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Escaping the Google Ecosystem

September 22, 2021 - Mark

For a while now there has been a mounting move towards what could be called an escape from Google. Calls to flee the surveillance as a service business model that they have adopted & perfected - and to take a stand with by way of our choices. But can this actually be done? read more…

Spam in 2021

August 19, 2021 - Mark

We're all familiar with spam. But why do people spam? What do they get from it? What should we look out for? Why does it work? read more…

Surveil, Advertise, Sell, Repeat

July 15, 2021 - Mark

Have you ever wondered why the things you search for (or even talk about) pop up in ads on the internet? It's not just you, everyone has this happen. Why? Surveillance-Based Advertising. read more…

Domain Emails vs. Free Emails for Business

May 5, 2021 - Mark

Should a business use a publicly available free email service or internet provider email address for it's email address? What are the downsides? Are there other options? What are the parts of an email address anyway? read more…

I Used to be a Google Fan Boy

April 9, 2021 - Mark

Drawn by the catch phrase “Don't Be Evil”, their seemingly quality services, the way they tried new things and brought out new services - I thought I could get onboard with this! But the catch phrase has changed, the new things begot a slew of product retirements that directly impacted my day-to-day, and privacy / tracking concerns grew. read more…

SEO: What it is, and What it isn't

February 25, 2021 - Mark

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is the process or task of tailoring the content & possible structure of a website toward what Search Engines "like" and what Searchers (people) are searching for. read more…

Multi-Factor Authentication

November 20, 2020 - Mark

Last month, Microsoft's director of identity security (Alex Weinert) wrote a blog stating that it's time to start your move away from the SMS and voice Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) mechanisms. read more…

Android Phones vs. The Modern Internet

November 10, 2020 - Mark

Is your Android phone running an Android version older than 7.1.1? Come mid January 2021*, you're going to have a hard time getting to about 34% of the internet. If you want to check now to see if your device is affected, go to the Let's Encrypt test page. read more…

New Small Business Training

November 4, 2020 - Mark

If you've read my previous entry on New Small Business Training from August last year, you'd be aware that I've been slowly working through the course work for the business training I started in the second half of 2019. And in mid October, I received my certificate! read more…

Backups

September 9, 2020 - Mark

I've been talking to a number of business owners recently about their backup scheme, and for the most part, it's been barely adequate. In an age where cloud backups like DropBox, OneDrive and Google Drive are free and very available; and disk space & USB hard drives are reasonably cheap – there's really no excuse to ignore backups. read more…


Passwords

July 2, 2020 - Mark

Love them or hate them, have one or have hundreds of them; you'll need to use passwords for the rest of the foreseeable future. (Despite people trying to move on from them.) And while the thought of all the accounts you have, with all their hopefully varied passwords might make your head spin, they provide an essential service to us… keeping out prying eyes. read more…


Adobe Flash

June 24, 2020 - Mark

Adobe Flash, once the go-to technology for browser based "cool stuff" on the web, will be officially unsupported as of the end of this 2020.

As with all End of Life procuts, it means there will be no further security updates past the EOL date. read more…


Operating System Decisions

April 17, 2020 - Mark

Recently I was resetting a laptop that was loaded with Windows 8. As I was watching it start rebuilding, I had an odd feeling. The only words I could put on that feeling was the question: "Do I really want to pass this on with Windows 8 on it?" read more…


Browsers, Monopolies, and Bears. Oh My!

December 20, 2019 - Mark

Google has long had an old motto of "Don't be evil", but over time we have seen that disappear to be replaced it with what amounts to "Do the right thing." As Fast Company says: "It's subtle shifts like that one that can make a huge difference." I would have thought this is a step up. (Ref: Google Code of conduct April 21 2018 and May 4 2018. read more…


Website Navigation

December 19, 2019 - Mark

If you haven't noticed, the main navigation menu on this site has changed from a 3D fold down idea, to a slightly more traditional left menu - with a bit of fun. read more…


Passwords and Our Data

October 29, 2019 - Mark

My preferred browser, Mozilla's Firefox, released a new product recently called Firefox Monitor. Usually I don't go for these branded value add things, but as I wasn't sure what this was, so I did a bit of research. read more…