If you’re a regular reader here of our blog on all things about Canadian SEO, then you know that I’m totally sold by the folks over at Sophos and their spot-on security applications, white papers, tools, podcasts and blog infometrics that they seem to offer up weekly!
While I do try to accomodate the ‘best practices’ preached by this firm on our own boxes here at the office, what I can admit to is that sometimes…well, the time I have to do real client work somehow takes up too much of my day and the thoughts — nagging thoughts to be honest, about reading more and learning more and practising more security updates and notices, falls by the wayside.
I personally have not owned a Mac in years, not since I think I had a Mac CI, and bought a 1 MB HD for $999 (sigh, those were VERY expensive days eh) and so for me the launch of the new Apple Store is not news at all. Been there, done that and to be totally honest if your client base is ALL in the PC world, you’d be foolish we felt back in the early 90′s to fight that kind of momentum. So we sold our Macs and bought PCs…and tho I do still like the look & feel of a Mac, I live, breathe and die by the PC (personal disclaimer off).
I’ve always loved the HBO show, “Deadliest Catch,” and it’s past 7 seasons have been chock full of the worst kind of northern exposure to hyper captains, bad fishing and bad weather than I’d ever imagine possible. The character that I tended to like best, was Capt. Phil Harris, who passed away in Feb of this year, and as I’d missed the episodes that showed same, I thought I’d google for them, and see if I could catch-up to him and his ship the Cornelia Marie online.
SOPHOs rocks in our world! Yes, this is an un-adulterated review of one of the best, leading-edge safe browsing software companies out there!
Yes, they are in the business of providing anti-virus, security software and data protection…it’s a commercial business that we found years ago from RackSpace our data center (voted best in NA and I’ll talk about their fanatical support at another time, eh!) — but what I like about SOPHOs is more — much more than that, eh!
Okay, you’re most likely wondering what I’m referring to via the title of this short Monday am post, and here’ s the skinny. First, I usually hate adding anything 3rd party to apps, to change the planned/designed user experience value. That is, I’d rather have to think and click, than use an add-on to “add” value to a website or desktop application.
Well, if you’re like me, you’ve often glanced at the glossy mag entitled “Consumer Reports” at the local supermarket checkout line…but if you’re like me you seldom every buy. I mean honestly, who needs to know the “Top 10 Refridgerator Models for 2010!” anyways….
I mean come on, eh? There’s only so much to research and once you determine how many Canadians you can stock in the “beer crisper,” how much more do you need to know, eh?
Ahh…but that’s not ALL that this well known, big-rep magazine offers to it’s readers, I’ve just learned!
Okay, I know that you may be thinking that Blackhat SEO is something practiced by a teensy tiny minority…but it’s the “how they do it” that is most troubling, and my hat’s off to SOPHOS for exposing this for us.
SOPHOS is the anti-virus, security company with more than 100 million users globally and yes, we use their products our own selves but did NOT receive anything for this article <note my disclaimer is now OFF>.
Clients of course, call us for all kind of “off-topic” reasons and we are fine with that, as we like to be able to help them solve computer and business isssues that can arise at times. And our latest string of 4 calls from 4 different clients appears to have a theme – one that’s not so dang nice, eh!
All of them have “other” sites…that is while we look after their major corporate sites for both SEO and in many cases CMS or web development in general, they also maintain on their own, secondary sites that are either “hobby” sites (model airplane kit building is one example) or sports sites (their son’s hockey team site) and all four of them have been hit in the past week with the Google malware warning notices! Looks like malware attacks via domain insertions is back, eh! Where they trick you into coming to their site, infect your machine, grab your FTP logins and then upload hacked code to your site! For more info from Google on this matter, click here….
Having had malware infected clients before, where somehow an exploit was taken advantage of by a hacker, meant that the client site was then labelled as “Malware infected” by Google, we know that this kind of infection, leads to god-awful SEO rankings! In fact, what happens is that Google, when it detects the malware on your site via it’s automated bots, it then “blankets” your serp listings with this header –
As you can see, this is a older image that occured awhile back (for google itself even!) but the intent of course was that Google would inform users that the site that they showed in their results page, could harm a site vistiors computer, including of course, the unknowing “drive-by download” infection.