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A bit more on the TSL1.0 thing - I just came across the fact that unless you're letting Windows7 automatically do updates (which many people aren't) it reportedly doesn't have TSL1.1 or 1.2 support. 

Just think of all those people out there running 7 without latest updates.  Not to mention all the people that are still using XP or Vista. That's a huge customer base to be blocking out from ecommerce sites.

On the plus side, think of all the internet cafes in Nigeria and such that are still using older systems. That's a win  :P
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon: Wax Melts and Maintenance Fee = Huh?
« on: June 29, 2017, 01:43:39 PM »
Out of curiosity I added it to cart. Turns out the assembly is TV Stand or Media Storage Assembly - Media Cabinet

Of course the big question is how the heck did wax melts become classified as a TV stand or media cabinet?

I reported it too as a buyer, using the incorrect product info link.
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon: Wax Melts and Maintenance Fee = Huh?
« on: June 29, 2017, 01:40:13 PM »
Good grief!
Spent tons of time trying to find how to get Outlook to not use TSL1.0, and FINALLY found it.  If your server has TSL1.0 turned off for PCI compliance, you can't use Outlook to access your emails, and you have Windows7 or higher, it's an easy registry fix.

run regedit
go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\Schannel\Protocols
create key named: TLS 1.1
create another key named: TLS 1.2
inside of each of those, create a key named: Client
inside each of the Client keys, create a DWord value named: DisabledByDefault
leave value of each instances of DisabledByDefault set to 00000000
reboot the machine

now, in outlook, edit the email account(s) to where it uses TSL encryption for connecting to the account(s)

Another option is to simply use Thunderbird, the latest version of it has TSL1.1 and 1.2 enabled by default.

To simplify the process of editing the registry, I have attached files to fix it (for windows7,8,&10) for you.  Simply run the two attachments and they will add those keys/subkeys/and DWord values auto-magically

Thanks to RainingForks blog for the info on how to fix it

I just spent a good chunk of the day pulling my hair out over trying to get outlook to connect to the email server for the new host.  I finally figured out what was going on.  By default, TSL1.0 is disabled, due to the new PCI compliance issues.  However, Outlook 2010 and older wont work without TSL1.0 being available on the server side of things. 

From my understanding, the completely disabling of TSL1.0 doesn't have to be done until July of 2018, so I (and the tons of other people using older versions of Outlook) have a year to get that resolved.  *phew*  edit - people are reporting that they are failing their PCI scans even though the date isn't here yet and that they're having to protest the results.

If all else fails, the workaround will be to host email on a separate server, such as godaddy email.

If you're unable to get your email client to connect to your new host, check into whether or not they have TSL1.0 disabled. 
Worth mentioning, Magemojo uses a VDS configuration (virtual dedicated server) rather than VPS (virtual private server).  The difference being that a VDS has fewer software layers between the virtual server and the hardware and thus, at least in theory, faster performance.
Thanks.  Figure it's just life keeping me on my toes  ;)
I've gotten everything electrical fixed/replaced except for the climbing up the pole to fix the second yard light. The transformer, capacitor, or both, got killed. :( 
I can say this for them, their admin controls are much easier to use than previous host. Setting up emails, setting up SSL certificate, etc., are all super easy to find in the admin panel and only a few clicks involved.
* Web Site & Search Engines / eCommerce Hosting - Magento & Magemojo
« on: June 27, 2017, 02:36:19 AM »
So, as most of ya know, when I was selling ecig stuff, I examined a few different options, settled on Magento, and really liked it.  The only real problem I had with it was that my VPS host didn't have their server optimized for Magento, causing it to be slow at times (even kicking out some timeout errors) and any optimization of the server was up to me to deal with.  And, at the time I couldn't readily find a host that was focusing on Magento, except for a couple of very high priced ones.

My current host and software for jewelry site is no longer PCI compliant, due to the newer encryption and connection requirements and I've had it turned off for awhile until I could sit down and take the time to figure out what I wanted to do -- change software but keep host after getting host to update server, change hosts and get software patched, change both host and software, go to a fully managed ecommerce site such as shopify and move email hosting to godaddy, or what.

Well, I've done lots of looking and pricing and digging and finally settled on Magemojo for a host.  Their servers are configured to be fully PCI compliant, they focus specifically on hosting Magento stores, they will set up Magento for you and assist with your move from your current host, are reasonably priced (starter VPS packages are $58/month), include email server hosting, and so far I've had a good experience with their tech support.  They respond to all tickets promptly (claim 15 mins or less), 24/7.  On my current ticket they responded within 9 mins and their responses are in readable english!  They also have several Magento-related help pages available for their customers, saving both them and the customer many a headache.

While it's too early for me to give them a full review, if you're looking for a new host for an ecommerce site, you might consider Magemojo.

I'll try to remember to update this thread as my customer experience with them continues.
Came across this article when pondering how popular is it for people to spell the word jewellery with two l's and the extra e Vs. the Americanized spelling of jewelry.

