The randomness of of lava lamps helps secure 10 percent of the internet

What’s encrypting your internet surfing? An algorithm created by a supercomputer? Well, if the site you’re visiting is encrypted by the cybersecurity firm Cloudflare, your activity may be protected by a wall of lava lamps.Cloudflare covers websites for Uber, OKCupid, & FitBit, for instance. The wall of lamps in the San Francisco headquarters generates a random code. Over 100  lamps, in a...
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We’ve won Best Mobile Friendly Web Design Firm (Wiltshire) at the 2019 Southern Enterprise Awards

SME News Magazine have announced the winners of the 2019 Southern Enterprise Awards, and O'Brien Media have been awarded Best Mobile Friendly Web Design Firm - Wiltshire. With the number of businesses per person being higher in Southern England than anywhere else in the UK O'Brien Media was pitted against a wealth of award-worthy candidates. Strong in retail and wholesale markets, SME News seek...
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Business Continuity Support for customers affected by adverse weather conditions (14th/15th November 2019)

Due to Environment Agency public advice and Met Office warnings of disruption due to flooding, snow, and rainfall being in effect for parts of the UK over the next 24 to 48 hours we have activated our Customer Business Continuity Support (CBCS) plan to provide assistance to customers affected by adverse weather conditions over the next 48 hours. For those not aware of this plan, this means that...
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Your password is your first line of defense against hackers, so make it a good one

Combine unrelated words to make stronger passwords To create a strong password, try combining two or more unrelated words. It could even be an entire phrase. Then change some of the letters to special letters and numbers. The longer your password, the stronger it is. A single word with one letter changed to an @ or ! (such as p@ssword!) doesn’t make for a strong password. Password cracking...
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Social Media Templates for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

These are template files - for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign - for the most common social media platforms for profiles, covers, banners, posts, and backgrounds. We're sharing these templates, that we use to produce client social media posts and social media branding, as they can really make life easier when you have 20+ walls, pages, and tweeters to manage 😀 We hope you find them useful!...
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Take a look at the late-2019 edition of our Digital Marketing Portfolio

It's been a busy year so far for our web design and development team, with projects ranging from simple small business brochure websites to bespoke e-commerce websites. We're big fans of printed materials to complement digital marketing methods so we've put together a booklet showing some of the great projects we've been working on - you can download a digital copy or if you like something more...
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Google Chrome announces roll-out of mixed content blocking, beginning January 2020

The Google Security Team has announced a timeline for when Chrome will begin blocking mixed content by default in order to ensure that HTTPS browsing is more secure. Mixed content refers to HTTPS pages that load resources, such as images, videos, stylesheets, and scripts, over HTTP. The gradual rollout will begin with Chrome 79, which is scheduled for release in December 2019. The browser...
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How Brexit could affect your online business: .eu domain name owners

If you have a .eu domain name your ownership of it may be affected by Brexit, scheduled for October 31st, you may want to make sure you take the action needed to protect your online business and .eu domain. If you HAVE a European postal address: Update your domain details so that your European address is registered. This way, you will be able to keep your .eu domain and secure it from being...
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World Mental Health Day 2019 – Mental health: Chris’ Story

My name is Chris and I'm the Senior Developer, and Creative Director, at O'Brien Media - most of our clients, past and present have come into contact with me at one point or another but many will be surprised to know that my life is complicated by, at times, poor mental health. I want to share my experience of living with mental health conditions to coincide with World Mental Health Day 2019 in...
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Changes to support and clarification on responsibilities for website hosting clients

We’re making some changes to how we handle support enquiries, and would like to clarify what is supported. One issue per case We are making a change to the number of separate issues that can be answered in a single case. Please only raise one issue per case. This is to help decrease resolution time and make cases simpler for our support team. We have seen an increasing number of cases where...
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