PRESS RELEASE – 15th Feb

 Doncaster – General Release on 15th February 2019

SYNETIQ Launches on March 1st – Delivering higher standards

SYNETIQ is the new name for the merger of the well-established and highly regarded industry  leaders, Motorhog, Car Transplants, FAB Recycling and DH Systems.

No Cash for salvage – providing complete transparency

We are happy to announce that from March 1st when SYNETIQ starts trading we will NOT
be accepting cash payments for vehicle salvage. In consultation with insurance companies and spearheaded by West Midlands Police, we have taken the voluntary step to rule out cash
transactions and provide complete transparency and traceability.

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West Midlands Police Chief Superintendent Chris Todd welcomed SYNETIQ’s decision and urged other salvage auction houses to follow suit. ‘SYNETIQ are setting a great  example: they are listening to police concerns over the rise in stolen cars and are taking steps to make it more difficult for crime gangs to exploit the salvage vehicle industry.’

Allianz’s Chief Claims Officer, Graham Gibson said ‘We fully support SYNETIQ’s decision to decline cash payments for vehicle salvage.
As one of the largest commercial and fleet vehicle insurers in the UK we agree that the  responsible management of salvage is important and doing all that wecan to support this important area and helping to make Britain’s roads safer is top of our agenda.’

Richard Martin – Group MD of SYNETIQ said I am delighted that SYNETIQ is leading the industry with regard to compliance and transparency. We have worked closely with our clients and the authorities and will continue to drive up standards and trust, in both our business and the industry.’

GDPR – Protecting personal data, whatever form it is held in.

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Modern vehicles increasingly hold more and more data about their owner and drivers. This can range from sat-navs to integration with mobile phones or black box systems for insurance tracking.

We have deployed GDPR compliant processes across our business to  ensure that personal data is guarded at every step. All personal data is removed from vehicles and systems before they are disposed of to ensure that data isn’t inadvertently ‘sold on’ with the vehicle or any components.

Our IT systems are all hosted within the UK so when we work with insurance
companies to process a claim personal data never leaves our shores.

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Our new fleet is ready to roll

Work is well underway preparing our vehicle fleet to proudly promote our new brand. Watch out for them on the road.

ENDS

NOTE TO EDITORS

Motorhog, Car Transplants,
FAB Recycling and DH Systems have merged to create SYNETIQ. Each of the four businesses share the same values and commitment to clients, compliant processes, reputation, peo­ple and the environment. This, alongside the new businesses’ combined capability, scale and experience, makes SYNETIQ the platform for their ambitious drive to do even more for clients and the industry.

With a market-leading proposition combining unrivalled scale, capacity, know how, great people and technology SYNETIQ is set to become the ‘go-to’ choice for an industry that values safety, compliance, efficiency and strong partnerships. We have ambitious plans for growth, built upon trusted partnerships and integrity.

The SYNETIQ name is new but the people behind SYNETIQ are well-known and highly regarded industry figures, who between them have over 250 years of industry experience.

Press Contact: Tom Rumboll,
TR Advisory

Tom.Rumboll@TRAdvisory.co.uk

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Press release regarding SYNETIQ

UK’S LARGEST VEHICLE DISMANTLERS MERGE TO CREATE MARKET-LEADER

 

Further to the announcement of merger discussions in May 2018 between the most progressive and successful salvage and dismantling companies in the UK, Motorhog, Car Transplants, FAB Recycling and DH Systems can today confirm a “game changing” merger is set to for the 1st March 2019 to create SYNETIQ, a market-leading service provider in the salvage, dismantling, green parts and support service arenas.

The newly-created SYNETIQ business combines over 150 years’ experience in this sector, bringing the very best of the Motorhog, Car Transplants, FAB Recycling and DH Systems businesses into a single, unified organisation under the SYNETIQ brand.

