HTTP vs. HTTPS
Google is taking a step towards a safer internet by pushing websites to switch from HTTP to HTTPs. Why does this matter for your business? Google Chrome will begin flagging websites without HTTPS as “Not Secure”, which may deter potential users. Additionally, HTTP is bad for your SEO efforts. Google has stated that sites with HTTPS are given preference in Google search results, meaning that sites without HTTPS are returned significantly lower in search results.
The difference between HTTP and HTTPs can be confusing, so we’ve broken it down through this infographic.
Mobile First – Understanding Responsive Website Design
As the internet expands and develops, so does web design. Over the past decade, thanks to the smartphone boom, websites designed for desktops have moved to interfaces that adjust to both large desktop screens and small phone screens.
Flashback to mid-2000’s: Responsive design was rarely useful. Most people only used the internet from a desktop, so it didn’t matter if your website looked good on mobile devices.
Now that we’re approaching the 2020’s, a mobile friendly website is no longer an option – it’s a necessity. 81% of consumers research a business before making a purchase decision and 51% of that traffic comes from mobile devices such as Smartphones or Tablets.
Meltdown and Spectre Announcement
Security researchers at Google Project Zero have recently announced two new major security issues, known as Meltdown and Spectre, that apply to all modern processors (CPUs – central processing units) and affect nearly all devices and operating systems.
The Power of Progress: Progressive Web Apps
Many businesses have made strict choices to maintain both a website and a native app without giving much consideration to the possibility of this up and coming middle ground.
4 Quick Cyber Security Tips
No matter your business, digitizing your operation is essential for increased workplace communication, productivity, and success. However, with this new digital frontier comes new problems, and even the most internet savvy individual may fall prey to some common issues of cyber security.
5 Common Cyber Security Myths
Navigating cyberspace is such a part our daily lives that we rarely consider the potential consequences of utilizing online conveniences. However, even the most experienced and well intentioned user may find themselves making detrimental cyber security mistakes every day. The key to avoiding mistakes is reassessing the most common cyber security myths and find how to truly protect ourselves and our businesses. Here are the 5 most common cyber security myths:
WannaCrypt make you WannaCry? An overview of the ransomware attack
As you may be aware, a serious and vicious piece of malware made its rounds over this past weekend. It goes by many names, WannaCrypt, WannaCry, or Wncry, but the fact of the matter is it has already infected over 200,000 computers across more than 100 countries. Any un-patched computer may still be vulnerable to WannaCrypt and any of its variants. Researchers have announced that WannaCrypt 2.0 is beginning to spread along with other variants.
What is Phishing?
Phishing (a play on the word fishing and pronounced the same) is a method used by cybercriminals to dupe you into disclosing personal information such as username/password, credit card, and banking information. The goal for the cybercriminal is to steal your identity and/or your money. The information gathered can be used to open fraudulent accounts in your name or make purchases using your financial information. Phishing attacks commonly use email, phone calls, or social media to trick you into giving out your personal information.
What Your Web Design Should Look Like in 2018
The Future of Web Design
“If you think math is hard try web design.”
― Trish Parr
Think of how you use a paper map compared to how you use Google maps. Or look at a printed resume versus a LinkedIn profile. How is a file cabinet in comparison to DropBox? Each of these situations show the central benefit of a website.
Cloud Storage vs. Dedicated Servers, Pros & Cons – Part 2
In part 1 we took an in-depth look at dedicated servers, the solution where a company’s data is stored on physical hardware locally (in the building) using custom software. We found this solution to be costly but secure and flexible. In this post we are going to be looking at a new spin on flexibility called cloud computing, an emerging off-site IT solution for all types and sizes of companies. Furthermore, we intend to answer the question: I know cloud computing will work for advanced organizations in larger metros, but is it viable for a company located in Johnson City, Kingsport, or Bristol?