Would you like to learn what Does Big Tech Know About You? 1

Would you like to learn what Does Big Tech Know About You?

How much big companies know about your personal information ?

Security Baron has put good effort to create an infographic show which part your personal information kept by big companies which ends up as data mining. 

Recent scandals of facebook involving 13 years old teen to pay $20 to install facebook research app which roots the phone via opening vpn connection. But Why collecting and risking much to just gather information from a teenagers ?

Data mining and integrating with AI developments ends up deciding marketing strategies to be more accurate and less risky. Consumers behaviors, reaching tools to market and promote directly, AI assumed strategies of promoting to right consumers, manufacturers of specific data provided will shorten product manufacturing cost, even governments is big buyers of data mining to “server and protect” missions to have intelligence upfront with help of AI is some of good examples can be done with users data.

Obviously if there is buyer there is seller which ends up in supply and demand circle to be completed. Small pieces of data gathered and collected ends up as batches which turns into money easily with eager marketing and competition world.

Would you like to learn what Does Big Tech Know About You? 2

The picture gets more scary when users add more data into pile of data mining feed.

If you like to learn how to protect basics shared with PC Magazine Online Data Protection 101.

Be safe keep it safe…

Would you like to be part of Future Decision Making of Artificial Intelligence with MIT's moralmachine.mit.edu site ? 3

Would you like to be part of Future Decision Making of Artificial Intelligence with MIT’s moralmachine.mit.edu site ?

Become Part of AI decision making…

with your vote MIT is looking for moral answers to be more human for the machines.

Imagine future becoming more in control of machines and their decisions will effect human lives or dies…

Here below in the picture is simple example of moral machine from MIT trying to show and conclude of moral or rules of machine only should rule future.

If you interested in this picture you can continue to read more and we will try to explain why your human moral choices are important for future to shape AI decisions, if not you can skip this article as not everybody can be nerd. 🙂

Would you like to be part of Future Decision Making of Artificial Intelligence with MIT's moralmachine.mit.edu site ? 4

There is empty train box out of control coming down to five people which will hit and can kill all. You are on the bridge, blue man, will either throw one large person down to road to slow down train box and will save five other people on the road.

Here is one simple example of choice MIT making survey online and what will human choose and what will an automatic driving car will do in the same situation.

There is no right or wrong in the choice except if you take tha MIT online test will point towards to MIT to program better AI decisions for better, safer human future.

If you like to get involved here is link MoralMachine.mit.edu

In a moral descriptive, human and AI choices will shape future soon, from which human should continue to love which must have job in a job application, or even critical choices will effect millions human of where to make investments to have more profitable product or services.

Would you like to be part of future decision making…

cPanel vs. Plesk vs. Webmin vs. Other Popular Hosting Management Tools 5

cPanel vs. Plesk vs. Webmin vs. Other Popular Hosting Management Tools

2018’s Ultimate Guide to Web Panels: cPanel vs. Plesk vs. Webmin vs. Other Popular Hosting Management Tools

2018's Ultimate Guide to Web Panels: cPanel vs. Plesk vs. Webmin vs. Other Popular Hosting Management Tools

Hosting control panels are web-based interfaces allowing administrators and/or users to manage various server functionalities from the comfort of a web browser instead of the command line.

Below, we take a quick look at some of the most popular options that are available and actively maintained. Feel free to click the links below to jump ahead.

Common Control Panel Features

In general, most control panels implement a common set of features. While most will implement some subset of these, there are a few that include them all.

Web hosting control panel software may provide access to:

  • Domain name system management (web domains, mail domains, etc.)
  • Email system management (email addresses, email quotas, spam prevention, etc.)
  • FTP management (user accounts, password management, file system quotas)
  • Web-based file system access
  • SSH user/key management
  • Database management (MySQL, PostgreQSL, and sometimes other database systems)
  • Backup management
  • Logfile access and reporting
  • Plugin system for configuring additional services and installing apps (e.g., WordPress)

As is with virtually any other product market, there are upgrades and premium versions to be had in web panels. The top enterprise-grade panel features are up next!

Enterprise Control Panel Features

Some projects also have enterprise features like:

  • Manage multiple servers from one control panel interface
  • (For Hosts) Allow multiple customers to run the control panel software in parallel on a server
  • Service monitoring and alerting
  • A ticketing system for customers
  • IPv6 support

These options are fantastic for large-scale, growing businesses and hosters.

Control Panel Features Matrix

We all know it is easier to see things visually, so we put together a nice table for you to compare all of the control panels and their features quickly. Below the table, we provide some commentary on each piece of software and links to help you investigate further.

Control Panel Reviews Backend Language Open-Source Linux Windows DNS Email FTP Databases ipv6 Multi-Server
cPanel Perl, PHP x x x x x x x
Plesk PHP, C, C++ x x x x x x x x
DirectAdmin PHP x x x x x x
STORM PHP x x x x x x
Core-Admin PHP x x x x x
InterWorx PHP x x x x x x x
ISPmanager C++ x x x x x x x
iMSCP PHP, Perl x x x x x x x
Froxlor PHP x x x x x x
Vesta PHP x x x x x x
ZPanel PHP x x x x x x x x
Sentora PHP x x x x x x x
Webmin Perl x x x x x x x x
ISPConfig PHP x x x x x x x x
Ajenti Python x x x x x x
BlueOnyx Java, Perl x x x x x x x
CentOS Web Panel PHP x x x x x x x
Virtualmin PHP x x x x x x x x

These panels’ features are varied. Some panels may be best suited for shared hosting customers, while others are very popular among cloud hosting users. Still, whether you’re running your site on dedicated servers, a VPS, or a shared hosting environment, the usefulness of being able to manage your files, email, apps, et cetera from one intuitive interface is invaluable.

Control Panel Reviews

While each hosting control panel should offer the same fundamental features — management for domains, email, FTP, app installs, et cetera — the actual feature sets, layout, and level of control offered can vary widely from panel to panel. Below, we discuss each of the top web hosting control panels independently.

cPanel & WHM

As the most widely used hosting control panel, cPanel & WHM includes both a user-level interface (cPanel) and a server management interface (WHM). The two interfaces pair seamlessly to offer intuitive hosting and site management for end-users and resellers, as well as server administration tools for hosting providers. cPanel is trusted by some of the biggest names in the hosting industry, including GoDaddy1&1BluehostLiquidWeb, and HostGator.

cPanel’s mission is to empower hosting providers of all sizes. One of the ways cPanel ensures hosts, server administrators, site owners, and web professionals get what they need is through education. In addition to the information found in the knowledgebasedocumentation, and video tutorials, cPanel has a dedicated team of trainers who manage a free online training program, cPanel University, that is open to anyone.

Screenshot of cPanel interface

Manager of Community Engagement benny Vasquez is firm in her commitment not to sell people on something they don’t want or need. She instead asks potential clients to name tasks they hate doing but have to do regularly. Inevitably, tedious or mundane chores, like managing software updates or malware scans, come up as responses.

“I never try to convince them they need something they don’t want, but I do show them where cPanel & WHM can solve the problems they’re encountering and give them back some of their precious time,” she said.

Helping users overcome hosting hurdles — tactfully helping hosts make more money and giving site owners a pleasant management experience — is where the cPanel team shines. They work tirelessly on “incremental motions” that add value and move the product toward becoming the most modularized, flexible panel on the web, according to benny. Though cPanel and WHM are only supported on Linux, Windows support can be achieved using a virtualization setup.

