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SSL Certificates

Why All Websites Should Use SSL Certificates According to Technology Experts!

Wonder what you can do in order to make your website more secure? The answer lies in SSL certificates! An SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate is a small data file that creates an encrypted channel between a server and a browser. Next time you type in a web address, note the “s” at the end of “HTTPS://.”  That added “s” means the web address is secured through SSL. An SSL certificate ensures the connection between the web server and browser is secure and private. Since security is essential for keeping your website safe, SSL certificates are crucial! Now that we understand SSL basics let’s explore the top 5 reasons to use them!

5 Key Benefits of SSL Certificates:

1. Data Protection

The first benefit of using SSL is something we touched upon above…security! By utilizing an SSL certificate, you’re keeping sensitive information, like passwords and credit card numbers, safe. The only browser or server that has access to protected data is the intended recipient. Additionally, your encrypted information becomes shielded from nefarious hackers. 

2. Identity Verification

Verifying your identity to websites helps confirm that who you say that you are, is who you truly are. Before using an SSL certificate, you first need to go through a verification set up by Certificate Authority (CA). This process confirms your identity and the legitimacy of your company/business. Once all this information is validated, then your website will gain trust amongst web users. Not to mention, it prevents anyone from creating a fraudulent version of your site, which can trick users into giving out their personal information.

3. Higher Google Rank

How you rank on Google can directly affect the number of people clicking on your website and influence overall trust in your company. Bottom line, the higher you rank on Google, the more likely you are to be seen by your target audience. A recent study shows a strong tie between websites using “HTTPS” and better rankings on sites like Google and Bing.

4. PCI/DSS requirements

If your company or organization takes payments over the internet, your site must be PCI compliant. Within those PCI requirements is the mandatory step of making your website secure using SSL. So if you plan on processing transactions online now or in the future, an SSL certificate is an absolute necessity.

5. Trusted Site

The primary way to tell whether a website is secure is to look in the search bar’s left corner. If the site has an SSL certificate, a padlock icon will be visible, indicating that the connection is secure. If the site isn’t safe, a web browser like Google Chrome will display an alert that says “not secure.” Since even casual web users can tell which sites are secure, it’s becoming increasingly important that all websites have safety measures in place.

Need help creating a more secure website? Binary Net is here to help you get started!

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Tips for Buying and Managing Domain Names

Work With a Reliable Company

There are a lot of issues that can crop up when purchasing and managing a domain yourself. One of the most important things you can do in order to avoid the headache and disruption to your business is by working with a local company like Binary Net. Establishing a personal relationship with your Domain Registrar makes it easier to control your domain.

Avoid Major Disruptions to Your domain by Following This Advice!

1. Avoid Domain Name Lapse or Loss of Ownership

Sudden domain Name lapse or loss of ownership can be a huge problem. Take this true story: First thing Monday morning, a client calls BTM World Headquarters and states that his company’s email and website went down over the weekend. During the time his website was down, his email stopped, and his business came to a complete halt!  

An issue like this is a huge concern, and from the perspective of clients, it is easy to miss automated domain renewal messages. Luckily, you can avoid this major set back by hiring a partner who knows your business and is looking out for you and your company. The Binary Net team personally knows each client and is able to identify when a domain name might be expiring. We often make personal calls to clients to remind them of their renewals. 

2. Trust a Well-Established, Local Company

While there are a variety of Domain Registrars out there, they are NOT all created equal. We once saw a client call the business who hosted their website, email, and domain name, only to discover that the company was out of business! What’s the solution? Trust an established company! 

Binary Net is a family-owned business that has been around for over 20 years. Plus, a large majority of our team lives and works in Lincoln. We keep things personal by assigning a primary account manager who will stay in contact with you. Come visit our downtown office any time or call your account manager directly if you have questions or need assistance! 

3. Make Security Requirements Easier

While the primary goal of security is to keep the wrong people out, often, those same security measures can lock people out of their own accounts. For example, some businesses require a pin number or the last 4 digits of the card on file when you call about an account. What happens if this info is lost or you don’t have it? You’ll be out of luck. As a smaller company, we are available 24/7 and will respond much more quickly. (Certain companies request a 72-hour turnaround!)

Of course, Binary has requirements too, but we also know our clients personally and will work with you directly until a problem is solved. 

Real-Life Example: We had a situation where a client had a change in management and couldn’t access their account any longer. To help with the recovery process, we visited the business, met the team, and were able to help walk them through the process of securely recovering their data.

Interested in domain management through Binary Net? Reach out to our experts below! 

Still Want To Manage a Domain Yourself?

If you would like to manage your domain yourself, keep in mind this advice:

  1. Make sure your registrant information is in your company’s name and that you have a reliable, knowledgeable team member managing it. 
  2. Keep your account information in a safe, easily accessible place. Even better, use a password manager application to store sensitive info. 
  3. Consider auto-renewing your domain plan so that you don’t lose access or buy a multi-year plan. 

If you have any further questions about why Binary Net is your best option for buying and managing domains, please contact us today!

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Data centers Disaster Recovery

Choosing a Data Center and Colocation Service that Fits Your Data Backup Needs

In the market for data backup and recovery services? Check out 5 tips for making the right decision for your business.

Making the Move To an Off-Site Data Center

Backup and recovery play a crucial part in keeping data and information safe from nefarious activity and natural disasters. Instead of playing catch up after disaster strikes, it’s important to plan ahead. We know how intimidating it can be to reconsider the way you use cloud backup and recovery services for your company. Datacenters.com does too and they’ve compiled a comprehensive list of tips to help guide you through the process of selecting a data center and colocation provider. 

When making the switch you’ll want to define goals and take actionable steps to reach those goals. This means: 

  1. Figuring out what you want from a provider and how you define a positive working relationship.
  2. Researching providers and selecting potential providers based on your location. Keep in mind that data centers in the Midwest are particularly useful if you live on a coast. Plus, it’s always better to keep your data in a different city so that your information isn’t impacted by a natural event in the city you live in. 
  3. Developing a request for proposal (RFP) and then reaching out to those providers.  
  4. Review the responses to your proposals.
  5. Make a final selection based on your responses.

The road to the right backup and recovery plan is closer than you might think. Take a look at the article above and reach out to us should you have any questions about cloud backup and disaster recovery. We are a leading provider of integrated data center services and continue to invest in highly reliable technology infrastructure to support businesses that need to keep applications, data, and communications available and secure.