More New Google Policies

As you know, the web is getting crowded. And Google, being the primary search engine of choice, can’t possibly put everyone up in the front of the line. Google has a lot of policies to ensure that their clients find the best of the best, …first. Before all the crappy stuff. And that’s the way it should be. They have a lot (a really lot) of policies governing advertising…so if you use Adwords, you should really look. But this is not about advertising… They have a new rule that governs sites that have forums, mailing lists, even simple contact forms…every site that takes personal information. And the rule is that those pages must be delivered via SSL (secure socket layer…encryption for you simple folk) In other words, they have to be able to be delivered with the https:// in the front, instead of https:// . And if they don’t comply, …

Acronis 2017 Discount

I received a notice of this current excellent discount. It’s normally around $80 …but here, and now you can get it for $20 for the next 3 days…just click here: https://store.acronis.com/   It’s one of the best backup software utilities that exist… I love it. I’ve needed my backups more than once, and it’s great to make a backup when you are messing around with something that may break your machine (like trying to make a triple-boot on a GPT 3TB drive on a UEFI secure boot system! LOL) Everything I.T. is not an affiliate of any organization, and we don’t make any money for bringing you the discounts we find. I just like to share what I find with my faithful followers. So stick around, and I’ll gladly share what I find with you…FREE. Remember, backup, backup, and backup!

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas to all from Everything I.T. We will be closed on the 25th and the 26th of December for Christmas. We will be back open for business on December 27th, here and available to help configure any new devices Santa brought you for Christmas, should you need help with that new laptop, desktop, cell phone, or whatever Santa brought you. 🙂

Are your website(s) rated as SECURE??

If you have a website, you may have not even considered getting it rated as secure by the many website security rating systems that are out there, that display a security symbol next to your search results in Google & Bing.  It looks something like this (this is Norton’s)     There are many of them, but the most popular ones are Norton’s Safe Web, WOT (web of trust), McAfee’s Site Advisor, Trend Micro’s “Trend Secure” …and so many others. To get this, you would need to submit your site (and only the owner can do it)to Norton (or whichever rating service) for review, and then they give it that little green box stamp of approval next to the URL in the search results. For Norton’s Safeweb, You can submit it here: https://safeweb.norton.com/help/site_owners There are others also, if you want to deal with all of them, I don’t know, (I recommend doing …

3 Days of Deals at GoDaddy

Do I know what they are? No, I don’t. I only that today is day 1, and today’s special is 50% off on all their hosting plans. So for a small site on their starter hosting plan, you can get it for $4 month, which works out to $48 for the first year, which is a very good price for hosting. I’ve been with them almost 10 years now…and I haven’t found a reason to leave. They have 24/7 support as well. Check it out here: GODADDY HOSTING PLANS ON SALE!

Protect, Protect, Backup, Backup, and Protect Yourself!

I was wondering when it would happen…that I would get a call from someone who had their files “ransomed”. What does that mean? Well the newest and greatest form of virus is ransomware…and it’s big business now. And they like to focus on businesses. They know that businesses can not afford to lose their client data…and they bank on that, and they quite often win. Well, it happened today. And I felt bad for the guy. What is ransomware? It’s a virus that installs one (or more) forms of ENCRYPTION on your computer, encrypts ALL your files so that they can not be opened without the decryption key, and it’s VERY effective. Some forms of ransomware can be decrypted, but there are some that can not. If your computer gets ransomed, you have only a couple of choices… 1. Pay the $500 or more to get the key and get …

India Demonetizes its Currency (some bills)

Quite often, the articles and/or information that I find so very interesting that they are worth re-posting, are often not related to information technology, and for that, I apologize. But I really could not pass this up. The whole situation sounds pretty serious to me, for an entire country to demonetize part of its cash currency to fight counterfeiting and terrorism. But that’s exactly what India did. Not all of its currency, mind you, but the most common bills I suppose. It would be equivalent of USA saying “as of midnight tonight, no $20’s, $50’s, or $100’s bills will be any more be considered legal tender for stores, bill payment, or anything that requires payment that you wish to render payment for in cash”; And that would have serious economic consequences for the country. But think; If they did it in one country, what is to stop them from trying it …

IoT (internet of things) Security Risks – Cameras

You may have heard that more and more penetrations are coming by way of IoT devices. This may be new and confusing to you, and you may be wondering if this affects you, and how it could affect you. IoT devices are devices that use, and connect to the internet, but because they are more simple in nature, haven’t been considered for security risks. One of the newest ones that has popped up is IP Cameras. An IP camera is a camera that transmits it’s data (images) in DIGITAL format instead of analog. How would you know if you had a digital IP camera? Well, analog cameras connect to recorders with coaxial cables, where digital IP cameras use a standard Ethernet (internet) cable. Here is an example of a digital IP camera: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79G4InvJX78 .  If you have a newer security system in your home, or especially if  you have a business with …

New WordPress Major Version Release

It’s here! WordPress 4.7 “Vaughan” has finally arrived! And boy does it have some neet stuff in it. I may even change a theme on one of my sites to the latest built-in theme, 2017 because I haven’t seen one that literally has all the bells & whistles in it. Anyway, if you have a WordPress site, and you haven’t logged in for a while, you are going to want to go there now. In addition, even my simplest sites had like 6 plugin updates to go with the new version release, and my larger sites had more. So, major WP version, plugin updates, AND Theme updates (all my sites but one had new theme versions as well) …so you are going to want to go upate your sites now. Go! Run! 🙂