Articles By Keir Thomas

All dot-com Web sites get security upgrade with DNSSEC

Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) were switched on for .com domain names late last week, in a final stage of one of the biggest security upgrades the Internet has seen. DNSSEC extends

Published on: April 6th, 2011 Keir Thomas

Choosing the right cloud storage service for your business

Backup is one of the oldest needs in computing. Whether it's hard disk failure, computer theft, or just a wandering three year-old with a fruit juice carton, it's very easy to lose data

Published on: April 1st, 2011 Keir Thomas

Browser battle: Google Chrome 10 vs Mozilla Firefox 4

It's been a busy week for Web browsers. Chrome 10 was released a few days ago, and today sees the release candidate of Firefox 4. I decided to take a look at the two open source browser platforms

Published on: March 11th, 2011 Keir Thomas

Don’t abandon your Web site for social media efforts

Nearly 70 percent of small businesses are either "somewhat" or "very likely" to use social media in the next 12 months, according to a research firm Techaisle, which looked at 406 US businesses of

Published on: March 10th, 2011 Keir Thomas

ClamAV offers businesses free, cloud-based antivirus

Most of us don't like paying for antivirus (AV) software, but at least home users can rely on one of the free options, such as Microsoft Security Essentials, avast!, or AVG Free. However,

Published on: January 19th, 2011 Keir Thomas

Wireless network passwords cracked with Amazon’s EC2 service

German security researcher Thomas Roth has found an innovative use for cloud computing: cracking wireless networks that rely on pre-shared key passphrases, such as those found in homes and smaller businesses.Roth has created

Published on: January 11th, 2011 Keir Thomas

How to overclock your Android phone

WARNING: Overclocking is not for the faint of heart. Do not attempt to hack your phone unless you understand and accept the risks of turning it into a useless "brick." The Android v.

Published on: January 6th, 2011 Keir Thomas

Google’s new hacked site warnings a concern for businesses

Google has begun adding warnings to its search result listings indicating if it believes a site has been hacked. In such an instance the words, "This site may be compromised," will appear under

Published on: December 22nd, 2010 Keir Thomas

Amazon extends EC2 cloud with Oracle CRM and ERP

Amazon has brought a fleet of major PeopleSoft and JD Edward applications to its Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) service, following a promise in September to do so.The new services are certified by Oracle.

Published on: December 21st, 2010 Keir Thomas

Dropbox cloud syncing service exits beta stage

Cloud sync service Dropbox has announced the final release of its client software. Dropbox 1.0 "Rainbow Shell" comes with performance increases, courtesy of a reduction in resources used by the program, as well

Published on: December 20th, 2010 Keir Thomas

Pirate Bay plans lawless ‘darknet’ with P2P DNS

Some of the shady crowd behind the Pirate Bay file sharing Website have announced plans for a peer-to-peer domain name system (DNS), called P2P DNS. DNS is the behind-the-scenes technology that converts the

Published on: December 6th, 2010 Keir Thomas

6 YouTube mistakes and how to fix them

YouTube is an excellent way of informing others about your products, but it's surprising how many video clips involve the same fundamental errors--everything from interjecting speech with "um," to allowing the camera to

Published on: November 29th, 2010 Keir Thomas

Whatever happened to these once mighty five Websites?

The Internet generation is stunningly disloyal. Brands mean very little to us. Our parents might never have bought anything other than a Ford car, or a Westinghouse refrigerator, but we switch online services

Published on: November 26th, 2010 Keir Thomas

5 best Google Marketplace Apps for business

Google launched its Apps Marketplace back in March, effectively inviting companies to create business software for the cloud that would sit alongside the standard set of Google Apps. Marketplace apps can take data

Published on: November 25th, 2010 Keir Thomas