WHAT IS A DOMAIN NAME? A domain name is your “address” on the internet. For example: http://www.yourdomainname.com. Your domain name must be registered, then renewed yearly.

WHAT IS WEBSITE DESIGN/DEVELOPMENT? Website design is the actual “creation” of your website. It consists of an “entry” or “home” page, typically followed by pages at various sublevels.

WHAT IS WEBSITE HOSTING? This is your website’s “home” on the internet. As in renting a home, you must rent a space on the World Wide Web for your website. This “home” is a called a server.

WHAT IS SUBMISSION TO SEARCH ENGINES? In order for people to see your website on the internet, it must be indexed by search engines, such as Google, Yahoo, AOL and countless others.

WHAT IS E-COMMERCE? E-Commerce consists of buying and selling products or services through the internet.

WHAT IS SOCIAL MEDIA? Social media is your presence on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and others.

WHAT IS A BLOG? A blog is an interactive website. You can post and people can reply to your posts.


A strong password:

has at least 15 characters;

has uppercase letters;

has lowercase letters;

has numbers;

has symbols, such as ` ! ” ? $ ? % ^ & * ( ) _ – + = { [ } ] : ; @ ‘ ~ # | \ < , > . ? /

is not like your previous passwords;

is not your name;

is not your login;

is not your friend’s name;

is not your family member’s name;

is not your pet’s name

is not a dictionary word;

is not a common name;

is not a keyboard pattern, such as qwerty, asdfghjkl, or 12345678.

is not your address, phone number or postal code

Other important facts to remember:

1. Do not use the same password on multiple accounts.
2. You should not let your browsers( FireFox, Chrome, Opera, IE, Safari ) or FTP client programs save your passwords, any password saved in the browser can be revealed with a simple click using a script.
3. Do not login important accounts with a public computer or a machine of other people.
4. Do not login important accounts with HTTP or FTP connections, because the username and password in the message of a HTTP or FTP connection can be captured easily with a network protocol analyzer like Wireshark, which means that the password can be sniffed or hacked with very little effort. You should use HTTPS or SFTP connections.
5. It’s a good habit to change your passwords regularly.
6. You can manage and encrypt your passwords with password management software. It’s a good idea to add an extra protection to your passwords with the freeware iPassword Generator.
7. Why you should not use long sentences as passwords?

  • It’s not easy to remember multiple long sentences.
  • Sometimes you will need to tell a password to somebody, and change the password subsequently.
  • It’s recommended that you remember 3 to 5 main passwords, and store other passwords with a certain software, for example, you can save all other passwords in a plain text file and encrypt it with TrueCrypt or AxCrypt, or manage them with KeePass, all of them are open source and reliable applications.

You can find good password generators online.   Remember to keep your passwords in a safe place.

Compiled by Melanie M. Miguel