This will be a quick post.
If you, like me, really can’t read white text on black background (or can’t read purple on slighty darker glittering purple. Yes, I’m talking to you, MySpace nostalgic!) I have a quick solution for you: don’t and avoid headaches . If a site has a crap color setting, you probably can find the same copy-pasted content on other sites. If can’t find the same content on properly colored sites, use the awesome Web Developer Toolbar, available for both Firefox and Chrome (Opera too, in case your are looking for other NON-IE alternatives 🙂 ).
Once this plugin is installed and activated a new toolbar will appear. From there open the Disable menu and activate the Disable Page Colors option. Et voilà! Everything will transform into a bland black text on white background. Don’t let a bad developer decision turn you down on content!
When it comes to logins and passwords most, if not all, security sites tend to repeat those two important tips:
“use a two factor authentication, if available” and “use a different password for each different site/service”.
While for the first tip I can’t help too much since every site use a different type of authentication (some by text/sms, some by using a one-time password generator, some with a time based generator) I can tell you how I deal with the second one.
How do I use different password on different websites and how do I remember them all?
The answer is simple: use a password manager.
Now, the one included in browsers are sufficient for self use, but they are still somewhat vulnerable. For example if you store them in Firefox and your colleagues/family/friends have access to your computer, they can simply open Firefox and see your passwords with some easy steps. Same goes for Chrome and similar. I usually use those two browsers only on all operative systems, but the same applies for other browsers.
My family won’t steal my passwords!
When it comes to passwords, trust no one. If it’s a family computer and the same user account is shared between multiple people, you can’t know who is gonna use it. Your parents friends, your we-see-once-a-year cousin, your 14 year old sister’s boyfriend may have full access to it. You don’t want this to happen.
So, how do I protected my passwords?
Yet again, the answer is simple: password protect them.
Enter KeePass, the best (my opinion, ymmv) password manager out there. Do you know the best part about it? It’s 100% free and licensed under open source GPLv2.
Continue reading to learn more about KeePass and how it can help you protect your passwords.
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Recently I dropped Google Analytics in favor of a self hosted system. I’m using Piwik hosted at acst.at domain, which is hosted on the same server as lanoiadimuu.it, this way it shouldn’t case that annoying “waiting for domain blablabla.com” that slow down most sites.
I use it to count visitors and keep track of most interesting pages and I swear I’m not selling nor doing anything shady with that data. In case you don’t want to be tracked head over acst.at, where you can install an opt-out cookie. You can even use your browser Do Not Track global setting or any noscript or tracker-blocking plugins (Adblock, NoScript, Ghostery, etc).