Stop the Bleeding: How to Choose a Better Password in the Heartbleed Aftermath [Infographic]

Stop the Bleeding: How to Choose a Better Password in the Heartbleed Aftermath [Infographic]

By now, you’ve probably heard of the Heartbleed Bug. Called the “ultimate web nightmare” by Mashable, this bug is a vulnerability in the widely used OpenSSL library that potentially exposed hundreds of thousands of passwords, usernames, secret keys, and other sensitive information to hackers.

If you have ever used a website that relies on OpenSSL — including Google, Facebook, Pinterest, Dropbox, and many other popular sites and services — your data may be at risk. To protect yourself, you’ll need to change your passwords when those sites have patched the vulnerability.

photo by KoFahu
photo by KoFahu

Many software companies and service providers recommend changing your passwords anywhere between every 30 days and twice per year. With Heartbleed causing chaos online, this may be the right time for you to do a thorough password overhaul to make your data and identity more secure. But how do you pick the right password? What can you do to make it harder for hackers to do their jobs?

We’ve put together this flowchart-style infographic on choosing a more secure password to help you. Use it now to secure your accounts in light of Heartbleed, and bookmark it for future use any time you think you might need to change your passwords again.

Guide to Boosting Productivity [Infographic]

Guide to Boosting Productivity [Infographic]

You may be surprised to learn just how many productivity pitfalls exist in your workplace! From stress to distractions to slow computers, many small factors can add up to decrease the productivity of workers. With so much time and money lost each year due to these problems, it’s worth trying to make improvements that will boost productivity — even if it’s something as simple as a software upgrade, or a larger change like offering flex time.

Some studies show that American workers only average three productive days per week, which averages out to about 33 unproductive days per year. How can we cut down on these productivity pitfalls? This infographic offers tips on doing just that.

Who Still Uses Windows XP? (Or Why Ohio is Totally Doomed)

Who Still Uses Windows XP? (Or Why Ohio is Totally Doomed)

As you may already know, support for Windows XP has officially ended today, April 8, 2014. This has spurred a frantic rush to update PCs all around the world as many banks, hospitals, and other businesses maintained their use of this popular operating system for over 10 years. But like any other important update, there are some stragglers who haven’t quite taken notice.

At WebpageFX, we like numbers. In fact, we have access to over 1500 Google Analytics profiles that allow us to see lots of numbers. This week’s buzz about the death of Windows XP (RIP) made us wonder: who is still using this?

By analyzing more than 7.8 million web visits since January 1, 2014, we have compiled the percentage of each state that is still operating and surfing the web from Windows XP.

Earning Backlinks In Real Life: 5 Links Every Small Business Should Have

Earning Backlinks In Real Life: 5 Links Every Small Business Should Have

Link building still matters. If you’ve been part of a successful link building campaign in the past, you most certainly will agree. Despite any tweaks Google has made since Penguin waddled onto the scene in 2012, Google’s algorithm is still largely based on the link graph and will be for the foreseeable future.

Penguin has changed the way that you need to acquire links, but the idea that a link from an authoritative website can help improve search engine visibility is still accurate. While on-page SEO can easily be summarized in a best practices document, link building isn’t as easy to neatly fit into a single page.

Still, there are some quick wins out there for businesses both new and old to link building. Remember: links are a sign of trust and authority to search engines. There are things that real businesses do that naturally and efficiently earn links and build trust online. Successful businesses can and do earn plenty of links without knowing what SEO stands for.

How the Internet is Getting Younger [Infographic]

How the Internet is Getting Younger [Infographic]

Even as smartphone and tablet usage rates continue to rise, with 91% of adults in the US now owning a cell phone, the “age” of the internet just keeps getting younger. Children now begin consuming social media at an average age of only eight, and teens are now spending approximately five hours per day online. As the World Wide Web celebrates its 25th anniversary, we’re taking a look at how usage has changed over the years, and how teenagers — many who have never known a world without internet — are adjusting their online habits and behaviors. Check out the infographic to learn more!