Instead of typing your password each time you sign in to your Google Account, you can have a prompt sent to your phone.
Security is important, but constantly having to type your password and enter your 2FA (you know, those codes that change every 30 mins) code can be tedious. You already have 2FA enabled I’m sure, but what about this new feature released by Google today? How does this work? Is it secure? How do you enable it?
How does it work?
You simply tap the notification on your phone from Google to confirm, and you’ll be signed in quickly and securely. If your phone isn’t nearby, you can select “Use your password instead” on the sign-in screen.
Is it secure?
Yes. It’s a second factor authentication. Google knows if you are logged in using your phone, and this only works with phones that have either a passcode or fingerprint lock enabled.
I want it, how do I make it happen?
Simply follow the steps in the Google guide: Sign in with your phone instead of a password You will need to ensure you have the “Google Search” app installed, however most of you will already have that installed on your Android or iPhone.
Another simple guide from Google is here: New settings for 2-Step Verification
It is a secure two factor authentication process
Do it! Let us know how you go or if you have any questions.
Do you know what backups are? If so, do you have them? Here’s a link to a post we recently wrote on this subject: backups-are-for-sissies-right
Backups could save you $1000’s
If you have not read it yet, please do. It could well save you $1000’s in lost time and data.
If you don’t yet know what backups are and why you need them, we suggest you take some time today to find out. Backups could save you $1000’s.
We are all familiar with the most popular website extension, namely .com. Have you noticed that things have changed and now we have so many different domain name extensions available? What’s going on? Which is the best domain extension? Should you still continue to use .com/.com.au domains, or should you look at the other options available? Let’s try to explain and answer those questions.
Things have changed
The .com is probably the most well-known domain name extension. For some, local country domains such as .com.au have also become recognised as the most accepted domain name extension. Some domain name extensions, like .com.au for example, are regulated. So, for these you have to meet certain requirements, such as in the case of a .com.au you need to be a registered business in Australia. There are no such rules for .com domain extensions which make the .com space essentially a free for all.
.com domain names are hard to find these days with millions of them being registered and in use. A number of years ago planning was put in place to facilitate the rollout of other top level domain names (TLD’s). Many of these new TLD’s are now available. They are usually reasonably priced as well, except for a few premium regulated ones. For a full list of all available domain name extensions, see this Wikipedia List
There certainly is a vanity factor to these new TLD’s, however, many of these are far more suited to your business than a .com and could make your website more memorable. For example, our domain name xyzulu.hosting explains exactly what we do and might even be more memorable than a .com
It’s simple to enable your website to work with a new address
It’s simple to enable your website to work with a new address (and redirect all search engine links to the new address), just ask us to make it happen if you already own a new TLD name and are a current customer. If you are interested in purchasing a new TLD name, head over to our Customer Portal and start searching. Contact us if you have any further questions, or post them in the comments below.