How Safe Are Your Passwords?

in Techy Stuff

Everyday we have to remember what feels like 100 passwords for work, school, and personal stuff. Keeping it all straight, making it easy to remember, and secure against hackers is definitely not an easy feat. Frustrated does not even begin to describe how I feel every time I have to reset my password using security questions.  First let’s go over some password, under no circumstance should you do these, rules.

  1. Never include your name, last name, DOB, or the name of your company
  2. Use another number sequence than 1,2,3,4
  3. Shorter than four characters
  4.  Using the actual word, password
  5. Using any word found in the dictionary

Now that we have a better idea of what a bad password looks like, let’s tackle the makings of a great, not good password. As I mentioned previously using words found in the dictionary are not secure, but you can replace letters with symbols to make the password stronger. For example: p@$$w0rd ( I’m aware I just broke rule number 4, but for the purposes of this blog we will go with that). Below are some other recommendations for making your password secure.

  1. Avoid capitalizing the first letter of your password, instead opt for rotating back and forth between capital and lowercase
  2. Use at least 8 characters
  3. Try using symbols like @, %,!,# to add complexity to your password
  4. This can be a place where you can also utilize anagrams

Be creative with your passwords you don’t want to be the low hanging fruit when things start to get hairy. Avoid writing passwords down but if you absolutely must, make sure that you are storing them in a safe place. Avoid writing things like my GMAIL password is….. try developing anagrams for those things as well. Happy Passwording!


Are you Linked Out?

in Social Media

You’re looking for a new job and you’ve polished up and dusted off your old resume. You’re officially on your way to getting that new position, right? WRONG! Dead wrong. These days just having just a resume will not get you in the door, it won’t even get you noticed. You need to be proficient in 8 languages, be the recipient of the Bill Gates Millennium scholarship, have won a Grammy and an Oscar, and you’ve had to be photographed with Barack Obama himself. That may seem a little dramatic but we live in a highly competitive,interactive, and connected world. Employers are checking LinkedIn for potential prospects, what kind of terms will make potential employers roll their eyes or stand up and take notice?Linkedin Login Page

By now we have seen literally hundreds of resumes, some good, some bad, and some using boring preset templates. The terms listed below are just of a few of the humdrum, total snoozefest lingo that you should avoid on your LinkedIn profile.

  • Goal-oriented
  • results driven
  • team player
  • fast learner
  • problem solver
  • great communication skills….. the list could really go on and on.

Now that you know the type of generic things not to say, take some time to do some clean up. While you are there fill in any holes that your account might have. The more complete your profile is the better you look. Make sure you also take some time to join groups, engage in conversations and upload a profile pic that is edgy, casual or business enough to get the attention of your peers. Now that we’ve deleted all those overused words it’s time to add the good stuff. Below are some awesome examples to get you started when redoing your LinkedIn and resume, if you are having trouble developing new terminology think in terms of synonyms.

  • Directed
  • Redefined
  • Saved
  • Taught
  • Won
  • Reorganized
  • Accessed
  • Accelerate
  • Built
  • Changed
  • Mentored
  • Created
  • Articulated

Pair your new profile and resume with a good attitude, positive mantra, and killer smile. What are you waiting for? Get out there and kill it!

P.S  Stanton Street Technology is hiring , head on over to our site and apply!


There’s a New Sheriff in Town

in Announcements, For Funzies, Internal Stuff

Question, who has two thumbs, a khaki blazer, a cat shirt collection, and just got a promotion? Answer, that guy right there.tony staff pic

Tony Casas has managed to snag a brand spanking new position here at Stanton Street Technology. I give you our new Director of Design and Production. Tony will represent and guide our kick-butt development team, he will set the pace, path and standards for all production activities. He will work closely with the production department , project manager and client services to ensure our projects meet specified requirements, timelines and budgets.

Since Tony has been designing things graphically since he was seventeen and has developed too many sites to count over the last 7.5 years he was an obvious choice. Tony brings his quick wit, eye for design, and a huge smile to work with him everyday. We are oh so very lucky to have him as a part of our team and can’t wait to you to flourish in your new position. Congratulations Mr. Casas, Cheers to you!


Social Media Managing – When Should You Be Posting?

in Social Media, Technology & Trends

colored social network buttons.

Social Media isn’t just for lurking your exes and old college buddies, it’s a huge part of how most of us get our information in real time. You need to keep the content on your blog and social media pages fresh and up to date. You can do things such as scheduling posts on all social platforms to keep your business in the forefront of your customers mind.  Scheduling posts is a great tool to use so it takes the “remembering to post” out of the equation. The big question is, when do I post and how often?

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Developer Rides Off Into Sunset: Leaves Behind Broken Computer, Half-Eaten Avocado

in Announcements, Internal Stuff

Who knew the day would come when we’d have to say farewell to our Legendary Lead Developer and Ranch Flavored Corn Nuts Fanatic, Simeon Williams. Ten years ago, a young developer strutted into Stanton Street with dreams of world domination. Today, he leaves our company for the big city.

As we each rifle through Simeon’s old desk, we’d each like to extend some well wishes to him:

Ball fights will never be the same. We will no longer cower in fear of your rocket arm.” – Tony

“Good riddance. Just kidding. I will make others cower in fear with my powerful throw; but it will be tough to find someone who can match your skill in the world of coding. You will be greatly missed!” – Amy

“Keep it real dawg.” – Mason

“I’ll miss the ‘Bring Your Kids to Work’ days. Your boys are so adorable mostly because they have such a patient and loving dad!” – Karen

“Simeon was (and still is!) a great developer and will be very missed here at Stanton Street. His shoes will take massive feet to fill.” – Chris

“I wanna wish that crazy kid the best of luck. I’m sorry we didn’t get to know each other better, but I hope you kick ass at your new job. P.S. Great beard.” – Eileen

“Thank you for over 10 years of dedication to our company and surviving! Best wishes on your future endeavors.”- Brian

“May you live long and have many goats. ¡Buena Suerte SWIL!” – Naomi


We Got GIF’d

in For Funzies, Internal Stuff

We went a little LOCO this morning with our new GIPHY CAM app.

