Donald Trump once said “Nobody gets hacked unless it's by someone with an IQ of 197 and already has 'about 15%' of the victim’s password”... Unfortunately, this is FAKE NEWS.
One of the most common ways that hackers break into computers is by guessing passwords.Your passwords should be long, complex and contain a combination of at least 10 characters or be a ‘passphrase’, rather than a password. Hands up if your password is “password”? Or your birthday, or your pet’s name? (actually maybe better not to admit to these things, as you never know who’s watching!)
However, one of the most important things to consider when it comes to passwords is how you store them and, NO, the answer is not at the back of a notebook that permanently sits beside your computer. This is where password managers come in. Password managers are a secure, automated, all-digital replacement for that notebook. What they do is generate strong new passwords when you create an account, or change a password, and they store all of these passwords (and more) in one place, protecting them with a single strong master password. If you remember the master password, your password manager will remember everything else, auto-filling your username and password for you whenever you log in to a site or app on your phone or on your computer.
There are a number of password managers out there to help, and we’ve picked out 3 of the best.
1Password is possibly the most popular password manager out there. Not only does it manage your passwords but it also alerts you when a password is weak or compromised, and is compatible with iOS, Android, Windows and Chrome. One of its best features is the Travel Mode. Travel Mode allows you to delete any sensitive data from your devices before you travel, and then restore it with a click after you’ve crossed the border. On top of this it also has a categories feature meaning you can keep your passwords organised. However, there is no free version of 1Password and it works out at about £26 a year.
While 1Password is the most popular password manager, Dashlane has recently added a number of features that makes it stand out against its competitors. Unlike 1Password, it gives you the option to not store any passwords on Dashlane’s servers. It also includes a Site Breach Alert feature whereby it will actively monitor the dark corners of the web, looking for leaked or stolen personal data, and then alerts you if your information has been compromised. On top of this, Dashlane will analyse your password strengths and auto-save all your online receipts while also giving you the option to update your passwords with a single click. However, while Dashlane does come for free, there are certain features that you can only get on the premium version which costs about £2.50 a month. These features include the option to sync between apps and a free VPN. Dashlane isn’t ideal for pages with multiple logins and has limited cloud storage options.
Nordpass is a relatively new addition to the password manager club. It is easy to set up, and is compatible with many platforms. Recently, Nordpass have introduced a personal information storage feature to keep your address, phone number and other personal data safe and secure, but also easy to access. Nordpass uses a zero-knowledge setup in which all data is encrypted on your device before it’s uploaded to the company’s servers. Other pros include two-factor authentication and a built-in password generator. However, like Dashlane, the free version has limitations. It is limited to one device and there are limited options for organising saved credentials. It also doesn’t offer team or enterprise plans.
To conclude, using a password manager will not only save you trying to remember dozens of different logins, but can also help you keep them secure by generating hard-to-guess passwords and storing them in an encrypted vault. Growing online security concerns mean that password managers are an essential tool for protecting yourself online!
Like many things in life, websites have a ‘best before’ date. This doesn’t mean your website will no longer work, but with advances in technology, changes in your requirements and updates to search algorithms, how your website performs and its ability to achieve the objective it was designed for could be negatively impacted.
Businesses are always changing and your website should reflect this - it is therefore useful to view your website as a work in progress - something that can should adapt to your business. Regularly reviewing your website's design and functionality will help to ensure you it is performing optimally.
To help achieve this, we are offering you a free website review. This consists of a brief video review of your website that will cover how it is performing and what changes it could benefit from.
Your website review we will look at 5 key areas:
This refers to how quickly a browser is able to load fully functional web pages from your site. If your site loads quickly, you’ve already made a good first impression. Google and other search engines also prefer speedy websites too, so if your site is slow your rankings will suffer, and therefore your overall site traffic will too.
Site security helps to create a safe environment for you and your site visitors. While it helps to protect sensitive information such as financial data, home addresses and credit card details, it also protects your website from phishing scams, data breaches and many other threats. It builds trust, and similar to site speed, it is a ranking factor in search engines, such as Google.
If your website is poorly designed and out-of-date, people may think the same about your company. Trends are constantly changing and technology improving, so it’s good to have a website revamp regularly. On top of this, it’s important that your website design is mobile friendly as about 50% of website traffic comes from these devices.
Search Engine Optimisation ensures your website shows up for the relevant searches. While your content might be great, if it’s the same as it was 3 years ago, then Google won’t agree. Having the right keywords in the right places and links to other sites are all essential to improving your SEO.
It’s important to know who is coming to your site and how they behave when they get there. This data will give you an insight into your consumers’ behaviour that will help you to enhance customer experience.
Congratulations, you’ve gone and got yourself a beautiful, shiny, new website from the wonderful team at SMK Creations!
But now your business has pivoted and grown and you’d like to make some changes to the layout, add some new features or insert some more pages into your website… do not fear - we’ve got your back!
To make this process as streamlined as possible, we have 3 awesome support packages that you can choose from, each offering 4 hours of expert support from our wonderful team.
Deciding on which one is right for you will depend on the urgency of your requirements, as well as the budget you have available.
The packages are as follows:
Bronze - This is our most popular package and is what 90% of our clients use. In this package you will receive 4 hours of support, which will be started within 7 days of purchase. If you are looking to update, improve or make a change to your website but aren’t in an immediate rush, then this package is the one for you. At £200, it is our cheapest package, but the quality of website support will be just as good.
Silver - Our middle package costs £800. With this package, you will also receive up to 4 hours of support with delivery beginning within 48 hours. If you have something you need done within the next few days and time is of the essence and are willing to pay a little extra for this expedited service - this is probably the best package for you.
Gold - This is our top of the range package (it used to be called our ‘drop everything and prepare to get divorced package’ although the name wasn’t catchy enough).
It also provides you with 4 hours of support with the benefit of commencing work within a 24 hour period. If what you need to achieve is really urgent and you are happy to pay to skip the queue - then this is the package for you.
These packages are for updates, improvements or changes to your website. If your site is hosted with us and there is a problem with it, we will treat this with urgency as always and won’t be part of your support package. Tech support issues are included in your original hosting package, whereas updates and changes are not. You do not need to use your full 4 hours in go and will be rolled over for future work if not fully used.
Once you have purchased your package of choice, you can email email@example.com with your requirements and take advantage of our ticketing system.
Click here to learn more about our support packages today!
Now’s the time to invest in a professional lead-generating website and grow your business online. You might be surprised at how affordable a new website is, and you definitely won’t be disappointed with the finished result.