iBox Security http://www.ibox-security.co.uk Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:48:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 EMBL: Your business is in trouble – you didn’t even know http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/embl-business-trouble-didnt-even-know/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/embl-business-trouble-didnt-even-know/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:48:38 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4860 Most SMEs will fall into this trap a couple times a year almost if not more, the order book – future orders, the cashflow thats going to keep you thriving as you go through the year. Do you manage it or does it manage you.

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Most SMEs will fall into this trap a couple times a year almost if not more, the order book – future orders, the cashflow thats going to keep you thriving as you go through the year. Do you manage it or does it manage you.

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Our Rules of Web Design… http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/rules-web-design/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/rules-web-design/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:50:11 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4817 So, you want to create a website? First you need to set some designs in place. This can either be the most simple step or the most difficult, depending on both your level of skill and your ideas. Most people opt to have their sites designed by professionals, graphic and web designers for instance. But, even with that being the… read more →

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So, you want to create a website? First you need to set some designs in place. This can either be the most simple step or the most difficult, depending on both your level of skill and your ideas.

Most people opt to have their sites designed by professionals, graphic and web designers for instance. But, even with that being the case, you still need to give them a rough idea as to what it is you’re looking for.

We like to work to certain guidelines when we sit and design sites. For those stuck for ideas, try working with some of these;

10 – “Less is more…”

Simple sites are always a lot more beautiful and eye catching compared to the cluttered sites that you see around. You know the ones we mean, the ones that bombard you with content as soon as you load the homepage. You haven’t a clue where to look and they tend to give web designers either a head ache or cause them to face plant their desks in despair. I mean, who wants to spend ages looking through links and images just to find that one link they’re looking for? Keeping it simple keeps it easier to use.

9 – “Design, design, DESIGN!”

It’s all about what your clients see upon first entering your site. If you have a cluttered homepage with clashing colours, what will people think about your business? Your site is your primary online representation. See it as setting a social media profile picture, that’s what you want people to see first and foremost. Your site is your profile picture to the rest of the web. The look and feel to your site is the first thing that visitors will notice.

8 – “Need a map?”

The navigation to your site is the backbone to your visitors finding the different areas of your site. This is yet another aspect of websites that cause web developers to face palm. What’s the point in a site if your visitors cannot find what they’re looking for? You could have the best offer on your homepage, beating every one of your competitors, but your contact information is nowhere to be found… There needs to be an easy way for your clients and potential customers to navigate your site with both ease and comfort.

7 – “Deja vu…”

Consistency plays a huge part in both design and navigation for your site. One page should be based on another, and visa versa. Pages within your site should not be so different that they look like they belong to completely different sites. This means colour scheme, layout, navigation and over all feel need to be similar if not the same. Not only does it take away any potential confusion, it makes navigation a lot easier for your clients and overall improves their online experience.

6 – “Colour me intrigued!”

The colours you chose can be the determining factor of your site. This is the point that can either make or break your site. For instance, the designer in me feels physical pain when faced with a neon pink site with lime green features – which has indeed been known to happen. Picking the right colours is crucial, clashing is a complete no no, but you need to make sure there is a strong contract between background and text colour.

5 – “Space, the final frontier…”

If you have a large computer screen you, no doubt, want to use what you’ve paid for… Don’t pack everything into a tiny area, that creates far too much space when viewed on larger screens. If you’re concerned about mobile devices and smaller screens, use separate style sheets for different platforms. Different layouts/designs are usually a given when it comes to designing for both desktop and mobile devices.

4 – “Firefox encountered a problem…”

Developing for multiple browsers is key to success when it comes to web design. You could design and develop the most amazing site in the world… And it could work and look perfect on Safari, but as soon as you visit the site using Firefox it looks a complete mess. While this is completely in the backend of the development, it needs to be accounted for when designing.

3 – “There has been an error processing your request.”

