A client recently received this letter with CORRECT domain expiration date and no clear "SOLICITATION" warning.
In the text I circled the only actual disclaimer stating "This notice is not a bill, it is rather an easy means of payment should you decide to switch your domain name registration to Domain Registry.
The real scam here is they were trying to charge $50/year for domain registration! This should be lower, more like $10-20/year depending on whether you have a dot-com or dot-org or something else.
Public Service Announcement:
Beware of the latest Craigslist scam, where they attempt to gain access to your Google account by tricking you into sending them the two-factor authentication codes!
While the GDPR laws are written for EU countries, many of my enterprise-level clients have been asking me to add scripts and plugins related to addressing these basic rights:
Hackers are abusing Google Analytics so that they can more covertly siphon stolen credit card data out of infected ecommerce sites, researchers reported on Monday.
Payment card skimming used to refer solely to the practice of infecting point-of-sale machines in brick-and-mortar stores. The malware would extract credit card numbers and other data. Attackers would then use or sell the stolen information so it could be used in payment card fraud.
ZOOM, THE video conferencing service whose use has spiked amid the Covid-19 pandemic, claims to implement end-to-end encryption, widely understood as the most private form of internet communication, protecting conversations from all outside parties. In fact, Zoom is using its own definition of the term, one that lets Zoom itself access unencrypted video and audio from meetings.
With millions of people around the world working from home in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, business is booming for Zoom, bringing more attention on the company and its privacy practices, including a policy, later updated, that seemed to give the company permission to mine messages and files shared during meetings for the purpose of ad targeting.
A few articles that I want to share:
Apple and Google are both rolling out significant updates to their respective "Map" apps. Here is a quick recap:
Our site has been up and running with out any problems since for years! Do I really need to patch my Wordpress (Joomla, Drupal) site?
I agree! For over 10 years, many people have been getting away without patching their websites, they've been lucky!
Todays' article includes a screenshot of a typical Wordpress site. This person hired someone else to build their Wordpress site, and it was never patched. Their site was built in 2017 and hacked in 2018 & 2019...
Three scary aspects of having your business listing "Suspended" by Google, after personally going through the experience with my wife's house cleaning business:
You can sign in to your GMB account and submit an "appeal" to have it reviewed by someone at Google (presumably a human being), but that doesn't guarantee anything. If they review your listing and it is still in violation of Google's terms of service, you'll find yourself sitting around for days (weeks?) wondering if your business listing will ever come back online. The reason that Google won't "coach" you through changing your listing to bring it into compliance is they don't want to directly educate people on how to game the system.
The new tool temporarily block URLs from showing in Google, it shows outdated content and content filtered by SafeSearch.
Google has launched a new removals tool within Google Search Console. This tool does three things (1) lets you temporarily hide URLs from showing in Google search, (2) show you which content is not in Google because it is “outdated content” and (3) shows you which of your URLs were filtered by Google’s SafeSearch adult filter.
Scam Alert! I just received this earlier this morning from a company who tried to trick me into renewing my domain registration with them and paying extra for search engine registration - two separate items that aren't typically combined:
Subject: Domain Notification for (redacted).com : This is your Final Notice of Domain Listing
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2019 07:43:56 -0800
A few clients have asked about whether they should use the backup system provided by their hosting company to backup their websites.
Specifically they were asking about InMotion Hosting’s new Backup Manager that is rolling out across their servers.
I'm torn on this. Part of me is saying that you can't have too many backups.
1. Sign into your Google My Business management area here and confirm your Google account is properly managing the business on Google Maps:
2. Install the Google My Business app one your smart phone.
Out of the box, Drupal can email you notifications whenever there are security patches available. These are some common questions that I receive from my clients about installing these patches:
If the security updates are for Drupal "Modules" then yes, you can install the updates right through the Drupal admin panel. For updating the Drupal Core software, this needs to be done at the server-level (hosting account).
Since Google has phased out old recaptcha (v1), some of our clients reported that their old Joomla 1.5 installs are suffering - getting spammed, now that they no longer have a decent captcha available. While we realize that Joomla 1.5 sites should be upgraded to the latest version, not all clients are willing, or able to afford this.
Here’s how to submit a Google My Business spam complaint:
I recently started using Gusto payroll processing service and wanted to share a quick review. I think it's a great system.
For $45 + $6/employee / month it gets you weekly direct deposit, it keeps track of vacation time, overtime, bonuses, tips, deductions, AND all of the employer / employee taxes. Plus it integrates with my Quickbooks software, I can download a simple IIF file each payroll and Gusto plugs all of the data into Quickbooks. Plus, Gusto handles all of our W2 and employee data, so I don't have to worry about it.