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Who Has Seen The New Web.Com Commercial For Facebook Advertising?

We saw it for the first time this weekend and because the devil is in the details, I mean in the Terms of Service, with Web.Com we just had to go look and see how this one will be biting unsuspecting business owners in the rump later.

For those who haven't seen the commercial click here.  The gist of it is they'll build you a "free" Facebook page, get it likes and manage it.  The "free" word is thrown in there a lot, but hopefully most of you realize it's not free, as in without money changing hands.

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Fear As A Weapon To Get You To Open Infected Zip Files

While not in person, this kind of email is as much an attack using social engineering as some unknown tech who shows up saying they are there to repair your copier when you weren't expecting it, but is really there to gain unauthorized onsite access to your network.

The desired outcome is the same - access!  Their weapons is social engineering, cunningly forcing the person in front of them to suspend doubt and allow them access to the building (in the case of the copier repairman) or access to launch an attack on the company's network (in the case of the zip file).

The response to this email is natural, what do you mean my account was declined?!?

And before common sense kicks in the zip is opened the files extracted and wham the malicious content of the zip file is let loose on your company's network.  

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Why A Local Website Hosting Company?

So you originally signed up with a nationally recognized website hosting company; they offered you a great introductory deal and they've been "fine" ever since.  Well, except when you have to call them for support, or when you wanted to add an email address but it was near impossible to get through, or when that introductory price ended, right?

What could be the benefits of moving your website to a local website hosting company?

  • At Top Speed Internet Services we provide the same web hosting services as the national names like, GoDaddy, Dreamhost, Bluehost, Host Gator, etc. but with several advantages.
  • As a smaller local company, we’re not overloading servers to get as many clients on them as possible.
  • Depending on your service with the national companies you may be paying left and right for add-ons that are included with us.
  • Our goal is to provide a higher quality service at the same or lower rates as the national companies.
  • Being local, we work to establish actual business relationships instead of just being another monthly fee. If you need help, you can pick up the phone and be able to talk with someone here in Reno instead of an automated machine or some call center in a foreign country.
  • Even better, you can always see us in person by stopping by the office or if you need other technical services we can come to you.  Not likely you’ll ever get a face to face with somebody at GoDaddy.
  • Our servers are all hosted internally and local to us, we're not farming you out to host at another data center like Unified Layer, etc.
  • Your customers are here, having your website on servers using the same Internet connectivity as your customers makes it load quicker.

So many reasons to host with a local provider!  If you'd like to learn more about what it takes to move your website to Top Speed call or email us today!

For most, moving your website is a simple process that can save you money and frustration when you need support.  There are exceptions, such as if you used a site builder company like Wix.com or Web.com to build you website.  If that's the case, it's unlikely that you own your website or its content and should call us right away to find out your options.

                

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Bloatware – A Great Reason To Buy From Top Speed

Bloatware also known as Junkware, Shovelware or Crapware is the junk that the major computer manufacturers add to your new computer making it horribly bogged down.  From Daily Mail, Bloatware can "account for up to 45% of pre-installed software on a new device."  That's a lot of software you don't need and likely don't want coming pre-installed on your new computer.

It may seem helpful that Norton or McAfee comes pre-installed on your new computer; it's good enough right?  Since you definitely need an anti-virus program running on your computer, why not this one?  The  reality is that Norton or McAfee came pre-installed because the company paid the manufacturer to have their software pre-installed and now that you have that trial version you're likely going to pay them for the full version and then renew year after year now that it's there.  Is Norton or McAfee really the best anti-virus program out there? Definitely not, but that's a different discussion, the point here is by paying to be pre-installed your now a captive audience who likely doesn't look any farther in the purchase of your anti-virus software.

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