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Eileen Lozano is an Office Manager/Client Services Assistant at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company. Contact Eileen Lozano at (915) 351-8440.
Microsoft breaks up with Internet Explorer

Microsoft breaks up with Internet Explorer

A few weeks ago Microsoft decided to end its support of Internet Explorer 10 and all versions previous. Internet Explorer 11 is the last and the only version that Microsoft still supports. Internet Explorer 11 still offers improved security, increased performance, better backward compatibility and support for web standards that helps most sites operate. If you are using Microsoft 10 don’t worry IE11 will continue to be supported.

Now that Microsoft has deemed Internet Explorer at its end of life what does this mean for you? It means that you need to take immediate action if your using version 10 or older. End of life doesn’t mean that your browser will stop working. It means that Microsoft will stop providing security updates. Security updates are vital and used to patch up vulnerabilities  that may be exploited by malware. These updates are crucial to keeping your information and data protected and safe. Regular security updates are very important so maintaining your browser by continuously updating the platform is recommended. Also with Microsoft no longer offering security updates for these different versions they are no longer offering any technical support. Stanton Street will also be following suit by no longer offering technical support for IE9 because it does not support many responsive functions and it has an average usage of 0.3%  locally.

If you feel up the internet stream without a paddle don’t worry there are other browsers available to you. Google Chrome, Safari, or Mozilla Firefox are all great options for searching the internet safety. Still have questions give us a call and we would happy to talk more in depth with you.

Eileen Lozano
Eileen Lozano is an Office Manager/Client Services Assistant at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Eileen Lozano at (915) 351-8440.

Hunt in Good Company with Stanton Street

Hunt in Good Company with Stanton Street

hmcblogHunt Companies provides service members and their families with quality living that they deserve. Hunt Companies wanted their professionalism to translate through their online presence. Having over 30 properties with their own sets of assets could prove challenging. Luckily, it’s Stanton Street’s forte. We have the level of professionalism, organization and creativity that Hunt Companies looks for when redesigning a website.

Identifying the needs of the client is always the first step we take when developing a new website or revamping one. In the instance of Hunt Military Communities, we knew that users needed to be able to access documents, forms and other services from any mobile device or tablet. The sites also needed to contain content geared toward current and future residents.

To easily organize the properties, we created a “gateway” page that gives new and prospective residents the ability to filter and search for applicable locations. Upon opening the gateway page, users are greeted with colorful thumbnails that represent each community. The page is neatly organized by branch: Navy, Air Force, Army, Marines and Civilian. Properties can also be filtered by the user’s status.

When a desired location is selected, users are directed to the homepage that displays imagery of their community along with functions such as: wait list lookup, rental applications, maintenance requests, rental payments, and “Find Your Home.” A site search is also readily available to get the user to a topic quickly.

The website is also host to resident newsletters, documents and forms, helpful links and frequently asked questions. The interactive community map provides residents with a quick overview of parks, basketball courts, and other recreational activities. Contact Us pages have been formatted to include phone numbers, addresses and management team information. New, current and prospective residents can easily reach out to management through general inquiries and leasing forms.

We appreciate the opportunity to partner with Hunt Military Communities and create optimal experiences for their service member’s past, present and future. If you are interested in redesigning your site or would like to develop new one, fill out our contact form. We would be happy to help you!

Eileen Lozano
Eileen Lozano is an Office Manager/Client Services Assistant at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Eileen Lozano at (915) 351-8440.

Listen Up Android Users

Listen Up Android Users

Mobile Notifications & MessagingAndroid users listen up! Some of your information might be in the hands of the wrong people. There is a new malware breach that has reached more than 1 Million Google accounts and is infecting 13,000 devices every day.

Gooligan is the name of this dangerous software that roots vulnerable Android devices and will steal email addresses and authentication tokens stored on them. Once the malware has your sensitive information it can then access accounts such as Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, Google Play, Google Drive and G Suite. If Gooligan is successful at gaining access it has full control of the device and the ability to send commands to your device remotely. Any devices running an older version of the Android operating system, such as Android 4.x (Jelly Bean, Kit Kat) and 5.x (Lollipop) are the most at risk. The malware attack was uncovered by Check Point Software Technologies and they have published a neat tool to make it easy to find out if your Android device is infected. If after you run a check on your device and you find out that it has been hacked, Google’s director of Android security has recommended you run a clean installation of the operating system on your device. Attempting to install a clean version of your software is called, “Flashing” completing this process is complicated. Google recommends turning off your device and go to a certified technician in your area to help you flash the device.

Eileen Lozano
Eileen Lozano is an Office Manager/Client Services Assistant at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Eileen Lozano at (915) 351-8440.

