Social distancing

Google’s new AR tool will visualise social distancing

Google has a new tool, called Sodar, to help you measure your social distancing space – available for Android users now. Google’s new Sodar experiment helps you keep social distance by using Augmented Reality (AR). It overlays a digital guide that shows if you are two meters away from someone or not.

Find our more in a recent article published by The Times newspaper. Social distancing is an effective way to stop the spread of Coronavirus. Now Google is offering a new tool that uses AR to help you enforce it.

“Sodar” is an experiment created by Google which is designed to use AR. It puts a virtual two metre (just over 6 feet) social distancing boundary around you. That’s the distance that’s generally recommended to keep between two people to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Since this is using AR, don’t expect the line to be perfectly precise, but it should be somewhat close. In recent tests, it seems accurate enough. It also really puts in perspective just how far that distance actually is.

Social distancing

Sodar – use WebXR to help visualise social distancing guidelines in your environment. Using Sodar on supported mobile devices, create an augmented reality two metre radius ring around you.

How does it work?

Notably, Sodar only works on Google Chrome and only on Android devices. The first time you access it, you’ll be greeted with some permissions. Those include for AR directly as well as camera access for Google Chrome if you’ve never granted that before. After giving it a look at the ground to calibrate the sensors, the line appears.

Keep in mind that AR based solutions are not fool proof in their assessment of our real world. Despite all the advancements treat the boundary suggested as a guideline rather than a measure of accuracy. In matters of health and public safety, it is better to err on the side of caution. Still, it’s a good tool to have to reinforce the ideas of social distancing and just how

much distance is needed.

Business support

We are unable to predict when then world will get back to normal. However, we are able to businesses get back to work. As well as helping you colleagues work from home. Contact The LIS Help Desk to discuss, IT support, networking, security and telecoms. Our friendly team will be happy to help and discuss the latest technology for your business. LIS helping businesses stay safe!

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E-commerce Website Security

Is your e-commerce website security up to date?

Protect against web-skimming and client-side attacks. A campaign discovered by Malwarebytes Labs in mid-April has lifted credentials from a number of e-commerce portals. Read the full article by Threat Post. Businesses need to understand the main types of e-commerce threats and e-commerce website security should be taken seriously.

What is a credit card skimmer?

Credit card skimming is a type of credit card theft. Cyber criminals use a small device to steal credit card information in an otherwise legitimate credit or debit card transaction. When a credit or debit card is swiped through a skimmer, the device captures and stores all the details stored in the card’s magnetic stripe. The web equivalent is a piece of software that diverts your credit card details to criminals but allows the genuine transaction to go through, so no-one knows any different.

Mitigate client-side risks before they happen. Make sure your website is secure and up to date. Start protecting your online shoppers right now.

Safe shopping experience

Securing your e-commerce business website is critical. This will maintain your reputation, consumer satisfaction and revenue. This is especially true in the current climate. Businesses are moving quickly towards online sales. Consumer habits are changing rapidly. Hackers are working hard to take advantage.

E-commerce Website Security

Ecommerce sites can be popular targets for hackers because they work with sensitive and personal information. This means cyber criminals have a lot to gain from getting in to the system.

Outdated techniques lead to some blind-sided attacks?

Third-party codes, such as JavaScript and embedded iFrames, mean the code is running outside of your control on your site. If the comprised code can invisibly intercept each transaction, steal the data or modify it without you being aware.

These client-side attacks, like web skimming, can cause customer’s data stealing directly from their browser. As a result, leading to sensitive information and payment data theft. Malicious code could be on your website, typically for in excess of 30 days. These types of attacks are a serious threat to online business and will damage your reputation.

Case study

In March 2020, the household brand Tupperware, known for its plastic food container products, was infiltrated by hackers. Using digital skimming code that compromised personal and financial information of almost a million monthly visitors.

The hackers were able to place malicious code on Tupperware’s website to collect details of payment cards that buyers filled in while making purchases. The malicious code discovered hiding in Tupperware’s website on March 20th 2020 was active for at least five days, according to Malwarebytes. Read the full article published by Teiss.

How can you secure your website?

Make sure all updates are installed as quickly as possible with a managed process. Contact the LIS Help Desk and talk to one of our team. We can provide managed hosting solutions and can look after your website security.

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Professional Domain Names

Did you know that great professional domain names are the easiest way for customers to find you online? You can help your visitors find you by using a domain name that is short and memorable.

Are you still using a generic email address for your business? There are plenty to choose from for example: Gmail, Yahoo, BT, Virgin to name a few. Take a look at a recent article from business.com about why choosing your domain name is so important.

So, what are the benefits of professional domain names?

Protect your business, and brand, by ensuring that you own the rights to your domain. Protect your brand, the best website practice would be to ensure that you own your website domain.

There are many advantages to owning your company’s domain. These are just a few of the most important benefits to consider:

Increase your search ranking

Amongst the hundreds of search ranking factors Google takes into consideration, one of them weighs heavily on domain names. If you own your unique business domain, Google will rank your website higher than those that use free domain names from web hosting sites.

