Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Google Chrome is under Zero-Day attack - make sure you are patched up to date!

Google late Tuesday shipped another urgent security patch for its dominant Chrome browser and warned that attackers are exploiting one of the zero-days in active attacks.

This is the fourth in-the-wild Chrome zero-day discovered so far in 2021 and the continued absence any meaningful information about the attacks continue to raise eyebrows among security experts.

The newest Chrome update - 90.0.4430.85 - is available for Windows, Mac and Linux users and is being rolled out via the browser’s automatic update mechanism.

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

The Stone Refurb Spring Sale is now on - save up to 45% on standard prices!


With savings of up to 45% on a range of desktops and laptops from top brands like Dell, Lenovo, HP and more!

All these items come with a minimum six month warranty, and delivery is free when you spend £75!

A poem to our rescue dog, Calli


There's no need to flinch when I lift my hand 

No need to cower each time I stand 

No need to run when I come near 

No need to tremble - I see your fear. 

You can sleep with both eyes shut, 

Don't need to jump when you wake up. 

Your food is yours to eat in peace 

No need to fight to keep your feast 

You don't need to lie upon a hard floor 

The beds and sofas are yours to explore 

Don't need to sit out in the rain 

The house is your shelter, your new domain. 

I cannot erase the memories and fears 

I can't compensate for the wasted years 

All I have is what you see 

But I give you it all and I give you me. 

I give you these arms to comfort and hold 

I give you this voice for the joys you'll be told

I give you my heart and abundance of love 

I give you my soul and I hope its enough. 


Donline's top IT tips - the super seven!


I've been running the Blog since 2014 & have posted nearly 2000 articles! Many hundreds have been about all aspects of IT - from mobile phones to AI.

Out of all the IT articles on the Donline Blog, I would recommend the following seven to stay safe & get the best productivity from your computing experience:

Backup: There are 2 types of people in the world: those who have lost data & those who will loose data!

Basic IT training: have you tried turning it off and on again?

Manage your email - zero that Inbox!

Received an email claiming that your PC has been hacked & they have your passwords? It's probably a scam...

Top 5 ways to pick a secure password.

Which is more expensive: Printer Ink or Vintage Champagne?

Annual Service for PCs.

Monday, 19 April 2021

A sunny Saturday Spring afternoon at Loomies


Had a fab ride out to Loomies on Saturday in beautiful Spring weather - what a joy! 

Denmead, Hambledon, Droxford, Meonstoke, Warnford, West Meon, Loomies. A good turnout @ Loomies - busy but not (yet) rammed. Gets a bit cozy in the bike (car) park at times! 

Nice cup of coffee & a great Thruxton Burger - not exactly Slimming World compliant (don't tell Kim LOL!) Then ride back on the A272 Turning right at St John the Evangelist Church Langrish - going through East Meon - which I truly believe is one of the most beautiful villages I've ever had the joy of seeing. Then rejoin the A32 @ West Meon.

The A32 is such a Blessing to Bikers! A very scenic road with plenty of engaging twists & turns. If you ride - this is a very special route. If you used to ride or are thinking of joining the fold, do read this - I hope it inspires you!

Top 200 most common passwords of the year 2020 - top 10 on this pic!


Here are the worst 200 passwords of 2020. The list details how many times a password has been exposed, used, and how much time it would take to crack it. 

We also compare the most common passwords of 2019 and 2020, highlighting how their positions have changed. The green arrows indicate a rise in the position while the red ones - a fall off. 

Check if your password is on the list and strengthen it if it is.

Thursday, 15 April 2021

Do you subscribe to Donline's Blog? Changes are coming to the email feed in July 2021. Read & be aware...


GOOGLE: Starting in July 2021, we are transitioning FeedBurner onto a more stable, modern infrastructure. This will keep the product up and running for all users, but it also means that we will be turning down most non-core feed management features, including email subscriptions, at that time.

The Feedburner team announced that their email subscription service will be discontinued in July 2021. As a result, Blogger’s email subscription widget, also known as the FollowByEmail widget, will be turned off. From July 2021 onwards, your existing Feedburner feeds will continue to serve but the automated emails to your subscribers won’t be supported.

Translating the above into English: Google are pulling the plug on the email subscription serviceFollowByEmail widget - services used on my Blog & many, many others.

If you currently subscribe to Donline's Blog (big thanks to all 1,166 of you!) nothing will change till July this year. Then according to the Google articles - you will no longer receive email digests of my posts, nor have the ability to sign up for these emails. Bah.

So from that point on, if you would like to continue reading my Blog content - you will have to visit my Blog on a daily/weekly basis. Apologies for this interruption in service, but as you can see it is totally out of my hands. Thanks Google, grrrr.

Thanks again for reading - I hope you enjoy my posts as much as I enjoy creating them. It's about the stuff that's important to me... 

With Blessings, Don.