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MQTT vs Websockets vs HTTP/2: The Best IoT Messaging Protocol?

While doing any sort of development for an Internet of Things (IoT) connected device such as an Arduino, Raspberry Pi, or other embedded platform, the question inevitably comes up as to what is the best messaging protocol to use? Assuming your application can’t use straight up web pages, there are really two viable options at […]


Firesheep by Eric Butler has just been released to the world. This Firefox plugin does a few things that have already been fairly easy to do for a while, but rolled up in one easy to use package:

  1. Sniffs data on unencrypted Wireless Networks
  2. Looks for unencrypted login cookies sent to known popular insecure sites
  3. Allows you to login to that account with ‘One Click’

So what sites are impacted by default? Amazon.com, Basecamp, bit.ly, Cisco, CNET, Dropbox, Enom, Evernote, Facebook, Flickr, Github, Google, HackerNews, Harvest, Windows Live, NY Times, Pivotal Tracker, Slicehost, tumblr, Twitter, WordPress, Yahoo, and Yelp are among the few. A plugin system allows anyone to add their own sites (and cookie styles) to the plugin.

Yikes! It goes without saying that this is a major security problem for anyone who uses unencrypted wireless networks. Includes on this list are many universities and companies such as Starbucks.



The situation is: you have an web application or URL that you would like to force your users (or yourself) to use the secure https protocol rather than the unencrypted http protocol. This is easy to do with Apache and .htaccess. Create or add to the .htaccess file in the root of the web directory […]


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Google Gmail, Docs, Apps and Reader Secured

For Firefox and Opera only: Use the Google Secure Pro Greasemonkey script to force these Google programs to use SSL in your browser. It changes any accesses via http to https which is supported by Google, this secures your connection between your browser and Google’s servers. If you do any type of work using Google’s […]


Apache’s mod_proxy module is simply one of the best Apache modules out there. With it, you can do all sorts of things that you usually would not be able to do if you are behind a firewall or other limited network situations. A problem that recently came up for me was how Microsoft Outlook Web […]