Sunday, December 30, 2012
This is part 3 of the No Plain Text Passwords series. To make your life easier and more secure you can setup your computer using PuTTYgen and Pageant to not use any passwords when you login.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
TranscriptAll right so basically the first step of this is to get putty. I’m not going to go into setting it up. You can either read it or I’ll put out some other information later.
But what is putty? It’s basically a Telnet/SSH. An SSH stands for Secure Shell. It comes from the old Unix days but it’s a way for windows users to securely log-in to their Unix box; which is what most hosting companies provides.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Secure FTP or No Plain Text Passwords PleaseOne of the first things anyone should do when they are transferring files is stop using plain text passwords. What are plain text passwords? Simply, they are passwords that are not encrypted in any way. This makes it childs play for the bad guys to login to your server (or in the jargon of the day, to own you or root you).
If a cracker gets on your site, they can do a lot of damage very easily. They can get your database settings and change all of your data, they can read your email, they can setup Trojan software that does evil things to other sites as well. Basically, you don't want to deal with this, and luckily it is easy to secure your website and server.