Good to know: The Browser Market Share

When you build your spanking new website, it pays to know that it can be viewed readily in most web browsers. It follows therefore that it is good to know what browser your website customers are using. For someone like myself who remembers the dominant days of Netscape Navigator and the Internet Explorer, it is a good time to take stock of the newish kids on the block. For those not too familiar with the history of web browsers (as old as the web itself), a Wikipedia history lesson is just what is needed. What is the state of play Read more


My heart bleeds!

by Kazeem Olalekan   My heart bleeds not because I am an independent prescriber in Cardiology. This is not because I hope to develop a specialisation in paediatric cardiology. It is however because the two things I have commented upon lately have come together so devastatingly. I talked about how it is best practice to encrypt website using the Secure Hypertext Transfer protocol. I also recently described the open source philosophy. It is now clear that a security bug has existed in the OpenSSL implementation of SSL for the past 2 years leading to the potential compromise of your and Read more


Front and Back

by Kazeem Olalekan   Last month I posted something about best practice with respect to site encryption. That sorts out the front door. If you wanted to protect your house from buglers, would you lock the front door and leave the back door open? I hope not. That is no way to do security. This is not a tutorial about how email can be intercepted (you will have to write to NSA or GCHQ for that). If your web form is going to transmit sensitive information you have so diligently collected over a secure socket, via email, then it is prudent Read more


Have you backed up your CMS?

How many times have you failed to back-up your work, project etc only to realise that you have lost many hours of valuable work through the loss of data! I have been there and it makes my stomach churn. It is best practice to always back up your work. Nowadays, you pretty much back-up your data in a variety of ways: On a disk, Off site, via encrypted internet connection etc. A number of companies offer off-site data backup for really great prices. I should provide a review of these services at a later date. The bottom line is: Who Read more


The padlock in my browser

When you call some website, you may see a padlock like that pictured below:     It means the website you are browsing is encrypted. When the padlock is green, it generally means all the items on the website is encrypted. In some cases the padlock may appear but it is not green. This usually implies that some errors are present. It may simply mean the certificate (I will touch on this elsewhere as a troubleshooting piece) does not match the browser address or that some items on the page are simply not encrypted. Different browsers offer different ways of Read more