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Website Security Tip #2: Update Themes and Plugins

Website Security Tip #2: Update Themes and Plugins

With regards to plugins and themes, you should update your current theme and the plugins you have installed on your site. This helps you avoid vulnerabilities, bugs, and potential security breach points.

How to do this: Go to Plugins / Installed Plugins and the list of all your plugins will appear. If a certain plugin is not on its latest version, WordPress will let you know.

To update your theme, go to Appearance / Themes, and you will see all your installed themes there. The outdated ones will be marked just like plugins were. Simply click on “Update now.”Apart from updating every plugin and theme, keep in mind to also remove the plugins and themes that you do not use.

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Website Security Tip #1: Use Latest WordPress versions

Why Website Security is Important?

A hacked WordPress site can cause serious damage to your business revenue and reputation. Hackers can steal user information, passwords, install malicious software, and can even distribute malware to your users. Worst, you may find yourself paying ransomware to hackers just to regain access to your website.

There are a few things you should put on the list when it comes to doing a routine check. Reviewing these steps once a month will make your website more secure.

We are going to be focusing on certain, key site areas. To some extent, a website is like the human body. If a certain part is damaged, it affects the whole system.

Tip #1: Use Latest WordPress versions

With any new release, WordPress gets improved and its security is improved too. Lots of bugs and vulnerabilities are fixed every time a new version comes out. Also, if any particularly malicious bug gets discovered, the WordPress core guys will take care of it and force a new safe version promptly. If you don’t update, you will be at risk.

To update WordPress, you first need to go to your dashboard. At the top of the page, you’ll see an announcement every time a new version is out. Click to update and then click on the blue “Update Now” button. It only takes a few seconds.

Use Latest WordPress versions
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Keeping fit by doing the #UtandeLockdownChallenge

For those who want to loosen up or keep fit, take part in the #UtandeLockdownChallenge. We have shared the challenge onto our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages (@UtandeZW). Search for the #UtandeLockdownChallenge and share your attempt with us. Share this with your family and friends and spread the fun!

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Make use of our Utande Portal for all payments

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Utande is implementing precautionary measures to curb the spread and impact of the virus. We are therefore restricting visits to all our offices in line with safe social distancing practices. Measures being taken are as follows:

Use of the Utande portal

Our walk-in centres will be closed. All payments to be made via our customer portal The customer portal will allow you to do the following:

  • Update your account details
  • View the services we currently provide you with
  • Change your password
  • View your statement
  • Get in touch with us

Communication via digital platforms

We will be reachable via our digital platforms as follows:

  • Phone Number: 08688000004
  • Email:
  • WhatsApp: 0731 760 004
  • Facebook, Twitter & Instagram – @UtandeZW
  • LinkedIn – Utande Internet Services

Ensuring service quality

Our network and systems are being monitored 24/7 to ensure high availability and we have engineers on-call.

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Stay connected from anywhere with Utande VSAT


Are you in a remote area? We have the right VSAT connectivity solution to keep you connected. Our new and improved satellite service gives you speeds of up to 35Mbps. This allows you to ensure your business flows more smoothly. For farmers, this solution enables you to practice smart farming and connect to every corner of your farm. For schools, this allows your students to remain online and updated always. For miners, this technology will enable you to better track productivity. For NGOs this technology will help you expand your reach and run your offices no matter how remote you are.

With the ongoing digital transformation, the growing need for increased internet speeds has now extended to our homes. With Utande VSAT, you are guaranteed of reliable, stable and secure connections at any time.

To further Utande also provides you with adequate 24/7 support so that you never feel stranded. To sign up for this cutting-edge service, please contact


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Self-development during downtime

One thing this lockdown has given most of us is TIME. We often complain that we don’t have time to do what we always wanted to do. Here are some things you can do during this downtime:

Read a book

One of the ways to acquire knowledge is through reading. There is so much reading material available whether online or even in physical books. Reading opens up your mind to new ways of thinking and calms the soul. This can become a way to cultivate a reading culture which you carry throughout life.

Cultivate quiet time

Quiet time is time you set apart where you basically spend time with yourself. At times our busy schedules leave us with no “me” time.  For some it’s meditation, for some its prayer or for some it’s time to recollect positive thoughts.

Learn a new skill

For those with a deep desire to learn, then now is the time. This can be through doing an online course, learning a new skill or developing a new trick of the trade. For some it can even be learning how to manage time or learning how to set goals.

Catch up with family and friends

Use this time to call, message or check up on your family and friends. We can all acknowledge that we are social beings. As such there is need to keep connected with others during this time. Make a deliberate effort to keep in touch. Though it can be tempting to spend the whole day chatting, keep in mind that time is precious, so exercise self-discipline as you communicate with your friends and family.

