"The above was a headline from a Washington Post article published 6/28/2019. It went on to cite how Google's "Chrome browser looks a lot like surveillance software... It turns out, having the world’s biggest advertising company make the most popular Web browser was about as smart as letting kids run a candy shop."
The author's finding's were so alarming that it made him "decide to ditch Chrome for a new version of nonprofit Mozilla’s Firefox, which has default privacy protections. Switching involved less inconvenience than you might imagine."
He went on to say: "My tests of Chrome vs. Firefox unearthed a personal data caper of absurd proportions. In a week of Web surfing on my desktop, I discovered 11,189 requests for tracker “cookies” that Chrome would have ushered right onto my computer but were automatically blocked by Firefox. These little files are the hooks that data firms, including Google itself, use to follow what websites you visit so they can build profiles of your interests, income and personality."
This is not news to us, as we have used Firefox as our primary browser for the past several years and are a financial supporter of the Mozilla Foundation. While web browsers are not something that we typically discuss in a business setting, given the increasing focus on online privacy (or, more appropriately, the lack thereof), it seemed to be a good time to let you know what you're facing every time you open Chrome and at least get you to consider an alternative.
UPDATE: It appears that the issues with Mojave and FileMaker 17 have been resolved with the release of FileMaker Pro Advanced 17.0.4 and FileMaker Server 17.0.3. These included multiple performance issues with both FileMaker Server and FileMaker WebDirect.
We are strongly recommending that any FileMaker user running macOS not install version 10.14 Mojave due to compatibility issues. This recommendation will remain in place until further notice.
Background: Several of our clients jumped the gun and installed macOS 10.14 Mojave the day it came out. Unfortunately, they were among the first to discover that FileMaker does not work well with Mojave, as they were unable to connect to their remotely-hosted databases and experienced crashes. Following up on these reports, we installed Mojave on one of our MacBooks and confirmed this behavior for FileMaker 17, 16 and 14. (N.B.: FileMaker 17 and 16 are supposed to be able to work on Mojave, while earlier versions of FileMaker are not supported.)
FileMaker's Comments: According to FileMaker, FileMaker 17 and 16 are compatible with Mojave, but with known issues. An update to make them fully compatible has been targeted for no later than December of this year.
Regarding FileMaker Server 17 and 16, FileMaker has acknowledged serious compatibility issues between those two programs and Mojave. As a result, FileMaker recommends against installing Mojave until updates for FileMaker Server are released. The updates are expected by the end of November 2018.
As part of its 2017 Consultancy & Advisory Awards program, N-Sight Consulting has been selected as the Best IT Systems Consultancy - South East USA by CV Magazine.
"With our annual awards program, CV seeks to shine a spotlight on the brightest, best performing and most deserving companies and individuals from around the business world. We are fiercely passionate about recognizing outstanding achievement, game-changing innovation and stellar performance, and all of our awards are carefully tailored to provide detailed and in-depth analysis of the very best each market, industry, sector and region has to offer. Winners are decided by a combination of votes gathered from our network of respected industry partners and our own rigorous in-house research, performed by our dedicated network of industry insiders and corporate specialists. Each award is carefully scrutinized, from a nominee's region to their performance over the past 12 months, their commitment to innovation, their methods and even their competition to ensure that only the most deserving firms walk away with one of our prestigious awards."
About CV Magazine: With worldwide readership of 135,000 and created by a highly experienced and passionate team of business experts, advisors and insiders, CV Magazine provides discerning readers worldwide with a wealth of news, features and comment on the corporate issues of the day.
CIO Review magazine has selected N-Sight Consulting as a finalist for its 20 Most Promising Database Solution Providers for 2017. This is the second time we have been given this honor, as we were also selected as a finalist in 2015.
According to CIO Review, N-Sight was chosen from more than 300 companies providing unique and innovative database solutions that are "at the forefront of tackling customer challenges."
N-Sight is deeply honored to have been once again selected as a finalist for this award. We would like to express our thanks to our staff and our clients, without whom recognition such as this would be impossible.
The Small Business Community Association (SBCA) has selected N-Sight Consulting LLC for the 2016 Best of Business Award for the Small Business category. Since 2006, the SBCA has annually recognized small business for the value and services they provide their communities. SBCA's Best of Business Award holders are chosen specifically because they are a valuable asset to their community and exemplify what makes small businesses great.
N-Sight Consulting is honored to have been selected as a 2016 award winner. As always, we owe our success to our clients and those who work with and for us, as we cannot accomplish anything without their support, and we extend our heartfelt thanks to them.
N-Sight Consulting has been selected as one of the 30 fastest growing Microsoft Solution Providers for 2016 by The Silicon Review magazine.
The Silicon Review, published from Silicon Valley, California, is a business and technology magazine for tech decision makers and enterprise IT. It is a highly trusted source of news and information for business professionals.
N-Sight was selected based on the role it plays in providing key technology solutions and services to business establishments and entrepreneurs as well as its role in the use and development of the latest technology.
We at N-Sight are honored for this recognition and, as always, want to express our thanks to our clients, without whom this type of acknowledgement would not be possible.
The editorial board of CIO Review magazine has included N-Sight Consulting on its shortlist of the 100 Most Promising Microsoft Solution Providers for 2016. Their research team analyzed more than 3,000 companies providing solutions utilizing various Microsoft products and shortlisted companies that are at the forefront of tackling customer challenges. According to Assistant Editor Kevin Morris, "We believe N-Sight Consulting’s solutions help enterprise leaders respond to emerging technologies, drive innovation and achieve strategic business objectives in the era of digitization."
Morris goes on to state the following: "This prestigious award recognizes companies who have stood out among the rest in the industry. The 100 honorees are the next generation of excellence and their solutions create significant impact in the marketplace. To be named as 100 Most Promising Microsoft Solution Providers is an honor that should not go unnoticed."
We appreciate this recognition and would like to especially thank our clients who have allowed us to achieve this distinction.
N-Sight Consulting has been selected for the 2016 Best of Atlanta Award in the Business Consultants category.
Each year, the Atlanta Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Atlanta area a great place to live, work and play.