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    Protect Your Data Protect Yourself in light of the Overturn of the Internet Privacy Rules

    Once upon a time,  there was a government that worked to protect its citizens privacy and had an agency that helped to govern these matters. Forbes magazine succinctly describes it, "Under the rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission in October under then-President Barack Obama, internet providers would need to obtain consumer consent before using precise geolocation, financial information, health information, children's information and web browsing history for advertising and internal marketing."

    Now, think about this for just a moment.  These rules protected some very important information.  Would you really want your financial information,  your health information or your children's information being sold to the highest bidder?  What would they use it for?  What would happen if that information fell in to the wrong hands? 

    There have been a number of articles written about VPNs and making sure to use only HTTPS when browsing the web.  These are good advice, as far as they go.  However,  that only covers part of the equation.  Do you receive email on your phone?  What about on a tablet?  Do you use a mail client that is not browser based? Do you transfer files via file sharing services such as Dropbox? 

    The overturn of the FCC rules affect every part of the internet, and every action you take online.  There is only one sure fire way to protect yourself, unplug from the internet.  I don't know about you, but that's just not something I am keen on doing. The second best option is to utilize a VPN, or Virtual Private Network. This creates a tunnel that your ISP can not see in to because it is encrypted.  There are good points and bad points to doing something like this, but it is the most secure method of protecting yourself, but it only protects those devices that run the VPN connection, and this can get costly when you have a desktop computer, a laptop computer, a smart phone and a tablet.

    There are other things that you can do today that will help make your data more secure. 

    settings for the iphone showing SSL checked and server port 993If you use an email client for communication -- and the vast majority of us do, especially if we are on a phone or tablet.  You need to make sure that you are communicating on the "secure" port.  Both POP3 and IMAP support secure transmission.   

    Before beginning this change over, you will need to contact your email service provider to gather the information for their secure IMAP or POP3 settings. Once you have these, it should be an easy transition from an insecure connection to a secure connection.

    On an iPhone, you can verify that you are using SSL by going to Settings -> Mail -> Accounts -> Account Name -> Account Name -> Advanced  Then you will need to scroll down to the Incoming Settings.   

    Once you have made any required changes, you will need to click on the <Account in the top left. You may get an alert about needing to accept the security certificate as it may not be set correctly.  This is often the case with smaller email service providers. 

    Next, you will need to verify your SMTP settings. Just above the Advanced tab is the Outgoing Mail Server SMTP tab. Click on that. Then Click on the Primary server.  Again,  look for the Use SSL and make sure that is turned on. You will need to find out what the outbound SSL SMTP server port is from your email server provider.

    When you have made your changes, click on Done -- again, you may need to acknowledge the certificate warning.

    If you use a file sharing service, you will want to check with them to confirm how they sync files between their cloud and your computer. They should be using some kind of secure transfer protocol.  For instance, Google Drive uses HTTPS (HTTP with SSL) specifically TLS, and Dropbox uses an SSL transfer for synchronization.   If you use a different file sharing service, make sure you know how your files are being transferred / synchronized.

    Finally, you have large or bulk file transfers. For a very long time these have been accomplished using FTP, literally File Transfer Protocol. I know we geeks are an imaginative bunch. The problem is, is that FTP transfers information or data in clear text. What does this mean for you? It means that if someone puts a device on your network that captures copies of packets, they could literally rebuild whatever file you were sending. You may be saying, Yea, but I don't do FTP. But maybe you do? Do you use any of the following products:

    • filezilla
    • cyberduck
    • Dreamweaver
    • Adobe Contribute
    • WinSCP
    • Transmit
    • WS_FTP

    Then you are using an FTP capable program. Fortunately, all of these programs also offer the more secure versions of FTP, both FTPS and SFTP. The main difference between FTPS and SFTP is the actual encryption. FTPS is FTP that uses SSL encryption, whereas SFTP is FTP that uses something called SSH as a Virtual private tunnel to the server you want to send or retrieve files from. Both are excellent for protecting your data from prying eyes.

    At One Web Company, all of our hosting packages come with SSL protocal supported email connections, as well as secure FTP for transferring files to and from our servers.  Check out our Hosting Services.

    Author: Bryan
    Published: 05 April 2017
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    Routinely delivering San Diego SEO results for our clients

    Talk is cheap. And when it comes to people talking about getting SEO results and actually proving that they have in fact gotten San Diego SEO Results for numerous companies, there is a chasm between the two. In fact, our SEO expertise itself is what brings in new clients for One Web. That's because when clients are overwhelmingly satisfied — actually beyond plain old "satisfied" and on into what might be termed "grateful", they are quick to tell their business associates.

    Author: Dale Wozny
    Published: 19 March 2016
  • WORKING FOR OUR COMMUNITY

    One Web Company recently had the honor of donating a brand new website to the amazing Assistance League® of Greater San Diego. These women do such an incredible job supporting the San Diego community and their old site was not doing them justice - or getting them the visits they deserve. Their Thrift Shop is chock full of fun and interesting items and is laid out like a snazzy upscale boutique.

    Author: Annie Romano
    Published: 06 November 2015
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    Corporate Social Responsibility - Like Footsteps in the Sand

    Looking out across the landscape of the business world,  you encounter all types of business.  One of the most important are the charity organizations.  At One Web Company, we feel that Corporate Responsibility starts within our company.  We encourage those who work with us, whether employee or contractor, to bring to light charitable organizations and causes that are important to them.   Why?  Because when we are helping our people help those that are important them, our business is better, and our contributions become a valued personal service that we provide and we build a sense of community that extends beyond the walls of our organization.

    Author: Bryan
    Published: 01 November 2015
  • Keeping your web site up to date is critical to reducing your chance of being hacked

    Hackers are out there and every day they manage to gain access into hundreds if not thousands of sites.   All sites are targets for them, especially sites with out of date software - either the CMS itself or Plug-ins/Extensions. These older versions sometimes have known security issues that hackers can use to attack your site.

    Author: Mike Underwood
    Published: 17 April 2015
  • SSL Certificate

    When do you need an SSL certificate?

    SSL certificates are used to encrypt data sent from your browser to the web server you are connecting to.  To determine if you really need an SSL certificate, you will need to ask yourself a few questions...

     

    Author: Bryan
    Published: 07 January 2014
  • Why do I need to redesign my site?

    Site redesigns can strike fear in to the most courageous entrepreneur and small business owner. Small businesses, and especially start ups are running a very lean machine in order to stay in business and make enough profit to survive. Who has time to go through the rigmarole involved with redesigning a website that is already working? One Web Company was in a similar position. A few weeks in to our relaunched site tells the entire story of "Why do I need to redesign my site?".

    Author: Bryan
    Published: 09 October 2015
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    Facebook Like not working? Check your compression settings!

    Recently,  I have noted a problem with the social sharing from One Web Company to Facebook.   The symptom is that as you can see from the image, but Facebook could not see anything about the page I was sharing!

    Author: Bryan
    Published: 08 January 2014
  • Make the time to blog! Quick Tip

    When your to-do list is monstrous and your time is eaten up by client meetings, it can be difficult to make sure that you spend the time you need to blog.  But blogging IS important for a variety of reasons.  So, how do you buckle down to do that?

     

    Author: Bryan
    Published: 06 January 2014