Before your site goes live or you add any content to it, check it for errors. This is anything from broken links to spelling mistakes. This is another aspect that can make or break your online presence. Professional sites don’t have spelling mistakes and typos littering the content. It’s good practice to check these aspects of the site regularly once the site is live. In case there are any things that you miss once it’s live, there are plugins that are available that scan sites for anything from typos to images that don’t load correctly. The developers of the world have you covered there.

2 – “Do you know the enemy?”

Whether your site is straight coded or created using a template, make sure you know how it works or have someone to hand that does know. There’s nothing worse than having an amazing site designed, built and handed over to you then it goes wrong. If you don’t know how fix it then you’re losing air time and any potential business exposure. Make sure that you’re well versed in your site. Know it inside out, where everything is, how it all links together and most of all how to fix it or who to call!

1 – “Are you content with your content?”

Beautiful site? Check. Clear design? Check. Usable layout? Check. Content? Uhhhhhh… What’s a site without content?! Your masterpiece is ready to be finished. Each page needs unique and appropriate content that makes people want to read it. You need to draw your audience in and entice their interest. After all, what’s a site without content?

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EMBL: Why Software is crucial for small businesses http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/embl-why-bespoke-software-is-crucial-for-small-businesses/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/embl-why-bespoke-software-is-crucial-for-small-businesses/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:27:37 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4803 In the latest IT advice column for East Midlands Business Link, Sean Price, Managing Director of iBox-Security asks whether you’ve got the right software in place to drive your business forward in 2014.

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In the latest IT advice column for East Midlands Business Link, Sean Price, Managing Director of iBox-Security asks whether you’ve got the right software in place to drive your business forward in 2014.

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EMBL: A safety first approach to IT security http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/embl-safety-first-approach-security/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/embl-safety-first-approach-security/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:16:18 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4806 In the first of several IT advice columns for East Midlands Business Link, Sean Price, Managing Director of iBox-Security discusses computer security from a small business perspective. From system downtime, lowering staff productivity and of course legal and financial problems that may occur due to a cyber attack there are many facets to take into account. These problems stem from poorly configured network appliances, out… read more →

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In the first of several IT advice columns for East Midlands Business Link, Sean Price, Managing Director of iBox-Security discusses computer security from a small business perspective. From system downtime, lowering staff productivity and of course legal and financial problems that may occur due to a cyber attack there are many facets to take into account. These problems stem from poorly configured network appliances, out of date software, weak passwords, staff training and much more.

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Is your computer as secure as your security providers say? http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/computer-secure-security-providers-say/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/computer-secure-security-providers-say/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:10:26 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4787 We all have, or should have, anti-virus security software on our computers and laptops. The sole purpose of which is to to provide your machine with protection from anything malicious or dangerous. We install them and we trust them,  it’s the logical thing to do. Software that keeps our computers safe? Most of the time for free? Brilliant! Super! Fantastic! … read more →

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We all have, or should have, anti-virus security software on our computers and laptops. The sole purpose of which is to to provide your machine with protection from anything malicious or dangerous. We install them and we trust them,  it’s the logical thing to do. Software that keeps our computers safe? Most of the time for free?

Brilliant! Super! Fantastic! 

But is it? Is it as brilliant, super and fantastic as we are led to believe? While not all of us have the know-how to question the security of this software with research and findings to back us up, a security researcher at COSEINC by the name of Joxean Koret does. He claims that the big name Anti-virus software providers sport some majorly serious security problems. His main claim being that these security programs are as vulnerable to attacks as the apps they claim to protect are.

Korets main point was that Anti-Virus programs are given the highest privileges available. Now, should that program become compromised, that would result in the virus or breach having those exact same privileges. As most of you can imagine, a virus having administrative privileges isn’t the best thing that could happen to your system.

He also explains how anti-virus software is updated via insecure HTTP connections. He states that it would all too easy for potential hackers to attempt a man-in-the-middle attach by intercepting the HTTP connection. This would be done by coming in between the client machine and the server, therefore gaining access to the anti-virus software without being detected.

