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Challenge accepted #https2015

This blog may not have the massive traffic it once had, I’m still perpetually working on it, the few visitors who happen to drop by and spend some time do so over an insecure HTTP channel.

With the rise of online attacks, where small websites are being used to attack bigger and more valuable online properties, there is a growing consensus that every website owner, publisher or operator join hands in making the internet a more secure place. We can do that by using secure HTTP connections or serving their websites over HTTPS.

Here’s a list of 9 good reasons why we should embrace HTTPS on the New York Times. And there’s a bonus of other good references listed at the end of the article.

The juiciest part of it, if I may say, is the challenge to have this blog fully on HTTPS by 2015. It’s going to be a challenge, but a good one at that. I get to tick off one of the items on my to-do-list cum New Year’s resolution since many years back and I can give my online visitors some peace of mind whenever they drop by for a visit. So let the fortification begin!

Sabado by The Eraserheads

Sabado by The Eraserheads

Buti na lang, Sabado bukas
Pwede tayo lumabas
Humanap ng gagawin
Di na kailangang isipin

Buti na lang, Sabado bukas
At pwede na tayo magwala
Kung magsisi sa huli
Kesa naman walang nangyari

Buti na lang, Sabado bukas
Pwede tayo magpuyat
Sulitin nahanggang Linggo
Kahit saan, wag lamang dito

At pagpanaw ng araw
At paglalim ng dilim
Ang oras ay lumipas
Di na natin maibabalik

Itapon ang kahapon
Yakapin ang darating
At kung kailangan mo ako
Lagi naman ako nandito

Buti na lang, Sabado bukas
Buti na lang, Sabado bukas
Hanapin man nila tayo
Sabihin na lang wala tayo dito

BlackBerry Passport officially unveiled

Seems that BlackBerry is going back to its corporate roots with their official announcement of the BlackBerry Passport. Some of the features include a 4.5-inch IPS display @ 453ppi, 2.2Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragron 800 quad-core chip, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, 13 megapixel rear camera, 4G LTE, HSPA+, 3G and BlackBerry OS 10.3.

Why The Naked Truth was not a fashion show

If we continue to tolerate this form of “entertainment”, before we know it, our society would be watching live porn right before their eyes and be so completely blinded and numbed by the media to see it as harmless amusement. Heck, it’s happening now—a lot of people aren’t even able to tell what can harm us as a society with the kind of sex-obsessed culture we are creating. We’re becoming more and more reckless, not considering the values we impart to the youth who will be left to run this world when the future comes.

Is this what marketing has come to? Degrading and sexually objectifying human beings for the sake of profit?

No wonder Jesus said the love for money is the root of all sorts of evil. It makes us forget that we are human beings with stories, souls, experiences, and emotions—not just mere bodies to sell underwear and jeans to through hypersexualization.

Dana and Stacy on The Naked Truth

How to check if your Gmail is hacked

Gmail by Bhupinder Nayyar

If you are worried about the recent leak of around 5 million Gmail user names and passwords on the internet and would like to check if yours was included, check out the following website:

https://isleaked.com

Just enter your Gmail address and it will tell you if it’s part of the database of hacked accounts. Don’t worry, the website is legit. I used it and was relieved to find out that none of my Gmail accounts were hacked.

If yours was, change your password now and even activate Google’s two-factor verification to make your account more secure.

Google has responded that the leak was not due to a successful attack that compromised their servers or network. Rather the database was a collection of Gmail accounts that were obtained through phishing, malware, or other means. So again, be careful with what email you open, link that you click and website that you provide your email address and other personal information to. Lastly, make it a habit to change your passwords every now and then and avoid using the same password across your online accounts. If you’re Facbook account gets hacked, all your other accounts will be hacked too.

Gmail logo is owned by Google, Inc.

Reading up on Scottish independence

A good college friend is married to a Scotsman whom I met a couple of years back supports the Scottish independence movement. I was surprised to know that such movement exists aside from that of the Irish. With the referendum taking place on September 18 we are about to witness history unfold once more. Colin Daileda has a good piece on the pros and cons of Scottish independence which is based on this white paper produced by the Scottish government. With our own Bangsamoro Basic Law just submitted to Congress, all of these makes an interesting case study for students of Political Science and International law.