Debunking Common Computer Security Myths

Debunking common computer security myths

All businesses can be susceptible to threats like hackers and computer viruses. Making matters worse is the great deal of misinformation floating around regarding cyber security. The Internet attracts urban legends and computer security isn’t immune from this trend. Many alleged security “facts” are, at best, inaccurate. Some of these myths are recent developments, while others have been around for years.

Clearing up some common misconceptions about computer security, Staples and Norton have teamed up help separate fact from fiction.

Myth 1: Companies that sell antivirus and security solutions create viruses

The idea that the online security companies develop and release computer viruses to maintain sales is false. While it’s true that one variety of malware (malicious software) called “ransomware” infects computers and then sells its victims a “solution” to the problem, these rogue programs are not affiliated with legitimate antivirus programs, like Norton. In fact, legitimate antivirus programs are the first line of defense against devious hackers.

Myth 2: A small business’s main security threat is the Internet

A security policy that only considers Internet-based threats is woefully incomplete. Yes, hackers can breach your network security. Yes, malware can infect your network through unsafe websites. However, the biggest risks to your security are often those who work for you.

Many security breaches originate with employees. A small number of employees are simply dishonest. More often, however, security breaches are caused by simple human error. An employee loses a laptop, for instance, or incorrectly disposes of printed or digital information.

“Now more than ever, small business owners should be taking all precautions to ensure their businesses are secure,” says Conor Kearney, vice president of technology merchandise for Staples. “While antivirus programs are a great first line of defense against cyber threats, it is important to make sure you educate your employees on what constitutes good cyber security and have safeguards in place to prevent a minor incident, like a stolen computer, from turning into a full out data breach.”

Myth 3: Apple’s operating system is safer than Microsoft’s Windows

For years, Apple users held up the relative lack of malware on Mac computers as evidence that the Apple operating system had fewer security flaws than Microsoft’s Windows operating systems. Actually, Mac users were safer because they represented a relatively small percentage of all computer users. Malware writers prefer to target the largest possible audience. As so, because many people use Windows, the hackers focused their attention on Windows and, for the most part, ignored Apple.

But now, people use Apple devices in sufficient numbers to attract malware. For example, in 2012, the Flashback Trojan affected 600,000 Macs. And a year later, Apple computer users were hit by a virus that targeted iPhone developers via the Java programming language. Recently the Shellshock/Bash vulnerability was identified as putting Mac users at risk.

Myth 4: Hackers only target “big business”

Some small businesses take false comfort in their size. The assumption is that hackers and data thieves only target big companies, major financial institutions and government agencies. However, small businesses can also be targets for data breaches and hacks.

Small businesses need to have a defense plan in place. Often, small-business owners recognize the importance of cyber security, but are unable to manage the complexity of this issue themselves. Consequently, the cyber security of small businesses tends to be neglected. “Protecting customer and business data from cybercriminals is a matter of life and death for most small businesses. Because small-business owners are insanely busy, they need a multi-layer security solution that’s easy to install and manage,” says Brian Burch, VP product marketing, Norton Business Unit, Symantec, a leading provider of award-winning products and services that deliver online protection. Easy, quick setup antivirus solutions are most preferred by small businesses. For example, Norton Small Business is a single solution to securing computers and mobile devices within a small business’ network.

A false sense of security

Today’s computer security myths all have one thing in common – they can lull you into a false sense of security. Keep your office free from viruses by always employing a critical eye and lots of common sense. Similar to your annual doctor visit, be sure to give your small business a cyber-security check, reassessing its network security and ensuring you have the proper tools in place to protect it from a cyber-attack.

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Why You Need A Mobile Website

Why Do You Need A Mobile Website - Responsive Design

Why do you need a mobile website?

