How to protect yourself from online scams and ransomware
As technology evolves, now more than ever there are multiple access points to our personal information and devices (mobile or desktop). As a result we have to be more cautious when clicking on links in e-mail messages, visiting websites and downloading files to our computers. Ransomware and malware are constantly being released on the Internet and e-mail scams are frequent guests in our inboxes, so we have to take precautions when accessing online content. The following article provides some tips on how to avoid and remove ransomware.
Sirius Shout Out to Our Clients
We would like to give a shout out to our clients because they are a part of the Sirius Family. Their Success is Our Success. During this time of year people like to give gifts, share special moments and give back to their community. In doing so, please take a moment to view what some of our clients have to offer and help keep the dollars circulating within our local communities.
- C. Lynn Williams
- Carl Mathis
- E-Business Success
- Good Girl Book Club
- Patricia Haley
- Vincent T. Edwards
Unique Gift Items
Give Back (Support Non-Profit Organizations)
- African Diaspora Dance & Drum Festival of Florida/Dance Africa Miami
- African Health Cup
- Cross-Cultural Coalition, Inc.
- Delou Africa, Inc.
- HAPCO Music Foundation
- Helping Every Living Person (HELP)
- Lighthouse Christian Center
- Leon County Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association
- Magnolia Baptist Church
- Marching 100 Alumni Band Association
- Middle Tennessee Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association
- True Holiness Church of God in Christ
Health & Wellness
- Abosi Body Essentials
- Banana Wave BananaMilk
- Center for Health Equity Intervention Research (Univ. of Massachusetts)
- CSG Home Healthcare Services
- Edith’s Best
- Decide2Quit (Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School)
- SAS Acupuncture
Business Services & Coaching
- 5050 Crowdfunding
- Billion Dollar Brands 101
- High Ticket Freedom
- Law Offices of Karla D. Ellis
- Protect My New Home
- Wilhelmina’s Enterprise
- The ZBlack Card
Cultural Preservation & Historic Tours
- Association of African American Museums (AAAM)
- Caribbean Studies Association (CSA)
- Florida African American Heritage Preservation Network (FAAHPN)
- John G. Riley Museum & Cultural Center
- Triple E Group Services
Music, Entertainment Management & Radio
Beware of False Domain Name and SSL Certificate Expiration Notices
Since Google initiated the practice of flagging websites as “not secure” on their search engine results pages, other major search engines are taking more steps to “encourage” the use of Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificates (https). As a result many of you are receiving e-mail messages from random companies stating that your SSL certificate and/or domain name is about to expire. Along with this message comes an invitation to renew these services. Please note that this may be an attempt to move your service from the original company your SSL certificate or domain name was initially registered to their company (which probably is not a reputable company based on these sales tactics). It is important to check from what e-mail address this message was sent and check your previous receipts or payment notifications to confirm that the company making this contact is in fact your original registrar. When in doubt contact your Website Developer/Webmaster or web hosting company for verification before submitting a payment.
For those that have registered their domain name, SSL certificate or web hosting with Sirius Web Solutions we will always try to give our clients at least a 30-45 day notice before the expiration of these services.
TECH TIPS – HTTPS Secure Certificates
Google and the rest of the major search engines are taking more steps to “encourage” the use of server secure certificates (https / SSL). By year’s end, sites which are not served via https will prompt a browser warning, and make no mistake – many visitors to those unsecured web sites will just stop there.
SSL protected sites just make it easier and safer for your visitors, and, if you are hosting your website with Sirius Web Solutions, at just $45.00 it’s literally the cheapest step you can take to ensure more visits to your site. Protect yourself today for just $45.00 per year. (NOTE: For Sirius Web Solutions hosting customers that registered for the Professional Hosting Package, the SSL certificate is included at no additional cost).
If you are not hosting your website with Sirus Web Solutions, please contact your hosting provider for the cost, terms and conditions to acquire your SSL certificate.
To learn more about SSL Certificates, we would like to share an article from ServerBuy.com titled “Why Google is Forcing You To Have SSL Certificates on Your Websites”.
For more information or if you have questions about SSL certificates contact Sirius Web Solutions.
GDPR and How it Applies to You
Lately we have all received or soon will receive multiple e-mails in regards to GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and changes in privacy policies for websites for which we have provide personal information. To help you understand GDPR and how if affects you, we would like to share the following article. [ CLICK HERE ]
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