MongoDB security

MongoDB security concerns have recently hit the press: you may have seen some of the posts. The latest focusses on some German students who identified tens of thousands of MongoDB databases that are wide open: no security on them at all!

Information Age: Major security alert as 40,000 MongoDB databases left unsecured on the internet

Setting aside the insanity of not performing the most basic of security procedures, it’s probably good to outline how we at LDC Via approach this sort of thing, courtesy of our very own Matt White…

It’s a pain in the bum for us to get access to the databases, let alone anyone else.

Yep. We lock our MongoDB servers down. We lock them away from the internet. We lock our databases down. And then we employ application-level security too. That’s how it should always be done.

ConnectED crossword: we have a winner

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the first and last annual LDC Via ConnectED competition crossword is: Nathan Freeman. Congratulations!

Here is Nathan being presented with his prize before the Closing Session of the conference. Winner

Thank you all for playing our little game. I hope you had as much fun doing the crossword as we had in putting it together. If you’re still wondering what some of the answers were, here is the completed version to put you out of your misery.

Crossword Solution

ConnectED crossword: a bonus tip!

Okay, we said we wouldn’t give any more tips, but we’re feeling especially nice today.

If a clue contains a word that might imply things being disassembled or assembled - for example “destroyed”, “in disarray”, “broken”, “rebuilt” - that probably means you’re looking for an anagram in the clue.

Now hurry up: you only have until midday today to get your solution to Ben Poole (@benpoole), Mark Myers (@stickfight) or Julian Woodward (@woowar)!

See earlier blog entries for previous tips.

ConnectED crossword: Tuesday's daily tip

Today, because this is the last ‘tip’ day and we’re feeling excessively generous, here are two final tips for you.

  1. One of the clues may require a Google search (unless your general knowledge is outstandingly good).
  2. And another may require a calculator (unless your mental arithmetic is outstandingly good).

If you want to have a go at the crossword, and you’ve not yet got a copy, track down Ben Poole (@benpoole), Mark Myers (@stickfight) or Julian Woodward (@woowar). And don’t plan on getting any sleep tonight if you want to win the prize.

See earlier blog entries for previous tips.

ConnectED crossword: Monday's daily tip

If a clue contains sensory words like “sounds”, “hear”, “seems”, “appears” or “looks”, that probably means that we are playing with homophones. Look it up.

If you want to have a go at the crossword, and you’ve not yet got a copy, track down Ben Poole (@benpoole), Mark Myers (@stickfight) or Julian Woodward( @woowar).

See earlier blog entries for previous tips.