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Quite a while back, my bank introduced a new feature included with my credit card account which provided the ability to create virtual cards to be used for online purchases in order to protect my real credit card from being used and compromised. Unfortunately, this service could only be linked with my credit card, but I wanted to be able to do something similar with my debit card or bank account. I did some searching and ultimately was unable to find anything.

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Some settings in Internet Settings GPO are not applied and what are the green/red lines under various settings?

This is something I just ran into recently. When trying to push Internet Settings via GPO, some settings do not seem to be pushed even though other settings are. For example, when trying to push proxy server settings, the checkbox to enable specifying a proxy server gets pushed to clients, but the proxy server address entered in the box does not. So the client ends up with the proxy option enabled, but a blank (or unchanged) server textbox.

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SOLVED – Deluge Web auto connect to daemon on remote host or non-default port — No patching needed

I’ve run into this before, but have always been able to get it to work since I have always run the daemon and the web server on the same server, so the default localhost:58846 worked fine. However, I just setup my web server on a separate host from the daemon and could not get auto connect to work no matter what I tried. After some digging and looking at the actual Python code, I finally discovered how this works.

In the web.conf configuration file for the Deluge Web server, there is a line for “default_daemon” which can specify the default daemon. However, everyone on the web says to put the hostname:port here of the daemon you want to connect to. This is not correct. The value here is expected to be the host ID of the configured daemon. However, this info is not provided anywhere in the UI. After a little more digging I finally found the info needed.

Where the web.conf file resides, there is also a file called hostlist.conf.1.2. This file contains all of the configured daemons for the web server. Each host configured in this file should have a long string of characters as the first line in each definition. Here’s an example from my setup:
"hosts": [
[
"a460f75d27562b0317a22b3e2600bd23e1fedb16", <- This is what you need
"192.168.0.15",
58846,
"usernamehere",
"passwordhere"
]
]

Now, make sure that your deluge web server daemon is shut down then edit the web.conf file and paste that host ID into the double quotes after “default_daemon”. Now start your deluge web service and it should automatically connect to the specified daemon.

Add Google Dynamic DNS to Sophos UTM

So you have a Sophos UTM device and want to setup dynamic DNS using your Google Domain? Sophos UTM offers a couple of built-in services for DynDNS, but Google Domains is not one of them. There are quite a few guides out there for hacking the UTM so that you can get this functionality, but they all seem to require creating a custom configuration file and then either manually starting the service at each boot, scheduling it to run, or something similar.
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