Stay Updated

Just got around to reading to this aricle about getting hacked, the story in itself was a good read and the suggestions to staying secure is a no brainer for everyone.

After a bunch of research, I decided to abandon dedicated servers entirely and move to a beefy DigitalOcean droplet running Ubuntu 14.04. It’s more powerful than my old server, provisioned instantly, and I’m paying a fraction of the price. DigitalOcean’s admin tools are phenomenal, and backups are automatic and painless.

DigitalOcean’s tutorials are absolutely incredible, and I found them invaluable in initial setup, securing Ubuntu, my firewall, MySQL, and using Fail2Ban to protect Apache and SSH. There’s still more work to do for monitoring intrusions, but it’s a start.

So, all of that sucked. But, while bittersweet, I’m better and stronger for it.

You should try the linked tutorials on your webhost/site.

 

SSL Enabled

I just enabled SSL for free on my site  simplysaru.com, by following the instructions here.

 

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I am using the free SSL certificate from https://letsencrypt.org/.  Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority (CA), run for the public’s benefit.  The service is in public beta, but that didn’t stop me from trying it out on my site.

I tested my site with SSLlabs test site. Here is how secure my site is.

The installtion and activation was extremely easy. I will recommend you try it out if you haven’t already.

An Automattician is you

This post by Matt got me inspired about Automattic 4 years back.Automattician.png

Now, I have the creed in my offer letter. Yes this creed that inspired me to apply to Automattic is now on my offer letter.

I will never stop learning. I won’t just work on things that are assigned to me. I know there’s no such thing as a status quo. I will build our business sustainably through passionate and loyal customers. I will never pass up an opportunity to help out a colleague, and I’ll remember the days before I knew everything. I am more motivated by impact than money, and I know that Open Source is one of the most powerful ideas of our generation. I will communicate as much as possible, because it’s the oxygen of a distributed company. I am in a marathon, not a sprint, and no matter how far away the goal is, the only way to get there is by putting one foot in front of another every day. Given time, there is no problem that’s insurmountable.

I start as an Happiness Engineer at Automattic tomorrow and I am super excited to be part of the fabulous team. The process of applying and trialing has been an intense, focused, fun filled journey that I will never forget. The creed is what brought me to the company and one that will keep me motivated moving forward.

If you find the creed inspiring and you think you have it in you to make it as an Automattician, you should apply. We are hiring.

My setup.

My setup got published on the sweet setup this week and here is a link for those who didn’t know about it.
Quite a few things have changed from what is mentioned in the setup, but the bulk of the things remain the same. I will do an updated post here in the coming weeks. Hope you will enjoy reading about my setup.