Laptop with HeartbleedUnless you’ve avoided the Internet altogether for the last few weeks, chances are you’d have heard of a dangerous new hack that’s been making the rounds, labelled ‘Heartbleed’.

By exploiting a loophole in OpenSSL library, this hack is able to gather login data from several sources. Many sites were affected, including Yahoo, Pinterest, Dropbox and Tumblr; and chances are that if you have accounts with such sites then you’ve already been asked to change your password. If not, you should do so now.

This isn’t the first hack like this, but it is a striking reminder of the importance of proper web safety. Nearly 90% of small businesses have had a security breach in the last year, which has risen from 76% a year ago (Source: Gov.UK ). If your business is not employing the highest levels of security when it comes to web encryption, you run the risk of endangering your site, your customers and even your company.

Whilst it’s all well and good alerting your customers to anything that may pose a potential threat, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your business is properly prepared to protect itself and its customers from such threats in the first place.

In order to do this, you must first learn to understand the risks, and how to manage them.

Of course this is easier said than done, given the level of expertise needed to fully grasp todays cutting-edge threats, especially when compared with the actual understanding of cyber security held by most web users. Simply changing your password to a phrase containing slightly more numbers is not sufficient protection.

Understanding The Risks

It’s not just getting your head around the multiple facets attached to cyber security either; it’s dedicating the time and effort into constantly ensuring that your customers are provided with the most up-to-date forms of protection.

With new hacks happening every day, and online surveillance becoming a predominant (and possibly threatening) issue, Internet security has never been a hotter topic.

At Gradwell, we take this issue incredibly seriously, and believe that our users should always have access to the best possible online security services for the best possible price. So, how can your company dip its toes in the cyber-security waters if you don’t have the necessary resources to hand?

Nominet Cyber Assist

Nominet Cyber Assist

As it turns out, Nominet, the Internet domain-names registrars, are working on making this process easier than ever. The company are planning to launch a brand new anti-e-crime service, aimed specifically at aiding small and medium-sized business owners.

They’ve already come up with an interesting name – Nominet Cyber Assist; and now they’re looking for 1,000 SMEs to try the service completely free of charge for a three month pilot trial.

The service is based around three core practices, Protect, Detect and Respond. By giving you access to a host of best practise guidelines, including ‘how to’ guides and training videos, your company can better understand the threats it’s faced with online.

Nominet is offering real-time monitoring and guidance specifically tailored to the needs of your business in order detect and warn you of any potential threats; giving you expert guidance from an entire team of cyber-security specialists. This is all about keeping your websites and emails secure, and keeping your business flowing without any unwanted cyber threats.

This offer is available to small businesses of all shapes and sizes, completely free of charge. Plus, once you’ve input your feedback on your experience of the service, you’ll also be entered into a prize draw with the chance to win £300 worth of John Lewis vouchers.

If you’d like to trail this experience for yourself, simply visit and sign up today.

However, before you investigate further into that fantastic offer, Gradwell has put together a list of a few simple practices you can carry out to ensure that your site is safe and secure from any outside threats.

Keeping Your Site Safe

By following these steps, you can rest assured knowing that you’re doing all you can to properly manage your privacy and online security:

  • Ensure you have the latest version of your anti-virus and firewall by updating your software at least once a week.
  • Don’t use the same password for every program – instead you should create a unique password for every login you have.
  • Always sign out of programs after you’ve finished using them. Leaving your computer logged in could leave your site vulnerable, especially if you’re using a public network.
  • Choose a secure hosting service – Your web and email client needs to be able to withstand a number of threats on a daily basis, so ensure you choose a trustworthy and reliable provider.

To find out more about creating a safe and secure website, visit the Gradwell Cloud or phone the number above and speak to member of the Gradwell team today.


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