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Welcome to the Precision Computing Arts / Fastwebdev blog. We use this blog to post interesting news about our Sitebuilder web hosting and content management system (CMS). As with other blogging systems, blog articles from our system are indexed in Google and other search engines within a week or two.

(Customers can set up and maintain similar blogs on any Sitebuilder websites that we host.)

Thursday, November 26 2015
* New Features: Sitebuilder Update 4.95

Sitebuilder System Update 4.95

Sitebuilder 4.95 is available now! It offers many new features that you may want to check out, including these areas of the system:

  • Quickbar
  • CSS Animations
  • Background Videos
  • Video Banners
  • Templates / Layouts
  • Banners
  • Mobile Video / Audio
  • Blockquotes Text Style
  • Submenu Icons
  • Long Form Pages
  • Mobile Enhancements
  • Content Distribution Network (CDN)
  • Miscellaneous Updates (File Upload Sizes, Search Engine Indexing, Blogs)
  • E-Commerce Updates (SSL Certificates, Order Editing, Add to Cart Popup Overlay, Security Enhancements, Re-Order Feature, Renewal Billing Date for Subscriptions, Custom Checkout Form Restore, Quantum Gateway, USPS Realtime Shipping API Updates, Coupon Tax Collection).

As with all automatic updates, there is no extra charge for this upgrade. We hope you enjoy all the new changes!

» Read details of Site Builder System Update 4.95.

Posted by: Precision Computing Arts, Inc. AT 07:26 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, November 23 2015
* Website Rip-Off

Our of our clients recently became aware of a company on the East Coast of the United States that had stolen a significant portion of our customer's website. We discovered the violation and helped our customer vigorously defend the intellectual property and copyrighted material.

Posted by: Precision Computing Arts, Inc. AT 10:11 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, July 29 2015
* Auto-Renewing Your Domains

For security reasons and in order to streamline our operations, Precision Computing Arts will no longer monitor and renew domains for web hosting customers. All customers should manage their own website hosting contact information and domains.

Posted by: Precision Computing Arts AT 09:18 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, July 28 2015
* Important Whois Contact Information Verification Information

As of January 1st, 2014, the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) requires verification of all Whois contact information. You must verify the information or risk having your domain name suspended by ICANN.

Posted by: Precision Computing Arts, Inc. AT 02:36 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, June 30 2015
* Security Updates

Our systems are being upgraded to meet current security requirements. Older, out of date, web browsers may have issues logging into websites. Google Chrome and Firefox users should not need to make changes; however Internet Explorer users should upgrade.

» Learn more

Posted by: Admin AT 02:36 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, March 13 2015

3/13/15 Update: Thieves are stealing company web addresses, so please be wary of responding to suspicious "phishing" emails asking you to renew your domain or provide other sensitive account information. Also, guard and take responsibility for your own account user names and passwords. 

More details about "Thieves Steal Company Web Addresses" here.

5/4/14 Update to blog article originally published in November 2009.

There's always someone willing to part you from your hard-earned money or steal your identity. Domain name scammers are among them! These nasty Internet denizens will send you an official looking letter or email with dire admonitions that your domain is about to expire and you must renew or transfer your domain name with them (or risk losing it forever).

One of our customers got taken by this scam, and his domain expired anyway! That's because the company (Domain Renewal Group) did not renew or transfer his domain; they simply took his $30 check and cashed it! Fortunately, were were able to renew his domain with his official registrar. Our customer may have been lucky only to lose his money. Some of these scammers take much more because they are identity thieves, trolling for credit card and other valuable information!

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5/2014 Update: A customer received a letter from Domain Registry Services (https://www.droa.com/index.asp), paid for 10 years and a transfer at high cost. She learned it was a mistake to respond to the letter, and now must hassle to get her money back. Her domains are already registered elsewhere for much less money, and there is no need to transfer them. She simply needs to renew with her current domain regstrar and all will be well.

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Unless you are 100% sure they are legit, do not respond to these letters!

If you receive a letter about renewing your domain name — especially if you don't recognize the company as YOUR domain registrar — please contact us right away, before you send a check or give them your credit card information. We'll try to verify whether the communication is a legitimate message from your current domain registrar. (As an aside, most domain renewals cost about $10 per year. If yours costs significantly more, ask us about transferring your domain to another registrar.)

All this said, please do not ignore an expiring domain! You've invested time, money, and Goodwill in your domain name, so it's important to stay on top of expiration dates and keep your domain registration current. Also be aware that if a domain expires, no one can access your website until the domain registration is updated or the site is moved to a new domain name. And if someone happens to grab your domain after it has expired, you probably will be unable to retrieve it.

For some specific details about this domain scamming problem, check out this link.

Want to know more about domain scammers? Search Google for "domain renewal scam" or type the name of the company that has sent you a letter (between quotation marks) and add the word scam, like this:

"Domain Renewal Group" scam

Posted by: Elizabeth AT 06:28 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, March 08 2015
* FREAK Security Bug in Some Browsers, including Safari and Windows (UPDATE - Fix Coming Soon)

A flaw can let a hacker spy on your Internet session and steal your login credentials. The flaw affects many secure websites, as well as Apple Safari browser, some Android Web browsers, and Microsoft Windows machines.

3/8/15 Update: Windows machines also at risk.

More details at: 

http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/03/technology/freak-bug/index.html

http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/windows-pcs-also-vulnerable-to-freak-attacks-warns-microsoft-257813.html

 

Posted by: AT 12:00 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, February 09 2015

System Update: 4.19 - [9/8/2011]
Ecommerce account holders (merchants) can set up an affiliate program. This feature enables merchants to set up a commission rate to be earned by the affiliates and banners for the affiliates to display on their websites. Orders created by visitors who reach the site via these banners will be tracked and an affiliate payment will be computed. Merchants can keep track of affiliate payments via their website admin.

Posted by: Precision Computing Arts AT 05:51 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, January 20 2015
* New Features: Sitebuilder Update 4.91

Sitebuilder 4.91 is available now! It offers many new features that you'll want to check out, including these areas of the system: Design, Responsive Mobile/iPad, Groupboxes, Form Builder, Google Maps, Social Networking (Pinterest), One Page Checkout (Coming Soon), Upload Field on Product, Product Category Sort, Google Trusted Store, Miscellaneous E-Commerce Updates, and Payment Gateway. 

  • As with all automatic updates, there is no extra charge for this upgrade. As with all automatic updates, there is no extra charge for this upgrade. We hope you enjoy all the new changes!

» Read details of Site Builder System Update 4.91.

Posted by: Precision Computing Arts AT 12:37 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
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