Category Archives: TechTeam

5 Alternatives to SwapShop and Craigslist (Classifieds)

For a few years, the Naples Free-Net has hosted a Swap-shop online, where Southwest Florida residents were able to post wanted/sell ads online. With the arrival of Craigslist in Southwest Florida the NFN Swapshop was hardly used and we only had about 1 new ad per month posted over last two years. So it was time to discontinue the service and we shut it down per September 30, 2014.

The largest online classified sites is Craigslist Southwest Florida, but we also found a few more sites, some of them much more modern and optimized for mobile consumption.

We scouted around the Internet and found a few more.

  1. eBay Classifieds 
  2. Oodle
  3. Pawngo
  4. Poshmark
  5. SnobSwap

If you have a favorite classified sites that’s not listed, feel free to let us know about it in the comment section below.

NFN Scholarship Student Jason Cooper National Cyber Ninja

Our fellow Naples Free-Net volunteer and scholarship student 2013, now student at University of Central Florida, Jason Cooper, won with his team mates the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition!

The regional competitions were held in March with 180 team out of 9 regions participating and the winner went on to compete at the National level.

Competing teams built so-called Blue Teams tasked with defending computer systems against attacking Red Teams, which tried to penetrate and hack the Blue Teams’ networks and servers.

We are proud to have a national champion amongst our midst and Jason returned home to join the NFN Techteam he volunteered for the last four years.

Read the announcement at Raytheon’s website


NFN users and NFN4Good site owners secure from Heartbleed bug on Open SSL

The good news first, our system administrator , Warren Anderson, reported earlier: “

Warren Anderson Presidents Award 2014“The “Heartbleed” bug affects OpenSSL versions 1.01 and 1.02. Naples Free-Net does not use the affected software. External tests have shown that we are not vulnerable.”

In other words, NFN users information is securely stored and was not exposed.

Mashable posted: The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now

Thank you to Steve Hart, who allowed us to use his article, published this morning on Relevanza.

Heartbleed bug on OpenSSL is an open wound

You’ve no doubt read about the Heartbleed bug that could affect websites using OpenSSL encryption for secure services – like financial transactions.

There is certainly no shortage of posts about the bug and it presents potential danger for some websites. An estimate published by ARStechnica suggests approximately 600,000 of a reported 28 million servers and other devices responding to a SSL connection request remained vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug. That estimate was made April 8th and at the time it was suggested a third of all servers had received a security patch to fix the vulnerability.

Other estimates suggest two-thirds of all servers dependent on OpenSSL have the potential to be affected.

OpenSSL is an open-source system of software networks which works to encrypt just over half of all websites which need secure connections to do business. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer and if your website URL adds an “s” to the http preface on the URL – https – you are probably using OpenSSL.

HeartbleedThe Heartbleed bug, as it’s come to be called, is a recently discovered vulnerability in the software that could allow hackers to access sensitive, important encrypted information such as passwords or, even, credit card numbers on the way from your computer to the web site using the data. There is currently no way to know if any particular site has been exploited because of the flaw but companies are moving very quickly to make patches and mend the flaw.

There are at least two sites (probably others) website users can go to check a site for vulnerabilities. One site is was set up by the security firm, LastPass. Another site was set up by Filippo Valsorda, Twitter and GitHub and can be found here.

Links reading more:

Photo: The Mothership by Trey Ratcliff,

NFN Photo Service Update

In November 2013 NFN’s Board of Directors followed Webmaster Birgit Pauli-Haack’s recommendation to phase out the NFN Photos service, after it was determined that hardly any NFN member is using it and the last album created by an NFN member was in April 2011.

We will purge all photo files on January 31, 2014. When we released the service in 2003 we served an urgent need for people to share photos via cloud service rather than attaching them to emails. Our service provided a feature rich environment for private and public sharing of photos.

About 650 albums  and 14,700 photos later the usefulness of the services seem to have run its course. Over the last five years, much better services have mushroomed through out the Internet.

NFN members in good standing will receive an email notification with a link to download their photos in a zip file for archiving. The link will expire on January 31, 2014 and all photos will be purged from our servers at that time. If you haven’t yet migrated to a different photos sharing service, here is a list of sites to explore.

If you feel, a good photos sharing site is missing, let us know and we’ll add it to the list.   As always, let me know about your thoughts, suggestions and comments,
Your friendly neighborhood Webmaster 
Birgit Pauli-Haack

System Interruption Monday 5/16 – 6pm

To all Members of the Naples Free-Net:

On Monday May 16th starting at 6pm, the Naples Free-Net techteam will undertake the switch over to our new US Metroplotian Telecom fiberoptics line again. During this time all NFN services will be down for a few hours.

After the first attempt (mid April) and a few more hours of technical research and testing, our system administrators feel confident to have solved all foreseeable technology hurdles. They estimate the systems should resume working again late Monday night.

This information is also posted on, where we also will post updates during the outage and afterwards.

We hope that the interruption will be as short as possible. We appreciate your patience and your trust!