Personal Online Security 101

As a programmer, I take information security seriously because security needs to be baked into the process of developing web applications. While I am not a security researcher, I think I know more about information security than most. At the same time, I see a lot of people not taking basic steps necessary to keep their information protected. So here I present five basic tips that everyone should follow to help protect themselves online.…

The market for Umbraco packages

Recently, the prominent Umbraco package developer Matt Brailsford tweeted ":Hmm, wonder if I can do a kickstarter for an #umbraco package?" I had some thoughts on this but they don't fit into 144 characters, so instead I'm posting them here.…

Password Protecting Azure Websites Revisited

A couple years ago, I wrote about how to Password Protect Azure Websites with Basic Authentication. As I stated, I typically use basic authentication to password protect development or staging sites to block search engines and others from accessing the non-production sites. My post explained how I used a simple Basic Authentication module to implement basic authentication on Azure App Service. While this module works fine, I’ve started using another one called HttpAuthModule which has a couple advantages.…

Adding a timer to trace Ditto mapping

I've been working on improving server response time for an Umbraco project that has complex strongly-typed view models. We are using Ditto, "the friendly view-model mapper for Umbraco", to map our content to our strongly-typed models.…

Using a custom ContentFinder in Umbraco

A while back I wrote about using Vorto, the popular multilingual property editor for Umbraco, with a custom content finder class to serve multilingual content within a single domain. In this post, I will explain how one can use a custom content finder to display a node of content in more than one location.…

Using UmbracoHelper from event handlers

Accessing IPublishedContent from a GatheringNodeData event handler is a bit tricky because the event args don't contain a reference to it, there is no reference to UmbracoHelper or an UmbracoContext object available for accessing the IPublishedContent object from the content cache. The trick is to pass an UmbracoHelper object as an extra parameter to the GatheringNodeData event handler.…

Creating an External Login Store for ASP.NET Identity for Umbraco

I recently published the Azure Table Storage External Login Store for ASP.NET Identity for Umbraco. As the name implies, it is an external login store for ASP.NET Identity for Umbraco. ASP.NET Identity for Umbraco is a package that allows the use of ASP.Net Identity to work with Umbraco members. This also means we can take advantage of OWIN middleware to external authentication using OAuth.…

My new mailing list

I have created a mailing list (using MailChimp). If you are interested in receiving updates on my activities such as publications and presentations, please sign up at http://eepurl.com/bM_9Af.…