Koret listed in his report, which can be found here, some of the vulnerabilities he found while conducting his research. Those listed are largely associated with the big name vendors, meaning that thousands of homes across the world are potentially just as vulnerable with the software as they are without it.

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iBox expands development team further in 2014 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/ibox-expands-development-team-2014/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/ibox-expands-development-team-2014/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:03:11 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4384 iBox has announced its ambitious plans for further growth over the next 12 months by expanding further, following a number of new client wins the company has identified a need to expand in key areas of software and web. The iBox development team was recently joined by Zak Vickers, who brings with him a wealth of experience in developing back… read more →

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iBox has announced its ambitious plans for further growth over the next 12 months by expanding further, following a number of new client wins the company has identified a need to expand in key areas of software and web.

The iBox development team was recently joined by Zak Vickers, who brings with him a wealth of experience in developing back end web services that will help clients work smarter, more efficiently and allows our bespoke software applications to integrate closer with customers day to day operations.

Working on a new CRM system for an existing client, Zak comments “CRM systems are truly the life blood of growing businesses and having them tie in closely to business processes allows companies not only to manage their sales pipelines but follow up effectively on new leads, repeat business and seek areas of improvement for future growth.”

Sean Price Managing Director comments “iBox work within the web & software development industry, with a core focus on security –  due to the nature of our business, providing computer security consulting – we tie this knowledge and experience in with all software (web or otherwise) that we build.”

Over the coming months, iBox has plans to add further members to our exciting growing company. If you want to find out more – head over to our vacancies page.

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Modern Software Development http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/modern-software-development/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/modern-software-development/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:48:14 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4737 Software as we know it is changing. At iBox, many of our software projects involve taking offline programs and applications to the cloud and enabling them to be accessed from anywhere at any time. The benefits of live software are endless. From enabling customers overseas to access their account details, to allowing restrictions to be put in place within a… read more →

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Software as we know it is changing. At iBox, many of our software projects involve taking offline programs and applications to the cloud and enabling them to be accessed from anywhere at any time.

The benefits of live software are endless. From enabling customers overseas to access their account details, to allowing restrictions to be put in place within a company for particular members of staff accessing for example a CRM or CMS. Within the development team here, we specialise in creating CRM software for clients looking to really consolidate and manage their customer accounts, communications and transactions.

With these benefits, it comes naturally that there are some drawbacks. With web-based software, security is usually the main concern for our clientele. Luckily our main skillset here is just that. We build our software with powerful tools enabling malicious entry and corruption to become virtually impossible.
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Although the way businesses are using software is changing, the way we build it remains a stressful but very rewarding process. The stages of software development will never change from the time old 7-stage concept of planning, designing, developing, implementation, testing, deployment and maintenance. Each of these being delegated to an individual across teams within iBox Security to ensure the finished product fits the specification, combines form and function, and exceeds expectations. Because that’s what we do.

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eBay kills off Magento Go http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/ebay-kills-off-magento-go/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/ebay-kills-off-magento-go/#comments Sat, 05 Jul 2014 19:22:33 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4653 Tuesday 1st July the company eBay, who purchased ecommerce platform Magento in 2011, has announced that it shall be shutting down its Magento Go platform in February 2015. The Go product being shut down will affect somewhere in the region of 10,000 small businesses, who will need to find alternate online store solutions before the platform is shut down in… read more →

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Tuesday 1st July the company eBay, who purchased ecommerce platform Magento in 2011, has announced that it shall be shutting down its Magento Go platform in February 2015.

The Go product being shut down will affect somewhere in the region of 10,000 small businesses, who will need to find alternate online store solutions before the platform is shut down in February.

Having worked with Magento since its beginnings in 2008 we host, develop and design Magento stores on a daily basis and are offering FREE migrations from Magento Go onto Magento Community, if you move onto hosting with us.