Snap Out of It

Snap Out of It

snapRecently I blogged about the distribution of fake news and how Facebook and Google are making it harder for people to peddle misinformation. While certain social media platforms were in the hot seat, Snap (formerly Snapchat) remained out of the spotlight. Snap is Facebook’s biggest competitor, so how did a social media platform with 150 million daily users manages to sidestep the issue?

Snap is a growing source of breaking news for users but there are a handful of reasons why the sometimes controversial social network doesn’t get brought up over debates about fake news. Snapchat is user-generated content that appears over a short period then poof it disappears. There have been many changes to Snapchat over the last few years they released filters, geo filters, and a news section to the app. The news that has been integrated is contained in a separate action they call Discover. The process that publishers go through to get content published is much more extensive, and Snapchat does a great job of vetting potential partners. The way that Snapchat operates is also very different than most platforms. Snap thrives on authenticity, not collecting likes and shares. Snapchat profiles do not display a follower count or even let users know how many followers they have. The app also doesn’t have any links for users to share so it makes it harder for snaps to go viral. Another way that Snap has helped stop the promotion of fake news stories is through a Live Story. This is a mashup of photos and videos of an event that work as a firsthand account and makes it difficult to alter this content. Snapchat is a very unique and somewhat experimental source of information, that is tightly managed. Whether that’s good or bad only time will tell. One thing that is for certain is practicing responsible sharing. Friends don’t let friends spread rumors.

 

Eileen Lozano
Eileen Lozano is an Office Manager/Client Services Assistant at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Eileen Lozano at (915) 351-8440.

Give and Let Live

Give and Let Live

Tis the time of year to give to organizations and other less fortunate, and if you were thinking about giving to an organization soon, today is the perfect day to do so. The Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday has been dubbed Giving Tuesday. Giving is great but you also want to make sure that your donation is going to the right place so we have outlined a few things to keep in mind while you’re giving.

  • Do your homework – Make sure you have the exact name of the charity that you would like to give to. Name similarities might make things confusing so be sure to double and triple check.
  • On the spot donations – We have all been caught up by someone holding a clipboard with information while trying to walk to your car. Don’t let your emotions get the best of you, try and get a card from the organization. Go home and check them out online first before you give any monetary donations.
  • Charities that don’t disclose – Charities have the option to disclose their information to the BBB, and some opt not to. This raises some red flags so make sure you visit give.org to find out if your charity has opted to not disclose.

Don’t let these deter you from giving. The Better Business Bureau states that “charities receive one-third of their annual donations during the holiday season.” Go online, do your research and have a happy #GivingTuesday.

Eileen Lozano
Eileen Lozano is an Office Manager/Client Services Assistant at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Eileen Lozano at (915) 351-8440.

The Holidays are for Snapchat

The Holidays are for Snapchat

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The holidays are a time for family, food, drinks and posting all of it on Instagram, right? And if you don’t post your holiday festivities they might as well not have happened. I cannot recollect a time that I didn’t document my life on social media. At 14 I armed myself with a digital camera and a Myspace profile to give my friends and strangers an all access pass to my life, doing that has never seemed weird or out of place. I dare to say that not doing it seems more strange. In the last 14 years, my choice of social media and technology has changed. I have used the last 6 iPhones, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Vine, Twitter, and Tumblr to document milestones and life. My Facebook account is my longest relationship, Happy 10-year Anniversary to me! While I grew up with a sense of ease and comfort using social media and technology it doesn’t mean that it always came easy. There is a new social media app every year it seems and we all need to learn it to seem relevant. Snapchat was one of those apps for me. Initially, when millennials younger than I caught on to it I immediately dismissed it as some teenage fad and made fun of it. I made fun of it because I didn’t understand it. Snapchat has been around since 2011 but people in my circles didn’t start utilizing it until 2015. I avoided signing up because I didn’t want to ask people how it worked because I didn’t want to appear out of the know and I just didn’t care enough to Google it. I don’t think it was until their filters came out that I signed up. I sucked it up and asked my teenage cousin how it worked, to my dismay he didn’t make fun of me for being out of the loop. Quite the contrary. We sat there for a good 15 minutes bonding and practicing, it was great. My lesson is this, don’t be afraid of the unknown, looking dumb, or asking questions. The only constant in life is change and that includes technology. Be bold, evolve with it.

Eileen Lozano
Eileen Lozano is an Office Manager/Client Services Assistant at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Eileen Lozano at (915) 351-8440.

Facebook and Google Make It Harder to Distribute Fake News

Facebook and Google Make It Harder to Distribute Fake News

It doesn’t matter what side of the Presidential election you were on, one thing that we can agree on is how much social media and fake news impacted the decisions of many voters. Google and Facebook now realize that having incorrect information is just as bad as having none and they are working together to ban fake news sites from their platforms.

