Notice of Enhancements to McAfee SaaS Solutions

To increase the overall security, usability and functionality of our cloud-based security services, Intel Security has implemented several enhancements to McAfee® SaaS Email Protection and Continuity, McAfee® SaaS Email Archiving, and McAfee® SaaS Web Protection effective Monday, March 23rd.

The major enhancements include:

McAfee SaaS Email Protection

  • Updated Email Anti-Virus Engines: As part of our ongoing commitment to provide industry-leading malware protection, our “Triple AV” capability is now a standard feature of the service.

Triple AV includes:

  • McAfee AV
  • McAfee WormTraq 0-day engine
  • Industry-leading 3rd party AV engine

Please note that no action is required and AV scanning is enabled by default.

  • New Spam Classification Option for Inbound Filtering: “Enable spam flood prevention” has been added to policy options, improving effectiveness against high-volume, short-lived spam campaigns. This option is now enabled by default in all inbound policies for both new and existing customers
  • Spam Detection Improvements: Ongoing improvements to the spam detection capabilities of the service are being updated on a continual basis.

McAfee SaaS Email Archiving

  • Updated Outlook Add-in for Email Archiving: A new version of the Email Archiving Outlook Add-in has been released.

McAfee SaaS Web Protection

  • McAfee Client Proxy (MCP) Secret Key Management: To provide administrators with the flexibility to reset their “secret key” used for MCP deployment, we have added an option to reset this key in the SaaS Control Console. With this option, downtime can be minimized when moving to hybrid deployment if the original secret key has been lost.
  • Mac OS X End User Flexibility for MCP:  End-users with MCP on Mac OS X devices can request a temporary bypass key for web filtering. This requires deployment of MCP to OS X devices via McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO). Temporary bypass keys are not available for Windows users.
  • New Fields in Audit Trail Reporting: The Audit Trail reporting option within the SaaS Control Console for Web Protection now includes log policy changes, MCP policy changes, and MCP secret key resets.
  • Removal of MCP User Identification Utility: the legacy MCP User Identification Utility has been removed from the SaaS Control Console.  The functionality provided by the utility has been replaced by both the Directory Services Connector capabilities and the ability of MCP itself to provide live group membership details.
  • Removal of WDS Connector link: The WDS Connector is no longer available for download from the Control Console. While existing deployments using the WDS connector will still remain functional, administrators are advised to use McAfee Client Proxy or IP Authentication in its place.

Discussions surrounding this release or other product related topics can be found on the McAfee Product Communities for SaaS Email Security and SaaS Web Security.

Acer Ultrabook U14: A Versatile Hybrid notebook with Windows 7 at an SMB Price!

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Even with hybrid functionality, Acer hits the price sweet spot for small businesses.

Acer focuses on the Intel i5 CPU power with 8GB RAM, in a flexible portable package with SSD (Solid State Drives).

This configuration provides exceptional performance and battery life.

 

Prices starting at $1199 robustly configured with 2 year manufacturer warranty!

 

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If you’re new to Office 2013, you can download any of our free Quick Start Guides. These printable guides contain useful tips, shortcuts, and screenshots to help you find your way around.

On Windows 8, you can open and view these guides in the Windows 8 Reader app without any additional steps. On older versions of Windows, you’ll need to install the free Adobe Reader before you can open and view these guides.

If you are considering different options for your office productivity, why dont you contact us and see what we can do to improve your teams performance?

Or visit:  http://netcomcloud.com/office-apps/

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Security’s changing role leaves consumers personal information open to fraud, theft, and data breaches.

Security’s changing role leaves consumers personal information open to fraud, theft, and data breaches.

You can rely on Netcom Enterprises to help deliver peace of mind.

Security has always been critical to the retail environment, but it’s even more imperative with the proliferation of digital technologies and connected devices.

To meet today’s security challenges, everyone must protect themselves and their businesses against fraud, theft, and hacking on a much larger scale: the store level, the device level, and the data level.

