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Meet virtually, Linux notebook, data protection for e-mails | c’t uplink 38.2



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Events with a large number of participants are possible with tools such as Zoom or Jitsi – but they are not as fun as a real meeting. It works better on the online platforms Work Adventure, Wonder, gather.town and Mozilla Hubs: like in a computer game, you walk through virtual rooms and listen to lectures, meet in small groups or chat casually with people who are just across your path to run. Kim Sartorius tested the four online platforms for c’t and found deficiencies in data protection in particular – two of the test candidates can also be run on their own server.

Notebooks with pre-installed Linux are rare, but the Dell XPS 13 9310 can also be ordered with Ubuntu 20.04 directly from the manufacturer – albeit a bit hidden in the web shop. Niklas Dierking went to the c’t laboratory with his notebook and checked how well it harmonized with Ubuntu and other distributions. It gives tips on what Linux users should look out for when buying a notebook and how to fix compatibility problems.

Finally, we talk to Jan Mahn about a blind spot in the area of ​​security and data protection: e-mail accounts. They are often not adequately secured, even though they sometimes contain highly sensitive, personal data. Associations and companies that operate their mailboxes via a mail host such as 1 & 1, Hetzner, Mittwald or Host Europe should therefore check whether their host also implements the technical requirements for email security.

Also present: Achim Barczok, Kim Sartorius, Niklas Dierking, Jan Mahn

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