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Alschemist, 39 Delport St, Elsburg Germiston, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1428
+(27) 082-765-240 alistair(at)alschemist.com

Online Security is Everyone’s Responsibility

 

Online security is your responsibility as much as it is ours.  If you have a virus infection, it is best to keep it on your device and not infect anyone else’s.

 

Our Online Security Measures

 

Each of the devices we use have updated antivirus software.  We ensure these are checked daily before we go on the net.  We also work from behind a firewall.

 

HTTPS:

 

Every website these days should have https configured.  We’re on this at the moment and are making use of Cloudflare to help speed up our site an their SSL.  If you want to know more about this, or want help implementing it on your site, let us know.

 

Newsletter Subscriptions:

 

We make use of third party newsletter providers such as mailmunch and mailchimp.  These providers allow us to get you to sign up on our website, then they push email newsletters to you.

They have secure servers and have been in the newsletter and email marketing business for years, so, they are a trusted resource.

 

Website Hosting

 

We make use of website hosting providers who can help us ensure your safety online.  Our service providers of choice are Hostgator,  Godaddy and Bluehost.  For this site, we use Hostgator, but I will only, ever refer you to these three service providers.  I have tried using other providers, but have had some really bad experiences.

For your own safety and sanity, go with established, trusted providers such as these.  They have been at the game for a long time and they have millions of customers, which probably indicates that they know what they are doing.

 

Your Responsibilities When It Comes To Your Online Security

 

As we have already said, we have systems in place to ensure our web assets are secure.  You also have the responsibility to ensure you keep your own systems safe and secure.  Here are a few points for you to keep in mind, and it makes sense to maybe print these out and keep them handy, you can use them as a personal checklist if you like:

 

  1. Install a paid for version of an Antivirus to keep your device protected from phishing, worms, trojans and any other type of virus infection.
  2. Do not click on any link in an email if you do not know the source of the email, this is a sure way to get your device infected.
  3. Do not download music, video clips, fancy art, or software from sources you do not thoroughly know and trust.
  4. When you do install a program, thoroughly check what you are getting added to the install before every click.
  5. Make sure each website you visit has an HTTPS before the address in the address toolbar.
  6. Do not let browsers store your passwords.
  7. Do not let browsers store your credit card information.
  8. Do not share your personal information with anyone you have no reason to trust for any reason.

 

There are many more things you can do to secure your own online security, but these are the most important for now.  We can always add more as time goes by, but if you start with these in mind, you are sure to keep yourself quite safe online.

Did we miss anything, got something to add.  Let us know.

 

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