Should You Enable SSL on Your Website to Satisfy Google Chrome

By on Feb 24, 2018

As you’re likely aware, Google will begin alerting users of their popular Chrome browser of insecure websites beginning July 2018. While we don’t necessarily agree with Google’s “policing” of websites, we also understand that clients will want to make sure that their sites don’t scare away visitors due to a security alert in the Chrome browser. SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a form of data encryption for web traffic. SSL is important if your site uses sensitive information (logins, credit cards, banking) or stores that data. However, for most sites, SSL has not been a requirement until Google has decided that all sites should use SSL. (https://blog.chromium.org/2018/02/a-secure-web-is-here-to- stay.html) First, and most importantly, don’t fall victim to the many companies that are trying to sell SSL certificates using scare tactics to get you to purchase from them at bloated costs. It’s...

Yes, It’s Possible to Switch from Google Search and the Chrome Browser

By on Oct 17, 2017

Google is without question the most popular search engine. It’s become a verb in our vocabulary and is usually the default search engine in all major browsers. Because of that, many think it’s the only search engine to use. If you’ve been thinking about alternatives to Google or you’re getting more and more cautious of the amount of data Google knows about you, there is a great alternative to Google as a search engine and Google’s Chrome browser. Yes, it is possible to break free from Google’s hold on you! Before we provide some alternatives, it’s important to note that we’re not in our office wearing aluminum foil hats and we don’t think Google is evil. In fact, we utilize many of Google’s services on a regular basis. Google is an amazing service with amazing technologies. The Chrome browser also is sleek and efficient and...

Should You Use a Separate Service or Your Web Host for Email?

By on Aug 11, 2017

A common question we get from new and existing clients is, “Should we use a separate email provider or should we use the email services provided by our web host?” There isn’t always a simple answer, but in most cases, you are better off having a separate email provider. In this article, we’re going to explore a few reasons why separating your email from your web hosting is often a smart idea. Email reliability is essential to nearly 100% of business success. Yes, we live in a world where everyone sends text messages, but most businesses still rely heavily on email for nearly all levels of client and internet correspondence. Most web hosting companies focus on web hosting, not necessary email services. Yes, most email hosting packages provide a bundled email package but email isn’t the always the priority of the hosting company… hosting is. In...

WannaCry, Wcry, WannaCrypt Ransomware and Common Sense

By on May 15, 2017

The WannaCry or Wcry or WannaCrypt ransomware “attack” as its been called by mainstream media has affected thousands of systems world-wide. It’s a reminder that malware is a real threat to everyone – individuals, non-profits and corporations of all sizes. The need to be vigilant and understand how these types of malicious code work is helpful in preventing future incidents. Quite frankly, one of the main reasons why this particular strain of malware/ransomware was so effective is because people are not keep their operating systems updated and the latest patches updated. I’ve even seen reports where some people have turned off the windows update feature on their computer! If you have the latest patch issued in March by Microsoft you are immune to this attack according to security experts. Needless to say, it’s also common sense to never open a file...

Keep it Secret. Keep it Strong. Keep it Safe.

By on Apr 25, 2017

One of the most common way hackers gain access to secure account is through weak passwords. Over the years we’ve experienced our own headaches with an account with a weak password and we’ve heard from clients who have their online accounts compromised due to poor security. Seems also that you hear in the news an almost daily account of systems being hacked and personal information being disseminated for the world to see. Scary stuff. Your passwords are more important than you think. Your password is the key and the lock. Storing your passwords correctly and using the right kind of password is essential to good security. Most homeowners go to great lengths to install strong locks on their doors. It’s just smart. Why don’t we have the same concern for our online accounts? Let’s face it, most of us have a tremendous amount of our life stored in the cloud....

Time for Some Spring Cleaning

By on Apr 25, 2017

Hard to believe that Spring is already here. With new flowers and plants blooming, it’s a great time to let that be a reminder to make some needed updates and changes to your web presence and social media presence. A wonderful strategy in customer retention is to keep your web presence updated on a regular basis. We know that most small businesses don’t have time to constantly update their sites, so these recommendations are easy and quick things you can do to keep your online presence fresh and new… Update Homepage Content If you don’t use a blog, a good strategy is to update your homepage with news and other content that grabs the attention of visitors. Consider promoting things you are doing now with your company. For example, if you are running a special or have a short term sale on your products you should promote it on your homepage, not just your social...

Welcome to Our New Blog

By on Apr 25, 2017

We’re excited to roll out a new blog. Our intention is to post recommendations and articles related to websites, marketing and graphics design. Seems that technology changes so quickly these days – especially with regards to web and online marketing. We hope this blog will help direct you to some resources to help you grow your business online. As always, we’re available to assist you with your internet marketing. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.