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Posted on May 3, 2016 · 3 minutes

Google Web Spam Report

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Google recently released their Web Spam report for 2015 on their Webmaster Central Blog which reported that in the previous calendar year there was an increase in hack websites by 180% over their findings for 2014.

We saw a huge number of websites being hacked – a 180% increase compared to the previous year. Stay safe on the web and take preventative measures to protect your content on the web.

Last year as part of their #NoHacked campaign, Google shared some basic tips on how to keep your site safe which we thought would be useful to share with you today.

 

1. Strengthen your account security

Creating a password that’s difficult to guess or crack is essential to protecting your site. For example, your password might contain a mixture of letters, numbers, symbols, or be a passphrase. Password length is important. The longer your password, the harder it will be to guess.

When setting up new sites for our clients, Web Lab always uses secure passwords and we recommend using a password generator to come up with a randomised string of characters. Check out strongpasswordgenerator.com

 

2. Keep your site software up to date

One of the most common ways for a hacker to compromise your site is through insecure software on your site. Be sure to periodically check your site for any outdated software, especially updates that patch security holes.

Web Lab stresses this to all our clients running CMS softwares like WordPress, Joomla or Drupal. So much so that we offer a affordable maintenance package to keeps you up to date and protected. Check out our Website Maintenance page for more information.

 

3. Research how your hosting provider handles security issues

Your hosting provider’s policy for security and cleaning up hacked sites is in an important factor to consider when choosing a hosting provider. If you use a hosting provider, contact them to see if they offer on-demand support to clean up site-specific problems.

Most hobby hosting providers will leave you high and dry in event of your site being hacked or in need of restoring a backup as many are reselling services of larger companies and have no dedicated support or infrastructure to deal with such requests. Larger hosting companies are more likely to run daily back ups (but not all do) however these companies are usually based in America and have thousands of customers, so it can be difficult to get in touch and receive a quick response.

Web Lab is locally owned and operated and we back up our servers every night. If something goes wrong we’re quick to act.

 

4. Use Google tools to stay informed of potential hacked content on your site

It’s important to have tools that can help you proactively monitor your site.The sooner you can find out about a compromise, the sooner you can work on fixing your site. We recommend you sign up for Search Console if you haven’t already. Search Console is Google’s way of communicating with you about issues on your site including if we have detected hacked content.

As mentioned earlier, Web Lab offers maintenance services which include daily monitoring of your sites health and analytics. If you don’t have the time or are intimidated by technology but want the piece of mind that your site is protected from spam and hackers, get in touch with us, Web Lab is happy to help you out.

Posted on April 12, 2016 · Less than one minute

Shopify for WordPress

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Web Lab are happy to share the news that our two favorite and recommended platforms, WordPress and Shopify, are now available to be used together.

With Shopify Lite and Shopify for WordPress, you can now run an online store inside your current WordPress website from as little as $9.00/mo while still enjoying the security and proven reliability of the Shopify platform.

Now with the ability to add products to your pages and blog posts in WordPress, you now no longer need to give up the design flexibility and user friendliness and SEO advantages of a fully functional WordPress site when you need a secure online store.

As a Shopify partner, Web Lab is ready to help you get your online store going and making you money online, from the first step to your first sale, we’ll guide you through the entire process.

Get in touch with us today to learn more.

Posted on February 10, 2016 · Less than one minute

Internet Cable Severed Causing Slower Site Speeds

If the Internet’s a bit slow surfing overseas sites, this is why, and it won’t be fixed until March. Another reason to have your site hosted in Australia. Web Lab owns its own servers which are located in a secure datacentre in Adelaide.

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The PPC-1 Australian submarine cable running between Sydney and the United States island territory of Guam has been fully severed, with the repair estimated to take around a month to complete.

Internet service provider TPG said in its service status notice that the fault was discovered on February 5 at 8pm AEDT.

After receiving an alert that a submarine line card for the cable had lost its payload, TPG engineers and the provider’s infrastructure vendors found a fault around 4590 kilometres from Guam.

A repair ship will be dispatched and the estimated time of service restoration is Monday, March 7, TPG said.

Posted on January 29, 2016 · Less than 2 minutes

Apple Issue Recall of AC Adapter

Apple has issued a voluntary recall of Apple AC Wall Plug Adapters sold with its products between 2003 and 2015 designed for use in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea.

Source: apple.com

Apple® today announced a voluntary recall of AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea. In very rare cases, affected Apple two-prong wall plug adapters may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched. These wall plug adapters shipped with Mac® and certain iOS devices between 2003 and 2015 and were also included in the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit. Apple is aware of 12 incidents worldwide.

The recall does not affect any other Apple AC wall plug adapters designed for Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, United States or any Apple USB power adapters.

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2016/01/28Important-Notice-for-Certain-AC-Wall-Plug-Adapters-World-Travel-Adapter-Kit-Customers.html

Apple has released a guide for how to identify the adapters in question and information about how you may exchange them. The information can be found at the following link:

http://www.apple.com/au/support/ac-wallplug-adapter/

 

Posted on December 8, 2015 · Less than 2 minutes

Simple Trick to Speed Up Your iPhone

If you’re a smart phone user you’ll notice that just like your regular computer or laptop, your phone works a lot faster after a restart. This is because memory that has been allocated to apps you’ve opened and then closed sometimes gets left behind and so over time your phone has less and less resources to do its tasks and noticeably begins to slow down. Restarting your phone (turning it off and then on) resets all this used up memory, freeing your phone up to work to its best capabilities. Until now, if you’re anything like me, the only time you switch your phone off is during take off and landing while jetting off overseas and that’s mostly only because of suspicion and an age old habit!

But now one Apple enthusiast Marc Forrest has discovered this neat trick to speed up your phone and it only takes seconds, not minutes like a full on/off power cycle can take.

Originally posted on his twitter, here are the step by step instructions on how to give your iPhone a shot in the arm.

1. Unlock your device so you can see the home screen.
2. Hold down power until ‘Slide to Power Off’ appears.
3. Release it and hold down the Home button for five seconds so it returns to the app screen.
4. Now your iPhone memory should be refreshed.

 

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“A few people have asked about the benefit, and from my understanding it clears the unused RAM on the phone,” Forrest wrote.

“I have done a number of tests to see if it works and I can promise it helps speed the phone up, a LOT!”

Have any tech tips of your own? We’d love to hear about them on our Facebook page.

 

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