Google’s strongest security, do you need it?

Do you want the reassurance of knowing your Google account is properly secured? Have you had your Google account compromised before and never want to have to go through that mess again?

Previously we have written articles on important steps for all Google users (this means anyone that has a Gmail or GSuite account). Here are the most important ones:

If you don’t have 2FA (two factor authentication) enabled yet, you should probably do that first and then come back and read on. Sadly, only 10% of Google users have enabled 2FA  although it has been available for over 7 years and is dead simple to use. Don’t be in that 10%!

Google has recently released an even stronger form of authentication utilizing a physical device instead of a 2 factor code you receive via SMS or an app on your device. This may not be for everyone, but if you want the strongest protection for your Google account make sure you read all about it on their site here: Google Advanced Protection Program

So in review, if you don’t have 2FA enabled yet, you should that now. If you want even stronger protection, maybe this new Google device is for you.

Don’t wait until it’s too late before securing your online accounts.

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:

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.

4 Reasons you need your own Cloud Server

1. Security

Like it or not, security is something everyone needs to give more attention to than they probably do. With standard web hosting, your files usually reside on a shared server along with other websites. If another website on the server is compromised your own website could be at risk.

Having us setup a Cloud Server for you will ensure your website has the highest level of security. For other tips on keeping your website working, please see: 3 Ways to keep your website working

2. Performance

How many times have you left a website because it was too slow to load? You want your website to load quickly when prospective customers visit.

Along with security, the performance of your website could be affected by other users on the same server. Having your own Cloud server means that your website(s) will be the only sites using your server resources. This means faster load  times.

Google also takes into account the speed of your site when doing it’s search engine rankings. We are able to locate your Google Cloud Server in a location closest to your customers. For example, if most of your customers are located in Australia, we would create your Google Cloud Server in Australia

3. Simple fast setup

We’re here to fully manage the setup of your very own Cloud Server. We recommend a Google Cloud Server (yes, actually from Google), but we can setup and manage your own Cloud Server with the provider of your choice (Amazon, DigitalOcean, Linode etc)

We will setup tools to ensure your server is always up to date and secured. We will provide you or your developer with a login to the server via Secure Shell (SSH/SFTP).

4. Cost effective

A fully managed Cloud Server starts from only $45 per month. We will work with you during setup to ensure we provide you the best server configuration to suit your needs.

Contact us today to find out more, or signup now and we’ll get your server setup asap.

Some of the technical details are:

Nginx as a transparent proxy, apache, multiple versions of php, MySQL databases. Unlimited site hosting (host as many of your own websites on your Cloud Server as you like).

3 Reasons why you should use Google Inbox instead of Gmail

No doubt you have heard of and are probably well acquainted with Gmail. It’s an email interface most of us have used. You may be less familiar with Google’s “other” email offer: Inbox

What makes it better than Gmail?

It’s much faster at reading/processing emails than Gmail, especially when it comes to newsletters. Inbox provides you a quick summary of the newsletter before you even open it. What exactly makes it better or different to Gmail?

  1. Inbox groups (or bundles) emails in a far more intuitive way than Gmail. This is especially useful if you receive automated emails that you later simply delete or archive. Inbox allows you to do this with a single swipe or click.
  2. Integrated into Inbox is a smart reminder system. For example, if you receive an email that you need to deal with, but not at this time, simply “snooze” the email until the time or place (yes, location is another new option in Inbox) and it will reappear in your Inbox then, or in the case of a location choice, when you arrive at that location.
  3. Inbox has smart replies built in. Have a look at it in action below:

Thought has been given to the layout of all emails on mobile as well as computers. You’ll find the interface different, but also familiar if you are familiar with using Google services.


How do I use it?

It’s simple, just visit Inbox while you are logged into your Gmail account and you will be on your way.

To see what Google themselves have to say about Inbox, visit this page:  and take the time to watch the video they have put together. There are a number of other features we have not touched on in this post, so let us know if you would like to hear more about a particular feature and we’ll be happy to explain.

It seems likely in time Gmail will evolve into Inbox, or the features will be integrated. So there is no better time to see the future of Gmail/Inbox.

Sign in with your phone instead of a password

Instead of typing your password each time you sign in to your Google Account, you can have a prompt sent to your phone.

Security is important, but constantly having to type your password and enter your 2FA (you know, those codes that change every 30 mins) code can be tedious. You already have 2FA enabled I’m sure, but what about this new feature released by Google today? How does this work? Is it secure? How do you enable it?

GPHow does it work?

You simply tap the notification on your phone from Google to confirm, and you’ll be signed in quickly and securely. If your phone isn’t nearby, you can select “Use your password instead” on the sign-in screen.

Is it secure?

Yes. It’s a second factor authentication. Google knows if you are logged in using your phone, and this only works with phones that have either a passcode or fingerprint lock enabled.

I want it, how do I make it happen?

Simply follow the steps in the Google guide: Sign in with your phone instead of a password You will need to ensure you have the “Google Search” app installed, however most of you will already have that installed on your Android or iPhone.

Another simple guide from Google is here: New settings for 2-Step Verification

It is a secure two factor authentication process

Do it! Let us know how you go or if you have any questions.

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

First of all, what even is SSL/HTTPS?

You can read the nitty-gritty over on Wikipedia if you like, but basically SSL/HTTPS refers to a secure connection to a website. You will have seen it being used on many other websites. A (usually) green padlock icon next to the domain name you are visiting (lookup and see it on our site) indicates the website is using SSL/HTTPS and that your connection to the site is secure. It’s becoming more and more common on websites, even those without a login section.

yWhy should you ?

  1. Visitors are assured that they can browse your website with the traffic between their browser and your website being encrypted. ie no one can intercept the connection. This is especially important if your website is one that allows you to manage your website via a login.
  2. Google cares. SSL/HTTPS sites are used as a ranking mechanism by Google. Read the details here: HTTPS as a ranking signal This means that having a SSL/HTTPS website could mean you will be better ranked on Google. Do you need any more reasons not to go SSL/HTTPS?
  3. There are other reasons, but the 2 above are the ones you should care about the most.


It’s not as complicated as you may think. SSL/HTTPS can be enabled on most websites for free. These days SSL certificates can be obtained for free that are just as strong and secure as those that would have cost hundreds of dollars only a few years ago. If you host with us and you don’t have SSL/HTTPS enabled yet, please contact us and in most cases we will be able to make it happen for you.

If you have any other questions about SSL/HTTPS please let us know in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer them in the comments below.


Edit: an update from Google on this subject makes it even more important your website is using SSL/HTTPS asap.