Entries by Rob Hooper

Switching a site from HTTP to HTTPS

We love HTTPS and with its Security, Speed, SEO and Accessibility you should upgrade now! Having helped customers through this process many times we have learnt a thing or two about how to make the process go smoothly. So here is our … 4 step HTTPS upgrade guide   1) Get a certificate You can […]

How will Ubuntu 12.04 end of life affect me?

On April 2017, Ubuntu 12.04 reaches end of life (EOL). We recommend that you update to Ubuntu 16.04. Over time technology and security evolves, new bugs are fixed and new threats prevented, so in order to maintain a secure infrastructure it is important to keep all software and systems up to date. Operating systems are […]

Types of SSL Certificates

The number of businesses that use SSL have increased tremendously over the past few years and the reasons for which SSL is used has also increased, for example: Some businesses need SSL to simply provide confidentiality (i.e. encryption) Some businesses like to use SSL to add more trust or confidence in security and identity (they […]

How will CentOS 5 end of life affect me?

On 31st March 2017, CentOS 5 reaches end of life (EOL). We recommend that you update to CentOS 7. Over time technology and security evolves, new bugs are fixed and new threats prevented, so in order to maintain a secure infrastructure it is important to keep all software and systems up to date. Operating systems […]

PHP 5.5 support will stop on the 10 July 2016

Quick Public Safety Announcement, PHP 5.5 is end of life (EOL) on the 10 July 2016. Anything not running PHP version 5.6 or newer exposes your site to significant security vulnerabilities. We have ensured that all our customers are safe and ready. Unsure if you are affected? Want a hand upgrading? Get in touch!   […]

Let’s Encrypt: Security Everywhere

Let’s Encrypt is a new Certificate Authority (CA) who are making waves in the web community. They have lowered the access barrier for SSL certificates significantly and are pushing their competition to improve; fast. “A Certificate Authority is an entity that validates other digital certificates… …Creating a Chain of Trust between a website and the […]

Certificate Authorities or how to trust over the internet

A common misconception we see all the time is that HTTPS is only useful for scrambling (encrypting) connections between you and a website, but this is only half of its potential. So how do we know we are connected to Facebook’s servers when we access www.facebook.com? HTTPS ensures this, by making two important aspects of […]

The Dark Art of Email Deliverability

We often get questions over the technologies which help get your legitimate email delivered.  There are three main ones: SPF – Used to lock down email sources to your servers DKIM – To authenticate your sent emails DMARC – For real world email reporting and DKIM enforcement Email is vital to any organisation. Ensuring your […]

DROWN vulnerability

Dogsbody Technology maintenance customers are already protected against the newly disclosed DROWN attack, but as of the 1st March, 33% of all HTTPS sites are affected by this vulnerability. The DROWN (Decrypting RSA with Obsolete and Weakened eNcryption) vulnerability affects HTTPS and other services that rely on SSL and TLS, these cryptographic protocols that make […]

CVE-2015-7547 glibc vulnerability

In the past few days Google has identified a vulnerability in glibc (GNU C Library). It allows attackers to crash processes and potentially run code remotely on your server. The vulnerability itself is best described by the Google Security Team’s blog-post. To summarise: “The glibc DNS client side resolver is vulnerable to a stack-based buffer […]