Virgin Media, why are you manipulating my traffic?

Updates 6th April: TalkTalk appear to be doing something similar 7th April: Plusnet are doing it too. The responses to my post have hightlighted that using DNSCrypt + OpenDNS doesn’t allow you to opt out of this behaviour which suggests a deal between the ISPs, Google and OpenDNS has been made. Virgin Media why does www.google.com resolve to host-62-253-8-99.not-set-yet.virginmedia.net? What a funny name for a PTR record, but seriously, why are you manipulating my traffic?

Everpix is awesome

I use Everpix to backup and organise every photo I’ve ever taken – all 27,159 of them. Not so long ago I used to take my camera with me everywhere, see my Flickr for proof. Over a few years the number of photos I’d taken started to add up (only a handful ended up on Flickr). The saddest part is that I have easily taken 5x the amount I have today.

Securing your digital world

Everything requires a password. A long time ago it bugged me that I couldn’t think of something secure so I visited a web page that randomly generated passwords for you and I used the same 8 character password ever since, it contained 1 number and 7 letters one of which was uppercase. What if one of your favourite services gets hacked? What if someone hacks Linkedin and leaks 6 million user passwords?

YubiKey and Mac OS X FileVault

If there’s one thing I seem to be obsessed with lately and that’s security. I’ve never had any of my accounts hacked but that doesn’t stop me. It happens all the time though and working in IT I should know how to prevent it. If you haven’t heard about YubiKey and you want to prevent getting your accounts hacked then you should check it out, it’s basically a USB key that anything you plug it into will see as a keyboard, if the application you’re authenticating against supports it then it can generate one-time passwords for you so even keyloggers can’t catch you out.