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We recommend free Lets Encrypt SSL certificates

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Two of the web hosting providers with whom we work on behalf of customers recently enabled their hosting control panels (cPanel & Plesk) to install Lets Encrypt SSL Certificates.

We in turn took up the offer to encrypt communication to our company websites, and we have been very pleased with the results.

Here are FIVE reasons why we use Lets Encrypt SSL.


When someone visits our web pages via HTTPS they now see a reassuring padlock in the address bar of their browser window.

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Now, when customers sign in at our website they know that their confidential login details are encrypted and therefore protected from eavesdroppers.

Incredible: 90% NHS computers use Windows XP!

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I have just fallen out of bed!

Did I just hear BBC Radio 4 Today report that the NHS is running Windows XP on 90% of its computers?

If this is true, and not a dose of FAKE NEWS, then what the hell is going on?

Why have NHS Trusts not updated their operating systems?

Why has the UK Government not mandated them to do so?

Why has Microsoft not been able to convince NHS operators to upgrade their OS (operating system)?

What steps are being taken to protect UK national infrastructure and strategic resources?

It just occurred to me that our nuclear sub command and control system might be using Windows XP as well - nothing would surpise me any more!

If yes (and I hope not!) then maybe we should scrap Trident renewal and renew UK PLC operating systems instead.

Instead of a Trident Renewal Programme we could have an XP Replacement Programme.

Come on CND this is a gift for peaceniks everywhere: ban the bomb and XP!

Two bans for the price of one!

Sorry about all the exclamation marks!

Here's another one!

Listen to Radio4 Today (Sat 13 May 2017).

Read more: BBC News Report.

My manifesto for change!

If I were to draw up my own manifesto and run for Parliament it would include the following 7 propoals:

Happy Unique Complex Password Day!

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12.01 AM on the first Thursday in May saw the dawning of this year's World Password Day.

So I could wish you 'Happy World Password Day'.

But I would rather wish you a Happy Unique Complex Password Day instead!

Why wish you a Happy Unique Complex Password Day?

Using any old password will not protect you for more than a few seconds in the face of a brute force attack.

If you want to protect your Joomla! website or anything else from a brute force attack then you MUST use a UNIQUE and COMPLEX password for every application and website you use.

Have you lately checked your website's Page Load Speed?

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And if you did, what did you  find?

Following a recent Joomla! CMS update we checked the Page Load Speed of the Home Page of one of our demonstration websites.

We used the YSlow Browser Add-on.

We were not impressed when we saw the result!

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So we decided to check a few things, including whether:

  1. Page Caching was enabled,
  2. Gzip compression was enabled and supported by our hosting provider,
  3. we could make some changes to our website's .htaccess file to further improve performance.

All of the above helped, but we saw the biggest improvement when we installed and configured 3rd party extension: JCH Optimize.

When we re-tested our website's Page Load Speed we were mighty pleased!

See for yourself ...

Joomla! 3 Update History

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Joomla! 3 was launched in the last quarter of 2012.

Since then the average number of updates issued by the Joomla! Project has been 8.25 per year.

In 2016 the Joomla! Project issued 8 updates (5 bug fix & 3 critical security fixes).

In 2015 they issued 9 updates (5 bug fix & 4 critical security fixes).

Miss critical security updates at your peril.

Either get proactive or engage the services of another to be proactive for you.

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