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How To Protect Your Website From Digital Pirates

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When you hear the term “Cyber Pirates” I hope that a dashing image of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow coding at a desktop monitor doesn’t come to mind. In fact, cyber pirates are more threatening (and possibly more composed) when it comes to their method of pirating. 

More now than ever before, Cyber Pirates are using RansomWare to hold companies’ most important assets hostage, while releasing confidential information to the public. These attacks are happening all over the globe and amongst companies of all sizes. You might have read about the HBO hack that happened just a few weeks ago where hackers who used the same software accessed and leaked confidential information about upcoming television shows.  

So what exactly is RansomWare, and how can you detect and prevent the attacks from happening to your company? 

RansomWare is a malicious software that holds business websites hostage or threatens to release sensitive data to the public for a handsome fee. Cyber pirates will utilize a variety of avenues including emails, network traffic, user behavior and application traffic to insert RansomWare. These types of attacks are typically carried out using a “Trojan”  that is disguised as a legitimate file. For example, the Trojan might be an innocent looking email from your boss instructing you to check out pertinent information. Unknowingly you click the link, because you trust the source. But once you click the link, it activates the download of the malware and the hacker can encrypt your files until you supply the bounty.

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According to a recent article published by Barracuda.com, “ a Ransomware variant will infect between 30,000 to 35,000 devices a month, with some variants reaching up to 150,000 infections.” However, most of these attacks can be prevented. Follow our guidelines below to keep your website safe so you don’t become one of the statistics.

Although we always recommend first that you prevent threats before they happen, sometimes this isn’t always feasible. We also offer website maintenance and support to repair websites after they have been hacked.  Take a look at our Top 9 must do’s to keep your website running optimally while guarding it against any potential threats. 

  1. Run daily, weekly or monthly backups of all of your files. If a cyber attack occurs you want to ensure that you can recover the website from the most recent version.
  2. Host your website on a secure server. Our dedicated servers provide our clients with a variety of weapons to fight cyber security attacks. These include Firewall Protection, Anti-Spam and Anti-Virus Protection, HTTP Intrusion Protection, Daily security audits and more that all monitor threats and prevent them from attacking the website.
  3. Always make sure that you have an SSL certificate for your website., to initiate a secure session with browsers. Websites with SSL certificates have the “Secure” stamp of approval in the URL, also known as HTTP. 
  4. No website is self-sustainable, make sure to update your plugins. New plugins are constantly being rolled out to patch old bugs and potential vulnerabilities. So keeping your website backend up to date is instrumental in guarding it against possible threats.
  5. Use Strong Passwords and 2-Factor Authentication: Making sure that your website password is complex and updated bi-monthly and you have dual authentication for website access is crucial.
  6. Make sure to blacklist all bad or suspicious IP’s.
  7. Make sure to whitelist all trustworthy IP’s.
  8. Daily Attack Monitoring.- Sign up with a hosting and support company that offers Daily Attack Monitoring so that you know the exact moment when an attack is occurring. Responding quickly to an attack can be a deal breaker.
  9. Most importantly, be aware of suspicious emails, websites, and apps. In order for RansomeWare to work some has to unknowingly download malware onto their device.

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For more information on how to keep your website safe and secure from those digital pirates, contact us through our live chat option or click here to fill out our contact form and we can create the right Maintenance and Security package for you. 

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The results are in… And we have been named a Top NYC Digital Agency by Clutch!

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Socialfix was announced as one of the Top New York City Agencies and Developers of 2017 by Clutch!

Clutch provides ongoing research on leading B2B firms in New York to identify the top providers in the advertising, branding, public relations, social media management, SEO, pay-per-click, digital, mobile app development and custom software development industries.

Socialfix was announced as a top digital agency for 2017. We stood out amongst our competitors for our branding and digital strategy, digital design,  and digital marketing. We were evaluated on our market presence (services, clients, and past projects) and by client interviews conducted by Clutch analysts which are published as reviews on our company profile.

“All of the companies featured today have proven themselves as leaders in their industries due to their commitment to clients, passion for work, and ability to generate results.” said Jenna Seter, Business Analyst at Clutch. We are honored to have been recognized by Clutch as a top agency in this space. With 12 years of experience working in the digital marketing space, we have become fluent in all digital forms of communication and marketing. However, we are most satisfied that our experience has contributed to our clients’ success.

Most marketing companies don’t realize that the digital ecosystem is changing so rapidly. New trends are emerging and transforming quicker than we’ve ever seen before. At Socialfix, we are attuned to the ever-shifting digital world and we embrace the change, delivering marketing programs that make the biggest impact. What sets us apart from the rest is our approach to our client strategy and project management. The relationships that we form with our clients evolve into partnerships where we can work collaboratively to provide tailor-made solutions depending on the industry and each client’s respective goals.

Check out our profile at Clutch and how we have helped clients in the past, and how our digital services could enhance your company’s marketing initiatives in the future.

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Don’t Change the Channel: YouTube Marketing Just Got Really Important

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Have you ever gotten lost binge watching hours of YouTube videos? Well, you aren’t alone. According to YouTube, viewers are reportedly watching a total sum of one billion hours of YouTube clips per day.

That is a significant amount of time that consumers are spending on YouTube. So in terms of marketing, one might consider how to leverage your strategic marketing plans to take advantage of this premier digital platform.

Reach your clients where they already are. Right now, video marketing is more popular than ever and since consumers are spending a record high amount of time on YouTube, this is an opportunity to leverage your video content where consumers will be most likely to digest it.

Whether your business is completely new to YouTube, or it is looking to maximize existing video campaigns, we have the tips & tricks to perfect your video marketing strategy and get the most out of using YouTube to market your business.

