Monthly Archives: April 2013

Website Philosophy

So I have been talking to quite of few clients as well as others about how I see the internet. I see it as a wealth of knowledge, too much it is just noise but too little you don’t get heard. You need a balance between content and interest with what you post onto the web.  One instance of this is the fact that so many news sites have so much going on the page its hard to hone in onto the important information you are interested in.  What I try and do is leave out the distractions and bring in what you want to show to the world who you are or what you stand for.

Another good example of this would be how Google puts together their content for the different applications they have.  They try to make it simple but yet usable, also minimal flashing lights and distracting content.  When you can pick out what you need quickly you will most likely go back and find what you desire again and recommend it to your friends or colleagues to read or go over.

In conclusion, more is not always better, especially when it comes to the content of a site.  Keep that in mind the next time you look for a design, you want it to stand out but you also don’t want it to distract the viewer from what your overall goal is on your site.

Information Security

I haven’t written anything on security for a whie so I thought I would just write up a few points that I feel important to follow in this age of technology.  More and more people are being attacked in multiple directions when they don’t even realize it.  I will just list a few different types of attacks that are seen as a daily or weekly occurance for most organizatons or personal users.

  • Emails claiming to be an official representitive of a company that you may or may not be affiliated with asking for information, mainly username or passwords but sometimes credit card information and other personal information.
  • Phone calls asking for a specific person in an organization phishing for information such as a name, a phone number, etc.  This is social engineering, gathering information to attempt to infultrate a company.
  • Illegitimate websites gathering information from your computer via cookies and then selling it to companies, or having you install trojans or viruses that infect your computer and compromise the system.

Any of the above could happen to anyone, even with the best anti-virus software, the real key is the user peice.  Security is as good as the people who run the computers, if the user is unaware of these types of attacks then it doesn’t matter what type of precausions are put in place.  Awareness is key in trying to avoid loss of information and degredation.  Keep this in mind the next time you see an email asking for your username and password, if it was legit the service would never ask for that information since they don’t need it.