Digital West Blog

What is the difference between a security vulnerability, threat and breach?

Posted by Sharon Durant on 5/19/15 12:02 PM

Three words that incite fear and panic in all who hear them. Here's a run-down of the definitions of each term that should help you navigate the intimidating IT security landscape.


A vulnerability is a weakness in a system that can be easily exploited if found by an attacker.  Common vulnerabilities include devices brought from outside the network (laptops, tablets, etc.), tampered USB drives, unencrypted passwords and credit card numbers in emails, and poorly trained employees who may click on a malicious link or email.

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Topics: Security

Children's Resource Network of the Central Coast

Posted by Sharon Durant on 4/10/15 2:04 PM

Each month we like to highlight a different non-profit in San Luis Obispo to showcase the wonderful work being done in our community! One of the many non-profits that we support through complimentary website hosting is the Children’s Resource Network of the Central Coast. It began its operations in 2009 when a mother needed essential school items for her children and was not able to provide them by her own means. In its 6 years of operation, the Children’s Resource Network has served over 20,000 local children by providing them with necessities for school and home.  Books, clothes, school supplies, and diapers are just some of the items provided by the Children’s Resource Network.

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Topics: Digital West Community Support, Web Hosting

Cal Poly Startup Career Fair

Posted by Sharon Durant on 4/1/15 10:28 AM

San Luis Obispo is a unique town with a powerful energy. Much of that stems from the array of startups throughout the county and the contagious entrepreneurial spirit. Cal Poly brings bright, energetic minds to the region, and the growing local businesses have a pool of driven and motivated individuals ready to make a difference in the workplace.

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Topics: SLO Hothouse, SLO Energy

Are firewalls and antivirus enough to secure a business?

Posted by Ron Brown on 3/19/15 10:54 AM

Today’s IT security environment is continuously changing and becoming more complex. High profile hacks have caused many businesses to become concerned over the risk of security threats to their own organization. Many security companies are adjusting to these demands by creating updated antivirus, malware protection, and firewalls. But are firewalls and antivirus enough to secure your business? We would argue no, and here's why.

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Topics: Security

San Luis Obispo Non Profit Highlight: Softec

Posted by Sharon Durant on 3/6/15 11:00 AM

Softec is a San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara County based non-profit with a mission to advance business formation and growth in the technology sector, and Digital West is a proud sponsor of this group. Softec was founded in 1994 under the principle of connecting resources, people, and ideas in the tech trade and has consistently followed through with this mission over 20 years later. Softec puts on several events each month, including open houses of different local companies, participation in startup and robotics events, and speaking seminars like last month’s “Women in Technology.”  Check out their website for more info.

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Topics: Digital West Community Support

Women's Shelter Program of SLO to Receive Metro Fiber Internet

Posted by Sharon Durant on 2/6/15 11:00 AM

On February 2, 1999, Digital West was born when founder Tim Williams turned up his first T1 line and went live using just a few servers in a closet.  

To celebrate our 16th birthday, we’ve decided to give out a gift of our own: Metro Fiber Internet services to our longstanding customer and friends at the Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County. 

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Topics: Digital West Community Support

Can you really get free hosting with unlimited bandwidth?

Posted by Sharon Durant on 1/29/15 9:58 AM

There are plenty of companies out there claiming to give you unlimited website hosting for an incredibly low price – sometimes even for free.  If the thought “that’s too good to be true” comes to mind, then you are on the right track. Below we will dive into the myths behind free hosting unlimited bandwidth claims and help you determine what claims are trustworthy.

The Reality of Shared Hosting

When you choose a company to host your website, it's likely that your site will be hosted on a shared server with multiple other businesses. If all of the websites on the server suddenly have unusually high spikes of activity in a day, the server would not be able to handle the bandwidth requirements, causing some of the websites to go down.  Offering unlimited hosting and bandwidth is unrealistic to all customers on a shared server, because there is no way of being 100% sure that the server could accommodate all of those unlimited needs. To get away with their "unlimited" claims, hosting companies use the fine print to explain that they have the right to throttle (limit) a customer’s traffic to their website if their site is hoarding the server and limiting the other customers' bandwidth availability. So before signing with a company offering free hosting with unlimited bandwidth, be sure to get all the facts from them first.

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Topics: Web Hosting

How to Choose the Right Domain Name

Posted by Meg McCall on 1/23/15 1:00 PM

A domain by any other name would not smell as sweet.  Er, or something like that.

Your website is arguably your most important marketing tool, and choosing a domain name is not a decision to be made hastily. Your website and its accompanying domain name (a.k.a. URL, web address) represent your brand, and you’ll be plastering that domain name on practically everything moving forward: business cards, t-shirts, advertisements, your @email address, letterhead, you name it. Here are some tried and true tips for making sure you choose wisely!


Support Your Brand Message – Use your URL to describe what you do, if it’s not clear. If you own a family construction business called Heath & Sons, consider a domain name such as

Keep It Short and SimpleMuch of your business will come from word of mouth, so you want something easy to remember AND easy to spell – nothing that can be easily mis-typed.

Register as a .com – People tend to type in .com when they don’t know the ending of a domain name, plus it tends to sound more credible than other extensions (.me, .net, .info). Also, .coms tend to rank higher in search engine rankings.  Note: It’s still a good idea to buy up these other extensions so that others don’t buy them later and build competing sites.

Consider Search RankingsWhen someone searches for a product or service on a search engine, they type in key words or phrases. Sites like Bing, Google or Yahoo search through millions of records to find websites that correspond with these terms.  So, if you’re a canoe manufacturer, consider using that word in your domain name (i.e.,

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Topics: Web Hosting

Register for Free IT Security Webinar - Jan 21

Posted by Meg McCall on 1/8/15 12:08 PM

Security Webinar Registration Button 2014 brought some of the worst corporate security breaches in years, including attacks at Target, JP Morgan Chase, Home Depot and, of course, Sony.  But attacks are not limited only to Fortune 500 companies – every business should be taking active measures to limit information security risks and protect their assets.  

How Hackers Get Access

  • Phishing attempts, which look like legitimate emails, often resulting in employees giving away personal data such as passwords, account numbers or SSNs
  • Cracking weak employee passwords, such as pet names, common words found in a dictionary or the original default password
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Topics: Digital West News, Security

Digital West Supports The TEACh Foundation

Posted by Sharon Durant on 12/12/14 11:00 AM

It’s time for our monthly non-profit partner spotlight! We would like to give a shoutout to the TEACh Foundation (The Endowment for the Advancement of Children), one of the ~100 community non-profits that we support through complimentary website and email hosting.

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Topics: Digital West Community Support


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