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WordPress 4.8 – Ending Support for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10

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On April 22nd officially announced that they will be ending support for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10, beginning with WP 4.8. This is due to Microsoft discontinuing support for these browsers back in January 2016. The lack of updates define these browsers as security risks, and are considered to be “holding back WordPress development” according to Matt Mullenweg, founder and CEO of WordPress’ parent company Automattic.

Global Internet Explorer usage has been declining for years, and now sits at just 4.18% of all internet users. Combined, only 0.91% of users are utilizing IE 8, 9, or 10.
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Boosting Internet Speeds

Boosting Internet Speed
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If your internet speed seems to be dragging behind lately, try some of these correctional techniques to revitalize your connectivity.

Perform local updates

Slow speeds can be caused by a lack of updated tools.

  • Internet browsers can auto-update, but that doesn’t imply that you are using the most up to date version. Check your settings to verify that you are running the most recent version of your browser, or download it directly from their website.
  • The same goes for your operating system. Don’t be overly dependent on auto-updates for your software. There are various methods to go about this, depending on the OS you are using. Computers running Windows can be updated by searching “Update” in your task bar. Macs are updated through the top menu in the App Store. Linux users can update using terminal commands (varying depending on the OS).
  • Routers can also get occasional firmware updates. Implementing these varies significantly, so do some research on your router company’s website for instructions for updates (if there are any available)
  • Could it be your device causing the slowdown? Be sure to update your phones, tablets, and other devices you have connected to the web.

Cables and such

Old Ethernet cables can potentially slow your internet speeds to a crawl. These cables are split into categories, and are noticeably different from each other. Lifehacker has a great article explaining these differences. If possible, try switching to fiber optics. It may cost you a pretty penny, but the boost you gain from running fiber can make it worthwhile. Get in contact with your Internet Service Provider to see if this is a feasible solution for you.

Do some spring cleaning

Your computer may be caught up running background processes that suck up your bandwidth. If you are running Windows, delve into your Task Manager and kill any running processes that you know you don’t need. On A Mac, use the Activity Monitor in the Utilities folder. And once again, Linux users can check using command line prompts or loaded management programs.

If these solutions don’t seem to do enough, you may want to consider switching ISPs, or making some technical investments. Or just ask your neighbor for the WiFi password with false promises of only using it one time.

Inland Valley Federal Credit Union Launches New Website

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Congratulations to Inland Valley Federal Credit Union on their new website. The new website is responsive and displays nicely on phones, tablets, laptop, and desktop computers. The website features a clean design, keeping with modern web design. The website includes Quick Links, the Direct Login Widget, Facebook integration, and site search. It is an easy to use design and provides Inland Valley Federal Credit Union with a much better online presence. The new site will serve members and staff better. Take a look at their new website here:

Safe Harbor Credit Union Launches New Website

Safe Harbor CU Home Page
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The team at Safe Harbor Credit Union is excited to have a new website today! The design and implementation by CU*Answers Web Services team incorporates modern design and web standards. The home page includes numerous custom sections and features. At the top of the page are quick links to It’s Me 247 Online Banking, a link to apply for a loan and a link to open an account. Large banners are displayed prominently with the ability to customize the text and link displayed on top of a banner. Below the banners is a section for ATM and shared branch locators. This section also includes three options to direct members or potential members to open an account, apply for a loan or to review the Member Advantage program. Last, but not least, is a carousel displaying team member photos, names and their role at Safe Harbor Credit Union. The new design is responsive so it displays well on all devices including mobile phones. Their new site will be a great tool for Safe Harbor Credit Union to increase membership and to provide more services to existing members. Check out their new website!

CU*Answers Launches the Online Store

The New CU*Answers Online Store
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CU*Answers is taking the next step in our commitment to online retailing. The CU*Answers Online Store contains products and services from multiple CU*Answers departments and is growing in size each day. Incorporating all the major perks of modern e-commerce including featured and suggested products, descriptive content, and aesthetically pleasing organization – ordering services from CU*Answers has never been easier.

Visit today and experience the future of CU*Answers-

Wordfence Launches New Security Feature: Real-Time IP Blacklist

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We are happy to report that Wordfence has just launched a new security feature for its premium customers – real-time IP blacklist! This new feature will work to block thousands of malicious IPs from hacking your WordPress website. This will significantly cut the risk of your site being hacked and will lighten your website load times and improve site performance as well.

Over the past year, the developers at Wordfence have heavily monitored, collected, and analyzed data from malicious hacking attempts on WordPress websites. They were able to use these results to build a new security feature that will immediately find malicious IPs and block them instantly.

When a potential attacker is blocked from the website that is using Wordfence, this is what they will see:

If a legitimate visitor gets blocked, they are able to report the false positive by clicking on the “Report Problem” button and then copying & pasting the encoded text into the report. The Wordfence response team receives the report and responds quickly to record and fix the false-positive.

This new real-time IP blocking feature enhances Wordfence as it works to prevent attacks. If an IP that is on the blacklist attempts to get access to your site, it becomes blocked from your site permanently and immediately. This means the malicious attacker can’t access anything on your site or use site and server resources.

Keeping your website secure is one of our top priorities and we couldn’t be happier with this new feature from Wordfence!