Gary Coles presents us with quiet an interesting and important post on how to stay safe online. I hope you read and take heed to Gary’s warnings. Please stop by Gary’s post and leave your input and comments. I’m sure Gary will appreciate hearing from you.
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Passwords are one of those things we really need but they often drive us crazy.With today's technology you need good strong passwords but how do you remember them?If your password is really easy to remember -- is it easy to hack?Do you use a password management service to help remember all of them? Did you know that the service itself may get hacked? Last spring one of the best known services recommended by many ITs may have been hacked.Do you have your passwords on a flash drive or other device? What if you lose it?Do you use a swipe with your fingertip? I did and when my hands were too clean or too dirty it often left me frustrated and not logged into my computer.What would you think of an easy way to have an individual password for each website or program with strong passwords and that you can remember?
Here is a great way to do it:
1) Take a phrase, for example: Play in the Rain and you will gain.
2) Take the first letter of each word -- this is your base and if you want you can change phrases on a regular basis.
3) Take two or three letters from the website or program (you decide how many and which ones).
4) Add a * or other symbol in any position that you want.
5) Finally add a number.Here is an example using our phrase, the second and third letters of the website ct and using the number 9 to make a password for ActiveRain (activerain.com): PitRaywgct*9.The letters remain the same for each unique password except for the website or program. It is easy to remember. It includes lowercase, capitals, numbers and characters.If you update your password regularly, and you should, you can change the number to get a date.If for example, I update my passwords each month, I can use the month and year. Thus in October the number would be 1011 or it could be 1110. In November, it would become 1211 or 1112. Thus on a password that is updated monthly we would have PitRaywgct*1011 for October.I really enjoy this system and always know my passwords. But I'll be honest though -- on sites that I really am not worried about security, I use a simple old generic password. An example of this would be for "The New York Times". I really am not too worried about someone hacking my account and reading the news.I also modify this system and have a different phrase for my financial accounts.I think this easy system can help many of you here in the Rain so feel free to re-blog this and tell all your friends.
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