What the Heartbleed SSL vulnerability means for web site owners

What the Heartbleed SSL vulnerability means for web site owners

Since Monday the technical side of the Internet has been busy as hornet hive dealing with the Heartbleed vulnerability that left SSL (secure socket layers) open to a hack where the server’s memory could be accessed, giving thieves direct access to passwords, security questions, credit card information if exposed in an SSL session etc.   WHAT IS OPEN SSL, ANYWAY? Basically, “TLS/SSL is what brokers the exchange of cryptographic keys that lets a browser and a server know they are who they say they are. It’s the guardian...

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Facelift for Facebook Pages & Edgerank – A Quick Guide

Facelift for Facebook Pages & Edgerank – A Quick Guide

Granted, it’s been a while since a major change rolled out for Facebook (fan) Pages. So much so that we were all getting complacent and thinking we had a lock on the best ways to maximize our Facebook Pages. Time to wake up, business owners snoozing at the switch, because Facebook has once again shaken the snow globe and there’s a new look rolling your way. Facebook page admins can join a wait list by logging into their pages and looking for this bar in between the admin area and cover photo:   CONGRATULATIONS, YOU’RE...

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Learn How to Use Pinterest Place Pins with Foursquare

Learn How to Use Pinterest Place Pins with Foursquare

If you haven’t heard of Foursquare yet, and you run Pinterest boards, it’s time for a crash course. Foursquare (http://aboutfoursquare NULL.com/foursquare-101/) is one of the earliest mobile-specific apps that allowed people to ‘check in’ at a physical business, and share their check-ins and experiences at the business with friends and other people with similar interests. Why should you care? Because Pinterest just announced a new feature for businesses called Place Pins – and so far the data that gets searched...

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Just another day at the Sunshine Coast web design office

This has been a typical day doing web design on BC’s Sunshine Coast. Which is to say, it has been high-velocity juggling while standing on a chair balancing on one leg on a saggy pilates ball whilst fielding emails and two phone lines… and a hairdresser to boot. If anyone has ever wondered what it is a Sunshine Coast web designer does all day, here’s a brief sketch: Do the morning rounds with the Bad Dogs. They like their breakfasts as much as I like my bank deposits – not nearly often enough! Make a giant 8-cup...

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Why am I getting sales emails from companies in India and China?

Why am I getting sales emails from companies in India and China?

Just this past week two clients have forwarded letters to me to review because they don’t know why companies are contacting them to try and sell them web design and SEO services, or persuade them to buy Asian top-level domain extensions (TLDs) to protect their brand in Asia. Spam remains one of the biggest problems on the modern Internet. Despite all the gains made with filtering on email software, services that run interference at the server level to keep us from even seeing it, and systems developing sophisticated pattern recognition...

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Is Self-Employment for You?

Is Self-Employment for You?

As a Community Futures Sunshine Coast board member, my volunteer time in community economic development exposes me to a lot of information and points of intersection in the local business community. This includes small businesses, startups, businesses undergoing expansion, and young people emerging from high school and often entering the work force without a stint in post-secondary education. I’m always surprised that more young people don’t start their own businesses or even think of self-employment as one of the available...

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