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What is S3 Browser?
S3 Browser is a Freeware Windows client for Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) A part of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Amazon S3 is a well regarded, highly available, resilient object storage service offering industry-leading scalability, data availability, security, and performance. If there is a criticism it is that it can be hard to navigate and hard to ensure security is implemented thoroughly. S3 Browser can help shine some light on your S3 Buckets and files, and its dead easy to use and powerful.
- Access Key ID based login
- Upload / Download with built in data integrity
- Browse, create and delete S3 buckets
- Share S3 buckets
- Use other shared buckets
- Set Access Controls on S3 Buckets and files
- Create encrypted backups
- Manage Amazon CloudFront
TL:DR: If you use Windows, then this is an invaluable tool for working with Amazon S3 files and buckets from multiple Amazon S3 accounts. You should download it, upgrade to Pro and expense the modest cost! If you don't use Windows this is not for you.
A security policy for macOS Sonoma
This document is an example security policy for the security of Apple Mac computers running macOS Sonoma in a small business setting.
|Updated for macOS Sonoma
|Version for LinkedIn
TL:DR – I was asked if I had a security policy document for macOS that would work for a small business who don't have a device management platform and I did have one, but it was mostly in my head or implemented on my Macs, so I decided to write it up in detail.
It is an example. You might want to change things. It is for smaller businesses who can't use Apple Business Manager or similar device management technologies.
I thought it might be helpful to someone to post it here.
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVGs) work better for logos, but are not enabled by default in Joomla 4
Scalable Vector Graphics have been around since before the millennium. SVG is an open standard for vector graphics stored in XML text files. SVGs can however also contain code and other artefacts so theres an abundance of caution in Joomla towards them, and they are not enabled by default. That said, in 2023, they are by far the best graphics format for logos and can be useful elsewhere in your Joomla CMS site. Other graphics formats look jagged in comparison.
This article explains how to get SVG enabled in Joomla, what the issues are, and why its worth the effort
TL:DR: SVG is better in so many ways for crisp text on responsive sites and it is worth doing the work to understand how to use SVG with Joomla safely. Takes about 30 minutes.
Joomla has some intricate feature settings you probably want to adjust early on in your creation of a site in order to maximise your eligibility for search engine rankings without penalties. You can look at third party extensions to help address this, but why not start by optimising the system without third party additions first to see if it is enough for your requirements. Joomla is a mature content management system and there are lots of adjustments you can make before you look for more specialised tools.
These settings and changes are by necessity in different components of Joomla. Although this is confusing and you may well wonder why there is not one single configuration page it is because the changes don't universally apply to a given site, group of related sites or their content and their hosting provider.
TL:DR – Configuring your htaccess, site settings and enabling the SEF plugin all help to make Joomla search engine friendly. Read on to find out how. Easy to do. Takes about 15 minutes.