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What is a domain?

The domain basics

What is a domain? Despite this word being mentioned so frequently, it’s often unclear what the functions and structures of domains are. Knowing the hierarchical structure of the Domain Name System (DNS) is fundamental for anyone working in IT or in any online industry. We explain the difference between top-level, second-level, and third-level domains, and how you can benefit from subdomains that...

Chrome Updates

What is Chrome 68?

Early next month, Chrome 68 will be launched and the new browser will distrust all webpages that do not have HTTPS encryption as “not secure”. This is a big step in the recent trend towards emphasising user safety on the internet, a not entirely selfless strategy from Google. In this guide, we will explain what changes will be made, why they are happening, and how you can prepare your website...

Cloud computing

Cloud computing – what’s behind it?

Cloud computing is not just an IT industry buzzword, it’s a model that many companies already employ effectively and profitably into their organisations. A large portion of IT infrastructure is no longer managed on-site. Instead, the required services can be rented via a service on the internet. Here we provide a cloud computing definition and explain exactly how it works.

Public Cloud

The public cloud – more computing for everyone!

Cloud computing is an important aspect of digitisation. An offshoot of this technology is the public cloud, which provides storage space and IT services publicly on the internet. Data protectors see certain dangerous weaknesses in this concept, but public access offers enormous potential, and data protection concerns are increasingly stimulating innovative solutions. We explain what lies behind...

Create a ZIP file

Create a ZIP File: compress your files

Send multiple images and videos via email, archive large amounts of data without using too much space, or encrypt confidential documents - you can do all of this by zipping files. We show you how to create a compressed ZIP file in Windows as well as macOS in our step-by-step guide. We also show you how to protect your files with a password if needed. This way, you can manage your storage space...

How does natural language processing work?

What is natural language processing?

The language errors and mistranslations on Google Translate might often be good for a funny anecdote, but behind this slightly error-prone translation tool lies one of the most complex computer technologies ever developed. Natural language processing may still be in a relatively primitive stage, but its complex technology already enables computers to translate from one language into another, carry...

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.

What is Cloud Storage?

Cloud Storage: How does data storage in the cloud work?

Portable storage media such as CDs or USB sticks are still in demand when making backups or transferring files to another device. More and more often however, users also rely on cloud storage solutions that allow data to be outsourced to an external server environment. But what exactly is cloud storage? And how does this storage model offered by various providers work?

Private Cloud

What is a private cloud? More control and security for your business

Should data and processes be handled in a private or public cloud? If a company wants to use cloud computing, they first need to choose one of the many providers available. Using the personalised services offered by a private cloud, companies can address a wide range of business related and operational challenges. Separating operations also makes a private cloud more secure than a public cloud.

SAML

SAML: the XML framework for SSO at a glance

Simplifying log-in processes makes websites more user friendly, and also helps to increase the security of user data. One of the most popular solutions for implementing authentication processes is SAML (security assertion mark-up language). Through a variety of components such as special protocols and message formats, this XML-based framework helps to implement internal and cross-company log-on...