Hi. My name is Lee Hayward. I’m a qualified IT professional with over 25 years of industry experience.

" Creating a fairer society by enabling those who help others. "


Millions of web accounts hacked.

Millions of web accounts hacked.

The recent increase in hacked websites, data breeches and data mining scandals (Facebook) should be a wake up call, right? Unfortunately not though, because most people (not all) in my experience simply don’t give a crap about their online security. Some use the same password for every website and email account.
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Privacy and Anonymity Tool Kit

Privacy and Anonymity Tool Kit

I'm going to start the list off with an absolute must have app. Zoho Vault is an online password manager that is perfect for individual or corporate use. It's FREE for personal use and only $1 per user for the corporate plan (sharing passwords and secrets within your teams is a key feature of the corporate plan).
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WordPress “MUST HAVE” Plugins.

WordPress “MUST HAVE” Plugins.

My list of essential plugin's for WordPress.
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Install WordPress on Ubuntu

Install WordPress on Ubuntu

In this article I’m going to show you how to install WordPress on Ubuntu, using MariaDB and Nginx. Before we begin, I’ll assume that you already know how to install the Ubuntu server and use the Linux command line. Throughout this article I use apt in place of apt-get . It should work with Ubuntu, if not use apt-get instead.
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Linux Terminal on Windows 10

Linux Terminal on Windows 10

If like me you prefer Microsoft Windows GUI and extensive product support over Linux, but you prefer the Linux terminal command line utilities (such as ssh, git, whois, etc) over Windows PowerShell. Then you’re in luck, because now you can have the best of both worlds.
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Linux User Management 101

Linux User Management 101

This is a short introduction to user management on Linux. The best way to learn anything on Linux, is by doing. So if you are worried about breaking something, then install Linux on a usb drive and boot from that for testing. Before we continue, we need to make sure that your account (user login) has the permissions needed to manage users and groups.
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Linux Permissions 101

Linux Permissions 101

This is a short introduction to Linux file and folder permissions. The best way to learn anything on Linux, is by doing.So if you are worried about breaking something, then install Linux on a usb drive and boot from that for testing.
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Useful Windows Commands

Useful Windows Commands

Below is a list of Windows commands covering everything from keyboard shortcuts to network troubleshooting. E&OE*. Use these commands at...
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Useful Linux Commands

Useful Linux Commands

Below is a list of Linux commands covering everything from basic file commands to process management and file permissions. E&OE*....
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Android is overrated.

Android is overrated.

Android is the more overrated OS currently, and the worse part of it is that is in more than 85 % of mobile OS market share (according to this article). If you look at the numbers (September 2016) according to Google android 4 (in all it's versions) holds 44.7% of the active devices, followed by a 35% for Android 5 and a shy 18.7%...
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Create a Tor Website on Ubuntu

Create a Tor Website on Ubuntu

This article will show you how to create a Tor Hidden Service website on Ubuntu Linux. This is in no...
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Hardening a Linux Server

Hardening a Linux Server

What is Server hardening? It’s making an electronic device more secure(yes, hardening is not something that you just do on...
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Founder, Lee HaywardHi. My name is Lee Hayward. I'm a qualified IT professional with over 25 years of industry experience.

You can hire me for any of the following services: Managed server hosting (Virtual Private Servers for Websites, Data Storage and Game Servers), WordPress and other content management platforms installation and configuration (Joomla, OpenCart, MediaWiki etc), remote desktop support and training.  Please note: I'm not a web designer, but I can outsource and manage that for you.

My rates start at £30 per hour (or £15 per half hour) and my server hosting fees start at £2.50 per month.

I offer special rates for: Individuals, groups and organisations that work towards a fairer society. i.e., not-for-profits, charities, freelance journalists, developers, artists and activists involved in: Human Rights,  Environment Protection, Freedom of Speech, Equal Opportunities, Alternative Media, The Arts, Free Software and Open Hardware.

What my clients are saying about me...


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Anon. - "Human Rights Activist"

"Lee did an excellent job with setting up my Tor website. He even showed me how to create a Bitcoin address and made sure I knew how to back everything up afterwards."

"Such professionalism and expertise from The cloud. Been with them for over 10 years, Lee has launched our website, redesigned it and taken complete care of the technical side from day one. This has allowed us to just focus on our side of blogging. Complete confidence in all that Lee does and can't recommend him enough. "

"Lee has been a huge support in both ensuring technical robustness as well as giving general advise. His service commitment is great. Positively exceeding his agreed service level agreements and providing additional support as needed. I can highly recommend Lee for the outstanding work he does."

"My go2 technical support and social media gurus. I'd describe Lee as fair, ethical, professional, very discreet and a joy to work with.

Peace, Pirate out!"

Asha - "Investigative Journalist"

" The Cloud have given me the tools knowledge and confidence I so desperately needed to level up my investigative journalism. I've learned some neat tricks for staying anonymous and beating the snoops at their own game. lee (the CEO of The Cloud) has personally walked me through using secure drops, encrypted email, tor browser, virtual private networks and Qubes-os. He taught me that to be truly anonymous I also need to be constantly changing my writing style, author name, IP address, browser and other details I would never have even thought of. I used to believe that to be "anonymous" you had to be a hacker. I now know that's just not true, because if i can learn 'how' then so can you and I'm talking to you as a former technophobe. "

Anonymous
" Reasonably priced range of support and services. I would recommend Lee to anybody as he is very reliable and efficient. "
" Excellent professional service, Lee is highly knowledgeable and passionate about website security and maintenance and will never overcharge. "

Special thanks to Juan for all his help with server maintenance and penetration testing.