Data Protection

Cloud Act

CLOUD Act vs. Data Privacy and Control

In its fight against terrorism and crime, the USA continues to add measures of protection, including the Patriot Act, Safe Harbor, Privacy Shield; and for over 16 months the US CLOUD Act. All these measures keep the debate on data protection and digital sovereignty alive, particularly for trade nations such as the UK.

clear cookies

Deleting cookies: how to clear stored data

Some cookies can be very helpful – they let you sleep on those impulse purchases and keep them from disappearing out of your shopping cart, or log into social media sites with just one click. But not all cookies make surfing the web easier, and some may even forward unwanted information to third parties. It is a good idea to learn how to clear cookies, and this guide will show you how to clear...

Terminal Servers – the Secret Behind Remote Hosts

Terminal servers: definition, basics, and advantages

In the days of mainframe computers and the first smaller networks, terminals were a crucial building block for sharing hardware and software resources. It is no coincidence that terminal servers – the central administrative entity of such networks – are in demand decades later, now that applications are to be made available to multiple users.

Allocating directory rights with chmod

What is chmod?

With Linux, access rights for directories and files are often set through the terminal where file owners can be defined and groups can be assigned. With the ‘chmod’ command, user classes can be assigned certain file rights. Access rights in the Unix file system can be changed in two different ways: symbolic or numeric. Find out more about both notation types here.

Tips for better website security

Website security: how to protect your web presence

Would you leave your window open at night if you knew there were intruders lurking about? Obviously the answer to this question is ‘no’. Many companies and individuals leave their virtual window open to cyber criminals by not adequately protecting their websites. Website security is an extremely important topic. Only by regularly carrying out security checks and following the proper precautions...

S/MIME: the standard method for e-mail encryption

S/MIME: how to encrypt and sign your e-mails

If you send an e-mail without additional security measures, it’s like sending a postcard: if everything goes as planned, the information should arrive unchanged and unread in the recipient’s inbox. However, if someone intercepts the card or the e-mail in transit, they can read the contents without any problem and make as many changes as possible. Just like you would use an opaque envelope to...

A case for thinking global: Germany’s Impressum laws.

Impressum law: What you need to know about special website credits

Before a homepage goes live, website operators should have a legal notice in place, also called an “Impressum.” Most internet pages also require a provider identification. Depending on the industry and the contents of the website, special information must be provided. Otherwise, warnings and fines may be issued.

Gain users’ confidence with a privacy policy

Getting a privacy policy for your website

An important part of a website that many operators underestimate is the privacy policy. This notifies the site visitors what information they are disclosing about themselves and what this data will be used for. But what kind of information should this declaration contain and what has changed since the new General Data Protection Regulation law and the Data Protection Act 2018?

ePrivacy Regulation: About the EU’s privacy policy

ePrivacy regulation is on the way! What do you have to expect?

The EU plans to significantly tighten data security online: With the ePrivacy regulation, the collection of personal data should only be allowed following explicit allowance. At this point, it’s not certain what exactly will be included in the ePrivacy regulation: We’ve consolidated for you here what we already know. As website operators, it makes sense to inform yourselves now as to which changes...

Clearing the Cache

Clearing the cache: deleting the browser’s cache

Information is often cached so that visited website can be loaded quickly and videos and gifs can be viewed offline. However, if the cache contains a large, or very large amount of data, it can cause problems and adversely affect computer performance. Therefore, it makes sense to delete the cache from time to time.


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