Data Protection

Using SSH keys for your network connection

How to use SSH keys for your network connection

Operating and managing a remote server located in a data center is often carried out by using a secure network connection provided by the SSH protocol. The necessary registration on the server is preceded by an authentication process. Usually this occurs in the form of the username and password. Alternative methods such as the public key authentication used by SSH, do have their advantages. But...

Web analytics and data privacy

Web analytics: data privacy when creating a profile

Tracking tools can provide website operators with a useful indication on how to adapt an online project to suit a target group. These tools focus on user profiles, which reveal how users find the website, and which content provokes interactions. This information is based on user data, which can be subject to stringent data protection guidelines in some countries within the European Union. Find out...

What is Big Data?

Big Data: definition and examples

When we shop online, book vacations, and search for gift ideas, we hardly give a second thought to the fact that each search entry leaves behind a trail of our identity. Busy web bots are never far behind and sweep up this information. The result of all of this is Big Data: massive volumes of data that are analyzed and used for a variety of reasons. But is there reason to be wary of leaving behind...

E-Mail encryption with PGP

E-mail encryption: how PGP secures the content of your e-mails

Online privacy is a sensitive issue that affects experts and amateurs alike. Whether you’re posting on social networks, carrying out banking transactions, or buying from an online store, your data is not always sufficiently protected. The same applies to e-mails. Don’t let cyber criminals get their hands on your content by encrypting your e-mails.

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...

Linking restrictions due to ECJ judgement

Linking restrictions due to ECJ judgement

There are boundaries when it comes to linking. These boundaries have now been officially confirmed by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in its judgement on the September 8th, 2016. Website operators that place hyperlinks with commercial intent are obliged to check the legality of the online content that is being linked to. According to the ECJ, private internet users aren’t expected to check,...

General Data Protection Regulation: New rules for businesses

General Data Protection Regulation: new laws from 2018

On 25 May 2018 a new European law on data protection came into place. However, many companies and website operators are still unprepared for the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) despite it being relevant to their day-to-day business. On top of this, high fines will be imposed for those violating the regulations. Here we summarize everything worth knowing on the new EU GDPR for...

Replacing an SSL Certificate affected by Browser Distrust

Replacing SSL (Secure Socket Layer) Certificates affected by browser distrust

Due to browser community distrust in Symantec, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have decided to distrust websites with SSL certificates issued by Symantec before December 1st, 2017. This article outlines the steps and important key dates that website operators need to be aware of in order to sucessfully renew or replace their SSL certificates before their website is branded with a warning...

Personal data

Everything you need to know about personal data

What do your e-mail address, eye color, preferred political party, and license plate have in common? They can all be regarded as personal data which companies and cybercriminals can use to draw direct or indirect conclusions about your physical, physiological, genetic, psychological, economic, cultural, or social identity. It goes without saying that this sensitive information must be protected...

Password managers: an overview of today’s best tools

Password manager – a glance at the best tools

Would you give your bank account pin number to a stranger? Certainly not. However, this is essentially just what you are doing if you don’t secure your online banking log-in with a password that can’t be figured out by hackers in a matter of seconds. In order to be able to create and manage all of your passwords in a completely secure way, it is worth making use of a password manager.