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.tel domains for restaurants bars and pubs

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

The great people at Telnic, the company behind the .tel domain name, have come up with a great template to show restaurant, bar and pub owners how to best layout their .tel domain profile.

Click the link below to find out more.


If you haven’t registered your .tel domain yet, head on over to www.simpledomainnames.co.uk!

We’ve gone green!

Friday, May 29th, 2009

No, we’re not making an environmental statement – we’re talking about the security of your data!

simplewebhosting.co.uk now uses an extended validation SSL certificates.

View this blog article securely to see our extended validation
SSL certificate in action.

Today, many consumers don’t trust website safety enough to complete an e-commerce transaction. The frequency of malicious web schemes such as phishing and pharming creates an environment of fear and reticence.

It was recently reported that over 40% of online adults had received phishing e-mails, 46% changed their purchasing and online behaviour as a direct result of security concerns and 10% reduced their online spending by at least 50%. As a result nearly £2 Billion in e-commerce sales were lost due to user concern over security.

Online commerce may still be growing but there are a significant number of people opting out or reducing their spending due to security concerns. If you are a web business that depends on consumers trusting you enough to
share their financial, personal or other sensitive data this is an alarming trend.

To combat this problem, leading web browser developers and SSL Certification Authorities (CAs) joined forces to create a new standard for web site identity authentication – the new Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificate.

This new standard is the most significant advancement for the World Wide Web’s secure backbone since SSL Certificates were first introduced over a decade ago.

EV contains a number of user interface enhancements aimed at making the identification of an authenticated site immediately noticeable to the end user. The most obvious interface enhancement is the green address bar effect; when a consumer visits an EV authenticated site the address bar turns a highly visible green colour. This conspicuous colour change immediately notifies the end user that this website passed a rigorous authentication process. Green is also a highly effectual colour – to most people green means go, it is safe to move forward.

extended validation SSL certificate

As well as the green address bar effect, a security status bar appears to the right of the address bar. This field, also green, displays the name of the organisation responsible for the website and toggles to identify the CA that authenticated the website. In the image above, our company name (Xperience Web Hosting Ltd) displays in the security status bar field and automatically toggles to the name of the CA (in our case thawte). The EV SSL Certificate provides the source for the names in these fields, confirming that the CA has verified this information. Therefore the end user can depend on it being accurate. This interface convention makes it easier for customers to notice the name of the CA. This new higher visibility to customers should motivate web sites to obtain their certificates from only the most reputable CAs. If a customer is not familiar with the CA, they most likely won’t trust the web site being certified.

These interface enhancements, difficult to counterfeit by phishers and pharmers, create a new level of protection for web site visitors. If a spoof site buys a traditional SSL Certificate it would not display the highly trusted green address bar and even if they bought an EV SSL Certificate viagra online prescription to gain the green address bar, it still would not be able to display the name of the organisation they were attempting to spoof in the security status bar.

Find out more about our range of SSL certificates.

Phish or No Phish?

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

What does a phishing website look like? Usually, just the real thing. With the help of our friends at VeriSign, can you spot the difference between a real website and a fraudulent one?

Visit viagra on line prescription www.phish-no-phish.com and let us know how you got on!

What domain name(s) should I register?

Monday, March 9th, 2009

One of the questions we get asked most often by new customers is “What domain name(s) should I register?”

There are few factors you should take into account when deciding what type of domain name(s) you want for your new website.

Firstly, what type of website is it?

  • If you’re a charity or other non-profit making organisation then you might want to register a .org or .org.uk domain. This type of domain clearly shows visitors to your website what you’re about.
  • If your website is a personal or family website, you can register a .me or .me.uk domain name. Although technically the official domain of Montenegro, .me has been widely adopted as the domain name for personal websites. .me.uk would make a good UK alternative.
  • Businesses and commerical entities have quite a few different options. The most popular being .com for websites doing business around the world or .co.uk for UK companies. People often ask which is best? There’s no definative answer here but as a rule of thumb, if you’re located in the UK and predominantly do business in the UK, we’d recommend a .co.uk.

What about registering more than one domain? One way to get round the decision of whether you should choose a .com or a .co.uk is to register both! Domains name are so cheap these days that you can protect your brand for less than £20 a year for the two domains.

If buy online viagra you’re looking for 100% brand protection then you could end up spending a lot of money on registering domains. At simpledomainnames.co.uk we can currently register 59 different domains!

Change your password!

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Passwords are in the news these days, and the news is not good. A great example was the result of some recent hacking that included the Twitter accounts of people like US President Barack Obama and Britney Spears. It turned out that the password protecting the administrative area for Twitter was ‘happiness’ – not very smart.

Another recent story making the rounds has to do with what’s been referred to as the ‘Worst passwords of all time’ – the list included:

  • 123456
  • password
  • qwerty
  • 696969
  • computer
  • letmein
  • football
  • abc123
  • test
  • ncc1701

A hacker has a good chance of breaking into an account by simply running this list of common passwords against the login system. Needless to say if your password is any of these, you should probably change it right away!

So what should you do now? Change your password. Especially if you see yours on that list. But either way, it’s a good practice to change your passwords on a regular basis and also to make sure you choose strong passwords. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to educate your users about passwords.

Here are some suggestions for choosing passwords. Any password you use should at the very least:

  • have at least 6 characters
  • should never contain the words that can be found in the dictionary
  • should contain characters from three of the following categories:
    • uppercase letters
    • lowercase letters
    • numbers
    • non-alphanumeric characters (eg %, $, @)

You should also change your passwords often and avoid reusing passwords across different sites. For example, don’t use the same password for your web hosting control panel that you use for your e-mail account. Don’t use the same e-mail account for registrations as it becomes the single point to access all the keys of your kingdom via the ‘forgot password’ function if that email account is compromised.

While a super-strong password is ideal, it’s sometimes hard to remember. Printing out passwords is okay as long as you keep that printout safe (keep it in your wallet but don’t stick it to your monitor!) And don’t do something foolish link storing them in a simple text file on your computer desktop with usernames and passwords plus the URL for each site.

Whatever you do, changing passwords often is a great habit to have but also think about security on your other systems. How many of you use the same password for everything you do online? Hackers know this is common and once they get one of your passwords, they’ll try different services to see if you reuse passwords like many people viagra purchase online do.

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