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Happy Canada 150!

Canada Turns 150

 

 

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The team at REM Web Solutions wishes you all a happy Canada Day and hopes that your weekend is great!

 

We will be closed this Friday June 30th for the long weekend, and will be back in the office on Monday July 3rd!

 

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We hope that everyone gets a chance to celebrate our great country this weekend by getting out and enjoying what Canada has to offer, whether that be the great outdoors, family and friends, or some of the awesome celebrations and events which are planned for the holiday!

 

 

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Don't Get Hacked!

The Importance of Email Security and Strong Passwords

 

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Email security and password safety is important for individuals and businesses alike. As online scams increase, it's important to protect yourself, your clients, and all confidential information. 

 

Why Internet Security Matters

 

Internet safety means keeping private information in the right hands. If your emails, or your client's information gets hacked into or leaked, this will lead to future problems. It will also diminish client trust in your brand due to fear of information leaks. Sensitive information being leaked, computer damage, and even identity theft are risks of not taking internet security seriously. Long story short, it will end up costing you time and money to not take this stuff seriously.

 

How To Choose a Secure Password 

 

When trying to keep your business safe, be sure to follow these tips to create a secure password.

 

  • Use a long password, at least 8 to 10 characters long with a mix of capitalized letters, numbers, and special characters. It is important to note that this is a minimum, and you should generally try and use as many characters as the password field allows, with as much variety in the characters as possible.

 

  • Whatever you do, do not use the same password for every account you have. Even if the password is extremely secure, if it gets hacked in one location, you will lose literally everything that you use that password for. This includes banking info, social media accounts, the login password for personal or work computers, and even online gaming accounts.

 

  • Do not use personal information about yourself as a password, such as your birthday or the name of someone in your life, as this information can easily be found and used to hack your account.

 

  • There are programs such as KeePass which allow you to store passwords in an encrypted way to avoid letting them slip into the hands of a hacker, all the while allowing you to keep them in a well-organized list for reference. It is terrible practice to physically write them down, but if you do decide to write down your passwords somewhere, consider using a code that only you understand to avoid prying eyes from attempting to use it.

 

  • If available, consider using a password authenticator. These are usually either physical devices (see image below) or are attached to an app on your smartphone. They work by generating a random number or password every 10-12 seconds which a user must enter in addition to a password when logging in, and basically provide an extra layer of security. These are common for some high security companies and banks, and employees are often required to use them to access workplace computers.

 

  • If you are not keeping record of the password, use a sentence or phrase as the main base for your password to allow you to remember it slightly easier. Create an idea involving a memorable person doing a unique action with an object, and form your sentence. Then, using that sentence select a few characters and add in various numbers and letters. For example, if your sentence was "the Joker lifted a toaster with his elbow" your password could be something like "JokLif4Toa@3lb." 

 

  • Change your passwords every few months to keep yourself safe from hackers, and to interrupt any ongoing attempts to crack your passwords. 

 

 

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How To Recognize When an Email is a Scam 

 

Along with keeping yourself safe by creating strong passwords, it's also important to determine whether or not an email is safe or not before clicking it. Make sure you know the sender before opening a message, and if you have never received an email from the sender, be wary.

 

Never open an attachment or links from an unfamiliar source. Check whether or not a link is legitimate by hovering over it (but not clicking it) and checking the bottom of your screen. Be extremely cautious of any links that are not a common .ca or .com domain.

 

If the sender is asking for money or giving you information about rewards, check facts and never share personal information through email unless you're completely sure it's safe (in fact in this case, it is best to just remember the saying "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is"). 

 

If you are recieving a high volume of scam and spam emails, consider using a spam filtering service such as FuseMail (which we offer starting next week as a part of our email package). These services will do most of the detective work for you, and you won't even see 99.9% of the spam emails as they will be stopped before they ever get to your mailbox.

 

Be sure to include opportunities for customers to share information or questions about scams in your web design, through forms or contact links. Ask them to let you know if any scam emails appear in their account attempting to impersonate you or your company. This way, your clients will know to trust you and you'll be aware of fraud attempts and possible disclosures of sensitive information. 

 

If you have any questions about this, or even have personal stories about this you would like to share, feel free to reach out to us at our Support Email. You can also contact us here through our website.

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How to Play Foosball

It’s a known fact that we at REM love to play foosball!

