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Have You Updated Your Whatsapp App Yet?

If you have seen the news today, you will know that WhatsApp has urged its 1.5 billion users to ensure they have the latest update of their incredibly popular app installed after a security breach by hackers resulted in the development of software which allowed them to listen in on your phone.

Once the software has been installed on your phone, the Pegasus spyware has the ability to turn on the phone’s camera and microphone, read emails and messages and collect information about the location of the person using the phone.

In a statement, WhatsApp said: “This attack has all the hallmarks of a private company known to work with governments to deliver spyware that reportedly takes over the functions of mobile phone operating systems.”

WhatsApp logo

How do I update WhatsApp on my phone?

The good news is that you can easily update WhatsApp from your phone’s application store. Please note if you received a message that isn’t supported by your version of WhatsApp, these are the steps which you must follow to update WhatsApp.

  • Android: Go to Play Store, then tap Menu  > My apps & games. Tap UPDATE next to WhatsApp Messenger.
    • Alternatively, go to Play Store and search for WhatsApp. Tap UPDATE under WhatsApp Messenger.
  • iPhone: Go to App Store, then tap Updates. Tap UPDATE next to WhatsApp Messenger.
    • Alternatively, go to App Store and search for WhatsApp. Tap UPDATE next to WhatsApp Messenger.
  • Windows Phone 8.1: Go to Store, then tap Menu  > my apps > WhatsApp > update.
    • Alternatively, go to Store and search for WhatsApp. Tap WhatsApp > update.
  • Windows Phone 10: Go to Microsoft Store, then tap Menu  > My Library. Tap Update next to WhatsApp.
    • Alternatively, go to Microsoft Store and search for WhatsApp. Tap WhatsApp > Update.
  • KaiOS: Press JioStore or Store on the apps menu. Scroll to the side to select Social, then select WhatsApp. Press OK or SELECT > UPDATE.

We encourage you to always use the latest version of WhatsApp. Latest versions contain the newest features and bug fixes.

Have you been hacked?

It’s too early to say. WhatsApp believes only a handful of people, including human-rights activists and a UK-lawyer, were targeted. Citizen Lab, a research group at the University of Toronto, said: “We believe an attacker tried (and was blocked by WhatsApp) to exploit it as recently as yesterday to target a human rights lawyer.”

Further Information

If you’d like to speak to us regarding this or any of our services, including our WordPress web designs, please give us a call on 01883 372488 or contact us via Facebook and we’ll be happy to talk you through your options.

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Becoming A Google Local Guide

The creation of the ‘Google Local Guides’ programme offers a great way of being able to review local businesses on a regular basis whilst also developing a level of trust with Google.

In order to become a ‘Local Guide’, you will need to sign up at maps.google.com and then take a proactive approach in regards to uploading images, reviewing local businesses, updating business details which you know to be incorrect and many more.

Earning Perks As a Local Guide

Google Local Guides unlock Google perks like access to new features as they earn points.

As a Local Guide, you earn points for sharing reviews, photos and knowledge on Google Maps. Those points lead to higher levels of the programme as well as benefits such as early access to Google features and special perks from partners. At Level 4, you also unlock your first Local Guides badge, which helps your contributions to places get noticed.

Make sure you’ve signed up for updates by reviewing your email preferences on your Local Guides settings page.

Points, Levels and Badges

Earn points by contributing content to Google Maps. Score a place with ratings, describe your experience with reviews, share photographs and videos, provide insights with answers, respond to questions about a place, update information with place edits, add missing places or verify the information by checking facts.

Maps contributionPoints earned
Review5 points per review
Review with more than 200 characters5 bonus points per review
Rating1 point per rating
Photo5 points per photo
In-stream video7 points per video
Answer1 point per answer
Respond to Q&As3 points per response
Edit5 points per edit
Place added15 points per place added
Fact checked1 point per fact-checked

Local Guides levels

Reach higher levels as you earn points for your contributions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please Note – Points and levels can take up to 24 hours to be updated. Points do not expire, though they may decrease if the content is removed for violating Google’s policies. Remain an active contributor on Google Maps to be eligible for perks and early access to new features.

Contact Us

If you would like any further information regarding becoming a Google Local Guide, Footprint Web Design have been at the forefront of web design and Social Media development for nearly 20 years. If you are looking for a website that truly represents your business, or advice on how to make your site stand out, then contact us today on 01883 372 488, or via email at info@footprint.co.uk.

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By | May 21st, 2019|Google, Google Maps|Comments Off on Becoming A Google Local Guide

Is Your Website A WordPress Website? 3 Reasons Why It Should Be

Websites designed in WordPress are absolutely ideal for any business looking to have content management created on a stable platform and is easy to use.

At Footprint Web Design we will use the latest in design techniques to ensure that your website helps to provide an accurate extension of your company.

No. 1 – Enhanced Company Profile

Over the years we have seen the web evolve and have noticed the constant change in the client’s expectations. With its numerous design benefits, WordPress allows us to stay ahead of the curve to create tailor-made designs to meet the needs of each individual client.

WordPress is a website building system which was originally designed for building web blogs but has now evolved to the stage where it is now an extremely very powerful platform for building standard websites. With a close degree of communication between you and our designers, we can use WordPress to create a unique design which will help to enhance your company profile.

