It’s time. Windows users, Upgrade to Linux. Windows 7 is reaching the end. You must upgrade. Do not replace Windows 7 with Windows 10. That is not an upgrade! Upgrade Windows to Linux Mint. It’s so much better!
Malicious code and abandoned websites are increasingly becoming more of a problem. It’s a serious issue in terms of privacy and security.
TL;DR: Website owners: Be careful when using third-party code that you don’t control.
Users: Hope for the best! Use a content blocker browser add-on like uBlock Origin. On your mobile device use Firefox with uBlock Origin.
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.
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.