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AmeriSpec updates website security, links

The AmeriSpec Omaha and Lincoln website will be upgraded Friday afternoon, Sept. 19 to enhance our website security. We’ll be encrypting our website with SSL technology, the same technology that makes it safe for you to make purchases and do your banking online.

The only change you’ll see is that our web address will change from http:// to https://. Here’s an explanation of the technology from wpengine.com.

http://wpengine.com/support/how-does-all-this-work-https-ssl-certificates-ca-public-and-private-keys-csrs/

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, which is an internet protocol designed to provide communication security via two main methods:

  • Encrypting your data – which means that hackers cannot see what your browser sends to and receives from a web server.
  • Authenticating your website – which means the SSL Certificate tells your browser “This website really is who it claims to be.”

For example, when you visit PayPal.com, the SSL verifies the website you are at is actually PayPal, and not a hacker posing as PayPal.com.

HTTPS means “Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure”. The main motivation for HTTPS is to prevent wiretapping and man-in-the-middle attacks on websites, such as someone stealing your data if you’re surfing over a public wifi network in a coffee shop.

We’re making this change in response to news from Google. Their experts are now encouraging website owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS “to keep everyone safe on the web”. Likewise, we want our customers to know that our site is safe and secure for them to use.

The switch will begin late Friday afternoon. It will take 24 to 48 hours for results to filter through the World Wide Web.

If you or your company have any links to our website, please update them by changing the http:// to https://. That’s all you need to do.

Check, clean appliances for top performance

We get a lot of help from our household appliances to make our food and keep our houses clean, comfortable and safe. Here are some tips from the AmeriSpec Resource Center to keep your appliances running efficiently.

AmeriSpec Omaha and Lincoln appliance maintenance tips: Cleaning your dishwasherClean your appliances regularly. Wipe off refrigerator shelves to keep bacteria and mold from growing. Wipe down seals to keep the cold air inside.

Remove buildup from washing machines and dishwashers by running a load with hot water and vinegar. Remember Tang, the breakfast drink? That also works to clean our your dishwasher.

Check your electrical connections. Cords can crack or fray. Prongs can burn or bend. All of these are fire hazards.

Unblock filters. When was the last time you changed your furnace filter? And have you checked the filters in other appliances, such as washing machines, dryers and dishwashers?

Examine hoses. Over time, particles can build up and slow or block drainage. Hoses also can crack or leak.

Call for professional maintenance. If an appliance requires advanced maintenance or you’re not handy with tools, it’s best to call a professional for yearly maintenance.

For more tips, see our appliance maintenance tips in the AmeriSpec Resource Center.

Happy Labor Day 2014 from AmeriSpec Omaha and Lincoln!

Celebrating our employees on Labor Day

Many regard Labor Day weekend as simply their last week of summer. Picnics, barbecues and trips to the lake give way to cooler weather, school and football games of fall. But the holiday has a century-long history of celebrating those who make it possible for us to succeed.

Labor Day  “constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country,” according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Nebraska was one of the first 10 states in the nation to make Labor Day, the first Monday in September, a holiday for its workers. It became a national holiday in  1894.

“The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy,” the Dept. of Labor says. “It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.”

AmeriSpec Omaha and Lincoln would like to thank our employees, and those who work for our partners, for all they contribute to our success. Enjoy celebrating your contributions this weekend!

 

 

 

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