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How to avoid Chrome Browser’s ‘Not Secure’ Warning

Hi Readers!

2017 brought a number of changes to Google’s online security policy as they are working towards enforcing a secure internet.

Cyber hackers can easily encrypt information from user’s web browser to the web page’s server if not protected. Thus, Secure Socket Layer has been introduced to ensures users can browse and enter their private information without it being compromised.

Related post: Why you need SSL,  Google Chrome to label Sensitive HTTP pages as “Not Secure”

Website owners especially websites that collect credit card information and password have been warned to apply Secure Socket layer to their site since September 2016, starting in January, Google started labeling some HTTP website as non-secure. Website owners may risk a lose search ranking and organic traffic as Google announced in 2014, this HTTP will be part of their ranking signal other than to gain user trust and security. There are steps that need to be taken to avoid losing search traffic and ranking. Here are Google’s recommendation on Site moves with URL changes

 

Coming this October, Google Chrome will explicitly label any HTTP web page containing a text input field (such as a search bar) as not “Not Secure”. Consumers will see a “Not Secure” warning and icon in the address bar when unsecured (HTTP) web pages that collect data load. Consumers will also see a “Not Secure” warning on any web page they browse to in incognito mode.

 

How Can You Tell If You Have an SSL Certificate Installed?

Type https://www.your-domain-name.com into your Google Chrome browser

If you see the green lock, this is good and means that you do have an SSL certificate installed.
If you see the red warning, this is bad and means you don’t have an SSL certificate installed.

We highly recommend you take action and obtain an SSL certificate for your website before Chrome 62 roll-out this October.

 

Here what you can do :
If you have already owned a website, you can purchase SSL from us here: https://www.web-hosting.net.my/ssl-certificates.html

Pre-Sales FAQ

1) I want to start a website with SSL. Which package should I subscribe?

Semi pro and above. Our hosting package here shared hosting

2) If I have SSL cert, can ServerFreak help us install this cert? How much will you charge?

Yes, do provide us the SSL cert and we will help install for you. RM 95.00 is charged for setup fees.

 

3) I want to install SSL to my sub- domains too. Which SSL package should I subscribe?

Positive SSL Wildcard Rm550/year exclude GST + RM 95.00 Setup Fees exclude GST

– 1 Domain with Subdomain

 

4) Should I install SSL with ‘www’ or without ‘www’?

The SSL certificate can be installed in either ‘www’ or without ‘www’. If you install the cert in ‘www’, your site visitors will see invalid cert message when they try to visit https://abc.com because the certificate must match the address they visit.

5) I have a website with ServerFreak, but my website still appears to HTTP, what should I do?

Let us know your domain name and we help check for you. If you are currently on Basic and Value package, we would highly recommend you to upgrade Semi-Pro package and above comes with Free Unlimited SSL.

 

6) What is the difference between Free SSL in Semi-Pro and Postive SSL ?

The difference is Free SSL in Semi Pro is auto- updated every 3 months and do not have a warranty. Positive SSL comes with $10,000 Warranty and updated every 1 year.

7) I have purchased your SSL and has been install. How to verify this SSL?

You can verify the SSL validity via SSL Shopper
Have more questions? Reach us sales@serverfreak.com

 

 

 

 

Why do you need SSL?

Perhaps most of you still wondering why my website need SSL?

SSL functions to encrypt information between a server and a client. It is a link between a web server and a browser to make sure all data that is transmitted is protected and not intercepted by malicious parties.

 

Data protection

data protection

There are many personal and private data such as log in details, credit card information and personal information like identification number , address and telephone numbers. SSL makes sure datas are sent to intended recipients only. This is especially important for those who operates e-commerce sites or even membership sites that handle sensitive information on a daily basis. 

For corporate use, SSL helps to encrypt sensitive information such as email password that are transmitted between the email client (e.g. Outlook) and the email server.  Using security protocol such as SSL/TLS, the email server verifies its identity to the email client by sending a certificate that is trusted by the user’s software, or by a third party trusted by it. Doing so ensures that the email client isn’t sending messages to an imposter. Once the client knows it can trust the server, a key is exchanged between the two, which allows all messages sent and received to be encrypted.

