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Does SSL/TLS aka HTTPS Connection matter?

Most of us go to websites, see http:// "Not Secure", rather than "Secure" with https:// and think it is still fine, even if you are submitting your login information. Although, on some websites, this does not matter, like if you are just viewing a static website with ONLY text and images, and no forms or user-information-related things. But, if you are logging into a website or submitting information with an http:// unsecured connection, and you would prefer if tons of people didn't see the information you are submitting, you should reconsider using that website. An HTTPS/SSL/TLS Connection encrypts all information between you and the website you are visiting, it is end-to-end encryption. When there is no HTTPS Connection and you are submitting info, anyone can view your connection to the server, and see all the info being submitted. If you have an HTTPS/SSL/TLS Connection, instead of hackers seeing "PASSWORD" they will see some gibberish like "63

You can create an entire internet organization website with no money.

You may have noticed, Swivro is a nonprofit organization, yet we pay for our domains, CDN's, and more, yearly or monthly.  You might have wished once that you could create your own organization, maybe a bit similar to Swivro, but you cannot afford to pay for your domain, your web hosting, your SSL certificate, and more.  Fortunately, GitHub offers a service called GitHub Pages.  GitHub Pages is a free service that allows you to host a website, as long as it is static.  Meaning, you cannot use any backend web languages, like PHP, it can only be static content, like HTML, CSS, Javascript, etc.  This could affect your goal, but you can work around it with some effort.  Simply build your website for free in a website builder like Gramateria, or even Wix or WebFlow, then save the source code to it on your device, then upload it all to your newly made GitHub Repository.  You can go to the repository settings, then scroll down to GitHub Pages, and enable it using the master branch, and yo

MySQL vs SQLite

MySQL and SQLite are pretty much the world's most popular database systems out there on the internet. There are some pros and cons to each of these systems, and there are some differences. Size: MySQL – 600MB SQLite – 250kb   User Management: MySQL – You can create users with different permissions. SQLite – You cannot manage users   These of course are not all of its differences. SQLite does not provide network access, MySQL Does. SQLite is serverless and requires no configuration set up, whereas MySQL Does. MySQL Can handle high traffic sites whereas SQLite has a limit. MySQL is definitely not as portable as SQLite. If you want to use one of these databases, and can’t decide which one to use, If you are hosting or developing a heavyweight app that you expect to eventually get a lot of traffic and lots of queries will happen via database, use MySQL. If you don’t want to use a lot of storage, and your app is lightweight and will not get a lot of traffic, or is private, use SQLite. B

You shouldn't use a web based password generator, use Blumon instead.

We all have used a password generator before.  But, most of us have used online versions, such as the popular website, passwordsgenerator.net.  This website is web-based, and although it is not proven, nor is there even any small amount of evidence, but it is certainly possible that trackers could be logging your password, even though they are not visible in any way.  Their ISP Could be monitoring network traffic and seeing the generated passwords.  Even if you use their "local password generator" option, it could be tracked by some tracking cookies in your browser, or Google, which mainly operates Chromium, with many websites being based on Chromium including Opera, Vivaldi, Google Chrome, the new Microsoft Edge, and much more.  Blumon™ is a password generator maintained and operated by Swivro.  Blumon runs on Windows 7-10 and Linux with the "wine" package installed.  Blumon is maintained and operated by Swivro.  Blumon is also not web-based at all, and has absolut

Which domain extension should you get?

Every website has a domain extension, also known as a TLD (Top Level Domain).  Twitter's TLD is .com, FBI's TLD is .gov, etc.  But which TLD should you purchase for your own website?  We recommend you pick from one of the 3 most popular main TLD's, which are: .com, .net, and .org.  If you sell products on your website commercially, whether they are internet-based services like web hosting or even an online grocery store, it is usually standard to use .com, as com stands for commercial.  If you have a network of products (this could be for-profit or nonprofit), and a website that owns other websites or projects, meaning you have your own entire network of websites, projects, and/or services, you should use the .net TLD for this.  You can also use the .network TLD, but it is usually easier to type out and remember .net, so it's better to use .net for user-friendliness, unless you are creating a name which has the word network in it, like CYGO Network's domain name, CY

Facebook, is it safe or not?

Facebook is known for its incredible social sharing on the app. But things you don't know about Facebook are being unmasked here. Today we are going to talk about reasons to not trust Facebook with your personal information, or any sensitive information you are sharing through the Facebook platform. Facebook Ads Facebook ads are known for showing things of your best interest, but did you know that these ads are tracking your every move on Facebook, and when you click on the ads which they provide to you, it logs all your information via 3 rd party companies. These 3 rd party companies see your info because Facebook allows it within Terms Of Service Policy's. At a Certain Extent Facebook will give these 3rd party's limited info about you, however it ’ s still information that you don't want not everyone, or anyone at all to have. Facebook Call Tracking & Recording When you are in a Facebook call, you believe that it is just you and the other person you are talking

Google Blogger or WordPress?

