I'm Tom Chantler and I live in the UK. I've been doing things with computers since the late 1970s, but I'm not quite as old as you might think; I hadn't even started school at that point.

If you've come straight to this page then, after you've read this bit, click on the logo at the top of the page and see what I've been writing about lately.

These days I'm a freelance consultant and I help people to solve problems, usually relating to software systems. If you think I might be able to help you, you can get in touch via one of the sites listed below.

I care about doing things properly, especially security, which is the main focus of this blog.

You can see details of some of my various qualifications on my LinkedIn Profile. They include: PRINCE 2 Practitioner, Professional Scrum Master (PSM I), TOGAF 9.1 Certified, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEHv9).

In December 2019, I started taking Microsoft certifications. Here's what I've done so far (click on the badge to verify the achievement):
Azure Solutions Architect Expert

Some of the articles in this blog have code samples which you can find in my Github profile.

Check out my profile at https://keybase.io/tomchantler which proves that certain online identities belong to me and also gives you a PGP key to use to contact me securely. I'll be writing more about it soon (probably before the end of 2017). Here are a few other places you can find me online, the first one being my own consultancy company:

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As you might guess from the last logo, I am also proud to have been recognised as a Friend of Redgate from 2016 to 2018. Click on the logo to find out more about the program or click here for the list of current friends (there are lots, but I'm in there somewhere). Each friend also has their own page; mine is here.

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The prize draw below has finished, but if you sign up I'll include you in any future competitions. And, as I write this (in December 2019), it occurs to me that it's about time I did another prize draw...

If you do so before 12:00 UTC on 14th December 2016 I'll enter you into a free prize draw to win a Patuoxun Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt to HDMI/DVI/VGA Adapter. I've used mine with my Surface Pro 3 for a number of presentations when the supplied hardware has let me down so, whilst it hasn't literally saved my life, it has literally saved me quite a lot of embarrassment.

Or you can drop me a line at tom@tomssl.com if you like.

The background picture you can see above and throughout this website - the one that looks like it's either Central Park or Gotham City - actually is Central Park. I took that photograph in October 2008 from my hotel room window. Please don't use this picture, or any others from this website, without my permission. You're welcome to all the code snippets though and they're much more useful.