Is GPG Still Useful In Today’s Insecure World?

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Introduction

In this article, we will be exploring GnuPG or GPG as it is more commonly known. We will discuss if this software platform is still needed, if it will still be useful in the future, and how to install and utilize it. 

GnuPG is a free, open-source command-line tool and application to apply the OpenPGP standards to secure information. GPG itself is distinct from the OpenPGP standard because it uses that protocol to define the canonical format used to encrypt messages, certificates, and signatures via a public keys exchange.  

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What Is a Python Function? A Tutorial

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What is a Python Function? 

In this tutorial, we discuss one of the most useful attributes of Python: the function. Python functions are considered “First Class” objects. A First Class object can be assigned to variables, stored in data structures, passed as arguments to other functions, or even return values from other functions. Other examples of First Class objects in Python are integers, strings, and dictionaries.

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How to Install and Configure Uncomplicated Firewall on Ubuntu 20.04

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Introduction

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Just as regular visitors reach our server every day, so do others with more nefarious intentions. It is simply not reasonable to run an online service without some layer of protection. To protect against some of these attacks, Ubuntu ships with ufw (Uncomplicated Firewall). This is a tool designed to make Ubuntu firewall management as easy and user-friendly as possible. Specifically, ufw provides a cleaner interface for the core firewall tools netfilter and iptables, which, while robust, can be challenging to master.

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How to Install and Configure ClickHouse on Ubuntu 20.04

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What is ClickHouse?

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ClickHouse is an open-source column-oriented DBMS (or database management system) primarily used for OLAP (or the Online Analytical Processing of queries). It is capable of blazing fast generation of real-time analytical data and reporting utilizing SQL queries. It is fault tolerant, scalable, highly reliable and contains a feature rich tool set.

In a regular database, data is stored in tables, columns, and rows. In a table, the related values are physically stored side by side in one row, which is critical to how it operates. This is how most string type databases work.

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How to Install ArangoDB on Ubuntu 20.04

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What is ArangoDB?

ArangoDB is a high availability and scalable multi-model NoSQL database that natively works with graphs and documents and includes a full-text search. It is a free, open-source software developed and maintained by ArangoDB GmbH. The system supports three different data models with one database core and includes a unified query language called AQL (ArangoDB Query Language). This query language is declarative and allows the combination of different data access patterns in a single query. The software can be implemented on multiple systems, including Windows, macOS, Linux, Kubernetes, Docker, and on our Managed Cloud. It has a strong community support base on GitHub, StackOverflow, Google Groups, and Slack. 

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Which Installer is Better? Pip or Easy Install

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One of the most significant advantages of Python is how easy it is to reuse existing code. 

  • Need to talk to servers? Just import requests
  • Need to talk to a MySQL database? Import the mysql.connector software! 
  • Need to fly? Just import antigravity

Of course, these packages need to exist somewhere in your server, and installing them can be problematic without the right tools. Fortunately, that is a problem the Python developers have invested significant time investigating and correcting.

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How to Install and Configure Bashtop

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What is Bashtop?

Bashtop is a command-line based resource monitor written in bash, which depicts usage and statistics for the CPU processor(s), RAM, hard disks, network sources, and other running processes. It also contains a customizable menu and a fully responsive terminal user interface.

A newer version of bashtop is now available that is written in Python called bpytop. This CLI version is much faster and consumes only about 1/3 the resources as the original bashtop. It is less CPU intensive and includes more features, such as:

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How to Install the Django Web Framework on Ubuntu 20.04

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What is Django?

Django is a Python-based web framework that is used for developing complex, database-driven websites. It also operated under an open-source license indicating it is free to use. Django is ultra-fast and encourages security, and it is exceptionally adaptable, which is the cause of its immense popularity.

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How to Share Encrypted Information

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This article will discuss the methods to send information securely over email using GPG/PGP as the main encryption tool. The difference between PGP and GPG is mainly that PGP is a proprietary solution controlled by Symantec, and GPG is the open-source standard that is defined by RFC 4880. Functionally, each format is virtually identical due to GPG being the offspring of the original PGP standard. Because there are numerous email clients, specific GPG settings will vary. For this tutorial, we will use Gmail and Thunderbird as examples. 

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