 

Make sure your website is secure

greeen padlock

Having a green padlock on the URL bar assures your site visitor that you are indeed a legit site and not a fraud. Https instead of http may assure the visitors that your site can be trusted.

 

My website does not handle sensitive data, do I still need SSL ?

seo

SSL helps in improving SEO ranking.Google had previously mentioned that secured sites will have higher rankings in the search engine. If you want your site to be noticed and have a higher traffic, you should definitely consider installing SSL.

 

Does SSL reduce the website’s speed?

http2-fast-websites

Yes, encrypting and decrypting data will indeed consume time and cpu resources, thus slowing the site’s speed. However, you can opt to exclude some of your webpages where SSL is not necessary. In addition, http/2 is here to solve the problem and improve website’s performance even through SSL connection.

 

How to obtain SSL certificate?

1.You may buy an annual SSL certificate from Serverfreak.

2.Purchase a hosting package that is semi-pro or above that comes with free shared SSL.

Google Logos

Do you ever wonder when you are browsing Google why is their official logo will be different on certain days? Have they transformed it? Or they simply are altering every day as they have a lot logo? Apparently, the logos are uniquely representing a history or a celebration or a significant event of the particular day. In each of the logo the name and the alphabets G-O-O-G-L-E will be there either visibly or virtually.  Some of the logos to be shared with you –

Mar 24, 2011

137th Birthday of Harry Houdini – (Global)

Do you know who Harry Houdini is? Why his hands are chained? Google it.

Mar 20, 2011

Holi Festival – (India)

Mar 13, 2011

National Thai Elephant Day – (Thailand)

Mar 12, 2011

Chinese Arbor Day – (China)

Feb 11, 2011

Thomas Edison’s Birthday – (Global)

Feb 03, 2011

Lunar New Year’s – (China, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan)

Jan 01, 2011

New Year’s Day – (Global)

Feb 03, 2010

Norman Rockwell’s Birthday – (Global)

Aug 17, 2010

Indonesia’s Independence Day – (Indonesia)

Aug 29, 2009

Michael Jackson’s Birthday – (Selected Countries Only)

Dec 08, 2009

E.C. Segar’s Birthday – Popeye – (Global)

Jul 29, 2008

50th Anniversary of Nasa – (US)

Oct 31, 2007

Happy Halloween – (United State)

Be creative as G-O-O-G-L-E and think globally.

How to get High Search Engine Rankings?

Are you wondering how to get high search engine rankings?  If you want to get high rankings, you need to provide two to three key phrases extracted from the content and utilize search engine optimization.

If you are hesitant to spend on getting traffic through link building and other means that requires you to spend, the last resort is to venture on getting high search engine ranking to attract visitors.

Your objective is not necessarily to get into the top spot but to attract traffic by search engine optimization.  And the secret to this is the use of the right keywords.  Even if you optimize your site but you don’t get to let many people visit your site then it is useless.

First thing, is to think of a good key phrase which most people would likely type if they search for a topic related to yours. You need to get in with little competitors as possible in order for people to get a look at your site.  It is not such a great idea to focus on optimizing while you can’t get enough traffic. It is necessary to make a research on the phrases that the majority would most likely type and what is the status of competition there are for this keyword phrase.  Your goal is to look for a high search with low competition.

You need help from a program in order to track on different key phrase that will be your guide.  Free Wordtracker is one of the services you can use.  The next thing to do is create a theme to your page based on those familiar phrases the service had tracked for you.

One more thing to consider is building a professional site as much as possible.  This can get you listed on directories like DMOZ Yahoo.  You can search on the source codes of high end websites in order to get a concrete idea on how they do it right.

Take note of title and description tags because they are the most important tags to include your key phrases in order to attract visitors.  Incorporate theses phrases with in the first couple of paragraphs of your page content.  These are also same phrases that you need to use in keywords tag. Have it separated with a comma.  Remember that during this time engines are too smart to review the page for a relevant content rather than simply believing on your keywords.

