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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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Business Continuity Support for customers affected by adverse weather conditions (06/10/19 to 18/10/19)

Due to Environment Agency public advice and Met Office warnings 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 few days. For those not aware of this plan, this means that if you are an O'Brien Media customer for website...
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O’Brien Media are Cyber Essentials Certified via IASME and CyberSmart

The growing threat of cyber-related crime is quickly becoming a major concern for most organisations and business leaders. With regular reports of high-profile businesses falling victim to cybercrime across the globe, it’s the responsibility of every organisations to ensure they adequately protect themselves and their customers. What is Cyber Essentials? Cyber Essentials is a cybersecurity...
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Europe’s top court rules tracking cookies need active consent

As part of a case between consumer groups in Germany and the website Planet49, Europe’s top court has ruled that pre-checked consent boxes, or assumed consent, for analytics and tracking cookies are not legally valid - in any circumstances and violate the GDPR and ePrivacy Directive. Consent for tracking and analytics cookies must be obtained prior to storing or accessing these non-essential...
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Brexit: An update

As you are no doubt aware, the UK is set to leave the European Union on 31st October 2019. The way in which the UK will leave the EU remains unclear and as a result, O'Brien Media has, for some time, been preparing plans to ensure that we are able to support our customers through this period no matter what the outcome might be. Below is our Brexit strategy document which explains our preparations...
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Business Continuity Support for customers affected by adverse weather conditions (30/09/19 – 04/10/19)

Friday 4th October 2019 Our Customer Business Continuity Support (CBCS) plan is no longer in effect, existing requests under the CBCS will continue to be actioned Due to Environment Agency public advice and Met Office warnings being in effect for most 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...
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Google makes changes to make Review Rich Results more helpful

Search results that are enhanced by review rich results can be extremely helpful when searching for products or services (the scores and/or “stars” you sometimes see alongside search results). To make them more helpful and meaningful, Google is introducing algorithmic updates to reviews in rich results. This also addresses some of the invalid or misleading implementations webmasters have...
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