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Chrome HTTP “Not Secure” Warning Fixed with SSL

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Security.

Google, in their latest effort to ramp up security, has begun rolling out changes in its Chrome browser that will alert users when they are visiting any non-encrypted HTTP website. Formerly considered neutral, HTTP websites are now deemed not secure by the browser. If you’re a site owner or developer, this can impact your site’s traffic and trustworthiness.

HTTPS is not the plural of HTTP

When checking your bank account or shopping online, you probably already know to look for the lock icon in your web browser’s address bar. This indicates your client (browser) is passing data to the site with encryption.

By default, a web page is served to the browser using the non-encrypted HTTP protocol. The protocol is the bit found at the beginning of a URL, or web address.

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HTTP is the web protocol

When a site is secure, the protocol changes to HTTPS, which stands for “HTTP over SSL”.  An HTTPS site means that the website operator has secured an SSL (or secure socket layer) certification, and any web traffic passed to that website is encrypted. When using HTTPS, this protocol is often highlighted in the address bar, along with lock icon, to tell users that the connection is encrypted and thus secure.

Until recently, purchasing SSL certificates was expensive and difficult to install, so unless the website provided a login or shopping cart, website operators typically opted not to buy a SSL certificate and relied on HTTP for general web traffic.

Encryption for all!

A lot has changed in the last couple of years, driven in part by high-profile data breaches. In response to the current threat environment, organizations like Let’s Encrypt now provide SSL certificates for free. Furthermore, if your hosting provider uses CPANEL, you are able to use HTTPS instead of HTTP, so there are no reasons to not encrypt your site. Google even rewards HTTPS in search rank – secured sites are deemed more trustworthy by the search giant.

Google is not waiting for developers

Initially, only pages that accept a login or provide a shopping cart will show the alert, but eventually this alert will be displayed site-wide across all HTTP pages.

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The Not secure warning in Chrome

Receiving this alert may be alarming to site visitors who are already skittish about web security, so if you own or operate a website you should get to work implementing a SSL certificate for your website. In web security, we’re only as strong as our weakest link, so this push by Google to encourage all websites to go HTTPS is a step in the right direction.

How To Fix It

Site owners and developers should take immediate steps to implement a SSL certificate to avoid the not secure warning in Chrome. Instructions how to do so can be found here.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 31

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

This post is part of a weekly series featuring the latest buzz around the Spry Hive.

Graphic Design

While Shepard Fairey’s Barrack Obama “Hope” poster became the defining image of the 2008 election, some are asking, what is this election’s HOPE poster?


Web Design & Development

Share buttons. Every site has them, but some of the more common methods for adding them includes extra code that tracks user behavior. Sharingbuttons.io is the easy way to add share buttons, without JavaScript or tracking script.


Courtesy Nick Babich, Medium

The simple button is one of the most used elements in UI design. We enjoyed this article about the evolution and best practices of this oft overlooked website element.


When you design and develop websites for a living, it means you’re often flipping between browsers, terminal windows, code editors and IDEs. Lumen lets you control your screen’s brightness based on the contents of your screen, reducing eye fatigue.


Mozilla devs see a future where devs can drag elements around a web page just by clicking and dragging on them. Starting in v48, they will be able to do just that.


Even good developers need to tell others to shove off at times. Now, they can politely do so as a service.


Get your font stack in order with Type Scale.


Apps

Venmo, owned by Paypal, is a popular app for sending and receiving money from peers. Some consumers are claiming that Venmo swiped $3,000 from them, even though they never had accounts.


Lurchr

For teams like ours, Slack is an integral tool for communication, but sometimes the stuff that is shared by team members creates a distraction from the task at hand. Lurchr helps keep track of links shared in Slack so that your team can stay focused on their work.


What the color? Grab the new iOS app by Pantone, the “authority on color”.


Misc

 

Verne is a 500ft Yeti that aims to teach children about the tallest mountain range in the world using Google Earth.