 

It’s a fun activity to do and it feels great to get your energy levels up after playing a vigorous, challenging match with a friend. Personally, it took me a long time to get the hang of it. When I first started playing about 2 years ago I lost a lot – and I mean A LOT! But the key in acquiring new skills is to never get discouraged, no matter the number of loses. I didn’t see it as losing I saw it as “training;” with that mentality I wasn’t afraid to challenge anyone.

 

So how does one play foosball? Essentially, foosball is table game/sport based on Soccer (or Football for Europeans). The name originated from the German word for soccer (pronounced the same way) literally meaning “foot plus ball.”

 

The goal is to utilize the 4 rods and a total of 9 “players” (the wooden or plastic men with no arms) to put the ball into the “net” (usually just a hole at your opponent’s side). The 4 rods are:

  1. The 5-bar: the rod in the middle that starts off the game. Usually the strongest because it’s the heaviest and the hardest to get pass because of how many “players” in the bar.
     

  2. The 3-bar: the main set of players that shoot the ball into the goal and therefore closest to the opponent’s “net.”
     

  3. The Defense (2-bar): this bar is right in front of your goalie and net. Its main uses are two-fold: a) to block/deflect the ball from the net and b) to push the ball away from your side of the table and into your opponent’s side.
     

  4. The Goalie: self-explanatory here.

I’ve learned that when it comes to Foosball, it’s not about the power of your shots (although having strong, powerful shots can help a lot…. I’m looking at you, Sean Sanderson!), but the precision of them.

 

Of course there’s a lot more that goes into this sport. And yes, it is a sport! It requires training, accuracy, strategy…and sometimes trash-talk…. hehe  but of course all in good fun. The important thing is to have fun and to be a good sport about it. If you’d like to know more about it, here’s a link to a handy-dandy video:

 

 

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REM Staff Bio - Brad Anderson

At Work

Role at REM:  

Customer Success Manager

 

Education:  

Computer Science - Conestoga College

Archaeology - Wilfrid Laurier

 

Work Experience:  

8 Years

 

Something That Makes Me Smile at Work:  

Overcoming a puzzle or challenging situation

 

Favourite

Web site: 

www.youtube.com

 

Books:  

Anything H.P Lovecraft

 

Food:  

Pasta, Spicy things

 

TV Show:  

Game of Thrones

 

Musical Artists:

Classic rock from the 60's, 70's

 

Time of Day:  

7:30 P.M

 

Season:  

Spring

 

Places in the World:  

California, B.C, The Caribbean, Las Vegas

 

Recreational Activities/Hobbies:

Gaming, Cooking, Travelling, Hiking

 

Sport:

Martial Arts

 

App:  

Reddit

 

Least Favourite

Food:  

Don't have one!


Activity: 

Cleaning


Time of Day: 

7:00 AM


Season: 

Winter


Place:  

Winnipeg

 

More Info

Best Thing Someone Said to You: 

Others will follow the example you set whether you want it to happen or not.

 

Life Motto: 

Live and learn in each moment.

 

My Hero: 

My significant other

 

One of the Things I Find Fascinating:  

The behaviour of animals

 

Most People Don’t Know This About Me:  

I have never travelled outside North America.

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Pro Basketball in KW

If you are looking at having some fun on a weekend or an evening, and want to see some good local sport entertainment at a reasonable cost for a family of 4, then you will need to take in a KW Titans basketball game. The new pro basketball team in KW has invaded The Aud.   The team plays a great up tempo game and there is no shortage of action on and off the court.  During the game, there are the typical freebees with basketball stress balls and t-shirts being thrown into the crowd between quarters, and the dance team providing entertainment throughout the game. As an added bonus, after each home game the players will come back up in the concourse area at The Aud to have an autograph session and mingle with the fans.  So, if you are a basketball fan or just a general sports enthousiast and want to see some professional basketball and don’t want to make the dreaded drive up the 401 at 3 times the cost, then support our local team in the only professional basketball league in Canada and I will bet you that your first game won’t be your last!

 

 

 

  

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British Slang I've Learned from Watching UK Shows

I love watching British shows! I love:

  • a) their accent,
  • b) their mannerisms & culture,
  • c) the awesome architecture/old timey buildings, and
  • d) the slangs, which is what this blog post is about.

