How to Make a Strong Password for Internet Accounts!

Passwords are required for nearly everything now. I think they are so common now people tend not to keep passwords safe or strong. Here are a few tips that might make it a little easier.

Let’s start with what makes a password strong. A strong password, of course, is something hard to guess. Single words from the dictionary are easy to guess and easy for a computer to crack. Try using a combination of words, best if they aren’t commonly used together. Try mixing upper and lower case letters with numbers. If you use special characters also, your password will be even harder to crack. Here is an example of a strong password: 100Blue%Bananas!

Each email account should have a unique and secure password. You email address is the most important internet account you own. If the “bad guy” can gain access to your email they will likely be able to own the rest of your accounts. Your email address is used by most internet sites for resetting passwords. All the “bad guy” would need to do is request a new password from any site you might have an account on.

Having a different password for different types of accounts is important. If your Facebook or Twitter password is the same as your email password, change it! It happens all too often that a “bad guy” finds the password to one account and is able to get into another account with the same password.

Choose security questions and answers wisely. Security questions are meant to make it harder to reset passwords or gain access to an account. But, most security questions are easy to answer because we often put the answers to these questions in public view. Think about it, “What is your mother’s maiden name?” Could the “bad guy” check to see if you are friends with her on Facebook? Consider using an incorrect response on purpose, or if you have the option to write your own question, use it. The tricky part about either of those, is remembering the answers.

Putting these things into practice will help protect your online identity. Be smart and be safe.

How Much Content You Should Add in Financial Advisor Website?

Have you ever visited a website and been bombarded with information? You know what I’m talking about… a website that is so packed with content it probably could have its own episode of Hoarders.

writing content for your target audienceThe average website visitor won’t spend a large amount of time digging through all the pages of a website. Often, when a visitor is presented with a page with excessive content they become frustrated; they can’t quickly find what they are looking for and will leave the website.

When writing content for your website you want to consider the following:

Who will be reading this?
What is most important?
What should the visitor do after they’ve finished reading?
When writing content for your website, make sure you understand the audience. Write to them, and as a general rule, write to an 8th grade reading level. Try to distill the information to only the most important topics, then use that simplicity and brevity to your advantage. Encourage the reader to contact you or sign up on the website for something you have to offer.

Fine tuning your content will turn a website with too much information into an informative, lead-generating website.

Why Content is Important for Website & What Should You Consider Before Writing it?

There are a lot of things to consider when starting a new website. What should it look like? How much information should be on the site? Who will be visiting the site? All of these are important things to consider; however, it’s easy to get caught up in all of the options available for your website and overlook what is truly important – the content.

Think about the reasons most people visit websites.  Is it to be wowed by amazing design and imagery?  Perhaps some visitors come to the site to be amused by animation and interactivity? When you get down to the true purpose of a site, its main reason for existence is to deliver information to the visitor. Many times, people get excited about getting a website up and running, but forget this key element.  You can spend as much time, money and effort as you like on making the most beautiful interactive website in existence, but if you haven’t devoted the necessary thought to the information that will live on your website, you’re wasting your time.  So, before you start your website, consider these questions.  They will help you get off on the right track:

  • Who will be visiting your site?
  • What information will they be looking for?
  • What pages of information will be most important to your visitors?
  • Will adding more content to your site add value, or detract from simplicity?

Once you’ve thought these questions through, a good place to start is creating a site map.  A site map can be a simple outline of the pages you plan to have on your site.  Usually the simpler the map is – the better.  You can always add pages and information to your site later, but you’ll be leaps and bounds ahead if you can start with making sure the fundamental information is laid out, before you begin with design and setup.