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Passwords


"GOD" and "Password" have been two of the most popular passwords.
Modern passwords need to be much more robust.
Mix numbers, Letters, Capitals and Symbols for better security and try to use a minimum of 8 characters
Difficult to remember??

Consider the Password BlackRose1960
It is easy to remember and has numbers and Capitals but now try substituting "o2 with the number "02 and vice versa and use "+" for any "R"
Hey Presto you have "Black+0se196o" which is more secure but still memorable

Backup


Most peoples last thought.
Just as important for personal users as business.
One simple question puts backing up into perspective.
"If your house or business was destroyed and all inside - where are your family photos or business data backed up?"

There are some basic rules to backing up eg 3-2-1

☀ Keep 3 copies of data (1 working copy and 2 backup)
☀ Keep the backs ups on 2 types of media
☀ Always store at least one copy securely OFF SITE

And do not forget to back up your phone data - photos etc on the Clouds have been known to go missing!

Anti-Virus (AV) / Malware


Not exactly the same.
To be simplistic a virus is usually malicious and will damage files, corrupt data, or steal data whereas Malware might hijack your browser to drive you to selected sites or harass you with annoying pop ups. (Never trust unexpected pop ups / messages)

Always have AV software installed but never more than one system as they usually conflict with one another.
Malware can be addressed via a range of tools available on the web.

Both AV and Malware protection are available Commercially and Free.
One important rule is NEVER download any software that comes form a popup / warning or something similar as it is most likely malicious in its self.

Always consult when considering your AV / Malware protection.

Scams


There are numbers scams out there and criminals are after your money, data and your identity.

Some simply guidelines
☀ Treat all unexpected calls with suspicion - if in doubt, hang up.
☀ If it seems to good to be true, it almost certainly is.
☀ Microsoft will NEVER Cold Call you EVER
☀ Never allow people remote access to you IT unless you initiated the enquiry and you are sure of whom you are dealing with.
☀ Be aware that criminals will pretend to be the police, your bank, BT or whoever - NEVER give information over the phone

see also "Email and Phishing"

Email and Phishing


Some simply guidelines to keep you safe
☀ Simple Emails with text are inherently safe HOWEVER ..........
☀ Any attachment to an email is a potential risk.
☀ Any link in an email is a potential risk.
☀ Treat all Emails as suspicious packages
☀ Even if you know an email sender ask yourself - "Am I expecting this file"
☀ Never open any Email attachments or link unless you know the sender and feel safe
☀ Links - to check them, however over the link and see the at the bottom of the page or in a box where it will take you - Does it look legitimate
☀ Banks / IT companies etc will NEVER ask you to confirm details by email.
☀ Nigerian Princes and others who say they want to deposit money in your account - Ask yourself how gullible you could be to fall for that.

Data Protection (DP)


Private individuals have a right that companies and agencies who hold their data should do so in accordance with the DP legislation.

The basics of Data protection require
☀ Only required personal data to be stored eg does your Scrabble club really need your medical details?
☀ Data stored should be correct and accurate
☀ Data may only be processed / used / transferred etc in accordance with the declared "purpose" between parties. ☀ All data must be held se curly.
☀ Data may be retained but MUST be erased when no longer necessary for its "purpose"
☀ Storing old personal data inherently means it will become out of date and inaccurate which contravenes DP

Websites


BandHIT Web Design specialises in providing small business with affordable web presence including graphics, design, registration of domains and email services. Also available are dynamic page design systems where you, users or clients can input information for display eg sports league tables, user feedback, bookings management,


At present we do not deal with financial transaction systems such as Visa, Paypal etc.

I will be happy to visit your site and assess your needs (free within 25 miles of Spalding)


You will get open and honest feedback which might even indicate that you have no need or will not benefit significantly from a web presence.

 

Web design costs are all up front so BandHIT will ease financial pain by charging a single annual fee which will include updates and redesign if needed.

 

Mobile / Tablet Friendly


Did you know that if people search using Google on a phone / tablet and sites are not adapted to suit then Google will downgrade your listing position?.

 

Being mobile friendly suits some business's. organisation's requirements but is not for everyone.

 

An example of suitable businesses might be a Taxi company or a Take Away where people will use mobile tech to access sites. Alternatively organisations with a need to impart large amounts of data / text are not really viable for mobilisation eg County Councils, .Gov etc

 

Please note that mobile friendly pages are often much simpler and use less graphics or special features so as to maximise download speeds There is a middle ground which can be used to allow Tablet friendly but not Mobile - used by .Gov sites

 

If you ask, you will be led through the pros and cons for the case as to whether mobile friendly fits your organisation

Mobile friendly Example

Static or Dynamic

 

Static sites are made up of a series of set pages which do not change too often other than redesign etc.

 

In contrast, a dynamic site is one where information changes regularly such as a sports league table or and organisation with regular news flow.

 

Dynamic sites can also allow users to add. edit, delete, update data etc

 

If you ask, you will be led through the pros and cons for the case as to whether having dynamic data fits your organisations needs.

 

The "Events" and "Library" page of this site provides an example of the need to constantly have updated information available for users Example

A semi-static / dynamic site is also viable such as a Restaurant which needs to change menus periodically Example

Costs

 

Static sites (up to approx 20 pages) will usually be in the region of £120-150 per annum.

(if some small dynamic content is required this can be arranged at additional cost)

 

Dynamic sites start at £150 per annum and will include data management / review and regular back up.