The new SYNETIQ company has significant scale and capacity, operating 16 fully licensed and accredited sites across the UK, with a fleet of over 100 collection and delivery vehicles and having processed c100,000 vehicles in the last 12 months. SYNETIQ has over 50,000 registered auction customers and sells in excess of 35,000 vehicles and 250,000 parts per year. SYNETIQ employs over 400 people and anticipates a first year turnover in excess of £120m.

SYNETIQ and their clients will benefit from the significant investments each individual business has made over recent years in infrastructure, capacity, people and process – investment which has seen the Motorhog and Car Transplants businesses between them achieve ISO 9001, 14001 and 27001 in 2018. Additionally, by incorporating systems integration expert DH Systems, SYNETIQ can offer fully IT-integrated solutions to their clients, to create a bespoke solution.

Whilst the SYNETIQ name is new, the Board and wider team at SYNETIQ are well-known and respected industry figures who share the same principles, values and ambition. The focus on clients, customers, innovation, compliance and positive environmental impact will remain unchanged but be delivered even more effectively and efficiently as part of the combined SYNETIQ company.

SYNETIQ has ambitious plans for growth, underpinned by their uniquely integrated model, and is well-placed to deliver a best in class service to an industry where compliance, reputation, the environment and safety is of paramount importance.

 

Richard Martin – SYNETIQ Managing Director said

“We are thrilled that SYNETIQ has been created to take the great work we did at Motorhog to another level. By combining the best of all our businesses we can offer a fantastic solution to our clients and customers, and in doing so, help do our bit for the environment.”

 

John Schofield – Founder and Managing Director of Car Transplants and Director of SYNETIQ said

“This is a proud moment for me and the team at Car Transplants. We have built our reputation on compliance and excellent client service and to be able to take this forward as part of SYNETIQ means we can do even more”.

 

Dave Harcourt – Founder and Managing Director of DH Systems and Director of SYNETIQ said

“DH Systems was set up to provide IT services to the insurance, salvage and dismantling industry, so to become part of SYNETIQ and bring this knowledge and expertise to our clients as part of an integrated solution is really exciting”.

 

Jason Cross – Managing Director of FAB Recycling said

“Having been part of the Motorhog Group since 2017 I have seen just how much investment and development has been made in the operation. The new SYNETIQ business has huge capacity and significant inventory to deploy and with the expected growth in Green Parts, makes us the natural choice for the industry.”

 

ENDS

NOTE TO EDITORS

Motorhog, Car Transplants, FAB Recycling and DH Systems have merged to create SYNETIQ. Each of the four businesses share the same values and commitment to clients, compliant processes, reputation, people and the environment. This, alongside the new businesses’ combined capability, scale and experience, makes SYNETIQ the platform for their ambitious drive to do even more for clients and the industry.

 

Press Contact: Tom Rumboll, TR Advisory

Tom.Rumboll@TRAdvisory.co.uk

Press release – Merger discussions

PRESS RELEASE 18/05/2018

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Merger discussions involving Motorhog Ltd, Car Transplants Ltd and DH Systems Consultancy Ltd.

Car Transplants Limited, Motorhog Limited and DH Systems Consultancy Limited are in discussion about combining their strengths and resources within the salvage, parts, technology and recycling industries. All parties believe this will create real benefit, creating an unparalleled offering to the insurance, bodyshop and vehicle disposal sectors.

 

The combined facilities, technology and geographical footprint will create a unique and fully-integrated solution to the market.

 

Motorhog and Car Transplants share the same high standards and compliant approach, with a commitment to the safe and responsible management and disposal of salvage. At the heart of both business models is the focus on removing the reputational risk to clients, the companies have achieved ISO 14001 certification. All three businesses have also achieved ISO 27001 certification.

 

DH Systems Consultancy has developed the industry’s leading salvage and dismantling software, websites, online auctions and apps. Motorhog’s recent acquisition of FAB Recycling Ltd enables DH Systems to continue the development of a market changing parts procurements system to supply recycled parts directly to bodyshops, offering unprecedented access to cost effective “green” OE parts.

