Victor's Blog about the Web, Security and Life

The web for me is a hobby where standards and best practices are daily bread. Security is a concern that everybody must be aware of its details for IT in general, and the web in particular, to be a safer place. My life, on the other hand, is that of a regular Lebanese citizen where politics and social issues are discussed on a daily basis. I hope you enjoy reading my blog and make sure to drop me a comment about any topic you find interesting.

Lebanese Governments and Parliaments: The On-Going Digital Signature Crime!

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victor | 29 April, 2014 07:15

Up until this day, all previous and current Lebanese governments and parliament members have failed to put in place a national standard for digital signatures. The process is not hard, not vague, not tidious and - for sure - not dangerous. Digital Signatures are already approved as national standards in all digitally-active countries except in Lebanon desipte the fact that Lebanon is a dititally-active country.


HeartBleed Bug: What You Need to Know?!

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victor | 07 April, 2014 19:47

In this article, I will tackle the HeartBleed bug that spread the news lately as well as what should normal website users be aware of by mentioning what could be affected and how to protect it.


Authentication, Authorization and Access Control for Dummies

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victor | 23 September, 2013 06:57

Just as in the book series "... For Dummies", this post is meant to introduce the concept of authentication, authorization and access control for non-technical readers.

To start with, a simple principle needs to be introduced and higlighted: Security principles in IT are exactly the same as those in real life. By understanding this simple statement, you will be able to understand all IT security principles in a very easy manner.


Samsung / HTC High Internet Comsumption

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victor | 30 October, 2012 05:59

If you have an HTC / Samsung with Android OS and you are facing high Internet bandwidth consumption lately, the main reasons are mentioned below with the ways to fix them.This happened with me lately when my phone suddently starting consuming an extra 200-300 MB at a rate of 20-30 MB / day.

I reported this to Alfa more than once with an attempt to know the reason but with no luck. So, I had to do it on my own and check where my phone Internet usage was going. Finally, I nailed it down and fixed it myself.


The New Facebook Sneak Peaks

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victor | 29 September, 2011 14:26

Facebook is undergoing a lot of changes recently especially after the release of Google+. The link below provides sneak peaks about the NEW facebook profile and features that Facebook will be introducing shortly...


NASA Satellite to Crash Back to Earth this September

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victor | 21 September, 2011 09:49

NASA has recently announced that an out-of-control, retired satellite will come crashing into the earth's surface "sometime" towards the end of September. Furthermore, the satellite, which is about the size of a school bus and weights over 6 tonnes (6.6 tons), will impact the earth in an unknown location between Canada and South America. The exact time and location will remain a mystery until two hours before the event, and that's with six thousand miles (10,000 km) of uncertainty.

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Google Desparate for Gmail?

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victor | 29 July, 2011 09:04

Today, I received an email message from The message is simply asking me to switch from my "traditional" email service to the "modern and spam-free" Gmail service.

While this request may sound normal, a quick question popped into my mind.

"Why would Google build a website to ask people to join Gmail if Gmail originally started on an invitation-only basis?
More precisely, why would Google build this website now and not when it first opened Gmail for the public?"

Is Google desparate to advertise Gmail?

Is this just another indirect way of advertising Google Plus?

Is it just a sub-service provided by Google to Gmail users to allow them to invite their friends?


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