  • Features
    • Fastest PHP and Ruby Websites: PHP7, combined with PHP-FPM and HTTP/2, means your websites will fly. Upgrading from PHP5.6 will give you a 70% boost, benny said, while MultiPHP enables site owners to easily manage the PHP, PHP-FPM, and pool option configurations of virtual hosts. cPanel has also made cPanel & WHM 90% faster and reduced the server resources required by another 30%.
    • Free SSL Certificate for Every Website: With AutoSSL, every website hosted on a cPanel & WHM server can be automatically issued a free SSL certificate in minutes. End users can certificates in the cPanel interface, meaning hosting providers won’t need to install a service SSL. Whether you want to use Comodo, Let’s Encrypt, or another provider, the SSL encryption is free and the certificates will be kept current for the life of the cPanel account.
    • Block Malicious Visitors Automatically: Protect your site from attackers without preventing legitimate users from accessing your sites with cPHulk, which lets site owners whitelist or blacklist entire countries, IP addresses, or accounts. The tool is included as part of all cPanel & WHM installations and can be used to monitor and block all login attempts to cPanel, WHM, FTP, email, and SSH.
    • Automated Backups and Restorations: Maintain peace of mind by keeping backups of your account and enjoying the ability to restore a single file from any backup on your server. In addition, users can take incremental backups of files and folders using Rsync, which ensure the fastest possible backups to a remote destination.
    • Easy PCI Compliance: With a strong default configuration and easy-to-use editor, and cPanel & WHM server can be PCI compliant within minutes, thanks to WHM’s user-friendly interface.
  • Demo
  • Pricing

The cPanel API is the tool hosts use most when integrating cPanel features with their own support systems, benny told us, so the cPanel dev team ensures proper documentation. The team sits down quarterly to determine what’s next for cPanel & WHM and releases security patches six times a year, in addition to regular feature updates. cPanel Inc., which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, doesn’t show signs of slowing. In 2018, the company is focused on making deployments to the most popular cloud providers, including AWS and Azure, as easy as possible. According to benny, the team’s collective eye is always turned to their North Star — doing what’s best for their users.

Plesk

Plesk is a leading control panel in the US that also captures roughly 75 to 80 percent of the European market. Featuring support for a breadth of Linux versions, as well as Windows compatibility, the panel comes in several editions, each tailored for specific hosting use cases.

Screenshot of Plesk interface

The user interface is regarded as a bit cleaner than cPanel, but in terms of features, Plesk and cPanel don’t differ much. Both are in use by big hosting companies (often in a branded form) and many other customers.

Recently, Plesk became an independent company, and they’re passionately focused on keeping up with the ever-evolving Web. The panel’s creators target both hosting newbies and hardcore developers by making server management easy and efficient. The company is also investing heavily on the educational end of things — with content marketing to teach web professionals best practices for running a business online, marketing, and even storytelling.

  • Features
    • Host/OS Agnostic: Plesk can be installed on a wide variety of operating systems and is virtually host agnostic. If you are running any form of a popular Linux version (CentOS, Ubuntu, CloudLinux, etc) or even Windows, you can run Plesk. As an added bonus, you can even run Plesk inside a Docker container found on Docker Hub. This is a strong pull factor differentiating Plesk from cPanel, which only runs on CentOS.
    • Git Integration: In response to a complaint that many web panels don’t offer support for Git, a popular version control system used to track changes and site updates, Plesk added their Gitman extension. The extension is available for Plesk 12.5 and up, with full Git support being pulled into the core in an upcoming Plesk release.
    • Docker Integration: The October 2016 release will also update Plesk’s core to include Docker support — featuring a catalog of over 200,000 Docker images. This lets you launch Docker images straight from Plesk without touching the command line.
    • 1-Click SSL Security: Even those who are new to hosting tend to understand the need for SSL security. Unfortunately, it can be a pain to set up and keep up to date. With new services like Let’s Encrypt making it easier and easier to get SSL (TLS) on your site, there is no reason to leave your pages unsecured. Plesk will automatically handle obtaining a certificate and configuring database files to accommodate https-only access for you, so both your web panel and all sites you’re hosting on your server are secured. This will also include niceties like renewing your certificate, running HTTP2, or providing you with security details when your server is under attack.
    • 1-Click WordPress Hardening: An upcoming extension release will allow WordPress hosting customers to entrust their security management to Plesk with one click. Plesk will then manage plugin updates, bug fixes, and security patches for you.
  • Demo
  • Pricing

For the more dev savvy, the panel features support for numerous PHP versions out of the box, with Ruby, Python, and NodeJS support available via Phusion (or out of the box with Plesk Onyx release). Among the popular Linux distros supported are Ubuntu, CentOS, RHEL, Debian, and CloudLinux, with upgrade support for Ubuntu and Debian.

Plesk screenshot

DirectAdmin

DirectAdmin is a relatively lightweight control panel that supports Linux. It has all of the basic features of a control panel, including support for multi-customer setups. All of the sold licenses are “unlimited domain” licenses.

DirectAdmin

STORM

Responding to customer pleas for an easier server management platform, Nimbus Hosting spent two years developing the proprietary STORM platform to emphasize performance and usability. Because the UK host’s clientele skews toward web design and development agencies, STORM enables users to quickly and simply set up and manage their clients’ websites from an intuitive interface.

Nimbus Hosting spent considerable time streamlining deployments from Git repositories, such as GitHub or Bitbucket. Once an account is connected to STORM, users can mirror a repository and branch directly within a website or folder on the server. Changes can be deployed automatically or by a single click, depending on which setting you choose — much faster than using FTP or SSH.

This clean, modern control panel operates differently from cPanel and Plesk because it isn’t installed on each server it manages. Instead, STORM resides on several Nimbus Hosting management servers that connect to a customer’s server whenever a change is requested. As such, you’ll have to host your website or applications with Nimbus Hosting to be able to use STORM. Despite the extra step, updates happen nearly instantaneously.

By managing STORM centrally, Nimbus Hosting increases the overall speed, security, and stability of its hosting services. According to the company, 82% of customers see performance upgrades when moving to STORM. Users can install the latest version of WordPress in less than 10 seconds, and STORM’s G10 HPE servers enable Nimbus Hosting to guarantee 99.995% server uptime.

Regularly deployed new features do not require customers to update their control panel. STORM simplifies user management and permissions by allowing administrators to set when a whitelisted IP address’s access expires. Similarly, Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates and PCI compliance can be enabled with just one click. Users can choose to reboot the whole server or restart MySQL, Apache, NGINX, or PHP separately.

Screenshot of STORM control panel

Core-Admin

Core-Admin was designed as a centralized and highly connected solution that provides support for managing multi-servers using a single web administration console. This includes an advanced permission system and monitoring system. There is a “Free Web Edition” that is limited to handle 10 domains.

Core-Admin

InterWorx

InterWorx comes in two package versions: NodeWorx (to manage a server) and SiteWorx (to manage a site). Interworx has a nice plugin system, which allows for quick installs of applications, much like the Softaculous web package manager. InterWorx also has a command line interface.

Interworx

ISPmanager

ISPmanager is a Linux-based, flexible control panel offered by ISPsystem, a leading provider of hosting automation solutions in Russia. For nearly two decades, ISPmanager has grown to become one of the most popular web control panels in Eastern European nations, with rising popularity in other territories. This powerful panel is offered in two editions; both are equipped to handle unlimited domains and users, and can be customized to meet your branding needs.

ISPmanager Lite is designed for managing VPSs and dedicated servers.

ISPmanager Business is ideal for shared or reseller hosting.

ISPmanager is a commercial product with features similar to premium control panels, however, the price point is on the lower end of the spectrum comparatively, so many end users find this option to be a better value. ISPmanager’s rich feature set and affordable cost combination are what make us proud to help introduce the software to the US market.

