Wednesday, 02 September 2020 / Published in Uncategorized

Setting up a website can be a timely and costly experience and if not done right can reflect badly on your business.

You can get someone like us to do as much or as little of the following as you wish:

  • Buy your domain name (keep this as close to your business name as you can)
  • Purchase your hosting
  • Link your domain name to your hosting
  • Set up your email addresses (choose secure passwords)
  • Set up those emails on your devices
  • Create a landing/launching soon page
  • Create your website
  • Add new content, or update current content
  • Do weekly updates if necessary
  • Do weekly/monthly backups depending on how much new content you add to the website

No matter how much of this you choose to do yourself, have all your content, imagery etc., ready to keep costs and time down to a minimum. If you don’t have the time or the expertise and think this is something we can help you with please get in touch

Note: 
Domain name and hosting needs to be renewed every year.

Thursday, 03 September 2020 / Published in Uncategorized

Whether we like it or not we are increasingly becoming more dependant on using the internet and particularly social media. Whether its checking out a company’s website or Facebook page or sending someone an email, we are choosing this over picking up the telephone.

Wednesday, 02 September 2020 / Published in Uncategorized

Social Media seems to be the cornerstone of the internet these days. Whether your business is using social media or not, your customers are. 75% of the population use it and spend as much of 30% of Social Media Statstheir time online using the likes of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. While not in the same vein, YouTube and Vimeo can’t be ignored. There are over a billion people using online video streaming, watching billions of hours every month.

Friday, 04 September 2020 / Published in Uncategorized

landing page is a web page that a visitor can arrive at or “land” on. It is a standalone web page distinct from your main website that has been designed for a single focused objective. Your landing page should have no global navigation/menu to your primary website. The main reason for this is to limit the options available to your visitors, helping to guide them toward your intended goal

Thursday, 03 September 2020 / Published in Uncategorized

When someone contacts you, whether it is from a business card or they’ve seen your email listed somewhere, it is one of the first impressions they get about you and your business. Would you be more impressed emailing john_murphy1982@eircom.net or john@yourdomainname.com?

Thursday, 03 September 2020 / Published in Uncategorized

It is very important to have a strong password.

Here are some password recommendations:

  • Make passwords at least 12 characters long.
  • Change them to something that only you will know
  • Don’t pick something someone could guess
    • Such as an obvious word/number such as a family member’s birthday, your dog’s name or digits from your phone number.
  • A Passphrase is a good way to remember a long password. Example: iliketoeatburritosintherain is a phrase that helps you remember it easier, but you must make it more secure by doing things like substituting numbers for letters (3 for E, 0 for O, 1 for i, 8 for B etc.) so: iliketoeatburritosintherain > 1l1k3t03@tburr1t0s1nth3r@1n
  • Variations of this would could changing the numbers at the end: 1l1k3t03@tburr1t0s1nth3r@1n8251 Change your passwords twice a year.
  • Don’t write them on a post it!
Thursday, 03 September 2020 / Published in Uncategorized

Here are a number of tips to improve and maintain your mobile device security.


Don’t root your Android device or jailbreak your iOS device

There is no real reason for the average person to have to do this, doing it gives malware an easier route on to your phone as they have administrative access to the operating system.

 

Have a secure lock screen

Make it as hard as possible for anyone to do something with your phone.

 

Don’t just think about viruses or malware

Yes, you need anti-virus on your phone. But think outside of the anti-virus protection box. The majority of spyware is installed on phones by people who have access to the device – husband, wife, spouse, family member, work colleague. Be wary of letting people use your phone. Put a good passcode on your phone. Install anti-spyware as well as anti-virus.

 

Don’t install apps from unofficial app stores

Apps on unofficial stores can have malicious functions behind the scenes. You may have installed a simple game but behind it, it could be stealing your information. Apps on official app stores are screened before they are released to stop this from happening (very occasionally one slips through but is caught soon after).

 

Don’t click links that are emailed to you

If you get sent a link via email or sms be very wary of what you are clicking, it is better to type the website address into your browser and if there’s a problem with your account there will more than likely be a message waiting for you there.

 

Pay attention to app permission requests

For example, your flashlight app shouldn’t be asking permission to access your photos, or use WiFi.

 

Keep your OS and apps updated

Updates aren’t always to improve the OS/app or add new features, sometimes they fix a security hole. Always keep an up-to-date operating system and apps.

Wednesday, 02 September 2020 / Published in Uncategorized

These days spying isn’t limited to secret government agencies, the general public can spy on each other by simply installing an app for a few euro. If you think you are being spied on here are some steps that can help to improve your security and put your mind at ease.

