Jeremy Lewis

Jeremy Lewis

Jeremy has an B.S. Degree IT: Software Development and over 5 years’ experience with system devlopment.

Thursday, 24 August 2017 10:19

Website Security

Protecting your clients and yourself is one of the most important things you can do as a website owner. You need to be protected now more than ever with the large amounts of data theft, information tracking, and other mischievous uses of your data.

Recently S.J.Res.34 was nullified by congress. How does this pertain to you? Well, if you use the internet in any capacity than this applies to you. This bill made it, (before nullification), so that it was illegal for ISP to track your data and sell it to advertising companies, or whoever is willing to pay for it. Now that it is gone, they can do just that.

We can still assume that ISPs were collecting data and selling it anyway. So don’t fret just yet. There are many ways you can protect yourself and your data.

If you are on the web these days you can see whether a website is secure. This means the site has an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) or TLS (Transport Lay Security) in its backend. In its simplest form, the methods mentioned are used to encrypt data from the server that a website lives in, and keep it encrypted till it reaches the user.

This process occurs both ways. If a user fills in form data when on a secure website, the data is encrypted from his computer till it reaches the server where that information is store. This data is encrypted using AES 128 or AES 256. These are common types of encryption, but not the best by far.

But, even with these types of encryption, decrypting this data could be take anywhere from say 13billion year or more. This is assuming a single person is attempting to decrypt the data using a typical CPU and brute force methodology. If a supercomputer is used, this time is reduced to 6 months.

Realistically, that data is safe for now. But in an age where CPU’s computing power doubles every two years, this means is could be broken even sooner. By that time comes, even better types of data encryption will be around.

Currently the general types of SSL certificates are as follows: 1: Self Signed. 2: AutoSSL Domain Verified. 3: Organization Validated. 4: Extended Validation. If you own a website, the bare minimum you should be using is #2: AutoSSL. Open SSL Is a provider of free SSL encryption keys. They provide this service in the hopes of a more secure and encrypted internet.

Should you not have an SSL, HTTPS on the beginning of a url, you are vulnerable to data theft, and selling of you and your clients data. Protect yourself and your clients, get an SSL.

Some simple steps you can take to be protected are as follows: Talk with a server administrator, and see if they can set up an SSL for you. If they can’t, find a development company that can help you set up encryption to protect your websites data. Or even send letters to your congressman about re-instating S.J.Res.34 (or something similar).

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 18:13

Tabs or Spaces?

All developers are not created equal…which kind are you?

Thursday, 13 October 2016 10:01

Building a Computer On a Budget

Building a Computer On a Budget

Today we will be going over how to budget a computer build, and a not so budget build. First up the budget build. A critical part in thinking of a budget build, is that it needs to be upgradable at a later point in time, with replacing as few parts as possible to keep costs down. With that in mind you can start to think about building a computer.

Step 1: Choose a motherboard.

This is one of the most critical pieces to the computer. You will be deciding what RAM, HDD/SSD/M.2, Graphics card, PSU, and CPU to get after choosing this. We went with an, Asus ATX LGA 1151 Pro Gaming/Aura B150. This motherboard provides excellent room for expansion in the future. It also allows the use of an M.2 drive if you want one in the future.

Step 2: Choose a CPU.

This is another critical area of choice. Now that you have the motherboard chosen, you follow what CPU will fit the board, and your budget. With that in mind, we chose to get the i3-6100 cpu @ 3.7ghz. This is a 2011-v3 socket fit.

Step 3: Choose RAM

RAM will be chosen on the specs of the motherboard as well. We picked up some a stick of, Kingston HyperX FURY Black 8 GB (DDR4), running at 2133 mhz. Remember to pick RAM that will match the board (DDR3 or DDR4) and the MHZ specifications.

Step 4: Choose Storage

In this build because we wanted a "budget build" with adequate storage, we chose a Western Digital 1TB HDD. In terms of cheap it is good enough. An 250gb SSD runs about the same price, but isnt good enough to sit on for a budget build once you start installing programs. The board will hold an M.2 drive but those are far from budget.