Screenshot of ISPsystem's control panel - ISPmanager 5

i-MSCP

i-MSCP is open-sourced and aims to be a good multi-server control panel for both personal and professional (i.e., hosting providers) usage. There is no one particularly outstanding facet of this web panel, but there is an active community around it.

i-mscp

Froxlor

Froxlor is an open-source web control panel with a very clean interface. There is IPv6 support, a ticketing system, and an integrated reseller-customer messaging system. It is ideal for ISPs and similar organizations.

Froxlor

Vesta

Vesta is open-sourced and aims to be a simple and lightweight web control panel. It does not support the more enterprise-like features (like multi-server setups), but it does try to place an emphasis on performance by using Nginx for the web panel frontend and Apache for the application backend.

Vesta

ZPanel

Zpanel (hasn’t been updated since March 3, 2014 and may no longer be maintained) is open-sourced and aims to be an “enterprise-class web hosting control panel with support for unlimited resellers.” The interface is compact and highly functional. Zpanel has support for many operating systems, including Linux, Windows, MacOS, and FreeBSD.

zPanel

Sentora

Sentora is a fork of ZPanel. This fork happened after Zpanel’s sale to a US-based company. Sentora brands itself as the “community version” of ZPanel. The team behind Sentora also offers subscription-based, premium support.

Sentora

Webmin

Webmin an open-source web control panel for system administration on Linux/Unix. It has dozens of modules for configuring server services. Their Cloudmin tool is a Webmin-based interface for managing virtual systems, including Xen, KVM, and OpenVZ.

Webmin

ISPConfig

ISPConfig is a popular, open-source web control panel system with good enterprise support. The project claims to have more than 40,000 downloads per month. There is good multi-server, IPv6, and virtualization (OpenVZ) support, which is ideal for ISPs or other corporate environments.

ISPconfig

Ajenti

Ajenti is a Python-based web control panel system, which makes it stand out from all PHP-based panels. Its website claims there are more than 55,000 active users of Ajenti. The interface is very well-designed. Ajento runs on various Linux distributions and FreeBSD.

Ajenti

BlueOnyx

BlueOnyx is an open-source web control panel that only runs on the CentOS and Scientific Linux distributions. Its interface may show its age a bit, but there is good support for multi-user setups among many other features.

BlueOnyx

CentOS Web Panel

CentOS Web Panel is an open-source web panel for the CentOS Linux distribution. It has a solid feature set that can match most of the other web panels, though it lacks multi-server support.

CentOS Web Panel

Virtualmin

Virtualmin is a popular and (mostly) open-source control panel offered in three product versions:

Virtualmin GPL is the core web control panel software with a solid feature set and a pleasant user interface. This product is also available in Webmin module form. Virtualmin offers four methods for managing your server: from the Web, mobile, command line, and through a remote HTTP API.

Virtualmin Professional makes it easier to install and update many other applications (e.g. WordPress, Joomla, Magento, NodeJS) and comes with commercial support.

Cloudmin Professional is a multi-server control panel based on Virtualmin, to enable the building of cloud services for use by enterprises and service providers. Cloudmin has support for Xen, vserver, Solaris Zones, and Amazon EC2 instances.

Virtualmin Open-Source Version

Virtualmin Professional has more advanced application install support features:

V irtualmin Professional Version

Final Note

Hopefully, this quick overview of the top 17 actively-maintained web panels has left you feeling fully prepared to make the best selection when searching for a web panel to meet your personal or professional website management needs.

Before you pick a panel, you’ll need to know what “bucket” of hosting (shared vs. dedicated vs. virtual) best fits your hosting needs. Our Basics Guide will get newbies familiar with what web hosting is and what they need to get started.

source. https://www.hostingadvice.com/blog/cpanel-vs-plesk-vs-webpanel/

cryptocurrency

Malta is opening doors to Cryptocurrency to World.

Malta is opening doors to Cryptocurrency to World.

cryptocurrency

cryptocurrency

Malta is becoming a Cryptocurrency gate with opening doors to world and recently called as Blockchain Island with government positive support to Cryptocurrencies. Cryptocurrency companies looking for bridge to current banking system and Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s open invitation, attracting more Cryptocurrency companies like Binance.

Waves has a decentralised cryptocurrency platform provides a complete ecosystem for blockchain developers had a met with Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Malta government representetives, to create new solutions to integrate more Cryptocurrencies and potential representetives of Wave into market.

In general topics are covered as technological developments and implementations to easier transactions with healthcare, land registry, voting, and others proposals to use wave platform.

Joseph Muscat administrated meeting, with Silvio Schembri, and other minister representatives as Financial services, Digital Economy and innovation. Couple other meeting held with Stephan McCarthy, CEO of Malta Digital Innovation with Malta’s Financial Representatives Services.

Malta becoming one step closer to Crytocurrency Island with new platforms invited and new market investors who want to deal with easier terms and technological developments, happen to be soon applied with Joseph Muscat’s administration.

Source. https://www.ccn.com/malta-is-eying-the-waves-cryptocurrency-to-tokenize-financial-assets/

Google G Suite for your Business 6

Google G Suite for your Business

Gmail for Business including in G Suite service.

Professional email for better communication and collobration.

G Suite as package, Gmail service is Google’s business email . Having proven itself to the general public with more than 425 million users (June 2012) around the world, Gmail become the choice of many professional companies who trust the Google’s services like G Suite for their messaging system.

Email, instant messaging, audio and video chat

G Suite Gmail, all users have 25GB of storage for business emails, instant messaging conversations and online documents (Google Drive), where other couriers typically offer 1 or 2 Gigabytes.

A permanent access to his professional email, in mobility as in the office

G Suite Gmail is a professional email accessible from the web, and therefore allows to consult emails from his office, but also on the go, from home, as well as from any smart phone or device connected to the internet. Gmail frees you from the desktop and improves business collaboration .

A powerful tool, driven by the innovation of Google teams

Innovation is at the heart of every process at Google. Gmail goes beyond traditional business email, offering innovative features such as priority inbox , managing filters and labels, and grouping messages as conversations. New features are regularly added to Gmail mail to continue to improve this essential tool of our daily work.

Sync with Android, iPhone, and any smart device

Keep access to your email wherever you are, with Gmail syncing on major mobile platforms with Gmail apps for Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad), but also syncing email.

Also take advantage of your smartphone from other G Suite applications:

  • Google Calendar: making appointments, sharing and consulting Calendar, booking rooms …
  • Google Drive: storage, creation, editing, and co-editing of text documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms, and drawings
  • Google+: the corporate social network

Search his emails very quickly

Research is Google’s core business. Applied to a professional email, Google’s essential algorithm allows you to spend less time organizing your mail, and so focus on the essentials. Thanks to one or two keywords you will find in a few moments the email you were looking for.
The Google search bar integrated with the Gmail interface also offers advanced search options for refined results.

Secure and reliable messaging

  • Gmail has a very powerful anti-spam filtering fully integrated with the email solution
  • For an extra level of security , you can enable 2-step authentication, which will send you a temporary code on your phone or through the Google Authenticator app.

Want to know more about Gmail and G Suite for Business:

  • Check out the testimonials of our customers who decided to use a powerful messaging system by switching to G Suite.
  • To use the Gmail business email solution and upgrade to G Suite, contact us .

Collaborative Messaging

Gmail for Business offers 25 GB of storage space per user, powerful filtering of spam and viruses, interoperability with Outlook, Smart Phones, Apple Mail, …. and 99.9% uptime under the SLA. It is possible to add email encryption services and archiving for up to 10 years with the Google Message Discovery offer.