Today, with the advancements in mobile technology and the increased availability of Wifi/3G/4G networks, surfing the web using mobile devices has become an normal sight the world over. Whether in North America, Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa or South America, you can easily spot locals catching the latest news, watching cat videos or social networking using smartphones or tablets

For many around the globe, who mostly just want to go online, it’s more economical and practical to buy a smartphone or tablet than to buy a desktop machine. The equation is simple: Mobile devices cost substantially less, and Wifi or 3G/4G networks are readily available for reasonable rates.

Along with this shift in device distribution, the nature of online activity has also evolved. Due to devices’ miniscule screen sizes (between 4 to 5 inches on smartphones) and limited hardware resources (weaker processor chip and graphics card), mobile device owners are more selective with the sites they choose to frequent. Sites that perform nicely on devices and give mobile users the most comfortable experience, benefit from the most traffic. The sites that aren’t are abandoned very quickly by users.

Basically, in order for a site owner to keep their visitors satisfied and coming back for more, their site must perform smoothly on devices and be displayed in an easy-to-view manner.

Here are some findings which might give you something to think about:

According to Compuware (July 2011), 71% of global mobile web users expect websites to load as quickly, almost as quickly, or faster, on their mobile phone compared to the computer they use at home.

Cisco (2012) forecasts that by the end of 2013, the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the number of people on earth, and by 2017 there will be nearly 1.4 mobile devices per capita.

The ITU (February 2010) expects mobile Web access – via laptops and smart mobile devices – to overtake desktop Web within the next five years.

Strategy Analytics (March 2010) estimates that at the end of 2009 almost 530 million users browsed the mobile Web on their handset. This is forecast to rise to over 1 billion by 2015.*

Four out of five US smartphone owners, use phone to help with shopping, according to Google/Ipsos (April 2011). A survey of 5013 US smartphone owners. *

For every shopping activity, including researching products and prices, reviews, promotions and purchasing products, most respondents (61-81%) [US consumers] preferred browser to native app.

Source: Keynote/Adobe (October 2010) *

In order to stand out and be competitive in this newly emerging reality you’d need to be able to reach out to the millions of mobile users out there, many of whom are not in the possession of a PC and can only access the web from their mobile devices. You can do so, by creating an optimized-for-mobile site for your business or organization.

 

Additional Resources  – Responsive Web Design aka Adaptive Web design

Responsive Web Design aka Adaptive Web Design #ResponsiveDesign #WebDesign

Responsive Web Design

 

Essentially the term was used in Responsive Web Design, an article by Ethan Marcotte on A List Apart. In general, the article proposed addressing the ever-changing landscape of devices, browsers, screen sizes and orientations by creating flexible, fluid and adaptive Web sites. Instead of responding to today’s needs for a desktop Web version adapted to the most common screen resolution, along with a particular mobile version (often specific to a single mobile device), the idea is to approach the issue the other way around: use flexible and fluid layouts that adapt to almost any screen.

Responsive websites are those crafted to use W3C CSS3 media queries with fluid grids and commonly also fluid images, to adapt the layout to the viewing environment. The idea of responsive web design is to make websites that fit multiple screen sizes. For the designer and developer that means they only have to work on one version of the website instead of designing one for desktop computers and another for mobile devices. Fluid grids, flexible images, and media queries are the three technical ingredients for responsive web design, but it also requires a different way of thinking.

Core Concepts
Three key technical features are the heart of responsive Web design:

  1. Media queries and media query listeners.
  2. A flexible grid-based layout that uses relative sizing.
  3. Flexible images and media, through dynamic resizing or CSS

Truly responsive Web design requires all three features to be implemented.

The key point is adapting to the user’s needs and device capabilities. Suppose a mobile user will be viewing your site on a small screen. Taking the user’s needs into account doesn’t just mean adapting your content to the screen size. It also means thinking about what that mobile user will require first when visiting your site and then laying out the content accordingly. Maybe you’ll present the information in a different order. Don’t assume the user won’t need access to all the site information because she’s on a mobile device. You might need to change the fonts or interaction areas to respond better to a touch environment. All these factors influence responsive Web design.

