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Heartbleed Defeated

April 14, 2014, 4:26 pm

HeartbleedBy now, you have most likely heard about the internet bug, Heartbleed, which has impacted a large number of companies on the web. Heartbleed affected the OpenSSL framework used by many online businesses to privately send data to and from internet servers. The attack could then leak information from the server’s memory, specifically the private key that is used for a website's secure certificate, and prevent your website from being secured.

We want to assure you that Byte Productions has taken the proactive actions to insure the integrity of our client's websites during this breach in security. Above and beyond the required upgrades to our servers, we are also reissuing secure certificates for our client's websites.  There is no charge associated with the reissue of the certificates, but it does involve an action on the client's part.  



The End of .TC Domains

March 24, 2014, 10:18 am

RIP .TCIf you live in Northern Michigan, you may have noticed the use of .TC for local domains. Many companies decided to purchase these domains and use them to reference an easy way to remember "Traverse City".  In reality, the .TC domain is the Internet country code for Turks and Caicos Islands. 

In 2013 a major dispute arose between AdamsNames, who used to run the .TC registry, and Meridian, the company who currently runs the registry. 

AdamsNames accused Meridian of attempting to hijack the registry, and is now warning the public against registering domain names with them. The dispute was documented on some domain name blogs in early 2013.



Customer Spotlight : PharmAssist

March 17, 2014, 3:48 pm

PharmAssist Homepage ScreenshotPharmAssist is a locally owned and operated Medicare education & retirement planning company based out of Traverse City, MI. PharmAssist represents over 30 insurance companies and saves their customers thousands of dollars annually in Medicare costs. 

When the company came to Byte for a small business website, we knew a bytePages template site would get them online quick so they could start building a larger presence on the web. The PharmAssist team did an awesome job learning our byteEditor CMS and populating the website with great, useful content. 

PharmAssist also had us set up domain-based e-mail for all of the employees (i.e. contact@pharm-assist.net). We offer all of our clients special rates on domain-based e-mails and even support set-up and maintenance. Please contact us for rates. 



National Cherry Festival Gets Fresh Look for 2014

March 12, 2014, 10:06 am

Although the countdown to the Cherry Festival has been ticking since July of last year. It somehow seems  closer and more relevant as the snow begins to melt and the first signs of Spring have erupted. 

113 days left. 

In the office this morning, talks of tent beer (drinking beer in a tent) were brought up. How we miss the festivals and activities and most of all one of our favorite summer events, The National Cherry Festival. 

Luckily for us, we get a taste of summer and cherries, working with the festival all year long. Whether it's providing event registration for the Leapin' Leprechaun or working on the website throughout the off season. 



New Domain Ownership Rules

February 27, 2014, 2:50 pm

New rules for owning a domain name now require involvement from the domain owner.



Thaw of the Dead - Byte Gets Zombiefied

February 18, 2014, 1:15 pm

Thaw of the Dead Are you a zombie fan? Do you love movies? Have you run in the Traverse City Zombie Run?  If you answered "YES" to any of these questions, then you need to get involved in the Thaw of the Dead project! 

Our friends at  The Treefort Collective are creating a short zombie film which a special Northern Michigan twist. You've never seen zombies like this before, frostbitten, freezing and sure to delight even the biggest zombie fan!  With a whole crew of special effects artists and local talent, Thaw of the Dead will be filmed entirely in the Grand Traverse  Region and even feature some of your favorite hang outs (Hint: The Cheese Shanty).



Customer Spotlight : Safety By Design

February 3, 2014, 3:20 pm

Safety By Design Logo

Safety by Design, LLC is consulting firm with an emphasis on providing Safety, Health and Environmental support to the Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, and General Industry both on land and offshore. Their main office is located in Kalkaska, MI and they recently opened a second location in Dover, OH. 

Safety By Design came to Byte looking for a custom-designed website that was consistent with their print and marketing materials. They gave us business cards, photos and pamphlets, which are very helpful for our designer to ensure consistent branding.  We also discussed important elements that should be featured on the homepage. As you can see, they requested a large image of their main location with an editable text box, contact form and homepage text. 



Change to DNS for Better Stability

January 30, 2014, 3:05 pm

A few of our customers were affected by a Denial of Service (DoS) attack on December 17th. The DoS attack was not directed against Byte Productions, but toward the domain name servers of the domain registrar that we use: Tucows/OpenSRS.

Domain name servers (DNS) are what points your domain name to a webserver as well as pointing your email routing records to the appropriate email servers. This attack, which lasted about 8 hours, effectively made entire websites unreachable.  Tucows/OpenSRS reports that they manage about 14 million domain names, so this had the potential to be a pretty large hit to the internet as a whole.

Domain name servers are something that have been targeted often with DoS attacks.  About a year ago we saw Godaddy, an even bigger DNS provider, go down for about 16 hours.   In our case, Tucows mitigated the problem in about 8. 



2014 Traverse City Track Club Bayshore Marathon

December 2, 2013, 11:48 am

Bayshore Marathon Although it isn't even 2014 yet, registration for the 2014 Bayshore Marathon is upon us! 

This past Sunday, 2600 runners used our byteEvents Online Event Registration System to sign up for the Traverse City Track Club Bayshore Half Marathon taking place on Saturday, May 24, 2014. 

Registration opened at 9 am and within 40 minutes they reached capacity. This popular running event is a favorite amongst many locals and out-of-towners. 2014 will show a new challenge as the half marathon course has been changed

If you missed registration over the holiday weekend, don't worry! Registration for the 10K and full marathon will open this Sunday, December 8th at 9 am. You can sign up at https://events.bytepro.net/register/event/id/129.  



Cyber Monday Deal 2013

November 26, 2013, 3:48 pm

In Honor of Cyber Monday, we are offering 10% off a small business website created at bytePages! 

Just use promo code: CYBERMON13
(Offer valid from now until 11:59 PM 12/2/13)

bytePages websites are great for any business looking to get on-line fast. These templates-based sites can be customized and updated by YOU at any time. 

Our team will help you create a great branded look and assist you will four (4) pages of content population! 



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