This is Fine became one of the hottest memes of the year. Now you can own a piece this Internet sensation, in plush form.


IBM creates world’s first artificial phase-change neurons

Courtesy IBM via Ars Technica

IBM has created the first artificial phase change neurons that behave like biological neurons with low power usage and dense scaling.


Did Dominos create an app that tracks pizza’s movement through the digestive system? While this article did originate from The Onion, we have learned not to put anything past the marketing and development geniuses at Dominos.


You’re all caught up on the latest buzz from around the Spry Hive. Come back next week for some more web design and tech news!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 29

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

This post is part of a weekly series featuring the latest buzz around the Spry Hive.

“One person’s data is another person’s noise.”
– K.C. Cole


Pooper is for when you can’t be bothered to do the dirty work of picking up after your dog.


Bond-villain-in-training Elon Musk has revealed part deux of his plan for Tesla. If anybody can successfully make the leap from idea to concept to large production manufacturer, he can.


Meet Graham

Hello there, handsome. Graham is a human designed to demonstrate the fragility of humans in front impact crashes.


Noisli provides just the right mix of ambient noises, whether you are looking to relax or for a productivity boost.


This comic from NewScientist just might be a commentary on how we relate to others during a political season:

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Courtesy NewScientist


Birkenstock is quitting Amazon after a huge surge of counterfeit products were found on the website.


Will dating join the on-demand economy? The Ohlala app allows women to charge for dating services. If you think that might be blurring the line a bit with the oldest profession, then you should definitely read on…


Apple has made many great ads, but this one speaks to our hearts and why we do what we do:


As designers of systems, we are fond of good transit maps. In this article, a brave soul takes on Google and Apple to see if their transit maps can be improved upon. Hint: it’s not easy.


This Kickstarterer wants to build a hotel with a purpose.


We’ll be back to share more from the hive next week!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 27

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

This post is part of a weekly series featuring the latest buzz around the Spry Hive.

“Astronomy compels the soul to look upward, and leads us from this world to another.”
– Plato

Branding

Open source champions Mozilla are applying their own open source principles towards the design of their new identity.

Web Design & Development

randoma11y is an automatic color generator that tests and learns from users’ feedback.

Working with a small budget doesn’t mean that you can’t do good design. It just means you should work smarter.

Bootstrap 4

Courtesy: @Bootply – Medium

Here’s a visual companion to what’s new in Bootstrap 4. Items to note are the increased emphasis on panel/card UI and an overhauled grid system.

Snyk scans your GitHub repos for vulnerabilities in your apps, and its now out of beta.

A few cases for why you shouldn’t overlook vertical media queries.

Technology

Sometimes indifference or just plain laziness inspires some inventive technology, like this script that informs you when you need to pay attention during a phone conference.

Google has begun testing its quantum computing-era crypto in a select number of Chrome browsers. Talk about being ahead of the curve.

Apple has been awarded a patent for an infrared signal disabling an iPhone’s camera, presumably to prevent concert-goers the ability to record and disrupt neighboring fans experience. We are concerned about more potentially egregious uses of the technology.

Ever wonder how many degrees of separation there are between Mott the Hoople and N.W.A.? We did, thanks to the Six Degrees Of Music Separation app, and the answer is 2!

MISC

Jupiter

Courtesy: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Youtube

Juno has safely arrived to Jupiter’s upper atmosphere after some slick maneuvering by NASA engineers and it’s catching some interesting movements of Jupiter’s Galilean moons.

 

Ain’t no clap like a VIKING CLAP. This is how Iceland welcomed home their soccer team that made it to the quarter-finals of the European Championships.


Hope that you all had a restful Fourth of July. See you next week for some more Spry Hive!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 20

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

This post is part of a weekly series featuring the latest buzz around the Spry Hive.