If you haven't heard of Blogger, it is a service owned and managed by Google LLC and is like WordPress.  You might know Blogger as it previously not being owned by Google and be referred to as Blogspot.  Blogger is free and relatively easy to use.  But this doesn't get you out of all of the unethical actions that google does.  Blogger is not open source and is very limited.  You cannot install premade themes, and you cannot install plugins, something WordPress could do.  Google also collects data from your blog that you create with Blogger and sells it and uses it to spy on you and understand what you are doing more.  With WordPress, you can code your own plugins and themes and integrate them, and you can modify the WordPress source code all you want.  WordPress has way more options than Blogger.  But to fully customize the WordPress source code and fully modify it, you will need your own Web Hosting, VPS, Or a Dedicated Server.  These are very cheap though if you find the righ

Is DigitalOcean overpriced? What's the new alternative?

DigitalOcean is one of the most popular VPS providers in the world.  DigitalOcean is known for having a super-fast cloud computing cluster, with lightning-fast SSD's and a fast network.  But is it overpriced? Let's take a look at their VPS's, or as they call them, Droplets. Balanced virtual machines with a healthy amount of memory tuned to host and scale applications like blogs, web apps, testing and staging environments, in-memory caching, and databases.  Learn more Memory vCPUs Transfer SSD Disk $/HR $/MO 1GB 1vCPU 1TB 25GB $0.007 $5 Create 2GB 1vCPU 2TB 50GB $0.015 $10 Create 3GB 1vCPU 3TB 60GB $0.022 $15 Create 2GB 2vCPUs 3TB 60GB $0.022 $15 Create 1GB 3vCPUs 3TB 60GB $0.022 $15 Create 4GB 2vCPUs 4TB 80GB $0.030 $20 Create 8GB 4vCPUs 5TB 160GB $0.060 $40 Create 16GB 6vCPUs 6TB 320GB $0.119 $80 Create 32GB 8vCPUs 7TB 640GB $0.238 $160 Create 48GB 12vCPUs 8TB 960GB $0.357 $240 Create 64GB 16vCPUs 9TB 1,280GB $0.476 $320 Create 96GB 20vCPUs 10TB 1,920GB $0.714 $480 Create

TikTok is not safe

We all know TikTok is the new "amazing" app.  Lots of people have this app and use it daily.  What people do not know about this app is, they target children and take their information and sell it.  As explained in some of our previous blog posts (specifically the Zoom one), they can use your face and use it for facial recognition or for AI to track your face, so any other website that uses the same AI will recognize you, and know who you are.  TikTok tracks and traces your IP Address, Device ID, Web Browser User-agent, your country and/or location, and your activity within the app, such as how much time you spend on it, especially watching videos on it.  Many organizations are preventing their employees from using TikTok and banning it all across their organization.  TikTok is affiliated with the Chinese government and owned by a Chinese company.  This Chinese company and the Chinese Government spy's on you and everything you do on TikTok.  If they notice one suspicious

Why we often make modifications to our website and why it's important.

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You may have noticed we often add new little features to Swivro, and change parts of its design and/or style often.  This is because, it is important to modernize your website.  What is considered "modern" will always change.  For example, let's look at Microsoft a decade ago, and Microsoft today. Microsoft in 2010: http://web.archive.org/web/20100608141035/http://www.microsoft.com/en/us/default.aspx Microsoft in 2020: http://web.archive.org/web/20200707083826/https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ As you can see, there is a huge difference.  That design in 2010 was what was considered modern and up to date back then.  But now as we look at it, it looks old and outdated.  Microsoft has even updated their website in the last week.  You can leave your website alone for just 6 months, and after those 6 months your website might have some "old" features that everyone shifted away from!  What is considered modern can be changed instantly.  If you were to travel back in tim

Why you shouldn't use 3rd Party DNS Managers

3rd Party CDN’s are websites that allow you to host your DNS Zone with them, rather than just pointing your nameservers directly to your host or using your domain registrars DNS.  A few examples of 3rd party DNS Providers would be Cloudflare, Shovl.io, and FreeDNS.  They all require you to point your domain names nameservers to their server hostnames so that they can host all of your DNS Queries.  This puts you at risk of more downtime, slower average load time, and potentially more security risks.  Downtime because if they experience an issue causing your website to go down, and your actual host server is still up, that wastes uptime and causes major disruptions to your visitors.  Slower average time because instead of pointing your nameservers directly to your host server or DNS Registrar, they have to go through a whole 3rd Party DNS Zone Manager and CDN, and then that CDN And DNS Zone has to process the DNS Query you’ve just sent and then send that DNS Query to your host server, ca