What I found really interesting is in the comments area.  There's a poster that says that the number of searches for jewellery is higher than the number of searches for jewelry, even though the CPC for campaigns is higher for jewelry than for jewellery.

So it just goes to show that for SEO, one's first thought might not be the best one (in this case using the American spelling of the word jewelry on website).  It also makes me wonder what other similar instances there are that the alternative spelling or term might be better for SEO.
Surge protector is in the meter (behind it) and lighting hit secondary yard light that is on our side of the meter, thus on our side of the surge protector  :-(
I've been so distracted with various things (roof repair, things zapped by lightning strike incl. DSL modem, RV repairs, buying trip, etc.) that I had completely forgotten about Prime Day  :-[
* General Online Selling Questions & Issues / Re: Keeping Informed
« on: June 26, 2017, 01:27:49 AM »
Hmm.. having clickable links and such is an interesting aspect of it that I wasn't aware of and other aspects I hadnt considered, such as ad copy on the exterior of the mailpiece to get the consumer's attention when viewing the scanned piece.  I don't do direct mailings, though, so hadn't really thought about it.  Still, very interesting.
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Seller Forum Thread: Thank you Amazon?
« on: June 26, 2017, 01:23:42 AM »
Thanks.  One aspect that seems to be overlooked, is that Amazon retail doesn't care if they are making a profit. All they care about is the stock price, which has many other aspects tied to it than just the profits of their retail site.  Heck, look at how long they sold diapers at a loss just to hurt, so that they could then buy them on the cheap.
* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Buys Whole Foods
« on: June 25, 2017, 11:08:15 PM »
^ ha!  Aint that the truth

I can't help but think next thing is that Amazon will be buying one of the big chain liquor stores such as Total Wine & More or Spec's.  Speaking of - I was floored when went into a Total Wine & More in New Mexico. We don't have any stores in my state that truly compare.  There's one shop in Tulsa that is close, but. . . 

The reasons? There's a few of them.

For starters, my state doesn't allow liquor stores to be owned by out of state businesses (must be a resident of the state for at least 10 yrs) and you can only own two locations.  Somehow Costco worked around that and opened a liquor store in Tulsa, but. . .   Our limits do well to protect local mom and pop shops, but it also results in stores that are small and that don't have a big selection, since most mom & pop shops don't have the funding for a huge store nor for the inventory.

That's not the only reason, though, it's also because of the distributors in my state.  There are only 6 companies that are allowed to sell wholesale, and they mostly carry the cheap brands at inflated prices or they carry a very limited selection of products.

And, of course, liquor retailers aren't currently allowed to ship liquor into the state, though that's about to change, but will still be heavily restricted with them having to buy expensive permits every year before they can ship into the state and from my understanding will only allow the shipping of wine.
Welcome. Hear ya. I've been needing to do updates myself. Going to change hosts in the next couple of days so that I can update to the newest security requirements. Switching over to Magemojo. They're PCI compliant and focus on hosting magento stores.
* Amazon Central / Re: Alexa app wont load
« on: June 25, 2017, 10:51:47 PM »
Guilty as charged *laf*
The most secure protocol for sharing information on the web today is Transport Layer Security (TLS) version 1.2. PayPal enabled support for TLS 1.2 for all secure connections and last year began requiring its use. If you haven't already done so, you will need to verify that your environment supports TLS 1.2 and if necessary make appropriate updates. PayPal is updating its services to require TLS v1.2 for all HTTPS connections by June 30th of this year (2017). After that time, all TLS v1.0 and TLS v1.1 API connections will be refused.

These updates are part of an industry-wide initiative to improve security standards. Some of these updates, like the TLS upgrade, are mandated by the PCI Security Council and are required by every website that transmits or processes cardholder data.

Merchants and developers may have to update their applications and integrations in order to be in compliance and ensure that their applications continue to function as expected.


For more information please visit:

The deadline for all merchants to stop using SSL and TLS 1.0, and be fully switched to TLS1.1 (or higher), and still be PCI compliant, is June of 2018 (the original deadline was June of 2016)

In addition, the PCI Council has stated that web browsers will begin prohibiting SSL connections in the near future.

The other part of this is that there are tons of people out there still using older browsers, many of which can't even use TLS1.1, much less TLS1.2.  For example, IE versions prior to v11 either can't natively use  TLS1.1, or don't have it enabled.  All of the people still using XP and Vista?  Even if they update to IE9, they don't have TLS1.1 capability, much less TLS1.2.  IE in Windows 7 & 8 has access to both, but they're disabled by default unless the user updates to IEv11.   A complete chart of browsers and what versions of TLS they have can be found at

To enable TLS1.1 & 1.2 on your browsers, the U.S. State Dept. has easy to follow directions.  The directions are actually for enabling TLS1.0, but it gets you to the right spot for enabling 1.1 and 1.2.

You can also check your browser's TLS capabilities by viewing the page at

* Amazon Central / Re: Alexa app wont load
« on: June 16, 2017, 10:06:19 PM »
I'm too much of an internet addict *sigh*

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