“I don’t believe in art. I believe in artists.” – Marcel Duchamp

Around Spry

If you’re in the St. Louis area, make your way over the World Chess Hall of Fame in the Central West End to experience their latest exhibit: Tom Hackney: Corresponding Squares: Painting the Chess Games of Marcel Duchamp. Members of Spry hit the opening Thursday night, where artist Tom Hackney described his paintings as representing the chess moves in matches between Marcel Duchamp and notable opponents.

Tom Hackney: Corresponding Squares: Painting the Chess Games of Marcel Duchamp.

Courtesy: World Chess Hall of Fame

Design

Fonts.com surveys their lovely typography-driven mastheads, designed by internal and famous guest designers.

The designer’s struggle is real. [Lorem F# Ipsum]

An article about finding the visual center of designs.

User Experience Design

Brushing up on your UX? Here are the Top 10 User Experience Articles for May.

Web Design & Development

Straight from WordCamp St. Louis, Ryan Markel shares why and how you should do a code review on your WordPress projects.

New to Drupal 8? These Drupal 8 Activity Cards are a good place to start.

Courtesy: jensimmons.com

Jen Simmons wants to help web designers break out of the boxes so common in grid-based design. So, she has launched this site that hosts some of her experiments with web layouts.

In the latest RWD podcast, the team from Vox Media discusses their approach for the responsive redesign of the Curbed website.

The Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Project continues to gain traction, and will continue to do so, especially with this tool that converts all of your articles to AMP.

Misc

We were hyped to see this new teaser trailer for Twin Peaks Season 3.

This three part series by Girls Who Code skewers stereotypes about women in tech.

WSJ shows the difference between political affiliations in this social media aggregator.

 

Google ups the ante for desirable VR tech with the Tilt Brush.


See you next week!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 16

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

This post is part of a weekly series featuring the latest buzz around the Spry Hive.

Around Spry

This week we were excited to host the Girls on the Run St. Louis Pacesetters group, where Partner Sheila Burkett led a discussion on intentional decision making and how to make decisions that you can stand behind.

Thursday we also attended the Midwest Digital Marketing Conference put on by University of Missouri St. Louis’ Digital Marketing program. The event was hosted at the beautiful Union Station, and included speakers from Google, Buzzfeed, Pandora and eHarmony. The theme was disruption through innovation, and we attended many good sessions about how these companies are using big data and innovative, human-centric marketing to engage their customers.

Mark May 3rd on your calendar and get ready to participate in one of the largest days of fundraising for nonprofits in the St. Louis Area! Spry Digital has a number of clients and friends participating in this year’s Give STL Day, so be on the lookout for more information on the different ways to give back to our community.

Design

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Are you a fan of all things design and Star Wars? Get ready to geek out over these gorgeous, laser-engraved skateboards inspired by a galaxy far, far away.

Content Strategy

Head over to 18F to find an effective strategy for auditing old or testing new content for your website.

It’s really easy to waste time developing content without a clear plan of action. That’s why it’s important to recognize the many disciplines of content strategy, specifically content engineering.

Web Design & Development

The difference between a successful and failed mobile user experience can be a matter of seconds, so learn how to speed up your load times with course title Wicked Fast Websites by Go Make Things.

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Sometimes, for the sake of your own sanity, all you can do is laugh after running into a horrendous user interface online. These hilariously bad phone number web forms act as a prime example.

Misc.

The best solution for increasing productivity isn’t always to reduce stress. In some circumstances, you might not be stressed enough.

Dig into the histories and thought-patterns that led to the computer sciences becoming so male-dominant with Born For It by Martin Fowler.

While photoshop has plenty of professional applications, let not forget that the real reason the program exists is for hilariously imaginative Photoshop battles.

Turn your ‘French’ and buzzwords into an avenue of giving on Slack. Become a ‘Slacktivist’ and install SwearJar today!

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As if the followers and members of pop music culture hadn’t been through enough in 2016, the disheartening news broke this past Thursday that superstar Prince (57) had passed away.


