Amazon Prime

A few benefits of Amazon Prime:

  1. Half off several unlocked phones. These come with ads on the lock screen, Prime Music, Prime Video and Prime Photos but otherwise they are just like any other Android device. We haven’t tested the ability to flash a new ROM to remove the ads.
  2. Order items on Alexa.  This is not a good idea. Use Google Assistant.  You can use Alexa to track shipments.
  3. Prime members get 20% off video games ordered during the first two weeks after release. This does not apply to digital downloads.
  4. Prime Video. This can be streamed over 3G & 4G however it take a lot of data (~5.5GB an hour) so watch your limit. You can also download videos on WiFI and watch them later.
  5. Prime Music. About 2 million songs in the library.
  6. Share it – Prime membership can be shared with 1 other adult at the same address and 4 kids.
  7. Prime Reading and audible books.  Plus Kindle Lending Library for those with a Kindle device.
  8. Prime Students – half price for Prime ($49 a year).  Also get $10 for every student referral.
  9. Prime Now – get a bunch of items delivered within a few hours.

Domain name pricing adjustment

Some pricing adjustments have been passed down to us from the main registrar. We will continue to honor current pricing of domains and services currently in use however renewals or new registrations will be subject to the new pricing. Here are some of the most common registration extensions:

  • .com = $10.19 year
  • .net = $13.19 year
  • .org = $12.69 year
  • .us = $8.09 year

Pricing is still at or lower than most other registrars. Reviewing the GoDaddy website, .com registrations start at $11.99 the first year and rise to $14.99 each year there after. We offer domain registration services out of convienence for the sites we manage and have never run it with the intention of earning a large profit. We plan to keep it thatt way.

Some discounts may be applied to clients with multiple domains or hosting & domain combinations. Contact us if you have any questions.

Thank you.

SSL / Https://

We’ve written about using SSL to gain Https:// before (What does Https mean?) but a reminder is always nice. Using Https:// allows for encrypted connections between your browser and the server where the content you are viewing comes from. This prevents anyone having access to one of the (tens/hundreds?) connections between your computer and the server from viewing it. Specific details about the content may still be visible; your employer will know you are visiting, but they won’t be able to see your bank account information going back and forth between your computer and BofA’s server.

SSL also helps with your search engine rankings. Google and others give a little more weight to sites using SSL.

Here at, we believe in using SSL so much all of our hosting sites can employ SSL certificates free of charge. If you don’t know how to set up a SSL certificate through cPanel, contact us and we’ll do it for a small charge. We can even make recommendations on where to get a free SSL certificate!

How to Get You WordPress Site Indexed By Google Quickly

google_logoThe Blog over at Elegant Themes recently posted an article named “How to Get Your WordPress Site Indexed By Google Quickly.” For the past few years we’ve used nothing but WordPress to build our sites and ironically…mostly used themes provided by Elegant Themes.  

If you’re interested in a provided by Elegant Themes contact us and we may be able to build something for you.

If you’re already got your site up, the article provides some good tips and options to make sure you are getting the most from Google. (linked below)

How to Get Your WordPress Site Indexed By Google Quickly

Project Fi’s Wifi Assistant

nexusplusThe Nexus Google+ page shared some good news for Nexus users this morning. Project Fi’s Wifi Assistant will soon roll out to all Nexus devices and no longer be restricted to Project Fi users only. The WiFi Assistant allows you to automatically and securely connect to more than a million, free open Wi-Fi hotspots with no user interaction required. Being a Project Fi user, I’ve found my phone connected to WiFi locations quite frequently without even realizing I had entered a restaurant or other location offering Free WiFi.

Wi-Fi Assistant encrypts each connection made so users don’t have to worry about having their security compromised when switching over from a cellular to WiFi network. A small key icon appears in your notification bar indicating the connection to a VPN.


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Tracing an address by IP Address

wrong-way-red-signI used to work in an area where we would attempt to trace the origin of an email, location of someone downloading illegal files or other various “digital” frauds. This was generally accomplished by identifying the Internet Service Provider in use by our target (Cox, Century Link, Comcast, etc.) and then contacting that company to figure out which customer had been using the IP Address used during time of the bad act. An Internet Service Provider (ISP) usually has billing information including their customers name and address where service is provided thus working through the ISP usually provided accurate results.

Over time, private businesses began logging which IP Addresses were used by their customers and ultimately began selling that information. It would be improper for a company to sell your name, home address, phone number, birthday, etc. (they do anyway) but to sell a general list of IP Addresses that had items shipped to specific zip code or city / state doesn’t specifically identify any one individual. Thus businesses began selling lists tying an IP Address to a physical address even though there was no confirmation the IP Address was indeed associated with the physical location. One could easily order something online and have it shipped to a work address, friend or family member thereby getting the IP Address used during the order associated with the wrong physical location.  ISP’s did not have this issue since the physical location information is based off where their services are provided, not from a log purchased from a 3rd party.

Continuing with the bad practice of assuming an IP Address is associated with a physical address, one online company allowed public searches of IP Addresses to determine their physical location in the world. Of course they obtained their information from these 3rd party logs of assumed information. Everything was ok however since the words “approximate location” were used in the disclaimer.

This all leads to a fun story about a farm house in Kansas. This farm house is somewhere around the very middle of the United States. What does an online company who assumes physical locations tied to IP Addresses do when they only know the IP Address is in the United States? You guessed it, they pick the middle of the location and assume that is close enough. This practice caused our nice little farm house in Kansas to be associated with nearly 600 million IP Addresses. Would you be surprised to learn some of those 600 million IP Addresses were used by bad guys?

Which comes full circle back to the first paragraph of this story…we used information provided by Internet Service Providers not some 3rd party advertiser or website that makes assumptions. So the FBI, various law enforcement and other investigatory agencies who raided a small farm house in Kansas or thought this farm house was the central location for the world’s largest online crimes really need to get their act together and understand what they are doing. Sorry, off my soap box now.

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