Mobilegeddon is out, What you need to know

Mobilegeddon is out, What you need to know.

What is ‘Mobilegeddon’?

Everyone knows Google. It’s the dominate search engine holding around 65% of searches. Recently they announced that they would be changing their algorithm for mobile-searches. This change was meant to give results that are optimized for their device. What this means is when someone searches from a device other than a computer, a non-mobile friendly page will lose ranking. Due to the the massive impact this will have on SEO, it has been nicknamed, ‘Mobilegeddon’. Before the announcement 52% of Fortune 500 companies already had their site mobile ready.

pullQuoteMobilegeddon3When it comes to staying connected, smart phones and tablets have taken over. The proof is in the statistics. Over one-third of mobile users are exclusively using their device to purchase and seek out information. Despite the name ‘Mobilegeddon’, Google is only standardizing what the consumers already want. Consumers are less likely to stay on a site if it is not optimized for their device. If you don’t sell products online, you may feel this doesn’t affect you.  However, 65% of mobile users research online and make the purchases in store. If your site isn’t mobile friendly,then you’re loosing customers.

Google stated yesterday, “…we want to ensure that when you search on Google you find content that is not just relevant and timely, but also easy to read and interact with on smaller mobile screens.”

What can we do to help you?

Finding out if your website is mobile ready doesn’t have to be complicated. Head over to the developer section of Google and try out their test. That test is a great starting point, but you may need to do more. Different websites will take different amounts of work to make them mobile-friendly. Give us a call or e-mail with your sites address and fin out exactly how mobile ready your site is and how we can prevent ‘Mobilegeddon’ for you.

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What is “Malware”?

What is “Malware”?

Malicious software, otherwise known as Malware, is any a software that is built to infiltrate your computer with the purposes of taking sensitive data from your computer, causing a disruption of the computer operation, or gaining access to your computer system. There are many forms of malware, each with its own intended purpose. To really protect ones self from a malware attack it can take multiple programs working together to combat it. Lets take a look at a few different types of malware:

Spyware – a type of malware that hides inside of legitimate software or a trojan horse. It then secretly monitors activity, collects data, or even saves keystrokes.

Trojan Horse – typically a trojan horse (or just trojan) will try and trick a user into downloading it by pretending to be a legitimate software. If the user installs the software, it is then activated and can do things such as delete date, steal information or turn your computer into a storage location for illegal files.

Virus – a computer virus acts a lot like an actual virus. It infects the computer and then uses its connection to other computers to infect them. It’s use is much the same as a trojan horse.

Ad-ware – this type of malware is named after its symptom. Once a computer is infected with ad-ware the user will be shown advertisements via pop-ups.

Ransomware – this malware got its name due to the fact that it holds your computer “ransom”. When infected you will most likely see some screen that informs you that in order to keep your data from being deleted you have to pay the creator of the ransomware.

Phishing – while not actually malware it is just as important to be informed on while on the internet. Phishing scams have been around since the early e-mail days. Basically phishing uses a legitimate looking website or e-mail to get you to send personal information to them. It is best to never send any information to a website or e-mail unless you have double checked that it is the real one.

Occasionally you may run into these types of malware. It’s not uncommon for a site to get infected with malware, but luckily most malware is blocked by using the proper software application. Fortunately, if you do become infected with any of this malware, we most likely can help. It is important to keep your anti-virus and anti-malware software up to date to be guarded against these threats. Do you need your computer cleaned, updated, or software installed? If so call or drop by Compass Web Studio and we will do our best to serve you.

Is your computer backed up? – Data Backup

Are your computer’s files, pictures or documents backed up?

The price of external storage has greatly dropped, and newer technology like USB 3.0 (my personal favorite) makes it very easy to move large amounts of data very quickly. The slower USB 2.0 external hard drives, or flash drives, are extremely cheap and a good way to backup your important files on a low budget. Along with USB storage there are SD cards and other flash storage. SD cards are commonly used in cameras and mobile equipment as the data storage. Computer SD card readers are extremely cheap (as low as $5-10) and allow you to pile all your files onto your computer storage, to free up space on your camera or mobile device.

Along with a physical storage device, there are online storage options. This storage is commonly called “Cloud” storage. Several large companies, like Google or Dropbox, have purchased huge amounts of physical storage devices, and sell (or give) away space for you to store your computer’s files. This method is cheap, and has the added benefit of data-loss safety. If you drop your external hard drive and it breaks, you could end up losing your data backup. Online storage is backed up multiple times, so if one of their drives breaks, they’ll fix it and you don’t lose your information. The downside is you have to have an internet connection to backup, retrieve, or use your online information. Also, any thing that is connected to the internet, or is online, can potentially be hacked. The risk is low with current online security, but that risk is non-existent if you have a physical copy on a USB storage device and it’s not hooked-up to the internet.

Call or drop by Compass Web Studio and we can help you pick out the best storage option for you. We can also set up any special backup software you would like on your computer, and show you how it works.


Anti-theft Computer Disposal

When your computer crashes and you decide to throw it away, what happens with the information you have stored on it?

When parts on your computer fail, your computer storage will many times still hold the information, pictures, videos etc. that you had on it. There are several companies nowadays that specialize in retrieving “lost” data from damaged or broken computers, and retrieving lost data is getting more and more easier for cyber criminals.

Here at Compass Web Studio, we can safely dispose of your saved files so you have have peace of mind when throwing out your old computer. We also offer disposal and recycling of many old computer electronics too. Call, drop by, or visit Compass Web for more information on how we can help you with your computer needs.

Our New Office!

Our New Office!

    I’m proud to announce the opening of the Compass Web Studio office in Louisville, Illinois. This is a great milestone in our Southern Illinois growth, and we look forward to continuing to provide the best website, technology and computer services right here in Louisville, Illinois.

Drop by at 152 S. Church Street, on the West side of the square, or call us at 618.665.3007. We would be happy to work for you.

Chris Smith
Manager and Programmer