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Create an Amazon Lightsail Server in 5 Minutes

If you follow my posts (even a little,) you know I’m a big fan of quick and easy virtual private servers, such as the virtual “droplets” over at Digital Ocean. I also use other virtual server hosts such as Vultr and Linode as well. All three services do a great job of allowing you to spin up virtual servers in a matter of minutes, and do so at very reasonable prices. In the past, I have kind of steered away from Amazon AWS, as I found their EC2 platform convoluted, a mess to navigate, and (more importantly) expensive. Not to …

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How to Warm Your WordPress Cache

A few days ago, I updated to the latest version of WordPress, 4.9.4, on most of my WP sites. On a couple of the larger sites, I had been using PHP script to warm the caches to increase page load speeds. I wrote the script about 4 years ago, and it has performed flawlessly up until this latest WP update. I am not sure as to why just yet. I haven’t had the time to really dig in and investigate. As soon as I realized, though, that the code was broken, my heart sank. Warming the cache on a site …

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One Month Review of Pritunl VPN Server

Update Still using my free Pritunl VPN server with a $5/month Digital Ocean droplet, and the speed and reliability are still amazing. So, after a year and a half, I can honestly say this is the best VPN solution I have ever used. Free Pritunl VPN Server Review After One Month of Use Not long ago, I published a post on how to set up your own free VPN server using Pritunl. Since I have been using the new Pritunl server for about a month now, I thought it might be a good idea to post about my experiences with …

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End-to-End Encryption and What it Means for You

Talk about End-to-End Encryption is Everywhere These days, it seems that encryption is a popular topic, and for very good reason. Encryption is changing the way we communicate and transfer data and is, in general, a very good tool for protecting privacy and preventing others from viewing personal or otherwise sensitive data. While encryption-related stories are an everyday thing these days, many users still don’t actually really understand what encryption is or how it works. So, in this post, I will outline a few basics of real-world end-to-end encryption usage, how it works, and what you need to know to …

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