Web Security and Administration

Tear down the Great Firewall of America before it even gets built

Submitted by C B Wright on

Let's talk about copyright for a second.

I am a firm believer in copyright. I appreciate that there are laws that exist that protect me as an artist. It is because I believe in copyright that I distribute my work using a Creative Commons license—it is my ownership of my work, and the legal protections that come with the recognition of that ownership, that gives me the not just the right, but the authority to use Creative Commons.

Certifiably Insane

Submitted by C B Wright on

The process of moving the site over to a "secure," certificate-based setup has been what most reasonable people could describe a "messy" process. For the most part it's working, but it's not working well -- there's a great chance that when you first arrive your browser will scream OH MY GOD THIS SITE DOESN'T MATCH UP WITH ITS CERTIFICATE AND I'M NOT SAYING YOU CAN'T GO THERE BUT I WON'T BE HELD RESPONSIBLE WHEN HE STEALS YOUR IDENTITY AND SKIPS OFF TO ARUBA WITH YOUR LIFE SAVINGS which isn't the kind of first impression I relish making.

So below I discuss, in as much detail as I understand (because this entire process is pretty foreign to me) what I've done, why I've done it, what I still need to fix, and when the insanity will end.

If you don't have enough time to read the whole thing I'll reveal the surprise ending: the insanity doesn't end. It's all downhill from here...

Firesheep, Addendum

Submitted by C B Wright on

I'm adding this update because I want to be as accurate as possible when I report on the state of things, and I may have posted some misinformation in my original post about the Firesheep plugin.

When I discussed it, I described it as a plugin that can sniff out any unsecured cookie being transmitted from any site to any user as long as the would-be identity thief is on the same unsecured wireless network. This is, apparently, untrue on a number of levels: