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How-to: Use Dashes and Hyphens on the web

A note for the  punctuationally-challenged. There’s a brilliant article on A List Apart: The Trouble With EM ’n EN (and Other Shady Characters) by Peter K Sheerin from way back in October, 2001, now sadly marked “This article, while brilliant for its time, is now obsolete.” However the topic doesn’t go away and we’re still … Continue reading

News: Numbers Prove Nobody Uses Google Plus

As we all thought, nobody uses Google Plus. The unwanted and unloved social network foisted on us by the advertising machine masquerading as a search engine has been revealed as Tumbleweed Central. Of course, ‘nobody’ is a relative term. Google made Plus accounts a mandatory add-on to all it’s Google sign-ons from Gmail to YouTube … Continue reading

How-to: Understand Website ‘Identity Information’

…or more precisely, when a reputable website such as WordPress.com displays a warning triangle and the message: “this site does not supply identity information.” You may notice the warning triangle in the address bar on sites which use the HTTPS, SSL and TLS protocol and certificates, and get the message when you scroll over it. … Continue reading

How-to: Change your Firefox Update Channel

Firefox on the work desktop was not playing nice; realising it looked funny, I did a version check and discovered it was stuck on 24.0 ESR. Normally Firefox updates automatically. To kick off the update process, go to Tools, About and the version checker usually appears below the version number. As Mozilla has a number … Continue reading

How-to: Enable Cookies and Javascript

It goes against the grain, it really does; but sometimes, there is no alternative, some websites just insist on Javascript and cookies in order to work properly – sometimes to work at all. Which is fine, no one forces you to sacrifice your privacy and security any more then they force you to step off … Continue reading

How-to: Help! My IP address has been hacked!

That was a genuine call for help recently, a friend-of-a-friend thing where I happened to be the closest thing to an IT expert they knew. Rather than contemptuously asking “what do you mean your IP address has been hacked” my first question was – what are the symptoms, how do they know they’ve been ‘hacked’? … Continue reading

How-to: ‘Tis the season for on-line safety

Our esteemed colleagues over at TalkTalk issued a cunningly un-disguised sales pitch for one of their products recently; it’s on a protected link, so feel free to ignore that! What was more useful was the advice in the sidebar for staying safe on-line over the coming holiday season. Six things you can do: Avoid buying … Continue reading

How-to: Adjust Browser Security for Mixed Content and Frames

Adjusting your web-browser security settings If at any stage browsing the web you are presented with a blank page, you may need to refresh your  browser’s cache by pressing the Control and F5 keys. Failing that, different web browser software may require additional steps to adjust the security settings. Please consider carefully your need to … Continue reading

How-to: Secure the Weakest Link behind the Keyboard – Part II

Now for the seriously weak link – you.We busy little bees rush in, skim-read, ignore warnings, know better than everyone else, are highly suggestible, insatiably curious and when on-line, generally risk-blind. And that’s on a good day. The rest of the time we go skipping through the online minefield with gay abandon and the kind … Continue reading

News: Dyre Banking Trojan gathers pace

The malware, also called Dyreza, designed to bypass SSL and steal login credentials, is prompting sofware vendors to email clients a “not us, guv” denial. The Dyre banking trojan which was reported at the start of the Summer (source article: Security Researchers Warn of New Dyre Banking Trojan (eSecurityplanet) by Jeff Goldman, June 20, 2014) … Continue reading

How-to: Use 1 and 1 Website Analysis

If you host your website with UK outfit 1and1, you’ll find some tools in the back-end, one of which is a little Mickey Mouse Website Analysis tool. In theory you can point it at anything, but I suspect it’s geared toward sites hosted by 1and1. The initial scan of the site’s meta-data prompted some interesting  … Continue reading

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