Step 5: Choose Case

Chosing a case is about the easiest part of building the computer. Cases can range from $30 up to $300+. For this build we chose the Thermaltake Versa H21. This case has adequate airflow, and has room to add two 120mm fans to the top of the case.

Step 6: Choose PSU

For this build we decided we wouldnt need a GPU. So we went with a Corsair 600W PSU. Its cheap, and plenty of power to run what is needed for a computer on its own.

Hardware Costs: $426.21
Other Costs (W10, keyboard / mouse, monitor): $204.97
Total Costs: $631.18

Build 1 Parts List:

  • Corsair 600W $56.99: PSU
  • Kingston HyperX FURY Black 8 GB 2133mhz ($44.00): RAM
  • Asus ATX LGA 1151 ($119.00): Motherboard
  • I3-6100 3.7ghz ($118.10): CPU
  • WD 1TB HDD ($49.99): HDD
  • Thermaltake Versa H21 ($38.13): Case

Other:



Non Budget Build

For our not so budget build we went a bit bigger. This build had in mind that adobe suite software would be used, and rendering of videos / images. It also happens to make for a nice gaming computer. With this build we want the best possible airflow a case could handle, because overheating is bad juju. So we chose the Corsair Carbide 540 series cube. This case has tons of space. It allows for three 120mm AF fans on the front, two 140mm AF fans on the top, and a rear 140mm fan. Thats just on the side with the majority of hardware. The case is split into two sections, to allow the PSU and storage drives to be stored on the other side. This makes for a cleaner looking case, and gives more space bulkier parts, and allows for a more maximized air flow, so that PWM fans are not needed. Magnetic Dust filters were added to the side of the case where the PSU airflow is.
Because the I7 chosen doesnt come with a heatsink (bad anyways), we chose to get the Noctua NH-D15. This is a massive heatsink with two 140mm fans attatched to it. It gets the job done and more. When overclocking, this heatsink allowed us to get 4.9ghz out of the CPU, staying around 65C.

Hardware Costs: $2,737.89
Other Costs: $223.77
Total Costs: $2,961.66

Build 2 Parts List:

  • ASUS TUF Sabertooth x99 LGA2011-v3 ($309.99): Motherboard
  • I7-5820k 3.3GHz 6core ($406.00): CPU
  • Noctua NH-D15 ($88.43): Heatsink
  • Kingston HyperX Fury Black 64GB ($294.46): RAM
  • Samsung 950 PRO Series ($322.57) - 512GB NVMe M.2: M.2 Drive
  • PNY CS2211 240GB SSD ($69.99): SSD
  • WD 3TB HDD ($89.99): HDD
  • ASUS GeForce 6GB 980TI ($659.99): GPU
  • ASUS PCE-AC68 ($92.95): Wifi Card
  • Corsair 750 PSU ($119.98): PSU
  • Corsair Carbide Air 540 Cube ($119.79): Case
  • Case Filter ($8.99): Filters
  • Corsair Air Series AF 120 x3 ($15.45): Fans

Other Stuff

  • Windows 10 ($92.99): Windows 10
  • AVG Ultimate ($28.61): AVG
  • Azio Mechanical Keyboard ($77.99):
  • Logitech Mouse ($24.18)

Comparison

Here is a small comparison of the Western Digital 1TB HDD, PNY CS2211 240GB,and the Samsung 950 PRO. This is just to show the difference in terms of speed that can be achieved.

Western Digital 1TB HDDWestern Digital 1TB HDD
PNY CS2211 240GBPNY CS2211 240GB
Samsung 950 PROSamsung 950 PRO
Monday, 12 September 2016 08:40

jQuery Social Stream Tutorial

jQuery Social Stream Tutorial

In this tutorial we will show you how to take your custom html, javascript, & components and integrate them into the Joomla template. Then set them as loaders, so that they can be turned on or off based on the template parameters.

In this tutorial we will show you how to create a loadable section in your custom Joomla template.

In this tutorial, we go over how to create a template parameter fieldset, how to rename that fieldsets display tab, and how to display the fields within the fieldset on the webpage.

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