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    The EU General Data Protection Regulation 2017

    28 July 2017 Security
    Dave Ashton

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    A new data protection landscape

    After over four years of discussion, the new EU data protection framework was adopted on 8 April 2016. It takes the form of a Regulation – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR will replace the current Directive and will be directly applicable in all Member States without the need for implementing national legislation. It will take effect on 25 May 2018. However, as it contains some onerous obligations, many of which will take time to prepare for, it will have an immediate impact.

    Protect your brand with DMARC

    03 April 2017 Security
    Dave Ashton

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    Trust, from both customers, suppliers and investors, is the most important currency for internet companies. A breach of trust can break a business, while maintaining trust leads to long-term success. At its core, customers expect their people they do business with to protect their money and their information. And it starts with the most basic of 21st century communications – email. So how are the globe’s leading financial institutions doing?

    How to configure reverse DNS

    19 October 2015 Security
    Dave Ashton

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    Please see our longer article for a fuller explanation of reverse DNS and what it’s for.

    You must already have set up your forward DNS records to enable this feature.

    What is DNS and how does it work

    12 September 2014 Security
    Dave Ashton

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    This article is intended as a practical introduction to DNS, and assumes you are familiar only with networking basics. After a brief explanation of how DNS works, the bulk of this tutorial will explain DNS configuration, security, and common problems, in order to get you up and running quickly, safely, and reliably.

    What is "reverse DNS" and do I need it?

    12 September 2014 Security
    Dave Ashton

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    Reverse DNS

    Reverse DNS is IP address to domain name mapping - the opposite of forward (normal) DNS which maps domain names to IP addresses.

    Webmin - Administer your server

    17 September 2014 Security
    Dave Ashton

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    Administering Linux and Unix-based servers does not need to be the scourge of your work day. With the best free tool around called Webmin as part of your arsenal, you can regain complete control of your server via the Web browser. Not happy with using the Linux command line or using Linux text editors such as Vi or Nano, Webmin is for you. And best of all it's free.

    Webmin - Configuring and managing BIND DNS server

    20 September 2014 Security
    Dave Ashton

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    This article is purely how to configure a single VPS with the BIND DNS server using Webmin. This is adequate enough for simple websites where resilience is not essential. All the configuration settings mentioned here can be accomplished manually by editing various text files. Webmin simplifies this setup with it's graphical user interface and is less prone to typographical errors that can render your DNS server incapable.

    Simple mail server hosting

    20 September 2014 Security
    Dave Ashton

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    Seems nowadays everybody and his dog can set up a beautiful website using some of the open source CMS packages that are available, but they still have email addresses like This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. because they can't set up and run an efficient email server.Take this as an example of a marketing No-No, one of many I receive on a daily basis

    Apart from the shocking grammar one glaring giveaway here is the gmail address. So the sender either cannot afford a simple Bhost package for less than £5 a month or they do not have the technical ability to host a mail server. Neither of which inspires me.



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