The company says not only will this benefit readers by protecting them but will also gives 013NEWS recognition on search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo as “a trusted and secure news source”.


The 013NEWS site has undergone an upgrade to make it more user secure, its owners have said.

“We have this week upgraded our domain with a SSL Certificate,” head of development at MfisoMEDIA, Martin Spautz, said on Friday.

The company made the decision “to invest in this major upgrade” because they want to guarantee that the 35 000 people who visit the 013NEWS site monthly are safe and secure.

“SSL or Secure Sockets Layer is the backbone of our secure internet and it protects your sensitive information as it travels across the world’s computer networks and is very essential for protecting your website, even if it doesn’t handle sensitive information like credit cards. It provides privacy, critical security and data integrity for both your websites and your users’ personal information,” Spautz said.

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“It is a protocol which creates a secure connection between a client and the server over which to send information and works by using a cryptographic system that uses two keys to encrypt data,” said Spautz.

General manager Mpumelelo Mashifane thanked MfisoDIGITAL for continuing to “look after the site” and give the growing readers “the best that they deserve in online media”.

“Apart from the security outlook we’d like to have when building a news hub of the future, I must say that we have also experienced sustained hacking attempts on the 013NEWS website over the past three weeks, anything from 20 to 50 attempts a day.

“We host quite a number of websites on our servers but this website is the only one that has come under attack, we found this to be interesting,” Mashifane said.

“Our website was down temporarily this week but this was not due to foul play. It due to scheduled maintenance but also to upgrade firewalls and the security infrastructure of the site. Our readers must be assured that they will continue to have 24/7 access to the latest news in the province,” he added

(edited by ZK)

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