Not all p@$$w0rd$ are created Equal

I have had the opportunity recently to write a password strength testing tool. As part of my testing, I used some of my own passwords. Shockingly, against my own standards, my own passwords did not hold their own, coming in at around 35 percent. I decided to take this a step further and put a few pass sites to the test. My results were all over the place. Many accepted passwords that were virtually useless others took a bit more of a strict approach. In this article I give you an overview of some of the ones I tried DISCLAIMER: …

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When and How do I monitize my website?

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When you create any new website, having that website pay for itself, or better still turn a profit is both a practical and even necessary goal.  But how and when do you monetize your website and what strategy should you use? In this post I will explore various options that you can take to monetize your website, the pros and cons for each option and when you should implement them.

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Toeing the Line… Keyword Stuffing, SEO and Customer Experience

When you start any new website, or want to promote an existing one, one of the most important things to consider is how you rank in the search engines. Search engine optimization, or SEO for short is the process by which designers, developers and webmasters make a website more appealing to a search engine, and make it appear higher for certain relevant search terms. In this post I’ll talk about some of the dos and don’ts in SEO

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What you are really telling the web

Most people when the browse the web believe they are aware of the information they are giving away on the web; and these people are mostly wrong.  Although for the most part, browsing the web casually is a harmless affair and the details that you give out our benign, being aware of exactly what and how you are giving out your personal information and what you can do to stop it will make you a smarter, safer surfer.  As an added bonus you’ll get less spam, and less targeted ads.

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Selecting a Good Webhost

As part of my job, and also as a freelance web developer, I am frequently using a variety of web hosts ranging from excellent, to barely adequate.  Unfortunately selecting a good web hosting isn’t a matter of paying the right amount of money, or even reading reviews.  So in this post I want to outline some of the more critical things to consider when choosing a web host, and how to spot the bad apples.

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Protecting yourself online

Recently web security has been a hot topic, and for good reason.  Edward Snowden leaked documents showing that the NSA was responsible for mass surveillance of foreign entities, and chances are that means you.  Other malicious parties also troll the web looking for vulnerabilities, in websites and trying to steal sensitive data. Although you may not control the websites which you use, you do control what you put on those websites.

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