Other than these tips, you should also take note of these 3 important efforts to establish in order to get a good position on top search engines:

○    Domain name
Getting a domain name will make your site belong to the relevant ones.   Once you do not get this, search engines will not consider your site.

○     Use key phrase
This will increase your chance on getting high ranking rather than the use of key words.  This will also allow many visitors to check out your site.

○     Link Familiarity
It is best to start creating a page that feature links to related sites and as a webmaster you can ask those sites to link you.  This is very time consuming but it is worth doing in order to get a spot on top search engines.

Well, that’s all you need to know about getting high search engine ranking. Although this seems to be a difficult and time consuming task, but once you get to do the search engine optimization right, it’s worth every sacrifice and effort.

Feel free to browse other useful articles included inside the Savvy section.

The Small Business Guide to Google Apps

Google Apps for Business is a reliable, secure web-based office tools for small businesses. Its powerful applications like Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Docs help small businesses reduce IT cost and help their employees to collaborate more effectively. At $50 per year per user, the fully integrated apps system is certainly cost-effective, helping small businesses to have smooth workflow.

This article will discuss on the three of the most useful applications – Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Docs, and how can small businesses utilize and benefit from them.

Gmail

Screenshot of Gmail

There are many advanced features of Gmail which make communication among you, suppliers and customers easier.

The first big advantage of Gmail is that it functions in the cloud. This means that one doesn’t have to worry about downloading messages to multiple locations or syncing various devices. Your inbox will look the same from any web or mobile connection. And with 25GB of email storage per user (with a paid apps account), it is unlikely you’ll ever have to clean your inbox or delete old messages.

Conversations are “threaded”

The other benefit of Gmail over the traditional webmail is that conversations are “threaded”. Emails with the same or related subject lines are grouped together in a thread so you can see all the messages sent and received on a topic in one place (instead of clicking “Next” over and over again to check emails). When a new message is received, the entire thread is bumped to the top of your inbox (refer to picture below [1]). Now, checking mail is no more a hassle!


Referring to [2], Gmail has a “Search Mail” function which allows you to find a specific email (even the very old ones) efficiently. The keyword can be the information or the person involved in the email conversations. To ease the process of finding and reading emails, you can even “Label” your emails in different categories: Follow Up, Note, To Do List, etc. [3]

Gmail also has a chat feature built right into the interface that allows easy communication between you and employees or among different work teams. Chat history are also stored in Gmail so that you can search and refer to them later. How to find them? Just type the keyword or the person and “Search Mail”.

Chat Feature of Gmail

Not only that, Gmail is “smart” too. Frequently, we send emails with attachment, and yet we tend to forgot to attach the attachment! Gmail has this feature Forgotten Attachment Detector which will notify you if you’ve mentioned an attachment in an email, but forgotten to add one.

Forgotten Attachment Detector

Oops….have just sent a wrong email to a wrong person? Undo Send gives you a few seconds after sending a message to click “undo” in case you forgot something, or sent it to the wrong party by mistake!

One more feature which I personally like about is that…you can change the theme for your Gmail. Some of the themes are even dynamic – its colours will change according to the time!

Themes

Google Docs

Screenshot of Google Docs

Google Docs is a web-based suite for word processing, presentation building (similar to PowerPoint), spreadsheets, and web forms. All the work is done in a web browser, and all the data is saved in the cloud.

Initially, I find it (the software) a bit slow especially when I try to edit and save the documents. Since all the work is done in the web browser, it is not as stable as Microsoft Office.

However, a good side of Google Docs is that you can now share and collaborate any documents with your employees (refer to picture above [1]). You can also set permissions for specific users to view and edit documents. You can also grant permission for those outside your office network to view and edit documents, which can be especially useful for sharing information and presentations with clients or colleagues. In terms of collaboration, multiple users are allowed to simultaneously view and edit documents. Each user is marked with a specific colour; by looking at the colour, you can actually know that who is editing which part of the document.

Referring to [2], it is recommended that you to create several folders to categorize your documents, in order to keep your work organized. Otherwise, your Google Docs dashboard might get a little messy (just like mine).