That’s it for the Spry Hive this week. Enjoy the last weekend of April and don’t forget to stop by next week for another dose of the Spry Hive!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 13

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

0This post is part of a weekly series featuring the latest buzz around the Spry Hive.

Around Spry

This week we hosted the St. Louis Drupal Users group for the first of many planning meetings for 2016 Drupal Camp St. Louis. Keep your eyes peeled here for more information about the event that will be happening this Fall. To get involved, visit the DrupalSTL Meetup Page.

Members of Spry will be representing the Drupal Association at the PHPTek Conference from May 23-27, so make sure you visit us at the Drupal table in-between the excellent sessions scheduled throughout the week.

Web Design & Development

Ensure that the website you’re designing meets the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines with these helpful tips.

The Spry team is a fan of Zurb’s Foundation tools as we’ve discussed previously. This week, we had the opportunity to hear from the Zurb team and ask them questions about their products in the form of an AMA.

stickers

Rep your favorite brands in programming and development tools with three free dev stickers.

Developers can sign-up for the Safari Technology Preview to get early glimpses into future browser and Webkit application releases.

To much applause, Microsoft has announced that Bash, the Linux command line, is finally coming to Windows.

Misc.

The FBI officially dropped their headline case against Apple. Now the tables have turned, as Apple is demanding that the agency reveals how they hacked the San Bernardino iPhone.

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Find out how Google caused a panic among users with this year’s April Fools Day joke, Google Mic Drop (that’s already been disabled).

Just when you thought Microsoft had learned its lesson after last week’s gaff with their Twitter AI, Tay, the company once again had to shut off the A.I. after it got stuck talking to itself.

There’s no excuse not to make your photos look great, as Google has announced that their photo editing software, the seven plugin Nik Collection, is now free.

Dig into the roots and legacy of the blues at the grand opening of the National Blues Museum in St. Louis this weekend.


 

Stay safe out there during the rest of April Fools Day and don’t forget to stop by next week for more Spry Hive!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 11

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

This post is part of a weekly series featuring the latest buzz around the Spry Hive.

Around Spry

This past Wednesday, we had the pleasure of hosting the Arts & Education Council of St. Louis’ Arts Marketers event, where we presented SEO strategies and tactics for content producers and website administrators that work for the Arts. We always enjoy sharing ideas with this group, so we can’t wait for the next one! Also, be sure to check out Arts & Education Council of St. Louis’ new website, a Drupal site designed and built by Spry Digital that includes a new crowdfunding portal.

While CiviDay, an annual, international celebration of all things CiviCRM, was originally February 24th, our local meetup was, unfortunately, postponed due to snow. The key word is “postponed”, though, as we are hosting a virtual CiviDay Makeup Meetup over lunch next week!

Artificial Intelligence

Find out what happened when the Google-owned Deepmind AlphaGo AI went head to head with the greatest Go player in the world.

UX Design / Prototyping

Adobe’s program for designing and prototyping websites and applications was recently re-branded as Adobe Experience Design (XD).

Looking to compete with Adobe XD, Invision has purchased Sketch’s prototyping plugin Silver Flows.

Web Design & Development

Government webpages are becoming significantly easier to create and navigate with the help of CivicActions, which is now available on Drupal.

Learn more about using Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project on your next WordPress website.

Ecommerce for WordPress just took a major step forward as you can now use Shopfiy for WordPress.

As if there were already enough reasons to secure your servers and website, research has shown that hacked sites suffer long term SEO penalties.

Misc

Managing the images on your social media profiles just got a whole lot easier with Landscape by Sprout Social.

What if kids presented your ideas? Full article http://goo.gl/NglYPS

Posted by Fantasy on Monday, March 14, 2016

There are times when you need something to that makes your presentation unique and easy to understand. So, why not have kids present your work?

Discover what’s so great about the Department of the Treasury’s DATA Act, a money tracking program that spurned out of the continuous push for increasing transparency in government,


That’s a wrap for Week 11 of 2016. Join us next Friday for more from the Spry Hive!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 10

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

The first full week of March saw some big news coming out of the tech giants like Microsoft and Google. So, catch up on everything you missed in this week’s Spry Hive!

