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Why should I switch my website to HTTPS?

Most people we speak to don’t know the potential benefits of switching their website to https, so here’s how it can help you.

Firstly, What is it?

I’m going to try and keep this relatively low tech – HTTPS webpages typically uses SSL to encrypt communications which involves two ‘keys’ to encrypt communications, a ‘public’ key and a ‘private’ key. Anything encrypted with the public key can only be decrypted by the private key and vice-versa. So if you think of it as a safe, if only you and the person you are sending to the safe to know the combination no one else and look inside. If you send the safe with the door open, there is potential for anyone to see what’s inside.

How do I know if a website is secure?

It will typically be shown by your browser – when a trusted SSL Digital Certificate is … [Read More]

Australian online store introduces world’s first tax on Microsoft IE7

Kogan is slapping a 6.8 per cent tax on customers accessing the company’s website on the Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) browser.

The world first tax will be applied to all products on the Kogan.com website when accessed through IE7. “Internet Explorer 7 has long since passed its use-by date. It’s a constant source of frustration for our web guys and we’re sick of burning cash on a browser that hit the market nearly six years ago. It goes against everything Kogan stands for,” said Ruslan Kogan, Kogan founder and CEO, in a statement.

Customers visiting the website using Internet Explorer 7 are met with a message saying,

‘It appears you or your system administrator has been in a coma for over 5 years and you are still using IE7. To help make the Internet a better place, you will be charged a 6.8% tax on your purchase from Kogan.com. This … [Read More]

EU Cookie Law – What does it mean to me?

What is this EU cookie law I keep hearing about?

In May 2011 a law was passed stating that all websites dropping non-essential cookies on visitors’ devices have to declare it publicly and visitors should agree to let the cookies be used. The most important thing to know is that if your website doesn’t comply with the new law, you can potentially be fined up to £500,000.

Recent reports suggest that 95% of UK internet companies are yet to comply with the new law [1] with less than a month to go before the deadline. Time is running out.

 

Who does it apply to?

If you or your business resides within the EU, you have until the 26th May 2012 to implement your solution on your website(s).

 

What are ‘Cookies’?

Besides from being a nice tasty snack, Cookies are the name given to a very small file that … [Read More]

The new Google privacy policy? Good or bad?

Google has just announced it will proceed to introduce a major update on its privacy policy and terms of service in an attempt to make using Google products a “beautifully simple, intuitive user experience”. It involves linking user data across its email (Gmail), video (Youtube), social-networking (Google Plus) and other services.

For example, if you spend an hour searching on Google (while you are signed in to a Google account) for the latest iPhone, the next time you log into YouTube, you might get recommendations for videos featuring the iPhone, along with ads for the iPhone and the nearest place to buy them.

These changes will  take effect on March 1, and Google will be notifying users today via email and a notice on their homepage.

How is this different from what Google was doing before?

Google has always collected this sort of information, for example, you may have noticed … [Read More]

Ofcom boosts 4G mobile coverage plan

With the popularity of smart phones and tablets rapidly increasing the current mobile internet just doesn’t quite cut the mustard.

According to the Office for National Statistics 45% of people surveyed said they made use of the net while on the move, compared with 31% in 2010 and studies suggest that mobile internet usage may take over desktop internet usage by 2014.

Ofcom has revised proposals for its fourth-generation mobile spectrum auction, adding measures that could bring coverage to 98% of the UK meaning that rural areas will see much improved mobile internet connectivity.

This is all great news, but how does this effect whats on the web?

More and more companies are deploying mobile websites to react to the volume of people using smartphones and tablets to access the internet, although there are vast amounts of websites on the internet that unsuitable for mobile use.

What makes a … [Read More]