  • Netcom provides systems that utilize new and existing security cameras to improve merchandising effectiveness and optimize store layouts.
  • Netcom provides solutions that integrate various vendors such as Intel®, Microsoft, McAfee, SonicWall and Vipre technologies to safeguard all data from malicious attacks and unauthorized access.
  • Netcom provides solutions that monitor a wide range of threats while delivering business intelligence, ultimately benefitting consumers, marketing efforts, and brand integrity.

Contact Netcom Enterprises to learn more about solutions in today’s growing security industry and for inspiration about how best to take advantage of these new opportunities.

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10 Quick and Dirty Tips to Improve Your SEO

There are a lot of tactics you can do to increase your organic leads without paying a lot of money, if you are do-it-yourself inclined.  You do not have to be a technical guru or a genius.  You just have to have a burning passion about your industry, and provide good content regularly to the appropriate mediums.

Things you will need to do:

  1. Install Google Analytics
  2. Create a Yelp account, receive great reviews from Yelp.com
  3. Add a Facebook page, receive great reviews
  4. Add Pinterest, Twitter, and other social media accounts – back-link them to your website
  5. Select and provide keywords so we can track keyword advertising rank (you will need to be able to install analytics code for this to work)
  6. Submit your website to different search engines (Bing, Google, Ask.com, etc) – make sure you have a sitemap too
  7. Create landing pages, publish to marketing campaigns and push users back to your website: Encourage users to sign up with calls-to-action, with special offers or information
  8. Create interesting content things that appeal to your target audience with industry-specific newsletters and push these leads back to your website with calls-to-action or specific landing pages
  9. Periodically measure your website analytics for success with campaigns, use segmenting to see which campaigns are stronger – cut the campaigns that are not successful, push ahead with campaigns that are successful.
  10. In the future, consider a pay-per-click marketing campaign once you have deciphered the ad-words that you rank best in.

After a few weeks, once you have established these lead generation opportunities, measure your results with a good analytics tool.  If you don’t like your results, try something different, add more (useful) content and try again. Try to get into the mind of the user, build trust and rapport.  Don’t aim to close the sale in one hit.  Aim to collect user information that can later build into a strong lead.

If none of this good old fashioned elbow grease appeals to you, why don’t you talk to us at 808-726-5566 about how we can help you with your SEO campaign?  See our SEO packages!

Why ‘How Much Should A Website Cost?’ is a Difficult Question

“So how much will a new website cost?”

It’s probably the most common question I get asked by new clients.

I don’t blame them. It’s probably the first question I would ask myself. But it is actually quite a tricky question to answer as it depends on so many things.

Now I’m not trying to get out of providing a straight answer. I often get the feeling that clients think I am.

I even get the uneasy feeling that some new clients believe that I ask so many questions about their business so I can gauge how much I can get away with charging to build their new website.

One of the biggest issues with figuring out the price is that web design is a service, but most clients see a website as a ‘product’. Many of them believe that they can walk into ‘virtual store’ and order a 5 page website for fixed fee. However a website is something that a team of people have to work on to build.

When you realize this it makes it easier to understand why it is so tough to provide a straightforward price.

Regardless of this I still understand that it is actually a fair question to ask. As a business owner you need to make sure you are spending your money wisely. But you must realize that asking how much a website will cost is a bit like walking into a used car dealership and asking how much it will be to buy a car.

After the used car salesman has stopped rubbing his hand with glee he will ask what type of car you had in mind. He’ll ask about your budget, what you will use it for, how many people it should hold, if it needs to be practical or sporty, and even what color you would like it to be.

Yes, he’ll ask loads of questions to try and narrow down the massive selection so he can point you to the best car for your needs.

Like cars, there can be a massive difference in costs when it comes to developing a website. Some web designers will charge $100 while others charge $10,000, or more.

‘Surely there can’t be that much of a difference?’, I hear you ask.

Well like cars, you can buy an economic model by a Far Eastern car manufacturer for around $5000, or you can buy a Lamborghini for $500,000. Both provide the same basic functions – they take you from point A to point B. However, there is a massive difference when it comes to design, engineering, comfort and quality.

