PHP 7.2

PHP 7.2 – end-of-life (EOL) on November 30, 2020

 

PHP 7.2 will not be supported much longer. Now is the time to take advantage of the time left before the end-of-life date and replace outdated versions with more recent PHP code. This will make sure security gaps are closed, bugs are fixed, and the performance of web offers won’t...

 

Zoom fatigue

Zoom fatigue: how to avoid getting tired during video conferences

 

The number of people working from home has increased rapidly since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and so has, of course, the number of online meetings. Video conferencing is an indispensable tool in working remotely, but also comes with drawbacks. Video calls quickly...

 

What is the EU-US Privacy-Shield?

Privacy Shield – controversial data transfer agreement between the EU and the US

 

For some years, the Privacy Shield has regulated the transfer of personal data from the EU to the US. But in July 2020, the Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU) invalidated the Privacy Shield. For many companies, the end of the privacy agreement came as a complete...

 

What is Instagram Reels?

Instagram Reels: video clips a la TikTok

 

Instagram Reels is Instagram’s new video feature. Much like Chinese app TikTok, Reels lets users create and share short video clips with added background music. But what exactly is Instagram Reels and what are the differences to TikTok? We’ll show you what the new feature can do....

 

PHP 8

PHP 8: What you need to know about the latest update

 

PHP is one of the most important languages on the Internet. Many content management systems like WordPress, TYPO3 or Joomla are based on PHP. The release of PHP 8 is imminent, but we’ve already had some information about its new features. Also some old features will be reworked,...

 

Zoom alternatives

Zoom alternatives: a comparison of the main competitors

 

Alternatives to the popular video conferencing software Zoom are having their moment in the spotlight as a growing number of people are organizing video calls daily. Free alternatives to Zoom include a wide range of features, especially since the market for video conferencing...

 

The best TeamViewer alternatives

Alternatives to TeamViewer

 

You don’t always have to use the market leader – this also applies to remote access. TeamViewer is still the most widely-used solution for remote management and online meetings, but there are numerous alternatives on the market which can be considered. We present some serious...

 

Deleting my PayPal account – what do I need to know?

You do not have to provide any reasons to delete your PayPal account: If you find that you do not need or want to use your account anymore, then that’s enough to delete it. To do this, you don't even need to contact the service team directly, because in your profile settings you’ll find the option to delete your PayPal account quickly and easily.

Robo-advisors: what’s behind the virtual financial management?

Investing money in stocks, bonds, or commodities and doing nothing else but collecting the profits years later – this has been possible for some years now with automated asset management advisors called robo-advisors. The digital financial advisors offered by financial institutes and FinTech use algorithms to create a customized strategy for private investors, taking over the entire asset...

Keyloggers: how do they work and how do you protect yourself from them?

Keyloggers are programs or devices that get access to your credentials by recording your keystrokes. Keyloggers hide in operating system software and leak data. Some keylogger hardware is even more sophisticated, since it can document your keyboard behavior or tap directly into the data stream. Learn how keyloggers work and which variants are available in our guide. We also give you tips on how to...

B2G – business-to-government

In the course of setting up a business, there is no way around important authorities such as the tax or trade office. But a relationship to the tax returns office need not just be a purely functional one – sometimes, it is possible to enter into a business relationship with these authorities too. This kind of business relationship between companies and authorities is called B2G...

How to write a briefing that results in the perfect text

If you commission someone to write copy, a copywriter briefing is the most important tool for communicating your ideas and specifications. Good text briefings are clear, precise, and highlight the most important content and key points of the commissioned text in such a way that writers can execute the assignments well. This step-by-step guide lays out which sub-items are essential to writing a...

Token ring – IEEE 802.5

A glance back into history can reveal a lot. Although token ring networks, or ring topologies, are nowhere to be found nowadays, token rings remain an interesting form of technology. Why the model, which is actually quite good, was outdone by its competitor Ethernet is due to the merciless nature of the tech market. Read the history behind token rings, along with a definition of the system that...

Blockchain

Blockchains are a rather hot topic right now. Though the term is far less common than Bitcoin itself, its significance in today’s world far exceeds that of the latter. After all, cryptocurrencies are run entirely on blockchain technology, which combines peer-to-peer networks with cryptographic methods and various assumptions of game theory. The result: reliable infrastructures tailored for...

SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol): the protocol for network management

The communication protocol SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) is an elementary component of many network management applications. It defines a number of message types that greatly simplify the monitoring and administration of individual network participants such as PCs, routers, servers, switches, firewalls, or printers. How exactly the SNMP protocol works and what fundamental adjustments...

IGMP snooping: eavesdropping for multicast traffic

If a system in IP networks is to send data packets to different target hosts as efficiently as possible, an IP multicasting connection is the perfect solution. When it comes to multipoint transmission, the data packets are able to reach all interested parties thanks to various protocols such as GMP, for example. Switches and internet routers can also use the communication protocol for IGMP...

Simple network time protocol: the stripped-back protocol for time synchronization

An exact system time on a computer is especially important when devices need to exchange data. Cross-system processes quickly come to a standstill if the generated time stamps are very different from the time that applies to the system. Synchronization methods that keep the clocks of the individual network participants in sync are utterly indispensable. One of the simplest methods to achieve time...


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