Good Morning! Today is change your password day! OK, I made that up, but it’s a good idea to change your password on a regular basis.

You must create strong passwords and change your passwords on a regular basis. It’s your best defense against hackers.

And … even if you do create strong passwords, there are people out there who have nothing better to do than to try to figure out how to hack your website(s) … It happened to me.

Anyway, onward and upward! I’m back online thanks to some secret help. You know who you are, and thank YOU!

My domains were hacked in addition to (apparently) hundreds of other customers so as an added protection, I’ve also happily moved all of my domains to a new web hosting company, Media Temple (join me via my affiliate link)

And do you know what?

Many people don’t know how to do this … how to create a strong password. Is that you? It’s OK. So today I’m giving you some tips right here so you can quietly go away and do this right now and nobody will know you didn’t know 😉

Here we go. TIPS. How to create a strong password :

  1. Use a minimum of 10 characters, yes, that’s TEN. And yes, that’s a “minimum” of ten characters.
  2. Use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.
  3. Avoid repeating characters. For example, “222” or “Bbb.” Mix it up.
  4. Don’t use your birthdate, name, initials, dog’s name, nickname, child’s name or anything easily identifiable as you.
  5. Don’t use recognizable words and phrases. For example “mydogToby” or “sunny1234”
  6. If you can remember your password, it’s likely not strong enough. Yes, make it hard to remember.
  7. Use different passwords for different websites, social networks, email accounts and banking. Meaning, do not use the same password across all accounts. Think of it like having a different key to your house, office, car … one key doesn’t open all the different doors.
  8. Never use the same password for banking that you use for email or social networks.
  9. In addition, password protect your actual digital device … computers, iPhone, iPad etc. Yes, it may be a nuisance, but think of it like locking the door before you leave the house to go out. Make it harder for them to get into your “house” without a key. Make yourself have to login to each device with a password every time. (I admit, I don’t even like doing this but I do now)
  10. If you are using WordPress, change your password from within the dashboard while logged in. Try to avoid using the “forgot my password” option that emails you a new password reset via the web if you can, unless you really have no other way to get in.
  11. Log out of social networks, GMail, banking, WordPress dashboard etc., when you’re finished what you are doing. This is especially difficult (and inconvenient) to remember for those of us who work online and are often managing multiple accounts simultaneously.
  12. Don’t give anybody your password(s) except for paid trusted professionals that you KNOW, who need access to assist you with your websites, online marketing, etc., and even then, what I advise clients to do is to change the password again, after their work/tasks are completed each month, if you’re in a monthly contract agreement.
  13. This list is a working document and will change again, as the web changes constantly. This is a pretty comprehensive list, but it seems there’s always more. *This is not a legal document. These are my TIPS for today. Always do your own research and keep up to date with any changes and recommendations by your service provider and social  networks, for ways to protect your assets, your business, your privacy and security online.
  14. If in doubt, or if you want to learn more about password security, every social network, Google and Bing all have documents that lay out their recommended guidelines for password protection, security and privacy. Read them and keep things up to date.

Hope this has been helpful!

—Brenda Johima



Great News for Canadian Photographers

On November 7, 2012, in BLOG, by brendajohima

Mine. Mine. Mine. All Mine.

As a photographer, fan and regular user of WordPress, and from my love of, and support for the tech community in Victoria B.C., I spoke at WordCamp Victoria 2012 on the topic of Copyright and joined my friend and colleague, Janis La Couvee. The title of our session was Disclosures, Attribution and Copyright.

As an update to the blog post above (follow the links) I’d like to say Congratulations! and a big YaaaHoooo!

Today, November 7th is a great day for Canadian photographers, who have finally won the battle to own what was always rightly theirs, image ownership via copyright to their own work.

“As of today, Canadian photographers now officially own the copyright to all of their work whether the photograph is commissioned or not, thanks to the new Copyright law.”

Here’s a link to the full article that explains the great news, from the Canadian Association of Image Creators (CAPIC) with their blog post titled, A Great Victory for Canadian Photographers and they will have more news posted in the coming week, I understand.

Canadian Photographers OWN Their Own Copyright. It’s now time to CELEBRATE!!

Finally! Copy. RIGHT.

— Brenda Johima


iPhone photography by brenda johima

“Mine. Mine. Mine. All Mine.” Hopefully We Will Now See Less Disappearing Images. © 2012 Brenda Johima


(Revised April 11, 2013, I have scaled this event down to a smaller, more manageable size, within the conference, so please stay tuned for an updated blog post … and get ready to start to share cell phone images 😉

I’m thrilled to announce and to make public, that I will be once again coordinating the Mobile Phone Photo-Art Show for Social Media Camp 2013 in Victoria B.C.

To date, I’ve instigated, designed, implemented and coordinated 3 mobile phone photography shows. (two in Victoria, one in Courtenay) This will be my fourth, and is the second year in a row for this social media conference.

In past, I’ve called the displays “Mobile Phone Photo-Art Shows” in order to be inclusive of all cell phone camera phones, and not only iPhones. (even though personally, I’m an avid and prolific iPhoneographer) Also, I wanted to be reflective of  mobile photography not only as a powerful marketing tool, but also as an art form, where social media marketers, advertisers and business owners can showcase their very best. We also have now, more than ever before, an opportunity to take even more risk to get even more creative.

I've got an iPhone, Now What? (photo)

In brief, there will be several ways that you can participate at the conference, and for this year, not only at the conference, but also leading up to the conference. We’ll be making a difference with cell phone photography leading up to Social Media Camp 2013 and I’ll announce how you can start working towards that, very shortly. Very exciting! Two, Three, and Four … well, the rest of the details will be announced online shortly, right here.

In addition to this blog, which will be the hub for it all, I’ll also be contributor to the Social Media Camp Blog.

The power of mobile photography is in the hands of almost everyone nowadays. Yet we’ve only just begun to harness the power of photos for social media sharing of images, community building and for relationship building. It’s no longer only about marketing, it’s about posting quality images that connect mobile photographer to viewers and subject, in an emotional way that has impact. In essence, how I see it, the photos that are works of ART, will, more and more, stand out from the rest of the sea of images online.

“Better quality images make for a more beautiful web.”

Having said that … you also don’t need to be an artist or designer or photographer to create great images that have impact! There are tools, techniques and tips available to everyone via mobile photography that help celebrate creativity and build community. We’ll be doing just that.

See you in 2013 at Social Media Camp.

— Brenda Johima


(Revised April 11, 2013, Start Date for New Launch was instead, April 1, 2013. And that’s no April Fool’s joke 🙂

November 1st, 2012, today! I’ve launched a new business! Johima Photography.

Please stay tuned while my website is updated to reflect this great news! More focus! A new focus!

— Brenda Johima

Brenda Johima iPhone Art in Italy

All Art and Photography Copyright 2012 Brenda Johima


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