Surfshark Dashboard

The Surfshark dashboard is simple but hides a lot of additional features to make the service more robust and easy to tweak.

I have been a NordVPN user for many years and I think I still have two or three years’ extended subscription left which demonstrates my commitment to the service.

However, following the last update, there have been connection issues that have been partially resolved with the help of the support team, but it did mean turning off some features and this is not an ideal solution.

It also created some issues with Kaspersky Internet Security that I could not fathom out. It also cut out the static cable connection and I had to reconnect via wi-fi.

I was not actively looking for an alternative but through web browsing various online magazines, I stumbled upon Surfshark and I was intrigued not only by the glowing reviews but by the low price point.  Having little else to do one day I downloaded the software and subscribed for two years as part of a special offer and all I can say is wow!

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It looks like coronavirus is here for the long haul and despite lockdowns being lifted – and reintroduced – the bean counters in companies are looking at the advantages of ditching large, corporate headquarters and allowing employees to work from home.  Total breaking up of the workforce is not always possible, but one London company is actively looking at ditching its expensive West End office, working out where geographically its employees live and creating regional hubs for presence meetings between the team and the clients.

Many years ago, I handled the public relations for a London-based virtual office company and then took on the marketing communications for is international counterpart The Global Office Network. Whether or not these virtual offices can handle a surge in business I have no idea, but I can predict the big property landlords are going to catch a cold. The proliferation of services such as Zoom, Webex and Google Meet means that working from home does not equate to working alone, but there is a fair bit of groundwork to be done before video meetings can operate satisfactorily.

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Google MeetA few weeks ago I published a post criticising Google Meet. I owe Google an apology and expose myself as a total moron for failing to work through the obvious steps to getting it to work.  When I first started to play with Meet I could not get it to work at all on Chrome.

Five weeks on I started trying it in Firefox and it worked. Once I gave the browser permission to use the camera and microphone in my webcam, it worked perfectly. I tried the same in the new Microsoft Edge browser and it bombed. This is where I made the important discovery and realised I had failed to go through the first, basic steps if something isn’t working in a browser.
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Ever since Edward Snowden blew the lid off America’s NSA mass surveillance activities, more people have become aware of how fragile their privacy and security is and are taking steps to protect themselves. One of the first many take is to install a reputable VPN. My choice for many years has been NordVPN so I was intrigued when the company announced it was entering into the file encryption business with NordLocker.

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Newton emailNow that the dust is starting to settle over the acquisition of Newton email has started to settle, I want to update my previous post. The first I want to mention is that I contacted one of the new owners,
Maitrik Kataria, who took the time on two occasions to respond to my emails. Given that his email inbox must have filled up quicker than a beach in a heatwave, I was more than impressed. It bodes well that there is this level of interaction with end-users.

After Newton being bought by Essential, there was a slowdown in the responses from team members; this was probably a sign that not all was well from the moment the new owners took charge. Who knows? The original development team have flown, so we will not discover the truth.

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