Umar Salim


About Me

My name is Umar Salim and I am currently a masters student studying Information Security at Surrey University.

I have previously worked on many private projects which have primarily tested my programming and server management capabilities. Previous projects included the use of Arduino's, Raspberry Pi's and enterprise level hardware. I am also currently participating in the Adoptabot Challenge 2016 which consists of mentoring pupils from secondary schools in the UK to help promote computer science and programming.

I have performed multiple roles during my time at university and these roles include: ICT Support Technician, Computer Repair Engineer, Applications Developer, Control Room Operative and Programming Tutor.

Technical Skills

Ongoing Projects


2018 to present

UniWave will be an online platform for students to find events around the UK.

More information coming soon!

Cloud Computing

2018 to present

This project is currently under development as part of my degree in Information Security MSc. The purpose of this website is to demonstrate the properties of cloud computing and how it can be used to distribute a workload.

This project will be made publicly available in the near future.

My Blog

2011 to present

My personal blog where I generally post tutorials and interesting things I have been learning about. This blog was originally started in 2009 however in 2011 the blog was migrated to WordPress.

Click here to visit my blog.

Offline Projects

Access Control System


This project consisted of using a Raspberry PI and electronic parts to create an access control system for the front door at my family home. This access control system allowed NFC Entry, Smart Watch Access and smart phone access.

Skills Improved: Electronics, NFC, PHP, HTML/CSS, Raspberry Pi and API integration.

Bypass Tunnel

2018 to present

BypassTunnel was a web based proxy which allowed anyone to surf the web anonympusly and with no restrictions helping users to bypass regional blocks. A promotional video was created for this project.

Skills Improved: HTML/CSS and PHP.

Dean Zone

December 2010

This was a website created for Dean Zone, an aspiring DJ back in 2010. The purpose of this website was to provide a space on the Internet to allow this artist to publish new music and post photos from events. Dean Zone is now a firmly established part of the UK Hard Dance scene.

Skills Improved: HTML/CSS and PHP.



MaximumHost was a paid web hosting service which provided both shared and reseller packages alongside FFMPEG support which allowed customers to create their own YouTube styled websites. This project was eventually merged with HostWoot.

Skills Improved: HTML/CSS, PHP, Bash Scripting, Linux Server Management (CentOS) and cPanel/WHM.



HostWoot was originally taken over by myself from the previous owners around late 2008. I introduced FFMPEG capabilities which allowed customers to create their own YouTube styled websites.

Skills Improved: HTML/CSS, PHP, Bash Scripting, Linux Server Management (CentOS), cPanel/WHM and API integration.

Direct Link Hosting

January 2011

This project was developed to test the capabilities of Google Cloud Storage. This website allowed users to upload files which were then automatically uploaded into Google Cloud Storage.

You can read my blog post about this project here.

Skills Improved: Cloud Computing, HTML/CSS and PHP