  1. Focus on engagement, not views. YouTube reported that focusing on video engagement is more effective when measuring results. On the platform, videos under 2 minutes in length get almost 50% of all views. In terms of YouTube Ads, videos that are watched entirely will be given more visibility than videos that are abandoned early.
  2. Style of videos can vary from company spotlight,  client testimonials, product tutorials or quirky company culture clips. Don’t be afraid to diversify content, but remember to  keep the videos short and to the point. Don’t push out content that lags in its message, because viewers have the ability to click away instantly.  
  3. If your business is serious about video marketing, set up a dedicated branded channel for your business. During set up, pay attention to the details of your channel. Be sure to incorporate the company’s logo and a short yet intriguing description to assist viewers. Organize videos into playlists to motivate viewers to stream more content based on preference. Also take into consideration a compelling title for each video along with a thorough description. Although YouTube is a video platform, and emphasis is put on the visuals, the written content is crucial to creating the right first impression.
  4. Develop a content calendar to be consistent with posting on your business’ YouTube channel. Just like any other social media channel, a long silence in between posts won’t help with audience engagement and brand awareness. Plus, a calendar will keep you on track with collecting assets, scheduling production days, and editing content before the final cut should be delivered.  
  5. Use Analytics to know what is working and what is not. After Google, YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world. The platform allows for its users to access analytics about the reach and engagement of their videos. If your business is serious about using YouTube as a marketing platform, utilize the analytics to measure views over time, discover a breakdown of your sources of traffic and analyze the demographic of your viewers. There is a wide array of analytic specs available to understand how your videos are performing.
  6. Don’t worry about using annotations to engage your audience. This is referring to the pop-ups that appear while you are viewing a video as commentary or “Subscribe” links. As of May 2nd of this year, YouTube is getting rid of this featuring and focusing on “cards” and “end screens” to help engage your audience. Cards and End Screens will point viewers to other videos, playlists or channels on YouTube, call for subscriptions, promote your website, merchandise and crowdfunding campaigns, all of which will be compatible with mobile devices.  
  7. Consider paid ads on Youtube. You can promote your video with AdWords for Video in three ways: pre-roll ads before the videos that people watch, as a banner ad when you’re browsing the web, or as a promoted video when people search for similar video on YouTube. Keep in mind relevant keywords for your search, this might require prior research to understand what keywords are ranking for your industry and more specifically, your industry’s trends on YouTube.   

 

References:

https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/28/people-now-watch-1-billion-hours-of-youtube-per-day/?utm_content=buffer205bd&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

https://youtube.googleblog.com/2017/02/you-know-whats-cool-billion-hours.html

https://www.shopify.com/blog/12280057-7-ways-to-leverage-youtube-marketing-to-improve-sales

https://www.shopify.com/blog/6763696-youtube-analytics-10-ways-to-track-video-performance

https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/7342737

https://www.shopify.com/blog/6763696-youtube-analytics-10-ways-to-track-video-performance

https://www.business.qld.gov.au/running-business/marketing-sales/marketing-promotion/online-marketing/youtube/how

 

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Socialfix Acknowledged as Having Outstanding Company Culture by Smart CEO Magazine

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The Socialfix team is proud to be honored for having a company culture worth noting. If there is one thing Socialfix Media values, it’s the employees that make it all possible! Our founding partners Terry Tateossian and Ken Krysinski know how to make everyone feel welcome and like they are “rockstars”. From holiday parties to intern farewells, we are proud to be recognized for being what keeps us together, an inviting environment where everyone is treated as family!

Learn more about the award below!

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Socialfix Featured In The August 2015 Issue Of Social Life Magazine

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Socialfix recently received a fantastic feature in Social Life Magazine. The profile piece takes a brief look at Socialfix’s growth over the past 10 years as well as shines a light on whats next for Socialfix and the significance of staying on top of whats happening in the digital marketing industry. Take a closer look at the at the profile piece below.

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Socialfix Featured in NJBiz’s Business Profiles

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Socialfix was recently featured in NJBiz’s 2015 Business Profiles. The recent issue takes an in-depth look at New Jersey based businesses that are currently generating a significant amount of attention. The article dives into how hard the Socialfix team pushes to deliver their impressive product. It is that drive for client satisfaction that has given Socialfix their reputation of being honest, dedicated and hard working.

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Socialfix Featured In The July 2015 Issue Of SmartCEO Magazine

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Our very own Terry Tateossian was recently interviewed for New York’s SmartCEO Magazine. The interview touches on a few aspect’s as to what makes Socialfix special. As well as what Terry’s long term views on what the future holds for the digital medium. Socialfix will be sponsoring SmartCEO’s Skyline Awards on Thursday, August 20th. Check out Terry’s interview below.

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LWE Hamptons Retreat 2015

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Our very own  Terry Tateossian recently participated in an empowering 2-day retreat with over 20 successful women entrepreneurs from New Jersey and New York. The event was organized by Linda Wellbrock of Leading Women Entrepreneurs & Business Owners and sponsored by Morgan Stanley and HudsonMOD Magazine. The retreat was a great way to relax, discuss amongst peers and soak up some sun.

The first Hamptons adventure was designed to showcase businesses and unveil the benefits of other women-owned businesses from around the Greater New York area. The experiences offered through this retreat are based on the established principles of LWE: Innovation, Market Potential, Community Involvement and Advocacy for Women.

Check out some of the Trip Highlights:

We enjoyed several presentations including:

  • Manifesting Abundance in Your Life by Sangita Patel
  • Women of Influence by Lynn Boccio
  • Dinner was served at Tutto il Giorno, one of Donna Karan’s Hottest Hampton Eateries
  • Becoming a Business Energy Athlete  by Stephanie Solaris
  • Social Impact Investing Seminar at Wolffer Estate Winery
  • Morning Beach Yoga for the group

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