My Favorite Falkon Web Browser Features

September 11, 2020 — Jt Spratley

Falkon, formerly known as Qupzilla, is a Chromium-based web browser for the KDE desktop environment (DE). Qupzilla was buggy and crashed at random when I tried it as a Linux newbie years ago. Falkon is a stable browser that makes compliments my needs for privacy and user experience (UX). I recommend it for anyone looking to try something new. Below are my four favorite Falkon browser features and extensions.

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Matomo Analytics is Great-After I Remove Cookies

September 07, 2020 — Jt Spratley

When I started looking into ways to improve visitor's privacy on my websites, I found 2 mysterious cookies with my browser developer tools (browser tab). When I looked them up, a WordPress GDPR plugin forum stated they were from Matomo Analytics. I confirmed the names of the cookies with Matomo's FAQ page: What are the cookies created by Matomo JavaScript Tracking client?

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Creating RIPEMD-160 Checksums in Linux

August 29, 2020 — Jt Spratley

RIPEMD (RIPE Message Digest) isn't as popular as SHA and MD5 for creating cryptographic hashes, or checksums. But I got curious after reading about it during some cybersecurity training. The md5sum and sha (256, 512, etc.) command-line hash (CLI) tools are pre-installed on many Linux distros. But I didn't see one for RIPEMD.

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Cybersecurity Victim Blame Game

August 07, 2020 — Jt Spratley

After reading "It's Time to Stop the Victim Blame Game" on DarkReading.com, I had to rethink some of my personal shopping rules. This part stuck out to me:

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Don’t Spread That Hoax!

June 07, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on March 17, 2015

If you ever get bored, check out “Nonprofit.net/hoax – Don’t Spread That Hoax” for some random trivia, entertainment, myths, IT fun facts, and plenty of useless knowledge.

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Computer Hard Drives-Keep, Wipe, and/or Destroy

June 07, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on May 15, 2015

Whenever you sell a computer, don’t simply leave the hard drive with all your data easily recoverable. Ensure you keep the hard drive (HD) as a backup or external drive, wipe it properly so the data can’t be recovered, or destroy it completely with hammers, drills, and other manly stuff. I was on Craigslist earlier searching for a cheap laptop to buy so I can play with Linux. I found a guy looking to sell two laptops for ~$70 simply because his ex-girlfriend changed the log-in passwords. Hard Drives – Keep, wipe, and/or destroy it. But don’t simply give it, and all your information, away for free. Your credit score and mindset will thank you later.

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What is Your Computer telling the Internet Right Now? BrowserSpy Answers

June 05, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on September 10, 2015

If last weeks post spiked your interest in web security, privacy, and tracking, you should check out http://browserspy.dk/. Simply visit the site and the tabs (tests) on the left will educate you on what information your web browser is sharing.

I’m sure you’ll be surprised.

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Unshorten that Tiny URL with UnShortening Tools

June 05, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on September 21, 2015

Have you ever been on Facebook or Twitter and seen a short website address provided by a source that’s not completely professionally verified? For example, https://bit.ly/2AvtgLn. Called shortened or tiny URLs, it can save space anywhere, but it also hides the origin of the source.

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12 Types of WordPress Plugins You Don’t Need

June 01, 2020 — Jt Spratley

First published on April 20, 2020

I’ve said this a few times in the past, but my goals to improve my WordPress blog taught me HTML and web design. I’ve downloaded a lot of WordPress plugins for extra features without knowing I could’ve achieved the same goal with a few lines of HTML or editing a file that already exists.

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