And the 25 Worst Passwords Are…

I’ve covered this before, but it’s worth repeating: using “password” as your password is not a good idea.

“Password”, “123456”, and the ever more secure “12345678” are the most used passwords of 2011 according to a recent report from security provider SlashData. Hackers love simple passwords, and it seems we’re making it easy for them. According to the report, sequential characters such as qwerty and 123456 are popular choices, as well as names of children and pets. Other choices such as “dragon” or “superman” are harder to explain, but may come from objects or images in the vicinity of the user. As websites require passwords to contain numbers and letters, it makes sense that we’re seeing abc123 and trustno1 on the list as well. Read more of this post

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Playing with Web Presence Builder

This week, I’ve been messing around with our new Web Presence Builder. As you may have heard, this is our new tool allowing anyone to build a professional looking website in minutes. I’m happy to report it works VERY well. I’ve been having a lot of fun using it: when you log into Web Presence Builder, you are presented with a list of different templates that cover nearly any situation you can think of: Law firm, plumbers, wedding planning, birthday, hobbyist, musician, car repair, physician, health club…there’s dozens of choices, and if you’re one of those strange people who doesn’t fit into any category you can even make your own. Read more of this post

Cloud Services: Going Green Saves You Green…

Green CloudTOAST.net has been singing the praises of cloud services for years, and with good reason. Cloud based email, document systems, security, and web tools are easier to use, easier to maintain, incredibly less expensive, and now it turns out they help to save the planet. Read more of this post

Websites are easy! Back in MY day…

I remember making my first website. It was back in the late 90’s, and at the time if you wanted a website you needed to know how to use HTML. “HyperText Markup Language” is coding used to create information web browsers can translate. At its core it’s just a bunch of on/off switches that are wrapped around text. For instance, if you want the word “car” to show up in bold, you would surround it with the  bold on/off switch like this: < b>car. When viewed in a web browser, it will look like: car. I was able to use Notepad (the text editor included with Windows) to create my first site using these switches and a few other commands. It had some simple text, a bad music file playing in the background (that was the trendy thing to do back then), animated icons…all done with Notepad. It looked terrible, it took me a week, and I had to learn dozens of complicated HTML tricks to get it going, not to mention learning how to use FTP to move files from my computer to a server on the Internet. Sound complicated? It was. The non-techie person would never be able to do this, and that stigma has stuck to website creation for over a decade: websites are complicated and you need a web guru to make one for you. Read more of this post

Technology Integration: It’s OK to ask for help

We all know the old joke about men and maps. We always get lost, and we’ll never stop and ask for directions because we like to think we’re always in control and know what we’re doing. This joke isn’t as relevant anymore because of the advent of GPS devices, so the new joke is about the guy that can’t program a GPS to give him directions and won’t call technical support because he likes to think he’s always in control and knows what he’s doing. We’re stubborn on a multi-generational level. Read more of this post

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