Passwords and Passcodes

You need to change all your passwords/passcodes on all your devices and websites you login to, but before doing that you need to make sure that no one is spying on you. If you change your passwords/passcodes first then it will likely be seen what they have been changed to. Install anti-virus and anti-spyware (always update these products) on your devices and run scans to make sure you aren’t being spied on. If you are being spied on, make sure the scanner removes the software or app.

When you are satisfied your devices are spyware free do the following:

  • Make a list of all your devices that require passwords: PC, laptop, phone, tablet, WiFI router, etc.
  • Change passwords on all those devices. Don’t use the same password on all devices. It’s ok to use a variation of one. (sell below for password suggestion)
  • Reset your WiFi password AND your router password. The WiFi password is what you use to connect your phone/computer to your WiFi. Your router password is the login to your internet management control panel.The control panel can usually be found at an address like http://192.168.1.1. The Username & Password to login to this is normally printed on the under of your router/WiFi box (or with the documentation from your provider). Enter these and login and then change both passwords to a more complex one. You could also consider hiding your SSID. [If you are having trouble with changing your WiFi details your service provider will help you do it.]

Online security

  • Just like with your devices, change all your passwords and websites you use, particularly social media and email. Add your mobile/cell number for added protection from your social media profile/email being stolen.
  • If you can, enable two factor login authentication. (this means using your phone as added security)
  • On social media websites make sure you have privacy settings on (this can be who can see your profile page to who can see what you post). Pay attention to Google alerts about someone signing into your account from a different location to normal. Ensure only you have access to any Cloud (Dropbox, Drive, etc.) services you use.
  • We would recommend not entering your password in a website on a computer that isn’t yours, no matter how much you trust that person, because you don’t know how secure their computer is.
  • Don’t enter passwords on WiFi/networks you don’t trust unless the site is secured by HTTPS (your browser will have some sort of lock or visual pointer that the website is secure). Use a VPN (virtual private network) if you travel a lot.
  • Don’t have WiFi on unless you need to be connected to it.
  • Don’t enter login details through a link you clicked within an email – ‘There is a problem with your account. Please click here to login to update your details’. This is a very common and standard phishing scam to steal your login. Physically type in the address, e.g www.myrealbankaddress.com to your browser and login; if something really needs updating there will be a message in your account.

Password suggestions

  • Make passwords at least 12 characters long.
  • Change them to something that only you will know BUT see next point!
  • Don’t use an obvious word/number such as a family member’s birthday, your dog’s name or digits from your phone number.
  • A Passphrase is a good way to remember a long password. Example: iliketoeatburritosintherain is a phrase that helps you remember it more easily, but you must make it more secure by doing things like substituting numbers for letters (E>3, o>0, i>1, B>8 etc.) so: iliketoeatburritosintherain > 1l1k3t03@tburr1t0s1nth3r@1n
  • Variations of this would could be changing the numbers at the end: 1l1k3t03@tburr1t0s1nth3r@1n8251 Change your passwords 2-3 times a year.
  • Don’t write them on a Post-It!
  • Finally, with your new passwords, do not have websites remember your login.
Thursday, 03 September 2020 / Published in Uncategorized

Remote support is usually the quickest and easiest way to troubleshoot your problems. I prefer to handle things remotely wherever possible, it cuts down on costs and time for both sides involved. To allow me to connect remotely I will need you to install some software to enable me to connect to your computer and try and solve the problem. This is fully secure over an encrypted connection and only gives me access for the duration of the support session and you can see everything I do as I do it. (If you want more information on TeamViewer security please go here: http://teamviewer.com/en/security)

Thursday, 03 September 2020 / Published in Uncategorized

When you have a Facebook page you will see a “Call to Action” button in the header image. This “Call to Action” is to provoke the user to click it – to go to your shop, to get more info, to watch a video, get their email/phone number: convert a visitor to your Facebook page to a potential customer.

1) Have your Facebook page and your page where your ‘Call to Action” button will link to open
2) Copy the link of the page – make sure you have copied the link to where you want the user to land on your site – sites like RedBubble have a number of pages and it is best if you have them land on your shop page. On your website you might have a particular landing page you want people to come to your website on
3) Go to your Facebook page and click Create Call to Action, this will give you a number of options, choose the one that suits best. In this example we will use Shop Now
4) Enter the link you just copied and click Create
5) You can then choose to set up a Promotion or click Not Now

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