People have started to read more about security !

Remember by Free eBook “Improve your security” available for free at ? It looks like I started to get more customers since the Corona Pandemic.     There are almost 1000 readers ! Go ahead and download your copy for free:

Security for free, update after 4 years

About 4 years ago, while I was working at Avira,  I wrote this article for (ISC)2’s blog. Security “for free”? I wrote back then about how to cover all attack vectors for malware. I also wrote about the hidden costs, which many people tend to ignore. These costs are not acquisition costs. They are even not easily visible. I concluded, that it is possible to achieve a decent degree of security without any acquisition costs. However, there are drawbacks and there are hidden maintenance costs. For those who are interested in having software that works for them and not the other way around, it is advisable to get a paid security solution that covers all the relevant attack vectors and offers a decent quality of service.   I am very proud to say that I would not change anything in that article, even back then I could have been biased by working for Avira, one of the major players in this space. I guess that this is what makes one a professional.   Four years later In these four years, AVG, one of the major players in Free AV field was acquired by Avast. Malware Bytes became a major player…

My article in Security Insider Kompendium: IT Security for small and medium companies

The Compendium and the article are free, you only need to register in order to download Source: Kompendium IT-Sicherheit für den Mittelstand     Article: Zahlt sich kostenlose Sicherheit wirklich aus? Freeware, Open Source und unentgeltliche Cloud-Dienste Malware, Hacking-Attacken, Software-Schwachstellen: Ist es angesichts der ausufernden Bedrohungslandschaft überhaupt möglich, sich mit Security-Tools für lau umfassend abzusichern? In diesem Beitrag gehen wir dieser Frage auf den Grund. Page 28-30 This article appeared also here:  

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“What do you want to download today?” (free eBooks from Microsoft)

Microsoft finally found out that Free is very, very powerful. Especially when you want to do “free” marketing. For example, this link is going viral across the Internet. So, in the Microsoft way: “What do you want to download today?” 🙂 (I hope this slogan is not copyrighted. 🙂 ) Thank you, Eric Ligman. If you’re not convinced yet to have a look, then start with this one: How To Recover That Un-Saved Office Document  

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The idea of offering your product or a version of it for free has been a source of much debate. What is FREE and is FREE really, really, free as in gratis? Idea on writing this article came from reading this article on “Minimum Viable Free Product (MVFP)” by Nathan Taylor. Nathan is talking about “Minimum Viable Free Product” and I personally don’t like how “Free” is interpreted. Yes, I did read the book of  Chris Anderson about the free products. But the Internet decided to do things quite differently. Let’s define the terms before we go into the discussion. Terminology FREE = means that a product has a zero acquisition price: it doesn’t cost anything to install/use. Nothing is said about what happens after you install it.Note also that this doesn’t say anything about what is being sold: MVFP or freeware or ad sponsored or… you name it, It is just “something” that doesn’t cost anything, and it doesn’t say if it is the “full” product or an “entry level” product. Free trial = this is the full product offered for FREE for a limited period of time. After that, the product either stops functioning or reduces the functionality to an “entry…

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Free E-Books on C and C++

This article is published here on ReadWriteWeb. 1. Introduction to C Programming by Rob Miles 2. The C Book by Mike Banahan, Declan Brady and Mark Doran 3. How to Think Like a Computer Scientist C++ Version by Allen B Downey 4. Thinking in C++ 2nd edition Vol. 1 and 2 by Bruce Eckel Volume 1 as ZIP archive Volume 2 as ZIP archive 5. C++ Annotations by Frank B. Brokken Zip archive here Other resources: 1 2

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Everybody should feel free to communicate with others

Everybody should feel free to communicate with others What can be more normal than that? But, many times, when we want to add more structure, more processes and order into an operation, exactly this order creates communication channels (read: rules) in such a way that prevents people to communicate with the others. This is a big danger when a company is “getting big(ger)”. Make sure this doesn’t happen in your company !

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