My Favorite Web Design / Development extensions / sites

Below you’ll find some of my favorite websites and extensions that I’ve used for web design / development but I’ve love to hear what are some of your favorite websites, software, extensions, and add-ons that you use for Web Design / Development? Reply to this post with your favorites!

Websites:
X-Rite

Chrome Web Extensions:

  • Rescue Time
    • Tracks the time you spend in the active tab or window of Chrome, or your ChromeOS device. This gives you a clear picture of what you were actually doing all day, to better manage your digital life.
    • Click Here
  • CSS Viewer
  • Blue Button
    • Get an index of building blocks from any webpage, instantly. See title tags & meta description, scripts, stylesheets, images & fonts
    • Click Here
  • ColorZilla
    • Advanced Eyedropper, Color Picker, Gradient Generator and other colorful goodies
    • Click Here
  • Page Ruler
    • Draw a ruler to get pixel dimensions and positioning, and measure elements on any web page
    • Click Here
  • Web Developer
    • Adds a toolbar button with various web developer tools. The official port of the Web Developer extension for Firefox
    • Click Here
  • Window Resizer
    • Resize browser window to emulate various screen resolutions
    • Click Here
  • Evernote Web Clipper
    • Use the Evernote extension to save things you see on the web into your Evernote account.
    • Click Here
  • LastPass
    • password manager, saves your passwords and gives you secure access from every computer and mobile device.
    • Click Here
  • Evernote Clearly
    • makes blog posts, articles and webpages clean and easy to read. Save them to Evernote to read anywhere.
    • Click Here
  • Disconnect
    • lets you visualize and block the otherwise invisible websites that track your search and browsing history.
    • Click Here

FireFox Web Extensions:

Software:

  • Adobe Brackets
  • Sublime Text
    • Sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose.
      You’ll love the slick user interface, extraordinary features and amazing performance.
    • http://www.sublimetext.com/

Why you need to change your password!

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Why you should change your password

Last month I attended a workshop about cyber safety. The presenter, Dave L. Rutz, is actually a Computer Forensic Analyst. As he enlightened us about how computer passwords are crack it really started to make me think. There are three main ways that a hacker will try to figure out your passwords. The first method is known as the Dictionary Attack. The computer will go through the dictionary one word at a time until it figures out your password. This is the easiest password to hack. You may think that you have an awesome password by using something complex like “underfunded”, if you look in the dictionary there are 113 words in the English dictionary that contain the word “fun” verses “fund” there are 56 words verses 8 words that start with “funde”… you can see how quickly the “Dictionary Attack” can work. The second, and more difficult to hack, is known as the “Brute Force Attack”. This method works by trying to figure out one letter at a time. This can take some. The final method that we talked about is a combination of both Dictionary Attack and Brute Force Attack. Again while you think that you have a strong and powerful password like “juglandaceous” there are actually 3 words in the English dictionary that start with “junl” and 41 words that start with “jug”.

Now that we know how easy it will be to hack your current passwords how can we make a strong password you might ask. First you might want to renew your current passwords if you  either haven’t changed them in a while and/or you think you current password has been compromised. Next make your password complex by having it at least 8 characters, use upper and lower case letters as well as numbers and symbols. To avoid being hacked using the dictionary attack you will want to change your password to a “passphrase”. These are more difficult to crack. A passphrase might look like this “Tp4tci2s4U2g!” = “The password for this computer is too strong for you to guess!“. Notice the uniqueness of the password/passphrase, the caps / lower case, numbers, and symbols. Finally, make your passwords/passphrases unique. DO NOT use the same password for every account and DO NOT have your passwords relate to anything personal about you, such as your children’s names, address, zip codes, birthdays, car, favorite color. Thing about it, you post that kind of personal information about yourself on your social media pages all the time. If you have a hard time coming up with a password you can use this site to help you: http://www.onlinepasswordgenerator.com.

Of course while you are taking the time to come up with strong passwords you do not want to write them down on a sticky or shared media. If you put them in a file make sure your document is password protected or use a reputable password management software. When asked NEVER use the “Save Password” option on your computer. If you want to check and see how secure your password is you might want to check out: http://howsecureismypassword.net.

Happy computing!!!

** UPDATE **

Here’s a great article about “The Big Password Mistakes That Hackers Are Hoping That You’ll Make

Another great password checker: http://blog.kaspersky.com/password-check/