January 12, 2021 | 22:20

Cert Monitoring

Everyone knows the alert when visiting a website with expired certificates. At least once a month I stumble into one or I receive tickets with questions asking what to do. “Nothing” is my reply in most cases. “The mistake is on the other side”. On this occasion, my very special appreciation to the owners and/or administrators of such sites for the extra work required. The obvious solution to avoid such embarrassments: A software or service with periodic checking and notifications. Read more

November 27, 2020 | 17:40

Phishing and Spam

Within just a few days, the German EU Representation warns people about phishing emails.1 This is the 4th warning regarding data theft since July 20202 by Reinhard Hönighaus, press spokesman and head of the press and media office. Obviously there is an urgent need for action. In his current warning dated 26.11.2020, only two days after the previous one, he identifies T-Online users as targeted by phishing mails and also provides the explanation: Read more

November 22, 2020 | 12:20

No junk, spend your time

Black Friday is here. And with Christmas ante portas the final countdown with the toughest end-bosses in IT support begins: The own parents, partners or children with their new or old digital devices. The fundaments are laid in the upcoming days and weeks when stuff with more or less technical debts1 is bought. Basically at the moment of your purchase it’s already junk and an environmental mess. One example, representative for many others: Read more

November 3, 2020 | 10:45

Microsoft Office in Decline

The Microsoft cashcow gets scratches. This is not what I write but what the FAZ writes in its today’s article: “The quasi-monopoly of Office gets scratches”1. Some might say the FAZ has no expertise in IT. Well aactually this could be correct, because their undisputed circle of competence is the economy. But this should make you even more concerned. According to a representative survey by the market research company Nielsen2, Microsoft’s position in its own US home market is now at only 80%, and the trend is continuing to decline. Read more

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