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Contributions from Year: 2021

Mainetcare logo as favicon on an Android screen

Use favicons correctly

Favicons are small graphics that serve to symbolise a website by displaying e.g. the company logo. Originally used for display in the header/tab area of the browser window or in bookmark and favourites lists (hence favicon), these icons now fulfil many other functions. We show you what they are and how to use them.Read
A dry tree in a barren landscape. It symbolises the importance of a climate-friendly co2 footprint.

The Co2 footprint of your website

Now I want my website to contribute to global warming - how? For example, if your website contains lots of moving graphics, then your web browser needs more computing power to render the animations. The more moving images, the more videos, the more power it consumes and this power has to be generated somewhere. Read
A facial recognition viewfinder is pointed at passers-by crossing the street. The image is symbolic of the question: What is tracking?

I know what you did on the internet

Again and again we receive questions like "Why do I get suggestions for my private hobbies and likes on Instagram, even though I'm registered there with my business email?" or "How does Amazon know about my purchase preferences before I even search?". The answer is data tracking. A little pub crawl shows roughly how this happens.Read
New bait on the hook: phishing mails with the mailbox full scam

Current phishing scam: Your email inbox is full

Recently, more and more phishing e-mails have been circulating, purporting to come from large Internet providers such as Strato or 1und1 and informing the addressee that his e-mail box is full. Of course, there is no lack of requests to log on to a linked website to solve the problem. If you don't do that, you'd better read this article.Read
Light bulb with Wordpress logo as a symbol for hopefully good Wordpress ideas

WordPress beginner tips

A few beginner tips for daily (or occasional) work with WordPress. No secret hacks, but the little settings that help especially with the first steps with WordPress, but are easy to overlook.Read
A clock. It could also measure website loading times.

Pagespeed and user-friendliness: Core Web Vitals as a ranking factor

Increasingly, so-called experience factors, i.e. user-friendliness parameters, are playing a decisive role in Google's ranking. In particular, the Core Web Vitals, a series of measured values for the loading time of websites, are being taken more into account. Thus, beyond the content of the respective homepage, another purely technical factor, the loading time, is moving into the centre of attention.Read
Finger caught in smartphone mousetrap

Caution: SMS parcel notification

A current security issue with high explosiveness are currently circulating SMS messages with alleged parcel notifications including links to - alleged - shipment tracking. Under no circumstances should these links, or links in SMS messages in general, be called up.Read

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