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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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How to Build Your Own Rock-Solid and Secure Multi-User VPN Server for $5 a Month

Update Update – Amazon Prime, Netflix and Hulu are now blocking Digital Ocean IP addresses. Therefore, this type of self-hosted, private VPN server will not work if streaming from those services is your goal. This solution should still work, though, with most other types of geo-restricted content. If you’re looking for a VPN solution GUARANTEED to work with Amazon Prime, Netflix or Hulu, you should try Express VPN – the number one commercial VPN provider, period! (Disclaimer – In addition to my private VPN server, I also use Express VPN. And, if you sign up with my referral link, we …

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How to Save Bing Background Images

How to Download and Save Bing Background Images Google may have the most popular search engine, but Bing certainly has the prettiest. Bing.com uses some absolutely stunning photos and images as backgrounds for its search page. Don’t believe me? Check Here! These photos make awesome desktop background images for your computer. So, if you would like to download Bing background images, this quick tip post will show you how. Firefox Required The method I will discuss in this post works only with Firefox. Therefore, if you’re a Chrome, Edge, IE, Opera or other browser user, then you’ll need to download …

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