How the European GDPR affects your business presence online

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), known as Regulation (EU) 2016/679, is “a regulation by which the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, and the European Commission intend to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union.” This regulation has been there since April 2016, with the intention for it to become enforced starting 25th May 2018. Its tentacles are far reaching for your business presence online, including changes in the way entities like Facebook and Google will want to do business with you.  The good news is, as a small business owner and as of March 13th (date this article was written), there is still time to comply. The bad news is, no matter how much we think the regulation doesn’t …

2018 SSL Recommendations for your small business website explained

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), known as Regulation (EU) 2016/679, is “a regulation by which the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, and the European Commission intend to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union.” This regulation has been there since April 2016, with the intention for it to become enforced starting 25th May 2018. Its tentacles are far reaching for your business presence online, including changes in the way entities like Facebook and Google will want to do business with you.  The good news is, as a small business owner and as of March 13th (date this article was written), there is still time to comply. The bad news is, no matter how much we think the regulation doesn’t …

Vintage Operating Systems: How Old Windows are NOT Charming

If you are the type of person who keeps computers and devices in your home and business meticulously up to date, including operating systems upgrades, you probably feel pretty good about that. You are on the ball, you score frequent one-ups against the world of hackers with malicious intent. As geeks, we salute you! There’s a caveat though. While you have been dutifully wading through Windows XP, Windows 7, Vista, and Windows 8 upgrades and updates, others, including small and large organizations you’ve been doing business with, who are responsible for your personal data, may not share your sense of responsibility. Just a few weeks ago, we were at the optician’s, debit card in hand, ready to pay for new …

How To Stretch Your Gaming Budget

Kids (and adults) love gaming, and we live in a golden age for gamers. Thousands of games are released each year for computers, phones, tablets, and consoles. Newly released, “AAA” games from major publishers are the most expensive, whereas “indie” games from smaller independent publishers can be a bargain from the get-go. Once a game has been on the market for a few months, the price will drop, and significant reductions can be found during holiday sales. Eventually, these games may be found in a “bundle” of games for a relatively low price. These bundles represent the best bang for your buck. A bit of delayed gratification will allow your gaming budget to deliver more games than there is time …

Family Online Safety: a parent’s responsibility

The safety of your family online is not just about protection from malware and poisonous advertising, it’s also about safe conduct and practices. Your children are as dependent on your guidance for Internet safety as they are in any situation. Your children may know more about the usage of technology than you do, but that does not prepare them for responsible usage. The treatment of Internet access for children should be a part of raising your family. Unless you’re going to disconnect and eschew technology in general, the kids are going to need Internet access for school, work, play, and socialization in the modern world. An Internet-connected computer is an extremely powerful tool, with few technical limits for which it …

Should You Be Using Ad Blocking Software?

More Internet users are employing Ad-blocking software than ever. Of course, a primary reason for installing Ad-blocking software is to avoid the interruption, irritation, and distraction that ads can cause. But not all ads offer only promotional content – malware or “malvertising” can spread through ad networks. It is not only shady sections of the web with this problem. High-profile global ad networks used by sites with sterling reputations have all spread malware. Eventually, these rogue ads are identified and removed, but not before the damage is done. Advertising supports the free access to many sites on the Internet. It is commonly claimed that if everyone uses Ad-block, free access to information will die. I doubt that is entirely true, …

5 Reasons Your French Connection Could Be Slow

Internet access has become more of an expectation and necessity than a privilege. The only thing worse than an Internet outage is sloooow access, even in tranquil, rural France. If your service is absent, you might go outside for a stroll, or do a bit of cleaning, or visit a chateau – but if it’s simply slow, it becomes a frustration. Here are five reasons your French Internet connection could be slow. Chronic slowness generally stems from three sources, the first being the home network connection. Across France, network connections are generally good quality, however, in rural areas with low housing density, slow speeds are endemic. Most homes have as the only option ADSL, which is delivered over telephone lines. …

A must read about Malvertising

While we write our own blog posts to share information with you, we are also always on the lookout for articles and blog posts by other experts who do a good job of explaining aspects of technology that we feel are beneficial for the general computer user to understand. In line with our free giveaway entitled “Field Guide to Malware” which we hope by now you have downloaded and read, we will do our very best to pass along the most important and up to date information about malware with our clients and readers. We found this very interesting article written by Eric Brantner discussing a new report that in 2016 Malvertising i.e. malware designed by cybercriminals with the intent …

Need to know about Ransomware

Even for IT people, the notion of this particular malware is super scary. Most of the time we know what to do and how to handle malware, but ransomeware, involves true criminal activity. The consequences of ransomware can implode a business, or someone’s life. Ransomware uses powerful encryption -virtually unbreakable encryption- that locks away your programs and files as a way to blackmail and/or extort. Unless you have an offline back-up of important data, the choice here is as simple as it is mortifying: abide or lose. We have found an article about a hotel it happened to, and we hope you will take a moment to read it. We don’t mean to scare you, only to create awareness that …