Secure your home broadband wireless router
Wireless is everywhere now. Virtually all home broadband routers come with WiFi built-in and 90% are enabled by default with standard passwords.
Here are my 5 tips for securing your home broadband wireless router. Continue reading
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In my previous post, I covered the excellent Adblock Plus add-on for you browsers. There is another equally good product which also blocks trackers and cookies.
Ghostery can be installed in Firefox and Google Chrome as well as Mozilla (Firefox) derivatives like Seamonkey.
Before starting, you shouldn’t just install Ghostery because you read something on the internet. Continue reading
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Advertising is found on most sites. Blocking advertising is more of a comfort issue, than an attempt to secure my privacy – although it does do that to some extent also. Some sites (including many WordPress sites) display adverts in an unobtrusive way, and show adverts related to the site content. Other sites are more like a fairground, sounds, flashing lights, pop-up windows which detract from the site. Finally there is targeted advertising – the technique of tracking your own web history to push adverts to you.
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Every time you use a search engine like Google or Bing, a record of your IP address is kept. Every computer connected to the internet requires an address to connect, and tools exist which expose your geographic location from your IP address. Sometimes this could be detailed enough to individually identify you, other times it may be enough to just locate your approximate area. The linking of search terms to your IP address also provides a link between your interests or thoughts. Again to use the library analogy, this is akin to someone reading over your shoulder all the time.
There are several solutions to address this, addressing different parts of the activity. Continue reading
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Protecting your privacy
Over the last year, more and more people have become aware of the privacy issues and the amount of tracking that
The use of tracking can help provide more targeted services and products to you, but the scale of the tracking has come as a great surprise to many people who just want to use the technology.
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Securing your browsing
I would recommend that this is the first thing you do as part of securing your internet habits. What this does is try to make sure that all communication between you and the website that you are connecting to is encrypted. The success of this depends on the configuration of the web site you are connecting to. If the server does not provide encryption, then you won’t be able to connect securely. Many sites have a mixture of secure and insecure parts.
This wont’ hide the sites you visit, and it may not even hide the parts of the site you visit, but it will try and keep the information that you download as secure as possible.
The aptly-named HTTPS Everywhere from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) adds this capability to Firefox, Chrome and Opera browsers. Due to privacy issues with the Firefox Add-on site, they provide the link to the add-in on their own site.
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My Training History
Last year I entered the Marmotte Cycling Event with several friends. (You can read more about the event here.)
This was the most challenging event I’ve ever attempted. The course is 174km long. I’ve completed this distance before, but the killer is in the fact that over the course of this you have to climb 4 alpine stages; the Col du Glandon, Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier and finishing on the Alpe d’Huez.
We decided to do this at the end of 2012, so this left about 6 to 8 months of training.
Coincidentally with this, I had the opportunity to take a sabbatical, so I was able to use this time also to train.
This was also the first event I used a turbo trainer as part of my programme. For previous events, I relied on being a regular commuter, covering about 110km per week (10 rides of around 11km each, so about 5 hours of training), plus some longer weekend rides with friends covering about 60 to 80 km in the North Kent downs.
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