10 Apr 2018

Chrome Update Could Expose Your UN-Encrypted Website

    Google Chrome is set to strengthen security with a new Chrome 68 update. This will present a new challenge for websites that do not have the proper certificate in place and cause users to steer clear of your site!

    Set to be released in July 2018, the update will use a visual cue to alert users when a site does not appear safe. Chrome 64 flagged all un-encrypted HTTP sites. With Chrome 68, all HTTP sites will be regarded as “not safe”. Google hopes that this will encourage more sites to switch to the trusted HTTPS encryption.

    What is HTTPS?

    HTTPS is a secure adaptation of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol. It is the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to. The S stands for “secure” and is an important factor that protects the integrity of your website (whether it handles sensitive information or not). It grants that all of the communications that take place between a browser and a website are encrypted.

    The Chrome 68 update essentially helps to “clean up” the Internet by pushing vulnerable HTTP sites to become secure. The web is destined to gradually leave the old encryption behind and embrace HTTPS as standard.

    What does this mean for businesses?

    Businesses who are still under HTTP may face a fractured user experience. When users are alerted that a website could potentially be dangerous, they will opt not to visit it. As a business incurs less online traffic, they will begin to see a decline in revenue.

    Give us a call to ensure that you maintain a secure connection with your customers and continue to encourage potential customers to visit you online. We can make sure that you are fully compliant with the new update so that you never risk a loss in business!

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    21 Mar 2018

    Why Keeping Plug-Ins Up-To-Date Is Crucial For Your Business

    Website Plug-ins are pieces of software that can be added to your website for additional functionality. Plug-ins for content management system (CMS) sites such as WordPress and Joomla provide unique customization, but require specific care to ensure a consistent user experience.

    Keeping your plug-ins up-to-date is a task that should be at the top of your list of website management priorities. It is like taking out an insurance policy on your website. Updating is a preemptive step that is guaranteed to protect you in the case of an unforeseen event. Here are three ways updating your plug-ins can make all the difference.

    Updated Plug-Ins Keep Your Site Secure

    Recent research revealed that nearly 83% of hacked WordPress blogs had failed to update their plug-ins before the attack occurred! Outdated plug-ins are gateways for hackers to raid. These software weak spots invite in malicious activity that can completely compromise your site. Fixing these issues can be costly and time-consuming. The downtime required to fix these infections can be detrimental to business, leaving users unable to access information or communicate with your company.

    Updated Plug-Ins Fix Malfunctions  

    If users are experiencing bugs on your website (such as slow loading pages or dead-end links), outdated plug-ins may be to blame. Glitches like these can leave customers frustrated and it can prevent them from accessing key materials. Users expect clean-running, high-speed web pages that perform exceptionally well no matter what device they are using. Rather than letting your customers turn to the competition’s website because it was quicker to load, simply remedy these issues with an update.

    Updated Plug-Ins Increase Functionality

    The Internet moves quickly. Businesses who stay on top of the digital evolution will ascend beyond those who don’t. Updates will instantly boost functionality and bring new features to your site.

    Insuring your business will keep it safe from harm. Insuring your website keeps it safe, serviceable and cutting-edge. So next time a reminder pops up regarding your plug-ins, don’t dismiss it. It could cost you a lot more than a few minutes of your time!

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    07 Mar 2018

    Still Using GMail or Hotmail? You Could be Putting Your Business at Risk

    When setting up your business email, many people turn to Hotmail or GMail for a free and easy solution. Putting your trust in large companies may seem like the soundest option, as it would appear they have rigorous security systems in place.

    However, many businesses have learned the hard way that placing their important information in the care of these companies can be costlier than they ever expected. Just ask over one billion Yahoo users who were affected by a major data breach in 2013, causing their accounts to be hacked and personal information to be exposed. If you are still using one of these companies to host your business email, here are three important reasons to reconsider.

    Professionalism

    What is most striking about using a middle-company to host your email address is the unprofessional impression it leaves on potential clients. For example, people will likely reach out to Will at will@willscompany.com rather than will_123@hotmail.com. Your emails may even be automatically sent to the trash as free addresses are sometimes regarded as spam. Something as simple as a clean, uncomplicated email address can have an enormous impact on customer retention.

    Encryption

    Unbeknownst to millions of daily users, email services such as GMail are un-encrypted and vulnerable. Cyber-attacks occur too frequently to not have your email account safeguarded. Encryption works by jumbling messages so they appear unreadable to those who are not authorized to receive them. This helps protect personal information shared between staff and clients.

    Support

    Free service providers curb costs by offering zero quality technical support to users. When your email goes down (as it often does with these services), your business is left stranded for an unknown amount of time as you wait for one of your most vital forms of communication to be restored.

    Choosing a large company as your email provider can mean gambling with your business’s security. Choosing a reliable host for your business email ensures a professional image, exceptional protection and competent support from a team that has your best interest in mind. Contact our experts to find out how we can help!

     

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    23 Feb 2018
    09 Feb 2018

    Why updating your plugins should be done with care

    You don’t have to be a tech expert to add functionality, security and new features to your WordPress website. Plugins are pieces of software that, for the most part, can easily be added and updated. However, adding and updating your plugins can cause complications. Find out why it is important to update your plugins with care to avoid potentially breaking your website.

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    26 Jan 2018

    Onsite, bench or remote services? What it all means and how to decide what’s right for you

    There is a range of technology solutions out there for your business. Sorting through the lingo and understanding what ones truly meets your needs is an important first step in taking advantage of these solutions. Let’s break down the differences between onsite, bench and remote services so you can be assured you’re getting the most from your IT support!

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    12 Jan 2018
    27 Dec 2017

    How is VoIP Different from Regular Telephone Service?

    Decades ago, the technological landscape for businesses looked very different. There were landline phones, clunky pieces of computer equipment and an overabundance of wires that connected everything. Nowadays, office technologies have become a lot more sleek and streamlined. This immense change has brought about better quality services such as VoIP.

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    13 Dec 2017

    How to Stay Safe in the Face of Scarab Ransomware Attacks

    A new breed of vicious spam emails has been unleashed upon the world wide web. The campaign known as Scarab ransomware was first noticed by security experts on November 23, 2017 and reached 12.5 million email addresses in the first four hours of its release. read more

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    06 Dec 2017

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