Google Now Flags ALL HTTP Sites As Insecure.
As promised, Google is calling to task unencrypted websites that still use HTTP. As of July 24, sites that have not yet encrypted their sites with SSL certification will see an “insecure” notification in the Chrome address/search bar. Other browsers are calling out insecure sites with their own measures.
While Google labeling began back in 2017 for certain sites such as those that processed credit cards or passwords, they now include all sites without certification. To further encourage SSL certification, Google rewards HTTPS sites with increased search visibility.
What is SSL
For those unfamiliar, An SSL (secure sockets layer) certificate is a digital certificate which confirms that your identity and website are verified by a Certificate Authority (CA). HTTP sites mean the data being transferred from the web browser to the web server – and the web server to points beyond – is transmitted in plain text. The older HTTP protocol makes it easier for hackers and phishers to hack your computer and steal your personal data, such as credit card details, passwords, and other sensitive information. SSL certification ensures that such data is encrypted thus adding website privacy, security, and trust.
How to Get SSL Certified
While there are various ways to purchase and install an SSL certificate, SiteVision offers a turnkey service for our customers who don’t have the time or don’t want to experience the learning curve needed to navigate the process. A member of our support team works with you personally, arranges the annual SSL certificate, then carefully installs on your site. Just give us a call or contact us with any questions, pricing or about how to get started.
Best Routers 2018
PC World gives us its take on the best routers of the year from top tier to inexpensive that still get the job done. There are full reviews of each. Highest rated is the Asus RT-AC68U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router with a score of 9.3. Second is the Asus AC2900 dual-band Wi-Fi router (RT-AC86U) with a score of 9.1. And coming in third is the Synology RT2600ac. The magazine goes on to cover more than a dozen more excellent choices in various price ranges and specs. After all, not everyone will need top tier routers with features they may not need at top tier pricing. PC World’s review gives you plenty to choose from! More here at PC World
Apple Acknowledges New MacBook Pro Throttling Issues and Gives Fix.
Apple has released an update to macOS call the High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update. The release should fix the performance issues that have been noted in the press and by customers. The performance issue affects only new 2018 MacBook units.
The problem, originally thought by users and reviewers to be a Core i9 issue has been identified by Apple as a missing digital key in the firmware that impacts the thermal management system and could drive clock speeds down under heavy thermal loads. Some reviewers acknowledge the increased performance gained by the update, but also wonder whether the new MacBook Pro can ever live up to its full potential because of thermal limitations presented by the sleek aluminum chassis and built-in cooling.
In The News
How to handle Windows 10 updates. Confused about how Microsoft handles updates? ComputerWorld wants to make it easier with a handy guide.
Smartphone camera pixel wars to start all over again. MSN says you can expect 2019 smartphones to come with cameras ready to deliver photos of up to 48-megapixels, thanks to Sony’s new the IMX586 sensor.
Cloud growing faster, but AWS still has a big lead. According to ZDNet Businesses spent about $20bn on cloud computing infrastructure in the second quarter of 2018, and top dog Amazon Web Services (AWS) took the lion’s share, with 31 percent or $6.2bn. Microsoft made hefty gains with Google in 3rd place.
Google Assistant: Awesome features you need to start using. PC World says Google’s A.I. assistant learned some new tricks while you weren’t looking and gives a rundown of the coolest new features.
Google and Lenovo’s Smart Display Trounces Amazon’s in Every Way. Gizmodo really likes Google’s new answer to Amazon’s Echo Show. From its sleek appearance to an intuitive AI that out delivers Echo Show. GIZ likes its big screen, slick design and UI, better streaming video support, and on/off toggles for mic and camera.
Samsung’s new bendable display might be a game changer. If it works in the real world Samsung’s new, unbreakable display will be used in Smartphones, but in other electronics as well. The innovative display has passed military standard drops, and high-low temperature tests to give it UL approval and an interesting future according to an early review from BGR.