Archive for ‘passwords

Things that seem right but are really wrong

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Sometimes there are things that on the surface seem to be true, but when you dig a little deeper you find out they aren’t true at all. Or, there might be something that you know in your head is false, but your mind still thinks about a different way. For example – what’s the moon […] Read more »

How to skip the Windows sign-in password

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When you get a new computer, especially if you get one of the more recent ones that are running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, part of the set-up process is setting a Windows password. Most people don’t realize that you don’t NEED to have a Windows password on your computer, but the wording on the […] Read more »

Secure your LastPass account by doing these two things today

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I’ve written blog posts about LastPass, the online secure password manager. I have been using it for quite some time, and I have set it up for several of my clients. You may have heard recently that LastPass may have been compromised. I wanted to clear up what (may have) happened, and what you need […] Read more »

How to skip the Windows 8 password

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One of the (several) things that people don’t like about Windows 8 is that it seems to force you to have a user account with a password just to log into your own computer.  Many home users don’t even want to bother with a Windows password because security is not really considered an issue.  Even […] Read more »

Check your email against Adobe’s hacked list

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Adobe’s database of users got hacked recently.  When this was first announced, Adobe stated that the estimated number of users whose information was leaked was around 2.9 million.  After the dust settled, it turned out that approximately 150 million people were affected.  It’s a good idea to check and see if you are affected by […] Read more »

Force your web browser to remember your site login info

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Don’t you hate having to type in your user name and password every time you visit Facebook, Gmail, or another website requiring login?  Or maybe you have had it set up in the past that these sites would remember your email address and have it already entered for you, and you just had to put […] Read more »

Test your password strength

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Two of the most common mistakes made by computer users, in terms of securing their online accounts: using weak passwords, and using the same password for many different logins.  I really hate to harp on this incessantly, but it really is important. With the password situation, we have conflicting ideals:  Everyone wants to be […] Read more »

A free solution to your password problem

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Last week I wrote about using the same password in lots of places, and why it’s a bad (and potentially very costly) practice.  That blog post was about the problem.  This week I’m going to show you the solution.   The solution is a service called LastPass (www.LastPass.com).  The name is based on the […] Read more »

You use the same password everywhere? Stop it!

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I know, I know.   You want to use secure passwords, but you’re afraid you won’t remember them.  The ones you remember are the easy ones, so that’s what you use whenever you have to create an account.  Unfortunately, those are the easiest ones to guess also. I feel your pain!  I use lots of […] Read more »