So that being said, how much should a website really cost?

Where does the cost of building a new website come from?

You may have seen TV adverts where they make it look so easy to build your own website for under a $10 a month. However this isn’t really a website – it is a web presence. Something you can put on your business cards and point clients at but it won’t do a good job of actually acquiring new clients.

If this is the kind of website that you are after then the rest of this article isn’t really for you. Head straight to wordpress.com and grab yourself a free website.

Or build yourself a Facebook or Google+ page and forget about a fully-fledged website. For some types of business this is actually a better way to spend your marketing budget than creating a proper website.

Quite often, you can get the same – or better – results with far less work, and far less cost. Different online channels suit different types of business.

For example, say you are a plumber. It’s a competitive market, with plumbers everywhere. So when someone needs a plumber, they’ll turn to Google and put in their location and/or specific needs.

Which page will come up top in the results? — The most relevant pages of course. Pages on websites that have thousands of links pointing to them are more likely to rank higher.

Your plumber cannot afford to generate hundreds of inbound links, on top of paying for a custom website. It is bad marketing. It’s a bad use of budget and time. It’s the wrong thing to sell this client.

What’s the right answer?

There are thousands of websites out there that will list the business, either for free, or for a small fee (far less than getting a custom site built and hosted).

These sites are likely to have thousands of pages, and thousands of inbound links. So your plumber can get a better result for a fraction of the cost. That’s good marketing, and good business.

This article is for those of you that are after a website that properly markets your business. You should desire a website that will not only look the part, but will also perform well in the search engines and help generate customers for you, a website that reflects your business, its goals and your brand.

So before a web designer can provide a cost they first have to try and figure out what is involved. That is why they will ask so many questions. At least a good web designer will.

Now that you know what a real website is, I can explain all of the things that are involved in building one.

Visitors

Keywords need to be researched and selected so that you can rank highly in Google and attract visitors to your website. This means research, back linking, article writing and content curation to ensure you have the right content to attract visitor’s attention.

Structure and Conversion

Someone has to think about pages, navigation and usability, and the best way to get users from here to there. Once visitors get to your website the content needs to styled so that it persuades them to take action on your website – buy that widget, fill in that form etc.

Text

It doesn’t matter if you write the copy yourself or hire a specialized copywriter the text still needs to be collated, spell-checked, proof read before it can be used.

Pictures

Regardless of whether you have your own photos, need them taken, or simply want to use stock images they still have to be resized, retouched, and organized.

Design

There needs to be some thought put into choosing colors, fonts and graphics so they work with your brand and match your other marketing collateral.

Page Layout

The location of headers, footers, sidebars opt-in boxes, and social media icons need to be decided to provide the best possible chance of converting visitors into clients.

Coding

Your website will need good quality code that works quickly and doesn’t crash causing errors, or breaking your website completely.

Compatibility

There are dozens of different web browsers that run on Macs and PC’s that all need to display the website without a glitch. This means coding, testing and fixing all of the issue to provide the best experience for visitors – regardless of what they use.

Mobile

Visitors to your website using mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones will soon make up the bulk of the people looking at your website. This means someone has to ensure your website looks good on different sized screens while still being able to be read and used properly.

Social media

Successful online businesses will leverage social media including Facebook, twitter and Google+. So someone needs to integrate your social media accounts into your website and create easy methods to share your content with others.

Go live

Someone has to buy your domain name, install your site on a hosting server, set up the DNS, get your analytics, webmaster tools and sitemaps and make sure everything is working.

It’s a long list of things that need done to ensure you get the best possible website. I haven’t listed them so I can justify putting a large price tag on the cost of a website. No, it is simply to give you a better understanding of the tasks that a web designer has to carry out in order to determine the cost of building your website.

How is your money spent?

You may imagine that the bulk of the costs involved in building a new website would be spent to design, layout, and code it. In the 90’s and early 00’s this may well have been true.  This doesn’t happen anymore.

