Denial of Service Attacks

January 23, 2015

In the past several months there has been lots of in the tech news about Denial of Service Attacks or DOS’s. Most of the more notable ones in the last year are rackspace, basecamp, 1&1 hosting, and the St. Louis County Police’s email and website.

What is a DOS

A graph showing a spike in traffic, when at 10 o'clock the DDOS attack was started.

A graph showing a spike in traffic, when at 10 o’clock the DDOS attack was started.

A DOS is when a server (or piece of network equipment) is overloaded with requests and the server can no longer handle any more requests. Once the server is overloaded, legitimate traffic can no longer get through. The result is that the website or app seems down.

One derivative of the DOS that is particular difficult is the distributed denial of service or DDOS. This is where the attack is coming from many different IPs or computers. With a simple DOS, you can normally block the one IP where the attack is originating. With a DDOS it becomes nearly impossible to tell the attackers from legitimate users.

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Alan has been creating websites since CompuServe was huge. Today he still is developing websites using technologies such as CSS3, HTML5, jQuery and CakePHP.

HTML – From The Top

January 15, 2015

In the last tutorial we covered what you will see in this series, gave you some options for text editors, and some resources that we think will be helpful as you progress with HTML.  In today’s installment we will go over the basics of HTML and the generics of using your text editor. read more

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Brady is the voice on the other end of the phone line when you call Sephone. He graduated from the New England School of Communications in 2009 and assists Sephone in building and maintaining our sites.

HTML – Introduction

January 9, 2015

Happy New Year!  Is one of your New Year Resolutions learning how to write hypertext markup language (HTML)?  HTML is the language used by web browsers to render web pages.

In this upcoming mini-series, we’ll show you some basics on how you can easily get started creating your own web page using HTML. We’ll look at some tools to get started, how to setup your first HTML page and introduce you to some common tags found within an HTML page. read more

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John is a designer at Sephone.

What Will You Do in your Business that’s NEW in this NEW YEAR?

January 1, 2015

Maybe you celebrated the holidays and received a few gifts?  Maybe you received a few electronic gifts?  Well now the family is gone home and those wonderful gifts that they couldn’t wait for you to have are still waiting for you to use.  Only you don’t know how!

If You Were Lucky Someone Showed You How to Use it Before They Left

Did they left 3 days ago and you have long forgotten the lesson?  And maybe you can find the manual but that isn’t much help either.

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Kelly's been known as the Marketing Maven since before the term was hip. (That means she's old.) As a natural Community Builder, she loves to get people together, bring resources to the table and solve problems!

“APPY” Holidays!

December 24, 2014

Yeah we know, tacky expression or maybe you may have heard someone else say it before us.  We couldn’t help it. But this post is perfect for many people.

Are You in one or more of these Categories?

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Kelly's been known as the Marketing Maven since before the term was hip. (That means she's old.) As a natural Community Builder, she loves to get people together, bring resources to the table and solve problems!

Using Tech and Staying Human

December 12, 2014

Person typing on computer keyboardAdding new technology to your business – whether it’s an app, a site, or a new tool – can make it a lot more convenient for your customers to learn about your business, shop, or buy. But some businesses hesitate, either because the technology replaces a process that’s been in place for years (and “worked”) or because they’re afraid technology will make their business less human.

Small and medium-sized businesses especially rely on great customer support and great interaction to find and keep their customers. Fortunately sites, apps, and personal touches aren’t an either/or question; they can complement each other very well. read more

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Justin is one of the developers at Sephone. He's interested in user-driven design, social media, and web services. He also enjoys learning and exploring new ways for businesses and people to use the web.

Offline Cell Phone Use

December 2, 2014
A sign in T16 R8 WELS in Maine on a hill that had cell phone service.

A sign in T16 R8 WELS in Maine on a hill that had cell phone service.

Most of the time, people assume that without a signal, your cell phone is useless. I used to think the same thing, but lately, my opinion is changing.

Genesis of an Idea

At Sephone, we are not your stereotypical geeks. Actually, few developers are. Nowadays, our group hails from different backgrounds and embodies different worldviews, styles, and hobbies. I lean towards the outdoor backwoods stuff, which leads me to remote regions without cell service and also I use a GPS device often. One day, I was flipping through a Cabela’s catalog and saw the Garmin Monterra. It’s more or less an Android device with a primary function of navigation.

So I got to thinking, if Android makes a suitable platform to built a GPS device, why can’t my phone be a good offline GPS device.

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Alan has been creating websites since CompuServe was huge. Today he still is developing websites using technologies such as CSS3, HTML5, jQuery and CakePHP.

Mobile E-Commerce – Cyber Monday Edition

November 26, 2014

It is no secret that mobile is a rising trend in the online world, and we have been talking about it for some time now in this blog:  (http://blog.sephone.com/?s=responsivehttp://blog.sephone.com/mobile/).  Nowadays, everyone from your cousin’s kid to your Grandma has a smartphone and they are all using them more than ever.  So what does this mean for you and your business? read more

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Brady is the voice on the other end of the phone line when you call Sephone. He graduated from the New England School of Communications in 2009 and assists Sephone in building and maintaining our sites.