 

The three companies will continue to work directly with their existing clients whilst working together to explore new business opportunities.

 

Dave Harcourt, Director, DH Systems Consultancy Ltd “We are delighted to be in merger discussions with the most progressive and successful salvage and dismantling companies in the UK and I am personally looking forward to working more closely with Richard’s and John’s teams at Motorhog and Car Transplants.’’

 

Richard Martin, Managing Director, Motorhog Ltd – “This is great news for the salvage and dismantling industry here in the UK. Sharing our resources and knowledge can only help us support our clients more effectively. Having worked with Dave Harcourt for many years and closely with John and Mark at Car Transplants it’s exciting times.”

 

John Schofield, Managing Director, Car Transplants Ltd “I’ve known Richard and Dave for many years and admired what they have individually achieved and the proposal to combine the Car Transplants brand alongside Motorhog and DH Systems is very exciting and unlike anything that has been done before.”

 

Jason Cross, Managing Director, Fab Recycling Ltd “I have long been an admirer of all the companies and individuals involved in this merger.  All the key elements are in place to make this the UK’s most formidable green parts and salvage solution providers and I look forward to playing my part as it develops.”

Contact information:

Please contact info@dhsystems.co.uk for full contact details.

Announcing ISO 27001:2013 Certification

 

D.H.Systems Consultancy Limited is delighted to announce that it has achieved ISO 27001:2013 certification.

ISO 27001 is an internationally recognised standard for Information Technology

This means we have been independently audited and demonstrates that we have established and implemented and are maintaining and continually improving an information security management system which also includes requirements for the assessment and treatment of information security risks.

Dave Harcourt, MD of DH systems, commented “I am extremely proud of DH Systems and all my team to have received this certification. It demonstrates that we are very serious and committed to providing the best security practices and risk management and now you don’t just have to take our word for it!”

ARA Road Trip

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DH Systems attended the UK Recyclers Road Trip in USA for the ARA Annual Conference in Baltimore, the road trip took place from 24th – 31st October. It was a great chance to see how US recyclers operate and learn more about their dismantling, parts, distribution and storage. The trip gave us a fantastic opportunity to network and meet US recyclers and also some UK auto recyclers. At the ARA Convention, there was the chance to hear from great speakers and trainers and opportunities to learn of new products and services. There were lots of educational sessions and the ability to visit with hundreds of automotive recycling companies.
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What did we get up to?

On the first day we arrived in Boston and got ourselves settled in before an early rise Monday morning where we visited Roberston’s yard in Wareham MA, we got a great trip around the yard and the dealership including some welcoming beer!

 

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On day 3 we drove to Middletown CT to visit Bishops which is set in a stunning New England scenery and to top it off they also had cakes and snacks for us. After Bishops we headed to Tom’s Foreign Auto Parts right in the middle of town, which is nice and compact and makes good use of space – they had some pizza and grinders for us arriving. We then drove to King of Prussia which is the worlds largest shopping centre, past New York City and down the New Jersey Turnpike.

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On day 4 we visited Chuck’s Auto Salvage where we were welcomed with a sign outside, we had a good look around the yard and offices. They are a friendly bunch and we had the chance to sample some local food. We then started the drive to Baltimore to register for the ARA.

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On Thursday we attended several seminars at the ARA on marketing and the future of the industry. We also visited the show floor and had the opportunity to meet and network with people on the stands. On the Friday we went to a few more seminars and attended the trade show where we got to do further networking. We had a lovely evening meal and awards ceremony where Jason Cross at FAB Recycling won ARA member of the year and Allen Prebble won the ARA Presidents award – congratulations!

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On the last day of ARA convention, we attended some great morning seminars then participated in the ARA power play meet and greet in Market St Baltimore where there was plenty of free beer and food! On Sunday we had a lazy morning brunch at Hard Rock Café then a fantastic trip around Baltimore’s National Aquarium before heading to the airport to fly back to Edinburgh and arrived back to the office at 11am Monday.

