Sylwester Kowalski has years of experience in graphic design, website design, programming, systems analysis, business development and marketing.

The Importance of Backup and Recovery

Did you know that worldwide businesses lose customers and reputation when their data is lost or compromised? 

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On Nov. 1, 2018, the Government of Canada made it mandatory for all Canadian businesses to report data breaches. Twelve months on, the number of breaches has increased, and figures suggest that at least 28 million Canadians had been affected by these breaches by 2019. To put this into perspective, the current Canadian population is 37.59 million. More than half of the population is affected by this problem. In the news, we often hear of large corporations that experience data breaches. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) has confirmed that there are also “…significant volumes coming from small- and medium-sized businesses” (Global News). Data backup and security is something that every company, no matter the sector, should take seriously.

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Back to School: E-Learning Resources to Help Children, Parents, And Caregivers  

Schools have started again, but we have never seen learning like this before. Our current education system is experiencing an unprecedented difficult task. Parents are thankful for the hard work teachers and administrators are putting in, but still feel very apprehensive about the coming months. The educational sector has gotten more tech-savvy through the years, but nothing has prepared it for the current COVID-19 reality. 

 

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Adapting to the “New Normal”: Going Back to Work With COVID-19 Measures

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The Coronavirus crisis is far from over, yet many businesses are opening their doors again, after receiving appropriate directives from the government. There are pros and cons on either side of the opening/remaining closed argument. The pros of keeping businesses shut down are minimizing the risk of exposure and minimizing company liability. The major con is that staying closed hurts the business’ financial health and stability as well as the overall economy, as people need to be able to work to maintain their livelihood. Opening too soon and without the right measures in place could be catastrophic as there is still a lot to learn about this epidemic.

There is no right or wrong answer here, for employers and employees alike. If you fear the “new normal”, you are not alone. Read on, and inform yourself about your rights, and ways in which you can protect yourself both legally and health-wise. 

 

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Un-Spam Your Life: Tips & Tools For a Healthy Digital Life

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In recent weeks Google has seen more than 18 million daily malware and phishing emails related to COVID-19. 

 

Spam is annoying and dangerous. It’s also everywhere. With the current coronavirus crisis, cybercriminals are hard at work with securing domains and emails to take advantage of people’s fear and need for information. There has been a significant increase in both potentially malicious websites and scam emails being sent through the web. Emails like CDC-Covid19@cdc[.]gov. look like highly credible sources, but only lead to hackers taking advantage of your lack of knowledge. Hackers may even create content that you think is real, and while you are visiting their site, they have full access to your information. You may have seen the Coronavirus map below and might have thought of it as credible. Beware, because while you are viewing the map hackers are downloading malware onto your computer. 

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How to deal with COVID-19 and Working from home

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken the world by storm. Many of us are worried about the current climate and how to proceed in these uncertain times. Globally, businesses and individuals are doing their best to adapt to the changing situations, with many staying indoors for health and safety reasons. As many businesses shift from offices to remote work, employees at all levels attempt to adapt to the new reality.

For those that are able to work from home, it can sometimes be daunting changing a routine. Being used to commuting, changing space and environment, breathing different air, staying home can feel daunting. Moreover, office communication and transparency, agenda setting and collaboration are all key in bringing a company forward. As we all attempt to move forward together, Here are some tips and free tools for your business to use to make remote work and working from home a little easier.

Most of these tools are free to use, they may have different pricing packages and trials available, so as you get into a new routine, find what works best for you and your employees.

 

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New Website Launched for Tacey Atkinson

Tacey Atkinson, like many other independent entrepreneurs, was at a loss. She had spent months working with unreliable website builders only to be left with a product that still did not meet her standards. She had a clear vision, a modern site that kept her “customers first” mission at the focus. Frustrated she turned to her peers hoping for some advice, luckily she was able to get a referral to SLK by a previous client. SLK was quick to act. Click the link to find out how we helped Tacey show her passion in an elegant way.


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New Logo and Website Launched for Hodur Construction Inc

John wanted a new elegant website with the ability to manage his content and projects in house. With a fresh modern logo and website John is now able to keep his content fresh and updated as projects are completed. Having multiple galleries based on each project allows his visitors to see all stages of a project and to see the potential of their own next project. John's visitors now have a direct avenue to contact him and to start the process for their next big project. Click the link to find out how we helped John show his passion in an elegant way.


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How to Setup and Use System Restore on Windows 10

We have all had that time when your Windows computer just had a hiccup or has shown an error screen. Luckily there is a System restore option that can sometimes come to the rescue. The only down fall to this is it must be setup before it can be used. Continue reading to see how you can setup System Restore to recover from some catastrophic errors.

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New Website Launched for European Monuments

European Monuments needed the ability to showcase the amazing hard work and dedication that goes into creating each one of a kind piece at their Oakville location. Using high resolution images and beautiful galleries partnered with a clean and modern website has given them the ability to reach a boarder audience. Having an open line of communication and the ability to keep the content fresh and up to date was just one way we helped bring their outdated website into this responsive world. Click the link to find out how else we helped this estabilished business stand out in the heart of Oakville.


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New Website Launched for First Choice Office Moving

First Choice Office Moving needed a website that would set them apart and showcase why they are the only place in GTA for your office moving and office furniture needs. First Choice's dedication to providing the best experience when moving your office or when fully furnishing your new or old office was the foundation to creating a simple and modern website. Providing all the informaiton in an easy to read platform that was responsive on any device allowed them to manage the site on the go. Click to find out how else we helped First Choice bring their idenity to a broader audience.


