• Does anyone know what the cloud is?

    Does anyone know what the cloud is?

    The Cloud has become one of the most overused buzzwords in IT. We tend to know what it means to consumers – it’s the kind of thing that Apple does so well such as online backup and synchronisation. But when it comes to hosting, there is a strange  secret about the Cloud:  no one can tell you exactly what it is. (more…)

  • Should you move from Shared Hosting to the VPS Cloud?

    Sharing is good, right?

    Traditional shared hosting has one big advantage. It cuts cost. The problem however,  lies in the sharing.  A single server (in a data centre) is shared by many people for hosting their web sites and email services. This can cause problems for example, if one of the ‘sharers’ gets busy; they can start to hog the server’s resources and suddenly, your emails and your web site start to slow down. If they use weak passwords, your security is compromised as well as their own.  (more…)

  • Peter Duggal on Netscan’s New Cloud Platform

    Interview with Peter Duggal – Head of Technology 

    In 2010, the Netscan group acquired the highly regarded hosting company, Native Space from Peter Duggal. Last year, Netscan tempted him back to the group to head up its Cloud project. In this interview, he explains the what and why of our new  Cloud platform and his new role.

  • Shock horror – government to abolish internet privacy!

    The newspapers this week have been full of outrage about the possibility of new legislation concerning surveillance of internet communications and privacy. “Government plans to allow email surveillance are among the most serious threats to freedom in the democratic world” says the Guardian. Is our democracy about to descend to the levels of Syria, Burma, Russia and Iran? How can this be? (more…)

  • A short five step crash course on Word Press security!

    Blog security is an often-overlooked necessity for bloggers, even though blog hacking is a surprisingly common event and it is a problem that can affect just about anyone.

    Believe it or not, the most important part of blogging with WordPress will be to secure the overall blog and keep out the bad guys. Many people think the chance of a hacker getting into their blog and causing havoc is slim to none. A hacker will not only steal data from your database, but also modify and delete it. The problem isn’t specifically with WordPress – as everyone knows, no software is immune to security problems. However these security problems can be exacerbated when the application is very popular and open-source. (more…)

  • Confidence in the IT sector remains steady – bucking trends elsewhere in the economy.

    A leading indicator for growth – the latest ICAEW/Grant Thornton UK Business Confidence Monitor – published this week shows that while business confidence remains in negative territory generally, the same is not true for IT. (more…)

  • Are internet privacy incursions about to get more “creepy”?

    The 2002 movie, Minority Report showed Tom Cruise being tracked by personalised TV adverts following him wherever he went in the city, playing ads that identified him individually. For those who think this kind of thing is science fiction, think again. (more…)

  • The fight for privacy on the Internet

    We are seeing the opening skirmishes in what is set to become a major battle over privacy on the Internet. On the one hand there are major Internet monoliths such as Google and Facebook who make a fortune by packaging and selling personal data of their users. (more…)

  • SOPA

    Could US legislation shut down UK sites?

    A new US bill, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) may be the most important issue to date in the battle over just what is an acceptable level of freedom on the Internet.

  • Choosing a secure password


    Use at least eight characters, the more characters the better really, but most people will find anything more than about 15 characters difficult to remember.
    Use a random mixture of characters, upper and lower case, numbers, punctuation, spaces and symbols.