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How your small business can survive this pandemic

There is no doubt that the COVID pandemic has impacted businesses in many ways. For some it has now become a call to innovate and embrace digital transformation. What we can all agree on is that, it has resulted in a mind-set shift which most small businesses may not necessarily have been prepared for. The big question is can small businesses survive this and how? Some of the ways below can help:

Think digital! Think digital!

Movement is now restricted for many. As a business you need to be thinking, “How can I get my product to my customers?” or “How can I sell my products or services within the confines of my community?”. This will require exploring e-commerce, social media marketing and for some even actively using WhatsApp. Even after this pandemic, people will continue to rely on online media to search for products and services. This is now the time to digitally optimise your business, which includes something as simple as having a website, being active on social media or setting up an online ordering system.

Change your focus

When we do return to “normalcy” – whatever the new normal will be, many businesses will be going back to the drawing board and changing focus. This pandemic has impacted economies worldwide and Zimbabwe will definitely be one of them.  As such, some businesses will experience a slump while others will actually boom during this period. Whatever changes may occur in Zimbabwe, fast thinking will be required, as well as being quick to adapt and change focus. Some who were running accounting firms may become market gardeners. What is vital is being open minded to such changes.

Explore hidden talents

Changing focus may be one thing but there is another aspect of hidden talents. Some have hidden talents which they can use to their advantage. For example, if you are good at web design or have a passion for it, now is the time to take advantage of this. This may become a way to earn some extra income.

Stay in touch with your customers

Communication has become key during these times. Even though you are not supplying your customers with anything right now, there is need to keep the relationship alive. This is because when you do decide to diversify or when we bounce back from lock down, you will have a starting point. Communication is also key as it keeps you top of mind.

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Protect your devices against sudden power outages

Electrical appliances will, of course, stop working if the power goes out. This is inconvenient but not necessarily harmful. When electrical power comes back after an outage, it goes through a surge condition. This “tidal wave” of electricity can damage appliances left turned on.

During normal electrical conditions, appliances use electrical current according to their purpose and rating. The AC line voltage is normal and stable, and the motors, heaters and electronics in an appliance behave the way they were designed. The appliance uses a nominal amount of current.

When the utility restores power to an area, the wires, which were empty of electrical current, experience an inrush called a surge. During the surge, electricity flows in rapidly to fill the empty wires. Momentarily, the current flowing in greatly exceeds the nominal current that appliances were designed to handle.

The line voltage can surge when the current does, spiking the normal 220 volt line with 200 volts or more for brief periods. This can happen after blackouts, from lightning strikes, or for other causes. Severe voltage surges can damage or destroy most electrical equipment.

If the power goes out for an extended time, switch off or unplug electric lights and any appliances, including computers, televisions and refrigerators. When the power comes back on, let the electricity stabilize for a few minutes before turning appliances back on. For computers and expensive electronics, invest in power strips with surge suppressors or similar protective equipment.

You can also invest in surge protectors ahead of time. Some power bars come with built in surge protectors, and it’s a good idea to use these especially in places like your entertainment unit and office where your electronics are being used.

Another option is to have a professional electrician come and install a whole house protector. This type of surge protector is typically wired into your service panel or fuse box. While it is a more expensive option, it can save you thousands of dollars in by protecting your appliances, and it can also give you peace of mind, which is hard to put a price on.

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Utande at NASH Conference

Utande exhibited at this years’ annual National Assembly of Secondary School Heads (NASH ) Conference. Over 1500 school heads from around the country attended the conference. The conference was, held in Victoria Falls and ran under the theme “Education: A panacea for middle income Economy”. The conference saw education stakeholders calling for a collective effort in harnessing education towards the realisation of vision 2030

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Are you running a lodge or hotel in a remote location? We have the perfect solution for you

Did you know that business travellers represent the second largest source of revenue for most hotels and lodges? The number one need for these business travellers is fast and free WiFi access. However, slow internet has consistently ranked as the number one complaint among hotel guests. Utande can provide the answer to these woes.

Utande can provide a solution that will keep your guests satisfied, through the new and improved satellite service which has state of the art technology. With speeds of up to 25Mbps, your business transactions will flow more smoothly, no matter how remote you are. Your guests can be guaranteed of reliable, stable and secure connections at any time. To further sweeten the deal, if you sign up you will receive free equipment and installation.

Utande also provides you with adequate 24/7 support so that you never feel stranded. To sign up for this cutting-edge service, please contact