Some of the upcoming posts will be short discussions and links. Topics may include: web design and development, web security and privacy, search engine optimization, marketing, social media, tech news, etc. Posts about cats may or may not be included. If you want them, I’ll post them. So, let me know what you want to hear more about and I’ll aim for more like that.
Mobile First and Web Site Usability
If you are thinking about creating or updating a web site, start by figuring out what needs to go on the mobile phone version. That helps you to distill what is most important. Because of space constraints, each bit of information there should be essential, and the most important items should be at the top of the page. Once you find that focus you can move on to developing sites for other devices. For more on mobile first design and site usability see Mobile First by Luke Wroblewski.
For Your Blog
Do you have or want a blog? If so, you may find this article interesting: How To Come up with Great Ideas for Blog Posts, Every Single Time. It is loaded with ideas to get you started. Then, as many great writers have advised, just open a vein and bleed.
Learn How to Create a Web Site or Blog with WordPress
WordCamp Birmingham is Aug. 16. Check out the schedule and see if the offerings appeal to you. Cost of attending is $20, and lunch, a snack, and a t-shirt is included. WordCamps are held all over the world, and they are excellent sources of information and networking for the beginner or expert.
It’s always something! Your USB devices (e.g. keyboards, thumb drives, and mice) can be used to bypass all known security protections to gain access to your computer. Karsten Nohl, chief scientist with Berlin’s SR Labs, says, “Once the USB device is attached to a computer, the malicious software can log keystrokes, spy on communications and destroy data.” The computers don’t detect the infection because anti-virus programs only scan software and not the “firmware” that controls the device’s function. According to Nohl, intelligence agencies, like the National Security Agency (NSA), may already be using this method of attack on computers. Read more here: Hackers can tap USB devices in new attacks, researcher warns
The news that a Russian gang had stolen more than a billion usernames and passwords and 500 million email addresses provides stunning evidence of the vulnerability of our personal data. This article by Money Talk News provides a summary of the New York Times article on the subject. The take-away is this: change your password now and change your passwords often. Don’t use the same password on several sites. For easier management of this task, use a password manager.
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Cat photo by M.L. Duong on flikr.