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GDPR – Where To Start?

GDPRThe new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on May 25th 2018. It will affect every business and change many established business practices and business models. It will also require a fair bit of work to ensure compliance, so if you aren’t already working on that, you need to learn about this and start now.

I was going to do a lot of research and attempt to write something about how all businesses need to be ready for it. However, I’m not a lawyer, and giving bad advice could be risky. Also, there is no way that I could come up with something as clear or comprehensive as Heather Burns’ white paper on GDPR for Business Owners & Senior Executives.Read the rest

Meltdown & Spectre Simplified

Meltdown & Spectre cybersecurity vulnerabilities

Meltdown & Spectre

So, 2018 has started with disclosure of two huge cybersecurity vulnerabilities, called “Meltdown” and “Spectre”. These are not like most of the “exploits” that hackers use. They affect almost all modern computers.

Sites like MeltdownAttack.com and Defiant.com (previously “WordFence”) have covered the tech details well. So, here’s a simplified summary of what non-techies need to know.

Why You Should Care About Meltdown & Spectre

Most vulnerabilities affect software. Meltdown and Spectre affect CPUs — the core computer chips — mostly those built by Intel since 1995. So they don’t just affect PCs, or Windows, or Macs, or Linux. They affect computers, regardless of what software or operating systems you use. In short — yes, this affects your computer(s) and phone(s).Read the rest

Happy Christmas! (A Video Greeting)

Just a quick video to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

I have to admit that website building projects usually go a little quiet over Christmas — but not this year! That could have something to do with all the new services I’ve launched over the past 12 months, of course — including making the sort of short video marketing content you see above. Between launching that, SEO, social media marketing, content marketing, site maintenance, mobile apps and providing my usual e-commerce and pro website building services, 2017 has been a pretty busy year. Not to mention rebuilding this site from scratch, too.

So, have a great Festive Season and watch this space for even more improvements over 2018 — onwards and upwards!… Read the rest

Best Rated Website Designer? Thanks!

Best rated website designer in NewportWell, that was a nice surprise. Seems I’ve just been listed as a best rated website designer in Newport and am now entitled to display the badge you see to the right.

It’s easy to be cynical about web awards. Most have strings attached or a price tag in the small print. So it’s refreshing to see that this one seems to be free, genuine compliment, based on testimonials from my lovely clients. It didn’t even ask me to link back to the award site in return — so of course, I’m happy to volunteer that.

Besides, I certainly aim to provide the best web services I can. Many do, of course — but I do pick up a worrying amount of trade from those who haven’t bothered.… Read the rest

It’s All About Trust – Increasing Sales With SSL Security

SSL security trust mark“Trust me.” That’s the most vital message any website can convey. Without trust, visitors just leave.

However, most folks expect to be trusted, even when they’re wary about trusting others. Whilst that’s fine for dealing with folks in person, websites need to plan to build trust. We do that by providing quality content, good service – and “trust marks” like testimonials, “About” pages, Privacy Policies and other reassurances.

Of course, search engines want to promote quality, trustworthy sites, so many of these reassurances can be good for SEO, too. So online, trust doesn’t just enable sales – it actively increases sales.

…and Google just changed the game.

Google’s Great SSL Plan

So, as you may know, Google uses hundreds of signals to assess the quality and trustworthiness of websites.… Read the rest

NotPetya ransomware cyber-vaccine

Cybersecurity matters. As I type, the world is in the grip of another major ransomware attack. This one has been dubbed NotPetya — because it’s not the one called Petya, but it is similar. As usual, it targets Windows machines. A potential vaccine has been found in the past hour (3:19 pm PST, about 11:19 pm BST). So, this is just a very quick post to help publicise that ASAP.

The vaccine, courtesy of the excellent security site BleepingComputer, is to create a read-only file in your C:\Windows directory. That’s easier said than done, as Windows (quite rightly) protects that folder. So, the following batch file should do it for you:

https://download.bleepingcomputer.com/bats/nopetyavac.bat

…and if not, this post in BleepingComputer explains how to do it manually.… Read the rest