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Thomas Costello

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Managing brand reputation in a social world


Earlier in August, we were lucky enough to invite 100 of our customers to Google’s London HQ where we ran a conference aimed at helping people improve the way they do business online. We would have loved it all of our customers could have joined us at the event, but for that to happen we…

Could your small business be under threat from new online privacy laws?

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A number of new proposals are being considered by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which could potentially have a very damaging impact on small businesses. The proposals, which are still under consideration from the Internet’s governing body, would see sweeping changes to WHOIS privacy which would result in ‘commercial’ entities being…

Does national identity matter to SMEs in Wales?


On Wednesday 3rd March, 123-reg hosted a round-table discussion with a number of key influencers in Wales to discuss the importance of the recently launched .wales and .cymru domain names. The event came on the back of the highly anticipated St David’s Day general availability launch of both .wales and cymru. The discussion focused on…

Protect your business against GHOST vulnerability


Cloud security company Qualys has reported that their research team have discovered a major security hole GHOST (CVE-2015-0235), in the Linux GNU C Library (glibc). It has been reported that this vulnerability enables hackers to remotely take control of systems without knowing any system IDs or passwords. What is the Ghost vulnerability? The Ghost vulnerability…

Kick-start your business in 2015

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Did you know that one in ten domestic properties in the UK is now home to a business and 2.9m “homepreneurs” are contributing £300bn to the British economy? Almost everyone has had a business idea come to them in some way or another. It may be simple or it may be complex but for many… to become worlds most expensive domain?

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A new record in domain name sales looks set to be broken as goes up for auction today. Speculators and industry experts expect the domain name which is one of the most sought after one-word names, to be auctioned off for more than £20m. The auction, which is being overseen by Breath Luxury, has…

Is your website running SSL v3.0?

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Earlier this week, Google announced a serious exploit which affects all webmasters and users of SSL v3.0. This security vulnerability is a serious issue because out of Alexa’s top one million domains, 96.9 per cent support SSL v3.0. The attack, which has been coined POODLE, can take advantage of web browsers’ fall back to SSL…

Shellshock Bash bug attack: what do you need to do?

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On Wednesday 24th September, 2014, The Red Hat security group released an important vulnerability announcement for bash. The security flaw, coined ‘Shellshock’, allows malicious code execution within the bash shell to take over an operating system and access confidential information. Additionally, Red Hat has warned that many programs that run bash shell in the background,…