What Is An SSL Certificate?

What Is An SSL Certificate?

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificates are a simple but essential way to keep sensitive information safe while giving customers the confidence they need to complete a transaction online.

When online customers feel secure, they are more likely to complete a purchase or personalise their profile and return to your website.Customers will buy with confidence when they know that their information is protected. SSL encrypts sensitive, private data, such as credit card numbers and bank account details. Normally, data on the web is sent in clear text from computer to computer until its destination is reached. Any of the computers along the way can see that information – this is where the gap is presented to cyber attackers who are looking for soft targets.

Recently, Google announced that they prefer secured sites (even if your website doesn’t do online transactions), giving anyone who protects their website a boost in search engine rankings.

And the good news is securing your website has never been easier.

Why Choose Our SSL Certificates?

Secure Encryption

Keep data safe. All plans come with high (128 – 256 bit) encryption that ensures transactions and sensitive information are secure.

Fast Setup

Get secured quickly. SSL certificates are typically approved in 4 days or less, with some plans approved in just 10 minutes!

Total Browser Compatibility

Everyone is covered. Certificates are compatible with all major browsers, including those on mobile devices.

Padlock And Site Seal

Show customers they’re protected. A site seal proves your SSL is in place and the padlock in the browser bar tells customers their information is safe.

Secure All Versions Of Your Site

Our SSL certificates secure both www. and non-www. versions of your site – no need to buy a separate certificate.


Do business confidently. Liability insurance protects you and your customers if your SSL certificate is issued or used incorrectly – for an amount of up to $1,750,000.

Our Partnership with CloudFlare

Our Partnership with CloudFlare

We are proud to announce our partnership with CloudFlare. Why are we so excited about it? CloudFlare secures and accelerates your website by acting as a proxy between your visitors and Moila Hosting servers. The result is better protection for your website, shorter page loading times and you’ll save a whole load of bandwidth

Once enabled for your website, CloudFlare is designated as your authoritative name server. All requests to your website are now routed through their systems, allowing them to clean and accelerate your traffic. And with state-of-the-art routing technology in 30 data centres around the world,

CloudFlare is also able to:

1.    Give your visitors the fastest connection possible.
2.    Screen your website’s traffic for malicious visitors
3.    Optimise your web content
4.    Cache static content on your site

contact us at support@moilahosting.com to get CloudFlare on your Website.


5 Signs You Need A New Website

5 Signs You Need A New Website

Are you running your business with a so-so website? Do you dread giving out your website’s URL? Do you secretly dream about a re-design?

Then you need a new website.

In the early 2000s you were on top of your game simply because you had a website. But what was cool in 2001 is not so cool anymore. Let me share a secret: Never skimp on website design. When designed for today’s modern audiences, websites are the best tool for reaching, engaging with and winning new customers. So how do you know when it’s time for a new design? When will you finally give up your original site? Maybe you don’t know where to look for the signs of a mediocre site. Well, I’ll give you five to start with:

Your content is old

There is nothing worse than visiting a company’s website only to realise that they last updated the site in 2007. Up-to-date and relevant copy ensures that your clients and customers always know what they get.

Your website is not responsive

Don’t let smartphones hate your website. These days people work on all sorts of devices – with their mobile phones being at the top of the list. So what if your website does not display correctly on a mobile phone or tablet? Well, your potential client will most likely leave your website and look for a site that is more user-friendly. Smartphone 1 : Your company 0.

Your website is not SEO friendly

So, what is the use of a website if you only rank on page 1443 of Google? SEO means that Google can track your site and rank it according to different factors: your content, meta descriptions, images, links, title texts and headings. Not sure what I’m talking about? Then you definitely need to improve your SEO.

Your competition’s site is looking spectacular

These days everyone is online. And this creates a whole new world of rivalry. It’s a platform where the strongest get to the top first. So, when your site looks like a flopperoo next to your competitor’s state-of-the-art masterpiece, it’s time to get a new website.

Not getting any leads?

Well, then it is undoubtedly time to look at why your website is going through a chronic dry spell. Your website should be one of your top sources for new leads.

If you’re not bragging to friends and family about your online home anymore and you find yourself making excuses for why it’s not looking so great, you need a re-design.

71% of SA businesses can’t defend against email-based cyber-attacks

71% of SA businesses can’t defend against email-based cyber-attacks

71% of SA businesses can’t defend against email-based cyber-attacks

Mimecast survey reveals low levels of preparedness against data breaches.

February 18, 2016

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Mimecast, the email security, email continuity and email archiving cloud company, today released the results of its new global research study: Mimecast Business Email Threat Report 2016, Email Security Uncovered.

The survey of 600 IT security professionals, shows that while 71% in South Africa regard email as a major cyber-security threat to their business, 41% don’t feel fully equipped or up to date to reasonably defend against email-based attacks.

One-third of global respondents also believe their email is more vulnerable today than it was five years ago.

Email continues to be a critical technology in business and the threat of email hacks and data breaches loom large over IT security managers.

Consequently, confidence and experience with previous data breaches and email hacks play key parts in determining a company’s perceived level of preparedness against these threats and targeted email attacks.

Of the 600 surveyed, just 59% in South Africa feel confident about their level of preparedness against data breaches.

Of the 41% who don’t feel fully prepared against future potential attacks, 49% experienced such attacks in the past, indicating that they don’t feel any more protected following an attack than they did prior.

This is also reflected in the few steps taken toward widespread email security.

Although 75% of the South African respondents highlight email as a common attack vector, one out of ten report not having any kind of email security training in place.

