Ethical Hacking Reconnaissance Plan: Passive Footprinting

In this post, I am highlighting which sources and tools I use to perform passive footprinting as part of the Reconnaissance phase of an ethical hacking exercise. Passive footprinting involves the uses of tools and resources that can assist you … Continue Reading

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PFSense – Enabling Administration via the WAN Interface

About PFSense PFsense is an open source firewall and routing solution which is built on FreeBSD. This firewall solution is the unsung hero of open source firewalls so if you have not seen it, get your hands dirty and you … Continue Reading

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Hardening WordPress – Robots.txt

WordPress possesses a virtual robots.txt file which means that no actual file is present on the web server, WordPress generates this file each time someone visits your site. A robots.txt file is a good idea to make your site search … Continue Reading

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Hardening WordPress – Hiding Directory Listing

A common WordPress configuration error is permitting directory listing or directory browsing as it is also known. Unless you have a specific use case where you have to have directory listing enabled, this should be disabled as it is information … Continue Reading

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Hardening WordPress – PHP Configuration

WordPress is written in PHP. In order to properly secure WordPress one needs to ensure that your server’s global PHP settings are configured in a secure manner in order to mitigate any security risks that may exist. In a shared … Continue Reading

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WordPress Security – Setting File Permissions

Why Correct File Permission Settings are Important WordPress is a very popular platform for building websites.  WordPress sites could make up anything from 15% to 23% of sites on the Internet depending on where you get your statistics from. This … Continue Reading

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Azure Security Center – Setting Security Policies

As per my previous overview post on Azure Security Center, this Azure service provides and overview of the security state of Azure apps and services running on a specific subscription. The power of Azure Security Center is only unleashed when … Continue Reading

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Configuring SendGrid for WordPress on Azure

If you utilize Azure as your hosting provider for WordPress, you will need to configure an SMTP service so that your site can send outgoing email. Why would you need an SMTP service? Without this service proactively managing your site … Continue Reading

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Case Study – Cost Effective Website Security

I manage several websites and generally follow industry standard practices to secure and harden these sites. I believe in ‘Defense in Depth’ and so I deploy several security focused products and services which focus on web applications. As many of … Continue Reading

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