Friday, 8 October 2021

Define: Farcetime

Farce time [/fɑːs/ /tʌɪm/] n. 1. a futile, dispiriting experience combining video conferencing systems; young children and/ or elderly relatives; and unreliable WiFi.

Thursday, 7 October 2021

Business Startup Tips: Get and Keep Money

These business startup tips are based on my personal experience. I've tried to make them as generic as possible without falling into the same trap that makes most business advice articles useless.

What kind of business?

Every business startup advice article out there talks about business plans and cashflow. And then the need to find and satisfy customers. The basic advice is right, of course, but it doesn't get you anywhere in the real world. It is too basic to be useful, and it's so obvious! If you needed that advice you might reconsider starting a company.

The following tips are unusual but accurate. You might not have seen them anywhere else because most people who write business startup articles haven't started a business. And those who have are probably keeping this advice to themselves. Selfish!

I hope you find the following 5 business startup tips useful. I wish I'd read them six years ago...

Thursday, 24 June 2021

Define: Coming Soon

Coming soon [kuhm-ing soon] adj. 1. A false claim used to reassure website visitors that content will appear before the domain expires.

Friday, 14 May 2021

How we made the DE:CODED podcast

When we chose to make a podcast we knew we would have a lot to learn...

This is how we made the DE:CODED podcast

At the end of 2020 we decided to create a podcast.

Five months later we have published the final episode of series one. (We're definitely doing a second series.)

Some information and advice for those wishing to do the same follows...

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

12 Security Tips (revisited for 2021)

How much has computer security changed in the last six years?

In 2015, six years ago to the day, I published a 12-point security tips list. The goal was to advise on the most effective ways to improve your computer security, starting from the most important and working down.

How well does that list stand up today?

Do the original tips still stand? Are there any missing?

Thursday, 25 March 2021

Creating a new security podcast

I left journalism and started SE Labs, a security testing lab, just over five years ago. But something of the media must have remained in my brain, because this week we launched our podcast.


There was an awful lot to learn, both technically and otherwise. Some of the best advice I read and heard came via the BuzzSprout platform, which we decided to use in the end.

It feels like there are more podcasts about podcasting than anything else. Meta.

But our podcast, De:Coded, is about security and how it applies to normal people. Normal people, of course, have personal lives and some work in the security business. Our hope is to provide useful information to everyone, but suspect people working in info-security will get the most from our episodes.


Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Windows Security wants your Outlook password (over and over) - SOLVED

Scenario: Outlook on your Windows 10 PC has stopped working. It continually asks for your username and password, but nothing you type will work.

You rarely want to see this, particularly on a busy day

You've tried Googling it. There is lots of advice about resetting Profiles, deleting Credentials from Windows and so on. Much of this is scary and time-consuming. Most of it doesn't work. And you need to get your work done. What should you do?