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April Product of the Month – GeoTrust Anti-Malware Scan

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Don’t let your website get hacked! Protect your business as trusted operation and your customers’ online interests with a cost-effective daily anti-malware scan. GeoTrust Anti-Malware Scan can help identify malware strains and assure your customers that your site has been scanned for malware by showing an anti-malware seal from GeoTrust, one of the most popular SSL brands on the web.

simplewebhosting.co.uk has teamed up with GeoTrust to ensure that your website is 100% malware free. The Anti-Malware scan offers:

  • Daily anti-malware scan for regular check-ups
  • Analysis of web page for identifiable malicious code plus monitoring to identify malicious activity to enable easy clean-up of infected site
  • Instant alerts identifying malicious code to enable fast malware removal
  • On-demand scans to enable quick confirmation of clean site status
  • Display of the GeoTrust trust mark, the number one brand of SSL for the top 1 million most visited domains on the web

Find out more at: http://www.simplewebhosting.co.uk/web-hosting/geotrust-anti-malware-scan.php

 

The Importance of SSL

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer, encryption is the most commonly used method of encrypting web pages. It ensures that any personal data or often payment details entered into a website is safe from being accessed by unauthorised parties. Thus, it is very useful for any website that sells products to people through an online payment system (see our article on ecommerce) to have SSL encryption.

Websites that are encrypted using SSL can be identified in several ways. Firstly, the prefix of their web address is usually “https://”, signifying that they operate over a secure server. Also, the website can be identified as secure by the fact that there is a padlock symbol in your browser’s status bar. If neither of these signs is present, then the website is insecure and it is not advisable to put sensitive personal information into that website as it may be possible that an unauthorised third party could obtain access to the data.

Protecting your website using SSL encryption is definitely a practice that we recommend to all webmasters who regularly ask their visitors to input sensitive information. Of course, the most obvious benefit to you as a webmaster is that it ensures that all of the data that your customers enter is safe, secure and inaccessible to anyone other than those who are authorised to have access to it.

Encrypting your webpages in this way ensures that you, as a webmaster, have peace of mind and know that the data provided by your customers is secure and protected against unauthorised access.

As well as the peace of mind for you, the fact that there are visible signs of how secure your website is means that customers will feel more comfortable. If they can visibly tell that your website has a layer of security protecting it, then they will be far more likely to input their details and thus they will be more likely to buy products from you online.

This in turn means that you will earn more money and sell more products, which is exactly what any online business wants. SSL encryption for your website will definitely pay for itself after a very short time indeed, making it a worthwhile investment for the security-minded webmaster.

Reputation is another aspect of your web presence than can be improved by adding SSL encryption. If your website asks people to enter payment details, then it cannot be reputable unless it is secure. A website that is clearly secure will instantly have a better reputation than one which appears to be  wide open for cybercriminals.

So to conclude, in this security conscience online age, SSL encryption is something that is definitely worth the investment for your website. Without the padlock symbol, potential customers will not have enough confidence to input their sensitive personal information into your website and thus they cannot purchase any of your products. However, the addition of encryption quickly puts their minds at rest and soon your SSL encrypted website will have the customers flying in.

Should I Opt-Out of a WHOIS listing?

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

WHOIS is a database of content information for those who have registered domain names on the internet. It contains, names, addresses and other information on the people who own various websites, which makes it easy to contact these people about anything to do with their website or just in general.

It is a comprehensive library of information that enables both everyday people and governments to ensure that they have data and a means of contact for the millions of people who currently run websites that are live on the internet and, more specifically, those that are making money from online enterprises, much like you.

However, having all of your details in plain view to anyone with access to the internet does present very obvious risks to you. The first of these risks is obviously that having your full name, address and other contact information is a bit of an intrusion into your privacy. It means that anyone will be able to find you and that you could be subject to malicious communications of various kinds, as well as simply being consistently sent junk mail.

An example of this is spam programs that harvest email addresses directly from the WHOIS database in order to spread malware. As these addresses are provided in plain text, it is trivial for software to crawl the WHOIS database and obtain email addresses to send spam too. This is a great source of annoyance to those who often have to trawl through pages of spam to get to the emails they actually want.

Also, the fact that your home address is part of your WHOIS listing could open you up to, aside from junk mail, worse problems such as burglary. If someone can see that you are the owner of a website that makes a lot of money, then this makes you a prime target for burglaries and muggings. The fact that people who may see you as a target can access your location makes you very vulnerable.

Another issue that can arise from your personal details being so readily available is that you could be subject to consistent pestering from marketers. After harvesting your contact details from the WHOIS database, they can continuously send you both postal and email advertisements, perhaps even sending salesmen to visit you personally. All of these things contribute to diverting your attention away from your actual business and could cause you to lose a lot of money.

Every factor outlined above mean that being on the WHOIS database is very dangerous and can be detrimental to your business and your life in general. Many hosting packages, including those offered by simplewebhosting.co.uk, enable you to opt-out of being included on the WHOIS database in order to safeguard your privacy and your information.

As you can see, this is definitely a wise choice and will save you from a lot of unnecessary difficulties and wasted time. An opt-out means that you have more time to spend on what is important: ensuring that your business is successful and prosperous.

Did You Know … simplewebhosting.co.uk sells SSL certificates?

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Our SSL certificates allow you to conduct business online – safer and faster. An SSL certificate is represented by the ‘lock’ symbol appearing in the corner of your browser. It contains your name, a serial number, expiration dates, a key for encrypting and decrypting information and the digital signature of the issuing authority that customers can use to verify that the certificate is real.

Regardless of how secure you make your hosting environment, any sensitive information traveling over the web can be intercepted – unless you have a digital certificate.

simplewebhosting.co.uk is pleased to offer a full range of SSL certificates from the three leading SSL brands in the world – GeoTrust, thawte and VeriSign. Find out more about our SSL certificates.

This educational video from Common Craft, LLC and VeriSign explains the broad strokes of web site security in a way that anyone can understand.

SSL in Plain English

SSL certificate glossary

Friday, October 10th, 2008
simplewebhosting.co.uk makes purchasing your ssl certificates simple. Here’s a little glossary to help you understand more about ssl.
What is encryption?
Encryption is the process of scrambling a message so that only the intended audience has access to the information. As more people share confidential data and applications using the Internet they have come to rely on commercially available Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption.

When an SSL handshake occurs between a client and server, a level of encryption is determined by the Web server, the client browser, the client operating system, and the SSL Certificate. Low-level encryption, 40 or 56 bits, is acceptable for sites with low-value information. High-level encryption, at 128 bits, can calculate 288 times as many combinations as 40-bit encryption. That’s over a trillion times a trillion times stronger.

What is e-commerce security?
E-commerce is a commercial transaction between buyer and seller that occurs online instead of in person or over the phone. The customer uses a credit/debit card to pay for goods or services on a website. Secure electronic payments are spreading beyond the Internet to mobile handsets and television set-top boxes. Look for m-commerce and t-commerce next.

E-commerce also refers to electronic payment processing. Instead of going to the bank with deposits and checks or connecting over dial-up telephone lines to authorize credit cards, merchants use the Internet to connect to financial networks for payment.

What is https?
Web pages beginning with ‘https’ instead of ‘http’ enable secure information transmission via the protocol for secure http. Securing networks and applications is essential to secure online transactions. https is one measure of security to look for when sending or sharing confidential information such as credit card numbers, private data records, or business partner data.
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