Category Archives: Security

Improve search ranking and conversion rates with HTTPS

It has been tagged as the final 1% on the SEO journey but there are other advantages to running your entire website over HTTPS. Are you running the green address bar?

After years of cowboy style tactics such as link exchanges, keyword stuffing (or spamming) and doorway pages to trick search engines into believing a site has real value we’re finally at a point where the search engines are outsmarting such trickery.

Thankfully, this means we can get on with legitimate SEO practices that benefit both the users and search engines, with the confidence these black-hat techniques won’t negate this good work.

What is HTTPS?

HTTPS uses an SSL certificate to secure transmission of data between a website and your computer’s web browser. It offers a trusted connection that validates a website so that you can be confident they are who they claim. Once a connection is established the website encrypts data that only your browser is able to decrypt, and vice versa with your private data you share with the website. The green address bar in your browser indicates that your connection is secure.The Green SSL bar

Traditionally SSL has only been essential for commerce related sites where you might share your credit card and even then the only secure pages were those with forms asking for private details. More recently however there’s a trend towards using SSL on any site and all of the site.

While not without complexity, costs and risk, the benefits of running HTTPS encryption can be compelling. Read more…

How safe is your digital life?

As we place more of our life and business in the cloud, we need to be sure our data is secure and safe.

A strong, long and cryptic password is a great start but how can be you sure that someone hasn’t intercepted it and is accessing your information without your knowledge? The answer is two-step verification, banks have had this for years with those code-generating key tags but now the technology available with hundreds of online services.

Google, Apple, Dropbox, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon offer similar services and we highly recommend activating them to avoid getting hacked.

Still not clear on how it all works? Google made a short video explaining far more succinctly and I will.