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Sooooo SSL and this hosting provider

Sooooo SSL and this hosting provider

I am a fan of the idea of putting SSL all over the place.

But wait! This very site does not even have SSL or serve data over a secure channel.

Well here is my current problem. This particular hosting provider is somewhat behind the times. They do not support users setting up more than one SSL certificate and I host multiple sites with them. I guess I am left with a simple choice here really. Move to a new hosting provider or just accept that even this simple site login is insecure and open to being spied on or stolen.

I hear the skeptics saying “But with Let’s encrypt you can use Subject Alternative Names” and yes, this would solve the problem, but directly link all the sites I host on this server. I do not want to do this. I also know that its not difficult to find out this information, but I do not want to broadcast it with every connection.

I use Let’s Encrypt wherever I can as it is simple to use on just about any OS. I actively use it on my windows servers as well as my Linux servers. Both pretty easy to setup and get going.

 

I do find it disappointing, hhhmmmm, or maybe I have been spoilt with using AWS (Amazon Web Services) and the ease of doing certain things, but in this era of regular data breaches and peoples passwords “hitting the streets” I feel SSL should be offered free by all hosting providers. If not through the tools and control panels then at the very least enable the customers to easily set up and use Let’s Encrypt.

Sooooo strong passwords and apps that don’t help

Sooooo strong passwords and apps that don’t help

Sooooo today while rotating all my passwords I ran into something rather annoying.

Lets change our password shall we …

Ok then, off I go to generate a loverly complex password, and copy it from my password safe to change my password.

Oh wait, this site/application does not let you paste into the password field. Now why is that since they say that strong passwords are important and all that.

 

Ok so my silly logic slaps me in the face and complains.

You want to have a complex password that have everything in it and is 5 billion characters long, BUT you want me to type it twice. Well now, thats when my brain implodes and leaks out my ear as I simply stare at the application/web site.

 

Thanks to the developers of the application/website and the fact that clearly (to me at least) they don’t want passwords that are actually secure, but rather something you can type easily and remember. Hmmm doesn’t that immediately sound like a rather insecure password.

 

Well I could go to our friends at Dinopass.com or even simpler just use the super simple call to (load the URL) http://www.dinopass.com/password/strong but this is not the point at all. I am still left with having to type it multiple times.

 

So to conclude this rant, I would like to thank those applications and web sites for showing me that they actually don’t want my business (read money) and that I should be using there competitors products, which I am now doing.

Sooooo Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video

Sooooo Netflix vs Amazon prime video

I’ve had Amazon prime for about a year now and not watched many videos at all. Speaking with a friend of mine, he recommended I take a look at Netflix.

A little background:

I use the AWS (Amazon Web Services) console for cloud services a lot in my day to day work. I prefer the AWS console to the Azure one for simplicity and general feel and ease of use. As for Netflix, I had not even see the UI (user interface) so it was a clean slate other than my personal preferences.

I decided to give it a go and see what it was all about. I signed up for a free account and decided to take a look around the site.

This is just my experience and thoughts on the two.

I found the Amazon video interface nit particularly good especially since I only spent my time looking for “Included with prime”.

Now although the layout of Amazon video and Netflix are relatively close, they are still worlds apart. Now don’t get me wrong here. I am definitely not some sort of UI expert or anything, but I know how I like to interact with sites and what I think is easy to use.

The main difference I see is the listings/recommendations. Amazon has a long list of categories. Netflix on the other hand starts off the bat attempting to supply you with somewhat useful information. Recommendations and “Trending” and a layout that just “feels” cleaner to me.

As with most things it is a personal taste that makes the “feel” of the site to your liking or not.

However, for me, I think that Netflix has the nicer UI. Except for the fact that they do seem to make it somewhat more difficult to find and browse more detailed categories (which Amazon displays by default).

With a bit of google magic I managed to come across a list of categories, with links, for Netflix. This is an unknown site to me and is simply here as a reference to show that the information is out there if you look for it [Netflix – Category list].

Now you know that both sites will use AI (artificial intelligence) to some degree or another. The AI from Netflix is trying to find you movies and TV series you will like to watch. How it does this. Well now that would be interesting to know if it was more than a simple “What you watched (and rated) as you liked and what others did the same”.

Just in case you missed what I was trying to say. I prefer Netflix user experience over that of Amazon video even with some of the difficulties in digging into categories from the Netflix side.

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