If you're developing for the web (or something else) and you need to connect to an Oracle database, such as an Oracle Autonomous Database that comes for free with oracle cloud free tier, you may run to the typical problem of storing db connection credentials in configuration files and scripts. Nevertheless, Oracle has, since ages, a functionality called Oracle Wallet that can help you manage these connections more securely. Keep in mind that Oracle migrates away from Wallets, but my understanding is that this is a response to usability concerns, as the security standard is not maintained in the new set-up.
Moving this blogPosted on Monday, 14th of December 2020 • personal • permanent link •Read time: 2 minutes
I decided to move this blog to Oracle Cloud. I am very satisfied wth my current hosting provider and I plan to maintain my VPS there, but I also have good reasons to move.
SSL certificate revocation gotchasPosted on Wednesday, 4th of March 2020 • security • permanent link •Read time: 2 minutes
As you may have heard, Let's Encrypt revoked several certificates today that were issued through a faulty process. Read on for the details, and on how to identify the revoked certificates themselves.
Google+ is dying, be preparedPosted on Friday, 1st of February 2019 • privacy • permanent link •Read time: 1 minute
As you may have heard, Google+ is going to die. This is a good thing since there were some security / privacy issues last year. Google decided to kill the product instead of trying to fix it, which is understandable and a respectful decision.