Category Archives: Computer Safety

Online Security 101, passwords and luggage

There was a great subtle joke in the classic movie Spaceballs in which Dick Van Patton’s character King Roland is being forced by Mel Brook’s character President Skroob to give up the combination to his planet’s atmosphere lock and after agonizing over the decision, King Roland reveals that his combination is….1….2….3…4….5 and then Mel Brooks shriek’s, that’s the combination to my luggage!

Well, that is what most of us still do with our password and login information with all of our online accounts. In fact, in a recent article I read, it stated that when popular site was hacked recently, the hackers used the same login information on a very unrelated site and of the 456 users that used both sites, 77% had used the exact same e-mail address and passwords at both sites. Therefore, but the hackers infiltrating an unassuming site like rootkit, they had access to vital information on other sites like and if you used the same login on other sites like your bank and credit card company as well. And many studies have shown that the average internet user follows this pattern.

With so many great and easy to use and in many cases free password manager programs available like Roboform, DataVault or Belio, there is no reason to continue using the same login information on each site. And these programs make it possible to have passwords that are 12 to 16 random characters which is what is truly recommended to ensure online security.

Now, I am off to change the combination to my luggage!



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How to beat cancer? Back up your data!

Everyone always tells you to back up your computer and all your data cause you never know what might happen that could cause you to lose all your data.  Well, I think I found the greatest example of why you need to stop playing around and get a back up disaster plan in place and it comes complimentary of Sook Shin a researcher at the University of Oklahoma.

Well Ms. Shin has been doing research on prostate cancer for over 10-years and recently had a breakthrough for a potential cure for the disease that affects millions of men.  This sounds like great news right, only problem is her car was vandalized and her laptop was stolen with all of her research on it and you guessed it, she did not have a back up plan in place.

So, not only is 10 years worth of research, much of which she feels may be impossible to replicate are gone and unless the criminal has a sudden change of heart she has no chance of getting it or the potential cure for prostate cancer back.

So, hopefully this gives you the final push to go out and buy that external hard drive &/or off-site/cloud storage solution so that you can protect that valuable information you have on your tech devices.

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