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What is SSL and Why is it Important for Being Safe Online?

Delving into the tech-jungle can certainly be a challenge. Trying to deal with all the different software and products available and figuring out exactly what is needed leeds to understandable frustration and overwhelm. But if you have to pick one Internet “speak” to know about, SSL should be it. 

SSL has become an important aspect of daily Internet life, so we thought we would explain what exactly it is and why you need to know about it. Read on to know why SSL is one of the basic features needed for safeguarding your data online. 

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How To Keep Your Data Safe Online

Have you ever received a Facebook or Amazon ad targeting a seemingly unrelated thing you’d been searching for earlier? It’s an alarming experience, but it’s also a glimpse into just how widespread data tracking, and selling, has become – with companies amassing vast swathes of information and analytics from a single user’s history. 

Fortunately, you have more control over the spread of this than you may realize, as often this level of data collection relies on passive consent, where users agree to something without even realizing it’s happening.

There are in fact, a number of actions you can take to make sure your data is kept private and protected, actions we’re going to cover in this blog.

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Why You Need To Review And Update Your Privacy Policy

If you’ve visited a website at any point in the past few months, you will probably have been prompted with a window asking whether or not you want to ‘accept cookies’ or something with similar wording. This reflects the new model when it comes to online privacy and security. 

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Email Scams – Tips On How To Avoid Falling For Them

When it comes to email scams, even the broadest and most basic of these attacks now have an underlying level of sophistication. The most common form they take will be one that imitates either an official bank account or Paypal email.

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Password Security Solutions

At this point in the Age of Internet, everyone knows that having secure passwords is a good thing. And yet, so few of us adequately protect our personal information. It can be difficult to know exactly where to begin when it comes to security in the digital age; there are so many different facets and scary information coming in from all sides, it is easy to blow past and ignore all of it. However, password security is critical, and for your sake, and your company’s, continue reading to remind yourself of the significance of password security. Let us know if you have any concerns or questions, we are here to help.

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What is SSL and Why Do You Need It?

Internet safety is increasingly a concern, and there are continuously new ways that scammers and hackers can gain access to your information. However this is not a doom and gloom post, rather we will explain how you can help protect yourself and your customers by discussing what SSL – Secure Sockets Layer – is, and why you should have it installed on your website.

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Meltdown and Spectre – Flaws in the System

A few years ago, Heartbleed was all over the news, and in the beginning 2018 Meltdown and Spectre have been making the rounds. But what are they exactly? While they sound like they should belong in a James Bond film, they are essentially faults in the system that could lead to sensitive data being accessed. While there hasn’t actually been any large-scale data breach, the potential for one is there, which is why people are concerned about it. We’re going to do our best to explain it to you below.

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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.



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.

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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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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