The Casey Digital Design Blog

Grandmasters Wing Chun Kung Fu

Grandmasters Wing Chun went live today!

Thank you to Mike Selner of Tela.com for his web hosting, knowledge and technical expertise!

Be sure to check it out if you want to become like Bruce Lee and Ip Man!

 

Hotz Law Website Launched!

We just launched a new website for our fantastic client, Darrel Hotz Law Offices in Toronto, Canada at:

www.dhotzlaw.com.

 

Long Hours = Casual

Well, not the most professional I’ve ever looked, but with this much going on, who has time to dress up just to do work?
Now my great customers can now see I am working on your projects by day and by night!

The Dark Web

Peeking Into The Dark

A brief glimpse into the Dark Web shows are level of vulnerability. People looking for digital information and tools to commit crimes go to covert websites like we might go to Amazon. Instead of everyday items, they are their shopping carts, and they do look and act like ecommerce shopping carts, to buy credit card information, personal identification data and Paypal information. They also sell software designed for all levels of intrusion and control of computers and networks connected to the internet. The better the stolen information or the intrusion software, the higher the price.

Digital Money & Invisible People

Transactions can go on through anonymous, encrypted data transfers and online accounts many, many users deep. People can hide who they really are creating a user or business name or email, etc. to create an account, then that one to create another account, etc. The end result is a twisted and tangled web of email addresses and scrambled ide

ntification. This is part of how digital criminals hide online. Another popular way to carry on this illegal and unethical business is through using the digital and anonymous currency of Bitcoin.

Improving Security

I plan to learn more to better protect myself and my clients and take the complete course on ethical hacker information and cyber security. I will post more as I learn things that may be of use. Watch your digital backs my friends.

Mac’s Not Immune Anymore

Mac’s Not Immune Anymore

Hello fellow Mac users. We are moving into the PC world more every day. If you have antivirus, spyware and malware removal tools and use them regularly, you’re a smart person. Mac’s are no longer immune from these things just because they are Apple computers. Those days of being safe because you’re on a Macintosh are long gone.

Dark Web

Since the web and Internet are my business, I feel it’s my responsibility to know as much as possible about the Internet. The more I know the better. I recently spent a little time learning about the Dark Web. I feel if I don’t know something, I’m more likely to fall prey to it.

Staying Safe

I thought my Mac based system was secure. I use a VPN, regularly run malware detection software, delete suspicious cookies, use an Ad Blocker, etc. Reading about the Dark Web was disturbing. I decided to run a deep scan of my whole system with Mac versions of Bitdefender’s Antivirus and cross check with AVG Antivirus, as well as running MalwareBytes malware removal tool, CCleaner and PrivacyScan. I checked all my drives and compressed archives from my years in business. That meant deep scanning nine drives and partitions. The process took about 24 hours in total!

Was I Protected?

Well, I wish I could say it was 100% clean, but despite my efforts I located and removed adware, malware and a few viruses engineered for the Mac. Without running complete and deep scans with excellent software, not all these threats showed up. It shows how diligent we need to be to protect our data and privacy.

 

New Updates at Dynamic Family Chiropractic

Check out the new website changes at our customer’s website at Dynamic Family Chiropractic!

 

Left Brain & Right Brain People a Myth

No Right Brain & Left Brain

My son Adam had mentioned that new studies had shown that they have debunked the theory of dominant right and left brain hemispheres. I had to do some research and see what the facts were on this.

Well, I guess I can’t claim my artistic side comes from my right brain anymore. I feel silly now looking back on recommending the book “Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain” to my design students. I guess we should all stop saying we are “left or right brained” people.

Scientific research has now shown that everyone actively uses both sides of their brains for creative and analytic tasks. All the techniques to develop the separate hemispheres of the brain, if they do anything, are not because we have dominant hemispheres of the brain.

Science progresses and we often find “truth” becomes myth. The science that was based on personality linked to bumps on one’s head and the idea of falling off the flat earth now seem ridiculous. Now the right and left brain belief has been shown to be untrue. All of us, like myself, who believed this “fact” now seem pretty stupid. From now on I won’t be claiming that the right or left brain was a cause of this or that phenomenon. Sorry if this blew your creative right or mathematical left hemisphere!

There is a link to the science behind this discovery here.

 

Cut & Paste Files on a Mac!

Yes Virginia! There Is A Copy-Paste Function To Move Files In The Mac OS!

I’d love to take credit for this one, but the source is another website. My Adam the computer science major and I debated this one. I have to admit Adam, you were correct!

The Short Answer

If you want the short answer and are a seasoned Mac user:

  1. Select files you want to move in the Finder.
  2. Select “copy” or use the key commands “Command-C”
  3. Open the place where you wish to move the files to in the Finder.
  4. When you wish to move them, instead of the standard copy command “Command-V” instead use”Command-Option-“V””
  5. The files will be moved to the new location.

For more instructions on how this works, here is a link to the source website:

http://osxdaily.com/2011/07/29/cut-and-paste-mac-os-x-lion/

Fix Apple Keyboard Function Keys

Ever have one important key go out on a keyboard and don’t want to buy a new keyboard over one key? Here is a way to work around a broken command, control or option key by remapping another key to do it’s job. This is on a Mac using Mavericks 10.9.5 OS:

Go to the System Preferences located in the Dock:

Locate the Keyboard setting

At the bottom of the dialog box, select “Modifier Keys”

After clicking on “Modifier Keys’ you’ll see the default settings for the command, control, option and cap lock modifier keys. By default they all match their original name, but they can also be remapped to do the same thing when other keys are pressed.

Remap the key of your choice to the new modifier key by changing the function the key applies. In my case I changed the control key’s function to “option key”

Exit the settings by clicking “ok”

Now the key you remapped will apply that broken keys function. In my case now my control key acts as the option key.

Secure Your Website & Improve SEO

Google has announced they will be giving preferential ranking to secure websites over sites that it considers insecure and those having “mixed content” or secure and insecure items.

  • How do I know if this affects my website?
  • If you have a HTTP based website it affects your site.

One indicator is seeing an icon of the letter “i” in a circle in your url address bar at the top of your web browser. This indicates a website is insecure according to Google’s new ranking criteria. The traditional “http” website prefix will also be different on a secure website. A secure site is indicated by the prefix “https” vs. “http”. This issue is easiest to fix in WordPress based websites by locating and installing particular plug-ins and the understanding of how to configure them.

Google’s intention is to increase security for users of the Internet. One disadvantage is the change may cause problems with a website’s previously established search engine rankings. This is particularly true in the area of social media popularity and traffic rankings. Either choice creates problems:

  • Make the change to a secure website and meet the new Google security standard, but potentially hurt previous SEO efforts
  • Ignore the new security requirements and keep previous social media SEO, yet have your website appear insecure.

I personally feel the benefit in my particular situation lies in following the path of security laid out by Google. Since they dominate the SEO and Search markets, they will set the standard and eventually the benefits of keeping those social media benefits will be outweighed by the loss of SEO benefits and customer confidence that your website is secure.

*A safe middle ground might be devising a strategy to inform your social media channels of this change and start planning on ways to circumvent some of the social media dropoff. Consult with your digital marketing and web development consultant on creating a plan to inform, prepare and then make the leap from insecure HTTP over to a certified and secure HTTPS website.