Our WYNCHCO Blog is written for customers and Joomla! users across Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, North West England & the UK.

Are you geared up for GDPR?

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GDPR: General Data Protection Regulations

Even the smallest business runs the risk of incurring financial penalties if it does not comply with these new regulations.

If like me you have been vaguely aware of GDPR but not yet acted, now is the time.

The new regulations come into force in May 2018.

I found that reading the article at the following link was useful.

When I did, two questions came to mind:

  • how might GDPR affect any business or organisation, big or small?
  • what practical steps might help a business/organisation comply with the regulations?

Read more: What is GDPR for Small Businesses?

The goal: every customer using Lets Encrypt SSL

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Lets Encrypt SSL certificates are FREE so there is no excuse not to use one with your website!

There are some great benefits - see below.

There are also some potential pitfalls for those who actively market their website using Google Analytics, Webmaster Tools and Adwords.

The Benefits

Improved SEO - search engines value websites protected by SSL above those which aren't.

Improved security - next time you sign into your website your password will be encrypted.

Improved confidence - visitors will be reassured when they visit your website.

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.

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 ...

Beware Internet of Things devices!

joomla support coach trainer cheshire manchester merseyside ukDid you receive an Internet of Things or IoT gadget in your stocking this Xmas?

If you did then I recommend that you read what Professor Alan Woodward of the Department of Computing at the University of Surrey wrote in a recent BBC Technology News feature. Source: BBC Technology News 21 December 2016.

Lawrence Jones, CEO of UKFast and cyber security consultancy Secarma, also stated in a recent press release that:

"the internet of things offers new opportunities to attackers as the network of connected devices grows. These devices – kettles, fridges, baby monitors, etc – are often not as tightly secured as our PCs, phones and laptops." Source: UK Fast Press Release.

Your use of an IoT device could form the weak link which leads to a breach of your security, whether you work from home, an office or both.

So now seems like as good a time as any to focus on best practice when using IoT devices.

Questions to ask before using an IoT device

If you received an IoT device this Xmas or have just bought one, ask the following questions before using it.