Encrypt a USB Drive (or any other partition) Using LUKS

Did you ever want to feel like secret agent or do you really need to transport and exchange sensitive data? Encrypting your data is not much effort and can be used to protect a pen drive or any partition and the data on it from unauthorized access. In the following example you see how to create an encrypted partition on a disk. Note two things: If you accidentally encrypt the wrong partition, the data is lost.

Secure Automated Backups of a Linux Web Server with Rrsync and Passwordless Key Based Authentication

Backups Automated and Secure Backing up data is an essential task, yet it can be cumbersome and requires some work. As most people are lazy and avoid tedious tasks wherever possible, automation is the key, as it allows us dealing with more interesting work instead. In this article, I describe how a Linux Web server can be backed up in a secure way by using restricted SSH access to the rsync tool.

A Reasonable Secure, Self-Hosted Password Database with Versioning and Remote Access

The average computer users needs to memorize at least 17 passwordsfor private accounts. Power users need to handle several additional accounts for work too and memorizing (good and complex) passwords quickly becomes a burden if not yet impossible. To overcome the memory issue, there exists a variety of tools, which allow to store passwords and associated metadata in password stores. Typically, a password manager application consists of a password file, which contains the passwords and the metadata in structured form, and an application, assisting the user in decrypting and encrypting the passwords.

Backup your Emails or Migrate between two IMAP Servers with Offlineimap

Syncing IMAP Accounts Between Servers Due to a change in our mail server infrastructure, I had to move all emails from the old account to a new IMAP account. Obviously if you create the new account in your email client such as thunderbird, you can simply drag and drop the messages between the accounts. Unfortunately, timeouts and other errors prevent you from being sure that all emails have been moved between the servers correctly, if you rely on the mail client only.

Neue Rezension: Linux Magazin – Alles über MySQL

Das Linux Magazin hat in seiner Ausgabe 09/2015 die folgende Rezension veröffentlicht: Dass dieses Buch wenige Fragen offen lassen will, machen schon seine Dimensionen deutlich: Über 800 Seiten ergeben einen soliden Wälzer. So stellen die Autoren ihren umfangreichen Erklärungen zu MySQL denn auch eine Einführung in das Thema Datenbanken an sich voran und machen den Leser mit den grundlegenden Techniken der Datenmodellierung bekannt. Im zweiten Teil geht es dann systematisch um die MySQL-Administration: Er erläutert die Architektur der Datenbank, die Installation und die Bordwerkzeuge nebst einem Abstecher zu den Themen Backup und Monitoring sowie die Performance-Optimierung im Hinblick auf Hardware und Konfiguration.

VirtualBox 4 – Performance Problems Solved

For a current project I am working on, I need several Linux machines running simultaneously, in order to perform some test-runs. Further more, I need a Windows 7 installation, because I have to use some software only available for Microsoft Systems. Therefore, the virtualization solution VirtualBox, is quite handy to manage all of systems. Although my host system is not really state of the art ( Dual-Core E5200 @ 2.50GHz , 6GB RAM), the system performs quite nicely with several guests up and running at the same time.