 

As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post about “Jamie-isms” I like listening to not only what people say but also how they say it. The UK’s culture has shaped a lot of the idioms; it has always fascinated me. Some of the slangs I’ve heard are easily understood or have been used in North America or familiar to us, but a bunch of them I had to look up their meaning. So, I’ve decided to collect some in this blog post with a few examples, from the obvious to the not-so-obvious.

  1. Chips – French fries
  2. Tube – subway
  3. Mate – friend, pal or chum
  4. Telly – television
  5. Loo – bathroom
  6. Ice-lolly – popsicle
  7. Brilliant – great
  8. Wicked – cool
  9. Chuffed – proud
  10. Rubbish – garbage
  11. Whinge – Whine
  12. Going across the pond - going to North America, going to the UK or vice versa.
  13. Jolly good – extremely good
  14. Kerfuffle – a fuss, commotion
  15. Fortnight – a period of two weeks
  16. Blimey – exclamation of surprise similar to “Oh my goodness!
  17. Boot – the storage area of a car, in North American terms the trunk of a car.
  18. Dodgy – iffy, suspicious, illegal. “That store looked really dodgy.
  19. Proper – good, right, went well, legit. Example: “I had a proper sleep last night.
  20. “How are you getting on with…?” – “How are you doing with…?
  21. Having a row with someone – having a fight with someone
  22. Blinding – an adjective for excellence. Example: “That was a blinding episode of that show!
  23. Tickety-boo or hunky-dory – going smoothly, going well. Example: “Is your paperwork tickety-boo today?

Hope you’ve had fun reading these. I’ve certainly used a few of them once and a while. I shall end this blog post with an appropriate Brit slang: “Cheerio, old chap!” Until next time!

 

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Kan Jam Flying Disc Game

This is a really cool Frisbee game I found on one of my favourite sites vat19.com. With the weather getting nicer everyday, I can’t wait to get out the Frisbee and get right into summer fun. This is a new game I plan on buying to share with my teammates here at REM.

 

The rules are simple:

 

Each team of two players takes turns throwing the included flying disc at the plastic can. Striking the can with an assist from your teammate (harder than it sounds!) gives you one point. A solo strike to the can’s outside wall awards you two points. And gliding the disc directly into the slot on the front results in an instant win!

 

Check out this awesome game as well as other exciting indoor and outdoor games at https://kanjam.ca/.

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Starting a New Job

 

As I start my new job at REM Web Solutions this New Year, it brings all the feelings one can have.  I felt overwhelmed with nervousness and excitement.  However, after 10 years at my previous job, the biggest feeling I have is enthusiasm.  I'm eager to learn new skills, rise to new challenges and meet and work with a new team. As well as the added bonus of being much closer to home. 

 

The first few days of learning were certainly a challenge.  At first, I was wondering, "what did I get myself into".  Once I started to use the tools of the job more, I started to get the hang of things and got really excited about what I'm doing.  This job will challenge me in new ways and like the old saying goes, "maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks".  

 

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REM Staff Bio- Matt Stern

At Work

 

Role at REM:

Project Manager  

 

Education:

Business, Marketing from the University of Central Florida.

 

Previous Lines of Work:

Administrative Assistant/Membership Services Representative, Cambridge Chamber of Commerce 

 

Something That Makes Me Smile at Work:

Accomplish all of my to do each day

 

Favourite

Web site:

Sportsnet, Score, most news sites- i like to try to stay up on what's happening. 

 

Food:

Steak, Seafood, most anything

 

TV Show:

Law and Order series. The Black List, Chicago PD and Fire

 

Musical Artists:

Garth Brooks, Adele,  AC/DC

 

Time of Day:

I like anytime of the day 

 

Season:

Summer

 

Places in the World:

Israel, England, Germany, Italy, and Bermuda

 

Sport:

Baseball, Golf

 

App:

Jeopardy

 

Least Favourite

 

Food:
Peppers

 

Activity:

Shoveling

 

Time of Day:

There isn't really any part of the day that I don't like 

 

Season:

Winter 

 

Place:

Hospitals

 

More Info

 

Best Thing Someone Said to You:

" I love you"

 

 

Life Motto:

Work hard to accomplish your goals

 

 

My Hero:

I don't have just one - but two - my parents as they gave me my work ethic 

 

 

One of the Things I Find Fascinating:

Was on my first trip to Ottawa and seeing how open and easy it was to walk around Parilament Hill. 

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Most People Don’t Know This About Me:

Ok don't laugh but I watch Gilmore Girls with my wife and 12 year daughter. 

 

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