Security

Leave the Authentication to Us: Third-Party Authentication On Your Site

Leave the Authentication to Us: Third-Party Authentication On Your Site

Let’s face it: Website user authentication can be a pain, for both users and site owners.

For the user, there’s a registration process, which can range from mildly annoying to downright laborious and intrusive. There’s yet another username and password to remember. And for users who forget their passwords, there’s the password reset, which sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. Then there are the users who forgot that they already registered on the site and wonder why their chosen username is already taken—or what it is.

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Clearing Out the Cobwebs: Spring Cleaning for Your Website

Clearing Out the Cobwebs: Spring Cleaning for Your Website

Look outside. The snow is melting, the flowers are blooming, and the birds are singing. Spring time is here, and we all know what that means: spring cleaning.

But instead of offering tips on washing the Venetian blinds or how to hammer the dust out of your rugs, we thought we’d ring in the season with a few tips for another area of your life that could likely use some touching up: your website!

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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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Preventing Abuse on Your Website

Preventing Abuse on Your Website

Trolls, bullies, spam, cyberstalking—these are just four excellent reasons to hurl your iPad out of a window and transmit all communications via carrier pigeon. Unfortunately, this is an inefficient strategy in the world of e-commerce.

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Clifford Brown Would Like A Word – It’s Time to Update WordPress

Clifford Brown Would Like A Word – It’s Time to Update WordPress

We have a message for you from Clifford Brown: no more putting off updating WordPress.

We get it—we’re all busy, and updating software doesn’t always rank in at the top of our to-do lists. Make no mistake, though. Failing to stay on top of WordPress updates can end up costing you (and your site) more than you bargained for.

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Fright Night: 5 Usability Skeletons in Your Website Closet

Fright Night: 5 Usability Skeletons in Your Website Closet

Ghosts and goblins. Ghouls, demons, and phantoms of all kinds. It’s that time of year when the ancient Celts believed the barrier between the dead and the living became porous, allowing spirits and fairies to visit us and demand appeasement.

Something like that is going on with your website and not just at Halloween. No amount of treats will make them go away—they must be exorcised, or they will give your visitors (and therefore you) no peace. We’re talking about usability problems, those busy monsters that can spook site visitors into going elsewhere. Here are some common ones that you should watch for and banish to their coffins.

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