Website security

  • What to do when your website brings up a ‘Your connection is not private’ error

    If you haven’t moved to running your website over a secure connection with an SSL certificate yet now is well past time. Without this your visitors will get errors, search engines will rank your site lower and the security of your information might be at risk.

    A ‘your connection is not secure’ error can mean a number of things…

    1. You don’t have an SSL certificate

    For the reasons mentioned above, you need to get one 🙂

    What to do

    Talk to your web host and get a certificate set up on your web hosting account.

    If you have a certificate and everything…

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  • Free SSL certificates for our premium hosting clients

    In 2017 we’ll be setting up SSL certificates for all of our premium* web hosting customers’ sites and changing things over so they use encrypted https connections

    What does that mean?

    Short answer

    People visiting these websites will see https and a padlock or ‘secure’ message in the address bar of their browser.

    Longer answer

    When you visit a website your web browser and the web server hosting the site talk to each other and exchange information.

    Browser: Hello. I’m checking out your page. Nice. Can I have the header image please?
    Server: Certainly, here you go.
    Browser: Thanks. I’d like to log in now please.
    Server (slightly suspiciously):…

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    • Aug 22, 2016

    Census 2016 – what exactly is a hack, a DDOS attack, geoblocking?

    Aug 22, 2016

    The jury may still be out on the exact cause of Australia’s #censusfail but whatever happened that fateful evening has brought up a few terms that are often misunderstood.


    A hack, generally speaking, is when someone gets into places they shouldn’t on a website or server. This can be by exploiting a security weakness in the actual site or on the server that hosts it.

    DDOS attack

    A Distributed Denial of Service attack is when a huge amount of requests are made on a site with the aim of completely overloading it. Sometimes these are undertaken by ‘botnets’ of infected computers from all over the…

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