All posts by David Slivken

New Design Work for Harland Clarke

Harland Clarke logoGenerally, when our clients ask us to help launch new websites or applications, we take on Boyle Software’s “expected tasks” like site hosting, back-end database integration, front-end development, and other things related to standard development responsibilities. But did you know that we also offer a full range of design and product management services too? Recently we’ve been providing this type of support for several new sites in partnership with our client Harland Clarke.

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New! AWS Migration Hub

AWS iconJust announced today is a new collection of tools to help businesses move applications to the cloud – the AWS Migration Hub.

The Hub is organized into three categories which guide users through the process and offer status tracking and updates:

  • Discover (understand all the moving parts)
  • Migrate (connect tools and start the move)
  • Track (track the status of your migrations)

The hub itself is free to use (but you will be charged for the use of AWS Services during the move.)

Read more about it here and let us know if you decide to give it a try!

T!m3 f0r n3w P4ssw0rd rul3s!

SSL padlockI’m sure most people have had the experience of needing to change a password frequently for security reasons, but do you really know why?

The origin of this practice can be traced back to a password primer written by a man named Bill Burr in 2003 when he was a manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He’s the reason I’ve sometimes had passwords based on whatever was in my line of sight at the time of the change (like Stapl3r2015!) and sometimes had password themes like colors+date (like Red!20160310, Blue!20160608, Yellow!20160906). Continue reading

Google Glass is Back

Remember when everybody was talking about Google Glass? If you were in a major city a few years ago, you couldn’t help but see early adopters sporting the latest in wearable technology everywhere. Reaction was extremely mixed – generating questions around safety and privacy – and less than a year after its public release, production was stopped with a tentative promise to revisit in 2017.

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Google Attribution is Coming

Most website marketing strategies include efforts across a multitude of platforms including search, email, social, affiliates, remarketing, the list keeps growing. And if you have ever been involved with evaluating the performance of marketing (especially when it is paid marketing), you know that one of the biggest challenges is figuring out the best approach to source attribution. 

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Fake WordPress API Malware Alert

WorePress logoAlthough WannaCry, the massive worldwide ransomeware attack, is the biggest story these days when it comes to cyber crime, it’s definitely not the only issue causing problems for sites right now.

Last week, website security leader Sucuri identified code that appears to be WordPress API related, but is actually sending active cookie data to attackers. This is most problematic when the active user is a site admin because it gives someone the opportunity to create a new admin user which can be then used to do considerable damage to a site and/or gain access to user data.

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Oath: Verizon’s latest promise

Last week, Verizon confirmed that AOL & Yahoo would be merged under a new umbrella brand called Oath. The general expectation is that combining the two will help Verizon scale its ad tech opportunity by better connecting advertisers with content across these platforms – which themselves already include many disparate sub-brands acquired through past acquisitions and mergers.

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Goodbye, Internet Privacy Rules

Mr. FlakeIt’s no surprise that we’re very interested in how our current administration is impacting topics like Net Neutrality and Internet Privacy. When Ajit Pai was appointed to be FCC chairman a couple months ago, we encouraged everyone to stay informed and keep an eye out for new issues. Well, this week the House voted to undo rules which prevented Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from selling user data to the highest bidder, just the latest roll back of protections that had been put in place by former President Obama. Although President Trump has not yet signed the roll back into effect, the White House has suggested that he will and the implications for Internet privacy concerns are pretty significant. (Update – As expected, President Trump did sign the bill in question on April 3rd, 2017, to repeal online privacy protections established under the previous administration.)

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