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Who came with us to ARA?

With us on our road trip was our Managing Director Dave Harcourt, our General Manager and Head of Web Development Steve Robbins and our Head of Special Projects Hugh Leslie.
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Interpreting Google Analytics

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Google Analytics provides statistics and basic analytical tools for SEO and marketing purposes. It is used to track and report website traffic. Measuring the activity for your online visitors allows you to understand how your website is used and how users respond to your content. Google Analytics can measure near anything about your website – who comes to your site, how long they stay, the pages they like the most and much more. However, the Google Analytics dashboard can be overwhelming for new users, and introduces a lot of terms that won’t hold much significance unless you can clearly understand what they mean. We will highlight some of the most important Google Analytics metrics and explain what they mean…

First of all, we have the Audience Overview, this provides you with a view on who visits your site and their demographics – including their age, gender, location, along with the number of views your content receives. The Acquisitions section shows you how users are accessing your site, this could be through advertisements, organic or direct search or referral links from other websites. The Behaviour metric allows you to see trends of what users are doing while they are on your website, for example, you can see what other pages they visit on your website or what links they click on and you would be able to see if this is a common trend.

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The Conversions section tracks if users’ complete goals that you have set on your website. A good example of this would be if your goal is for customers to come on your site and complete a purchase or register for something before leaving your site, you can have a look at the Conversions and see how many people have completed this goal.

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A Session is the period of time a user is actively engaged with your website, a session begins the moment a user arrives at your website and includes all of the actions they take during that session. New Sessions would be the number of first-time visits from users. It is good to have a high percentage of New Sessions as this means a lot of new traffic is coming to your site, however you also want to maintain a high repeat visitor ratio as this means you have engaged customers who are returning to your site.

The Users metric are the actual visitors to your website, this is measured as having at least one session on your website. Pageviews measure the total number of times your websites pages are viewed, even if a page is viewed more than once in a session, each view counts towards this number. Unlike the general pageviews metric, Unique Page Views only counts a pageview once per user session, even if the user comes back to the page repeatedly. It is good to look for the pages that get the most unique views as these show the pages people are interested in the most.

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The Pages/Sessions is the average number of pages viewed during a session. If users are spending a longer amount of time on your site looking at few pages it could mean they have interest in your content whereas if they were going to 10 different pages and exiting after one minute they are most likely not finding the information they are looking for. The Average Session Duration measures the average length of sessions on your website whereas the Average Time on Page is more specific as this shows the average time users spend on an exact page or screen.

The Bounce Rate measures single-page visits, where users entered and exited your site from the same page. You would typically want your bounce rate to be less than 40% as this shows users are browsing your website and visiting more than one page. Exit Percentage measures how often users leave your site from a particular page, it is important to consider your user to make sure they aren’t exiting important pages – be sure to include a clear call to action.

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How to improve your metrics

Your content should be engaging and interesting for users to read. It is also important to offer a great website experience to every user – if your site is not easy to navigate or is not responsive this will often result in a high bounce rate as users will get frustrated and leave your site and go elsewhere. Share your content on social media and have a strong search engine optimization and online advertisements to increase traffic. Identify trends and see what you’ve done well on successful pages that you can replicate on other pages. If you would like users to navigate to more pages on the site make sure you include engagement prompts, like calls to action to get users to click onto other pages.

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SSL Certificates

What is an SSL Certificate?

SSL Certificates are small data files that digitally bind a cryptographic key to an organizations details. When installed on a web server, it activates the padlock and the https protocol and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser. Typically, SSL is used to secure credit card transactions, data transfers and logins, and more recently is becoming the norm when securing browsing of social media sites.

Potentially a computer in between you and the server can see your credit card numbers, usernames and passwords, and other sensitive information if it is not encrypted with an SSL Certificate. When an SSL Certificate is used, the information becomes unreadable to everyone except for the server you are sending the information to, helping protect is from hackers and identity thieves.

