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Category Archives: Security

Information, news, and how-to guides regarding online security.

Then and Now Part 3: SSL

Radar Hill has been in business for 16 years, and the magnitude of change in the 21st century when it comes to websites is staggering. What was a shiny new website just 5 years ago can now be outdated and leave your business with a huge potential gap in visitors and clients. There are various measurable ways that the World Wide Web has changed in 16 years, and we are publishing a “Then and Now” blog series to illustrate what a website in 2017 requires to stay current. This edition: SSL.

 

SSL

Then:
The World Wide Web (WWW) and its Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP), one of the languages used to communicate across the Internet, triggered a new way of sharing information. A generation ago, information was not sent via electronic wireless venues, rather everything was written down on paper. If there were secure files stored in a safe for example, you would know immediately if there was a breach, as you would be able to see any damage done. And even once the Internet became prominent, what was available for hackers to access was very limited. There were no banking records, personal identities or other personal data that were stored in cyberspace that could be accessed from anywhere at anytime.

Now:
The Internet has evolved immensely in its 24 years of public use. Everything is done online. And what you need to remain secure is constantly changing. Hackers are eager to always tear down defences and exploit weaknesses, to get your information. There has been an increase in cybercrime in the last few years, with the emergence of robot networks that enable criminal activity to be conducted on an unprecedented global scale. Anyone can be targeted, and it just takes one little slip and hackers can intercept all kinds of information. However, there is something that can help combat the risks of the Internet, and that is SSL.

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August 1: Password Security Workshop

Skull and data

Almost every week, there is a news story about a site being hacked or a data breach. Maybe you have experienced this directly. Remember when the login credentials of 117 million LinkedIn users were sold on the black market?

But how can you protect yourself? How can you protect your accounts?

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Password security – Why good passwords are important

Picture this: You get a phone message, then another, then another, from your friends asking why you are sending them spam. Your email account has been hacked!

You log into Facebook to warn everyone, and notice your last couple of posts from you… weren’t – from – you. Your Facebook account has been hacked!

Stressed, you go for some shopping therapy: Your bank card doesn’t work. Your bank account has been hacked!

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Invitation: Password Security and Staying Safe Workshop

On Friday the 13th, join us for a talk and workshop on password security.

Almost every week, there is a news story about a site being hacked, or a data breach. Maybe you have experienced this directly? Last summer the login credentials of 117 million LinkedIn users were sold on the black market. Continue reading

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What Is SSL, And Why Should My Site Have It?

Security button on the keyboard. Toned Image.As a site owner or even just as an Internet user, you may have heard whispers about SSL lately. A tech-savvy friend might have stressed the importance of using “secure sites”, or you may have seen an article announcing Google’s new favouritism for SSL. Maybe you read about the Heartbleed incident a few years back.

You may have brushed those mentions off. After all, what does some vague technical acronym have anything to do with you?

But the truth is this: SSL keeps your business safe.

How? It is an Internet security protocol that is used to encrypt information as it travels between the website server and your customers’ computers. This prevents mischief-makers from intercepting, reading, or changing that information as it travels.

SSL (which stands for Secure Sockets Layer; you can read more about it here) isn’t a new thing — it’s an established and reliable technology that’s been around for decades. It gets adopted more widely every year as the Internet gets bigger and more threats — from minor Internet vandals to malicious hackers —arrive to take a slice.

The sooner it’s on your website, the sooner your customers — and you— can reap the benefits.

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Renovation Season is Here!

School is out and it’s time to tackle those summer projects. The summer months can be busy with vacations and visitors. It’s a good time to hire a professional to finish your projects so you can relax and enjoy the sunshine. Continue reading

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Domain Renewal Scams: iDNS Canada

Letters from iDNS

Letters from iDNS

You may or may not have gotten a letter from a company called iDNS Canada (also known as Internet Domain Name Services). iDNS is a company that preys on people who don’t fully understand the domain registration service by sending letters in the mail about their expiring domain and requests payment. This scam is very similar to the one that went around last year by the Domain Registry of Canada (DROC). Continue reading

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Autumn Tips, Tricks & Shiny Stuff

leavesThe Halloween festivities are over, ghosts, goblins and ghoulish ghouls are creeping and crawling back into their crates, and it is time for this season’s collection of useful tips, reviews, and links of interest.
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Domain Suspension Notice Scams

Stock photo of a worried man on the phone, with credit card in hand and laptop in front of himScammers are getting more creative and sneaky everyday. They are always trying to find ways to trick you into clicking links and for the most part spam is obvious, but sometimes they make their emails look like other legitimate businesses such as eBay or PayPal. When you have your own website, the ones you really need to watch out for are domain scams. Continue reading

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How to tell if a suspicious email is legitimate

Button keypad spam with envelope icon. Internet concept.Recently a friend of ours received an ominous email, purportedly from Gmail, indicating that his email account would be shut down. How could you tell if it was legitimate?

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May: What’s Up on the Hill?

Celebrating 14 Years - Radar Hill's 14 year anniversary (with a cupcake and candle)On April 15, Radar Hill celebrated fourteen years in business. We have grown from the original three owners of Shawn, Roger, and Dan, with a small handful of clients, to eleven staff and a wide range of business and non-profit clients. We are now one of the largest and most stable website design and development companies on Vancouver Island. Thank you for your support! Here is an update on the past couple of months. In this issue:

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April Tips, Tricks & Shiny Stuff

A woman's hands holding up an iPad showing the Google homepageSpring is in the air, although our winter has been unusually mild. Time for this month’s collection of useful tips, reviews, and links of interest.

Password Tip

What makes a good password? How do you choose a good password? If you are now using any of the password wallet or password lockers we mentioned last month, these can create passwords that are harder to break because they are composed of numbers, and UPPER and lower case letters. An example is rnuw7DuaGAhZ. Some have the option of including other characters such as $%&#!*. An example is C$qrw5k9x9K&. Note that not all programs you log into will accept special characters. Continue reading

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