Alfred Workflow: FortiGuard Search

I recently found myself needing to look up the web filter category for an unknown domain. I typically refer to FortiGuard Labs, and in the process of looking up a domain today, I thought surely there was an easy way to initiate a lookup from Alfred.

Mac OS X 10.11.4 Breaks Some Cisco IPsec VPN Connections

The latest OS X update, 10.11.4, broke some VPN profiles, specifically certain Cisco IPsec profiles. When I first discovered the VPN client wouldn’t connect to a Cisco IPsec profile that was working just fine before the update, I first thought it may be a problem on the remote end, or even perhaps with my ISP. I tried a secondary VPN profile that’s L2TP over IPsec and had no issues.

Connecting to MySQL via SSL

I decided to make the move to MySQL over SSL when I moved to dedicated MySQL database servers rather than all-in-one web/database servers for the production websites and databases that I host with Digital Ocean. I wanted an extra layer of security since MySQL traffic would no longer be contained within localhost.