No. 3 – ‘Google Friendly’

Your website infrastructure can play a pivotal role in regards to the success of your business and can bring massive change to your online fortunes due to the excellent results obtained from a search engine optimisation perspective, WordPress works particularly well.

With its tremendous levels of coding, it provides a great opportunity to achieve some great results, even for competitive terms. WordPress’ open source software is easily managed by non-technical people using its simple content management system not to mention it has massive SEO benefits to improve ranking in Google.

No. 3 – Optimised Performance

With so many options out there for people looking to build and manage their website, choosing the right web design company to design your site is very important. Our high-quality web designs have been used by companies in all sectors and in all lines of work. We cut no corners during the full web design process and this ensures that your web site will be designed to perform at its optimum level.

If therefore you are looking for a company to establish a professional easy to manage a website then you may want to consider using WordPress as your platform.

Further Information

If you’d like to speak to us regarding any of our services, including our WordPress web designs, please give us a call on 01883 372488 or contact us via Facebook and we’ll be happy to talk you through your options.

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3 Tips To Enhance User Experience

We understand that having a great looking website is really important for all of our clients, after all, this is your shop window. However, this is just the beginning of the web design process and we want to do all that we can to ensure that not only does your website look great, it also functions and performs to a high level.

Please Note – No matter how attractive your website is, poor user experience is very likely to result in their visit becoming just a one time deal!

Below we have identified 3 of our top tips to help keep your visitors happy.

No. 1 –  Sometimes Less Can Be More

Cluttered websites can be a nail in the coffin in regards to usability. If a website is too confusing, too difficult to navigate, contains too much information or any other issue, there is a very strong chance that users will find their experience to be a poor one.

Minimalist designs often make websites easier to take in and use, increasing their chances of being effective.

Top Tip – Find the right balance by ensuring that your website does not make users search too hard to find information whilst not overloading them at the same time.

Take all steps possible to ensure that your website is as secure as possible.

No. 2 – Don’t Confuse Website Usability & User Experience

A common mistake for many web designers involves confusing user experience with usability. Whilst they can influence each other, they are not the same thing.

To help break this down a little further, the fundamental difference is as follows:

User experience means that visitors to your website want to use it whereas usability means that a person can easily use it.

Although offering a good user experience is very important because it means your visitors will enjoy browsing your website, there are no guarantees that the site would be usable.

Make Your Visitors Feel Safe

No. 3 – Make Your Visitors Feel Safe

Web users are more switched on to the risks posed by ineffective online security than ever before. If your visitors have concerns about the security of your website, it is highly likely that they will not make either online or in-app purchases.

Customers are quite rightly very wary of having their data stolen when shopping online. For this reason amongst others, they are far more likely to use websites they know and trust to make purchases.

Contact Us

If you would like a chat about your website, please give the Footprint Web Design team a call on Tel. No. 01883 372488 today.

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By | May 3rd, 2019|Web Design|Comments Off on 3 Tips To Enhance User Experience

5 Ways Twitter Can Work For Your Business

It is highly unlikely that Twitter has not had some type of impact on your life. Whether your experience relates to using a personal Twitter account, seeing friends or family members update the world about their life via their account or seeing a story on the news, Twitter is everywhere!

Twitter icons

But are you using it for your business; if not, why not? Below we have outlined 5 ways that Twitter can work for, and benefit, your business.

  1. Microblogging. Tell the world what you’re doing, what’s coming up, success stories or ask your followers to get involved. Set quizzes and questions that’ll get people onto your website and sharing your details.
  2. Market research. Want a quick census on a product/decision? Your Twitter audience are your clients; ask their opinion directly and you’ll have the right answer (you will also have made your clients feel valued).
  3. Industry. Following your competitors and other names in your industry is a great way to keep abreast of progress, changes and market trends.
  4. Dealing with praise and complaints. It’s now commonplace for businesses to allow their clients to contact them through Twitter. Praise on Twitter can reap huge benefits in terms of swelling your number of followers. Conversely, if someone complains publicly? You can deal with it instantly – letting everyone know your side of the issue and how you propose to deal with it. People who complain are generally just looking for someone to listen; do that and you’ll turn a negative into a positive every time.
  5. Increase your audience. Twitter has allowed businesses to reach a global client market. The above points will all help you work towards getting your name out there; to potential client sources, you didn’t even know existed. Inciting your existing followers to share your posts and feedback using “#hashtags” will ensure their followers become your followers.

Twitter Scrabble Tiles

Building The ‘Business/Customer’ Relationship

The relationship between a business and its clients has changed dramatically over the last few years, with a greater emphasis on the flow of information between both parties. Businesses know they can command greater loyalty from their client base if they make them feel involved; clients are more willing to trust a business if they feel that business is trustworthy.

Twitter provides a platform to allow this flow of information. You can let your clients know about upcoming deals or events, interact with people personally (dealing with both praise and grievance) and reach an international audience.

Setting up a Twitter account is easy; follow the URL www.twitter.com, enter your details and you’re away! However, if you don’t have the time to create and maintain your Twitter presence, Footprint can do this all for you.

Contact Us

If you would like to discuss this in further detail, please give our team a ring on Tel. No. 01883 372488 and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.

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