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Internet Security, Technology

Safe and Secure

By now we’ve seen that there’s a lot that goes into getting an e-commerce store online. And we’ve only just started scratching the surface! Before we close the book on this crash course, there’s one more thing we have left to address: the security of your payment processing system. Anyone who places an order on… Read more

Internet Security, Technology

Oil Changes for Your Web Site

Last week we painted a word picture comparing a Web site to a car. You can drive your site well enough if it’s built on a content management system, but most business owners (like car owners) lack the technical know-how to handle the required upkeep. Oil changes, tune-ups, tire rotations, all those little things that… Read more

Internet Security, Technology

You’re Not Too Small to Fight Back

Last week we noted that small business Web sites are more and more often coming under attack. This week, a look at the objectives these hackers have, and ways to fight back. There are three main strategies the hackers are pursuing: going after customer data, credit card details, and bank account information (especially on e-commerce… Read more

Internet Security, Technology

You’re Not Too Small to Be Targeted

Hello, small business owners! Do you think that, because you’re small, no one’s ever going to hack your site? Think again. The reality is that your small size makes you even more likely to be attacked. According to a recent report by Symantec (the company behind Norton Anti-Virus and other security products), targeted attacks rose… Read more

Internet Security, Technology

Calling for Backup

Last week we looked at the benefits, indeed the necessity, of making regular backups of your site. This week we cover some more detailed advice on the whens and hows involved. Where Should I Keep My Backups? There are three basic choices for where you might store your backed-up site; some are better than others:… Read more

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Spam on Your Blog!

By now you’re blogging regularly on your business site. Right? Of course right! Now that you are, you’ll be getting comments on your blog. Hopefully those comments form a useful discussion, coming from people who are genuinely interested in what you’re saying. Alas, not all comments are from legitimate readers of your wonderful content. Especially… Read more

Internet Security

Own Your Own Domain Name

Last week we talked about the necessity of trust between clients and their Web firms. While it’s essential that you be able to trust your Web provider, there is still one area where we always recommend that the client retain complete control and ownership. That is in the registration of your domain name. (example:… Read more

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Your Web Site’s Immune System

Flu season is nearly upon us, and with that come the ubiquitous GET YOUR FLU SHOTS HERE TODAY! signs at your local grocery store and pharmacy. And let’s not forget the age-old “wash your hands” advice, or the more recent suggestion to sneeze into your elbow or down your shirt, to prevent getting your hands… Read more