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If you've ever set up your email in an email programme (Outlook, Windows Live Mail, Apple Mail etc), you will have been asked if you want to set up your email using IMAP or POP3. While you will generally find that either of these work (certainly the email services we provide will work with either of these), you may not be aware of the difference between these.

There's now fewer than 150 days until the 2003 edition of Microsoft's popular server operating system is out of support. Much like the recent end of support for Windows XP, this means that this edition of their operating system will no longer receive any updates (security related or otherwise). Again, much like XP, this will leave machine / servers running this operating systems highly vulnerable to attacks as new flaws in the system are found and remain unpatched.

The team behind the Chrome web browser have proposed that the browser will make it much more obvious to the user when a site isn't using an SSL certificate (i.e. it hasn't got https:// at the beginning of the domain name). While just a suggestion at this stage, it is in line with the previous news that Google have already started increasing the ranking of sites that use an SSL certifcate versus those that don't.

The days of Apple users being able to pretty much ignore the security issues that have plagued Windows users for years have been slowly coming to an end. We have seen a definite increase in machine infections ourselves, and searching online suggests that this is not a localised problem.

Version 2.5 of our go-to CMS for most major website projects, Joomla, is approaching end-of-life. From 31st December 2014, this version of Joomla will no longer be supported. This means that any security issues found will no longer be patched, and extensions will no longer be developed for this version.

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