The HOYTS New Zealand error, that we reported on yesterday, is still showing today. It indicates a possible problem with the back end. Having public errors like this, open a site to hacker exploitation, and shows the business in a less professional light. Usually large companies have constant monitoring to prevent these types of issues, but it is harder for smaller companies to be on top of IT issues 24/7/365. Staff take time off and IT may not be anyone's area of expertise. This is why it is important that you have someone taking care of your website and IT needs who is available, and who understands security and similar issues that have the potential to cause damage to your business if not done right. Just remember, hackers don't take days off and always around waiting to exploit your system's weaknesses. Please contact us, for a free, no obligation discussion, on your needs and how we may be able to help.
In addition to programming and creating websites, we like to create small apps, just for fun. Try this colourful Tasks List (the colours change when you mouse over): https://codepen.io/VikingSaga/full/GRgONzK
Shodan is a website that exposes internet connected devices that are wide open to hackers. Things like web cams in your kids' bedrooms, sensitive medical data, airport explosive detector units, confidential work data, telecommunications records, government records, and almost anything you can think of.
Not everything has to be connected to the internet. If things are connected it is just a matter of time before you are hacked if you don't change the manufacturer's password or fail to set up your own robust security. Shodan is the canary in the mine that warns you of serious risks if you don't act.
Shodan exposes weaknesses, but isn't it better to have the chance of finding this out via them than after your sites are exploited by those with evil intentions like criminals or terrorists?
For further comment and examples, TechCrunch makes some interesting points.
The three most popular passwords for 2018 were:
What's worse is that many people use a single password across multiple sites, and massive data breaches are becoming more common. With simple passwords, accounts are easy for malicious third parties to access. If one of your accounts is affected by a big data breach, then criminals can access all of your accounts if the password is shared. To check if you have an account that may have been compromised visit haveibeenpwned.com
Internet insecurity is a growing problem and we treat it very seriously.
An interesting quote:
We welcome everyone as a potential client. If you need a fast, professional, website at minimal cost, we can help.
If you need a website, created within 3 days of receipt of information, take advantage of our Black Friday sale to grab a bargain at 25% off the usual price of $300. Contact us now for more information or to get things underway. Available until 5 pm on 30 November 2018.
It's hard for small businesses to survive, and many don't make it past their first few years in business. It's staggering that only half of small businesses have a website. Without a website, a company sends signals that it is hard to communicate with, doesn't want customers to to be able to find information about it, and doesn't really care if it stays in business or not. A website doesn't have to be expensive or take long to get online. You can always add to it later, but it is of the utmost importance that your business does have a website. Doing that will help stack the odds in your favour.
Looking at the traffic data for one of the websites that we oversee, we found these numbers for a recent random day: