Your 2014 Tax Refund is Already Spent!

I already spent your tax refund next year!  It’s not going to be a vacation, definitely not a new car and sadly enough, it’s not even going to be a new gun. Unless you live in a cave and wash your laundry in a bucket, I know exactly what you are going to buy.  Well…that may not be entirely true, but if you are still limping around the internet on a computer running Microsoft Windows® XP, then you definitely need to read on. Unfortunately, all Continue reading →

How-to: Secure your Traffic using an SSH Tunnel with PuTTY

Here is the quick and simple way to encrypt and protect what you are sending and receiving over the network whether you are at home or at a wifi hotspot. This is a simple proxy over an SSH connection. You will need the following to do this (works for any platform): PuTTY for your platform A server that supports SSH (either set up at home or your web host) That’s it! First set up PuTTY to connect to your SSH server but also set the Continue reading →

Encrypting Credit Cards

Today we have completely locked down our Credit Card encryption system! Because I’m an absolute freak about security on the Client system of var!ux, John (with the help of Sarah, I’m sure) created a highly secure hash to house our client’s sensitive data. Is it unbreakable? Well, we’ve certainly made it a rough beast to try and wrestle! Now it is up to you to keep your passwords safe by keeping them only in your head or listed in a secure place that is secured Continue reading →