June 13, 2016 tim

Like any other software it’s important to apply security updates as they are released, Drupal is no different. In this tutorial we will use a bash script and cron to auto apply Drupal security patches on a daily basis. This tutorial assumes you have Drupal 7 or 8 and drush installed on your FreeBSD server. I like to keep all of my scripts in /root/scripts, create this directory if you don’t already have a location for your bash scripts. # mkdir /root/scripts Create a script for automating Drupal updates # nano drupal_security_updates.sh Add this to the empty script file (where…

June 5, 2016 tim

In this tutorial we will be replacing sendmail with ssmtp to use an AOL email account for sending outgoing email via SSL. You can also use these instructions to do the same with Gmail, Yahoo, or any other SMTP account. Reference: When performing this setup on my FreeBSD servers I have always used http://btt.red/b/2/0/freebsd-use-gmail-for-outgoing-mail for reference, however I am creating this tutorial to add additional steps that I find work best for my setups. Security: DO NOT USE your primary SMTP account with ssmtp, since the configuration requires storing the SMTP account password in plain text, you really want to…

May 31, 2016 tim

Many people have come to view computer viruses as an annoyance that is usually easily mitigated. Ransomware has appeared as a new and much greater threat. Instead of just slowing your computer down or causing annoying popups, Ransomware literally takes your data hostage. Now more than ever, proactive data protection is vital to avoid a total loss. 1. “Backup, backup, backup”   Just as the saying goes that the most important thing in real estate is “location, location, location”, when it comes to your data its all about having a good backup. A broken computer can be replaced but once…