I’ve recently updated this blog and icanhazip.com to enable HTTP/2! This probably won’t have much of an effect on users who query icanhazip.com with automated tools, but it should deliver the content on this blog a little faster. If you’re using an older, non-HTTP/2 client - don’t worry. All of the sites will continue working for you as they always have. Head on over to Wikipedia to learn more about HTTP/2 and its benefits.
I’ve been a big fan of the GPGTools suite for Mac for quite a while but I discovered some neat features when right-clicking on a file in Finder today. It’s a bit disappointing that I didn’t find these sooner! Encrypting files is simple: just click OpenPGP: Encrypt File and a window will pop asking you which key you’d like to use for encryption. You also have the option of encrypting it with a password.
Regardless of the type of hosting you’re using - dedicated or cloud - it’s important to take network interface security seriously. Most often, threats from the internet are the only ones mentioned. However, if you share a private network with other customers, you have just as much risk on that interface. Many cloud providers allow you access to a private network environment where you can exchange data with other instances or other services offered by the provider.
I spoke with a customer last week who was curious about enabling encrypted partitions on a DAS connected to their server. I wasn’t entirely sure if it was possible in RHEL 5 since I couldn’t remember if it was available in Fedora 6. According to Red Hat’s release notes, it is possible. Here’s an excerpt from their release notes: Encrypted Swap Partitions and Non-root File Systems Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 now provides basic support for encrypted swap partitions and non-root file systems.