Strong points of Gmail for business:

  • Permanent access to your email wherever you are
  • Gmail is a web-based and secure service, also called WebMail. It is thus possible to work from the office, on the move, at home and from a mobile phone, even offline
  • Rich and comprehensive messaging management features
  • The user has all the functions expected with this type of service
  • Sync with Android, iPhone and all Smart Devices
  • G Suite can be used on major mobile platforms, including older models through Google Sync for Mobile
  • Blocking spam
  • As part of the offer, anti-spam and anti-virus services help stop spam and viruses before they reach the inboxes. Users can focus on really important messages
  • Each user has 25 GB of storage space, which allows him to keep all the emails he deems important without having to manage his space, without the need to worry for email space for annual archiving (or even monthly), without sorting etc.
  • Unified Communications
  • Messaging, instant conversation and audio and video communications are natively integrated without launching another application.
  • Instant message search
  • Google’s built-in search technology makes it easy to find emails, IM conversations, keywords, topics and tags.

Gmail is the most powerful and straightforward solution for collaborative messaging.

Example of a Mail interface:

Many features are available for customization or configuration to make the collaborative messaging interface the simplest, the most complete or the closest to what users know.

Example with a preview pane:

The user has labels to sort his emails (in addition to the ability to directly use the built-in search engine whose performance does not depend on the size of the user’s mailbox). These labels perform the same function as a directory (for example those of Outlook or Lotus Notes) but also serve as virtual indicators. In addition to being moved, emails can simply be assigned to labels. Thus, an email can be part of several directories, or labels, and be accessible simply for the user.

For example below, the 5 emails presented are part of the label “Urgent”. But some are more of the labels “AD”, “CoDir” and / or “IT Team”:

The assignment of these labels can be done manually, by the user, or programmatically:

By default, responses to messages are grouped into conversations. A conversation gathers all messages in a single thread. This organization makes it easier to follow discussions and limits the size of the inbox. Here’s how a conversation is displayed in an inbox:


Here is an open conversation:

Note: Of course, the user can choose to group or not his messages in conversations. If the “Talk Mode” option is disabled, new messages are not grouped into conversations and all existing conversations are disassociated into separate messages. If the “Conversation Mode” option is enabled, the user can not separate messages from a conversation.

Email is accessible from any mobile device:

Example with an Android mobile:

 

Google Drive (G Suite): an online office suite that enables real-time collaboration

Google Drive is a suite of office tools (word processor, spreadsheet / spreadsheet, presentation, forms …) available fully online and allows collaboration in real time.

Access to documents and business data from anywhere

Google Drive is a 100% web service , securely accessible wherever you are: from your desktop, mobile phone, tablet, on the go or at home, and even offline.
You can access Google Drive on your computer from your Google Mail (Gmail), from Google Drive’s Android or iOS apps, and from your mobile browser.

Ensuring compatibility

Google Drive is a service accessible on the web , just a web browser to access it. It works on all PC, Mac or Linux computers, and is able to support the most common document formats such as Microsoft Office, Open Office, PDF …

An office suite that promotes collaboration

Google Drive lets you create different types of Google documents that are accessible online and offline:

  • Google Docs: text documents with advanced editing options. Add images, tables, enjoy integrated translation …
  • Google Sheets: spreadsheets with powerful upgradeable capabilities thanks to Google Scripts. You can add charts, PivotTables, filter your data, use data validations …
  • Google Slides: create rich presentations, add images, tables, videos, personalize your themes …
  • Google Form: forms available in a few clicks to help you gather information. Create your questions, choose how the panel will respond (drop-down list, multiple choice, text fields …) and publish it on a site or send it by email.

The Google Drive suite benefits from Google’s expertise in innovation and usability, and outperforms traditional office suites by allowing multiple people to work on the same document in real time . Forget the endless shipments of the latest versions of your documents as email attachments and keep a single version co-editable anytime and from anywhere!

Easier file sharing

With Google Drive, files are stored online and are always accessible. You can also download them, in the format of your choice, or import files of all types from your computer to your Google Drive workspace.
Sharing is very easy from a simple email address. Your collaborator then receives an email that invites him to join you on the Google document, that.
Google Drive allows you to store and organize your workspace safely, in a user-friendly interface.

Security provided by access controls

Like your entire Google Account, Google Drive can benefit from 2-step authentication.
Administrators and owners of files can choose exactly how and to whom documents are shared: privately (by manually adding email addresses), to the entire organization, or publicly on the web (the latter option turns off if need in the administration console).

  • To upgrade to a professional and collaborative office suite with Google Drive, contact us .

Office suite online

Google Docs is both a collaborative space, document storage, and an online office suite for reading, editing and sharing documents, regardless of their format (Google, Microsoft, PDF, video, images etc.) .). With Google Docs, text documents, spreadsheets, and presentations can be edited by multiple users at once, and they are all assured of the latest version of this document. Access to this collaborative space is 100% Web: no need for a client to install on the workstation, access to all the functions described below via a browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari …).

The user can easily access it via his Google banner:

In detail, an example of a personal documentary space:

A simple click on a document opens it. GDocs offers on the fly 15 viewers (Microsoft Office, Autocad etc.) exempting the user from having to have specific software on his workstation to access reading his documents (or those shared with him). The format of the documents is by default that of Google, the GDocuments. Of course, any other type of document can be stored in GDocs even if it does not have a viewer: Microsoft Office, images, video etc.

Example: images and a PowerPoint document (ppt)

It is possible to import any type of document, in its native format, and to make an export (a local download for example, on the workstation) in any conversion format.

Example: creation of a document of type Google Text then download in Microsoft Word format:

Note: GDocs offers a native OCR (image upload and text transformation)

All documents stored in GDocs are shareable, via a simple interface:

In the details of a documentary sharing:

Search function in Google Docs

The search functions are common with the email and the Google Docs (search possible both in the mailbox and in the documentary space, or only in one or the other). It can be done by keywords or a mixed keywords / categories.

 

Google Cloud Platform: Web Applications for Your Business

Google Cloud Platform is composed of several services totally integrated, based on the infrastructures of Google, accessible in web services and secure:

  • App Engine is a platform (PaaS) for the development and exploitation of Java, Python or PHP applications. It automatically manages the scaling up without administrator action. The applications thus have an optimal quality of use. In addition, App Engine is integrated with all Google Apps for Business, including for authentication and is often used in addition to quickly develop Notes / Domino applications and databases.

  • Compute Engine is a solution of Infrastructure (IaaS) that provides Linux virtual machines for example to perform heavy calculations requiring a lot of resources even over short periods.
  • Cloud Storage provides high availability storage for users anywhere in the world. The data is replicated on several datacenters, with the possibility of locating them in the European Union.
  • Cloud SQL is a highly available relational MySQL database, exploited in the Google Cloud.
  • Big Query is a Business Intelligence or Analytics solution. It allows for high-speed queries on very large databases, for example hundreds of terabytes, in seconds and without the need to buy servers or hardware.
  • Prediction API is a prediction solution based on learning algorithms made in Google on a database.
  • Translation API allows you to automatically translate text into the chosen target language.

Google Cloud Platform is now used by thousands of local companies and international one to be more flexible and cost cutting advadvanteges with cloud computing possibilities.

Google Sites (G Suite): creating websites very easily

Google Sites is an integrated application in the G Suite collaborative suite that allows you to build a website without any knowledge of development. You no longer need to know HTML to create collaborative and effective Google sites.

A site with guaranteed compatibility

Google Sites are compatible with all operating systems (PC, Mac, Linux), and work with all web browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer …

Create sites and organize information simply

Google Sites allows you to centralize documents of any type (text, spreadsheets, presentations, slideshows, images, videos, etc.) to facilitate collaboration and transmit information more easily. The Google Sites offering includes page templates and themes that make site creation even more accessible and intuitive.

