Online Security

December 9, 2016

With the holidays upon us and the increase in online sales, I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about online security.  Many online retailers take your security very seriously, but as we know, websites still get compromised every day (even sites as large as Yahoo & LinkedIn can be victimized).

So what are some things that you can do to keep your accounts and personal information secure online during this holiday shopping season and throughout the year?
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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.

The App Trap: How Many of Those Do You Need Anyway?

December 2, 2016

It is the Holiday Season and we all have shopping to do.  It seems like every store is sending us emails, with special deals, coupons and the like.  To top it off, most of the Big Box or Chain Stores have their own Apps that we can download on handwithphoneplussealour phones for free and we feel like we have a chance to get the best deal of the day!

I found that my phone has so many Apps that I am constantly am scrolling to find the App that belongs to the store that I am in, maybe a store I only go to once a year! Then, after a store or two, relearning the ins and outs of each one AGAIN -I finally get frustrated and don’t use any of them!  So I am the loser, in a store not saving the money I had wanted to, overwhelmed.

RetailMeNot Saves the Day!

There is ONE App and ONE Website that does it all. RetailMeNot is like a Mall for Shopping. 50,000 stores are listed on the site or app and all I have to do is use this ONE App, learn how to use it and not get stuck in the frenzy of using this store or that store’s App that I only use rarely. The site pulls from the retailers site and it updated as the Retailer updates.  RetailMeNot keeps me in one place using one App.

Coupons, Trending Items, Holiday Deals

The website also helps to plan ahead if I shopping online or just making my list, while the App is great for “on the fly” behavior. All in one place that is free and in the palm of your hand. Simple is good.  Download it and give it alogo_app_retail try!  It may remind you of stores that may not be the ones you instantly think of like KMART or to eat, like Domino’s.  It is pretty handy and you may just decide to keep it on your phone after the Holiday insanity is over.

 

*Thank you RetailMeNot for the use of images.

 

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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 to Get Out and Work Off Some Turkey and Pie!

November 23, 2016

Researchers seem to ground on 4,500 calories and a whopping 229 grams of fat for a Thanksgiving Dinner.  And for those of us that do the work in “Fixing it”  the days leading up to it and the prep itself is full of “tasting” and checking our work.  We are maxed out even before the bird is carved!

Think About The After Party!

Exercising after the meal may be not what you have in mind, but I know iPokemont is what I need and my friends with kids and grandkids can accomplish some fun and exercise with the latest Pokemon GO Thanksgiving Event.  Those of us late to the Pokemon Go craze, this gives us the opportunity to have fun with the kids, get some exercise and try something new! (Isn’t it better than feeling frustrated when it feels like all they do is look at a screen?)

There is a great article in Forbes that can fill you in on the details, but here is a snippet to start your conversation with your “young-‘uns.”

“…Starting November 23rd at 00:00 UTC and going through November 30th 00:00 UTC, we will double the amount of XP and Stardust you receive when completing in-game actions.”

Pokemon Go only launched in July, so don’t feel bad if you haven’t joined in the fun, yet. There was a Halloween event and now this for Thanksgiving- perhaps a Christmas one too?  Here is a post right from the source if you are familiar.

Why Wait for the New Year?

In the Northeast this year we don’t have enough (or any) snow to go sliding, so dust off and charge up that “fit-bit” you got last year go for a walk while the sidewalks are clear and work off some of that Apple Pie!

*Thank you Pokemon Go for your image.

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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!

Fake News (and How to Spot It)

November 18, 2016

Perhaps you’ve heard about the great Fake News debacle that has been the talk of the internet since the election. If you happen to be out of the loop, let’s just say that fake news websites became increasingly popular on Facebook and other social media. Let’s discuss a few things about this dilemma.

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Gary is a team member at Sephone, helping to design, build and maintain websites. He is also a web design student at the New England School of Communications of Husson University.

Sephone Support Center

November 11, 2016

In the upcoming week, we are getting ready to launch our new Support Center.

What is the Support Center?

support-center-previewThe Support Center will be a centralized location of commonly asked questions and answers. With topics ranging from “Incoming settings for Sephone email” to “Editing your datAvenger Service website”.

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John is a designer at Sephone.

3 Changes in 12 Years

November 4, 2016

During my last semester as a college student in 2005, I sat down with the partners and developers at Sephone to talk about the kind of work we wanted to do. We talked about giving people control of their own websites – a pretty novel concept back then, when WordPress wasn’t yet a common name in the business world and the only real option for digital communication was an email or instant message.

Over the past twelve years, we at Sephone, have built three versions of our own content management systems, a new e-commerce engine, secure file sharing and storage platforms, a nationwide event directory, and countless custom applications for businesses of all kinds. A lot has changed since those first days of 2005, but three main threads stand out as the biggest shifts in how we use our digital tools.

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Justin is a web and mobile developer 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.

Hello Again: Apple Unveils New Products

October 28, 2016

For those that might have missed the build-up or the event altogether, here’s a breakdown on what Apple unveiled at the ‘Hello Again’ Mac Event:

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Gary is a team member at Sephone, helping to design, build and maintain websites. He is also a web design student at the New England School of Communications of Husson University.

Beauty is only “Skin” Deep

October 21, 2016

This Goes For Websites too!

Brady’s last post about eCommerce websites and the holidays approaching, inspired me to write this post:

Business owners want their company website to look beautiful, maybe have a lot of “glitz” and functionality.  But Google isn’t always that impressed.

Each year, Google changes up their algorithm 500-600 times.  Some changes are small and others aren’t so small. Some have big consequences.  Business owners are running their businesses and don’t always notice, they may see their website as a beautiful, shiny thing. They love it, it is like a child. read more

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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!