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Website Security

All content related to securing websites from hacker prevention to corrupted file treatment.

Website Security Isn’t an Option

Since 2014, Google has been encouraging website owners to use HTTPS.  So what is HTTPS?  HTTP is Hypertext Transfer Protocol and is the technology that passes information for websites across the Internet.  HTTPS is the secure version of HTTP and uses an SSL Certificate to encrypt the traffic, which is a good first step in website security.  When a website uses HTTPS the data is protected from hackers viewing the traffic.

Managing A Vulnerable Website

In the recent years we are noticing more and more just how aggressive hackers can be. With the many large institutions getting compromised every day this creates fear but it lacks understanding for website owners who are not sure what to do and whether or not they are vulnerable to these same attacks. This article explores both those questions and a few more when it comes to the vulnerability of your website.

Security Update: BadUSB

We all know we can get viruses and malware from various websites and shady emails, but did you know an untrustworthy USB device can do far more harm? The latest technology threat comes in small packages, such as USB storage, charging stations, and peripherals. An insecure USB device plugged into your computer, laptop, or phone can quickly corrupt your computer or device beyond repair. That doesn't mean a simple trip to a computer repair service or software update will fix your problem. That means your entire computer may just have to be thrown out.

Head in the Cloud

Those of us who do important work, for both the household and the workplace, on a computer know the importance our files can hold. They might be our finances, our school work, or simply the Christmas shopping list all planned out. Either way, we hope to protect them and keep them from corruption as much as we can. Since the early days of home computing we relied on removable disks and drives (remember the Zip Drive?) to backup and store our files to protect against computer crashes and viruses that may corrupt them.

The Fight for Net Neutrality

Recently Anttix posted an article from Gizmodo regarding the President’s request to the FCC to declare the Internet as a public utility, much like water and electricity. This is a grand stride towards Net Neutrality, something Anttix is passionate about in the field of web design and internet services. Net Neutrality is the principal that all Internet service providers (ISPs) should provide all data equally and not charge differently depending on subscribers and content providers.

Shorewood Web Design Firm Serious about Security

In a recent Blog posting Google announced that they were getting serious about security.  

“Security is a top priority for Google. We invest a lot in making sure that our services use industry-leading security, like strong HTTPS encryption by default… We want to go even further. At Google I/O a few months ago, we called for “HTTPS everywhere” on the web.”

Poodlebleed SSL Vulnerability Announcement

Many website owners and technology enthusiasts already know about the recent Heartbleed vulnerability with the security of a website, also known as SSL. This vulnerability has since been corrected but now we are facing a new emerging threat called Poodlebleed. Poodle stands for Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption but what it basically means is the secure data passed between a secure server and a web browser can be compromised and changed into plain text. That means passwords, credit card numbers, and other sensitive data can be read and taken while in transit.

A Step Ahead of Malware

One of the functions of the Anttix Antics newsletter is to inform clients of potential internet and web-related dangers. As such, we have always highly encouraged the use of quality antivirus software to protect your computer from spyware and malware. This year, however, mobile device users need to take that priority one step further.