crashed. Here is how I recovered

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Facebook maiden name game

Last Updated on October 4, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

Beware of Facebook games such as this Facebook maiden name game as they can possibly be a scam. This game could be harmless but it exposes information that could be used to compromise your accounts. 

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Is dirt and dust damaging your desktop?

Last Updated on September 6, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

Even the cleanest homes and offices are a source of dirt and dust which can build up and end up damaging your desktop

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Beware of using third party email as your prime email account

Last Updated on January 27, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

There is a thread at webproworld.com about someone who was using a Yahoo email account as their primary email. Suddenly they found that the account was deleted. The problem was that the account contained their whole life. Apparently, they had not saved the emails.

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It’s Fishing and Phishing season again!!

Last Updated on January 27, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

UPDATED Oct 2019 to remove old/bad links.  See our new article. 

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With Meltdown and Spectre what happens to pending server purchases and how will companies address the performance issues of patches?

Last Updated on January 19, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

Spectre is hitting servers especially hard. The software updates to protect the servers are causing performance issues. In other words, when a patch is applied to address the vulnerability, performance decreases perhaps 30 percent.

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Craigslist password protected email danger – How to avoid the malware

Last Updated on January 19, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I received an email that appeared to be a response to a craigslist posting I made. The email said to open the Word document with the supplied password for the contact information. As soon as I saw that I pictured the goofy robot with it’s arms flailing saying “Danger Will Robinson. DANGER, DANGER”, or the weird fish guy saying “It’s a trap!!”. Here is how to identify these traps.

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