security

A 2-post collection

Evernote vs. Dropbox

I got into a discussion the other day around the merits of Evernote versus Dropbox.  Just about everyone has heard of these two services and I wanted to explore why you’d use one over the other.  I use both of these services, extensively, so wanted to give my opinion on how they each stack up in four different categories:  Security, Data Integrity, Search, and X-Factor (that little something extra). Security I’m a bit of a security buff, so I want to tackle security first.  Is my data stored encrypted or in the clear on the provider’s servers?  Who has access to my data besides me?  Is the service “Trust No One”? Dropbox famously blew itself up on...

Setting up Automatic Updates for Ubuntu

Keeping your system up to date is the single most important way to prevent security and malware issues.  Ubuntu provides nice tools for maintaining your system, but if you manage it via a command line you may be used to seeing: 1 2 3 packages can be updated. 3 updates are security updates. This is the Ubuntu system notifying you that it noticed there are 3 packages that have updates available.  This check is enabled by default and is part of the update-motd system.  Some background on how this works will provide insight into the workings of Ubuntu and then we’ll talk about automating those updates. Background update-motd is a system program introduced in Ubuntu that allows for the...