You’re feeling pretty smug that you’ve created a strong password system, and you’re confident your data, files, and sensitive information are as safe as a lock-down at Fort Knox. But are they? Or, you fall under the category of the many, many people I talk to on a regular basis who can’t remember their passwords. So what are we to do?
Many business professionals subscribe to the “set and forget” theory when it comes to creating, organizing and storing passwords. Though creating a strong password is an important part of your business’ web security, there are other factors involved as well. In this article I will share some tools and systems to creating a secure password, testing that password for strength and “crack-a-bility” and ways to keep this valuable information safe. [Read more…]
While incidents like the one that happened not too long ago when several of the major hosting companies went down because of a technical glitch with their mutual parent company are a very, rare occurrence, there are times when we pop the URL to our website in the browser simply to watch the little icon spin and spin – only to result in that dreaded message telling you your website is down. The first thing that pops into your mind is “is this issue on my end? Or is the whole network down?”
During times like these it’s nice to have a few tools in your toolbox to help diagnose and troubleshoot the situation.
Sucuri SiteCheck: A free security check tool you can use to check for known malware, blacklisting status, website errors, and out-of-date software by typing in the URL to your site and clicking the “Scan Website” button. A report wi ll appear on the Sucuri site within minutes, giving your website a clean bill of health, or pinpointing known issues. If your website is infected in one way or another, Sucuri also has an option to help you clean things up, with prices ranging from $89-$289 a year (depending how many websites you want covered).
IsUp.me: IsUp.me allows you to check other sites or your own to determine if your site is the problem or if the entire network is down.
Fiddler Web Debugging Proxy: A free tool that can be used to debug HTTP traffic from any web browser.
What’s the difference in the admin roles on Facebook? Currently, when you add an admin to your Facebook business page, you need to pick from options like Manager, Content Creator, Moderator, and Insight Analyst. What does this all mean? Here’s the breakdown to help you choose which will be the best fit for your page:
Manager: This Role allows management of admin roles, and gives the ability to edit the page, add apps and create posts as the Page, respond to and delete comments, send messages as the Page, create ads and promoted posts, and view Insights. All admins are managers by default so needless to say, choose your admins carefully.
Content Creator: This Role is very similar to a Manager with the exception of being able to manage admin roles. This means they can’t add other admins or change their own role.
Moderator: Having this role limits the admin to being able only to respond to and delete comments, send messages as the Page, create ads and promoted posts, and view Insights.
Insights Analyst: This is the most limited of the roles. An admin with this role will only be able to access and read the Insights (or stats) of your business page. This role may be used for short term research or even agency-type use.
You’re feeling pretty smug that you’ve created a strong password system, and you’re confident your data, files, and sensitive information is as safe as a lock-down at Fort Knox. But in the light of the recent brute force hacking attempts on WordPress accounts, everyone should be double-checking and rethinking their password process.
The first order of business would be to keep your passwords safe. In other words, don’t leave them lying around (i.e. on a note taped to your desk or monitor), or make them blatantly obvious (“ABC123”). There are several safe and encrypted programs available today to keep your vital passwords safe, yet easy to access. Here are a few for you to review. [Read more…]