Data Protection

Protect sensitive data with a strong password

Optimal password protection: how to choose a strong password

It only takes a few seconds for a hacker to gain access to your private data without you having any idea. More often than not, a password is the only means of protection when logging into online services; and if it is too obvious, it will not prove too much of a challenge for criminals to crack. There are numerous options to increase password security.

Scamming: How to protect yourself against online fraud

Scamming: What is behind the fraud?

The internet is not new territory for scammers: Scamming encompasses all tricks that criminals use online in chats, via mail, or over social networks, to get unsuspecting people to give them their money. The criminals play their victims through deceitful methods on almost every platform across the internet: They build up a relationship, and eventually, lead their victims to make advance money...

E-mail account hacked: what now?

E-mail account hacked: what now?

E-Mail accounts are one of our most important communication tools: we use them to register for online portals, for private and business exchanges, and as an organizer and digital address book. It is therefore all the more important to make sure your account is well-protected. But what if your e-mail account does get hacked? Our guide explains what methods internet criminals use to gain access to...

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...

Introduction to netstat

What is netstat?

Various computer networks are connected with one another via the internet. In order to build up such connections, both the sending as well as the receiving systems have to provide transfer interfaces, or ports. Netstat allows you to find out which ports are opened by your own system and which active connections exist — all of this helps reduce the risk of undesired access attempts.

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...

What is a network attached storage (NAS)?

Network attached storage (NAS): the basics of network storage

Growing sums of data require cost-effective, high-performance storage solutions. One option for fulfilling this requirement is a network attached storage. In business contexts, this model has already established itself as a viable alternative to file servers, hard drives, and the cloud. Private users have also caught on and use NAS systems at home. But what is a NAS? Read on, and we’ll show you...

The best PayPal alternatives

The 7 best alternatives to PayPal at a glance

Americans love shopping online because it’s so convenient. Fast, easy, and secure payment methods have contributed to the rise of this sector. Until recently, online payment systems were heavily dominated by one industry heavyweight: PayPal. But not everyone is enthused by this payment method, having been criticized for both security as well as data protection issues. Fortunately, there are plenty...

General Data Protection Regulation: New rules for businesses

General Data Protection Regulation: new laws since the spring of 2018

Since May 25, 2018 a new European law on data protection has been in 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...

Deleting a Google result and protecting personal data

Deleting personal data with Google

The internet never forgets – is it always true? In some cases, search engines are obliged to grant users permission to delete defamatory search results. If Google displays personal data that is outdated or of no interest to the public, users can request the search engine to delete links to that data from the results pages permanently. But what exactly is the ‘Right to be Forgotten’ act, and when...

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