Why you should listen to Google and get a green padlock

With the release of Google Chrome v62 in October 2017 all websites that have a “contact us” form will be marked by Google as Not Secure unless they are using SSL/https

Instead of a warning from Google, you want your visitors to see that your website and any information they provide you is secure.

You can read more about this change in the article Google have provided here: https://security.googleblog.com/2017/04/next-steps-toward-more-connection.html

We want to help you

We can enable SSL for you at no cost (in most cases), however you do need to contact us to request this. Check out our previous post Do you SSL/HTTPS? You should. Find out why

If you are concerned with security and performance, have you seen our Cloud Server offerings? We also offer free domain WHOIS privacy on all supported domain extensions.

Contact us today so we can help to keep you and your customers secure.

Do you have a backup of your website? We can provide you one for FREE

Previously we wrote about the importance of backups in our post Backups are for sissies, right? but what about your website backups, are they important?

You might reason this is your web hosting providers responsibility, but what if they are not taking regular backups, or what if their backup system fails? What if your website is compromised and all data deleted?

To put it bluntly, as a website owner you should also have a backup of your website in the unlikely event your web hosting provider doesn’t or even worse still, goes out of business. Things happen, even a reliable web hosting provider can have issues at times.

That is why, starting today we are making available to all XYZulu Web Hosting customers a new FREE service that will provide you a backup of your website delivered automatically each week to a location of your choosing (Google Drive, Dropbox etc). To have this setup for you, please contact us via our Customer Portal and we’ll get it setup for you.

The backup will be in a .zip file and contain all your files as well as any databases.

Just another way we’re looking after you and your business.

Don’t miss out! Be sure to check out the helpful tips in these previous articles that have benefited so many already:

3 FREE features for you! Domain, Privacy, Email forwarding

4 Reasons you need your own Cloud Server

Overwhelmed with passwords?

Just because it says: Secure..

We all know that the internet is filled with plenty of bad guys trying to steal our money. So, imagine this scenario: You click a link in an email that appears to be legitimate and as the webpage loads in your browser you see the green word “secure” light up. Does this mean it’s safe to login to this site?

No. Why? The green padlock or the word “secure” does show your connection to the site is secure but it doesn’t mean the site is legitimate. It may be a site setup simply to steal your credentials. Read what Google says about these secure indicators here.

How do you know if it’s really safe? Here are 3 things to take note of:

1. Don’t rely on links in emails or other webpages to go to a login page, it could be fake. Instead, type the address into your browser or use a bookmark you setup yourself.

2. Examine carefully the website address of the page you are visiting. Just because it contains, for example, the word ‘PayPal’ doesn’t mean you are on the official PayPal website.

3. Use good security habits to avoid being caught. If, for example, you have 2FA (See – Why do I need 2FA?) enabled on your internet accounts, even if your login is stolen, the bad guys still will not be able to login to your account.

We want you to be safe so have written extensively on this subject. Please review these articles:

Do you SSL/HTTPS? You should. Find out why

Has your password been stolen?
Overwhelmed with passwords?

3 Ways to keep your website working

internet2Imagine you have had a great new website developed. What can you do to ensure it stays up and running, is not compromised/hacked and continues to keep showing up in Google and other search engines?

Here are 3 simple tips:

1. Keep software and components/plugins up to date

Your website most likely runs on some software, perhaps Joomla, WordPress or something similar. This software is only secure if it is kept up to date. You’ll find keeping your website software up to date fairly simple these days. Simply login to the administration section and update any components that are out of date.

This will possibly reduce the likelihood of your website being compromised by 95% or more.

2. Enable SSL/HTTPS

We have written about this before, but some of our valued clients are still not sure how important it is. Unless your website is running via SSL/HTTPS (green padlock in the browser when you visit) you are at risk of being penalised by search engines. Read more about this here: Do you SSL/HTTPS? You should. Find out why

3. Host with XYZulu Web Hosting

At XYZulu Web Hosting we run up to date server software and even allow you to choose, for example, the version of php you want to run. See more on this here: Does your web host offer multiple versions of php?

The server that hosts your website needs to be kept up to date. Failure to do this could be similar to rarely updating your own computer software which will greatly increase the risk of having information stolen, or worse still, your computer being hijacked and used to attack others.

Don’t take the risk

While you may not give internet and website security the highest priority, taking these 3 simple steps will GREATLY reduce the risk of your website being compromised and/or losing credibility with your own customers.

We are here to help and are ready to answer your questions related to website security, please leave your comments below.

2 Factor Authentication now available for all our clients

2faXYZulu take security very seriously and we want you to do same. We are pleased to announce that 2 factor authentication (2FA) is now available to all our valued clients.

To activate two factor authentication, please visit our support article: Enabling two factor authentication (2FA) for your XYZulu Customer Portal login

What is 2FA?

Please read this post: Why do I need 2FA?

Another security essential is using a password manager. Please be sure to read this post: Overwhelmed with passwords?

Let us help you to stay safe online!

3 mobile security tips

Do you have a mobile phone or mobile device? If so, this post is for you.

We often don’t stop to think about the important role our mobile security plays in protecting our digital assets. But just think about what issues you might face if your mobile was stolen and the thief was able to access your apps/data. Would they be able to transfer money out of your bank account? Use your email to reset your email password? Could they have a sms with a verification code sent to your phone so they could reset the password to a number of other services you are subscribed to?

Here are our top 3 simple steps to secure your mobile:
  1. Have a numeric PIN of at least 6 digits set. A PIN of 4 digits is relatively easy to guess. With a day or 2 to spare a thief or hacker could easily guess your PIN, not so with a 6 digit PIN.
  2. Use TouchID or fingerprint access for any apps that support this method of login. If your device comes with a built in fingerprint reader, use it, whenever you can. This can provide an extra layer of security without the hassle of a password or PIN code when you open a banking app.
  3. Enable a “find my phone” option on your mobile device. For example see the options on iOS and Android. You need to enable these options BEFORE your phone is stolen, do it now. Once this is enabled, you can remotely wipe your phone if it is stolen.

Do you have any tips of your own? Any questions regarding the ones mentioned above? We look forward to hearing from you.

7 reasons YOUR business needs US


XYZulu have been in the hosting business since 2000. Our offerings are aimed at people who are proficient enough to manage their own website, but may also require some help with setting up DNS, Email, CDN etc.

7 reasons YOUR business needs US
  1. We own and operate our business. This means we personally monitor all areas to ensure our valued customers are being provided the highest level of service.
  2. Support. Via our help desk we will provide you prompt support. Prefer to talk? We’re happy to chat with you.
  3. Our regular posts will teach you to keep safe online. Here are some recent examples:
  4. Extensive experience. We have many years experience in the webhosting field and have a broad knowledge of other complementary products and services to help your business reach its full potential. For example: We also offer advanced features like free SSL/HTTPS and multiple versions of php.
  5. Need a new website or maybe just a redesign? Our design partners On Time Marketing can make it happen.
  6. Domain name registration and renewals? No problems, we offer both. We offer more than just .com domains, see: Is the .com all there is? We can transfer your domain to us (a free service) so you can manage your domain and hosting all in one convenient place.
  7. We accept a wide variety of payment methods (Paypal, VISA, MC, AMEX and even Bank Transfer) with no surcharges.

Our regular posts will teach you to keep safe online

What are you waiting for? Join us now!