It is all yours

By owning your own domain, you own your company name on the web. This sense of ownership will increase brand awareness and project your company as professional in the digital marketplace which will help grow your business online. Your brand will also build up its credibility. By having a clean domain name your company will stand out and be cohesive throughout your digital strategy and marketing materials.

Professional Domain Names

Struggling with how to choose a domain name? Picking the right domain name is one of the most important things you will need to decide for your business email and website.

Company email accounts

Emailing is a critical activity that every business partakes in, so it is important to have a company email that matches your domain name. For example, your company emails will follow yourname@yourcompany.com. By linking the two you will have instant brand recognition from customers who are trying to contact you. Email marketing campaigns will also be coming from your reputable company email accounts. By having your company name after the @ symbol, you will increase the trust in your customer relationships and have consistent contact information across every employee.

Flexibility with professional domain names

When you own your domain, you have the flexibility to switch web hosts at any time. You will take your domain name and company email addresses with you. If another web hosting company owns your domain, you will not have the option to switch to another website hosting with your domain. Website design and development is constantly changing, along with the web hosting websites, so it is crucial to own your domain.

How can we help you build your audience?

The bottom line is that good professional domain names go a long way toward generating traffic to your website and building your reputation. That, in turn, will result in more customers and better sales.

Right now, for the price of a drink or two, you get endless benefits. A matching website and email address will make your business more professional and let you have control over your online image. If you don’t have your own domain name, contact the LIS Help Desk to speak to our team. LIS have hundreds of domain names to choose from. We are able to offer domain registration, website hosting, email set up and website design.

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Protect data from ransomware

Protect data from ransomware attacks to your systems. You have probably heard of computer malware, however have you heard of ransomware? It’s what criminals use to target the data in your business. Your system and data are crucial to your business. Don’t gamble with your security. Make sure your business is protected from the outside world.

Ransomware is a form of malicious software placed on your devices. It locks you out of your data and it is terrifying. The criminals will then demand cash to unlock your data. Every business  should protect data from ransomware, as it is at risk all the time. Hackers use automated tools to sniff out opportunities.

Our new video has three ways you can protect your business from ransomware.

Hackers can force victims to pay a ransom to regain access. It can infect your computer when you download an innocent-looking email attachment. If you visit a website that secretly executes malicious code. This ultimately encrypts critical files or denies access to the computer. The two main forms of this malware are currently widespread:

  • Blocker ransomware locks users out of basic computer functions. For example, it might deny access to your desktop by partially disabling files the computer uses to boot. You could still use your computer to pay the ransom, but otherwise it would be useless. The good news? Locker malware typically avoids encrypting critical files in favour of simply locking you out, meaning there’s less chance of total data destruction.
  • Crypto ransomware encrypts your critical data — documents, photos, and videos — while leaving more basic computer functions untouched. Crypto creators often include a countdown in their ransom demand. Many users ignore or don’t understand the importance of backing up files to an external storage device, so they often choose to pay the ransom because they can’t see any other way of getting their files back.

How to respond to ransomware attacks

Unfortunately, ransom malware is here to stay. What if you have already become the victim of a ransomware attack? If you’re concerned about ransomware, need to update your security, or need any assistance properly backing up your data, get in touch. Contact The LIS Help Desk today to talk to one of our team to make sure your business is protected.

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Easy access with Gmail

Do you use Gmail? Now it’s simpler to customise it and change your settings, with the new quick access settings panel. Easy access with Gmail makes it easier for the end user to customise their personal email account.

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What’s changing

Gmail are adding a quick settings menu that helps you easily find and use different layouts, settings and themes that feel right for you. When you click on Settings, you’ll now see different interfaces, inbox types, and display options alongside your real inbox. When an option is selected, the inbox will immediately update so you can compare choices and see how settings work in real time. The full settings menu is still available by clicking the “See all settings” button at the top of the new quick settings menu.

Easy access with Gmail

The customization matters for the user as it gives you an option to personalize the Gmail interface. You get to set it up to the most optimal look where you can easily find and read your email.

Why it matters

Gmail has many options to customize layout, look and feel, and other details to make sure the interface is personalized and optimized for how you like to work. These include:

  • Customizing the density of text and information displayed
  • Choosing a different inbox type to help intelligently prioritize and organize emails
  • Adding reading panes to quickly see email contents
  • Applying themes to personalize the look and feel of your inbox

They are making these options easier to find and letting you explore them in real time. So, your actual inbox will update immediately to show you exactly what the setting will do. They hope this makes it easier to set up Gmail the way that works best for you.

Additional details

Note that this update just adds an easier way to access settings that already exist in the full Gmail settings menu. There are no new settings, and users’ existing settings won’t be changed with this update. You can still see the full settings menu by clicking the “See all settings” button at the top of the new quick settings menu.
So how can we help your business?

Are you a sole trader or SME that are using Gmail or another email provider? Would you like a more professional email address? One major benefit of using a custom domain name for your website is the fact that you can easily get a professional email address using your domain name.

We have hundreds of domain names for sale. Are always happy to assist you finding the right one for your business.

Contact the LIS Help Desk for your professional domain name today. We are only one click away from helping you with your business.

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