Contact our team today to find out more about our free Magento Go migration.

 

Magento GO

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iBox Built for growth & exciting developments http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/ibox-built-growth-exciting-developments/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/ibox-built-growth-exciting-developments/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:12:35 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4386 2014 has already been an exciting year with recently acquiring clients from a successful web development agency, who pivoted their business into new markets, this has brought us new growth and businesses to work with. Further to this acquisition, iBox has announced a plan for continued growth in the second half of 2014, partnering with a great business locally to bridge the… read more →

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2014 has already been an exciting year with recently acquiring clients from a successful web development agency, who pivoted their business into new markets, this has brought us new growth and businesses to work with.

Further to this acquisition, iBox has announced a plan for continued growth in the second half of 2014, partnering with a great business locally to bridge the gap between development and support for new and existing clients. In addition to this recent partnership, our growth this year involved increasing the number of staff particularly on our development services team of which we recently announced a new team member.

With all these exciting developments and new team members set to join in the coming weeks, we found it was time to bet on growth and we have just completed our move into our new home – doubling our office space by taking the top floor of Halliday House in Derby, this allows us to continue our plans for growth this year.

Our new home Halliday House allows us to continue our growth by not only adding new members of staff but as quoted in a recent Business Link article “The move will allow us to continue to develop our culture which we believe to be an important factor to our success. We ensure we have a great working environment so allowing more breathing room in the office will come as a relief for some.”

With the move into our new home complete, we are focusing on coming developments both internally and client projects. Interested in working on great web and software projects? Get in touch with us via our jobs page. Have an interesting project we could help with? – get in touch by clicking here.

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iBox-Security announces strategic partnership deal with leading ICT company http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/announces-strategic-partnership-with-leading-ict-company/ http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/announces-strategic-partnership-with-leading-ict-company/#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:09:00 +0000 http://www.ibox-security.co.uk/?p=4382 Web & Software development and security specialists, iBox-Security, have just forged a strategic partnership deal with the leading IT support business, ICU IT. Started by a group of IT support specialists over 12 years ago, ICU IT is one of the premier tech support companies in the midlands whose services include IT support, business continuity, hosting and cloud services along with… read more →

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Web & Software development and security specialists, iBox-Security, have just forged a strategic partnership deal with the leading IT support business, ICU IT. Started by a group of IT support specialists over 12 years ago, ICU IT is one of the premier tech support companies in the midlands whose services include IT support, business continuity, hosting and cloud services along with consultancy & advice.

Bringing together the success of both companies and combining the services offered, the partnership plans to improve the technical support arm of iBox to clients at the same time as assisting both companies target new markets here in the Midlands and beyond. Whilst ICU IT will be able to aid clients by bringing in bespoke software development, high end web development and network security testing to a diverse range of businesses in their portfolio.

Sean Price, Managing Director of iBox-Security spoke about the partnership, “Over the last 6 years we have grown in leaps and bounds from a small development company to a leading software & web development agency in the Midlands. Our aim has always been to provide the best service possible, helping clients to increase revenues, efficiency and improve their business operations. Together, with ICU IT, we are able to provide a missing service to our existing client base as well as expand our own products and services to new markets.”

Clive Wragg, Director of ICU IT recently spoke on the deal, “We are delighted to have forged this relationship with iBox Security and see this as an important step to assist our clients further with regard to IT security, along with the provision of bespoke software and web development. Our growth plans are similar to those of iBox and this collaborative approach to the markets needs will be undoubtedly well received.”

iBox-Security, based in the centre of Derby, employs a team of talented designers and developers who consult and provide development services in web, software and security to clients all over Europe in a variety of sectors.

ICU IT has staff across two offices in the Midlands, located in Derby and Nottingham, and work together with accountants, solicitors, automotive, construction sectors together with a variety of other SME’s across the UK and beyond.

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