Daily Archives: Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Web Security—What You Need to Know

Posted on August 5, 2015 by - Hosting

Web Security

It’s to the point where people don’t have to wonder what might happen—it’s already been occurring. Target was hacked and the credit card numbers of thousands of customers were compromised. Blacklisted servers, URLs being punished by search engines, firewall issues and consumers updating websites without the proper plugins—the list is endless related to the issues and fallout associated with cyber security.

Just last week, there was a DDoS attack that delayed the $18 million dollar Dota 2 tournament.

The key is to be as prepared as possible. Know the basics and get professional digital assistance when areas are over your head.

A good place to start learning about and understanding online security is with a firewall.

“A firewall is a system designed to prevent unauthorized access to or from a private network. You can implement a firewall in either hardware or software form, or a combination of both. Firewalls prevent unauthorized Internet users from accessing private networks connected to the Internet, especially intranets,” reported Indiana University.

Servers have firewalls to prevent hacking and spam. The firewalls can break down or be bypassed. This can lead to your server being exposed and blacklisted, even making it so you cannot send or receive emails.

Another area of concern is at the code level. For example, an SQL injection is a way to attack data-driven applications by using a code-injection technique. SQL injections are used to steal customer information, such as credit card numbers, from a website’s database.

Another big area of vulnerability is cross-site scripting (XSS). XSS makes it so hackers can inject client-side script into different website pages viewed by other users. Basically, an XSS attack occurs when an application gathers malicious data from an unsuspecting user.

Do you have web security issues? Are you 100 percent protected against server firewall problems, SQL injections and XSS attacks? If not, call Thoughtwire Media immediately at: 800-367-2570. 

Mobile vs Responsive—Know the Difference

Posted on August 5, 2015 by - Uncategorized

Mobile vs Responsive

With Google’s latest algorithm change that targeted sites that weren’t mobile-friendly, many companies began quickly scrambling to figure out if they would be affected.

If you do not have a responsive or mobile-friendly website, you will be directly impacted by the new algorithm change. To put it simply, if your site isn’t available to the mobile audience, Google is going to slowly punish your page rank. They believe that with the ever-rising mobile usage, a non-mobile site shouldn’t appear on the first page of search.

Here’s a quick overview so you understand:

A mobile site is a separate website from your current main URL. Usually there is a “dot mobile” or “dot m” attached to the URL. If you are on your mobile device, you may have the option of visiting the mobile site instead of viewing the desktop version on your small screen.

Mobile sites are nice and accomplish a lot of the same goals as a Responsive site, but there is that extra re-direct step.

A responsive site is a website that has content that will form-fit into any screen. When the screen size changes, the website responds and fits into that screen.

As long as you have a mobile site or a Responsive site, you at least have the chance of appearing on the first page of Google search. If you don’t, you shouldn’t rely on customers finding you online.

Need a mobile-friendly website evaluation? Want more information about getting a Responsive or mobile website? Call Thoughtwire Media at: 800-367-2570.