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Wow!  It's been a little while since I have had the time to post another article.   Well, here I am again, back at it. This time, I will show you an optimal way to keep your site secure utilizing a bit of nginx configuration.  You will need to do some work before implementing this, so please do not attempt to simply copy/paste this and expect it to work out of the box. # Default security headers add_header Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=31536000; includeSubdomains; preload"; # enable, cache, and preload subdomains add_header X-Frame-Options "SAMEORIGIN" always; # generally only allow SAMEORIGIN frame sources add_header X-Xss-Protection "1; mode=block"; # protect against Cross-Site Scripting add_header X-Content-Type-Options "nosniff" always; # no sniffing allowed! add_header Referrer-Policy "strict-origin"; # protect agains cross-linking add_header X-Download-Options "noopen";…

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UPDATE 2.0!!! Wow, just realized it's been awhile since i posted anything... well kiddies, time for some new code. Although I have grown up loveing, carressing, and mutilating Visual Basic, I have decided to take a stab at some C# since most of my projects lately have comes across in the form of PHP.  While I do love VB still, I am starting to fall hard for some C# sexyness (<- spelling). I have a VB version of what I am about to post as well, and though the language structure is different, there really aren't very many differences between the 2.  I thought I may get some sort of performance boost out of this "conversion" but alas, I was mistaken.  Both languages performed admirably…

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Since I am currently running into this issue right now as I type this, I though I would share my experiences with moving a ModX Revolution site from one server to another.  It is not an easy task, but can be accomplished rather easily. The first thing you will need to do is to verify that your new server has PHP and MySQL installed, along with the PDO drivers. Next step is to search through your current database and change any physical paths it may contain to point to your new directory structure on the new server.  Once you have this done you are ready to do a mysqldump, if you have access to phpMyAdmin, take the easy route and simply do an export.  Make…

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I... Am a developer.  As a result, I know a multitude of different programming and scripting languages ranging from Visual Basic to HTML and just about everything between.  As a result I do a multitude of projects.  Now my main server.... the one I do the most development on is a Ubuntu Linux server... but because I also need to develop for Microsoft technologies, I need to have a Windows Server virtual machine on it. Since some of these sites I work on need to be run in a windows environment, I also need a way I can still send all my requests to and through my LAMP box, and pass them off to my windows VM residing on it. I will not go into…

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