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.
“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
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MfisoMEDIA launched the 013NEWS site just 30 days ago and announcedthe site will only focus on Mpumalanga in order “to cover a marketthat is neglected or overlooked”, the company’s managing director Mpumelelo Mashifanesaid on Friday.
“We wanted to develop platforms of the future that would appeal to asophisticated market of information consumers,” he said.
“In short, we wanted to do something different,” said Mashifane.
He said at first they considered print news but seeing the costsinvolved in printing and distributing newspaper copies they began tosee online “was the natural direction to take”.
“We understand there are a lot of news sites available on the internet. However we’re a young and vibrant company that has been founded on the prescripts of breaking boundaries and cutting-edge technology.
“We also see it as an over-crowded market but we have realised theMpumalanga market, particularly LSM 6-10 has been neglected by a variety of local media outlets, so we are trying to step in and say, ‘we are here foryou.’
“Inherent also in our target market is the youth which research shows are increasingly consuming news and current affairs with the rise of the smartphones and social media.
“As you would have noticed we covered two or three Lily Mine storiesand we indicated in them that we were siding with the victims of the collapseof the mine.
“We also did some crime stories, where we were usingpolice to lead in getting justice served for the victims of thosecrime but we are still young and politically we want to remainindependent, that’s why we say we are uncensored. We are uncensored bycorporate, government and by any political group. We are just going toreport reality, we will not respond to pressure,” Mashifane said.
“If we must be censored by anybody, that person must be a victim ofpower. People will see, we have arrived,” said Mashifane, who is currently the 013NEWS publisher.
He said his next task now is to continue to develop the site with his team of web designers, sub-editors and reporters in order to make it more competitive and create a network of news agents across the Mpumalanga province.
“We are not in a hurry, we are building something very big therefore our thoughts are not with making money, difficult as it is, but to build and build and build.
“We will continue to receive with humble ears the great feedback andsuggestions we are getting from our readers.
“We will be investing heavily in our infrastructure and I must say asyoung as we are, we are honestly humbled by the great feedback andsuggestions from our readers, seriously humbled. Though we understandthis will be hard in terms of the costs of running the idea but ourmain mission is to be the number one source of news in Mpumalanga, that’s what were specifically about,” he said.
“These two platforms are only the beginning,” Mashifane said. In the not so distant future we are going to surprise the people of Mpumalanga again.”
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