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“It Redirected Where?” – A Case Study in Security Precautions

Imagine what it would be like to discover that your website was suddenly redirecting to content that was decidedly more… adult… than what should be representing your business. For a company in Phoenix, Arizona, this was the unfortunate reality after they had let their IT administrator go. The administrator, Tavis Tso, created a web in …

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Google Chrome Will Soon No Longer Trust Symantec SSL Certificates

Google continues to use the sizeable market share of its Chrome browser to effect change in the realm of website security. Recently, we wrote about Google’s plans to have Chrome begin to display the message “Not secure” in more areas of a website when the site is not loaded over HTTPS (see our previous post, …

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Will Your Website’s Forms Soon Display A “Not Secure” Message?

In January 2017, Google began to display the words “Not secure” in the address bar of its Chrome browser when you visit a web page that collects sensitive information such as login or payment information and if the page is not loaded over HTTPS. Google’s motivation for doing this was to alert the website’s users …

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Ransomware Now Targets WordPress Websites

We are sure that you have seen the recent stories about hackers attacking computers and servers, encrypting the files and then demanding a ransom be paid to (maybe) unencrypt the files.  Those scams have affected hundreds of thousands of systems across the world and caused billions of dollars worth of damage.  Unfortunately this trend is increasing …

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What Score Does Your Website Earn For Speed?

How fast does your website load?  The answer might surprise you and you should regularly test the speed of your website.  Not only does a faster loading website mean less waiting for guests visiting you, it could also play a significant factor in your website ranking with certain search engines.  The faster your page loads …

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Will Your Website Be Hacked Next?

At ExcalTech we design, host, update and secure websites.  We constantly stress to our clients the importance of keeping their websites up to date in the following ways: Ensure that your CMS (content management system) is running on the latest version Ensure that your website software and plug-ins are running on the latest version Ensure …

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How To Set Your Browser To Automatically Refresh Itself

Have you ever been in a situation where you have to continuously hit the refresh button in your browser? Maybe you’re waiting for an online sale to go live, or you’re waiting on an online forum for a critical response. Or, maybe you’re just waiting for an important email. Either way, manually refreshing your browser …

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Have A CMS Based Website? Patch It Monthly!

If your website is driven by a CMS (Content Management System) then you need to ensure that you update the CMS, all of the plug-ins and each third party application and related code that are contained within your website.  Popular Content Management Systems include Joomla!, WordPress, Drupal and more.  These systems are entire programming environments …

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