Hi, I'm Matthew Setter

I'm a freelance software engineer, with a strong focus on security, privacy, and software craftmanship.
This is my blog where I regularly write about security, continuous development, integration, and deployment, software development techniques, and loads, loads more.

Where Did My Day Go? Or How To Stop Wasting Time and Get Work Done! December 30th, 2017

Where Did My Day Go? Or How To Stop Wasting Time and Get Work Done!

I've worked in many roles in my career to date, but whenever I was in a position of management, whether as a project manager or team lead, being distracted (or interrupted) was the norm. There was always a steady stream of people inside the company coming to me with questions or seeking guidance.

How To Protect Against Brute Force Logins With Fail2Ban December 6th, 2017

How To Protect Against Brute Force Logins With Fail2Ban

One of the most common attack vectors against servers is bruteforce login attempts. This is where attackers attempt to access your server, by trying endless combinations of usernames and passwords. So how do you defend yourself against this kind of attack?

How to Configure Pagination in Sculpin December 6th, 2017

How to Configure Pagination in Sculpin

If you use Sculpin, the excellent PHP-based static site generator, it may not be obvious as to how to configure pagination. In this article, I'll step through how.

Easy Git Interaction with OhMyZsh and Git Extras October 16th, 2017

Easy Git Interaction with OhMyZsh and Git Extras

Git is known to be incredibly terse, though it has improved in recent years. What’s more, there’s a plethora of commands that you need to remember. So, why not learn about OhMyZsh and Git Extras and make your life with Git easier!

Learning About Security, and Some Other Things October 16th, 2017

Learning About Security, and Some Other Things

It's been about a week since I decided to become a security-focused developer, and already clear change is afoot. I'm excited about what's coming. However, it's not been without some challenges.

Becoming a Security-Focused Software Engineer October 9th, 2017

Becoming a Security-Focused Software Engineer

There comes a time in your life when you have to look yourself in the eye and decide that you're going to stand for something in your career, that you're going to make it mean something. Today, I've made that choice!

PHP Day 2017 (Dresden) August 24th, 2017

PHP Day 2017 (Dresden)

As I traveled home from PHP Day 2017 in Dresden, I decided to put my thoughts together about the conference, and share them with you, if you weren't there to enjoy the day yourself.

How to Get GitHub-like Diff Support in Git on the Command-Line August 24th, 2017

How to Get GitHub-like Diff Support in Git on the Command-Line

If you use Git as your VCS (version control system), you’ll know that it has excellent diff support on the command line. However, even as good as it is, it still leaves a bit to be desired — at least when compared with tools such as GitHub.