Protect Your Accounts From Getting Hacked


Passwords are the first line of defense against cyber criminals. It’s important to pick strong passwords that are different for each of your important accounts and to change them regularly.

It takes only 10 minutes to crack a lowercase password that is 6 characters long. Add two extra letters and a few uppercase letters and that number jumps to 3 years. Add just one more character and some numbers and symbols and it will take 44,530 years to crack.

Length: 6 characters – Lowercase only: 10 minutes, Lowercase and Uppercase: 10 hours, Lowercase, Uppercase, Numbers & Symbols: 18 days

Length: 7 characters – Lowercase: 4 hours, Lowercase and Uppercase: 23 days, Lowercase, Uppercase, Numbers & Symbols: 4 years

Length: 8 characters – Lowercase: 4 days, Lowercase and Uppercase: 3 years, Lowercase, Uppercase, Numbers & Symbols: 463 years

Length: 9 characters – Lowercase: 4 months, Lowercase and Uppercase: 178 years, Lowercase, Uppercase, Numbers & Symbols: 44,530 years

Using at least eight characters, including numbers, upper- and lower-case letters, and symbols if allowed. Avoid using personal info as part of your password. Also changing your password every other month. The longer and more obscure the password, the better.

See how long it would take a desktop PC to crack your password!

Mood Boards


When visually designing a website I used to sit down, open up Adobe Photoshop, and just start throwing visual elements at the page until something stuck. Often, actually always, the end result was completely different than from what I started with. I would start designing without a clear idea of what I wanted the site to ‘feel’ like, or worse yet what the client wanted the site to feel like. If you know the mood you want to convey before starting the design you can cut down the time it takes to build the site and also end up with a more cohesive and complete product.

Mood boards are a great way to express visually how you or your client would like a website to feel. Do you want a site that feels crisp and clean? A site that feels dark and grungy? Playful and fun?. A mood board can be collage of images found in print media, a collection of color swatches, a collection of screenshots from websites highliting certain looks. They are a great starting point that will save you time and frustration.

IMAP vs POP3… Say What?


If you’re planning on using an email software program, you’ll have to decide how you want to receive email- with an IMAP connection or POP connection. Below I’ll share what each will do, and the benefits.

IMAP is quickly becoming the preferred method for checking email. With an IMAP account, the email software synchronizes messages and folders with your mail client (Outlook, Phone, and / or tablet).

  • It’s ideal for shared mailboxes, such as those for general inquiries from a Contact Us page. Multiple people can log in and respond to messages.
  • Backup – if your system does crash, or you lose your phone, you just need to reset up your account, and messages will be re-synced to your device or system shortly.

POP accounts work by downloading mail to your computer. It is best suited for those who use the same computer to read their email. It uses a client to access the mail server, but the messages are copied to the local hard drive and deleted from the mail server.

  • You will need an internet connection to download email, but you can view your downloaded email offline.
  • Your mailbox is only limited insofar as your hard disk is limited.
  • Opening attachments is quick due to the emails being automatically downloaded to your hard disk.

Icon Fonts!


Traditional web graphics (bitmap) have certain inherent problems. They lose quality when scaled up and waste file overhead when scaled down. Each image on the site requires an HTTP request for each image which slows load time. Bitmap images are also difficult to manipulate through code.

Simple one color graphics are prime candidates for ‘icon fonts’. Turning all your websites icons into a single font has many advantages:

  • Requires only one server request to load multiple icons
  • Change the color of all or individual icons through CSS
  • Add drop shadows through CSS instead of photoshop
  • Supports transparency
  • Good browser support
  • Can use :hover targeting

We turned our customer care icon into an icon font, take a look!

Do You Need a Phone App?


Mobile apps are here to stay, iPhone, Android, and the soon to be Windows Phone. Each has its own market place filled with all varieties of game apps, utility apps, productivity apps and other time savers/wasters. If you’re a business owner I’m sure you’ve asked yourself if you need a mobile app to promote your business. Well with the emergence of HTML5 the answer to this question may very well be no.

Building a platform specific application requires hiring a team of specialized programmers that can work in that environment. The problem is that specialized often equals expensive. The beautiful thing about an HTML5 app is that HTML is a very common language that has been around for years and known by many. Common often equals less expensive.

With HTML5 taking steps to be able to take advantage of local storage, better integration with mobile hardware, and the ability to store and access data locally, HTML5 may very well be a cost effective way to reach your businesses mobile goals.

  • Smaller budget
  • Will work on all mobile browsers, not just the iPhone for example
  • App marketplaces can’t take a cut of your profits (Apple takes 30%)
  • Easier for the customer use your app. No downloading or entering passwords
  • Faster release to customers, no need for the marketplace’s approval
  • Application updates are initiated by the developers not the user
  • Access to more of the devices components (accelerometer , camera)
  • Integration with other native apps
  • Marketing via the app’s marketplace
  • More device consistent UI elements has been working with HTML and web technologies since 1996. Contact a representative to learn more.

Time to Update Your Web Browser!


With all of the new features that come along with the latest in technology, our internet browsers need to be updated as well. These new features help us build applications to give users a better overall experience.

So often we see users with their browsers not updated. Many times, websites stop supporting older versions of web browsers.

A highly-praised web browser is Google Chrome. It’s designed to be quick from the get-go, whether it’s loading pages or running complex applications. Another web browser we recommend is Mozilla Firefox. We all have our preferences, but these are the two browsers we recommend to our clients, family, and friends.

While we could go on for hours with the great debate of which browser to use, one fact remains: if it’s not up to date, chances are you’ll run into some sort of issue.

Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox

Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox

Internet Explorer

  • Fewer instances of the browser crashing or freezing.
  • More security against viruses, spyware, and browser hijackings.
  • Faster page-loadng.
  • Variety of useful plugins and add-ons.
  • New browsers will automatically update to the latest version, or will give you notifications when new new updates are available.