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A number of customers regularly get warnings that their email boxes are getting close to being full.  I have therefore written a new Support article (here) that explains why this is happening and what you can do about it. With the advent of smartphones and of increasing mobility so that emails are picked up in multiple locations, the settings are important so that you do not miss an email yet do not (eventually) fill up your email box which will cause your emails to bounce.

Report from Data Centre

They described the problem like this:

Currently we are experiencing an issue of enormous magnitude and literally every executive in the company is working with the DC [Data Centre] to get this resolved.

Their status reports started with:

10:32am August 2

Our data center in Provo is currently experiencing network issues and they are working diligently to resolve the issue. Unfortunately we do not have an estimated time of resolution. This currently is affecting shared, reseller, VPS, and dedicated servers within that data center. We will update this post when further details are available.

Everyone has probably got an email from a friend saying  “I’ve been hacked – don’t know how it happened - I need to have my computer cleaned.”  We get complacent and think that our anti-virus or firewall will protect us but we also need to be careful.  Some of the newer types are very clever.  You might have heard about Chinese hackers getting into major US Corporations and Government agencies.  This is not because these corporations and agencies think they are being careless – but sometimes they are.  It only needs one person in their organization to slip up.

If you have a PC and don’t want to pay a “cool” premium to convert to Apple products (about 30% extra for an iMac over a PC and even double in some cases) then your smartphone will be android and you will be in the Google world. To be clear, what I am saying is that Apple products are more cool – they work well (most of the time) and look better but they cost quite a bit more for the same performance. If you are technical, you’ll want the Google world in preference to the Apple world since you can then make your own choices about a lot of things instead of having to accept the Apple choices. So you can guess that I have an Android phone (by Samsung).

According to Custora, a marketing data analysing company, the best (internet) way to get new customers is by "organic search".  That is, by having a web site which has useful content and is found by a search engine such as Google.  Then comes Google ads (CPC - Cost per Click) followed by email (e.g. using Chimp Mail).  The fastest growing is email as shown by the following graphic.

In my short description of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) I mentioned that Google does tell web designers how to improve their search engine results. One of the things they said was that incoming links from quality sites helps your ranking. But they are now de-emphasizing that and instead saying that good quality content is the most important thing.

They produced a video (see below) which spells out the most common mistakes:

One of the potential problems with a CMS (Content Managed System) is that it has more vulnerability than other sites.  There is one more place that hackers could get into the site - and that is the admin entry port.  The server has a firewall to stop (or limit) login attempts on FTP (content upload) or the CPanel but this does not apply to logins to administration.  Access is limited by requiring a user name and password but hackers know that many people use admin as the user name plus will often use weak passwords.  So they keep trying to get in.

If you have a good password, your site may be perfectly secure.  Bad passwords include your name (any name), the word password or even password1 or similar.  Any word in the dictionary is bad or even wrong spellings of common words. They try thousands of times and eventually get a match. Good passwords have a mix of letters and numbers and characters like *)# as well as a mix of upper and lower case and with no words spelled out.

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