On passwords, accounts and the public trust.

A public service announcement: When someone with a weak password allows their account to be cracked, it’s not only the account owner that is the victim (exposing their personal, banking, and other data about themselves), but also everyone they have in their address book or ever emailed. The criminals have now been given access to every contact with their real names and matching email addresses and sometimes physical addresses in their address book.  This allows for a much more refined and targeted attack on each and every contact, phishing, spam, identity theft, social, or otherwise.

Let us all take this fiduciary trust of our friends’ contact data seriously and secure it properly.  Here are some examples of what a good password looks like (can’t use them now of course).  “GePF,nVp6+xr1A2h” “l@P5e*BYjI!;cP|w” “cb*:rIhishekKF?K” “2?m&,rF47K`^%=Q2” So yes, you’ll need a program like KeePass to keep track of them, very easy and mobile versions too.  PM me if you want to know more.



On politics

I grow weary of all the posting by many shouting extremist inflammatory political rantings that are neither researched, verifiable, present no historic precedent/details, fail to cite sources, nor deal with quantifiable fact. And then all their enraged chums add on equally sophomoric points of irrelevancy, hearsay, conjecture, party prejudice, and other non sequitur arguments as well. Nobody wins.

Debate over political ideology should not be about shouting obscenities, and being entrenched in blindness and closed mindedness but in persuading others of the wisdom of your view by presenting facts that lead to a conclusion that sway the opposing side, or not. Either way, it’s supposed to be a gentleman’s game, let us use our intelligence a bit, and leave behind the grammar school sandbox rules.