Ansible is a great tool to automate all the things. Another task it can help to automate is user management. This guide will be talking specifically about user management on Linux servers like Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS, or Ubuntu. Ansible can handle this task!
Ansible can use encrypted files, using a feature called Ansible Vault. This is great for sensitive information that you don’t want to store as a normal text file since you are able to encrypt this data in your souce control.
SSH keys are convenient and more secure than using a password to authenticate. If you created your SSH key a while ago, it’s probably time to generate new RSA 4096 and Ed25519 keys. SSH keys like DSA and RSA 1024 are very old and now insecure. You should even upgrade ssh keys that are RSA 2048.
This is a guide to getting started with Ansible. By the end of this guide, you will be up and running with Ansible.
Included is an Ansible role that will create a user which is used by Ansible to connect to your remote servers. Let’s go! After installing Ansible, you will need to setup Ansible by following these steps.
Using a VPN can help to protect your privacy. You can use a VPN to appear like you are in another country to reach a website that was previously blocked, to stop your ISP from restricting you to certain websites, and when travelling to protect your data while using insecure WiFi. There’s another: ad blocking.
Firefox is a fast and customizable web browser. And with the latest version called Firefox Quantum it is faster than ever! It is great to load websites fast, but there’s another amazing feature. Changing the Firefox privacy settings to be more effective at making user tracking more difficult. And you can make all these changes in a single configuration file.
Keeping your software updated is important. You get the newest features, and more importantly, you also get the latest security fixes. This Ansible role can automate the updates to your Ubuntu, CentOS, and Redhat servers with the latest packages, reboot if needed and wait for the server to start up.
WordPress Security is very important. It is much easier spending a few minutes securing WordPress, then spending hours recovering from being hacked. Security is becoming even more important because of the increase in automated brute force WordPress attacks. Below are a several tips to help secure WordPress and Apache. If you have your own server or VPS, to help reduce brute force attacks a very good solution is to use CloudFlare custom “Page Rules”. That will stop the requests before even getting to your server. WordPress security doesn’t sound like an exciting topic, but it is important so read on!