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Avoiding phishing attacks for small businesses

Phishing attacks involve incoming messages that seek to trick the recipient into divulging private information or trick them into making a payment to the scammer’s bank account. The messages are normally by email but could be by any type of incoming messages such as online chat, text message and or redirection to a malicious web […]

UK government survey reveals main causes of web security threats: phishing and ransomware

A UK government survey has revealed that phishing and ransomware are the biggest web security threats for businesses. The survey was commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It found the following most common security breaches: Staff receiving fraudulent emails – 72% of cases Viruses, spyware and malware – 33% of cases People […]

New banking phishing scam by letter for Halifax bank customer details

Although not strictly web design or web development related, we have heard of a new banking phishing scam that hits new levels of sophistication. Bristolian Helen Martin received an official-looking letter from her bank Halifax on 10 April 2017. The letter bore her correct identity and private online username, and the official bank letter-head. It […]

Recent WordPress security issues – how to update the version and your plugins safely

There have been some recent WordPress security issues which mean that you must get your WordPress version and certain plugins updated as soon as possible. Recent WordPress security issues addressed by Version 4.7.3 Version 4.7.3 of the content management system includes fixes for the half dozen flaws that could allow for, among other things, cross-site […]

Avoid your website being flagged as insecure by migrating to HTTPS

The major web browsers Google and FireFox are now marking certain web pages as insecure.  If your website has pages that ask users to login or enter credit card information then, without web encryption using SSL, both browsers will alert users with warnings: FireFox: Chrome: This has only started happening recently (January 2017) with the […]

Google Chrome to mark some non HTTPS web pages as insecure

Most savvy web users know to look for the secure padlock icon (or the web address changing to HTTPS) when they are submitting private information. These are called secure pages which encrypt the information when it is sent so the information cannot be stolen by hackers. Google is encouraging website owners to make more use […]

Warning about new domain name phishing emails targeting domain name owners

If you are the registered owner of a domain name then you could be targeted by some malicious emails purporting to be sent from your domain registrar. These are so called ‘phishing’ emails. These emails are part of a large scale phishing scam, targeted at a large number of domain registrars. You may find that […]

Is Facebook is charging to keep posts private and the new Dislike button scam?

Recently there has been a flurry of rumours about what Facebook will or won’t do regarding charging for privacy, taking over the copyright of your photos or adding a dislike button. These rumours aren’t true and posting a cut and paste message in your status just wastes your time, your friends’ time and lessens the […]

5 common SEO mistakes when redoing your web design

Once you have taken the plunge and decided to commit to a new web design, there are some important considerations to make sure that your shiny new web design initially maintains and then boosts your ranking on search engines. That has to be the ultimate aim of any website redevelopment. Here are 5 common errors […]

How do you know if you have been hacked?

There is a wide range of hackers: some are just mischievous, testing their skills against your security measures but many want to steal your personal information for more nefarious reasons such as selling on or accessing important accounts. According to the UK Government’s 2014 cybersecurity survey, 81% of large businesses have suffered malicious data breaches. […]