Category: Security

Is your email authenticated? If it’s not, will recipient’s trust you?

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When people receive an email from you, do you want to them to see this image in place of your avatar/profile picture? Do you want people to think your business hasn’t setup email correctly?

Currently, if you are sending emails and not providing SPF or DKIM records in your DNS zone, Gmail/Google users will now see the following warning image next to EVERY email of yours.

This is a recent change from Google, and it affects anyone who doesn’t use a Gmail account as their email address (Google has configured this for all Gmail accounts automatically – not to be confused with Google Apps accounts which still need this configured)

Don’t be confused with a spammer, configure this asap

If you don’t host your email with us, you should contact your current email provider to check if your email is being sent correctly authenticated with SPF or DKIM.

If we host your email, you can configure your SPF and DKIM records yourself directly from cPanel. See more here: Enable Email Authentication

Please see more on this important change from Google here.

You may also enjoy this article we wrote on Email Essentials.

Email is important, make sure you have it set up right

Has your password been stolen?

Has your password been stolen?

Almost every week a new item hits the news about compromised computer systems and stolen passwords. Do you know that passwords are actually sold on the black market for real money? Why? Because compromised passwords can, and are, being used to steal real money from internet users.

compromised passwords are being used to steal real money

Here is just one recent news item: Millions of stolen passwords and email addresses sold online

Are you at risk?

Yes, if you fit into any of these 3 categories:

  • You use the same password on more than one website
  • You don’t use a password manager
  • You don’t have 2FA (two factor authentication) enabled

Lastpass has outlined more details on why passwords matter, and what you can do to protect yourself. Please read this important article here: The 411 on the Password Black Market

Another sobering reminder about why you should never use the same password on more than one website is explained in this video: Password Cracking

How CAN I protect MYSELF?

At the very least:

  • Never use the same password on more than one website
  • Use a password manager so that you are not overwhelmed with passwords
  • Enable 2FA (two factor authentication) on any accounts of yours that support it

Does you or your business need further help on your IT security? Contact us for more information on the consulting services we offer. If you have any questions regarding this article, please let us know below.

 

Secure messaging, how?

TextSecure_icon.svgSecure messaging on the internet, is this even possible?
Believe it or not, it is. Why should you be interested, and how can you also send/receive secure messages?

Secure messaging is actually possible

What is secure messaging and why should you be interested?

It’s fair to say that despite what you think or have been told, privacy on the internet is almost impossible. When it comes to security however, this is something within your reach. It is something you should be interested in.

Consider how end to end encrypted messaging works. You send a message to me, and only my device(s) can open/read your message. Even if the data was intercepted during the transmission process, it would be impossible for it to be deciphered. This kind of security is possible today.

Read more about end to end encryption here.

While you may not be discussing anything ‘top secret’, surely knowing that your message can only be read by the recipient is reassuring.

How?

One free option is Viber (there are others). To see the details on how this works, see this Viber Support Article.

Basically, once you make a voice call and both parties click the secure padlock icon while on the call, an encryption key will be stored on both devices which ensures that all messages sent between these devices (your device and the other person’s device) cannot be read by anyone else. From that point on, voice and text messages with this person use full end to end encryption.

Do you need it?

It really depends on how securely you want to protect your information. When it comes to business, using secure messaging and data storage is essential to provide your customer with the assurance that you are doing your best to protect them and their data/information.

On a related note, do you offer your customers secure access to your website yet? If not, be sure to read our article on just how easy this is here: Do you SSL/HTTPS? You should. Find out why

Are there other messaging applications that you use and wonder if they are secure and also support end to end encryption? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll dig up the facts for you.

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