The Web

Can Chris Poole save Google+? Hoping to revitalize their social efforts, Google has hired Chris Poole, the founder and developer of the popular online community 4chan.

Music

Learning about and visualizing music just got a lot easier and more convenient with Chrome Music Lab.

See Martin Molin bring his music to life with the fascinating Wintergatan Marble Machine.

Adding to the list of fallen stars in 2016, it was announced with much sorrow that the Beatles “fifth-member”, producer George Martin, has passed away this week.

Open Source Technology

Access to data may equal access to opportunity! Attempting to aid both families and communities, the White House has launched a program that provides access to local and federal data called the Opportunity Project.

Microsoft is evidently opening it’s front doors to the open source community, announcing that SQL server will now run on Linux.

The Getty Research Institute knows a thing or two about the obstacles of collaboration, which is why they’ve built a single platform to simplify the processes of communicating and file sharing called Getty Scholar’s Workshop.

Web Development and Design

Express yourself with emojis and code at the same time with Emojicode.

Version control your designs with ease using the new Git Sketch Plugin.

migration-trail

RIP Drupal 6. After seven years of success, Drupal 6 has finally been laid to rest. Find out what that means for sites still using D6 and how to plan your migration.

Still need convincing for making the jump to the latest Drupal release? Explore the various ways Drupal 8 makes things easier with Configuration Management.

Misc

Secret societies have been a topic of history and legend for as long as society itself, so sate your imagination with this inside look at San Francisco’s $2 Million Secret Society Startup.

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Eating chocolate makes you smarter! Ever since it’s discovery, humans have been trying to justify their love for chocolate. Well, after 40 years of dedicated research, we now know the magical effects chocolate has on the brain.


That concludes another week of the Spry Hive. Don’t forget to spring your clocks forward this Sunday and stop by next week!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 9

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

With the Primaries commanding the headlines, it’s never a bad idea to take some time to catch up on all the new you may have missed throughout the week. That’s where the Spry Hive comes in, so sit back and enjoy!

The Web

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Show someone how you really feel about their status with the new Facebook reaction buttons.

Design

The futura font is getting a lot of use these days, so mix things up with these 10 alternatives.

Cyber Security

Evidently, after 724,000 Americans had their data stolen during a cyberattack on the IRS in 2015, the IRS failed to upgrade their systems and the same data was hacked again.

It was also announced this past week that there is a major vulnerability in internet security called the DROWN Attack. Here is a list of the most popular sites affected by the weakness.

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On the bright side, companies like Google are still looking out for internet users everywhere, developing protective measures like Project Shield.

Web Development & Design

Put your Angular skills to the test with the 48-hour, online hackathon known as Angular Attack.

While not fully supported by all browsers (IE 10 and below), here are 6 good reasons to start using Flexbox

Let’s look at design systems like a living, changing product instead of a project with end.

Misc.

How long would it take you to bring society to a screeching halt? Find out with Collapse, a quick, interactive introduction to Ubisoft’s new game title The Division.

We got an “extra day” this month on Monday, February 29th! If the calendar never shifted we would be in the heat of summer (next year) right now. See what happens to the calendar
if we didn’t have a Leap Day?

Nostalgia has been a driving force of the movie industry for quite awhile now, and this is more present than ever with the announcement of Nikelodeon’s Legends of the Hidden Temple movie and the reboot of Ghostbusters.

Ever dreamed of owning a military grade flamethrower? Well, now you can for just $1,600!

From time to time brevity can describe an experience more powerfully and clearly than a paragraph, essay, or entire book. The University of Pennsylvania provides a beautiful example of this with their collection of Six Word Memoirs.


Well, that’s all for this week, folks. Enjoy the first weekend of March and don’t forget to stop by the Hive again next Friday.