IMG_0372    Ladies and gents our Creative Director Mr. Tony Casas


The lovely Naomi Dhillon, Account Executive/ Project Manager


I think there were a group of young philosophers that once said, “Thank God it’s Friday night and I
just-just-just-just-juuuuuuust got paid
(money, money, money, money…)” -N’SYNC


This is Mason he’s our Goth Princess and Full Time Dev


This is our fearless leader, Brian. We are still trying to deal with all his swag.


Check, Refresh, Repeat

in For Funzies, Technology & Trends

Group of friends of different ethnics sitting on the street and looking at mobile phone - Young modern hipster people having fun with new technologies - Multiracial group representing the addiction to technology

The world around us is moving at warp speed. We are connected to everyone we’ve ever met in our lives via Facebook, we are watching news unfold in real time on Twitter, watching our friends at music festivals on Snapchat, and examining the lunch selections of people nearby on Instagram. We panic and freak out when we spend even 5 minutes away from our phones, laptops, and tablets. I understand that this is the “age of information” but I have to wonder, what would happen if we didn’t panic? What would you do with your 5 minutes?

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5 Social Media Terms of 2015 You Must Know

in Social Media, Technology & Trends

It feels like everyday there is a new techie term that we know nothing about. Some of these terms become so popular and useful that they make it all the way to Merriam-Webster. I’ve broken down some terms you might not know the meaning to.  Read on and impress your kids, coworkers, and friends with your new found knowledge. 

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The Fountains at Farah’s New Website is Overflowing with Awesomeness!

in Design & Development, Launches

If you haven’t heard about The Fountains at Farah, then now is the time to check ‘em out via their dazzling new website! Designed and built by your favorite website development company, the new website houses the various shopping, dining, events, and entertainment happenings at this incredible location.

Built for viewing on any device, the site’s responsive format makes this site smartphone, iPad and desktop friendly so you can view at home or on the go. Simple navigation helps the user zip through the site to easily find what they are looking for.

Preparing for a mega-shopping-eating extravaganza? Click the Visit tab to get basic info such as hours, parking options or directions. And, plotting out your plan of attack has never been easier. The Directory contains an interactive map of the property displaying every store, eatery and event space including hours, phone numbers, photos and links to affiliated websites.

Adventure seekers can view the Event calendar for upcoming concerts, art shows, movies, and other special happenings. To find out more about an event, a band or artist, click the image for details and other related links.

Curious minds can learn more about The Fountains at Farah, by visiting the About page. Questions are reserved for the form located on the Contact Us page. Users can also call or email The Fountains at Farah with the information provided on this page.

Business owners interested in becoming a part of this “power/town center” experience can download a leasing package or contact the developer or leasing consultant to assist with getting the process started.

Interested in adding a splash of excitement to your online efforts? Fill out our contact form and we’ll make sure your website is on point. You can also give us a call at (915) 351-8440 to find out more.


Domain Name Registration, DNS & Web Hosting Googlymook

in Technology & Trends, Techy Stuff

Many times when we mention the terms DNS, domain name registration or web hosting, potential and existing clients’ eyes glaze over, heart rates increase and beads of sweat well up on their foreheads. Because we care about your comfort and welfare, we’ve rounded up some details to help explain the whole dealio in less stressful terms.

The Domain Name

Stanton Street URL

Example of a domain name

Domain names are part of the URL that is used to identify where your webpage is on the Internet. Each domain name is unique, that’s why it’s one of the first things we ask clients to set up if they don’t have one.

When selecting a domain name, make sure it’s related to your business, memorable and most importantly… available. A quick check on will reveal what names are up for grabs or not. If a domain name is available, then it’s important to claim it by registering it to your personal or company name.

Registering a Domain Name
Once you’ve selected a domain name and confirmed it is available, you need to register it. Registering it assures that once a customer types in your URL it will take them to your website and not somewhere else!

There are several domain name registrars available who will be more than happy to manage your sparkly new web address. Be sure to explore your options and select a service that is accredited within the country you are located in. Fees vary depending on what company and service package you select.

Once your domain name is selected and registered, it will then be translated into an IP address per the Domain Name System, or DNS. This happens because computers and servers don’t speak human and need to understand commands in order to exchange files. As a result, translates to:

Web Hosting
Web hosting is a necessity because without it, a website wouldn’t exist. This is where all of your website files will be stored and managed. A majority of the time, a web developer can host your website and all of the associated files on their server. Since a website is renting space on a server, providers charge for that space. Those fees go toward server maintenance and updates.

How it All Comes Together
Once your domain name is registered and you have a host in place, a developer will create the site. When the site is finished and launched, it will be accessible through the designated URL which is translated to an IP address. Instead of boring you to tears with the full explanation, let me put this righhhht here:

How DNS Works

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See? That wasn’t bad. Best part is that we can handle all of this for you! We can feel your stress levels decreasing already. Start the process by filling out our contact form or giving us a call at (915) 351-8440.

Learn More:
Video: DNS Explained
Stanton Street’s Frequently Asked Questions
Domain Name Fumbles Equal Online Troubles