Why do you need an SSL certificate?

SSL Certificate protects your sensitive information and keeps data secure between servers. An organisation needs to install the SSL Certificate onto its web server to initiate a secure session with browsers. Once a secure connection is established, all web traffic between the web server and the web browser will be secure.

Web browsers give visual cues, such as a lock icon or a green bar, to make sure visitors know when their connection is secured. This means that they will trust your website more when they see these cues and will be more likely to buy from you.

This is an example of a site that has an SSL Certificate.

Instead of just HTTP sending data, SSL combines with HTTP to form HTTPS, which is a secure way of sending data from one computer to another. A padlock, a green bar, or https in the address bar are all indications that the site you are visiting is protected by an SSL certificate.

Google’s main job is to deliver good and accurate results when someone searches for something. Due to this, Google will soon start demoting sites without an SSL Certificate as they want everything on the web to be travelling over a secure channel.  In the future your Chrome browser will flag unencrypted websites as insecure, displaying a red “x” over a padlock in the URL bar. Chrome currently displays only an icon of a white page when the website you’re accessing is not secured with HTTPS. The change will draw even more attention to the sites that are potentially insecure.

How do I get an SSL Certificate?

It’s easy to get started with SSL. Contact DH Systems and we can guide you through the process and help you purchase the correct SSL certificate and install it on our web server for you.

 SharkProtect

We are introducing a new service which allows you to send your images and PDF documents to the cloud for disaster recovery and backup. Computer files are backed up to the cloud automatically and continuously whenever you’re connected to the internet.

Cloud backup is efficient and reliable. One of the main problems businesses have with their data is ransomware, this is a virus that infects your files and demands money to get your files back – the only thing that can save your files is a good backup.  It is important to keep a copy of your files offsite, even if business files are backed up on a file server as a flood, fire, or theft could destroy the computers and backups. Keeping backed up files in the cloud ensures data is safe no matter what is going on at your office. One of the main advantages of uploading images and documents from Frontier to the cloud is accessibility. As long as there is access to the Internet on a computer or smartphone you can access your files at anytime, anywhere so there is no need to travel around with a laptop or go back to the office to see that important file.

Cloud backup is simple and affordable; with cloud backup you only pay for the storage that you need. Uploading your valuable files to the cloud is safe and it will protect them. Saving information to a disk or an external hard drive is far from a suitable solution for businesses as these can go missing, be corrupted or get damaged.

 

Auction payments go live at Car Transplants

Car Transplants auction site now have online payments available, you can pay for the vehicle you have won at auction using debit or credit card through Sage Pay. This is an excellent new feature as it allows you to complete the payment process quicker than ever. It is easy to understand and simple to use, once you win the vehicle at auction all you have to do is enter your payment details and confirm your purchase. You can also save your payment details to make your checkout quicker next time you buy a vehicle at auction from Car Transplants.

This new feature improves the overall customer experience of using your site and makes it easy for visitors to complete their purchase meaning they are more likely to buy from you again.

 

Get to know Kevin

This month we are focusing on getting to know a little more about Kevin McHugh from our Desktop development team. We have caught up with Kevin and asked him a few questions about his role at DH Systems. Read on to find out what he has to say….

What is your job title?
Code Monkey

What is your job role?
My day mainly consists of avoiding Dave’s wrath, clearing up the debris left behind by a new Dismantling role out, dreaming of escape, avoiding responsibility, snacking and if time permits writing code for the various Frontier systems.

How long have you been at DH Systems?
I am currently four years into my life sentence. With time served and good behavior I should be eligible for parole by 2025.

What did you do before you joined DH Systems?
My lawyer has advised me against answering this question. Suffice to say that my actions where what landed me locked in a windowless room and chained to a keyboard 8 hours a day.