Sites accessible from anywhere, anytime

Like all G Suite, Google Sites are 100% online and therefore available at the office, but also on the road, at home, or on your mobile or tablet.
When creating a Google Site you can also activate an option to optimize mobile browsing.

Sharing management of your Google Sites

In order to ensure total security of the system and stored information, Google Sites makes it very easy for administrators to manage site sharing permissions:

  • nominative personalized access,
  • access to the entire company,
  • public access,
  • right of editing or visualization or administration

Many use cases around Google Sites

There are many examples of Google Sites usage. With Google Sites easily create:

  • the intranet of your company,
  • a project site,
  • the website of your CE / CHSCT
  • a site to promote an internal or public event
  • mini sites for employees,
  • a wiki,
  • a blog,
  • a platform for integrating elements of Google Drive (word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, etc.), Google Calendar as well as photos and videos.

To easily build collaborative websites and extranets with Google Sites, contact us .

Google Site: an Intranet Site in SaaS Mode

Google Sites is a website creation and hosting service (Intranet, Extranet, Internet sites).
Created centrally, these Intranet sites are ergonomic and allow users a simplified and intuitive management and consultation.
No HTML knowledge or code is required to quickly deploy a Software as a Service (SaaS) Intranet Site with Google Sites.
Google Sites works in all browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari) and on all computers (PC, Mac, Chromebook and Linux).

Administrators can easily manage Google Sites sharing permissions:

  • share to the whole company / domain> especially suited to intranets models
  • public sharing> for classic websites or blogs
  • targeted sharing to certain users / groups of users> Intranet or Extranet sites

Site sharing can also be defined page by page for personalized access: site readers will only access certain pages depending on the rights granted. In the case of an intranet this configuration allows a right assignment on a case by case basis.

Access to information on the site (intranet, extranet, web …) is instantaneous, as soon as they are put online users can consult them and administrators manage access to the site in just a few clicks.

To facilitate the creation, Google site templates exist and allow easy handling from a template gallery. From the search bar discover Intranet templates, project sites, Extranet …

A new site can also be created from a custom template specially designed for your company’s graphic charter.

Below is an example of access to the Google Library, with categorized sites.

The user can also browse the entire gallery of sites and directly access the models most commonly used by his colleagues:

Before choosing the model of Google Sites that interests him, the user can enjoy a preview:

Once the Google Site is created, the user has all the useful functions of creating and managing a SaaS Intranet:

  • Version history, site update, rollback
  • Subscription to the modifications made on the site or on the pages of the sites: the user receives a notification by email to be informed of the changes made
  • Add, delete, edit pages
  • Creating templates and sub-templates at the page and site level

Below, the example of a project site for the acquisition of a company, with:

  • business indicators,
  • project plan,
  • glove diagrams,
  • documentary library,
  • collaborative sharing,
  • tasks and assignments,
  • management of contacts and people involved in this project

Another example of a Google Site template, for a Human Resources type SaaS intranet.

Human Resources type SaaS Intranet with different linked pages; the ability to add attachments …:

SaaS Intranet Human Resources type with access to a trombinoscope with contact sheet:

To discover Google Sites and the G Suite collaborative suite, do not hesitate to contact us!

Please cont hesitate to contact our online chat or sales department for any questions, we can help you improve your IT.

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Why Responsive Pages is in need within advantageous of right IT Service Provider

Why Responsive Pages is in need within advantageous of right IT Service Provider

Responsive-Web-Design

Responsive pages mean design and philosophy of web sites responds and adapts page to its viewers device. Web Site became compatible with any device in the internet.

 

For the last couple of decades, technology improved and shaped like crazy, and devices change their shapes also within web sites needs to comply with them.

Companies like Web Design Malta with Computer Solution Malta  adapted is services on demand from market, with that question on a daily basis, helping clients by freeing their time from unnecessary work and developing custom solutions as they require. With that in mind, if you’re still unsure whether you should take the leap, here are convincing facts why responsive pages became compulsory for companies should follow through a digital transformation.

Responsive App and Web Sites increases productivity and efficiency 

Going digital means you get to merge, streamline and enhance all your current processes. In other words, you get to do more in less time; the golden target of all businesses. To make matters way better, Responsive Web Design solutions with Cloud Services integrated are not in the form of desktop-based software that needs to be installed. Being web-based, they’re easily accessible (and updatable) from anywhere.

Add a constant backup over the cloud, and you’re looking at A grade efficiency.

Responsive Web Sites and Cloud Integrations improves the control of your own business

Speaking of the cloud, the whole world is currently moving towards more internet usage. For a company to have its IT system on the cloud (when possible) instantly makes more sense.

Cloud Solutions opens gates for  your data becomes accessible 24/7 with no investment cost for big Servers.

New century technology spirit, the flexible system also gives employees the option to work remotely, becoming a true digital nomad.

IT increases competitiveness 

You know what drives a company even further? Seeing their competitors being clearly superior.

Investing in proper IT solutions is an investment not just because of how much more productive and efficient your company gets, but because of the essential step ahead it puts you when it comes to your competition.

IT increases peace of mind

Say goodbye to worrying about losing your data. Every single time there’s a little change, it’s backed up and synced across all the system, and everyone ends up working on the same updated version.

Your computer might blow up from overheating with all the work you’re putting, and you’d still not be losing your data. From Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS to Google Cloud Computing ,new way of the future.

IT improves the entire decision-making process

If there’s one main issue with a growing company, it’s the tendency for a lot of time-wasting that starts cropping up because of added, unnecessary steps. That’s where computers and automated systems come in.

Using a variety of tools to create reports and overviews of what really matters to you, these systems help businesses identify patterns, providing insights to their data.

And by freeing up time otherwise spent on tiring and needless data processing, it allows companies to focus on the essential decision-making.

IT increases sales…

IT Structure directly effects your sales which might sound a bit odd but with efficient decision making process and cost calculations to finding new markets over the power of Internet effects your sales directly.

Having a shop is important, but having an online shop means you can reach customers from all across the globe.  Through a careful analysis of the customer’s needs, companies like Malta Web Design which help with this digital migration are there to offer a seamless integration with any current software they might already be using (even something as basic as a POS system).

IT Helps to Decreasing costs

Having to carry out repetitive processes without a digital solution isn’t just time-consuming, it’s also more expensive. Having fewer people needing less time to do their tasks allows them to use their time elsewhere, adding to the entire system’s cost-effectiveness.

Oh, and it also reduces the chance of human error in certain aspects such as data inputting, so there’s going to be less double and cross-checking.

IT  simplifies the business’ processes

Design and Investing in right IT follow is killer advantage for any company.

Thanks to all of the above, a digital system makes work more efficient, eliminating repetitive steps. Automating most steps through Business Process Reengineering means you get to do way more in way less time, and that’s the end game for many companies.

 

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Does The GDPR Apply For You ?

Does The GDPR  Coming For You ?

GDPR covers a small business entrepreneur in Europe region and  you should be aware that you are not the GDPR’s main “target”. GDPR is about the processing of people’s private data online. GDPR primarily aims to regulate businesses that do a lot of data processing – and especially businesses that make their money from selling or “exploiting” the data they collect about people.

More Core Companies data harvesting giants like Facebook or Google.

The average entrepreneur and website owner does very little data harvesting or processing. If you have a website with some opt-in forms on it, the EU isn’t coming straight for your regulations.

 

 

Can You be punished with Fines?

Many marketers fear massive fines if they don’t get everything on their website 100% compliant by May 25.

According to Elizabeth Dunham, the UK’s Information Commissioner, that’s just “scaremongering”. She further states that “Issuing fines has always been and will continue to be, a last resort.”

If your site is not compliant, fines are not the first thing that happens. There’s no squad of EU goons waiting to kick down your door.