Many of the modern frameworks available have cut the length of time these tasks take meaning that they now eat up far less of your budget. This also means new websites are also far quicker to create as much of the work is pre-built within the framework. ‘Great news’ I hear your shout, ‘it will mean web design costs are going down’. Not quite.

Work still needs to be done to attract visitors and to convert them into clients. After all there is no point in having a fantastic looking website that nobody visits. The best approach is to move the money you save on the development into marketing your website. This means that the overall web costs are about the same but you now have more money to spend on finding and attracting new clients to the new website.

In the past I would have allocated 90% of the budget to the design tasks. Now it is about 25% – 50%. The remainder of the budget should be used on marketing the website so it generates leads and makes money. This makes the website a business asset rather than a liability.

However there are some limitations in what can be achieved when using a customized website like the one I described above. For example this approach does not allow for complete flexibility in layout so you may not be able to get the exact look that you are after. Similarly, there may also be some limitations in functionality.

So if you go for a customized website where you take an existing theme and modify it to fit in with your brand it can save loads of time and effort. However, a bespoke website can be designed to look exactly how you want. This is a more time consuming and costly approach more suited to very large companies or multi-nationals.

In my experience the vast majority of businesses would be more suited to having a customized website due the massive time and cost savings involved.

Prices to build different types of website

Basic customized website

Up to $3,000

This would be the price point that most startups would aim at. You should expect a website built on WordPress or a similar content management system with a customized theme. The use of plugins means that the functionality can be added quickly and inexpensively.

What you should expect:

  • Basic customization of an existing theme branded to your company requirements based on WordPress, Joomla or another CMS framework
  • Content and image sliders
  • Contact forms
  • Opt-in forms
  • Photo galleries
  • Social media integration
  • Blog
  • Basic keyword optimization
  • Cross browser compatibility
  • Sitemaps

What you won’t get:

  • Copywriting or content creation
  • Photography and video
  • Branding or a logo
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Keyword research and content optimization
  • In-depth conversation optimization
  • E-commerce or shopping cart
  • custom coding or functionality
  • Integration to back office systems

Partially customized e-commerce design

$3,000 to $5,000

At this price point you can expect an e-commerce website using a customized theme that matches you corporate brand. You can also add responsive design.

What you should expect:

  • A customized theme branded to match your corporate identity based on WordPress, Joomla or another CMS framework
  • Content and image sliders
  • Basic e-commerce or shopping cart functionality
  • Contact forms
  • Opt-in forms
  • Photo galleries
  • Social media integration
  • Blog
  • Basic keyword optimization
  • Cross-browser compatibility
  • Responsive design so your website works properly on tablets and smartphones
  • Sitemaps

What you won’t get:

  • Copywriting or content creation
  • Photography and video
  • Branding or a logo
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Keyword research and content optimization
  • In-depth conversation optimization
  • custom coding or functionality
  • Integration to back office systems

Fully customized design

$5,000 to $10,000

You can expect more customized functionality that is tailored to your exact needs. You could also add in keyword research and basic search engine optimization. You may also get some copywriting to ensure you get the correct message over to your target market.

What you should expect:

  • A fully customized theme branded to match your corporate identity based on WordPress, Joomla or another CMS framework
  • Content and image sliders
  • Basic e-commerce or shopping cart functionality
  • Contact forms
  • Opt-in forms
  • Photo galleries
  • Social media integration
  • Blog
  • Basic keyword optimization
  • Cross-browser compatibility
  • Responsive design so your website works properly on tablets and smartphones
  • Sitemaps
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Keyword research and content optimization
  • Copywriting or content creation

What you won’t get:

  • Photography and video
  • Branding or a logo
  • In-depth conversation optimization
  • custom coding or functionality
  • Integration to back office systems

All inclusive website

$10,000 to $30,000

At this price level you will be able to sit back and relax and let the design team look after almost everything – such a content creation and branding.

