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I’ve Installed DNN. What’s Next?

Upendo Ventures: I installed DNN. What's next?

Sometimes it’s easy to forget some of the simple things when you've been working with something over a long period of time. When this happens, it's easy to overlook how technical, difficult, hidden, or simply not obvious things. You end up in something of an auto-pilot mode. This article helps to outline some of the quick-and-easy things that we often do after first installing DNN. 

5 Simple Tips Anyone Can Do to Protect Yourself and Your Business Online

Upendo Ventures: Security

Ever since computers have been widely available, we seem to be in a never-ending battle against the “bad guys” online.  They’re constantly trying to hack us, steal our private information, create fake identities, and so many other nefarious acts.  It’s difficult to keep up with all of the latest details and exploits that you could potentially be exploited by.  Here are a few tips to make your life a bit more worry-free, as well as protect you and your business at the same time.

Securing Your Non-Azure Website Using Let’s Encrypt

Securing Your Website Using Let's Encrypt

If you’re in the developer community, and especially if you’re using or near any Azure conversations, you’ll continuously hear someone suggest Let’s Encrypt when it comes to securing your domain name.  You know, that thing you do to allow your website to use the HTTPS protocol to get that lock in front of it in the web browser.  I’ve tended to use NameCheap.com these days.  They’re cheap like their name suggests, and they’re super easier to use.  However, things just got even easier.

Never Remember or Even Know Your Password

Upendo Ventures: Never need to remember or know your password

With all of the security breaches that have been happening over the years, I’ve always been skeptical of using a password manager.  Do you remember the (completely preventable) breaches at places like Target, Home Depot, and the massive one at Equifax?  Security is always a balancing act.  You’re constantly trying to walk that fine line between convenience and protection.  This high-wire act, unfortunately, leads many people into truly insecure password practices.  The most common taboos include writing it down somewhere, using the same one everywhere, and using passwords that increment by a single digit.  Historically, many data breaches have one or more of these as the root cause. 

5 Tips for Upgrading DNN Websites

Upendo Ventures gives 5 tips for successful DNN website upgrades

Depending on who you ask, you’ll be the recipient of a very passionate response when you ask any DNN’er their opinion about DNN upgrades.  In general, upgrading DNN is very similar to any other ASP.NET application.  Yet, when things go wrong, people tend to blame the application itself.  Don’t get me wrong, the respective application can and sometimes does have something to do with an issue that may occur, but in my experience, that’s the exception and not the rule.  Here are some tips to help you have a less "exciting" time the next time you have to upgrade DNN.