The expected process for non-compliant websites looks like this: the first step would be for your users/visitors to take up the issue with you directly.

For example, a user might ask you (the website owner) to see, change or remove their private data. If you can’t comply with that, the user can escalate this to a complaint, which would lead to a multi-step process by an EU data regulation agency, starting with an “information notice”.

Only if you are still not compliant after having received various notices and warnings will fines come into play.

In short: there’s no reason to believe you’ll face immediate punishment for a missing disclaimer link or a poorly worded checkbox label on your site.

We Still Need to Clear These Obstacles

I hope you now see that these regulations are less threatening than you may have thought. Let’s take a second to breathe a sigh of relief.

Of course, that doesn’t mean we can just ignore the regulations. Even as small business owners with very little data processing, we still have to make sure we’re compliant.

Strangely, I’ve seen that many writers feel obliged to “reframe” GDPR when they write about it and make a statement like: “why GDPR is actually a good thing for marketers!”Apparently, these regulations will help us get higher quality leads or they’ll weed out the bad marketers or something.

What’s conveniently omitted is that GDPR doesn’t do anything for your lead quality that you couldn’t have done before.

Protecting people’s privacy is a laudable, and in my opinion important goal. But let’s not pretend like these regulations make things better for small businesses. They represent extra hoops you must jump through as well as additional time (and possibly money) you have to spend.

What’s worse: if you follow a lot of common advice about GDPR and email marketing, it can harm your conversion rates and your bottom line, all without adding anything of value to your visitors.

Computer Solution Malta, we have a strong focus on conversions, so it’s particularly this last problem I want to help you with. We’ll look at how you can make your opt-in forms and email marketing GDPR compliant without hurting your conversion rates.

 

How GDPR Affects Email Marketing

GDPR isn’t primarily about email marketing. It’s about how people’s personal data is handled and email marketing contains such data (e.g. someone’s email address). The main rights given to EU citizens under the regulation are as follows:

  1. The “tell me what’s going to happen” right:the citizen has the right to be told what will happen with personal data before it is submitted, and the data shall only be used if explicit consent is given.
  2. The “show me my data” right:the citizen has the right to know what data is being collected about them, why it’s being collected and how it’s being used.
  3. The “I want to change that” right:the citizen has the right to have data modified or updated.
  4. The “forget about me” right:the citizen has the right to have their private data removed completely.

For email marketing, this translates to:

  • Tell visitors what you will do with their email address beforethey sign up.
  • Give visitors a view of the data you’ve collected about them (probably only their name and email address).
  • Give visitors a way to modify their data (e.g. get the emails sent to a different address) and unsubscribe.
  • Remove all data you have about a visitor completely, if they request it.

The Checkbox Myth

How do you make your opt-in forms GDPR compliant?

There is common impression that most of marketers would add check boxes to forms to make process GDPR compatible.

In practice yes possible but GDPR doesn’t mean adding checkboxes. You need the subscriber’s explicit consent to send them emails, but a checkbox is not the only way (and not the best way) to get this consent.

Let’s look at an example of a typical opt-in form, pre-GDPR:

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If someone signs up through this form and you then start sending them emails, that’s not GDPR compliant.

Why not?

Because there was no indication in this form that you’d be sending emails (and visitors can’t consent to something you haven’t told them about). The entire form is about getting a PDF. The visitor who signs up agrees to receiving a PDF, but nothing else.

Here’s how it seems most “how to GDPR” articles suggest improving this form:

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Okay, I’m exaggerating. But I’m exaggerating to make a point: adding checkboxes to this form makes it worse.

No one wants to read fine print. Just like we all “read and agree to” the terms and conditions of every software and app we use, people may or may not check these boxes, but they won’t actually read your terms or even pay close attention to what the label of each checkbox implies.

Adding checkboxes makes the opt-in form worse for the user (makes a poor user experience) and it will likely lower your conversion rates. This is still true if we take a more conservative approach like this:

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Even the one checkbox is not a positive addition to the form, in terms of user experience.

Plus, there’s an extra twist: under GDPR, you are not allowed to disadvantage anyone because they don’t provide consent. That means in a form like this one, you can’t make the checkbox required.

 

 

If someone signs up but doesn’t check the box, you have to still give them access to your PDF, but you can’t send them any emails.

For the business owner, there are 2 main problems with this:

  1. The checkbox label might as well read “please also spam my inbox with annoying promotional messages”.Nobody wants another “newsletter” and even if your newsletter is neither spammy nor annoying, visitors won’t know that before they sign up.
  2. You have to set up a potentially complicated system that ensures that people who sign up but don’t check the box receive your free PDF but aren’t added to your mailing list. Those who do check the box need to get the PDF andbe added to the mailing list.

 

How to Fix Your Opt-In Forms give on the Checkboxes

There are two approaches you can use to make your opt-in forms GDPR compliant without adding checkboxes or extra hoops for your visitors to jump through:

  1. Change the copy in your opt-in forms.
  2. Change the nature flow of your opt-in offer.

Fix 1: Change the Copy

Here’s what the form could look like, with modified copy:

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Here’s exactly what we changed, to make this form GDPR compliant:

  • We add “Subscribe to get…”to the title and mention the newsletter in the text. This way, it’s clear that the user is consenting to a newsletter by signing up.
  • We are still providing an opt-in offer (or lead magnet) in the form of our free report. However, instead of the free report and the newsletter being totally separate, the “main action” on the form is signing up for the newsletterand getting the PDF is a bonus provided to newsletter subscribers.
  • We’ve added a link to our terms in the disclaimer part of the form.

That’s it. This form now acts as explicit consent to receive a newsletter and we’re good to go. No checkboxes needed.

What if you have a form or landing page with a killer headline that you’ve tested and optimized to perfection and you don’t want to mess it up? Here’s another version of the form, with nothing changed in the title:

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The key point here is that the offer is framed in such a way that there is no separation between the free PDF and the newsletter. The form clearly states what is to be expected.

Fix 2: Change the Offer

One way in which the GDPR might actually do some good for consumers is that it makes old-school, high pressure sales style email marketing much more difficult.

What I advocate is a way to make your entire email marketing process not only GDPR compliant, but better and more effective in general. We call this approach “Newsletter-as-a-Service”.

Newsletter as a Service (NaaS)

To explain how NaaS works, let’s do a quick thought experiment. Think of the difference between TV ads and product placement.

TV ads: you’re watching a movie for entertainment (which is what you want) and you get interrupted by ads (which is what you put up with, if you have to). You see ads for a fancy looking watch and maybe, if you see them often enough, you’ll buy the advertised watch at some point. But you probably won’t, and you’d rather cut the ads out of the movie.

Product placement: you’re watching a James Bond movie for entertainment and James Bond happens to be wearing a stylish watch.

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The watch comes with a bunch of gadgets, so it’s shown in close-ups several times and it becomes part of the plot. You end up buying the watch because James Bond is cool as a cucumber and you want to be like him. What’s more, it never feels like an ad and it wouldn’t even occur to you to cut the watch out of the movie.

Newsletter-as-a-Service is taking marketing concept to the next level.

Old vs. New Email Marketing

Let’s contrast NaaS against the old way of email marketing, which is not only unpleasant for your subscribers, but also much more at odds with GDPR.

Here’s the kind of thing I mean:

The Old and Spammy Way

  1. You have a lead generated offer or you sell something.
  2. When people sign up or purchase, you send them affiliate offers non-stop until they unsubscribe.

If you’ve bought some rubbish products on Internet marketing forums, you’ve been on the receiving end of this marketing style.

