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Gebesse Newsletter – April 2014

Yes, I’m using Swiftpage. I’m experimenting with using Swiftpage for newsletter distribution. As Act! and Swiftpage are both in the same company now it makes very good sense to use the integration between the two products to communicate with clients, prospects, and friends. The first thing to learn is how to use templates (there are […]

Should you worry about Windows XP?

On April 8 this year, Microsoft stopped all support for Windows XP and no further updates or security patches will be delivered. A friend of mine runs a business using point-of-sale software (POS) which is operating on several computers still using XP, and the inevitable experts appeared out of the woodwork to tell him he […]

Should you worry about Heartbleed?

The answer to this question is, as always, “it depends”. If you have had the Internet switched off for the last month you might not have heard of Heartbleed. It was a flaw in the OpenSSL encryption software that secures Internet communications such as email, web sites, instant messaging and virtual private networks (VPNs). I […]

Security experts. Right!

Everyone is concerned about the security of corporate data. We all do regular backups (and test that they work and store them in a safe place), we restrict physical access to places where people shouldn’t go, and we all have good password management policies. Don’t we? Here are some stories about security. The secure premises. […]

Things that should be ignored

By now everyone should be aware of “phishing” emails. These are the ones which look like they come from a bank or PayPal or Amazon or some other business and ask you to click on a link to verify details or to get more information. We all know to ignore these and never click on the links. […]

Securing your wireless network

You’ve got a wireless network in your home or office. How do you make sure that the information you have on the network is safe from people who should not have access to it and that others can’t use your network for purposes that you might not like? These are two different problems and have […]

Intimidation by morons. But it doesn’t work.

If you have a presence on the Internet that has even the remotest possibility of offending or upsetting people you can expect anonymous attacks. Here is what I have to say on the “About this site” page of The Millenium Project: The use of anonymising services to send email tells me three things about the […]

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