We all hate spam, and if we publicise our email address on our website, then we’ll get lots more. The blog link below from Heart Internet lists loads of detailed techy coding ways to do this, but finally concludes – the best way is just use a good-ole Contact Form. Phew!
Everyone says you should have images, good content and preferably VIDEOS on your site to keep Google happy.
But should they have a ‘Play’ button for the visitor to click if they want to, or should they just start playing automatically?
The answer, according to this blog from Weebly, is they should NEVER AUTO-PLAY! I heartily agree! It’s so annoying - don’t do it. Read the full Weebly article here.
In my last blog I passed on a warning about hackers stealing hacking tools from the USA security services. Within days, these tools had been used to hack thousands of computers world-wide, most notably for the UK, shutting down a lot of NHS services. You can read a fuller update from Wordfence security for WordPress here.
Firstly to clarify: this is about Windows PC’s (laptops, desktops, personal computers) getting hacked, not websites. If your website is on Wix, Weebly, GoDaddy or similar, they take care of security for you. If you have a WordPress site, you’re ‘all alone in the wildwood’ and should have good security plug-ins (contact me for advice).
What you need to do:
This blog article from Heart Internet reads like an ‘April Fool’ – hackers stealing hacking tools from the NSA in the United States! These tools make hacking your Windows PC fairly easy – unless you keep Windows updates on ‘Auto’, so you download the patches to stop it. Read the full article at www.heartinternet.uk/blog/major-windows-exploit-tools-leaked-please-update-servers/.
We’ve all got a router to connect to the web, and like everything else connected to the internet, routers can be hacked. Someone can therefore not only get access to your entire home system – laptops, phones, TV etc. - but they can also use that hardware, in your own house, to attack people on the other side of the planet. This article from security for WordPress people, Wordfence, discusses the issues and tells you how to check to see if your own router is currently safe.
For more details see https://www.wordfence.com/blog/2017/04/check-your-router/?utm_source=list&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=041217.
Google wants every website to have an SSL Certificate and use the https: system (although currently, only about 2% of all websites do). Even now, Google’s browser, Chrome, actively promotes SSL sites above non-SSL sites in search listings (yes, really).
However, not all is at it seems, as some sites that Chrome will say are ‘Secure’ and seemingly have SSL certificates are not necessarily so, or even safe to visit.
The key is to check the host name in the URL in the location bar. If it looks simple – like https://www.play.google.com/blahblahblah, then all is probably well. If it looks AT ALL hinky, as in one of the examples given in this article - https://www.play.google.com-index-scure.com/blahblahblah, then it’s almost certainly an insecure ‘phishing’ site, trying to pretend to be Google Play – don’t go there! For more details see https://www.wordfence.com/blog/2017/03/chrome-secure/?utm_source=list&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=032817.