Choosing a domain name

Choosing a domain name (website name) can be one of the hardest parts of having a website. Here are a few tips to help you decide what’s right and what’s wrong…

  • Brainstorm five top keywords for your business
  • Make the domain name unique but relevant
  • Choose #1. a dot-com or #2 a dot-ca if available first
  • Make it easy to type on a keyboard – shifting between letters and numbers is a pain on a smartphone
  • Make it easy to remember (without having to write it down)
  • Keep the name as short as possible
  • Don’t use acronyms (unless it spells a really good word that people will remember)
  • Avoid copyright infringement – stay away from variations of competitor’s names
  • Set yourself apart with a brand, benefit or a need (energysaverwindows .com)
  • Reject hyphens and numbers (like go4new-windows.com)
  • Don’t follow the latest trends (no one knows what redtoadstool .com sells)
  • Use a WHOIS service with a good reputation (like a company CIRA certified for .ca sites)

Once you’ve decided on a name, it’s time to buy it.
NOTE: Don’t purchase your domain through a web-hosting company.

For more information and advice about purchasing a domain and web hosting, contact us – before you sign up somewhere else. We can help you purchase your own domain. That way YOU own and control the information. Deal with someone you can trust. We’ll help you point the domain to our server. We’ll talk you through it by phone or in person – another great reason to deal with someone local.

Canada Revenue Agency Refund Scam

If you receive an email from “Canada Revenue Agency” <revenue@agency.ca>, throw it in the trash or (better yet) label it spam. It’s a scam.

It has a Canada Revenue logo on top. It tells you there is a refund waiting for you and all you need to do is download the attached file (a web page, not a form) and open it in a web browser and follow the instructions. DON’T DOWNLOAD THE ATTACHMENT. Don’t reply to the email either.

The email may look odd to you at first when you open it because e a c h   w o r d   i s  s p e l l e d  o u t  l i k e  t h i s .  That’s to try and fool your spam software. Here’s a sample of what the message looks like…

Creating safe passwords

Ever get your Gmail account hacked? Or your Facebook?

Hackers are running programs 24/7 to crack users’ passwords. The more obvious you make it, the easier it will be for them to take over your account.
The obvious DON’Ts are to not use: your name, address, phone number, any birth date, kid’s name, pet’s name, places, or anything spelled backwards.

Make it something you’ll remember…
If you are having trouble picking a good password that’s easy to remember, one good method is to use the first letter of each word in a phrase… remember to use upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.
Here’s an example…
Our daughter Julie was born in 1998 – becomes – OdJwbi1998
Now for banking you can add ‘ba’ to the end (or beginning) –  OdJwbi1998ba
for Facebook – OdJwbi1998fa
and so on…
One password for everything that you can remember!

Maybe use an event that stands out in your mind…
In 1994 we went to Disney World – I994wwtDW
Want to make it even more difficult? Add one or two of these…. ! @ # $ % ^ & * (  or ) to the end.

Using *(*(*( at the end of your password makes it millions of times harder for someone to crack.

If possible, change your password every month or two.