How many times you’ve been told; “Don’t leave the user name as the default“, or “change your password“? Well if you have not followed that sage advice prepare for a Hack Attack!
First up I got an email from my website security tool, part of which is below:
A user with IP address 184.108.40.206 has been locked out from the signing in or using the password recovery form for the following reason: Exceeded the maximum number of login failures which is: 10. The last username they tried to sign in with was: ‘admin’
User IP: 220.127.116.11
User hostname: 18.104.22.168
User location: Nanning, China
I’ve only just started using this particular tool so it was good to see it working, the follow up had a bit more detail about the hack attempt, again an extract is below:
So as you can see, someone has tried to login to my website with the username ‘admin’, and I guess a selection of passwords, or pa55w0rds, or PassWords (you get the idea I’m sure), until my system blocked them out. If I didn’t have this system they may have happily carried on until they cracked it, which as many hackers use user/password combinations available from leaks such as the Sony or Adobe hacks, then it’s another example of why you should not re-use passwords either!
Here is some vital information about the new Distance and Doorstep Selling Regulations courtesy of Simply Docs. Simply Docs is a great document repository for all sorts of business forms and information that can save most business a lot of time and leg work and it’s the first place I found the rule changes explained in simple terms!
I recommend you check it out if you sell goods or services from anywhere but from a bricks and mortar shop, here’s an extract but the full details are on Simply Docs
New distance and doorstep selling rules, applying to business-to-consumer transactions are set to take effect on 13th June 2014, meaning that a number of traders including those dealing with goods, services and digital content will need to update their terms of business.
The rules, derived from EU legislation (the 2011 Consumer Rights Directive), make changes to existing requirements concerning cancellation or “cooling-off” periods and information requirements and are geared towards increasing and enhancing consumer protection.
If your business sells to consumers via e-commerce, other methods of distance selling such as call centres or mail order, or doorstep sales then you will need to check your processes and terms of business to ensure that you are complying with the new rules. The following list details some of the key actions that you will need to consider.
1. Use updated form of Terms and Conditions.
2. Make sure customers have all necessary pre and post-contract information.
3. Delivery of goods without undue delay.
4. Use of new statutory model cancellation form.
5. E-Commerce – making it clear to the consumer that ordering incurs an obligation to pay.
6. E-Commerce – no more pre-checked boxes that incur costs.
7. Customer Service Telephone Helplines – Say No To 0870!
Full Info on simply Docs
Are you still using Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or other ‘free’ service for your business email? Well Google research suggests you should think again and make the very minor investment in a Professional email address! The extract below (from itproportal) speaks for itself, and if you want to find out how cheap and easy setting up Domain based email (@yourbusiness…….) is, or any of the other cloud services mentioned below, just get in touch.
Google touts the following tips for budding new entrepreneurs:
- Starting a business – after getting a professional email address, 60 per cent of young business owners saw an increase in customer engagement after they got a professional email address, and 42 per cent saw an increase in sales
- Building a business – 81 per cent of young business owners said that online file sharing is critical to their businesses; 73 per cent said that accessing email and documents from a mobile device helps them to close more sales
- Succeeding in business – 81 per cent of young businesses said they expect their companies to grow in the next year, and of that group, 69 per cent said part of the growth is due to their use of cloud productivity technology
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I occasionally use an online CRM service called Relenta, it’s good but perhaps too much for my present basic needs. However it was thanks to their Email newsletter I’m now aware Yahoo and AOL have effectively ended the practice of businesses using Yahoo or AOL accounts with things like eVites and 3rd party services such as Relenta!
These “Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance” (DMARC) changes and related Sender Policy Framework (SPF) checks could be preventing your important marketing and service emails from being delivered!
Of course I would never recommend using a free web mail service for business use when domain based email can be set up for relatively little cost (from SMH Tech anyway). So if you use Yahoo or AOL, or others such as Gmail, Hotmail/Outlook.com et al, I recommend you check your mail is getting through and if your provider is making changes to its DMARC or SPF systems!
Relenta’s Blog posts on the subject are linked here > DMARC and SPF information.
See also DMARC.org for more information
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Have you noticed more spam arriving lately? Not a day passes my ISP or installed Security Software tells me it’s blocked/deleted something! Well that’s just the tip of the iceberg if the linked Thawte Phishing Infographic is anything to go by, and whilst a lot of Phishing emails are easily spotted they are getting better so keep on your guard; the last and most valuable line of defence is the person working the computer!
Well I’m spreading the word so comment or follow your prefered network below; of course if all this ‘online listings’ business has you confused (and why not there is Google, Bing, 118, Scoot, Thompson, Yell, seekers etc etc to choose from), just get in touch and I can help/advise as required.
Found this today, not sure on the stats and I expect WiFi interference is just as big a problem as wires and routers, so if you have problems, drop me a msg 🙂
Britons waste enough broadband to power BBC iPlayer for 59 years – Telegraph.