What is Hacktivism?

Hacktivism is a buzzword nowadays. Hacktivism has gained ground by being employed by hackers who disrupt use of services, website defacement all for the purpose of informing the wider public of their ideologies.

In the recent election in the Philippines, members of a group of hackers gained access of the voter’s database. This was to inform the public of the security risk of the public’s data. This has also gained interest into how election fraud could happen.

Samples of Hacktivism

  • website defacement – The website content has been replaced by messages, images or anything other than the expected content
  • denial-of-service attacks (DoS) – Service of a website cannot be used because all resources is being used up
  • redirects – Website is redirected to a different website
  • website parodies – A website may be created to mimic the original website
  • information theft – information by users are taken by hackers

 GistPages changes

GistPages has been growing fast for the past few years. There are about 200+ pages of reference for programmers, aspiring system admins, designers and students alike. The plan is to add couple hundred more in the next few months.

GistPages has now moved to SSL

We made sure we adhered to the following too:

  • Use 2048-bit key certificates
  • Don’t block your HTTPS site from crawling using robots.txt
  • Allow indexing of your pages by search engines where possible.
  • Avoid the noindex robots meta tag.

GistPages has also dropped the date-based addresses. This makes it easier to remember the web page addresses.

Future Plans

GistPages will continue to grow and here are the future features planned:

  • Search functionality
  • Add back comments
  • More focus on Go Lang
  • Increase focus on Linux/Unix

The future is bright and we’ll see each other there!

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 Launching Free Alternative

I have been very very very busy on working this past weeks. Although, now I’m gonna give it a rest and just announce my application. It is a directory of software and/or applications that can be availed or downloaded for free instead of the more commercial applications.

Feel free to visit the application on Free Alternative