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Bryant Grove SSL Fix for Heartbleed Bug

Posted on Apr 11, 2014

Yes this is a website for Bryant Grove’s Edmond apartments and townhomes for rent. And we personally invite you to come by and see our apartment community on six and a half acres of park-like grounds with big shady trees and a nice swimming pool to enjoy during those hot summer months that are just around the corner.

And this is not a technology or security blog space. It’s supposed to be primarily about our rentals, our apartment community and the City of Edmond, Oklahoma, but sometimes we drift from that to focus on other points of light.

Since we have Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption enabled for every page and form here at the Bryant Grove website, and an error has recently been found in an important piece of the SSL software, it’s important we let you know what we’re doing about that security hole.

The short answer is, it’s already fixed for this website.

Our website host notified us earlier today of the details on how to have our SSL Certificate reissued (replaced) with a new version that is not subject to the so-called “Heartbleed bug.”

They make it quite easy to initiate and verify the replacement certificate because they do all the heavy lifting. And now it’s done and that’s that.

This so-called bug has been in online and broadcast news stories lately and that may continue for a while. It’s a problem with a VERY popular piece of online security software, and everyone who goes online or does business online needs to do their part to correct this problem if it affects them.

Being safe may mean you have to change the password to some or all of the online accounts you use. Especially if you do online banking or store private information “in the cloud.”

Go to your institution’s home page and see if they have anything to say about the Heartbleed bug or OpenSSL. Then follow their instructions.

And if they tell you to change your password…CHANGE IT immediately!

Be safe, not sorry.

Bryant Grove Apartments First Edmond, OK Community To Use SSL Encryption

Posted on Jan 30, 2014

Bryant Grove is first among the thirty five Edmond, Oklahoma apartment communities to use SSL encryption for their website, and they have it enabled for all pages available at bryantgrove.com.

In today’s world of stolen credit card information, stolen identities, online theft and impersonation, Bryant Grove’s https (SSL) connection can help you feel at ease about sending personal information through their website contact forms.

Netscape developed the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol in 1994, and it has become the standard form of Internet security used today for establishing an encrypted link between website servers and a web browser. SSL encrypts the channel, applies integrity checking, and provides authentication while continuing to strengthen as it evolves and new versions are released.

A trusted and verified SSL certificate assures bryantgrove.com visitors that their private communications over the public Internet cannot be viewed, intercepted, or altered by an unauthorized third party. This also benefits Bryant Grove residents who use the website’s contact forms to send a service or maintenance request to management personnel.

Adam, the lead programmer for ClearCode Software who developed the Bryant Grove website and coordinated their SSL installation said, “We had to change hosting companies to get SSL done right. Now when you use one of the website forms to let management know when you’ll be out of your apartment and will have your dog caged so they can come in and service your apartment, you can trust [that] your communication is secure and no one else will be able to read your information as it travels across the Internet.”

Privacy is a primary benefit of an https connection, plus it also verifies the website you have connected to. Modern web browsers give visual cues, such as a lock icon or a green bar, to make sure users know when their connection is secured.

Bryant Grove chose to use an SSL certificate signed by GeoTrust Global CA because of their browser compatibility of over 99% and worldwide leadership in the industry. Trusted SSL providers will only issue an SSL certificate to a verified company that has gone through specific identity checks. Browser compatibility is important for website visitors to be able to connect uninterrupted.

SSL is a world-wide standard used by millions of business websites to protect online communications with their visitors and customers. For Edmond, Oklahoma apartment community websites, Bryant Grove is the leader in adopting this standard.

Happy 2014 New Year!

Posted on Jan 1, 2014

Happy New Year everyone from all the staff here at Bryant Grove. We hope 2014 brings you good health, happiness and prosperity throughout the whole year.

We have a lot planned for Bryant Grove in this new year. Starting with a new monument sign at the front of the property. This will be our third major sign out front, and they keep getting better with each change. This new one will be great.

This upcoming new sign will be oriented perpendicular to Bryant Avenue instead of parallel like the existing sign. That was a mistake for the prior signs…but I won’t go into that here.

And there will be more painting and sprucing up around the property, like in every year. Plus a few other things we don’t want to talk about right now.

So come join us here at Bryant Grove in one of our nice, affordable apartments or townhomes. It’s going to be another great year you won’t want to miss.

Giving Thanks

Posted on Nov 24, 2013

Thanksgiving Day is coming later this week. It’s on Thursday this year. 🙂 Okay, it’s on Thursday every year, but it’s late in the month of November this year.

I guess just about everybody here in the U.S. knows the history of Thanksgiving Day: The Plymouth colonists (commonly called “pilgrims”), the Indians (specifically the Wampanoag Indians) and their feast together is how the story goes.

It was an autumn harvest feast that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed in 1863, in the middle of the Civil War, a national Day of Thanksgiving to be held on the fourth Thursday in November. In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. I suppose that means you could celebrate Thanksgiving Day twice each year if you want, and good luck keeping true to you diet if you do.

We just have to watch the evening news to each find much we can be thankful for. Even our neighbors in Moore can hopefully find something to be thankful for. Bryant Grove has suffered hail damage several times over the years, but of course nothing like the devastation that was done by the EF5 tornado that struck Moore in May of this year.

I won’t go into the “business” of being thankful, although we do certainly appreciate our residents and helpful staff. Gratitude, thanks and praise is what we all need in our life as we live it day by day. We hope you have a happy, bountiful and safe Thanksgiving Day and extended weekend.

Historic Halloween Photo

Posted on Oct 31, 2013

Happy Halloween, neighbors!

Based on the timeline picture from the City of Edmond’s wall on Facebook, Halloween costumes have come a long way over the past century.

What will your kids be wearing out in Edmond tonight? Whatever it is, make sure they’re visible and safe.

Tinker AFB Buys 8 New CNG Trucks

Posted on Jul 11, 2013

Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma’s largest single-site employer, is doing its part for the environment and has purchased eight new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) pickup trucks according to The Journal Record. CNG is a fuel that is cheaper and burns cleaner than gasoline and is plentiful here in Oklahoma, which ranks fourth among all U.S. natural-gas producing states.

All eight trucks, with dual fuel systems for both gasoline and compressed natural gas, have already been delivered to the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex for use by the 76th Maintenance Support Group. The trucks lose some pickup bed space with about half of it being occupied by two CNG fuel tanks, but that’s a small sacrifice for the fuel cost savings and environmental benefits that CNG offers. Each vehicle will be able to carry 8 gallons of gasoline and 8.5 gallons of CNG. Tinker, of course, has its own CNG fueling station near the motor pool.

Tinker had previously tried a significant number of CNG-powered vehicles, but they were retrofit versions of gasoline engines that ended up to not be dependable. These new vehicles have CNG equipment installed by the original equipment manufacturer and are expected to be more dependable and a better fit for Tinker’s needs. You can read the full article here.