Unless you have been hibernating in the wilderness of Patagonia, you will know that the US government has banned Kaspersky’s security software from state computer and networks.  Apparently, some apparatchik in the Department Of Homeland Security has decided that there is a security hole in Kaspersky products that could be feeding data back to Russian security services. A spokesperson says: “The Department is concerned about the ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies, and requirements under Russian law that allow Russian intelligence agencies to request or compel assistance from Kaspersky and to intercept communications transiting Russian networks.”

Now, the cynic in me wonders whether this is a genuine security concern or a way of sidestepping the FBI’s investigation into Trump’s link with Russia.
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Regular readers will wonder why I have suddenly started reviewing VPNs. Quite simply, there is considerable vulnerability from your online activities, whether you are emailing a business colleague or carrying out online banking, not to mention government snooping, ransomware attacks …

Also, people’s preferences differ widely. Some may want a simple install and click service while others may want to tweak the bells and whistles such as kill switches, DNS leaks etc. I hope my reviews provide the opportunity to test all and find the best for you.

The latest service to come to my attention is VyprVPN  from Golden Frog which is based in Switzerland to take advantage of that country’s strict privacy laws.  Switzerland has also established global frameworks and safe harbors with the EU, the United States and other countries, which extend privacy protection beyond its borders. The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland ruled in 2010 that IP addresses are personal information, and under Swiss privacy laws they may not be used to track Internet usage without the knowledge of the individuals involved.

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Regular visitors will know that I place online security at the top of my lists, yet surveys reveal that small organisations often neglect this aspect of their business. Probably one of the reasons this occurs is because they believe that hackers only target large, blue chip companies and smaller businesses are ignored. Believe me, hackers have no worries about what size business they target.

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Regular readers will know I am a huge fan of Newton email for Android app which came out of the much-lauded CloudMagic email package.  I found it, and still find it, quite staggering the amount of power the developers have managed to squeeze into an Android app. It has, without a shadow of a doubt, as much oomph as any desktop email – and probably more some.

Newton was available on IOS and Mac as well as Android and it was a matter of time before rumours of a Windows desktop version began to circulate. Eventually, a beta version leaked my way and I was a little underwhelmed, to say the least. However, the fully fledged Windows 10 version is now available and I must confess it is a totally different beast to the early betas.

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