Benefits Of An Accessible Website: Part 1 - Increase In Reach

Written by Trenton Moss

The DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) states that service providers must not discriminate against disabled people. A website is regarded as a service and therefore falls under this law, and as such must be made accessible to everyone.

Some organisations are making accessibility improvements to their websites, but many are seemingly not makingrepparttar accessibility adjustments. Disabled people don't access their website, they say, so why should they care?

Why you should care about disabled Internet users

The statistics onrepparttar 141558 number of users who may face difficulties due to your website's accessibility are quite startling:

* There are 8.6 million registered disabled people inrepparttar 141559 UK - 14% ofrepparttar 141560 population (source: DRC)

* One in 12 men and one in 200 women have some form of colour blindness - 9% ofrepparttar 141561 UK population (source: Institution of Electrical Engineers)

* Two million UK residents have a sight problem - 4% ofrepparttar 141562 population (source: RNIB)

* There are 12 million people aged 60 or over - 21% ofrepparttar 141563 UK population (source: UK government)

Although there is inevitably some overlap betweenrepparttar 141564 aforementioned groups, adding up these numbers provides a total of 48% ofrepparttar 141565 UK population that could potentially face problems with your website's accessibility. That's an extraordinarily high number.

It's not just disabled users who can't access your website

Non-disabled people may also experience difficulties with your website's accessibility. Not everyone is viewing your website onrepparttar 141566 latest version of Internet Explorer, with allrepparttar 141567 plug-ins and programs that you may require them to have for optimal access.

5 Tips For An Unbreakable Password

Written by Niall Roche

Despiterepparttar current wave of identity theft and corporate security breaches it's amazing how very few people treat their passwords with any level of seriousness. Most computers users, both at home and inrepparttar 141490 office, see passwords as a nuisance and therefore make them as easy to remember as possible. This can be a catastrophic mistake.

There are certain specific guidelines you need to follow to choose a safe and secure password. Userepparttar 141491 following tips as a "how to" on making your password secure.

1. Your password must be alphanumeric. That simply means a mixture of numbers and letters such as xpf2778z. Why? When a hacker tries to break into a system they often use what are called dictionary or brute force hacks. A dictionary hack is an application that simply uses standard words and word combinations in an attempt to guess your password. For example many computer users userepparttar 141492 word "password" as their actual password. A dictionary hack would crack that password in a few moments. Using alphanumeric passwords increasesrepparttar 141493 number of possible password combinations by millions.

2. It should be 6 - 8 characters in length. The longerrepparttar 141494 passwordrepparttar 141495 harder it is for a hacking program to get around. If your password was abc then there are 6 possible password combinations. If your password was abc123 there are now over 720 password combinations possible. If your password was abc1234 there are now almost 6,000 possible combinations. Never, ever use a short password only comprised of letters.

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