Kev Quirk

Why You Shouldn't Use Facebook

I was having a conversation with a friend of mine recently and they were asking me why I don't use Facebook. Within my circle of friends, I'm the IT guy and most of them aren't really into IT, let alone privacy or security. So this person thought Facebook was great. I disagree.

I get it, Faceboo...

Tech Privacy

How Browser Fingerprinting Works

I recently wrote a post called how online tracking works, that post mainly focussed on cookies and how they can be used to track you. But even if a site isn't using cookies, browser fingerprinting can still be used to track you.

What is browser fingerprinting?

Browser fingerprinting is the pro...

Security Privacy

How Online Tracking Works

With the numerous Facebook snafu's going around, as well the feeling that new data breaches are being reported daily, privacy is currently top of mind in the tech world. For many, privacy equates to advertising, cookies and tracking, but it's so much more than those three things alone. Having said t...

Tech Security Privacy

Commento - The Privacy Respecting Commenting System

Regular readers of this blog will know that I recently migrated from WordPress to Grav. One of the things I was really concerned about when migrating was the comments, as the WordPress commenting system is really good.

I didn't want to go back to Disqus because of a number of privacy and securi...

Tech Privacy

Please Add RSS Support To Your Site

I recently discovered Jan-Lukas Else's blog, which contains a tonne of great posts - I'd strongly recommend checking out his blog if you're a techie.

While I was perusing Jan's blog, I came across his blogroll, which includes links to other blogs he finds interesting. Again, that list is well...

Tech Thoughts

Migrating from WordPress to Grav

I've been running a blog for quite a few years now. I first started with Blogger, before moving on to WordPress, and ultimately selling my site so I could have a break. A few years later I got the bug again and decided to start a blog on Ghost. Server admin became a pain, so I started hosting a s...


Are We Cyborgs?

I was recently listening to the Joe Rogan podcast where he was interviewing Elon Musk. During that interview they discussed a lot of interesting topics - it's a very interesting episode and well worth a listen.

One of the topics that Joe and Elon discuss is whether we will become cyborgs in th...

Tech Thoughts

How To Backup Nextcloud

I recently wrote a guide on how to setup your own Nextcloud server; it's a great way of ensuring your personal data is kept private. However, it's also important to backup Nextcloud too.

Isn't Nextcloud My Backup?

No it isn't. Nextcloud is not a backup solution, it's a way of syncing your da...

Tech De-Googling

How To Install Nextcloud On Shared Hosting

After writing my Nextcloud setup guide, people have asked me whether they can install Nextcloud on shared hosting, like cPanel.

Some people don’t want to pay for an additional server to host Nextcloud. That doesn’t mean they should be left out in the cold and having to forego their privacy by re...

Tech De-Googling

How To Mount A Partition In Ubuntu

If you want to mount a partition in Ubuntu, all you really need to do is plug the drive into your machine and open your file browser. However, what if you want to ensure that partition always mounts on boot?

Well, fear no more intrepid Ubuntu explorer, because I have you covered. This quick and si...