Few marketers stop so low as to follow this old, “hard sell” approach. But if we look at the more common approach these days it’s not great, either:

The Slightly Less Spammy Way

  1. You have a lead magnet (opt-in offer) to get people onto your mailing list.
  2. When people sign up, they get your lead magnet and they also start getting emails from you (these may or may not be related to the thing they signed up for).
  3. Some emails are educational and useful, some are purely promotional.

This approach stems from an attitude that sees subscribers only as potential profit sources. You send useful, informative content to your subscribers only to “keep them warm” for the promotional stuff.

There is a better way to do email marketing and it also happens to be GDPR compliant:

The New Way

  1. Your emails are never purely promotional or unrelated to the original offer that got people onto your mailing list.
  2. Your emails, which are educational and useful, link to interesting content and contain secondary promotionsor soft promotions (more about this below).
  3. All of the content you send to subscribers is your “newsletter service”.

Your subscribers sign up for and subsequently receive this useful and valuable Newsletter-as-a-Service mix of content.

Computer Solution Malta adopted new way of marketing into its valuable clients to gain more and create more effective conclusions.

What Else Do You Need, to Make Your Email Marketing GDPR Compliant?

There are several more regulations that are relevant for email marketing, but you are almost certainly already compliant with those.

Unsubscribe & Modify Links

First, you need to make sure that every email you send contains an unsubscribe link and you should also have a “modify my subscription” type link, where your subscribers can update their data.

This kind of thing:

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This is hardly a new practice for email marketers.

Privacy Policy or Terms

Second, your privacy policy and/or terms should be easy to find for anyone looking at an opt-in form. On landing pages, it’s already common practice to add a link to such pages in the footer. As an additional step, you can add a link inside your opt-in forms (although it’s debatable whether the link needs to be in the form itself, if it’s already on the page that the form shows on).

Proof of Opt-In

You also need to be able to provide a proof of opt-in or a proof of consent. Basically, if a subscriber claims you started sending them emails out of the blue, you need to be able to prove otherwise.

Your email marketing service may provide such a proof log or, if you use Computer Solution Malta Online Marketing Service, you’ll find email addresses associated with specific opt-in forms in your reporting dashboard.

Your Action Steps

Now that you know what tools you have at your disposal to make your email marketing GDPR compliant, here’s what to do next:

  1. Take an index of all the opt-in forms and lead generation landing pages on your website.
  2. For each opt-in offer you have, decide which of the 2 approaches is best. Will you add a checkbox to the forms or change the copy? And to what extent will you change the offer itself?
  3. Update your opt-in forms and lead generation landing pages to reframe your offer and make sure visitors can clearly anticipate what’s going to happen after they sign up.
  4. Make sure that your terms & conditions or privacy policy are easy to find from any page that contains an opt-in form.
  5. Make sure your emails all contain an unsubscribe link and a “modify my subscription” link.
  6. Get all this over with, so you can go back to focusing on more important parts of your business.

Finally, consider to what degree you can and want to implement a Newsletter-as-a-Service approach in your email marketing.

Finally, consider to what degree you can and want to implement a Newsletter-as-a-Service approach in your email marketing. Computer Solution Malta Marketing Team always in your assistance to improve your services and online presence.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

What is  General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and what brings to consumers

Regulation of GDPR, all EU citizens will have the following rights:

  1. The right of access

GDPR gives EU citizens the right to know the details of any personal data you hold about them and how that data is processed and used. As an entity, you are obliged to provide this information on request.

  1. The right to be forgotten

People also have the right to be forgotten. This means that if a person requests it, you will be required to cease the processing of any data you hold about them and delete it.

  1. The right to data portability

If you hold data about anyone, they can now ask for that data to be passed to another organisation. This can make things like passing on ‘no claims’ histories from one insurer to another, much easier. However, it also means that customers can use the records you hold about them to get better deals from your competitors.

  1. The right to be informed about data breaches

Some organisations have kept serious data breaches secret for months in order to protect them from bad publicity and other unwanted consequences. Now, customers have to be legally informed within 72 hours. You must also inform any supervising bodies.

  1. The right to data correction

Under GDPR, any data you hold about an individual must be accurate. If it isn’t, they have the right to demand it is corrected.

Covers of data

  1. Identifying data

Any information that can be used to identify an individual comes under the protection of GDPR, this includes information such as their name, address or National Insurance number as well as things like CCTV footage, car registration numbers and RFID chip data.

  1. Web data

GDPR also requires the safeguarding of web data. This includes details of an individual’s location, their IP addresses and any cookie data.

  1. Demographic information

If you collect any information that classifies individuals, this too comes under the protection of the new regulation. This includes data about gender, race, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation.

  1. Health, genetic and biometric data

Health, genetic and biometric data has become problematic over the last few years. Insurance companies, for example, can use this information as a basis for setting the costs of health insurance. And as biometric data is increasingly used for authentication, keeping it secure is absolutely crucial. For this reason, it too, is included in the data protected by GDPR.

  1. Political affiliations

While many people aren’t too secretive about who they vote for or which political party they support, plenty of others are. If you hold data about political affiliations, whether that is their membership of a particular party or just a political opinion gathered on a survey, it needs protection under the GDPR.

GDPR data protection regulations

 

  1. Data protection by design

From May 2018, organisations will be required to implement reasonable data protection measures to protect EU citizens’ personal data and privacy by design. ‘By design’ means that end to end measures need to be planned and put in place so that everything from the collection of data all the way to its safe deletion is taken into account. Part of this includes the requirement for organisations to undertake a data protection impact assessment in order to identify risks to data and outline measures to ensure those risks are addressed.

  1. Creating a Data Protection Officer role

Any organisation that processes or stores sensitive data, significant amounts of personal data, or regularly monitors data subjects must create a Data Protection Officer (DPO) role within their organisation. This individual will have responsibility for overseeing data protection, privacy and GDPR compliance. All public authorities (police forces, local councils, government organisations, etc.) must also have a DPO.

  1. GDPR extends beyond the EU

GDPR is designed to protect the data and privacy of EU citizens. This means any organisation that holds data on EU citizens is required to comply with the regulation, whether based in the EU or not. This will have an impact on companies like Google, eBay and Amazon that collect web data from users in the EU. It will also affect many smaller international companies that trade in the EU, for example, app-based companies, game providers and online retailers.

  1. GDPR will continue after Brexit

The UK has always played a leading role in protecting data. The UK’s Data Protection Act was passed in 1984, 11 years before the EU got around to issuing its Data Protection Directive in 1995. The UK government is committed to ensuring that the rights and responsibilities enshrined in GDPR are maintained after we leave the EU.

  1. Big fines for non-compliance

The size of the fines which can be given to organisations that do not comply with GDPR is an indication of how determined the EU is to tackle issues with data protection and data privacy. From May, the maximum fine will be €20 million or 4% of an organisation’s annual global turnover, whichever is higher. This can be levied for failing to adhere to core principles of data processing, infringement of personal rights, or for transferring personal data to other countries or organisations that do not ensure an adequate level of data protection.

The issue of transferring data to countries or organisations with less adequate data protection should be a major concern for any company that has a website. If your web host has data centres outside of the EU, it is possible that the information you collect could be stored on less secure servers without your knowledge – and this could mean you are unwittingly breaching GDPR compliance. The same applies if your web host does not provide adequate security even if it is within the EU.

 

How Computer Solution Malta prepared to look after your data

Our collective datacenters and Cloud Servers are based in the United States, UK, Dubai and South Africa . None of the information can be transferred or shared without permission nor collected and process is stored or backed up.

In addition, Computer Solution Malta has been preparing for GDPR since it was official in 2017. That has given us plenty of time to put in place everything needed to protect the data we hold about you and help you protect the data you hold about others.