What do you enjoy the most about your role?
I enjoy making unnecessary changes to Frontier that make things either needlessly complicated or arbitrarily changing things to see how quickly I can confuse our clients.

What do you do in your spare time?
I had children and now I spend the little time I have left and conscious each day watching old episodes of Murder She Wrote and The Chase.

What is your favourite colour?
Black.

What is your favourite food?
Anything that was once alive, preferably dripping in fat and served with fries. I have a deep distrust of so called “Healthy options” or anything that can be found in the ground, growing on something else or generally occurring in nature.

What is your favourite film?
Anything with Serial Killers, Space Ships, Nazis, Kung-Fu, Aliens, Satanic Cults and Giant Robots. Or any combination of the above hitting one another.

Any interesting facts about you: I suffer from quantephobia.

 

Responsive web design has now been launched on Motorhog’s Sell My Car. This allows desktop webpages to be adapted to look good on all devices. Web pages can be viewed using many different devices: desktops, tablets and phones. Your web page should look great and be easy to use regardless of the device.  Sell My Car is now optimized for mobile and tablet users and with a simplified interface, will result in great user experience no matter what device you are using.

One of the main advantages for a business to have responsive web design is that your rankings will be higher in Google. Small and big businesses can benefit from more website traffic and leads. When your site has one responsive design that scales to fit any device you don’t need another version of your website that’s built just for mobile devices. Therefore, with only one strategic URL, you strengthen your SEO. Google states that responsive web design is its recommended mobile configuration, and even refers to responsive web design as the industry best practice.

A responsive design makes it super easy and enjoyable for users to browse your site. Images will properly scale and text descriptions will be easy to read. If a user finds it difficult to browse on your website, they’ll quickly leave in frustration. 40% of all mobile users will abandon a web page if it takes more than three seconds to load. This clearly illustrates the necessity of faster loading times for mobile devices, which is something responsive web design can deliver.

If you don’t offer your users or potential customers a good experience on the device of their choice, you may lose visitors or customers. On the other hand, if you make sure that the experience they will have on the various devices is good, you are more likely to retain them as visitors and later convert them to customers.

Google announced that more searches take place on mobile devices than on desktop. This means an increasing number of your target audience will view your website on a small device. That’s why it’s crucial that your website is able to adapt and serve the needs of your users, regardless of what they use: PC, tablet or smartphone. People today expect websites to work on many devices.

The future of the web is mobile and it is estimated that by 2017 more than 5 billion people will use mobile phones, so by using responsive web design you are preparing now for the future. Having responsive web design is cost effective and allows you to stay ahead of the competition.

Below are some examples of Motorhog’s Sell My Car responsive website. As you can see when the webpage is viewed in a smaller device the content and images also resize to make it easier for you to read.

Desktop version.

Tablet/iPad version.

Smartphone version.

Have a look for yourself at http://sellmycar.motorhog.co.uk/sell-my-car/

 

Password Policy

A password policy is a set of rules which are designed to increase computer security by encouraging users to set strong passwords, establish the protection of those passwords and the frequency of change. You need an effective password policy to prevent passwords from being guessed or hacked. A weak password provides attackers with very easy access to your computer system whereas strong passwords are considerably harder to crack – even with the powerful password-cracking software that is available today.

A weak password would contain your username, your real name or your company name or even no password at all! Strong passwords would be at least seven characters long, wouldn’t contain your username, real name or company name. It would not contain a complete dictionary word, e.g. Password. A strong password would be significantly different from previous passwords and passwords that increment like Password1, Password2, Password3 are not strong. Your password should contain upper-case letters, lower-case letters and numerals.

It is important never to share your password with others as you are responsible for any activity conducted under your username. If someone else is logged in under your account, you’re still responsible for whatever happens. By keeping your log-in information private, you’re making sure that your personal information stays private, too. If you share your sign-in information, that person now has access to your personal information, including confidential items. Not only shouldn’t you share your username and password, make sure you log off when you’re not at your desk. If you leave your desk unattended with the computer logged on, others can see your personal information and inappropriately access all the data that you have permission to access.

