Your website is a great way to promote and sell your products and services. However, in an online world where the limits of trust are constantly being tested, users may be forgiven for being sceptical about your offering if your website is not up to scratch.

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When I was growing up, the saying went that when America sneezed the whole world caught a cold.

But, times they are a-changin', faster even than Bob Dylan himself could have imagined when he penned that classic in 1963.

Now we can easily replace America with a new superpower. And no, it’s not China. It’s Google.

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I received some really good news this morning. It turns out there was no “pwnage” found on any of my email accounts. I have not been “pwned”!

You’re probably wondering why am I sharing this seemingly random piece of information with you. Well, because maybe you have been pwned - that’s right, pwned. Here's how to check. And, if you have, here's what you can do about it.

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It’s a hashtag that’s certainly got its fair share of airplay on social media over the past week or so.

As #NoConfidence dominated the Twittersphere and took over our Facebook timelines, it got us at the office wondering:

 

Were it to be put to a vote of no confidence, would your website come through with flying colours?
Or would is scrape through, with its reputation having taken a heavy knock?

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Another month, another damaging cyber attack unleashed across the globe.

According to Reuters the latest attack that appears to have targeted Ukrainian businesses could have been started at a Ukrainian accounting firm by a virus that got into a computer system via a “phishing” email.

The emails containing infected Word and PDF attachments were written in Russian and Ukrainian and were designed to lure people into opening them.

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Let’s set the scene. You’ve just moved into your company’s modern new offices. You can’t help but notice how the porcelain tiles in the reception area are gleaming under the down lighters and the company sign is sitting just right on the on the wall.

The indoor landscaping was worth the cost, you think to yourself, as you pass your smiling receptionist behind the polished wooden desk on the way to your spacious corner office. You’ve arrived, you hear your inner voice saying . . .

But your joy is to be short-lived.

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WordPress is known for being one of the most popular and user-friendly website platforms available online, but this means it can also be more vulnerable to attacks than other content managed systems.

In the past few days, attacks on WordPress websites have spiked because of a vulnerability in software versions 4.7.0 and 4.7.1. The vulnerability, which is in the platform’s REST API, enables unauthenticated hackers to modify the content of any post or page within a WordPress site.

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Starting this month Google will begin marking HTTP pages that collect passwords or credit cards on its Chrome browser as non-secure.

The move signals the company’s intention to help users browse the web safely and forms part of its long-term plan to mark all HTTP sites as non-secure.

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The internet was brought to its knees recently following a sophisticated, highly distributed attack on Dyn, a US company that provides domain registration services.

The attack, in which some marquee websites such as Netflix, PayPal, the New York Times and Twitter were taken down temporarily, has left many wondering just how safe the internet really is and once again brought into sharp relief the importance of cyber security.

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As the long summer days give way to early sunsets and colder weather, the massive marketing machines of the pharmaceutical companies have gone into overdrive.

On TV, radio, online and in print we are being bombarded with adverts promoting flu shots, vitamins and supplements as we head into winter. We are also constantly being reminded to stock up on fresh fruit and veggies to stay healthy and keep the flu at bay. Prevention is better than cure is the mantra of the season.

Staying on top of our personal wellness is important because it allows us to keep up with our busy work and life schedules. If our immune systems were to become compromised, our schedules are interrupted, leading to downtime.

For many of us, one of our key allies in simplifying our lives is technology. But have you given much thought to what may happen if the systems that drive the technology we use were to become compromised?

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