The U.S election was extremely popular on social media and the closer we got to November 8th the more intense and more frequent the posting became. While this would have been something to discuss before the election Google and Facebook are taking steps to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Google has updated its policy to say that the company will attempt to ban sites that “misrepresent, misstate or conceal information.” Google went on to say that sites that do not comply with this rule will be banned from using Google AdSense. Facebook has also updated its policy to rule out fake news sites from using Facebook Audience Network. Both tech giants have explicitly said that they will not advertise fake news stories and will work on their algorithms and continue to aggressively vet people using those services.  The behemoth that is Facebook can no longer ignore how much power they have in distributing information to the American people. Google did not escape harsh criticism either and were held accountable for putting too much prominence on false news stories.

But will cutting them off be enough?

While their approaches will make it harder for fake news sites to bring in revenue, they will not completely disappear. Facebook and Google have started to address the issue of misinformation but solving this problem will take more than just an ad ban.

Eileen Lozano
Eileen Lozano is an Office Manager/Client Services Assistant at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Eileen Lozano at (915) 351-8440.

We Are Looking For a Developer Like You!

We Are Looking For a Developer Like You!

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Do you have mad coding skills?

Do you have a sick ability to crush deadlines?

Are you a wiz at PHP, CSS/ HTML, JavaScript, JQuery, and MySQL?

Are you a Foosball expert?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions we might be looking for you. Stanton Street is looking to hire a web developer with mad coding and troubleshooting skills. No negative attitudes or big egos need apply. We prefer a friendly positive work environment. If you think it has what it takes check out this job description and apply here!

 

May the force be with you!

Eileen Lozano
Eileen Lozano is an Office Manager/Client Services Assistant at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Eileen Lozano at (915) 351-8440.

Go Ahead, Claim Your Business

Go Ahead, Claim Your Business

Google has a multitude of services and it’s hard to keep them all straight most of the time. What’s important to growing your business and what can be put on the back burner until you figure out how it works? A Google service that you should definitely NOT be slipping on is claiming your business. What does claiming your business even mean and why is it important? Google My Business is a free, super easy to use tool for your business. This is another way that you can manage your online presence.

Why it’s Important?

Managing the information that Google users see when they search for your business or products is very important and makes you seem more reputable. When you have claimed your business or products on Google you are able to update pictures of your store front or products, your hours of operation, website, and street address. Interacting with your customers is huge and claiming your business is just another way you are able to do so online. When you claim your business you also have the ability to respond to reviews whether they be positive or negative.

How can not claiming your business be harmful?

Not claiming your business if definitely NOT a good idea. As I mentioned previously an unclaimed page looks bad and not as reputable. It could be displaying the wrong information, or even worse someone could have already claimed it. Having to reclaim you business is super inconvenient and time consuming.

If you would like more information on how to go about claiming your business check out this link.  You could also give us a call at 915.351.8440 and we would be happy to point you in the right direction and in the meantime, take a peek at our beautifully claimed business. SSTG

Eileen Lozano
Eileen Lozano is an Office Manager/Client Services Assistant at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Eileen Lozano at (915) 351-8440.

Augmented Reality Is Our New Reality

Augmented Reality Is Our New Reality

Technology definitely is not what it used to be, and thanks to augmented reality the way we play games might never be the same. Recently there has been a game that is utilizing augmented reality and physical activity to get people off the couch and on their feet. If the term augmented reality has you scratching your head, no worries we can break it down for you.

Augmented Reality is essentially the blending of virtual objects and inserting them into your real life. Pokémon GO is an augmented reality game that has captured our attention, our hearts, and more importantly our data. The game became a huge sensation overnight. I  grew up playing Pokémon the very old school way with a deck of cards, then slowly it merged into handheld devices where it lived comfortably until now. Pokémon GO was developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices. Essentially if you haven’t been living under a rock the game utilizes your phone camera and GPS to capture, battle and train Pokémon. The Pokémon appear on your screen via the camera and appear in your real world.  All the characters that you grew up with and loved are literally all in your backyard and your neighborhood. You just have to get up and find them.

This isn’t the first time that we have seen augmented reality being utilized. You see this when you are watching a football game on television. The lines on the field outlining the yards to achieving a touch down, the military uses some AR technology as well to train troops. The difference between Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are huge, virtual reality creates an entire virtual world for you to see. It has all been created by a computer and you need to wear special goggles or glasses to see the world around you. All that is necessary to view an augmented reality is a smart phone and an app such as Pokémon GO. So what the heck are you waiting for? Get out there and Catch Em All.

Eileen Lozano
Eileen Lozano is an Office Manager/Client Services Assistant at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Eileen Lozano at (915) 351-8440.