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API’s – Application Programming Interfaces – And Your Company’s Software

Smart use of API can help you design, develop, and implement software that is more future-ready for your company. Do you understand what an API is and are you planning to incorporate any into your software? Are you planning to develop your own API and expose your own data through web services? I ask these questions and write this article today because still, even in 2016, I am surprised by how many clients of ours come to us not really understanding what an API is and what the relevancy is for their business software. Clients come to us asking to reinvent the wheel, and not even knowing…

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Three Highlights for Merchants in the new PCI DSS 3.2

The PCI Security Standards Council released the newest version of the PCI Data Security Standard version 3.2 on Thursday. Since today is Friday we’ll keep it light and easy with three important highlights for merchants: “All processing and third party entities – including Acquirers, Processors, Gateways and Service Providers must provide a TLS 1.1 or greater service offering by June 2016.” PayPal, Authorize.Net, and others will be switching over to require TLS 1.1. Have you verified that your application works with TLS 1.1 or greater? We have found some issues with e-commerce sites running on Magento, Drupal, and WordPress to…

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Highlights from the 2016 Global Security Report by Trustwave

Trustwave recently produced their 2016 Global Security Report available here: Applying Magento and WordPress updates as soon as possible after they’re released is what helps prevent your site from being hacked. The reason is because when an update is released hackers also become aware of where the vulnerability exists. At that point it becomes a race between applying the patch before hackers develop the exploit and target your site. Trustwave highlights that same thing in their report: “Depressingly – but predictably – most of the affected systems were not fully up to date with security patches, with some being behind…

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The Imagine 2016 Conference Welcomes Magic, Magento 2, & Magento Enterprise Cloud

Endertech’s leadership team attended Imagine 2016 this week, the annual Magento Conference held in Las Vegas. It was at the Wynn for the 2nd time in a row, and was a gala affair hosting thousands of Magento professionals, retailers, and vendors. Earvin “Magic” Johnson was the keynote speaker, and yours truly had a chance to meet him! Magic gave an inspirational speech and spent time walking about the throngs of admirers as he did it. Way to go executives for landing such a star to share time in our presence! We all felt special. Besides the delicious dinners and evening entertainment,…

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Easily Increase WordPress User Security

User accounts are typically protected with only a username and password, and hopefully a strong password! If you use online banking or some other account you’ve probably experienced the need to enter an additional code sent to your email or phone via text message. This additional verification is called Two-Factor Authentication (2FA), or Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). The goal of the additional code via 2FA is to help prove that you are the owner of the account you’re trying to login to. By providing the additional code, you are essentially proving you have control of the email address or the phone…

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Tech Predictions for 2016

It’s that time of year – the time for reflecting on the recent past and looking towards the future.  The time of year for making predictions. We’re always looking ahead for the good of our clients to find ways to use technology to help them grow – and set them apart from their competition. The following list of predictions for 2016 is based on actual technology that currently exists and where we would like to see it go. Smart Shopping Carts Grocery store shopping carts will have a dock for your phone and beacons will inform it of your exact...
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Database Applications

What is a Database? A database is a software system you use to organize information. Modern databases come in two primary flavors, SQL-based relational databases, and NoSQL-based document databases. An SQL-based relational database can be imagined as a series of tables (as in a spreadsheet), but with more rigidly defined rules for the type of content allowable in each column of the table, and with extra features that allow you to relate the tables amongst each other, and query the data within them. A NoSQL-based document database can be imagined more like the folder structure of your computer’s file system. Each document...
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What Is Search Engine Optimization?

Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, is not what it used to be! Once upon a time, it seemed you could simply hire low-cost labor to fabricate pages and links to your site, and your site would rise in the search engine ranks. These days, however, those simplistic tactics will not work – in fact, they’ll have the opposite effect. Now more than ever, the quality of your content is what matters. Today, search engine optimization is about creating content that is actually worthy of being highly placed in a search results page. Gain Visibility With the Search Engines No longer...
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Why Go Mobile?

Asking today whether you need a mobile presence, is like asking in 1999 whether you need a website. People are seeking out the vendors and information they need at all times and at all place these days thanks to the incredible growth of mobile networks and mobile devices. If you want to maximize your business opportunities, even if your online presence is nothing more than a brochure generating leads for your business, you need to develop it for a mobile audience. Mobile App vs Mobile Web There are two primary way’s to develop the online component of your business for mobile:...
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What Is Great Web Design?

What Is Great Web Design? Web design can mean different things to different people.  Chances are, if you’re looking for web design services, you will likely fall into one of two categories: graphic design (art) or systems design (science). Web Design as Art The most commonly referenced understanding of web design is the artistic, graphical side of things.  This could include custom templates for websites, custom themes for WordPress, logo design, user experience design, e-commerce design, or any other design element on a web page. Web Design as Science Another way to think about web design is as a way to help...
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