More than 11 million HTTPS websites imperiled by new decryption attack

Low-cost DROWN attack decrypts data in hours, works against TLS e-mail servers, too.
Source: Ars Technica - Read the full article. Read more

Posted in Web Security. Tagged as hacking, security.

Common Website Problems & Complaints - Help!

The majority of our business comes from helping clients who have - unfortunately - been shafted in one way or another by their current website provider/host.

A couple of the common complaints that we encounter are the following:
Their website and email constantly go offline: Anyone can throw together a website - given that there are tons of free website platforms and thousands of plugins out there - but, not everyone knows the inner workings of these platforms and plugins. So, when the wheels start falling off the website, and you're with a wannabe type provider, then you're probably in for a world of pain. Also, I think, sometimes providers/hosts really just don't care about their clients.

The website keeps on getting hacked: This follows the first point - being with a provider that doesn't know what they are doing means that you're probably going to get hacked at some point or another. A website has to be constantly hardened to make sure that it's Read more

Posted in Choosing a Website Developer, Web Security. Tagged as Reliable Website Provider, Website Help, Website Problems.

Choosing a Website Developer (Part 2) - Website Security is VERY important.

When choosing a website developer, there are a lot more things one should take into account these days, besides price. The good-old-days are unfortunately gone, so having mom or pops develop your website, or your best friend's cousin's brother just isn't going to cut it. Having it developed offshore, in for example India or the Philippines, or by a newbie developer just out of school, probably isn't a good idea either.

In the following scenario, one that we see way too often, I'll explain why.

Client: I had the development of our website contracted out to X - it is incredibly slow and keeps on popping up errors. The developers are in country X and I really don't want to deal with them anymore.
The Problem
There are most likely 2 problems with this website:

Hosting: so you're paying $5 a month hosting and are wondering why the website is slow. Sadly, you get what you pay for. $5 hosts end up piling thousands of websites onto any Read more

Posted in Choosing a Website Developer, Managed Platform, Web Security. Tagged as CMS, Fix Hacked Website, Web Development, Website Support.