Category Archives: General Technology

Why does Google say my site is “Not Secure”?

An SSL/TLS certificate is needed to not show “Not secure”

If you have paid any attention at all to Internet industry news in the past year or so, you know that Google (and others) are pushing for the adoption of security certificates across the board for all websites. Technically, your website does not really NEED a security certificate unless you are doing online transactions or capturing sensitive data from your visitors. In those cases a secure site is not just recommended, it is required. However, there are a few things you might want to consider before you dismiss the idea of a secure certificate on your run-of-the-mill web presence.

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Beware the Tech Support Pop-Up Scam

scam page image from MalwareBytes

scam page image from MalwareBytes

Once again there are reports of the scam that went around some time ago where you are innocently (at least we presume you are) browsing the Internet when a pop-up window reports that your ISP HAS BLOCKED YOUR PC. It even gives a helpful, though completely bogus, error #268D3. If you call the number (PLEASE DON’T) you will be asked to provide credit card information so they can fix your PC. All of this is, of course, a scam to rob you of your money and your credit card information.

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What Happened To My Email?

Another Episode in the Continuing Saga of Email Woes and Worries

If you have not had email problems in the past few months, consider yourself one of the lucky ones (plays Fortunate Son by CCR). In their ongoing attempts at stemming the onslaught of spammy and spoofed email, the large service providers (AKA #BigEmail) have instituted a variety of measures to check where email is coming from and verify its validity. These measures include coordinated sets of text records with the sexy and thrilling names of SPF, DMARC, and DKIM. Space is too limited here to go into an in-depth explanation of what they are and how they work (besides the fact that I probably don’t understand it as well as I’d like to think), so Google it if you’re interested.

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Google Shines a Beacon on Local Business

Google has started a pilot program that involves sending electronic beacons to businesses with physical (aka, “brick and mortar”) locations to make their venues more visible to customers with mobile devices. 

What’s a Beacon you ask?

Beacons are small electronic transmitters that send one-way signals that are read by customers’ phones. This location information can be used to access a broad range of services on mobile devices.

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Commonly Asked Questions

Commonly Asked Questions

You’ve asked them, you’ve heard them, we’ve answered them, we’ve researched them. Commonly asked questions in website design and development. It’s a deep ocean of elements, strategies, perspectives, and more. Here I’ve compiled some of the questions we get the most often. They range from basic to complex, and if you have a curiosity question, leave us a comment!

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Browser 101

Browser 101 | Powerserve

Do you use the same browser 24/7? Is it the best browser for you? Whether Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari is your current choice, there are distinct differences in speed and ease of use.

Browsers largely look and act the same: They render HTML in multiple tabs or separate windows, let you bookmark pages, and support HTTP and FTP file transfer. Within each one, however, are differences that may or may not fulfill your needs. Here’s a quick rundown of the most common browsers. What do you like to use?

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