What you should expect:

  • A fully customized theme branded to match your corporate identity based on WordPress, Joomla or another CMS framework
  • Content and image sliders
  • Basic e-commerce or shopping cart functionality
  • Contact forms
  • Opt-in forms
  • Photo galleries
  • Social media integration
  • Blog
  • Basic keyword optimization
  • Cross browser compatibility
  • Responsive design so your website works properly on tablets and smartphones
  • Sitemaps
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Keyword research and content optimization
  • Copywriting or content creation
  • Branding or a logo
  • In-depth conversation optimization

What you won’t get:

  • Photography and video
  • custom coding or functionality
  • Integration to back office systems

Bespoke website

$30,000 – $50,000

The key phrase here is ‘bespoke’. This is where the web design team can define all your requirements and you sit back and watch the solution happen – from branding to integration of your back office systems almost everything is included. You can add all of the functionality you desire and expect a fully compatible, mobile friendly site.

The e-commerce elements will be customized to your exact requirement and should support large and complex product ranges. However, copywriting will be more difficult so it hasn’t been included.

What you should expect:

  • A fully customized theme branded to match your corporate identity based on WordPress, Joomla or another CMS framework
  • Content and image sliders
  • Basic e-commerce or shopping cart functionality
  • Contact forms
  • Opt-in forms
  • Photo galleries
  • Social media integration
  • Blog
  • Basic keyword optimization
  • Cross-browser compatibility
  • Responsive design so your website works properly on tablets and smartphones
  • Sitemaps
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Keyword research and content optimization
  • Branding or a logo
  • In-depth conversation optimization
  • custom coding or functionality
  • Integration to back office systems

What you won’t get:

  • Photography and video
  • Copywriting or content creation

The sky’s the limit website

$50,000+

If you are large company or multi-national then budget isn’t a restriction so you can have anything you want. No limits.

How to Decide if the Cost You’ve Been Given is Fair

Firstly, you have to make sure that you understand all of the features that you will get. Some designers may include extra features, while others may have removed them to make their price look more attractive. You need to make sure that you compare the features each solution offers to allow you to gauge the value of each properly.

You also need to know if you would like to work with a particular web design agency. Are they trustworthy? Will they bump the costs up?

Different Ways to Pay for Your Website

Now you know roughly how much your website might cost the next stage is to actually pay for it. Most web designers will ask for a deposit, others may produce monthly invoices throughout the lifetime of the project. Some may charge you once particular milestones have been reached and for small projects you may only have a single payment to pay at the end. Some designers may even allow you to spread the cost over a period of time – say 2 years – so you can afford the best possible website.

Ba aware that it is common for web designers to refuse to make your website live until your bills have been paid. They also may have the ability to take your website down if you don’t keep to the greed payment schedule.

Here is a list of the more common payment methods web designers may have.

  • Monthly Invoices
  • Milestone Payments
  • Single Lump Sum Payment
  • Finance Over A Period of Time

– Written by Kevin Craighead

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NETCOM ENTERPRISES OFFERS FINANCING FOR WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT

Netcom Enterprises is very invested in seeing you succeed at your business. We realize that when you start out, preservation of capital is key.  So very often, many business owners put off the creation of what could be one of their most valuable assets – their website.  We offer business consulting, and valuable web marketing advice.  Everything you need to activate your online marketing efforts.  Our packages are turnkey and offer the build, design, SEO, analytics, hosting, domain name registration, optional e-commerce, optional static IP,  plugins, custom work, design and development.  Everything needed to have a brand new website ready to go in thirty days.

We have designed three very affordable packages we think you will like.  Use these plans interchangeably to receive monthly design/development help ala carte or to finance the build of your web project.  Any unused hours will roll over into what is left of your contract plan.   Please feel free to call us at 808-938-8888 to get started!

Save a Bunch! Pick a Contract Design Plan

Use these 24-month contract plans to make incremental changes to your website without undergoing an entire rebuild or use these plans to finance your entire site build and preserve valuable capital.  These plans work with your budget and can be easily upgraded should the scope of your work increase beyond your budgeted hours.