We use verified email addresses and unique security pins to authenticate your identity; we require direct consent before making changes to your account; we use SSL encryption to secure personal identification; and, of course, we never share your information with third parties unless we’re legally obliged.

All our database engineers are fully trained to maintain and secure data in compliance with the most stringent industry regulations. Private data is secured using security rules, electronic and managerial procedures, and we backup shared servers to avoid data loss in case of disasters within the new regulations.

If you are looking for highly secure hosting from a GDPR complaint web host, Computer Solution Malta to see the wide range of hosting solutions we provide.

More Information

https://gdpr-info.eu/

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Benefits of Cloud Computing

1. Cloud hosting saves you money

The Basic instinct of any business looking to adopt a new technology is whether it offers value for money and a good return on investment. The Advantegous side of cloud computing is that you don’t need invest in hardware nor software as everything is provided on your provider’s servers. This means savings can be made on the cost of hardware and, in addition, you can dispense with the costs of running your own data centre. You won’t need to pay for space, power, physical security, insurance and air-conditioning or need to cover the costs of ongoing maintenance.

2. Scalable resources and pay as you go pricing

When you invest in your own data network structure centre and need to increase computing resources, you’ll need to buy, install and configure an expensive new server. In some cases you only need that capacity to cover a short-term demand for your servcies, it brings you with two problems. Firstly, you’re buying something that may lay redundant for most of the time and, secondly, if that demand comes unexpectedly, you might not get the server up and running in time to deal with it.

With cloud computing, scalability comes built in. If you need extra resources because of an unexpected peak in website traffic, you can increase your computing capacity instantly. If that peak only lasts for a day or two you can scale down as demand decreases. And, as you are charged on a pay as you go basis, you only pay for the extra resources you have used. There is no need to upgrade permanently to a bigger package or hire a new server. In this way, cloud provides increased agility and cost-effective resourcing.

3. Strategic competitive advantage

Deployment time in cloud computing is virtually zero and applications that are critical for growth and success can be online almost instantly, giving you a strategic competitive advantage over competitors who have not yet adopted cloud technology.

In addition, the scalability mentioned above means that smaller companies who would normally be at a disadvantage against larger companies with greater in-house capacity, now find themselves on a level playing field without the need to invest heavily in their own data centres.

4. Always Available cloud services

As businesses become more rely on applications to run their critical operations, any downtime can be disastrous. Server failure can result in companies coming to a complete standstill and getting back online can be a challenging and sometimes long waiting process. Losses can be significant effect in the businesses.

Cloud hosting, however, removes the possibility of server failure causing downtime. A cloud environment is engineered to deliver predictable and consistent performance with guaranteed 100% uptime. This is because clients are hosted on virtual machines that, in the event of an issue, can be migrated between the clustered server. The cloud’s hyper-converged design guards against everything from hard disk failure to an entire server failure, enabling mission-critical applications to be available all the time.

5. Lightning fast performance

In order to stay competitive, cloud service providers need to continually update their technology to meet the demands of their customers. As a result, cloud computing offers high-performance servers with technology such as powerful CPUs and super fast SSD drives.

In addition, load balancing is used to route client requests in a way that maximises speed and capacity utilisation. In this way, when servers are busy, the load is distributed so that no single server suffers from performance problems – and with so many servers at their disposal, a cloud provider can always ensure that performance is consistently optimised.

6. Implement new development apps running quicker

Before the advent of cloud computing, it could take a long time to get new applications running smoothly. Cloud-based applications, however, have significantly reduced the time required for successful execution. Cloud-based applications can be used instantly after signup.

This offers many advantages to businesses. One, in particular, is that businesses who migrate to the cloud can be benefit from AI and machine learning applications within hours of signing up.

7. Increased security

With cloud hosting, your business is protected against hacking, infection and internal data theft. Cloud providers are required to comply with a range of stringent security regulations in order to protect their customers’ data. This includes the use of robust firewall technology that features intrusion prevention systems and in-flow virus protection. These detect and isolate threats before they reach your server. You can even extend your office into the cloud with extensive VPN features.

8. Become more flexible working

Cloud computing provides greater flexibility in how employees work. As it is internet based, staff can access files both in and out of the workplace, enabling them to work remotely or in the office. Many companies are using this to give employees more flexible working conditions and to cut down on the amount of office space they need. In order to cut costs, many local councils have massively reduced office space expenditure by allowing staff to work from home and by using a hot-desking system on the days they come into the office.

Staff can access the company’s system using web-enabled devices such as smartphones and laptops and can collaborate in real-time with others by sharing synchronised files and using online conferencing. Many businesses now have a ‘bring your own device (BYOD)’ policy which is backed up by the use of a logical access authentication protocol to ensure security.

9. Environmental friendly

Moving your system to the cloud means that you won’t need your own data centre and can reduce your own carbon footprint significantly. You won’t need to power the servers or keep them cool. You won’t even need data centre space which needs to be lit.

However, there are more environmental benefits than simply offloading your carbon footprint to your provider. Once you have migrated to the cloud, you’ll find that economies of scale mean that your provider can use energy in a much more efficient way and that the energy needed to run your systems is much less than it would be on-site. In this way, cloud computing reduces the overall impact on the environment.

10. The cloud is future enabled

We’ve already mentioned that cloud’s scalability puts smaller companies on a level playing field with bigger ones. In the future, this is going to be even more important. With the growth of the Internet of Things, the amount of big data that businesses are collecting and processing is going to increase exponentially.

Big data analytics provides vital information for driving business development and those companies who have the resources to carry it out are the ones who will gain most. Cloud computing is by far the most cost-effective option for storing and processing enormous quantities of data. In addition, it provides the easy deployment of the applications needed to carry out this processing.

Conclusion

Your business can benefit from cloud computing services, and many benefits to development to security levels. It’s cost-effective, can save you money, it’s highly reliable and it provides the scalability, flexibility, agility, high performance and security businesses need from their IT systems.

If you are looking for a managed cloud computing and hosting solution with 24/7 expert technical support, check out our cloud hosting packages.

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Protect Your Online Brand

Protect Your Online Brand

Brannds are value for you business and gathers public attention to name that you represent. All companies racing to create stable trustable brands for their business, protecting brand is another important way of creating stable name in the market.

Brand represents company which failing to pay timely attention to IP issues can do irreparable damage to a company’s brand and cost large amounts of time and money:

Recent example

  • Ebay was forced to enter France under the domain name Ebayfrance.fr because a competitor had registered the company’s main brand under .fr (Ebay later paid $100 million to purchase the competitor)
  • gr, Amazom.com, Amazon.com.gr were all taken by bad-faith individuals or competitors
  • Procedures are in place which allow legitimate trademark holders to extract domain names from illegitimate ones, but your company stands little chance against another good faith user

Advantages

  • Ability to localize your marketing efforts with a top level domain (e.g. .DE, .FR .ML) that people in national markets know and trust.
  • Owning your domains in all relevant markets enables creation of a uniform brand across markets
  • Once you have legitimately registered your domains, you need no longer worry about cybersquatters and bad-faith competitors.
  • It is much cheaper to register domains upfront than wait until legal proceedings need to be initiated (ask yourself how many lawyer hours this offer will cover?)

Why shouldn’t I wait?

  • The domain administrators (known as domain registers) are relatively stable and the domains you purchase are therefore immediately useful for your branding purposes
  • Many countries have had restrictions on domain registration by non-nationals. However, these restrictions have recently been lifted in Belgium and Italy, and similar liberalisation efforts are currently underway in Sweden and the Netherlands. Having local daughter companies and trademarks puts you in a privileged position because you can register your names BEFORE restrictions are lifted.
  • Few companies have been able to offer our broad range of TLDs, and this offer makes you a fast mover in pan-European protection of your domain name.