Content Filtering

Content filtering is the use of a program to screen and exclude from access or availability Web pages or e-mail that is considered objectionable. It is used by organisations as part of Internet firewall computers. At DH Systems we use pfSense as a platform for proxy service, pfSense is an open source firewall computer software which is installed on a physical computer or a virtual machine to make a dedicated firewall for a network. The pfSense works as a virtual machine on Hyper-v platform and works on separate VLAN to isolate this traffic. We use central policies on our domain to configure workstations only to route web traffic through the pfSense proxy. The Ntopng gives information about web usage per workstation.

Securing your network with a professional firewall

What is a firewall?

A firewall is a software program or piece of hardware that helps screen out hackers, viruses and worms that try to reach your computer over the Internet.

What is Cisco ASA?

We use Cisco ASA at DH Systems for security, our IP phone system is secured by the ASA, as well as access to our web servers published to public network. Cisco ASA is a security device that combines firewall, antivirus, intrusion prevention, and virtual private network capabilities. It provides proactive threat defence that stops attacks before they spread through the network. An ASA is valuable and flexible in that it can be used as a security solution for both small and large networks. Cisco ASA has excellent features including the ability to diagnose crucial interfaces and in case of any problem on those interfaces they fail over the provide service continuity.

 

Dave visits the ARA so you don’t have to

Dave, Steve and Hugh are on a road trip around the USA visiting various yards and will be attending the ARA’s annual convention and exposition. The yards they will be dropping by are as follows – Robertson’s Auto Salvage, Bishops Used Auto parts, Foreign Auto Parts and Chuck’s Auto Salvage. Their road trip will start in Boston and end in Baltimore where the ARA conference will be held. They will be stopping off at Connecticut and Pennsylvania in between.

The Automotive Recyclers Association allows associates to join from around the world at the premier event of the industry that excels with opportunities to learn of new products and services, experience outstanding educational sessions and network with colleagues. The ARA convention includes 24 Educational sessions, technology forum, 10 hours of exposition with over 100 exhibitors, updates from ARA committees and much more.

Here are a few pictures from the road trip so far…

 

     

 

I would like to let you know I will be leaving DH Systems at the end of this month. Working at DH Systems as our Digital Marketer has been a fantastic learning experience and I am so thankful for the skills I have learned. I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of DH Systems and being able to work with such a knowledgeable team. I am looking forward to see what the future holds and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at DH Systems for making my time here enjoyable, for being so supportive and for giving me the opportunity to learn.

I wish you all the best and good wishes for the future.

Laura

 

 

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New responsive Sell My Car page launches

 

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Responsive web design has now been launched on Motorhog’s Sell My Car. This allows desktop webpages to be adapted to look good on all devices. Web pages can be viewed using many different devices: desktops, tablets and phones. Your web page should look great and be easy to use regardless of the device.  Sell My Car is now optimized for mobile and tablet users and with a simplified interface, will result in great user experience no matter what device you are using.

One of the main advantages for a business to have responsive web design is that your rankings will be higher in Google. Small and big businesses can benefit from more website traffic and leads. When your site has one responsive design that scales to fit any device you don’t need another version of your website that’s built just for mobile devices. Therefore, with only one strategic URL, you strengthen your SEO. Google states that responsive web design is its recommended mobile configuration, and even refers to responsive web design as the industry best practice.

A responsive design makes it super easy and enjoyable for users to browse your site. Images will properly scale and text descriptions will be easy to read. If a user finds it difficult to browse on your website, they’ll quickly leave in frustration. 40% of all mobile users will abandon a web page if it takes more than three seconds to load. This clearly illustrates the necessity of faster loading times for mobile devices, which is something responsive web design can deliver.

If you don’t offer your users or potential customers a good experience on the device of their choice, you may lose visitors or customers. On the other hand, if you make sure that the experience they will have on the various devices is good, you are more likely to retain them as visitors and later convert them to customers.