Among the least-confident respondents, 23% attest to lacking any supplementary security measures.

“Our cyber-security is under attack and we depend on technology, and email in particular, in all aspects of business. So it’s very disconcerting to see that while we might appreciate the danger, many companies are still taking too few measures to defend themselves against email-based threats in particular,” said Brandon Bekker, managing director, Mimecast South Africa.

“As the cyber threat becomes more grave, email attacks will only become more common and more damaging. It’s essential that executives, the C-suite in particular, realize that they may not be as safe as they think and take action. Our research shows there is work still to be done to be safe and we can learn a lot from the experience of those that have learnt the hard way.”

Budget and C-suite involvement were the biggest gaps found between the most and least prepared respondents.

Among the IT security managers who feel most prepared, five out of six say that their C-suite is engaged with email security.

However, of all IT security managers who were polled, only 17% in South Africa say their C-suite is extremely engaged in email security, while 28% say their C-suite is only somewhat engaged, not very engaged, or not engaged at all.

Those who feel better prepared to handle email-based threats also allocate higher percentages of their IT security budgets toward email security.

These IT security managers allocate 50% higher budgets to email security compared to managers who were less confident in their readiness.

From these findings, the data points to allotting 10.4 percent of the total IT budget toward email security as the ideal intersection between email security confidence and spend.

Mimecast found that five distinct “personas” emerged among the respondents, and characterized them into a Cyber-Security Shiver Grid based on their levels of email security and perceptions of data breach confidence: the Vigilant (16%), Equipped Veterans (19%), Apprehensive (31%), Nervous (6%) and Battle-Scarred (28%).

Mimecast security confidence infographic

Mimecast security confidence infographic

Altogether, a majority of the IT security managers – totaling 65 percent, comprising the apprehensive, nervous and battle-scarred respondents – feel unprepared to manage email-based attacks.

Other key findings of the survey include:

  • The top 20 percent of organizations that feel most secure are 250 percent more likely to see email as their biggest vulnerability.
    • Confident IT security managers are 2.7x more likely to have a C-suite that is extremely or very engaged in email security. They are also 1.6x more likely to see C-suite involvement in email security as extremely or very appropriate.
    • The least confident IT security managers are more likely to be using Microsoft’sExchange Mail Server 2010, which ended mainstream support in January 2015. The most confident managers are more likely to use the up-to-date Exchange Server 2013.
    • 70 percent of IT professionals that have recently and directly experienced an email hack employ internal safeguards, such as data leak prevention or targeted threat protection.
  • Apprehensive IT security professionals are more likely to be found in smaller (fewer than 500 employees) firms than larger ones (32 percent to 18 percent, respectively).
  • Less than half (48 percent) of IT security managers in smaller firms feel confident and well-prepared for tackling email security threats, compared to larger companies.

This study was created by Mimecast and March Communications, and facilitated by Vanson Bourne, during late 2015, consisting of 600 IT security decision makers from the USA (n=200), the UK (n=200), South Africa (n=100) and Australia (n=100) on their companies’ level of email security, IT preparedness and confidence in defending against cyber threats, as well as past experiences with data breaches and email hacks.

The overall margin of error is ± 4 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. For more information, or to download the full research report, click here.

What South Africans buy on the Internet

What South Africans buy on the Internet

The latest Effective Measure statistics reveal the most popular products bought online in SA.

Effective Measure recently released its November 2015 statistics, which show that the most popular products purchased online are tickets, books, hotel reservations, and music/movies.

Effective Measure is the official traffic measurement partner of the IAB South Africa, and provides accurate traffic and demographics statistics for South Africa’s top websites.

The group’s recent Internet demographics statistics are based on 280,400 online surveys completed by local Internet users.

The stats reveal that 46% of South African Internet users purchased tickets for shows or sport events online.

45% of local Internet users purchased books online, while the same percentage bought travel tickets for flights, buses, and trains.

26% of South Africa’s Internet population said they do not purchase anything online.

Items Purchased via Internet
Tickets for shows or sport events 45.71%
Books 45.42%
Travel Tickets: Bus, Train, Flights, Boat 45.29%
Hotel Reservations 37.98%
DVDs, Videos, Music (CD, K7, MP3’s) 34.29%
None of the above 25.53%
Holiday package 22.89%
Software 22.54%
Flowers / Gifts 19.16%
Toys and games 14.53%
Clothes and accessories 13.91%
Health and Beauty Products 12.96%
Food 10.22%
Computers 10.07%
Domain names, hosting services 9.01%
Cars, Motorbikes, Bicycles 7.79%
Mass market electronics: TV, Radios, Mobile, HiFi 7.65%
PC or Console Video games 7.34%
Ringtones, games or Icons for Mobile phones 7.03%
Sport shoes, Sport clothes 5.97%
Real Estate / Property 4.77%
Alcoholic beverages 4.01%
Art objects 2.60%
Internet usage
E-Mail 89.45%
Banking 68.23%
Research / Obtaining information 63.79%
Reading news / magazine articles online 59.75%
Social Networking 51.02%
Shopping 33.72%
Job Search 28.34%
Directory Services 25.98%
Music downloads 24.49%
Instant Messaging 20.26%
Chat 19.57%
Listen to the radio online 15.15%
Watch TV and Videos online 14.70%
Podcast / Video downloads 12.28%
Blogging 9.27%
Share Trading 7.44%
Dating 2.79%
Gambling 1.42%
None of the above 0.87%