Keeping Safe – Good Passwords are the first line of defence

The need for secure passwords is annoying, but is a necessary evil for our virtual accounts.  They are the first line of defense that we have to protect ourselves from hackers and others who may try to take advantage of you. If a hacker cracks your password, they can create a variety of problems, from defacing your website, to sending out emails containing viruses or solicitations, accessing your bank accounts, or even using your information to set up new credit card accounts or apply for loans.  The temptations for hackers is increasing as more sensitive information is stored “in the cloud”, for example banking information, business files, personal photos … Continue reading


Killing WordPress Comment Spam

Let’s face it, everyone hates spam. (Except spammers.) Blog spam has been a huge problem for bloggers since the invention of blogs, and it’s not going away…in fact it’s getting worse, and now has expanded to include comment spam, trackback spam, and user registration spam.

Spam is a reputation and security problem for website owners. The worst kind, and most prolific, is automated comment spam that comes from bots. There are quite a few solutions out there, but most of them either don’t work effectively, or annoy users by using CAPTCHA’s or challenge questions. This article covers my experiences dealing with this issue … Continue reading


Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)

As of July 1, 2014, Canada’s Anti-spam legislation Section 6 came into effect. Section 6 of CASL relates to the sending of commercial electronic messages (CEMs). If you are sending a CEM to an electronic address, then you need to comply with three requirements …

(1) obtain consent,
(2) provide identification information, and
(3) provide an unsubscribe mechanism.

How do I know if Canada’s Anti-spam legislation applies to my business or organization? Continue reading


Put your business on the map with Google Places for Business

Have you had issues getting your map in the correct location in Google maps?
Have you wondered why you cannot control the Write a Review feature on your Google map location?
Have you wondered why other businesses are listed on a Google map on the first page of local search results?

Do something great for your business today and sign up for a FREE listing in Google Places for Business. Continue reading


January is Evaluate Your Website month!

In my previous two articles I laid the ground work for my 2013 series, which will focus on SMART Websites.  SMART websites were defined in my previous two articles as those that reflect web development best practices, in that they are Strategic & Sustainable, Measurable, Attractive and Accessible, provide ROI, and are Targeted.  Continue reading


Online Streaming & Other Disruptive Technologies

Recently I was introduced by a colleague, as bringing “disruptive technologies” to our area.  In giving this more consideration, I realized that this has been an underlying theme for InfoLink projects over the years.  Opportunities (and risks) lie in challenging the status quo.  When leading firms fail – it is often because they are not sustaining innovations.

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Tourism Packaging

A Tried and True Recipe for Success

Tourism packaging has traditionally been defined as a pre-arranged travel plan that includes more than one element of travel. For example, an air and hotel travel plan bundled together for one rate would be considered a “package”. Continue reading


The Care and Feeding of your Website

Take some initial steps to boost your visibility and watch your traffic grow!

In the highly competitive world of web based business, visibility is vital. If your prospective customers don’t know who or where you are, you might as well not have bothered. A well-planned, well designed and carefully populated website offers great potential for boosting your business visibility. But even after your perfect site is launched, there remains a lot to do!  The care and feeding of your website is critically important to its ongoing success. Continue reading


Business S.M.A.R.T. Websites – Part 2

Aren’t all websites good for business?  Not necessarily.

Last issue I wrote Part 1 on “business S.M.A.R.T.“ websites and why a well-thought-out and engaging website is important for business success on the web.

“Business S.M.A.R.T.”  is a term used to describe websites that meet or exceed best practices and criteria that contribute to success on the web.     Continue reading


Seasons Greetings – Enjoy the season like there’s no Tamaya

Are you preparing for the end of the world?  Or are you too busy with Christmas plans? Our advice is to enjoy the season like there’s no Tamaya!! (actually, that’s our advice for every single day of the year).

Merry Christmas, Happy & Prosperous New Year!

P.S. If the world ends on December 21, the laugh will be on us :-)