Google announced that more searches take place on mobile devices than on desktop. This means an increasing number of your target audience will view your website on a small device. That’s why it’s crucial that your website is able to adapt and serve the needs of your users, regardless of what they use: PC, tablet or smartphone. People today expect websites to work on many devices.

The future of the web is mobile and it is estimated that by 2017 more than 5 billion people will use mobile phones, so by using responsive web design you are preparing now for the future. Having responsive web design is cost effective and allows you to stay ahead of the competition.

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Below are some examples of Motorhog’s Sell My Car responsive website. As you can see when the webpage is viewed in a smaller device the content and images also resize to make it easier for you to read.

Desktop version.

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Tablet/iPad version.

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Smartphone version.

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Have a look for yourself at http://sellmycar.motorhog.co.uk/sell-my-car/

Importance of SSL Certificates

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What is an SSL Certificate?

SSL Certificates are small data files that digitally bind a cryptographic key to an organizations details. When installed on a web server, it activates the padlock and the https protocol and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser. Typically, SSL is used to secure credit card transactions, data transfers and logins, and more recently is becoming the norm when securing browsing of social media sites.

Potentially a computer in between you and the server can see your credit card numbers, usernames and passwords, and other sensitive information if it is not encrypted with an SSL Certificate. When an SSL Certificate is used, the information becomes unreadable to everyone except for the server you are sending the information to, helping protect is from hackers and identity thieves.

 Why do you need an SSL certificate?

SSL Certificate protects your sensitive information and keeps data secure between servers. An organisation needs to install the SSL Certificate onto its web server to initiate a secure session with browsers. Once a secure connection is established, all web traffic between the web server and the web browser will be secure.

Web browsers give visual cues, such as a lock icon or a green bar, to make sure visitors know when their connection is secured. This means that they will trust your website more when they see these cues and will be more likely to buy from you.

This is an example of a site that has an SSL Certificate.paypal

 

 

Instead of just HTTP sending data, SSL combines with HTTP to form HTTPS, which is a secure way of sending data from one computer to another. A padlock, a green bar, or https in the address bar are all indications that the site you are visiting is protected by an SSL certificate.

Google’s main job is to deliver good and accurate results when someone searches for something. Due to this, Google will soon start demoting sites without an SSL Certificate as they want everything on the web to be travelling over a secure channel.  In the future your Chrome browser will flag unencrypted websites as insecure, displaying a red “x” over a padlock in the URL bar. Chrome currently displays only an icon of a white page when the website you’re accessing is not secured with HTTPS. The change will draw even more attention to the sites that are potentially insecure.

How do I get an SSL Certificate?

It’s easy to get started with SSL. Contact DH Systems and we can guide you through the process and help you purchase the correct SSL certificate and install it on our web server for you.

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We are introducing a new service which allows you to send your images and PDF documents to the cloud for disaster recovery and backup. Computer files are backed up to the cloud automatically and continuously whenever you’re connected to the internet.

Cloud backup is efficient and reliable. One of the main problems businesses have with their data is ransomware, this is a virus that infects your files and demands money to get your files back – the only thing that can save your files is a good backup.  It is important to keep a copy of your files offsite, even if business files are backed up on a file server as a flood, fire, or theft could destroy the computers and backups. Keeping backed up files in the cloud ensures data is safe no matter what is going on at your office. One of the main advantages of uploading images and documents from Frontier to the cloud is accessibility. As long as there is access to the Internet on a computer or smartphone you can access your files at anytime, anywhere so there is no need to travel around with a laptop or go back to the office to see that important file.

Cloud backup is simple and affordable; with cloud backup you only pay for the storage that you need. Uploading your valuable files to the cloud is safe and it will protect them. Saving information to a disk or an external hard drive is far from a suitable solution for businesses as these can go missing, be corrupted or get damaged.

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