Password management: Keep your passwords safe

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Are you following the best practices when it comes to keeping your passwords safe?

In todays Internet ecosystem, password safety is king. You can no longer put trust in any websites keeping your passwords safe.

Even the most secure services such as those provided by Google or Microsoft are not 100% secure.
This has already proven to be true, and both Google and Microsoft has had their services hacked in some shape or form.

Keeping your passwords safe with the best practices.

1. We must assume that every website or online service we register on is unsecure. Therefore everytime we register for a new service, we must choose an unique password.

2. Never use the same password on more than one service. If you are using the same password on several services, and one of your accounts gets hacked, the hacker will have the password to all those services.
Think about it. Most people use the same email-address for all accounts. Having several addresses is just overkill. So all the hacker needs is your password, and he can try logging on with your password and email on all the major services that most people use.

3. Pick a strong password with both uppercase and lowercase letter and numbers. You may even want to use special characters too, such as $ ^ ? . , –
Your password should be at least 8 characters long, and include all the above mixed together. You are probably gonna find it a little bit hard to remember the password, but no worries, I got a way to fix this. Just keep reading.

4. Use a password manager. This way you wont have to remember all the passwords.
Im not gonna waste your time by listing all the password managers that exist, because that’s not what this article is about.

I will give you the name of the password manager I use which is awesome: Lastpass – www.lastpass.com
Lastpass works in all major Internet Browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari. It even works on your cellphone too.
All passwords stored in Lastpass are encrypted with a very strong encryption.

Choosing a domain name for your website

Choosing a domain name for your website

Choosing a domain name for your website or blog can be a daunting task.

The common practice these days is to choose a domain name that includes some keywords that best describe the topic of your website.

There are three reasons for using a keyword:
1. Search engines will rank you higher for the specific keyword.
2. Easier for visitors to remember your address.
3. You may even also get visitors that randomly type your URL in their browser.

If you were blogging about SEO, you might go about choosing a domain name like “theseoguide.com”.
If your topic is Weapons, you might go about choosing a domain name like “weaponsforsale.com”, or just “weapons.com”.
If your topic is Fitness, you might go about choosing a domain name like “fitnessblog.com”.

What if your desired domain is taken?!
Let’s say your topic is “fishing”, and the domain you wanted is taken: “fishing.com”.
Dont panic. The domain is already taken. Nothing to do about that.
Just get something else, like “letsgofishing.com”, or “fishingexpert.com”.
The possibilities are endless!

WHAT TLD? (Top Level Domain: .com .net .org etc.)
The jungle of TLD’s is pretty big. In the old days, just a single TLD like “mywebsite.com” wasn’t enough. People would also add “mywebsite.org”, “mywebsite.net” and maybe “mywebsite.info”.
As you add more TLD variations of your domain, it doesnt take long until this approach starts getting expensive.
Search Engines do not like seeing the same content on several domains. So it certainly doesnt help your SEO to have several variations of your domain.

There’s only one reason to have several TLD’s for your domain, and that is to catch people who manually type your URL in the address bar.
And this reason is no longer relevant.

In todays internet ecosystem, every browser available has autocompletion. Which means that whenever someone who visisted your website earlier tries to type your address manually, the browser will automatically complete the URL for them.

Even though choosing a good domain name is important, dont forget to add content.
It doesnt matter how good your domain name is, if you dont supplement it with quality content.

Now you are ready to get your domain!

Safe browsing: Stay safe while browsing the web

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Safe browsing is more important than ever.
Most people aren’t aware of all the dangers and risks involved when surfing the web today.

You regularily hear about high-profile and well known websites getting hacked, like newspapers, banks or government websites. So even if you only visit websites that you trust, make no mistake, YOU ARE NOT SAFE!

Getting infected is as easy as clicking on a link, or typing an url in your browser. It’s not like the old days, when you had to download a file and click to run it before your computer was infected. Today viruses install themself on your computer without so much as a small notice. It just happends without you ever knowing.
It’s not like the virus will flash a big sign in front of your face to let you know.

There are many different cinds of viruses. Some more annoying than others. The most dangerous viruses are those you never knew you had. These viruses are designed to monitor your computer 24/7, steal your password, identity and creditcard information.

How do viruses manage to infect your computer so easily?

A virus will infect your computer by exploting a flaw in the software (programs, applications) installed on your computer.
This can be your Internet Browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Opera..), plugins/addons running in your browser (Java, flash, javascript, Silverlight) or independent software like Adobe or Microsoft Word.
Ofcourse there are viruses targeting other software than the above, but these are the most common programs to find on your average personal computer.

Help! How do I stay safe?

I hope I havent scared you too much by now. The answer is: It’s very easy to stay safe.
A lot of people are already doing it without giving it much tought!

GET A VIRUS SCANNER! Safe browsing.
Most perferably an Internet Security package. Internet Security packages are superior to regular Virus scanners.
An Internet Security package will solve all the above problems and prevent any infection from reaching your computer.
Internet Security packages usually cost a couple of dollars, but it’s worth the money.