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New Logo and Website Launched for Embrace Health Services

Arlene needed the ability to spread her message to a greater audience. With a fresh new modern logo and easy to manage website, Arlene is able to show her passion for all things health and to build discussions around important topics that affect everyone. Having a blog allows her to raise awareness for issues that are affecting society in this modern age. Click the link to find out how else we helped Arlene bring her message to life.


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New Website Launched for Edges Skate Sharpening

Kyle needed a website that would set him apart and showcase why he is the best place in Milton to get your skates sharpened. Kyle's passion and dedication was the foundation to creating a modern and clean website that was fully responsive plus easy for him to manage. Big and bright images make Edges website a pleasure to view. Click the link below to find out how else we helped Kyle bring the right edge to Milton's skating scene.


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New Website Launched for Danmare Group Inc

Easy to manage, clean, responsive and professional, plus the ability to have a direct line with clients on any device is what set Danmare's website apart from everyone else. Danmare needed the ability to change their content to reflect all projects as they are completed. We choose the bright blue and grey from their logo to bring life to their outdated site.


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New Website and logo for First Class Fleet Services / First Class Spring & Suspension

 

Letting your customers know what you’re really about can go a long way. When First Class approached SLK to revamp their logo and create a custom website, we knew people had to get a glimpse of the hard work and professionalism that goes on behind the scenes. We were able to do this by incorporating high quality photography into the website and letting the pictures speak for themselves. Visit our portfolio to read more on how SLK helped First Class Fleet Services / First Class Spring and Suspension stand apart.

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Tips to Strengthen Your Passwords

 

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Whether it’s for social media, work, shopping, or your own business, you have a password. Hopefully, more than one. But are those passwords really as secure as you think they are? Recently even Bill Burr, regarded as the father of the modern password, has said even he has regrets on the advice he gave on password strength.

So how do you improve your passwords to make sure they are as secure as they can be? Here are some simple tips:

1. Use multiple passwords

You’ve probably heard this before but are you actually putting it into practice? Creating a new password for every account you have may seem tedious at first but there is nothing worse than a hacker getting a hold of one of your accounts and now having access to all of them. A good tip for creating multiple passwords is to stick to a central theme to create passwords for certain sites. For example, all of your social media passwords may start with the letter “H”, or maybe all your work accounts have a fruit related word in them.

 

2. Keep it simple… sort of

When we say keep it simple we don’t mean name your passwords “Password!1”. Use difficult to guess yet easy to remember words or phrases rather than a short, complicated string of numbers, letters, and symbols. Speaking with CBS news, Burr said “It's probably better to do fairly long passwords that are phrases or something like that that you can remember than to try to get people to do lots of funny characters,".

The trick here is the length rather than the complexity. The longer the password the harder it is for a hacker to brute force their way into. That said, it doesn’t hurt to add a few numbers and symbols into your passwords, just try to put them in less predictable places.

 

3. Do not share your passwords!

Again, if this one seems obvious to you, that’s a good thing. You should never share your passwords with anyone, not even close friends. Sharing your passwords either online or in public increases the potential of someone learning your password that you didn’t intend.

If using a group or company account where there is no individual access password, be sure everyone in the group is aware that this information is confidential. Furthermore, be careful of where you log in with your passwords. If you are on a public computer or using public Wi-Fi, you may not be as secure as you think. Think twice before signing in with your precious information.

 

4. Consider a password manager

There are a variety of free programs and web services out there that allow you to generate powerful passwords for every site you go to but only require you to remember one master password.

These managers are great for work or home computers where you may be frequenting several sites on a regular basis and don’t want to constantly try to remember everyone of your passwords.

 

So, the next time you're asked to create a password, keep these tips in mind and remember a strong password is hard to guess but easy to remember.

 

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Social media: Identifying the platform that works best for you

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For every busy social media marketer, there is an allure to scheduling the exact same social media messages across multiple platforms. It's easy and saves you a lot of time. But is it really the best way to reach your audience and increase your engagement?

Making slight changes/tweaks to your messages for each social network can help you engage your audience, and increase your reach and your engagement.

So how do you write social media content across multiple platforms? Here are tips to help:

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New Webiste and Logo Adjustments for Chasing Happiness

Word travel and life happiness is what made this website stand out. Redesigned logo and custom mockup let SLK transform this outdated website into an easy to manage outlet for Crystal to stay in contact with all her readers and followers. Visit our portfolio to read more of how SLK helped Chasing Happiness reach her audience easier.


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New Website for Hitherfield School

Elegance and a touch of nature is what made Hitherfield School’s website come to life. Freshened up the logo and a full mock-up allowed SLK the ability to transform their outdated site to a newly modernized and easy to use website that will stand apart from other private schools. Visit our portfolio to read more of how SLK helped Hitherfield School with the transition.


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New Logo and New Website for TWT Productions

SLK is happy to add to our ever growing family. We are proud to launch a new logo and website for TWT Productions. We were able to capture Tony's love for all things multimedia in the website and logo. Visit our portfolio to read more of how SLK helped TWT stand apart.


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Watch Out for Domain Phishing and Scams

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Whenever you receive an email or letter parcel asking for information regarding your domain and you are unsure about it, don’t hesitate to contact us for clarification. These emails are created to scare you into providing personal information without investigating. They use words and phrases like ‘final’, ‘failure to pay’, ‘failure to reply’, ‘and immediate attention required’. These are all used to trigger the fear of the unknown. Always remember to take some extra steps to verify when your personal information is requested.

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