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Test and Improve Your Site’s Speed with Google’s Revamped "Test My Site" Tool

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An overwhelming majority of today’s customers interact with your small business via mobile devices. Therefore, optimizing your site for rapid, secure and streamlined mobile access is no longer a luxury; it is a necessity. Fast sites attract, and keep, customers’ interest. Conversely, slow-loading, cumbersome, sites not only frustrate users, but could drive potential new clients’ business elsewhere. Fortunately, Google’s recently retooled "Test My Site" feature delivers a powerful resource to help gauge performance, compare loading times to competitors and even offer suggestions to help boost your site’s speed.

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Study Finds Clear Link Between Hackers and SEO

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Search engine optimization is one of the keys to your online marketing strategy. It's critical in today's competitive market, as necessary now as it used to be for businesses to have prime real estate. Google is your real estate. Although it's easier to change than your physical location, it takes time, effort and a dedicated SEO strategy that focuses on the end user.

This fact is not lost on hackers, it seems, as a new study has found a clear correlation between site hacks and SEO. But how many site hacks target SEO? And if your site's SEO is ultimately damaged by a hacker, do you know how to recover?

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HTTPS May Be Essential in the Near Future

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Just as Google has made it essential for your site to be mobile-friendly, another big industry change that promises to benefit all internet users could be on the way. Luckily, just like having a responsive design, it's probably something you've been considering - if not already doing - for quite some time.

Basically, if your site isn't secure, you could be seeing a drop in search engine rank and a depreciated value in browsers. This means making use of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption to switch to HTTPS as soon as possible.

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Microsoft Ditching Internet Explorer in Windows 10?

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The impending release of Windows 10 is surrounded by rumors and, for Microsoft supporters, high hopes. More will be learned about the new OS at an event on January 21, but for now, it's thought that Windows 10 will cater as much to enterprise PC customers as it will to personal users. It's also thought that the new OS will finally be available on all devices including PCs, laptops, tablets and phones.

Perhaps the most startling news, however, is the rumor that Internet Explorer will be phased out for a new-and-improved browser currently codenamed "Spartan."

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Major WordPress Security Risks Leave Sites Vulnerable

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A serious Wordpress security vulnerability has been found by Nir Goldshlager, a member of the security team at Salesforce.com. The vulnerability leaves sites open to a DoS attack involving XML documents, similarly to a billion laughs attack or an XML bomb. Drupal sites could also fall victim to this attack.

Wordpress security risks are always a major concern, as the latest numbers from W3Techs show that almost 23 percent of the top 10 million sites use the content management system. According to several sources, WordPress is used by at least 60 million sites.

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