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What makes a good website?

Posted by Mark Nash on Sep 13, 2019 9:13:00 AM

One of the best ways for a business to attract potential customers is to have a quality website. This can even be a great way to engage with them! If you are unsure as to whether your company’s website is of a professional level, able to garner the attention of its visitors, then here are some things you should consider.

Making a website visually appealing is different than making it look good in the eyes of a search engine. But it really isn't too far off. Search engines use to rank websites based on keywords and a few other factors, but now they focus on the quality of the website's user experience. This means making a site easy to use and mobile friendly will actually help your get to the top of Google. Combine those with giving great answers to people's search queries and you have given a user an awesome experience! So, in order to fully understand what a "good" website consists of, you must first learn how to implement some techniques to make the visitor as happy as they can be.

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Topics: Momentum Marketing, Website Development, SEO

6 Ways We Shield Your Business From Ransomware

Posted by Mark Nash on Mar 15, 2019 9:08:00 AM

One of the most frightening and infuriating types of malware out there is known as ransomware. What ransomware does is lock or encrypt the data on a device in order to make it inaccessible and then, as per the name, holds the data for ransom. Being threatened to pay someone in order to access your own data is absurd. This is an unfortunate reality some come to face though. If you end up being one of the unlucky ones who find themselves in that situation, there are a couple of things you can do.

Reports indicate that the ransomware strain has spread to 150 countries, impacting 10,000 organizations, 200,000 individuals 7 and 400,000 machines. Source: Barkly, “WannaCry Ransomware Statistics: The Numbers Behind the Outbreak,” May 2017.

The Possible Attack

You are often limited in terms of your possible responses to a ransomware attack by what actions you took before the attack happened, however one thing everyone can and should do is do not pay the ransom. One of the best ways to discourage hackers from using ransomware is to decrease the returns they get from it. In addition, just because you paid the ransom does not mean you will get access to your data back, it is possible (and likely) that the hacker will take one payment as an opportunity to charge you more with no plan to stop.

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Topics: Harmony, IT services, Managed Service Provider, Internet Safety

Why should your website be mobile friendly?

Posted by Mark Nash on Jan 25, 2019 9:05:49 AM

If you are a business owner or someone in charge of the company web presence, you have probably heard about websites being mobile responsive. In fact, that is a question you may have asked others. You also may have heard how important it is, but how necessary is it actually? After all, everyone can already access your website from a phone, so why bother with all the extra work just to make some minor changes for phone users? Well first off, when someone is viewing it on a phone screen instead of a monitor, everything will be shrunk down to an unreadable size. There are also a lot more people looking at your site from a phone screen than you may think.

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Topics: Momentum Marketing, Website Development

Inside Secure-IT: Backups and Recovery

Posted by Mark Nash on Nov 16, 2018 9:03:00 AM

Welcome to the Inside Secure-IT series of articles. Inspired by a post done by the US-CERT at the beginning of October describing the threat posed to MSP’s by hackers and other ne'er-do-wells. Our response, a comprehensive series of posts that takes a look at what we do at Lighthouse IT to keep your company data secure both on and offsite.

Backups have never been more important

In this day and age, it is easier than ever to store a large amount of data. Computers provide a compact manageable way to keep all your photos, recipes, reports and more. However just as easily as you could misplace an important paper, computers are susceptible to data loss as well. From accidental deletion, malware or hardware failure, there are numerous ways in which your data could be lost. Just because your data is gone from your computer does not mean that it must be gone forever though.

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Topics: IT services, Managed Service Provider, Backups, IT Fights Back, Inside Secure-IT

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