While mobile devices are changing the display landscape, with the appearance of more and more small screens, don’t forget what’s happening at the other end of the spectrum. Displays are also getting larger and with higher resolution. Having to serve both segments shouldn’t stop designers from being innovative on either.

Responsive Web Design or Adaptive Design has evolved from being a strong trend to become a reality of the web today. In a world that has been conquered by mobile devices over the past two decades, no one now understands a website that cannot be viewed on different screen resolutions, or at the very least the minimum provided on smartphones and tablets. The latest surveys on internet use in many countries no longer make a point of discussing the use of these portable devices because they are a reality: connections to the internet from these devices has grown exponentially over recent years.

If you have not updated we recommend you do. If you do not know this web design technique already we recommend you study, research and learn about it. Make sure your website displays correctly with mobile devices. Use a responsive website design that adapts to any device, create a separate mobile site, or use mobile web development tools to optimize your current site. Contact Us Today For FREE Consultation 888-404-8282 or email contact@lordgriffin.net

 

Responsive Web Design

 

Learn More About Responsive Web Design / Adaptive Web Design

Responsive Web Design

10 Great Examples of Adaptive Websites

Awwwards – BEST WEBSITES EXAMPLES OF DESIGNS WITH RESPONSIVE DESIGN

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Website Migration: Lord & Griffin Web Solutions #WebsiteMigration #WebHosting

Website Migration

Each time you swap hosting providers, you’re met with plenty of obstacles. At Lord & Griffin Web Solutions, we’re here for you, ready to make this procedure much easier – we will do all the work for you and will migrate all your files, MySQL databases and e–mails.

At Lord & Griffin Web Solutions, we understand that this can be hard & time–consuming. That’s the reason why we will perform all that for you at no cost! Our experienced technical team reps will migrate your web site content from your current provider to us. Our technicians have got a lot of experience migrating web sites and can take care of everything – from a normal WordPress blog or Joomla web site, to a very elaborate, custom–built web app.*

Q: Why do I have to move my web site? What does web site migration include?

Q: Why do I have to move my web site? What does web site migration include?

A: When your present web hosting provider can no longer fulfill the requirements of your website, or if you face frequent network downtime, or if you are made to wait for hours for the customer service staff to reply back to you, it may be smart to switch your provider, i.e. to transfer all the files for your websites together with your databases from your current provider to your new provider.

Q: Web site migration seems like a lot of work. How much time will it take?

Q: Web site migration seems like a lot of work. How much time will it take?

A: There are plenty of variables to bear in mind – the overall number of files, the size of the database, the complexity of the site itself and the current workload of our web site migration experts, etc. Having said that, we do our very best to accomplish all website migrations in a 48–hour period. Smaller web sites are migrated faster – typically within 24 hours.

Q: My personal privacy is essential for me. What data do you require?

Q: My personal privacy is essential for me. What data do you require?

A: We will require the name of the website that you would like us to move. We’ll also require a means to access your present hosting account so that we can get the content pertaining to your site.

Q: My current web hosting account has sensitive info inside. How can I trust you?

Q: My current web hosting account has sensitive info inside. How can I trust you?

A: In order for us to start the transfer of your web hosting account, you must first open an account with us. Opening an account with us will require that you  disclose essentially the same details you have provided to your current web hosting provider. We’ve also got an extremely strict Privacy Policy, which specifies how sensitive info is dealt with.

Q: How about downtime? Will my site be offline?

Q: How about downtime? Will my site be offline?

A: Your site will continue to work just like it did before with your previous web hosting provider. As soon as we are done with the transfer, your web site will be configured to work on our platform and we will ask you to preview it. If it is working correctly, all you will have to do is edit the NS resource records for your domain. Your web site will be migrated to us without any downtime.

Q: Will my present hosting provider need to provide any information/help?

Q: Will my present hosting provider need to provide any information/help?

A: While we transfer your content, your web hosting provider won’t be aware of the migration at all. We will not get in touch with them in any way.

 

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