User Experience (UX)

PINs and Needles: New Ways to Authenticate Users

PINs and Needles: New Ways to Authenticate Users

Keep this to yourself, obviously, but answer honestly: How many different passwords do you use at one time? And, how difficult would it be for someone to guess any of them?

The venerable username-password combination has been around for as long as there have been individual computer user accounts—dating back to the punch-card era. Although we have tried various ways to make them more secure—requiring a mixture of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters or requiring passwords to be changed periodically—the fact remains that the only passwords that are truly secure (that is, difficult to guess) are impossible to remember.

It’s time to rethink user authentication, and some very smart people are doing just that.

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Web Design and the Internet of Things

Web Design and the Internet of Things

It probably has not escaped your notice that there has been a lot of chatter lately about the Internet of Things (IoT). In case you’ve missed it: IoT is the notion that pretty much everything—from refrigerators, automobiles, and industrial machines to environmental sensors, surveillance cameras, and baby monitors can be equipped with circuitry that enables them to connect to the Internet, providing information continuously or on demand.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Your Website

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Website

New Year’s resolutions: Easy to make, even easier to break. And if you’re the kind of person who makes New Year’s resolutions for other people (you know who you are), maybe you should resolve not to do that anymore because everyone hates it.

Here’s an idea: Instead of the run-of-the-mill resolutions like losing weight, calling your mom more often, and finally getting all that junk out of your garage, try some resolutions for your website. The thing is, your website won’t implement your resolutions by itself, any more than your brother-in-law will. So you will have to do them yourself.

Ready? Here are some New Year’s resolution ideas for your website:

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Tips for Optimizing Your Contact Us Page

Tips for Optimizing Your Contact Us Page

Look, we get that it’s tough to manage your online presence. You have to worry about content creation, marketing, SEO, your website design, and a host of other concerns that demand your limited attention. Who has time to worry about optimizing a Contact Us page? Just throw in an email sign-up form, your phone number, and your address, and you’re good to go.

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Tricks to Increase Your Site’s Visual Appeal

Tricks to Increase Your Site’s Visual Appeal

When it comes to web design, image is everything.

OK, maybe not everything, but it’s hard to deny that your web design interface is a critical part of your online presence. It’s tempting to imagine our audience as enlightened individuals who value the content we provide above all else, but let’s not kid ourselves—an unattractive and overly complex website is enough to repel even the staunchest of your supporters.

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Microsoft’s Edge—The Brink of a New Age for Your Website?

Microsoft’s Edge—The Brink of a New Age for Your Website?

Along with its reputation for being two or three steps behind other browsers, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) has long infuriated web developers around the world for its quirky and inconsistent rendering of modern web sites. Sites that looked perfectly good in IE version 9 could look terrible in IE 10, and by the time web developers figured out how to make their sites look good in IE 10, along came IE 11, and the whole cycle started again. There was little that web developers could do besides deploy multiple versions of the same code for different browsers and for different versions of IE, so their sites would look good everywhere.

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