Creating own survey form using Google Docs

Did you know? You can create your own survey form by using Google Docs. You can set your own questions [1], and when anyone replies to your survey form, his/her answer will appear in a new spreadsheet [2]. You can compile their answers or even do some statistical analysis if you want to.

Calendar

Screenshot of Google Calendar

Google Calendar provides an efficient and intuitive way to keep appointments and events synced across your entire business. With calendar sharing and permissions (similar to those in Docs), you can add other employees’ calendars to your own, and vice versa, in order to see and manage the big picture of your team’s time. You and your multiple employees can coordinate meetings, calls, or appointments without scheduling conflicts.

In addition, if you realise, Google Calendar has actually marked all the public holidays in your calendar to remind you should take a break and it’s time to spend time with your family (refer to picture above [1]).

The Calendar app can also be used to create events through Gmail. The new feature is that you can set up your working hours so that other people will know your time availability before they invite you to events [2]. By adding your employees’ email addresses to an event, they will receive an invitation to respond. Responding ‘yes’ automatically adds shared event to your calendar that each invitee can view and add notes to. It’s a smart way to coordinate meetings and keep everyone in the loop.

Invitation to an Event

This article originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, re-posted by Matt Silverman and summarized by WOW.

5 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Google

Google – what a familiar name to every Internet user of the world. How many of you have set Google as your home page? How many of you will type “google.com” whenever want to SEARCH for something?

Google began in March 1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Ph.D. students at Stanford working on the Stanford Digital Library Project (SDLP). And now, it has become the most widely used web-based search engine in the world.

Here we bring you 5 fun facts about Google which are pretty interesting. Hopefully it cheers your day up!

1. The First Google Doodle

Google’s famous homepage “Doodles” (the changing Google logo graphics) are well known and enjoyed by millions around the world as a way to mark an event or anniversary. But did you know that the very first Google Doodle was designed as a kind of “out of office” message?

The first Google Doodle was a stick figure drawing, the idea was to let people know that Larry and Sergey (the founders) would attend the Burning man festival at Nevada for a few days (so that their users would know they were out of office and couldn’t fix technical issues like a server crash). This first ever Google Doodle was made in 1999.

There is a team of designers who are behind the doodles you see on Google.com. The main lead being Denis Hwang who is supported by Micheal Lopez, Ryan Germick, Susie Sahim and Jennifer Hom.

So, there are actually how many Google Doodles have been created so far? I have found this interesting video on YouTube, summarizing all Google Doodles for 10 years. Enjoy guys!

2. Google’s First Ever Tweet

Ever wonder what’s Google’s first ever Twitter post? Probably you need go to Google’s Twitter and keep pressing the “More” button to figure it out! We can tell you now – this message, sent in February 2009, reads “I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010.”

For anyone not fluent in binary, here’s a hint — it’s a well known phrase from the company’s homepage.

Got it? Yes, it reads: “I’m feeling lucky”.

3. Google Rents Goats

Google rents out goats. Ha, this might be funny but it’s REAL! Google has rented a herd of goats from California Grazing to replace the lawn mowers that normally cut the grass in the fields around its headquarters.

How many goats are there?  There are 200 of them which roam around for a week eating the grass. Not only that, these goats will fertilize the land at the same time — yes, that way.

Google claims the goats will cost about the same as lawn mowers would. The lawn mowers are losing their job to goats!

4. Google’s Impact on Language

“Google” is in the dictionary! In 2006, Oxford English Dictionary added “google” as a verb to their lexicons.

What’s more? A Google staffer is commonly referred to as a “Googler”, while a new team member joins as a “Noogler”. Nooglers also used to wear a colorful hat with a spinner on top. According to a former employee, those hats are now pretty scarce in some offices, instead: “Every Noogler gets a yellow smiley balloon and a nameplate.”

5. The Google Logo Was Not Centered Until 2001

Google’s famously sparse homepage is considered a classic design in the online world. The Google logo, however, wasn’t actually centered on the page until March 31, 2001. As early users will remember, the homepage had a bias to the left-hand side, and even earlier — back in 1998 — Google sported a Yahoo-style exclamation mark.

This article is contributed by Amy-Mae Elliott and summarized by WOW.