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How to Access your emails when working remotely

The #Newnormal has made a large number of people to work remotely, with more to follow in the coming weeks. Making sure your business stays connected during this time is essential. Some have never been required to work remotely before and worry about being able to access their emails/work systems.

With each of our hosting plans, the options to access your emails remotely are numerous. Aside from connecting your mailbox at home to your computer / laptop using third party software like Outlook, we also offer a webmail facility which allows you to access your email from any device that has a internet browser such as Chrome, Firefox, IE and Edge.

How do I login to my webmail?

The majority of clients will be able to access their webmail facility using your domain name in the following format https://mydomain.com/webmail – If your domain is being hosted externally, get in touch with our support team and we can help set up your own access URL or alternatively use https://serverhostname.com/webmail – If you do not know your server hostname, it can be found in your “welcome email” or by asking our Team!

If you would rather configure your local mail client such as Outlook, Thunderbird, Mail etc. then there are a number of ways this can be completed – the following guide will help you to get your mail account configured:

If you are unable to connect your device or find a suitable guide then please don’t hesitate to reach out to our fantastic support team who will assist you in any way possible to make the transition to working remotely as smooth as it can be.

Are you using Outdated WooCommerce and Yoast plugins in your website? then read this!

We wanted to bring to your attention recent malware exploits within outdated versions of two WordPress plugins, WooCommerce and Yoast.

What’s malware? Malware is specifically designed software to disrupt, damage or gain unauthorized access to a computer system. It can be a big worry when there are breaches within plugins as it causes major vulnerabilities to your system and business.

Since the details regarding these latest malware issues in Woo Commerce and Yoast were released, we’ve had many clients come to us with the same concerns and our malware detection systems have been working hard to keep our platform safe.

We want to work with you to make your website safe again, in the quickest and easiest way possible.

So, here’s what you need to know:

Yoast SEO versions 1.2.0-11.5 and below are vulnerable to an Authenticated Stored XSS attack.
WooCommerce version 3.6.4 and below are vulnerable to a Cross-Site Request Forgery and File Type Check.

How to solve it:
Solving the issue is as simple as updating the plugin concerned. Both WooCommerce and Yoast have released updates to patch the exploit.

Yoast 11.6 was released 7 days ago and has resolved the Authenticated Stored XSS attack risk
WooCommerce version 3.6.5 has also been released which patches their exploit.

It’s important to keep all your plugins updated via the WordPress dashboard, particularly as by default, WordPress doesn’t update these automatically. The longer a plugin is left without any updates, the higher the risk of malware issues occurring.

Does plugins cost you Speed issues in WordPress?

We all know WordPress is an open-source platform and as a result there are many great plug-ins out there, ranging from site security to additional functionality. It’s easy to install them all and call it a day – but how many is too many, and what it means to your website?

Crashing issues & conflict errors

The more plug-ins you install, the greater the chance of things going wrong. Some plug-ins tend to not play well with one another plugin or the theme, and others can cause crashes and general unreliability. With so many plugins in the WordPress repository, it’s impossible for developers to compatibility test them all. The more you install, the greater this risk is exacerbated.

For best practice, try not to install more than one caching plug-in at a time. Sometimes it seems like a good idea to get two plugins that do the same thing – perhaps one offers minification and the other does caching well, so you run them together. It sounds good in practice but in reality, it is going to cause you a headache.

It’s best to find one plugin that does the job for caching and another for optimizing various aspects of the site. Some good choices would be a combination of Autooptimize and your favourite caching plugin (making sure to turn off any additional features for merging and minification as auto-optimize will handle this part for you).

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Poor performance

Each plug-in you install is adding more scripts to your site which is more code that needs to be loaded. There’s going to be an increase in HTTP requests from the additional CSS styling, images and JavaScript in order for them to run correctly.

With those HTTP requests comes increasing usage of server resources and depending on the specs of your plan, this could cause slowdown, crashing or worse. Visitors won’t be able to browse your website if it happens to crash. While caching can often help with this, it’s better to avoid the problem entirely by only installing what you really need.

Security Risks

Plug-ins also need to be kept up to date, otherwise, they may fall victim to recently disclosed vulnerabilities and security holes that leave your site open to attack.

If you have any questions about plug-ins, our support team are available 9 AM to 8PM  Just get in touch with us here.

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