Yes, suffering, not surfing. One of the ever present dangers for those running a blog, or any website for that matter, is that it can become compromised due to a hack or a Man-In-The-Middle (MITM) or other attacks. A hack is usually a direct attack on your PC or the server where your website is hosted and an MITM basically involves someone ‘listening’ in to your web traffic, notably when you’re logging on to your site and intercepting your username and password (amongst other things), taking over your connections, and using that to their advantage. A hack can occur at any time, but can be avoided (to a large extent) using appropriate procedures, security software (depending on your website) and ensuring that all of your software is up to date, amongst other things. To that end, this story is about my trials and tribulations of setting up security for my blog (avoiding the gory – highly technical – bits), as getting clear help for someone that’s not experienced in coding was like the Labours of Hercules and most of the time it felt like I was working in the Augean Stables with a brush and dust pan.
When we moved to the country in 2011, one thing that pretty much disappeared from our letterbox was junk mail. While we live in a small country town now, our location is just outside the junk mail distribution area, so that we rarely get any of the junk mail that others receive (though in far less quantities than city folk). Funnily enough, when we do receive such mail, it’s with an odd degree of excitement, now that it’s no longer a letter box crammed affair. Gippsland Farmer is always a must read.