  • 2 hours per month design time
  • $99
  • This is the perfect package for individuals who need some graphic design work or help with logos, plugin setup, branding, banner design, or content writing.
  • Unused hours in your contract can count towards your monthly design/branding/content writing allotment

  • Includes world-class hosting, domain name registration
  • *Plugins and SSL are additional
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  • 5 hours per month design time
  • $199
  • Maybe you don't want to pay huge bucks upfront for a website? Use this option to finance yourself into the website you really want. We work with your goals, and grow with your business.
  • Use this option to get an small e-commerce store (less than 50 products/20 pages of supplied content) built within 30 days

  • Unused hours in your contract can count towards your monthly design/branding/content writing allotment

  • Includes world-class hosting, domain name registration
  • *Plugins and SSL are additional
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  • 10 hours per month design time
  • BEST DEAL! $299
  • MAYBE YOU DON'T WANT TO PAY HUGE BUCKS UPFRONT FOR AN E-COMMERCE STORE? USE THIS OPTION TO GET A STARTER E-COMMERCE WEBSITE AND USE THE REMAINDER OF YOUR UNUSED DESIGN TIME FOR ONGOING DESIGN ASSISTANCE AND CONTENT MANAGEMENT.
  • Use this option to get an e-commerce store built within 30 days

  • Unused hours can count towards your monthly design/branding/content writing allotment

  • Includes hosting, static IP address
  • *Plugins and SSL are additional
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NEED MORE THAN WHAT WE ARE OFFERING?  NO PROBLEM, WE CAN TAILOR A SOLUTION THAT MEETS YOUR ORGANIZATIONAL NEEDS!

 

*Monthly plans involve a 24 month commitment.  Clients who already have an existing contract plan, who in a given month use more than their allotted plan can purchase site maintenance time at $30 per additional hour or design time at $45 per additional hour.

**If you choose a package and later decide that you need a bigger package to meet your needs, you can upgrade at any time.

Cryptowall – Ransomware! Be on the lookout!

There is a dangerous virus/ransomware that is hitting many small business customers. We are seeing at least one new attack a week.  The virus comes in through users clicking on shipping email attachments that are actual viruses or through attacks that utilize exploiting older vulnerable java.  The attack then installs without administrator rights on the system and begin to attack and go after its real payload:  Your key files.  It will look for any Office or database file and encrypt it.  It will also search out across a network for any file across the network that is also an Office or Database file and encrypt it as well.  It will then throw up a message on the screen asking for payment to decrypt the files.

Currently it is difficult to prevent this with mere antivirus and post infection; it cannot be cleaned up with the normal tools such as malwarebytes or your normal antivirus tools.

Be proactive

The malware uses social media or email as attack vectors, and users will see a message purported to be from FedEx, UPS, etc. with a tracking notice. The enticement for a user (especially a business who  ships things using these carriers) is that it is legit and they open it. Boom. They are now infected.

This malware will look at the local and network drives and shares, and will ENCRYPT files matching a set of extensions for common business applications. This includes office applications (Excel, Word, WordPerfect) and databases like access and Foxpro. Photos saved to your PC are also affected.

Corrective actions involve:

(1) Removal of the malware from all infected computers, and

(2) restoration from a prior backup of all the affected files.

“But wait!” I hear you asking… “What if I don’t have a backup?” Your options are to jump through the hoops of providing the hacker who did this to you your credit card to buy $500 in BitCoin then he “promises” you that he will provide the decryption procedure. If you do this you’ll probably even get this decryption software, but no promises of prevention of further attack and no promises on what else he might use that credit card info for. If your decryption process fails or doesn’t decrypt everything YOU HAVE NO RECOURSE.

If you can’t afford the $500 or, for whatever reason, you don’t feel comfortable with giving the hacker who just trashed your PC your credit card info, then you must go to backup. If you don’t have a backup your will lose everything encrypted as this is no other way to reverse the damage.

by David Seber