August 2013 Newsletter

Welcome to our August 2013 Great New Zealand newsletter.

In this newsletter:

  • Password Security
  • Google Plus page
  • Mobile sites clarification of options

Password Security

Most people are all a bit complacent about these. Understandable as there are so many passwords and PIN numbers for things these days.

But how secure are yours really?

For example, many people are using WordPress for their website. The default login for these and many other things is “admin”. The default password for this is often also set as “admin”!

So the most common login for hackers to try to beak is of course “admin’. And the first password they will try is also “admin”. Not rocket science.

Logins are also often your email address – not hard for a hacker to get that either.

After that a hacker can set up a program that will try thousands of simple letter number combinations and sequences like abc123, bob1, 123xyx, yourbusinessname etc etc. The law of percentages means that automated tools can discover many logins and passwords fairly easily.

What to do

If you are using logins like “admin”, see if you can change these.

And don’t use really simple logins passwords like motel and motel1 etc. Easy to remember but easy to hack as well.

You may not want to use really complicated ones like you should (combinations of upper and lower case, characters and numbers and symbols etc) but please at least review what you are using and get change any really simple ones.

Admin does not need to be the user login used in WordPress – it can be changed and removed.

Microsoft has some tips and a security checker at http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/security/online-privacy/passwords-create.aspx

Google Plus / Google+

Google Plus is the second most used social media platform after Facebook and it is growing rapidly. Apparently, from June 2012 through to March 2013 its active users grew by 33%.

You can follow someone by clicking the “Follow” button on their Google Plus page and putting them in to one of your circles.

Try it now on our Great New Zealand page at https://plus.google.com/103576501952883452343/posts

Page owners are notified when this happens and can then choose to put you in one of their circles, thus following you too.

Read and share some of our travel posts it you like them!

It can be hard to identify whom you are following that is not also following you in return. Google thinks people should follow you because you have useful content, not just because you followed them first.

But there are products becoming available to help you to find this out if you want to know. Circloscope is an add-on in Google’s Chrome browser that does this. We haven’t tried it but it says that the paid version lets you do this for Google+ business pages as well as personal ones.

Mobile Sites – clarification of options!

Just to clarify on our mobile article last month – what’s the difference between duplicate, adaptive and responsive mobile sites?

Essentially there are 3 mobile site options at the present

To demonstrate the differences, think of your website as being a balloon fitting into a box (the browser size)

1) Responsive

A responsive web design is one that it will fluidly change and respond to fit any screen or device size. It will fit anything in between small and large screens.

Consider your balloon – in this case you can change the size of the balloon by inflating or deflating it to any size you like to fit any size of box you happen to have.

There are 70 examples of fully responsive designs at

http://www.splashnology.com/article/70-examples-of-modern-responsive-web-design/2537/

Open one of these and then change your browser window and see how the displayed website changes dynamically as you resize. (see http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/for-seniors-minimize-maximize-restore-and-resize-w.html – you can drag the screen margins to resize further and see what happens. No offense meant by using the “dummies” article!)

2) Adaptive

The definition of an adaptive design is that it will change to fit a predetermined set of screen and device sizes. But probably only for 2 (or just possibly 3) different predetermined screen options.

In this case you have only one balloon but it can either be big or small depending what box it needs to fit – a big or small one.

3) Dual sites for Mobile and Desktop

This is where you actually have 2 different websites – which actual site will display depends on what size browser screen is automatically detected.

In this case you have two totally different balloons, one to fit a big box and one to fit a small box.

This means maintaining two different sites – if your rates or information changes you need to update it in 2 places. You may have 2 different CMS (Content Management System) logins for maintaining these.

Duda Mobile lets you make a mobile copy of your site quite cheaply and easily. You can do it yourself using their converter and editor. Or we can assist you with it. It works well for most sites though some back-end booking systems can be a challenge.

Try Duda Mobile here. Free and easy.

Summary

Both “adaptive” and “responsive” use the same back-end website design (code) but display it differently according to what browser is detected.

Dual sites have different coding and require separate maintenance on information.

We believe “Responsive” is what developers should be aiming to offer to all clients from now on.

Why? Because a responsive site will change fluidly for any size browser at all – remember we are talking from desktops to tablets to mobiles with small screens and anything in between. With smart TVs and many other innovations from many different manufacturers, there could be a whole range of different browser sizes to consider in a short time.

Responsive design theoretically covers all the bases at the moment. We think a mobile site should now be a standard inclusion with any site redevelopment.

At the moment most mobile sites are actually dual sites. But let’s be clear – any of these options is better than no mobile website!

If you don’t already have a mobile website, you should be getting onto this as soon as possible – don’t wait until your next site redevelopment.

That’s all for this month. Just get in touch if we can help with mobile site issues, Google Plus or anything else related to your web presence. There are lots of things that we can help you with. We’d love your feedback on the newsletter or articles too – good or bad!

Best regards

Ron, Judie, Sue & the team at
Net Action Ltd and Great New Zealand Ltd
07 866 3929