How to protect your Joomla instance from brute force attacks with Fail2ban

If you administer at least one Joomla instance you’ll be subject to brute force attacks before or after. Fail2ban is a very nice service written in Python which periodically scans your log files looking for signs of brute force attacks and perform some actions when an attack is discovered. The most common actions is to ban the attacker IP at firewall level and send an email to the server administrator.

Fail2ban comes bundled with filters for many common services (ssh, apache authentication, etc.), but it lacks a built-in Joomla integration. Anyway it’s easy to add a Joomla filter to Fail2ban, here I explain how to do it.

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How to build a pretty Excel timesheet using Toggl API and Python

Since some months I’m using Toggl to track my work time, and I find it awesome! Toggl features a very powerful reporting system to have your timesheets filtered in many ways and exported in csv or pdf format, but I did not found the way to have an Excel timesheet as I like it.

But wait! Toggl features a very nice public API to access your time entries (and many more), so I wrote a simple Python script using the wonderful Requests and Xlsxwriter libraries.

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